Monday, October 24, 2016

Featured Book: The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins

The Rain in Portugal: Poems

By Billy Collins

Call Number:  PS 3553 .O47478 A6 2016

Publisher's Description:   From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.”

The Rain in Portugal—a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer—sheds Collins’s ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, cats and dogs, loneliness and love, beauty and death. His tones range from the whimsical—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the elegiac in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. A student of the everyday, here Collins contemplates a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach. His imaginative fabrications have Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class and Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head. By turns entertaining, engaging, and enlightening, The Rain in Portugal amounts to another chorus of poems from one of the most respected and familiar voices in the world of American poetry.

On Rhyme

It’s possible that a stitch in time
might save as many as twelve or as few as three,
and I have no trouble remembering
that September has thirty days.
So do June, November, and April.

I like a cat wearing a chapeau or a trilby,
Little Jack Horner sitting on a sofa,
old men who are not from Nantucket,
and how life can seem almost unreal
when you are gently rowing a boat down a stream.

That’s why instead of recalling today
that it mostly pours in Spain,
I am going to picture the rain in Portugal,
how it falls on the hillside vineyards,
on the surface of the deep harbors

where fishing boats are swaying,
and in the narrow alleys of the cities
where three boys in tee shirts
are kicking a soccer ball in the rain,
ignoring the window-cries of their mothers.

Featured Faculty: Prof. Kevin Hefferan and Open Access Week

Today kicks off Open Access Week 2016. Open Access Week is an annual week-long event that highlights the importance of sharing scholarly research and data. Its goal is to educate people on the benefits of open publishing, advocate for changes to policy and practice, and build a community to collaborate on these issues. 

This year, we feature Prof. Kevin Hefferan, Geology, who recently published his article, "Determining age of Pan African metamorphism using Sm-Nd garnet-whole rock geochronology and phase equilibria modeling in the Tasriwine ophiolite, Sirwa, Anti-Atlas Morocco" in the Journal of African Earth Sciences, an Elsevier journal that supports content innovations, such as open access and open data.  

What is Open Access?
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."

The University Library supports scholarly communication and open access initiatives. Read more about it in our helpful LibGuide

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Library Labs Workshop: Intro to Text Analysis with HathiTrust Research Ctr

Description: Learn how to build a workset of texts from the HathiTrust Digital Library, run analyses on them using algorithms of the main portal, and generate visualizations based on these analyses.

Intended Audience: Campus wide

Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107 (now Albertson Hall)

Presenter: Mindy King 

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Voting Information for Students

Dear students,
Below are helpful links for voting locations, identification required, polling places, and registration. 
Nonpartisan Special Registration Deputies will be assisting students every weekday in various locations across the campus until October 19. To avoid long lines on election day, students are encouraged to register to vote early. 
Questions about voting location, candidates and registration can be answered online at  
Voter ID information is available at
Student Voting Guide from the UW System

Featured Book: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

The Association of Small Bombs:  A Novel

By Karan Mahajan

Call number:  PS 3613.A34925 A93 2016 

Publisher's Description:   When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.

Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation

Finalist for the  2016 National Book Award for fiction
Review from the New York Times

Monday, October 10, 2016

Library Labs Workshop - Industry and Market Research

Description: Learn about several authoritative business databases available via the Library and take your research to the next level. 

Intended Audience: Students (Approved for SBE Events credit)

Date & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 316 (now Albertson Hall)

Presenter: Mindy King 

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

More Showings! Movie Night "This is Our Town: Stevens Point, WI"

Oct. 25: UPDATE! Due to the overwhelming success of the first screening of "This is Our Town," there will be more showings. Please reserve your seats for these showings by contacting the UWSP ticket office for the DUC Theatre screenings at 715-346-4100 and the Portage County Public Library for the Nov. 12th showing at 715-346-1548. All are free and open to the public!

Tue, Nov. 1st @ 5:00 p.m. (DUC Theatre)
Mon, Nov 7th @ 6:00 p.m. (DUC Theatre)
Sat, Nov. 12th @ 2:00 p.m. (Pinery Room, Portage County Public Library)

Oct 6: We are excited to announce an upcoming movie about Stevens Point hosted by the University Archives with an intro by Dr. Neil Prendergast, History Department. 

Please join us for this free and public showing, and spread the word! 

Movie: “This is Our Town: Stevens Point, WI”
When: Tuesday, October 18th
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: DUC Theatre
Cost: Free and open to the public. Spread the word!
Contact: Brad Casselberry with any questions (715-346-3234)

Movie description: The Nelis R. Kampenga University Archives and Area Research Center will be hosting a public screening of "This is Our Town: Stevens Point, WI" with a brief intro by UWSP History Professor, Dr. Neil Prendergast. This one-hour long movie was shot in Stevens Point in September 1954 by traveling movie producer Robert M. Carson. The movie focuses on progress and pride in Stevens Point’s industry, business, recreation facilities and places of interest as a means of boosterism for the city. It highlights residents at work and play, and identifies over 100 residents by name. The film was recently digitized from its original 16mm format by Holder Printworks of Madison.

Some of the industries, businesses, recreation facilities and places of interest in the film:

  • Exterior of old courthouse
  • Exterior of old post office
  • Main Street, Public Square, Farmers Market
  • First National Bank
  • Central Wisconsin Airport
  • Soo Line Depot
  • Vetter Manufacturing Co.
  • Fire Department
  • Joerns Furniture
  • Stevens Point Country Club
  • Whiting-Plover Paper Co.
  • Wisconsin River (waterskiing)
  • IGA
  • Barbershop singers
  • Bake-Rite Co.
  • Belles & Beaus Club
  • Public Library (Carnegie)
  • Worzalla Publishing
  • Community Theatre
  • Nigbor Furs
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Citizens National Bank
  • P. J. Jacobs High School
  • Goerke Field
  • Lullabye Furniture Co.
  • Wisconsin State College – Stevens Point              
  • Hotel Whiting