Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book of the Week: A Lincoln Dialogue by James A. Rawley

A Lincoln Dialogue 

By James A. Rawley
William G. Thomas, Editor

Call Number:  E 458 .R26 2014 

A tribute to the author by the American Historical Association

Publisher's  Description:  The words of Abraham Lincoln have been immortalized in speeches and enshrined in policies and practices, and none of those words, spoken or written, has gone unnoticed or wanted for a response. It is this broader context—the wider conversation about Lincoln’s words—that this book discusses. The final project of James A. Rawley, a preeminent historian of the Civil War era, A Lincoln Dialogue cross-examines Lincoln’s major statements, papers, and initiatives in light of the comments and criticism of his supporters and detractors. 
Drawn from letters and newspapers, pamphlets and reports, these statements and responses constitute a unique documentary examination of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Rawley’s careful selection and his judicious interweaving of historical analysis and background invite us into the dialogue and allow us to hear the voices of American history in the making.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Celebrating National Library Week April 12-18

Celebrate National Library Week 2015


WHEREAS, libraries create potential and possibilities within their communities, campuses and schools;
WHEREAS; libraries level the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies;
WHEREAS, libraries continuously grow and evolve in how they provide for the needs of every member of their communities;
 WHEREAS, libraries and librarians open up a world of possibilities
WHEREAS, librarians are trained professionals, providing research help and access to downloadable content like e-books;
WHEREAS, libraries support democracy and effect social change through their commitment to provide equitable access to information for all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status;
WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the UWSP University Library proclaims National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015.  We encourage all campus and community members to visit the library this week to take advantage of the wonderful library resources available @ your library!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Book of the Week (Ten Windows by Jane Hirshfield)

This week's book is chosen in honor of National Poetry Month.
Check out these other online resources related to teaching poetry

Ten Windows:  How Great Poems Transform the World

By Jane Hirshfield

Call Number:  PN 1136 .H55 2015

Listen to an interview with the author on National Public Radio

Publisher's Description: Jane Hirshfield offers ten eloquent and highly original explorations into how great poems transform our experience of the world. Touching on everything from the concept of “windows” in poems (the moments where a word, phrase, or shift in tone “opens” something for the reader) to the mechanisms of surprise and uncertainty, Jane uses particular poems (by Basho, Dickinson, Szymborska, Gilbert, Cavafy and Creeley, to name a few) to show us how poetry works, word by charged word. Most of all, she captures the ways in which poems make something possible that is separate from and beyond our daily reality (“[Poetry's] seeing is not our usual seeing, its hearing is not our usual hearing”).

 Locating the border realm between inner and outer, what is known and what can only be apprehended in the realm of verse, Hirshfield's lucid understanding is gripping and transformative itself, showing us at every turn how poems restore us to and expand our sense of a broader humanity.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Library Labs Workshop: Assignment Creation

Join us for our next workshop!

Description: 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.

Intended Audience: Faculty/Teaching Staff

Dates & Times: Thursday, April 9th at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Location: LRC 107

Presenters: Dave Dettman, Assessment Librarian

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Featured Database: Web of Science

Have you ever used the Web of Science database?

Here are some reasons why you should:

Database description: Whether looking at data, books, journals, proceedings or patents, Web of Science provides a single destination to access the most reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research. Quality, curated content delivered alongside information on emerging trends, subject specific content and analysis tools make it easy for students, faculty, researchers, analysts, and program managers to pinpoint the most relevant research to inform their work.

For students – use it to find the following:
·   Discover bibliographic and citation information for journal articles.
·   Cited Reference Searching to find articles cited a previously published work.
    Subjects covered :
arts & humanities (1,700 of leading arts and humanities journals)
science (over 8,500 of leading scientific and technical journals across 150 disciplines)
social sciences (3,000 of leading social sciences journals across 50 disciplines)

For faculty/staff – use it to find the following:
·   High-impact articles in science & technical journals, social sciences, arts & humanities
·   Conference proceedings
·   Discover emerging trends that help you pursue successful research and grant applications
·   Identify potential collaborators with significant citation records
·   Cited Reference Searching to find articles cited a previously published work.

Where to find it: Find databases list
More: Web of Science is fully searchable via Search@UW. If you are off-campus, you need to be logged in to see the results.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book of the Week: Neverhome by Laird Hunt

Enjoy this historical novel during Women's History Month


By Laird Hunt

Call Number:  PS3608.U58 N48 2014

New York Times review

Publisher's Description:  She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Neverhome tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

Laird Hunt's dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?

In gorgeous prose, Hunt's rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"When Birds Drink Too Much" - JSTOR Daily

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