Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book of the Week: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

This Changes Everything:  Capitalism vs. the Climate
By Naomi Klein

Call Number:  HC 79 .E5 K56 2014

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not—and cannot—fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.

Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Featured LRES 380 Intern: Lindsay Liljenberg

What have the Library interns been up to this semester? We are excited to feature our LRES 380 interns over the course of the next few weeks. Today we feature Lindsay Liljenberg who worked on some interesting projects this semester.

Interested in academic librarianship? Check out our LRES 380 Internship course.

Name: Lindsay Liljenberg

Hometown: Osceola, WI

Major:  Psychology, minor in Communications

LRES 380 project: Genealogy Relocation, Deleting Multiple Copies, "Center for the Small City" updates for Alma, and Now I'm currently weeding out unused books from Shelflister.

Your interest in librarianship: I love the helping professions and what better place to help people than a library. I also like the backstage stuff that not a lot of people really know about, which is why I am interning the Cataloging and Acquisitions department because not many people outside of the library really know what goes on there.

Which talent would you most like to have?  Being able to draw REALLY well.

What is your current state of mind? My current state of mind? I want it to be finals so then I can go home and sleep for a week to try and catch up!

What is your favorite cuisine? This is almost impossible to answer because I like a lot of foods.... I'll have to go with... potatoes. not really a cuisine, but still probably my favorite.

Where is the last place you traveled? uhm, does Minnesota count? If not Florida about 5 years ago.

Who are your favorite writers? I LOVE Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Roxanne St. Claire, and Dr. Seuss.

What is your motto? "Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." - Dr. Seuss

Monday, December 8, 2014

Featured LRES 380 Intern: Riana Mefferd

What have the Library interns been up to this semester? We are excited to feature our LRES 380 interns over the course of the next few weeks. This week we feature Brianna Mason who worked on some interesting projects this semester.
Interested in academic librarianship? Check out our LRES 380 Internship course.

Name: Riana Mefferd   

Hometown: Clintonville, WI


LRES 380 project:
Comparing owned journal titles in JSTOR to print titles in the library to determine overlap. Overall, determining which journal titles the library can withdraw. The main goal is to get all of the print journal titles onto one floor of the library.

Your interest in librarianship: I will be attending grad school for library science after graduating here. My dream job would be a library director of a public library. I'm obsessed with books; I'm one of those people that really like to smell old books.

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could play an instrument! I've tried but I can't get past the 'beginner' stage.

What is your current state of mind? Hopeful, without hope we have nothing.

What is your favorite cuisine? Sushi! I could eat that forever.

Where is the last place you traveled? I don't travel much but I drove to Minneapolis to pick a friend up from the airport this past summer. That was an adventure so I count it as traveling.

Who are your favorite writers? Michael Crichton. He is a genius.

What is your motto? No day but today. (Yes, that is from RENT) 

Friday, December 5, 2014

EXAM CRAM TIME! Come join the fun while you study at the Library

It's that time of year again....

Need help with citations? A statistic? Help with a paper or final exam? 

The Library and Tutoring Learning Center will be here on Monday, May 12 from 8:00 pm - midnight to help you!

We will also have free coffee, cookies, fruit, ear plug giveaways, and other surprises!

  • MON DEC 15 - Library Lobby & IMC (3rd flr)
  • 6 - 11 PM

Good luck with studying from all of us at the Learning Resource Center!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Featured LRES 380 Intern: Brianna Mason

What have the Library interns been up to this semester? We are excited to feature our LRES 380 interns over the course of the next few weeks. This week we feature Brianna Mason who worked on some interesting projects this semester.
Interested in academic librarianship? Check out our LRES 380 Internship course.
Name: Brianna Mason
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Major: English
What project did you work on this semester? I created a movie showing how Stevie Pointer has evolved throughout the history of UW-SP. I also shadowed at the Reference Desk.
What is your interest in the profession? Libraries are amazing places that offer access to so much different knowledge. I really enjoy being able to help people find whatever information they are looking for and occasionally showing them sources they didn't know existed. I’m interested in specializing in archives because I have a special fondness for old things and original sources. 
Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to survive without sleep; I would get so much done. 
What is your current state of mind? Excited that the semester is over! 
What is your favorite cuisine? I love Indian food and my favorite dish is rogan josh. 
Where is the last place you traveled? I just went to San Luis Obispo, CA for a week. 
Who are your favorite writers? J.R.R Tolkien, Barbara Kingsolver, and Rainer Rilke are a few of my current favorites.
What is your motto? Let me google that.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Book of the Week - The Heart of Things by John Hildebrand

The Heart of Things: a Midwestern Almanac

By John Hildebrand
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Call Number:  F 581.6 .H55 2014

Publisher's Description:  "I've never believed that living in one place means being one thing all the time, condemned like Minnie Pearl to wear the same hat for every performance. Life is more complicated than that."

In this remarkable book of days, John Hildebrand charts the overlapping rings--home, town, countryside--of life in the Midwest. Like E. B. White, Hildebrand locates the humor and drama in ordinary life: church suppers, Friday night football, outdoor weddings, garden compost, family reunions, roadside memorials, camouflage clothing. In these wry, sharply observed essays, the Midwest isn't The Land Time Forgot but a more complicated (and vastly more interesting) place where the good life awaits once we figure exactly out what it means. From his home range in northwestern Wisconsin, Hildebrand attempts to do just that by boiling down a calendar year to its rich marrow--weather, animals, family, home--in other words, all the things that matter. 
John Hildebrand is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He has been awarded a Minnesota Book Award, Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, Bush Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Friends of American Libraries Award.  
An interview with the author in Wisconsin Trails

Students! Learn 3D Printing Basics

Please join us for a free workshop! 

Three different sessions offered for your scheduling convenience 

Curious about 3D printing? Come explore the software and equipment surrounding this new technology.

3D Printing! Learn 3D Printing Basics

  • 3D printing basics
  • How to download and prepare a 3D file for printing
  • How to operate a 3D printer
  • How to receive certification to use the printer to print an object
When & Where:
  • Mon  Dec 8  6:00 pm (Room 107)
  • Tue   Dec 9  6:00 pm (Room 107)
  • Wed  Dec 10 4:00 pm (Room 107)
  • Matt Sonnenberg - IMC Assistant 
This is an SBE approved event