Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Book of the Week: London Fog by Christine L. Corton

London Fog:  the Biography

By Christine L. Corton

Call Number:  QC 929 .F7 C57 2015

Review from The Guardian

Publisher's Description: In popular imagination, London is a city of fog. The classic London fogs, the thick yellow “pea-soupers,” were born in the industrial age of the early nineteenth century. The first globally notorious instance of air pollution, they remained a constant feature of cold, windless winter days until clean air legislation in the 1960s brought about their demise. Christine L. Corton tells the story of these epic London fogs, their dangers and beauty, and their lasting effects on our culture and imagination.

As the city grew, smoke from millions of domestic fires, combined with industrial emissions and naturally occurring mists, seeped into homes, shops, and public buildings in dark yellow clouds of water droplets, soot, and sulphur dioxide. The fogs were sometimes so thick that people could not see their own feet. By the time London’s fogs lifted in the second half of the twentieth century, they had changed urban life. Fogs had created worlds of anonymity that shaped social relations, providing a cover for crime, and blurring moral and social boundaries. They had been a gift to writers, appearing famously in the works of Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad, and T. S. Eliot. Whistler and Monet painted London fogs with a fascination other artists reserved for the clear light of the Mediterranean.

Corton combines historical and literary sensitivity with an eye for visual drama―generously illustrated here―to reveal London fog as one of the great urban spectacles of the industrial age.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Library Labs Workshop - Unmasking the Predatory Journal: What Faculty Need to Know

Please join us for our next Library Labs workshop!

Description: A hands-on, application based workshop that will teach faculty/instructors what predatory journals are, why they should be avoided, and how to identify one. 
Intended Audience: Faculty/Teaching Staff 

Date & Time: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107

Presenter:  Nerissa Nelson, Outreach Librarian, and Jennifer Huffman, Serials Librarian.  

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Library Labs Workshop: Library Resources in D2L

Please join us for our next Library Labs workshop!

Description: Instructors will learn how to seamlessly incorporate library resources into D2L; streaming videos, ebooks, articles, databases, library instruction tutorials and more!

Intended Audience: Faculty/Teaching Staff 

Date & Time: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107

Presenter:  Terri Muraski, Systems Librarian, and Mindy King, Emerging Technologies Librarian 

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring our veterans

25th anniversary of the Vets 550 Club on campus
Oct. 18, 1980. UWSP Archives.
Today we honor all U.S. military veterans who have served. The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, and starting college is frequently a big adjustment for many, including veterans.

The University Library is a place where we support veterans through our physical and virtual resources. Some of the services and resources we offer include the following:

Books of interest
The Library has many books about veterans. You can browse our collection by visiting the following call number range areas (by subject) in the Library.
UB356 – UB369.5 services provided for veterans in terms of military administration, and 
WWII, D811
Korean War: DS921.6
Vietnam War: DS559.5
              Iraq War: DS79.757

A recent acquisition of ours is this title, “For love of country: what our veterans can teach us about citizenship, heroism, and sacrifice,” Call number DS79.766.A1 S38 2014

To be released in January, check out this book featuring essays by student veterans. We will also have a copy in the Library for check out once it’s released.

Films of interest
We also have a number of videos and online videos available. Searching our Films on Demand database, for example, has over 200 films on military history. You can browse and access these through our online videos page.

Research help
One of our key services is offering research help for students. We do this in a variety of ways, including in person at the Reference Desk (1st floor), through our chat reference services, phone and email, and we also offer one-on-one research consultations. To learn more about these services, go here.

Quiet study areas
All students at some point need and want a quiet study area. We have a number of places throughout the Library, and those areas are designated as quiet study.

Online resources of interest
An index of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
Genealogical research database that includes the U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; the Map Center; American Genealogical Biographical Index; Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection.
Videos and transcripts of commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries from PBS, WGBH Boston, The History Channel, and the National Archives.

United States Military Online Genealogy Records

Monday, November 9, 2015

Film of the Week: Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies

Cancer : the Emperor of All Maladies (DVD)

 Directed by Barak Goodman.  Ken Burns, executive producer.

Call Number:  IMC RC275 .C36 2015

PBS site for Educators
Review from the New York Times

Description from PBS:    Cancer: the Emperor of all Maladies matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception.  

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting history documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report. 

Based on the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Directed by Barak Goodman. Ken Burns, executive producer. A collaboration of Florentine Films, Laura Ziskin Pictures and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book of the Week: 1944 by Jay Winik

1944 : FDR and the year that changed history

By Jay Winik

Call Number:  D769 .W57 2015

Boston Globe Review

Publisher's Description:   New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler’s waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies—but with a fateful cost. Now, in a superbly told story, Jay Winik, the acclaimed author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval, captures the epic images and extraordinary history as never before.

1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But on the way, millions of more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the most grotesque crime in history, the Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an all but dying Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret. Here then, as with D-Day, was a momentous decision for the president. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world’s reach, including the liberation of Europe, one challenge—saving Europe’s Jews—seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt’s grasp.

As he did so brilliantly in April 1865, Winik provides a stunningly fresh look at the twentieth century’s most pivotal year. Magisterial, bold, and exquisitely rendered, 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History is the first book to tell these events with such moral clarity and unprecedented sweep, and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary struggles of the era’s outsized figures.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Library Labs Workshop - Ancestry Database

Description: Did grandma really get married in Las Vegas? When did my ancestors first set foot in the U.S.? When and where did they first settle in Wisconsin? Am I really a distant cousin of crazy Bill? If you are curious about aspects of your family's past and have never before used our Ancestry (Library Edition) database, come to this introductory session.

Bring with you the names, dates, places of birth, marriage, and death of some of your ancestors (or older living relatives), and find out whether you can discover anything new about them or track their (and thus your) roots further back. 

Intended Audience: Faculty/Staff and Students 

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: LRC 316

Presenter: Axel Schmetzke, Coordinator of Instruction

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. We hope to see you there!