Monday, April 21, 2014

Book of the Week (The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd edition)

The Sibley Guide to Birds (2nd Edition)

Written and Illustrated by David Allen Sibley

Call Number:  QL681 .S497 2014

Publisher's Description:  “Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding
The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The Sibley Guide became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design.

The second edition offers a wealth of improvements and updates:
  • All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail.
  • Includes nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality.
  • Expanded text includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field.
  • More than 600 new paintings, including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations.
  • More than 700 updated maps of ranges, showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.
  • 85 bird family pages now cross-referenced to species accounts.
  • Revised taxonomic order and most current common names for every species.
The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition, brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own

David Sibley describes changes to look for in the revised edition.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Predatory Publishers with Jeffrey Beall

Please join us on Friday, April 25, to hear Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Colorado's Denver Auraria Library, present on predatory publishers.

The event is free, but registration is required

For more information, contact Nerissa Nelson at 715-346-4204 or

We hope to see you next week!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book of the Week: The Laughing Librarian by Jeanette C. Smith

Celebrate National Library Week - visit your UWSP Library!

The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor

By Jeanette C. Smith

Call Number:  Z682.5 .S65 2012

Publisher's Description:  Despite the stodgy stereotypes, libraries and librarians themselves can be quite funny. The spectrum of library humor from sources inside and outside the profession ranges from the subtle wit of the New Yorker to the satire of Mad. This examination of American library humor over the past 200 years covers a wide range of topics and spans the continuum between light and dark, from parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as objects of fear. It illuminates different types of librarians—the collector, the organization person, the keeper, the change agent—and explores stereotypes like the shushing little old lady with a bun, the male scholar-librarian, the library superhero, and the anti-stereotype of the sexy librarian. Profiles of the most prominent library humorists round out this lively study.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Assignment Creation with the Library workshop

Professors often want students
to do in-depth work in the library,
but creating library based assignments
can be headache inducing with constant
changes in technology and web content.

Learn how to avoid assignment pitfalls
and create library assignments that are
relevant for multiple semesters regardless
of technological shifts in this library workshop.

Workshop is free! But we would like you to register.
Cookies and refreshments will be provided!

Please register here

Intended Audience: Faculty
Dates & Times: Thursday, April 17, Noon
Location: LRC 318
Instructor: Melissa Engleman

More information on our Library Labs Series 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book of the Week: Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World By Jennifer Potter

Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World

By Jennifer Potter

Call Number:  SB 404.5 .P68 2014

Publisher's Description:  The lotus. The lily. The sunflower. The opium poppy. The rose. The tulip. The orchid. Seven flowers, each with its own story full of surprises and secrets, each affecting the world around us in subtle but powerful ways. But what is the nature of their power and how did it develop? Why have these particular plants become the focus of gardens, literature, art—even billion dollar industries?

 The answers to these questions and more are what drove journalist and author Jennifer Potter to write Seven Flowers. Drawing on sources both ancient and modern, and featuring lush full-color illustrations and gorgeous line art throughout, Potter examines our changing relationship with these potent plants and the effects they had on civilizations through the ages. The opium poppy, for example, returned to haunt its progenitors in the West, becoming the source of an enormously profitable drug trade in Asia. In the seventeenth century, the irrational exuberance of the Dutch for rare tulips led to a nationwide financial collapse. Potter also explores how different cultures came to view the same flowers in totally different lights. While Confucius saw virtue and modesty in his native orchids, the ancient Greeks saw only lust and sex.

In the eye of each beholder, these are flowers of life and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild. All seven demonstrate the enduring ability of flowers to speak metaphorically—if we could only decode what they have to say.

An edited extract of the book from the Daily Mail

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book of the Week: The Scarlet Sisters by Myra MacPherson

The scarlet sisters : sex, suffrage, and scandal in the Gilded Age
By Myra MacPherson

Call Number:  HQ 1412 .M29 2014

Review from the Washington Post

Publisher's Description:  A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world.

Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee "Tennie" Claflin-the most fascinating and scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for women's fiscal, political, and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, achieving a stunning list of firsts. In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm, not to be repeated for nearly a century. Amid high gossip that he was Tennie's lover, the richest man in America, fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, bankrolled the sisters. As beautiful as they were audacious, the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day. A half century before women could vote, Victoria used her Wall Street fame to become the first woman to run for president, choosing former slave Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first woman to address a United States congressional committee. Tennie ran for Congress and shocked the world by becoming the honorary colonel of a black regiment.

They were the first female publishers of a radical weekly, and the first to print Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto in America. As free lovers they railed against Victorian hypocrisy and exposed the alleged adultery of Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous preacher in America, igniting the "Trial of the Century" that rivaled the Civil War for media coverage. Eventually banished from the women's movement while imprisoned for allegedly sending "obscenity" through the mail, the sisters sashayed to London and married two of the richest men in England, dining with royalty while pushing for women's rights well into the twentieth century.

Vividly telling their story, Myra MacPherson brings these inspiring and outrageous sisters brilliantly to life. She deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

DVD of the Week (Fruitvale Station)

Fruitvale Station (DVD)

TWC ; a Significant production ; written and directed by Ryan Coogler ; produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker.

Call Number: PN 1997.2 .F79 2014 (In the IMC on the Library's 3rd floor)

Summary: Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.

Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core. Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut. 

Review from The New Yorker
Info about the Movie/DVD on Rotten Tomatoes