Remembering Togetherness

As the fall semester begins, the previously empty sidewalks of Wyman Mall filled up fast as student organizations, university departments, and curious students bustled from booth to booth at the 2019 Student Involvement Fair.

Did you see Andersen Library staff there? Did you stop by and grab some Andersen swag?  

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday September 11th, Paul Waelchli (Library Director) and Andy Kramer (Head of Access Services) eagerly greeted students and shared information about the many services the University Library has to offer. Along with great tidbits on all things Andersen, students walked away with some pretty sweet swag. By stopping at the Andersen booth, studens had an arrangement of souvenirs to pick from including free Frisbees, sunglasses, t-shirts, and water bottles.

Even though the conversations on Wyman Mall were loud and the sidewalks seemed busy, the significance and importance of this past Wednesday was not forgotten. While it might seem coincidental, this year’s Student Involvement Fair didn’t just bring free stuff but carried a special weight and opportunity to come together as a campus as we remembered the day our country changed forever.

Wednesday, September 11th reminded UW-W of the importance of togetherness and the unity that can come through tragedy. As we honored the sacrifices made and the devastation that came from that specific day in history, this year’s fall Involvement Fair reminded students that together we are stronger.

Thank you to all the Warhawks who participated in this semester’s fair and the UW-W Student Involvement Office for making it all happen.

Being involved isn’t an individual act. Involvement requires coming together and coming together makes us stronger.






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Overdose Prevention Narcan (Naloxone) Training

The Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater’s public library at 431 W Center St, will host an Overdose Prevention Narcan (Naloxone) Training on Mon., Sept. 16, from 6-7 p.m.

Here is the library’s description of the event:

Come learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to take home a Narcan (Naloxone) kit. You could be someone’s lifesaver!

Doors open at 5:30, there will be additional information and resources available that you can browse and take.

We will also have our Hidden in Plain Sight drug awareness display available for viewing before and after the training.

Free to the public.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Narcan Training: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can learn more with resources such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse web page Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose. For assistance with finding additional resources, such as articles or books, please ask a librarian (visit or contact staff at the Reference Desk, email, chat, or make an appointment).

Andersen Library is a federal depository library with federal government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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New Stuff Tuesday – September 10, 2019

Wayfinding book cover

Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World
by M. R. O’Connor
QP443 .O28 2019
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

How do humans get around, anyway? We don’t have little magnetic chips in our heads like so many bird species that allow them to migrate each winter. Some people seem to have an innate sense of direction – and others are clueless about direction. Have we lost our natural skills from living in “civilization”?

Science write M. R. O’Connor explores in-depth the question of how humans navigate their world. She traveled from pole to pole and points in-between to meet with scientists and all manner of scholars and navigational experts to chart her course. And, of course, she got lost along the way!

From her first smartphone, O’Connor realized how dependent she and others have become on technology to get where they’re going. Yet long before maps, compasses, sextants, and GPS devices, humans successfully navigated across land and sea with nothing more than their own smarts and clues from the natural world. They also learned to convey navigational information to others, even without a written language.

Whether you’re directionally challenged – or can navigate by instinct, this is an interesting work that will make you pause a wonder at the amazing capabilities humans have to get around and how it distinguishes us from other creatures.

The author discusses her book in this Youtube video if you’d like to learn more.

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Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Andersen Library

CTThe final week of August began with the Andersen Library celebrating its’ volunteers (Pet Therapy). ‘Volunteer Appreciation Day’ is the library’s most recent way of showing the Pet Therapy representatives just how important they are to the Andersen Library’s programming. The encounter featured some of our devoted volunteers, Andersen Library staff, and of course some of our favorite furry-friends. Check out some photos from the celebratory occasion (below)!

Pet Therapy is back again starting Monday, September 9th from noon-2 PM. We know how hard it can be to leave your pets back home after summer vacation, so we have a whole line up of pups ready to keep you company. Simply follow the purple paw prints through the library doors on these dates throughout first semester to visit our Pet Therapy pets! Please follow the dates below.

September 9th, 17th, 23rd

October 1st, 7th, 15th, 21st, 29th

November 4th, 12th, 18th, 26th

December 2nd 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th 19th


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Paving the Way for Fresh Parking

As the asphalt dries, Lot 12 and Lot 12A located behind Andersen Library seems to be heading closer and closer to completion. Workers have been consistently putting hours into this parking lot since July 4th to ensure that it is available for use as soon as possible. Faculty/staff and Commuter South parking pass holders should see more spots opening up soon making work and class commutes simpler as we head into the fall semester.

The next step for Lot 12 looks to be the painting of the parking stalls hopefully marking the lot as finished and ready for fresh parking.

Be sure to take a look back at our previous photos of Lot 12 to see the amazing progress made so far. Make sure to visit the lots in person too because the work done on Lot 12 and 12A marks the first parking upgrade for UW-Whitewater in over a decade!


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New Stuff Tuesday-August 27, 2019

The Simpsons: A Cultural History book cover

The Simpsons
A Cultural History

by Moritz Fink
PN1992.77.S58 F47 2019
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

As we swiftly approach the 30th anniversary (December 17, 2019) of The Simpsons animated TV series, now is a good time to look back over this show’s history. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie quickly took over the imagination of the television viewing audience when it aired as part of the Tracy Ullman Show from 1987-1989. In 1989, it gained its own 30-minute slot on the Fox network. Nearly 700 episodes later, The Simpsons is a cultural phenomenon.

This book starts with the show’s roots, profiles its most popular characters and locations, and then examines its impact on American culture. Have you ever heard someone say “Doh?” That’s from The Simpsons. Combining cultural analysis with trivia, this book will be a great read for the fan and the academic.

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1st Fall Sale Books

Welcome and Welcome Back!

The Andersen Library runs a continuous book sale near the Food for Thought Cafe. Books, media, and other materials are put out near the beginning of each month and are discounted after about 3 1/2 weeks. For the first book sale of fall semester, 2019, we are selling the next batch of books for $1 each starting on August 22 and the discount price of 25¢ each kicks in on September 25.

Most of these sale books fall in the areas of communication; the family; literature in English and other languages; mass media; writing; vocations; higher education; pre-Kindergarten through high school art, language, and math textbooks. As always, there is a smattering of other topics thrown in. Keep a look out for the advice books for college students!

Come, peruse, and purchase! Enjoy!

Book with pages bent into a heart

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Andersen Library hours & Welcome (Back) opportunities to connect!

Welcome (back) to UW-Whitewater!

Andersen Library is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) until Fall Semester starts on Tuesday, September 3. Library staff members will be out and about at various events, though, and responding to phone calls and emails.

  • There will be a library table at the Information Fair in the University Center’s Hamilton Room on Thursday, August 22, from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • New faculty/academic staff are invited to an orientation to library services and resources in Andersen Library on Friday, August 23, from 8:30-9:45 a.m.
  • RAs and nontraditional students can meet librarians at events for them on Monday, August 26.
  • New first-year students and their peer mentors will see librarians at HawkFest on Labor Day Monday, September 2.

Please contact us with your questions, and we will be happy to help with your semester preparations! Use the emails or phone numbers on the staff listing page (scroll down to see the list of liaisons to different departments or colleges), or use the email, chat, or appointment options on the “Get Help” page!

Fall Semester hours will begin in Andersen & Lenox (Rock County) libraries on Tuesday, September 3rd.

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New Stuff Tuesday — Aug. 13, 2019

Have you heard about lady bird? cover

Have you heard about Lady Bird? Poems about our First Ladies

By Marilyn Singer

New Arrivals Island

811 Sin

These short (and, admittedly, sometimes shallow) poems nevertheless introduced me to many of the lesser-known First Ladies. Everybody’s heard about Mary Lincoln’s Southern-leaning family during the Civil War and her later mental breakdown over the death of her sons; and of course we at least hear the headlines about the more recent ones, all the way up to Melania Trump. But I still learned a lot of unknown tidbits:

  • How many of them died (or were married, or gave birth, or suffered silently or publicly with debilitating illnesses) in the White House. Then as now, the press was not kind to anyone who did not meet the time’s ideals regarding the proper role for the First Lady.
  • The multiple careers of Florence Harding, who campaigned strongly for the vote before 1919 and later for women’s involvement in politics, and who might have been a more successful politician than Warren, if she’d lived decades later.
  • The striking intelligence of Lucretia Harding, first lady for only about 6 months and admired greatly for her strength and decorum after her husband’s assassination.

The illustrations are sometimes comical, but little details (such as Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” button or Lady Bird’s flowers) or the overall dark ambiance of Jacqueline Kennedy’s poem after her husband’s assassination sometimes add meaning.

While many of them are primarily defined to the degree that they could support their husband in his more public role, rather than their own accomplishments, this slim book still serves as an age-appropriate peek into the unique characteristics of every First Lady. I wanted to read more in-depth biographies after browsing some of these, and did. If that’s you too, is a great resource!

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New Stuff Tuesday – August 6, 2019

Wally Funk's race for space cover

Wally Funk’s Race for Space :
The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer

by Sue Nelson
TL789.85.F86 N45 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

It was easy to get swept away by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer. From Public Television productions to radio news stories and music playlists, there was plenty of celebration to catch. It was no wonder this audiobook seemed perfect for this summer’s vacation road trip. Wally Funk’s Race for Space tells the story of Wally Funk, one of the Mercury 13. These were thirteen women who secretly underwent the same rigorous physiological and psychological testing as the Mercury 7, the seven men selected just a few years earlier by NASA 1959 for Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program in the United States. Despite a lack of support for women astronaut trainees through the 1960’s, Wally Funk continued her pursuit of her dream to pilot in space. She was the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, the first female civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the first female Federal Aviation Agency inspector.

Borrow the print version of this title through UW Request, or check out Andersen Library’s copy of  The Mercury 13 : the untold story of thirteen American women and the dream of space flight, by Martha Ackmann.

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