Thursday, June 21, 2018

Home of the Braves by Patrick W. Steele

New from the University of Wisconsin Press, 
Home of the Braves:  the Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee

By Patrick W. Steele

Call Number:  GV 875.M5 S74 2018

Review from Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Description:  When the struggling Boston Braves relocated to Milwaukee in March 1953, the city went wild for its new baseball team. Soon, the Braves were winning games, drawing bigger crowds than any team but the Brooklyn Dodgers, and turning Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Warren Spahn into Hall of Famers. Within five years the team would win a World Series and two pennants.

It seemed the dawn of a new dynasty. Impassioned fans wore their hearts on their sleeves. Yet in October 1964 team owners made a shocking announcement: the Braves were moving to Atlanta.

In the decades since, many have tried to understand why the Braves left Milwaukee. Fans blamed greedy owners and the lure of Coca Cola cash. Team management claimed they weren't getting enough local support. Patrick Steele delves deeply into all facets of the story, looking at the changing business of baseball in the 1960s, the interactions of the team owners with the government officials who controlled County Stadium, the surging success of the Green Bay Packers, and much more, to understand how the "Milwaukee Miracle" went south.

Friday, May 25, 2018

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

On Grand Strategy 

By John Lewis Gaddis

Call Number:  U 162 .G16 2018

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description: A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades.  John Lewis Gaddis, the distinguished historian of the Cold War, has for almost two decades co-taught grand strategy at Yale University with his colleagues Charles Hill and Paul Kennedy.  Now, in On Grand Strategy, Gaddis reflects on what he has learned.  In chapters extending from the ancient world through World War II, Gaddis assesses grand strategic theory and practice in Herodotus, Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Octavian/Augustus, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Elizabeth I, Philip II, the American Founding Fathers, Clausewitz, Tolstoy, Lincoln, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Isaiah Berlin.  On Grand Strategy applies the sharp insights and wit readers have come to expect from Gaddis to times, places, and people he’s never written about before.  For anyone interested in the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, a master class.

Video:  On Grand Strategy:  A conversation with John Lewis Gaddis by the Brookings Institution

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Birds at My Table: Why We Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters

By Darryl Jones

Call Number:  QL 676.5 .J66 2018 (Currently on the New Book Shelf)

Publisher's Description:  Darryl Jones is fascinated by bird feeders. Not the containers supplying food to our winged friends, but the people who fill the containers.

Why do people do this? Jones asks in The Birds at My Table. Does the food even benefit the birds? What are the unintended consequences of providing additional food to our winged friends?

Jones takes us on a wild flight through the history of bird feeding. He pinpoints the highs and lows of the practice. And he ponders this odd but seriously popular form of interaction between humans and wild animals. Most important, he points out that we know very little about the impact of feeding birds despite millions of people doing it every day.

Unerringly, Jones digs at the deeper issues and questions, and he raises our awareness of the things we don’t yet know and why we really should. Using the latest scientific findings, The Birds at My Table takes a global swoop from 30,000 feet down to the backyard bird feeder and pushes our understanding of the many aspects of bird feeding back up to new heights.

Read a Review from Kirkus Reviews

Student Worker Appreciation

Every year we celebrate our student workers with small appreciation bags for all of their work. They are the people who open and close the Library, perform
countless tasks, and help patrons every day for the 100 hours per week the 
Library is open.

They do all of this while taking full course loads, some working other jobs or doing internships, and always with cheer. The Library would not run without our student workers.

Here’s to all of them, and a special big shout out to our Student Managers who are graduating this week:

Destiny Walker - Majored in Dance 
Ross Nett - Majored in Wildlife Ecology and Biology 
Jonathan Turner - Majored in Musical Theatre (minor in Dance) 
Dana Fritsch - Majored in Health Science 

We will miss them, and we wish them all the success in their next adventures wherever they land. 

Thanks to all of you for your hard work!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan D. Grawe

Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education

By Nathan D. Grawe

Call Number:  LA 227.4 .G736 2018

More about the book from Inside Higher Ed
Publisher's Description:  Higher education faces a looming demographic storm. Decades-long patterns in fertility, migration, and immigration persistently nudge the country toward the Hispanic Southwest. As a result, the Northeast and Midwest—traditional higher education strongholds—expect to lose 5 percent of their college-aged populations between now and the mid-2020s. Furthermore, and in response to the Great Recession, child-bearing has plummeted. In 2026, when the front edge of this birth dearth reaches college campuses, the number of college-aged students will drop almost 15 percent in just 5 years.
In Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education, Nathan D. Grawe has developed the Higher Education Demand Index (HEDI), which relies on data from the 2002 Education Longitudinal Study (ELS) to estimate the probability of college-going using basic demographic variables. Analyzing demand forecasts by institution type and rank while disaggregating by demographic groups, Grawe provides separate forecasts for two-year colleges, elite institutions, and everything in between. The future demand for college attendance, he argues, depends critically on institution type. While many schools face painful contractions, for example, demand for elite schools is expected to grow by more than 15 percent in future years.
Essential for administrators and trustees who are responsible for recruitment, admissions, student support, tenure practices, facilities construction, and strategic planning, this book is a practical guide for navigating coming enrollment challenges.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

EXAM CRAM!!!!!!! May 9th

It's that time of the semester!

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

Stop by the Library for our 
EXAM CRAM!!!!!!!!!!

  • free coffee
  • cookies
  • fruit
  • Writing Lab Consultants available until 8-TLC 
  • PIPER the therapy dog!!
  • Infamous announcements
  • Fortunes! 

Good luck with studying from all of us at the Library and TLC!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Try the ETHNIC NEWSWATCH Database for your Research Needs

ETHNIC NEWSWATCH is a database the Library subscribes to and includes full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. The database also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989. This database includes a unique variety of community publications not found in other databases. 

More about Ethnic NewsWatch: 
• Nearly a quarter of the articles included in Ethnic NewsWatch since 1989 are in Spanish, making Ethnic NewsWatch an unmatched bilingual database. 
• Excellent coverage of major ethnicities including: African American, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, and Native peoples – all primarily from their own presses. Other ethnicities and cultural groups are monitored as they develop their own presses, and these new publications are targeted. Kurdish titles and new Muslim community titles have been recently added. 
• The resource allows voices of the Asian American, Jewish, African American, Native American, Arab American, Eastern European, and multi-ethnic communities to be heard, as well as cultural groups within these categories, such as Kurdish communities. 
• The only periodical resource that is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural in scope and the only resource that provides access to unique ethnic, cultural, and community presses. Most of the publications cannot be found in the usual large aggregated databases.
• Provides information and opinions on topics not covered in mainstream publications. 
• It is primarily a full-text resource, reducing frustration for the end user at reaching dead ends. 
• Inclusion of selected dissertations and working papers, providing context and facilitating deeper research into the issues and topics of ethnic studies.
 • Ethnic NewsWatch: A History provides backfile access from 1959-1989 with 1.3 million full-text articles.