Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Library Labs Workshops - Fall Schedule

Please join us for our fall semester Library Labs. These workshops are free, open to the campus community, and no registration is required. 


Keepin’ It Real: Tips and Strategies for Evaluating Fake News

​Fake News is becoming a real problem for individuals that rely on web delivered news (often via social media) to help them make sense of the world. This library lab will define fake news, provide examples, and discuss strategies and resources to help you successfully identify “news” content that is out of context and/or motivated by political or social bias.
Date(s) and Time(s): Tue. Oct. 3 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 316 ALB
Presenter(s): Dave Dettman
Audience: Campus Wide
- Approved for SBE Events Credit

Library Resources for Business Research

This hands-on workshop will feature the Library’s Business Premium Collection and demonstrate how to find scholarly articles, trade publications, industry and market research, commodity reports, company reports, and country reports.
Date(s) and Time(s): Tue. Nov. 14 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 316 ALB
Presenter(s): Mindy King
Audience: Campus Wide
- Approved for SBE Events Credit

3D Printing and Scanning

​3D Printing and scanning have opened up new means of creation and thus unleashed imaginations of countless users. This workshop will provide an introduction to those technologies in general and also the explore the specifics of what the University Library can offer to those interested in making use of these unique tools.
Date(s) and Time(s): Tue. Dec. 12 - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 310 ALB
Presenter(s): Matt Sonnenberg
Audience: Campus Wide
- Approved for SBE Events Credit

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wisconsin's John Muir Traveling Exhibit

The University Library is exited to be one of the host site's of the Wisconsin Historical Society's traveling exhibit, "Wisconsin's John Muir," from Oct. 3 - 21, 2017.

Commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service, the traveling exhibit explores Muir's youth in Wisconsin, his advocacy for national parks, and his views on environmental issues such as logging, hunting, and climate change. Its eight panels share facsimiles of images and manuscripts from the Society’s library and archives alongside Muir quotes and interpretive texts.

In addition to the exhibit, the Museum of Natural History will offer Muir books and t-shirts for sale. A presentation and other events will be scheduled and announced closer to the opening.

Stop by and enjoy a glimpse into the legacy of John Muir, wilderness preservation, natural resource management, and harmony with nature.

Our library has over 150 books and reports on John Muir. Feel free to search our catalog or browse the subject area on the 5th flr (call# range QH31).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins

The Wonder of Birds : What they tell us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

By Jim Robbins

Call number:  QL 676 .R63 2017

Publisher's Description:   A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful—and surprising—ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet

Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are found virtually everywhere and we love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in so many of our human endeavors: learning to fly, providing clothing and food, and helping us better understand the human brain and body. And they even have much to teach us about being human in the natural world.

This book illuminates qualities unique to birds that demonstrate just how invaluable they are to humankind—both ecologically and spiritually. The wings of turkey buzzards influenced the Wright brothers’ flight design; the chickadee’s song is considered by scientists to be the most sophisticated language in the animal world and a “window into the evolution of our own language and our society”; and the quietly powerful presence of eagles in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Anacostia, in Washington, D.C., proved to be an effective method for rehabilitating the troubled young people placed in charge of their care.

Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground, from the quotidian to the miraculous, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Duck, Duck, Moose! Stop by the Library to see Live Birds.

The University Library is excited to participate in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, being held on our campus Sept. 15th & 16th.

The Raptor Education Group Inc. will have live birds and information on display in the Library lobby (Albertson Hall) area and activities for kids will be held in the Museum of Natural History (located in the same area).

The birds will be here on Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - Noon.

Check here for more information about the entire schedule for the Duck Stamp Contest.

Sure to be an exciting time!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Food for Thought Cafe Closed Fall Semester

The Food for Thought Café will be closed temporarily for the fall semester due to renovation.

The Homegrown Café across the street in the DUC is open. You are welcome to bring food and drink into the Library (covered please).

There are numerous study spaces available throughout the Library, including the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we look forward to unveiling the new campus “One-stop” service center in January that will address student needs in one convenient location. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Changes to E-Reserve

The Library is now going to use D2L as the platform for our E-reserve system.  No more double logins or need for students to check for your online course materials in a separate system! 

We will still offer all of the services that we previously provided – helping you identify, purchase and scan materials as well as guidance on any applicable copyright rules – but now we will post the materials as a module in D2L.   

If you’ve used E-reserve in the past, our first step is for you to give us permission to transfer the content over to D2L from the old system. 

To get started in the transition,  contact Terri Muraski (715-346-3349, 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals by Jeremy McCarter

Young Radicals:  in the War for American Ideals

By Jeremy McCarter

Call Number:  HN 90 .R3 M22 2017

Review from the New York Times Book Review

Publisher's description:  Where do we find our ideals? What does it mean to live for them—and to risk dying for them? For Americans during World War I, these weren’t abstract questions. Young Radicals tells the story of five activists, intellectuals and troublemakers who agitated for freedom and equality in the hopeful years before the war, then fought to defend those values in a country pitching into violence and chaos.

Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarter’s dramatic narrative brings to life the exploits of Randolph Bourne, the bold social critic who strove for a dream of America that was decades ahead of its time; Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, whose magazine The Masses fought the government for the right to oppose the war; Walter Lippmann, a boy wonder of socialism who forged a new path to seize new opportunities; Alice Paul, a suffragist leader who risked everything to win women the right to vote; and John Reed, the swashbuckling journalist and impresario who was an eyewitness to—and a key player in—the Russian Revolution.

Each of these figures sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American life—politically, socially, culturally—and struggled to bring it about, only to see a cataclysmic war and reactionary fervor sweep it away. A century later, we are still fighting for the ideals these five championed: peace, women’s rights, economic equality, freedom of speech—all aspects of a vibrant American democracy. The story of their struggles brings new light and fresh inspiration to our own.