Friday, April 28, 2017

The Library CREATES with Pinterestable Ideas

Check out some of the cool library-themed things that can be made (aka "Makerspace") for those who have a creativity knack!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Looking for an online summer course?

Want to hone your research skills? 

The University Library will offer Library Resources 101 as an online class this summer. 

The 1-credit course will run from June 26 through Aug. 18.

Course Description: Students will learn how to access library materials for college research assignments. Students will explore books, articles, archives, reference materials, websites, and streaming videos.

To prepare for college-level research, incoming first-year students are encouraged to enroll.

Questions, contact librarian Troy Espe at or 715-346-4443.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Featured Book: How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes)

In honor of National Poetry Month, a book of prose and poetry published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press

How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century

By Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes)

Call Number:  PS 3603 .L36526 Z46 2017

Publisher's Description:  Take a life-long journey, in prose and verse, with Oneida author and poet Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), who chronicles his voyage from schoolyard bullies to workplace barriers -- and the loves and lives in between -- to discover "How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century." Warm, plainspoken, and wryly funny, Clark shares his own American Indian story, talking frankly about a culture's struggle to maintain its heritage. His deceptively simple, poetic storytelling matches the rhythm of the life he recounts -- what he calls "the heartbeat of my nation," -- from childhood on the Rez, through school and into the working world, and ultimately to his life today as an elder, grandfather, and published poet.
Clark's unique voice takes readers on a deeply personal and profound quest through a wide range of subjects -- from workplace racism to falling in love and the Green Bay Packers -- to discover for himself what it means to be an American Indian.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


April 27 is 
Poem in Your Pocket Day! 

The Library and University College are excited to share poetry around campus.

Read more about Poem in Your Pocket here. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Featured Book: The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova

On the New Book Shelf in the Library's lobby:

The Confidence Game:  Why We Fall For It ... Every Time

By Maria Konnikova

Call Number:  HV 6691 .K66 2016

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  From the New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind, a compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again.

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mindy King Appointed Interim Library Director

Mindy King, Associate Professor in the University Library, has been appointed interim library director of the University Library. 

Mindy has served as the Emerging Technology Librarian since 2012, and was the Serials Librarian prior to that. She brings a variety of experiences to this position, including large-scale budget management, emerging technologies, strategic planning for the library, curricular planning, reference service, and was instrumental in transitioning the library’s web site to a more user-supported design. Mindy has served on numerous committees, including several with the UW System’s Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries. At the campus level, she has served on the UPDC committee, Faculty Affairs (now Faculty Council), and the Instructional Technology Team.  She currently serves on the University College Management Team.  

Prior to joining UW-Stevens Point, Mindy was the Health Sciences Librarian at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point. She holds a MBA from UW-Oshkosh, a MLIS from UW-Milwaukee, and a BA in Biology from Concordia College in MN. 

Dr. Kathy Davis, who has been serving as the Library Director, continues her role as the Dean of the University College through July. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

President James Albertson - 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Chancellor Bernie Patterson invites you to a presentation honoring the legacy of former UW-Stevens Point President James H. Albertson and seven other higher education leaders who were involved in the 1967 plane accident in Vietnam.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. in room 650, Albertson Hall. All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. 

Librarian/Assoc. Prof. Tom Reich

Read more about Albertson's legacy in this press release, including information from librarian Tom Reich, who is scheduled to speak at the event about his research on higher education in Vietnam and Albertson's legacy.  

An event Wednesday, March 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of a tragic loss. It will also be the first time many of the survivors meet.

In March 1967, James H. Albertson, president of the Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, and seven other higher education leaders were conducting a study of Vietnamese public higher education. While traveling between universities in the southeast Asia country, bad weather forced the team’s plane to crash near Da Nang, and everyone was killed. Dr. Albertson, who led the team, was 41 years old.

Their legacy will be honored during a 1 p.m. presentation March 22 in Albertson Hall, the learning resources center built in 1970 and named in Dr. Albertson’s honor. Under his visionary leadership, curriculum at UW-Stevens Point was expanded, the first graduate degree programs were offered, and enrollment more than doubled. He focused on making students better prepared to succeed by becoming global citizens.

A year ago, when one of Albertson’s children posted a Facebook memory of their father, daughter C.L. Fornari heard from a friend: "My father was on that same flight." She and Lynne Conroy, both live on Cape Cod, both are volunteer master gardeners and have known each other more than 20 years. But they never knew they had this loss in common, Fornari said.

“Our connection through Facebook led us to search out and contact other children of the men who were on this team. And this ultimately brought us to the marking of this anniversary in Stevens Point,” she said. Twelve of the surviving children will gather March 22 on campus. “We all share similar histories but it will be the first time that most of us have met,” Fornari said.

Conroy’s father was Vincent Conroy, Center for Field Studies director, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. Others on the team were: Harry Bangsberg, president of Bemidji State University; A. Donald Beattie, School of Business and Economics dean, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Howard Johnshoy, dean, Academic Affairs, Gustavus Adolphus College; Arthur Pickett, Honors Programs director, University of Illinois at Chicago; Melvin Wall, Plant and Earth Sciences head, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Robert LaFollette, Higher Education Adviser, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Operations Mission to Vietnam.

Fornari, one of three Albertson children to attend March 22, will speak at the presentation. Other speakers are Chancellor Bernie Patterson and Tom Reich, who wrote his thesis on higher education in Vietnam, the role of UW-Stevens Point and Agency for International Development. Reich is acquisitions and collection development librarian and associate professor of library science at UW-Stevens Point.

“President Albertson was a rare, visionary leader who did much to lay the foundation upon which our university stands today,” Patterson said. “He was so dedicated to his vision of lifting up everyone through the power of knowledge and education that he traveled to war-torn southeast Asia in 1967, to offer hope to the people of Vietnam.”

At age 36, Albertson became the eighth president of Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point in 1962.  American higher education was experiencing unprecedented growth, both in enrollment and curriculum, as the baby boom generation began entering American colleges, Reich wrote in his thesis. Albertson set the college on a course of steady growth and change, bringing new ideas to the campus and the community. Enrollment grew from 2,500 students in 1962 to more than 5,900 in 1967.

He led the team of educators to Vietnam, working with LaFollette, a former Ball State colleague who then was at the U.S. Agency for International Development. The team was engaged in a “quiet war” in Vietnam, Reich wrote.

“The years of 1966 and 1967 marked significant turning points in American educational assistance. The U.S. was now fully engaged in two wars in the Republic of Vietnam: ‘the fighting war—the familiar war—[where] men kill and are killed. [And] the ‘other war…the quiet war,’ the men who battle on our side do not kill, but they may be killed.’  Americans went to South Vietnam to wage war in differing ways, as they fought ‘to save a country and build a nation…’ By the end of (1966), Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point had made the commitment to join ‘other war,’” Reich wrote.

Days after the March 23, 1967, plane crash, Burdette Eagon, dean of innovative programs at WSU-Stevens Point, was asked to assist with the project. He traveled to Vietnam in mid-April, and served as chief-of-party for the Wisconsin contract until 1974.  Eagon will attend the March 22 event.

Albertson’s legacy continues at UW-Stevens Point. In addition to Albertson Hall, the Albertson Medallion Award is given to less than 1 percent of those graduating each year. It is the highest award UW-Stevens Point gives to students.

Albertson award winners have been invited to the March 22 event. It is open to the public in Room 650 of Albertson Hall, 900 Reserve St. Materials from University Archives will be on display following the presentation. 

Read more about UWSP President James Albertson here.