Friday, February 5, 2016

Books get a second life with reinvestment and reuse through Better World Books

Starting in 2014, the University Library established a relationship with Better World Books where we send books that have been withdrawn from our collection and books from our book sale that do not sell.

This project with Better World Books has returned $1,731 to our library, which we reinvest in our Leisure Reading Collection. A portion of those sales is also distributed to the Nicaragua Partnership, which has received $577 in the last two years.

Below you can review the environmental metrics (and explanation of values) in an effort to limit the environmental impact by reusing these books.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. Black History Month is sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The Association was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter Woodson--historian, teacher, author and publisher. Each year the Association designates the national theme for Black History Month. The 2016 theme is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”
The University Library has numerous print and online resources on African American life and history. Below are two online video sources we subscribe to, and both highlight numerous videos on African American life.  

In celebration of Black History Month, and Women’s History Month, the Library will be sponsoring and hosting an upcoming event planned in March featuring a talk by Emeritus Prof. Valentina Peguero, History Dept. at UWSP, on Celebrating Pioneering Women of Color. More details to come. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book of the Week: Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl A. Zimring

Clean and white : a history of environmental racism in the United States

By Carl A. Zimring

Call number: GE230 .Z56 2015

Review by Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Description: When Joe Biden attempted to compliment Barack Obama by calling him “clean and articulate,” he unwittingly tapped into one of the most destructive racial stereotypes in American history. This book tells the history of the corrosive idea that whites are clean and those who are not white are dirty. From the age of Thomas Jefferson to the Memphis Public Workers strike of 1968 through the present day, ideas about race and waste have shaped where people have lived, where people have worked, and how American society’s wastes have been managed.
Clean and White offers a history of environmental racism in the United States focusing on constructions of race and hygiene. In the wake of the civil war, as the nation encountered emancipation, mass immigration, and the growth of an urbanized society, Americans began to conflate the ideas of race and waste. Certain immigrant groups took on waste management labor, such as Jews and scrap metal recycling, fostering connections between the socially marginalized and refuse. Ethnic “purity” was tied to pure cleanliness, and hygiene became a central aspect of white identity. 
Carl A. Zimring here draws on historical evidence from statesmen, scholars, sanitarians, novelists, activists, advertisements, and the United States Census of Population to reveal changing constructions of environmental racism. The material consequences of these attitudes endured and expanded through the twentieth century, shaping waste management systems and environmental inequalities that endure into the twenty-first century. Today, the bigoted idea  that non-whites are “dirty” remains deeply ingrained in the national psyche, continuing to shape social and environmental inequalities in the age of Obama.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Introducing Flipster - A New Way to Access Digital Magazines

Introducing Flipster
A New Way to Access Digital Magazines

You can now access some of your favorite digital magazines using Flipster.Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines. 

Magazines can be accessed through the Library’s homepage via a web browser and can also be downloaded for offline viewing to iOS or Android devices via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere.

Flipster offers an easy, browseable reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific titles.  An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Below are some of the categories of magazines available.

·         Art & Design
·         Automotive
·         Business
·         Consumer
·         Entertainment
·         Family & Kids
·         Fitness & Health
·         Food & Cooking
·         Hobbies, Interests, & DIY
·         Home & Garden
·         Lifestyle
·         Literary
·         Men's Interest
·         News & Politics
·         Science & Technology
·         Sports
·         Teens
·         Travel & Regional
·         Women's Interest

To access Flipster: From the Library’s homepage (both on and off campus), click on the hyperlink titled eMagazines.  If you are off campus, you will also be prompted for your UWSP user name and password.  For viewing magazines offline, first download the app for your device from either the iTunes App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).  

Check out the video, too! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Study Spaces on Third Floor

We currently have some new study spaces on the third floor of the Library across from the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) area. These are open spaces with carrels, tables, sofas, and modular spaces for groups to meet. There is no technology available in this area, and does not require a reservation. If a space is open it is yours to use!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book of the Week: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Recently announced winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Newbery Award for children's literature.  For more information on other award winning titles for children and young adults see the ALA awards announcement.

Last Stop on Market Street

Words by Matt de la Peña ; pictures by Christian Robinson
Call number:  IMC Children's Literature Collection:  PZ7.P3725 Las 2015 (3rd floor)
Publisher's Description:  Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book of the Week: Loon Lore by Bill Sullivan

Loon Lore: in Poetry and Prose

By Bill Sullivan

Call Number:  PS3569.U35936 L66 2015 

Publisher's Description:  The elusive loon—here one moment, gone the next—shows the limits of what we can grasp, and the temporary nature of what is
In Loon Lore: In Poetry and Prose, Bill Sullivan explores his admiration for and attachment to the common loon, the ancient aquatic bird that migrates from the northern lakes of New England and beyond to wintering sites along the coast of Rhode Island, bringing a taste of wilderness and a sense of wonderment and delight to the dark days of winter. The poems consider the loon’s past, present, and future in New England, recognizing that their future is ours as well. Interspersed prose reflections discuss native oral tales and myth, the ice age, Thoreau and wilderness, oil spills, bird migrations, concepts of time, and loon survival given the ecological challenges of our day. Illustrator Leslie Tryon has rendered soft pencil drawings throughout the book.

An interview with Sullivan and Tryon