Sunday, August 31, 2014

Welcome Dave Dettman - new Assessment Librarian!

The University Library is pleased to announce that Dave Dettman is our new Assessment Librarian. In this role, Dave will plan, design, develop, facilitate, and implement collaborative library assessment initiatives. He will also participate in the Library’s instruction program and engage in scholarship and service.
Prior to this position, Dave was the Director of Library and Campus Technology at UW - Marathon County for seven years, and was the Coordinator of Information Literacy and Outreach at UW – Green Bay for two years. He also worked as a reference and instruction librarian at UW-Green Bay for six years. Dave has been active in governance and has presented at several state library conferences.
Dave, his wife Amy, and their three children, live in the Weston area.

“Stealing” a bit from the Proust Questionnaire, here are some more fun facts about Dave: 
Which talent would you most like to have?

“There are so many predictable talents that I would like to possess (singing, carpentry, artistry, dancing, power eating) that I am compelled to go with one that is a bit less mainstream. I would really like to have the ability to bend spoons with my mind. I would spend a lot of time haunting restaurants famous for their soup. “

What is your current state of mind?

“With so much going on personally and professionally my state of mind changes quickly but I always find myself in a great place. I enjoy how my mind is challenged and enriched each day here at UWSP and then twisted in dozens of wonderful ways at home by 10 and 8 year old boys and my 4 year old daughter. “

What is your favorite cuisine?
“I lived in Milwaukee for six years and really became attached to Indian food. Just the thought of the chickpea curry at the Maharaja restaurant on Farwell Ave. makes my mouth start watering. “

Where is the last place you traveled?

“Well, aside from here to home and back each day the last memorable trip I took was a couple of weeks ago with my daughter to Chuck E. Cheese’s in Green Bay.  If you go, don’t expect great pizza but if you are like me and can play skee-ball all day you owe yourself a visit.”

Who are your favorite writers?

“This is a really difficult question. If I could invite four of them to a dinner party the guest list would be as follows (in no particular order).”  Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Suzanne Collins.

What is your motto?

“The one that comes most often to mind is a phrase coined by Albert Einstein and then recycled and used by musician Frank Zappa (talk about your interesting dinner party guests). The quote is “information is not knowledge.” It is paramount that we (citizens of the world) keep this in mind as we ramble daily over an ever increasing landscape of information. Just because we can quickly amass a mountain of text and images on any given subject does not mean that our knowledge of that subject increases. Only by sifting and winnowing through that information and holding it up against the scrutiny of critical thinking will we better understand. “

Dave can be reached at his office, Room 012A, ext. 4206, or

Welcome Troy Espe - Reference/ILL Librarian!

The University Library is pleased to announce that Troy Espe is our new Reference/Inter-Library Loan Librarian. He moves into this faculty position from his role as the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) assistant. 
Troy will coordinate and manage the Library’s reference collection and services, and will manage all aspects of interlibrary loan. He will also participate in the Library’s instruction program and engage in scholarship and service.

Prior to his position as the IMC assistant, Troy was the building manager at Steenbock Library at UW-Madison. He attended college at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a degree in journalism, and he recently graduated from UW-Madison with a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Studies.

Troy and his wife, Megan Espe - Outreach Coordinator for the Schmeeckle Reserve, both enjoy the outdoors, and recently moved to Stevens Point.

"Stealing" a bit from the Proust Questionnaire, here are some more fun facts about Troy:

Which talent would you most like to have?

“Drum. My dad is a drummer, but I have zero musical talent. It must skip a generation”

What is your current state of mind?


What is your favorite cuisine?

“Raw oysters”

Where is the last place you traveled?

“Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore”

Who are your favorite writers?

“Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson”

What is your motto?

“No wire hangers!”

Troy can be reached at his office, Room 319, ext. 4246, or

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book of the Week (Cubed by Nikil Saval)

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

By Nikil Saval

Call Number:  HF 5547 .S33 2014

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work—our work—gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is—and what it might become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called “counting-houses.” These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn’t do “real work.” But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them—and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere.

Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better.

Friday, August 8, 2014

3D Printing is Here!

We are excited about our new 3D printer - MakerBot Replicator 2X!

As we learn and explore, Chemistry Professor Mike Zach created this object that can be used to make nanowires.

The possibilities are endless. What ideas do you want to bring to life? 

Learn. Create. Explore.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Naxos Jazz Library added to collection

Our Naxos Music collection continues to grow with the newly added jazz library. 

This collection includes renowned jazz artists (legends and contemporary) and labels, and over 8,600 albums are available with new ones added weekly. 

Enjoy first-class performances and sound.

To access, go to "Find Databases" from the Library Homepage under "N" or the Music database list.

We now have Digital Sanborn Maps - Wisconsin

ProQuest's Digital Sanborn Maps - Wisconsin 

We now have digital access to 1348 large-scale maps of 273 Wisconsin towns and cities, including Amherst, Stevens Point, Wausau, Waupaca, Marshfield, Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and many others.  

Sanborn® fire insurance maps are some of the most frequently consulted maps in libraries.The maps provide  information, such as building outline, size and shape, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, and property numbers. Plans often include details on construction materials and building use; and also depict pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and other features likely to affect the property's vulnerability to earthquake, fire, and flood.
To access, go to Find Databases from the Library Homepage under "D" or check the History or Reference database lists.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Movie of the Week (Dallas Buyers Club)

Dallas Buyers Club

A Film by Focus Features and Truth Entertainment.  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto

Call Number:  PN1997.2 .D32 2014

Reviews of the film on Rotten Tomatoes

Synopsis:  An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from an original screenplay by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack. Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character, whose self-interest is galvanized into something much more.

A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Screen Actors Guild Award winner Jennifer Garner).
An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Gotham Independent Film Award winner Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron’s entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a “buyers club,” where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron’s pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.