Friday fun: Historical newsreels on YouTube

Digitized historical newsreels from the Associated Press and British Movietone have been made available on YouTube. The films go back as far as 1895, and cover almost everything you can think of…live footage of significant historical events such as the burning of the Belsen concentration camp and bombing of Pearl Harbor, fashion including ridiculous sunglasses in 1971, sports (Highland games!), entertainment such as “50 years of movies” celebrating fifty years of moving film, interviews and portraits of notable individuals, and real oddities like the dog walking machines from 1937 and a barrel rolling contest.

Search YouTube for “british movietone” and whatever else you want.

Enjoy. And thank you, James, for bringing this to my attention.

screenshot of British Movietone via YouTube

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T3: Access Library Resources when UW-Whitewater Websites Unavailable

All of UW-Whitewater’s websites (including the Library’s homepage) will be down for maintenance Friday, July 24, from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Even when the Library’s website is down you can still access many of our resources. Here’s how:

  • Research@UWW – find articles, ebooks, and more
  • LibGuides – Look at a guide for the subject you are researching, you’ll see a tab for Articles/Databases on almost every guide. These will link you to the databases.
  • Google Scholar – find articles and use the Find It@UW-W links to get to see if we have the full text. (To set up your Google Scholar preferences so that you see the Find It@UW-W links, please see this guide How to Use Find It with Google Scholar.)

You may want to bookmark these links in your browsers so that you can quickly access our resources anytime there is a planned or unplanned outage.

Here is the message from iCIT:

The entire campus network access (including all buildings and the data center) and all associated services will be unavailable on Friday, July 24, from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. due to maintenance.

This planned outage will affect all services that utilize the network including email, WINS, and the UW-Whitewater Website. Planned system outages are announced via email and at If you have questions, please contact the Technology Support Center (TSC) Helpdesk at 262-472-HELP (4357), or

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New Stuff Tuesday: July 21, 2015

Cool: How the brain's hidden quest for cool drives our economy and shapes our world

How the brain’s hidden quest for cool drives our economy and shapes our world
by Steven Quartz and Anette Asp
HF5415.32 .Q37 2015 New Arrivals, 2nd floor

What do designer jeans and neuroscience have in common? Steven Quartz and Anette Asp explain in this fascinating book. Cool explores why we buy what they buy and how our purchases give the world an indication of our social status and the group of which we are a part. The book presents scientific and historical evidence of the pursuit of cool around the world. If you’re interested in how consumer trends come to be or would like to learn more about the brain or marketing, this book is highly recommended.

You might also be interested in watching The Merchants of Cool, available through Films on Demand.

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Seventeen Hours of Solitude, or Springfield and Back Again

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude:
by Gabriel García Márquez
In English: PQ8180.17.A73 C513 2014
En Español: PQ8180.17.A73 C54 2015
Browsing Collection, Audiobooks, 2nd floor

Are you going on a long road trip this summer and looking for some entertainment to make it less onerous? I highly recommend “Roadkill Bingo,” but if that isn’t available (or it grosses you out) pop on an audiobook and be taken on adventures far and wide. If you prefer the former, here’s one place to get some reusable BINGO cards.

Originally published in Spanish as Cien Años de Soledad in 1967 and then in 1970 in English, One Hundred Years of Solitude was also recently released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio. The Spanish version is narrated by Gustavo Bonfigli and the English version by John Lee. If you haven’t read Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ works before, this is a a great novel to start with. The Spanish version is 17.5 hours long, so about as much narration as you’d need to get to Springfield, MO and back in a car or bus, including slowdowns at tollways and one trip through a drive-thru. The English version clocks in at 14 hours, so you’d have plenty of time left over for Roadkill Bingo or a round of “500 Bottles of Rootbeer on the Wall.” Or maybe you’d prefer to stop at Rolla or detour to the Mark Twain National Forest instead.

The story is a set in a mythical small South American town, ostensibly in Colombia, the author’s birthplace, and follows the evolution and eventual decadence of the lives of seven generations of the Buendia family. This seminal work of magical realism is richly layered and full of humor. It should give you a fun journey within your journey. No napping while this is playing!

Hope you have a great summer trip!

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Student Book Club

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Do you enjoy reading new books and talking about them with your peers?  Great, because Andersen Library is hosting its very first book club for students!  The first 15 students to sign up get a free hardcover copy of the book, I Am Malala.  To read more about Nobel Peace Prize winning author, check out  this review from the Washington Post.

Meetings will be held on Sept. 29, Oct. 6, & Oct. 13 from 5:00pm-6:00pm and will be located by Andersen Library’s big screen tv area.  The setting will be relaxed, so if you were unable to read as far as you would have liked, no worries! Participate as much as you are willing or able. Light snacks will be provided for attendees.

Sign up now! 

Have questions? Contact Rebecca at for more information.


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New Online Research Databases

We’ve made some helpful additions to our suite of research databases this summer:

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides access to an extensive repository of standardized and structured statisical data. The repository contains more than 18.9 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations providing access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form. This database comes to us courtesy of UW-Madison’s subscription.
  • ebrary Academic Complete Collection offers ebooks from trusted publishers in all academic subject areas as well as powerful research tools. Books may be checked out or downloaded to devices.
  • Statista offers data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources. Categorized into 21 market sectors it provides users with direct access to quantitative data on media,business, finance, politics and a variety of other areas of interest or markets.

Of course, with cuts to the Library’s acquisitions budget, we also have to say goodbye to several other resources:

  • EBSCO eBook Academic Collection was swapped for the ebrary product (above) which has similar content at a lower cost
  • Journal Citation Reports was cancelled due to a high cost-per-use
  • PrivCo was cancelled because we lost our campus funding partners
  • Mosby’s Nursing Consult was a UW-Madison resource that was cancelled

For a complete list of the Library’s databases, see the Articles & Databases page.

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New Stuff Tuesday – July 14, 2015

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education

Creative Schools:
The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education
by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
LB1590.5 .R64 2015  New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Since achieving international acclaim for his 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” Robinson continues to make the case for change driven by more creativity in teaching and in schools. If the education of the 19th and 20th centuries are modeled on the interests of industrialization, he makes the case that the 21st century economy demands a paradigm shift in education. He asserts that “creativity in any field may involve deep factual knowledge and high levels of practical skill” – rigour that is exactly what children in our new economy need. To illustrate how we can make change happen in education and how we can make it last, he draws on examples from a once failing and now successful middle school in Georgia, to the Boston Arts Academy which demonstrates the transformational power of the arts, to the depth of exploration and learning that homeschooling can potentially afford.

As an introduction to Robinson’s ideas, view the creatively presented Animate, Changing Education Paradigms:

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Modern Romance for Summer

Modern Romance

Modern Romance:
An Investigation
by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg
PN6231 .D3 A57 2015
Browsing Collection, 2nd floor

I’m taking a somewhat wayward look at summer reading today for those of you inclined towards nonfiction. I’m more of a fiction person myself, but do sometimes venture beyond the purely imaginative. Today is one of those days.

You may know Aziz Ansari from his unforgettable role as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, his other television and film acting, or his years as a veteran standup comedian. He now adds a new notch in his funny belt as he finds his way into authorhood with his first book, which was co-written with experienced author Eric Klinenberg of New York University, a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge. It is a combination of humorous impressions and serious interpretations of the world of love.

Like much of Ansari’s comedy, this book takes an hilarious look at contemporary relationships, everything from searching for a soulmate to settling down. It incorporates the effect of technology on the shaping of our relationships and also the differences between courtships of the past and present. You may be wondering what Klinenberg has to do with this. Well, he adds a scholarly bent and supportive data. Together the two men designed a large scale, worldwide research project, analyzed behavioral data and surveys, and created an active online research forum on Reddit. They even enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The insights gathered from this research informs the text. I don’t know how much impact this book will have on serious scholarship, but it certainly puts the fun in fundamentals of dating.

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T3: Online Maker Camp

Maker Camp

Learn something new and boost your creativity this summer at Maker Camp, a free, online summer camp where you can work on a new project every day. Hosted by Maker Media, this virtual camp has daily activities centered around week-long themes. Although originally intended for school-aged children, the activities are fun for anyone! The activities for this summer range from crafting home-made instruments to film-making, agricultural projects, and the science of new materials. (See the whole list of themes here.)

In addition to creating projects in your own home, you can also share in the fun with other camp attendees virtually through Google+ and other online spaces.

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If you’re looking for a good time, Savory Sounds this Thursday might be just the thing! Steve Meisner, award-winning accordian player, polka musician, and composer, will provide the sounds at the Birge Fountain (outside the Arts Alliance building) on Thurs., July 9, from 11:30am-12:45pm. The SweetSpot will provide the savory (lunch), unless you take your own!

cover of Polka HappinessAnd if you can’t make that, or just want to keep the polka thing going, Andersen Library can help! Search Research@UWW to find books like A passion for polka: Old-time ethnic music in America (3rd-floor Main Collection, ML3551 .G696 1992) and Polka happiness (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV1796 .P55 K45 1992) or recordings like Deep polka dance music from the Midwest (2nd-floor Browsing Collection, CDs, FOL Dee), which includes contribution from the Steve Meisner Band! Or learn to dance the polka with some helpful online sites like How to Polka (10 steps)


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