Friday, June 30, 2017

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Refugees

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

Call number:  PS 3614 .G97 A6 2017

Review from National Public Radio

Publisher's description: Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Loan Periods for Library Items

Due to a new UW System-wide Library policy, faculty and staff are now limited to three renewals for most library materials. This essentially allows materials to be checked out for two years. After three consecutive renewals, we ask that you return the materials to the Library. This policy has been put into effect to help keep our collection available not only to users at UWSP, but also to users across the UW System. In return, UWSP faculty, staff, and students enjoy the benefit of access to collections across the entire UW System.

Any item that has been supplied by another UW System Library will be re-routed back to its home institution.  We are not able to extend loan periods for these items beyond the two-year limit.  We are able to issue new loans for any items that belong in our collection.  The materials must be brought back to the Library, however, in order for a new loan to be issued.   This process allows us to verify the item’s location, check for hold requests that others may have placed on the item, and then issue a new loan if the item has no requests. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for working with us as we adapt to the challenges of operating within the new policy.

If you have questions please contact the Library Circulation Desk (x2540 or

James Albertson Collection now available in Digital Collections

We are happy to announce that the James Albertson Collection is now available on the Digital Collections page through University Archives.

James Albertson was the President of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1962-1967. During the Vietnam War, Albertson led a mission of 8 educators to Vietnam to study their educational system and to try and better it. Albertson and his entire team would be killed on their way back from that mission as their plane crashed.
Alberson was honored recently at UWSP on the 50th anniversary of his death. His legacy continues to live on at UWSP.  
Included in the Collection:

Records of the eighth president of Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point. Records related to Albertson’s service in the Coast Guard (1939, 1943-1950) and his work for WSU-Stevens Point in the Philippines (1964) and Vietnam 
(1967) including correspondence, notes, his personal diary, and a scrapbook. 

Also included is the preliminary and complete report, Public Universities of the Republic of Viet-Nam (1967).

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Upstarts by Brad Stone

The Upstarts:  How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

By Brad Stone

Call Number:  HD 62.5 .S76 U67 2017

Review from The Globe and Mail

Publisher Description A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Everything Store.  Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger's car, or a walking into a stranger's home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel.
In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrating our Retirees

The stacks will be a bit emptier in the Library as we say good-bye to four colleagues who will retire over the summer. It is hard to say good-bye to your co-workers when they retire, and even harder when it happens around the same time.

Kathy Davis, Axel Schmetzke, Sara Weisensel, and Susan Mory have dedicated over 66 years of total service to the Library. We appreciate the unique gifts and talents they have all so generously shared with the library, university, and the profession.

They will be greatly missed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Featured Honor’s & LRES 380 Intern

Name: Nick Kubley

Hometown: Stevens Point, WI

Majors: Computer Information Systems, Web and Digital Media Development

The Library congratulates Nick Kubley as he graduates this spring! Nick has worked in the Library as an Honor’s Intern for 3 years and this spring completed the LRES 380 internship. In addition, Nick worked as a Technology Tutor in the Tutoring and Learning Center.

LRES 380 Projects:
Text Similarity Scoring System – A tool to aid comparison of text strings for a variety of purposes. The original goal was to help find potential predatory publishers.

Honors Intern Projects:
     • Find a Study Space:
     • 3D Printing Support:
     • 3D Digital Model Generator Demo:
     • Kiosk Carousel Demo:

What did you learn from your internships?
More than can be put on this webpage. Some things I have learned include developing mobile apps, 3D printing, working for a university, working with SharePoint, more programming skills, about general library operations, about library information systems, ideas on how to work with multiple departments to coordinate plans, a lot of trivia from daily conversations with my co-workers, and much more.

What did you like most about working in the library?
It has very innovative work. I like exploring many ideas, and using them in some way. I also liked the friendly workplace and working with the various librarians.

What are your hobbies?
I am interested in many things, including computer programming, philosophy, history, writing, psychology, art, general science, geography, physics, politics, and gaming.

What art have you made?
I have some of my writing published in the UWSP Tutoring and Learning Center’s publication Wordplay available here: . I have work in there for the Spring and Fall 2016 semesters.

I also have some of my art here: . It is out of date, though. I plan to move it to a newer website. I do not have content up yet, but I plan to post all of my work at  in the near future.

What is your biggest inspiration?
The drive to understand and explore possibility. It can be its own inspiration.

What is your current state of mind?
Confused. I am near graduation, and it does not feel like it is this near. I am not sure what to expect, but it looks like it will be an interesting time no matter what.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am taking a short vacation, and then plan to work for a while outside of UWSP. Long-term, although I am not sure exactly how long, I also plan to go to graduate school to continue my education.

I am thinking of a number between 1 and 10. What do you think it is?

What is your motto?
Learn, think, and be caring. All three are needed.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Featured Book: The EU: An Obituary

The EU:  An Obituary

By John R. Gillingham

Call Number:  JN 30 .G5524 2016

Review from The Guardian

Publisher's Description:  The European Union is a besieged institution. It is struggling in vain to overcome the eurozone crisis and faces an influx of refugees not seen since World War II. The Schengen Agreement is a dead letter, and Britain stands on the brink of leaving altogether. The EU is unfit for the challenges of the coming age of increased global competition and high tech. In sum, the drive for an “ever-closer union” has set Europe on the wrong course: plunged it into depression, fuelled national antagonisms, debilitated democracy, and accelerated decline. In this pithy, rigorously argued book, leading historian John Gillingham examines a once great notion that soured long ago.

From its postwar origins, through the Single Market, to the troubles of the present, Gillingham explains how Europe’s would-be government became a force for anti-democratic centralization and inept policy-making. Brussels has inspired a world of illusion that now threatens to undo the undoubted achievements of integration. The EU: An Obituary is an urgent call to the political Left, Right, and Centre to act before it is too late.