Our Story/Our Mission

In April 2008, the National Institutes of Health introduced a public access to publications requirement for all of its research grants. This condition, which has since been replicated by almost every other federal agency, impacts the thousands of principal investigators on the UW-Madison campus who receive over $577 million in federal funding annually.

Originally launched by Ebling Library in 2008, the Public Access Service, with the support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, has grown into a campus-wide unit serving researchers and grants management staff from all of the University’s schools, institutes and centers. 

While who the unit serves has changed over the last decade, our mission has remained the same: provide robust assistance to campus researchers and research administrators in meeting public access to publications requirements.


Ryan Schryver

Public Access Compliance Specialist - Lead


(608) 262-6594

Brennan Porter

Public Access Compliance Specialist


(608) 263-0919

Campus Associates

Jean Phillips

Library Director


(608) 262-8164

Space Science and Engineering Center

Katherine Johnson

Associate Special Librarian


(608) 262-0987

Space Science and Engineering Center