Thursday, November 20, 2014

Library Labs Series Workshop - Discovering Images with ARTstor

Please join us for our next Library Labs Series Workshop - Discovering Images with ARTstor

Workshop Description: “Looking for high-quality images? ARTstor is a digital library of millions of images in the arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences and more. Learn how these images can be downloaded and used in teaching, presentations, papers, and other academic applications. Instructors can also manage and share images within an institution and upload and store images in a personal collection folder.”

Intended Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Dates & Times: Wednesday, Dec 3, noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 316

Presenters: Tom Reich, Collection Development Librarian; Lise Hawkos, Visual Resource Curator (CoFAC); Jen Hoyer, Library Relations Associate/ARTstor

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. Cookies and refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Library Catalog Transition and Timeline

The UW System libraries will be moving to a new shared library management system. As a result, our current library catalog is officially going away on February 9, 2015 (the system that runs our catalog is no longer being developed by the vendor). 

Our discovery tool, Search@UW, will continue as the interface for searching our library holdings and also functions as the UW System Libraries shared catalog.

Below are some important dates we would like you to be aware of that may impact services. We will also send reminders closer to these dates as well:

  • January 8 – Universal Borrowing and other resource sharing will be handled via the Interlibrary loan system until the new system is live on February 9th. It may take a bit more time to get materials from other libraries during this period.
  • January 15 – Deadline for Spring Semester Reserve requests – for physical items only (books, DVDs, etc.).
  • January 20 -  New items will not be ordered, purchased, cataloged, placed on reserve until the new system is in place.
  • February 4 – Checkout/Checkin of materials will be manual.  “My Account” data will not be updated, and renewals and requests will not be available until the new system is in place.

We appreciate your patience while we make this system transition. Please know the library staff is always willing to help with the services you need.

If you have questions about the transition, please contact Terri Muraski (ext. 3349). 

For more detailed information, please visit our LibGuide.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book of the Week (A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel)

A Deadly Wandering:  A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

By Matt Richtel

Call number:  HE 5614.3 .U7 R53 2014

Review from the New York Times 

Publisher's Description:  From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.

A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?—and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Book of the Week: Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman

New in the IMC - on the Library's 3rd floor

Eyes Wide Open:  Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
By Paul Fleischman

Call Number:  IMC TD 170.15 F54 2014

Review from Kirkus Reviews

Publisher's Description:  Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them.

We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking – suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world.
This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century.

Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Students - come learn how to create Prezi Presentations...and more!

Please join us for a free workshop! 

Three different sessions offered for your scheduling convenience 

Wow the Crowd! Successful Prezi Presentations

Learn how to:
  • Create, edit and share a Prezi
When & Where:
  • Mon  Nov 10  6:00pm (Room 316)
  • Tue   Nov 11 4:00pm (Room 316)
  • Wed  Noc 12  6:00pm (Room 316)
  • Laura Wood (UW-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies Graduate Student  & University Library intern)

This is an SBE approved eventCheck here for upcoming workshops

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Make! 3D Printing Workshop

Curious about 3D printing? Come explore the software and equipment surrounding this new technology and turn your ideas into reality. We will also discuss how 3D printing can be used to meet educational outcomes. 

Workshop is FREE but does require registration.

Coffee & refreshments will be served!!

Intended Audience: General Audience
Dates & Times: Tuesday, November 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: LRC 107
Instructor: Mindy King, Emerging Technology Librarian

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book of the Week (Women in Game of Thrones by Valerie Estelle Frankel)

Women in Game of Thrones:  Power, Conformity and Resistance
By Valerie Estelle Frankel

Call number:  PN 1992.77 .G35 F73 2014

Review from Library Journal

Publisher's DescriptionGame of Thrones, one of the hottest series on television, leaves hundreds of critics divided on how "feminist" the show really is. Certainly the female characters, strong and weak, embody a spectrum of archetypes--widow queens, warrior women, damsels in distress, career women, priestesses, crones, mothers and maidens. However, the problematic area is that most of them play a single role without nuance--even the "strong women" have little to do besides strut about as one-note characters.

   This book analyzes the women and their portrayals one by one, along with their historical inspirations. Accompanying issues in television studies also appear, from the male gaze to depiction of race. How these characters are treated in the series and how they treat themselves becomes central, as many strip for the pleasure of men or are sacrificed as pawns. Some nude scenes or moments of male violence are fetishized and filmed to tantalize, while others show the women's trauma and attempt to identify with the scene's female perspective. The key is whether the characters break out of their traditional roles and become multidimensional.