Monday, September 15, 2014

Check out our new product Biblioboard!

The Library is happy to announce our new subscription to Biblioboard – a digital collection of books, images, articles, audio and video from around the world, including many primary sources and arranged by subject.

Biblioboard is browsable from your mobile device, and you can create bookmarks, notes and other favorites that sync between devices.

Campus users can access Biblioboard through our list of databases.

Questions about this product? Chat with or stop by the Reference Desk and we will be happy to help you.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book of the Week - Marriage Markets

Marriage markets : how inequality is remaking the American family

By June Carbone and Naomi Cahn

Call Number:  HQ536 .C348 2014

Reviews from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Publisher's Description:  In Marriage Markets, June Carbone and Naomi Cahn examine how macroeconomic forces are transforming our most intimate and important spheres, and how working class and lower income families have paid the highest price. Just like health, education, and seemingly every other advantage in life, a stable two-parent home has become a luxury that only the well-off can afford. The best educated and most prosperous have the most stable families, while working class families have seen the greatest increase in relationship instability.

Why is this so? The book provides the answer: greater economic inequality has profoundly changed marriage markets, the way men and women match up when they search for a life partner. It has produced a larger group of high-income men than women; written off the men at the bottom because of chronic unemployment, incarceration, and substance abuse; and left a larger group of women with a smaller group of comparable men in the middle. The failure to see marriage as a market affected by supply and demand has obscured any meaningful analysis of the way that societal changes influence culture. Only policies that redress the balance between men and women through greater access to education, stable employment, and opportunities for social mobility can produce a culture that encourages commitment and investment in family life.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book of the Week (Softly with Feeling by Edward Berger)

Softly, With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

By Edward Berger

Call Number:  ML 419 .W522 B57 2014

An article from the LA Times on the recent death of Joe Wilder (1922-2014)

Publisher's Description:  Trumpeter Joe Wilder is distinguished for his achievements in both the jazz and classical worlds. He was a founding member of the Symphony of the New World, where he played first trumpet, and he performed as lead trumpet and soloist with Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie. Yet Wilder is also known as a pioneer who broke down racial barriers, the first African American to hold a principal chair in a Broadway show orchestra, and one of the first African Americans to join a network studio orchestra.

In Softly, with Feeling, Edward Berger tells Wilder's remarkable story from his youth in working-class Philadelphia and his apprenticeship in the big bands, to his experience as one of the first 1,000 black Marines during World War II, and his achievements in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music. Reminiscences by Wilder and his colleagues, including renowned Philadelphia-area musicians Jimmy Heath and Buddy DeFranco help place Wilder's experiences within a broader context of American musical and social history. Wilder's modesty and ability to perform in many musical genres may have prevented him from achieving popular recognition, but in Softly, with Feeling, his legacy and contributions to music and culture are assured.

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.