Sunday, September 25, 2016

Featured Book: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Evicted:  poverty and profit in the American city

By Matthew Desmond

Call Number:  HD 7287.96.U6 D47 2016

Publisher's Description: From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced  into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate Banned Books Week - Sept 25 - Oct 1

Banned Books Week is a national celebration of free and open access to information, and the freedom to seek and express ideas — even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Why are books challenged? Most challenges to books are made by parents. They are challenged based on religious grounds, offensive language, sexual grounds, and political grounds.  Banned books range from the latest bestsellers to classics, and nonfiction biographies to children's books. 
Check out our display in the Library Lobby of some of the titles that were challenged in 2015, and take one of this year's Banned Books Week bookmark. 
According to the American Library Association, more than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982, most often for being sexually explicit or containing offensive language.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Tech Tutors and 3D Printing for Students!

The University Library and the Tutoring-Learning Center's Technology Tutoring program are teaming up to offer 3D printing services to students during evening hours.

This fall semester the TLC Tech Tutors will be available to help with 3D printing:

Mondays & Wednesdays - 6-8 pm (Room 319 - IMC area of Library)

During these times, the Tech Tutors will also be available to assist students with D2L, Outlook, Excel, Photoshop, EndNote and a number of other computer applications. Visit their page to learn more.

The Library now has two 3D printers available for students. The printers have been used by students to print items ranging from fun things (figurines, chess sets), to practical things (phone cases, fishing reels), and to course related materials (modular design, 3D campus map). 

The possibilities are endless! Learn more about the 3D printers here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Featured Book: Hey Whipple, Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan

Hey Whipple, Squeeze This:  The Classic Guide to Creating Great Ads (5th Ed)

By Luke Sullivan, with Edward Boches

Call Number:  HF 5825 .S88 2016

Publisher's Description:  The classic guide to creating great advertising now covers all media: Digital, Social, and Traditional

Hey Whipple, Squeeze This has helped generations of young creatives make their mark in the field. From starting out and getting work, to building successful campaigns, you gain a real-world perspective on what it means to be great in a fast-moving, sometimes harsh industry. You'll learn how to tell brand stories and create brand experiences online and in traditional media outlets, and you'll learn more about the value of authenticity, simplicity, storytelling, and conflict.
Advertising is in the midst of  a massive upheaval, and while creativity is still king, it's not nearly enough. This book is an essential resource for advertising professionals who need up-to-date digital skills to reach the modern consumer.
  • Turn great ideas into successful campaigns
  • Work effectively in all media channels
  • Avoid the kill shots that will sink any campaign
  • Protect your work
  • Succeed without selling out
Today's consumer has seen it all, and they're less likely than ever to even notice your masterpiece of art and copy, let alone internalize it. Your job is to craft a piece that rises out of the noise to make an impact. Hey Whipple, Squeeze This provides the knowledge to create impressive, compelling work.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book of the Week: Paper by Mark Kurlansky

Paper:  Paging Through History

By Mark Kurlansky

Call number:  TS 1090 .K87 2016

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's description From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world. 

Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. One has only to look at history’s greatest press run, which produced 6.5 billion copies of Máo zhuxí yulu, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Zedong)―which doesn’t include editions in 37 foreign languages and in braille―to appreciate the range and influence of a single publication, in paper. Or take the fact that one of history’s most revered artists, Leonardo da Vinci, left behind only 15 paintings but 4,000 works on paper. And though the colonies were at the time calling for a boycott of all British goods, the one exception they made speaks to the essentiality of the material; they penned the Declaration of Independence on British paper.

Now, amid discussion of “going paperless”―and as speculation about the effects of a digitally dependent society grows rampant―we’ve come to a world-historic juncture. Thousands of years ago, Socrates and Plato warned that written language would be the end of “true knowledge,” replacing the need to exercise memory and think through complex questions. Similar arguments were made about the switch from handwritten to printed books, and today about the role of computer technology. By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay. Paper will be the commodity history that guides us forward in the twenty-first century and illuminates our times.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Introducting ArtSource

The library is now subscribing to a new full text database,  ArtSource from Ebsco.  This is an expansion of our former subscription to Ebsco's Art Full Text.  It includes the full text articles from over 700 journals and more than 200 online books.  It also offers podcasts about artists and more than 60,000 searchable images.  It is international in scope and covers a wide range of topics including:
  •     Archaeology
  •     Architecture and Architectural History
  •     Art History
  •     Contemporary Art
  •     Textiles and Costume Design
  •     Decorative and Folk Arts
  •     Graphic Arts
  •     Industrial Design
  •     Interior Design
  •     Landscape Architecture
  •     Motion Pictures, Video and Television
  •     Painting
  •     Photography
  •     Sculpture
Give ArtSource a try!   You can access it, and many other online resources, by exploring the Find Databases link from the library's home page

Featured Book: Somethingtofoodabout by Questlove


By Questlove and Ben Greenman

Call number:  TX 649 .A1 S66 2016

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's description:  Questlove is a drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. What unites all of his work is a profound interest in creativity. In somethingtofoodabout, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, he explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them. Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought.

Featuring conversations with: Nathan Myhrvold, Modernist Cuisine Lab, Seattle;  Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, and NoMad, NYC;  Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia; Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, L.A.; Dave Beran, Next, Chicago; Donald Link, Cochon, New Orleans;  Dominque Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco;  Daniel Patterson, Coi and Loco’l, San Francisco; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due, Austin; and Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland