Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Make! 3D Printing Workshop


Curious about 3D printing? Come explore the software and equipment surrounding this new technology and turn your ideas into reality. We will also discuss how 3D printing can be used to meet educational outcomes. 



Workshop is FREE but does require registration.

Coffee & refreshments will be served!!


Intended Audience: General Audience
Dates & Times: Tuesday, November 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: LRC 107
Instructor: Mindy King, Emerging Technology Librarian

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book of the Week (Women in Game of Thrones by Valerie Estelle Frankel)

Women in Game of Thrones:  Power, Conformity and Resistance
By Valerie Estelle Frankel

Call number:  PN 1992.77 .G35 F73 2014

Review from Library Journal

Publisher's DescriptionGame of Thrones, one of the hottest series on television, leaves hundreds of critics divided on how "feminist" the show really is. Certainly the female characters, strong and weak, embody a spectrum of archetypes--widow queens, warrior women, damsels in distress, career women, priestesses, crones, mothers and maidens. However, the problematic area is that most of them play a single role without nuance--even the "strong women" have little to do besides strut about as one-note characters.

   This book analyzes the women and their portrayals one by one, along with their historical inspirations. Accompanying issues in television studies also appear, from the male gaze to depiction of race. How these characters are treated in the series and how they treat themselves becomes central, as many strip for the pleasure of men or are sacrificed as pawns. Some nude scenes or moments of male violence are fetishized and filmed to tantalize, while others show the women's trauma and attempt to identify with the scene's female perspective. The key is whether the characters break out of their traditional roles and become multidimensional.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Celebrate Open Access Week


October 20-26, 2014 is international Open Access Week.


What is Open Access?  “Open Access mean free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need. Open Access has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

The world of open access sometimes focuses on journal articles, but some academics have been exploring options for making their monograph publications freely publicly available.
Learn More here:


The Library also has a number of books related to open access, including:

 





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Welcome Matt Sonnenberg! New Instructional Materials Center Assistant




The University Library is pleased to announce that Matt Sonnenberg is the new Instructional Materials Center (IMC) assistant. 

Matt will coordinate the daily operations of the IMC as well as assist patrons using this area.  He will provide support for various library projects, including our new 3D printer, streaming videos, ebooks, digitization, and graphic creation.

Matt hails from Nekoosa, WI, about a 45 minute drive from Point. He graduated from UWSP in 2009 with a B.A. in History and broad field Social Science. During his time at UWSP, Matt competed on the Track and Field team as a thrower. After he graduated, his first library job was at the Lester Public Library of Vesper, and that planted the seed for pursuing his MLS from UW-Milwaukee. In 2010, Matt worked in the Circulation and Reference Departments at the Portage County Public Library before starting here.

Matt also coaches the throwing events for the UWSP Track & Field team. In his free time, he likes to train for the throwing events, read, and spend time with his wife, animals, family, and friends (in no particular order). He also enjoys music, like most humans, and listens to a little bit of everything, though Pink Floyd is probably his favorite due to his father’s influence (and he’s excited about their new and likely last album coming out next month).

“Stealing” a bit from the Proust Questionnaire, here are some more fun facts about Matt: 

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to function on less sleep. Just too much stuff to do in a day!

What is your current state of mind?

Excited; mainly for my new job and also the start of the track season. A lot to have on the plate all at once, but I prefer it that way.

What is your favorite cuisine?

Overall probably Italian, though I try to expand my palette when I can….within reason.

Where is the last place you traveled?

Within the state was St. Germain a couple weeks ago for a camping trip. Out of the state was Delaware, Ohio for the NCAA D3 Outdoor Track & Field Nationals last May.

Who are your favorite writers?

I am currently enjoying making my way through Malcolm Gladwell’s works, and recently finished Jared Diamond’s most recent book. I also enjoy knocking classics off my list when I can, so add in a little Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Plato for good measure.

What is your motto?


At the end of every day you are shorter of breath and one day closer to death, so make the most of what you’ve got while you’ve got it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

African American Newspapers now available through Accessible Archives



We now have access to a collection of African American newspapers through our Accessible Archives collection, courtesy of UW Madison Libraries.  This is a great resource that includes primary publications.

This collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including the Mexican War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion. The collection also provides a great number of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.

Some of the titles in the collection include: The Christian Recorder, The Colored American/Weekly Advocate, Frederick Douglass’ Paper, Freedom’s Journal, The National Era, The North Star, Provincial Freeman.

To access, go to Find Databases from the Library's Homepage and search for "Accessible Archives."


Friday, October 10, 2014

Voting information for students

VOTER ID: Update Oct. 9, 2014
On Oct. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Wisconsin’s voter ID law from being enforced in the November election. A photo ID will not be required at the polls.
The general election will be Tuesday, November 4, 2014. To find out who will be on your ballot, go to MyVote.WI.gov


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book of the Week: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Children Act

By Ian McEwan

Call Number:  PR 6063 .C4 C48 2014

Review from the New York Times Book Review

Publisher's Description:  Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.


Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/ian-mcewan/the-children-act-9780224101998.aspx#sthash.DD9qYpQf.dpuf
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/ian-mcewan/the-children-act-9780224101998.aspx#sthash.DD9qYpQf.dpuf
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/ian-mcewan/the-children-act-9780224101998.aspx#sthash.DD9qYpQf.dpuf
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/ian-mcewan/the-children-act-9780224101998.aspx#sthash.DD9qYpQf.dpuf