New Stuff Tuesday – May 24, 2016

Hamilton: The Revolution book cover

Hamilton: The Revolution:
Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, with a True Account of its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America
by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
ML50.M6733 H3 2016
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Who amongst us has not heard of Hamilton, yearned to experience Hamilton, died to be Hamilton? OK, maybe it’s just me.

Tickets to the hit hip-hop Broadway musical are nearly impossible to come by, at this point they are virtually sold out, although you can try the lottery and cross your fingers. Don’t fear you though. Fortunately, you can still be subsumed by Hamilton, albeit from the sidelines. This book offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical. It includes the complete libretto, photographs of the musical and candids of it’s cast, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from the composition of the first song of the show in 2009 to the opening night in 2015. You want to know how Pippa Soo got the part of Eliza? It’s in here.

Are you curious to see what all the excitement is about? Check out this YouTube clip of the Hamilton cast performing the song “Alexander Hamilton” at the White House, including an introduction by President Barack Obama YouTube Preview Image

and a live stage performance of the same song (“Alexander Hamilton”) complete with awesome costumes, music, lyrics, and dance

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Friday Fun: Historical Atlases

Here’s some fun for history and map buffs:

American Panorama: An atlas of United States history, is an ongoing project at the University of Richmond that currently offers maps of

  • The forced migration of enslaved people, 1810-1860
  • The overland trails, 1840-1860
  • Foreign-born population, 1850-2010, and
  • Canals, 1820-1860

It also links to a digital edition of the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, but some of it has been enhanced, e.g., “animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data.” This resource provides nearly 700 maps to enjoy! Use the table of contents to browse the 14 chapters in the atlas and make selections of maps.

excerpt of screenshot from digitized 1932 atlas showing Wisconsin and Minnesota college and university locations For example, choose “Colleges, Universities, and Churches, 1775-1890″ and then “Colleges and Universities” in 1775, then click on “Animate” in the lower left corner to watch the change in the number and geographical distribution of schools over time. But wait! Where’s UW-Whitewater on the 1890 map?? Click “text” in the upper right corner to read information about what institutions were excluded.

Want more? Andersen Library has lots of historical atlases, some with special subject emphases! Search Books, media and more (UW-Whitewater) to find gems like

Please ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

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Bison: Our National Mammal

President Obama signed Public Law 114-152, the National Bison Legacy Act, on Monday, May 9, designating the bison as our official national mammal. Among the many organizations supporting the legislation were:

  • The InterTribal Buffalo Council – Its mission is “Restoring buffalo to the Indian Country, to preserve our historical, cultural, traditional and spiritual relationship for future generations.”
  • The American Bison Society – This group was originally established in 1905 after the incredible bison slaughter of of the 1800’s.

You can read more about the legislation from Congress.gov.

Cover of American Bison bookYou can learn more about bison using Andersen Library resources, such as the books American bison: A natural history (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL737.U53 L68 2002, or online via ebrary) and The hunting of the buffalo (3rd-floor Main Collection, SK297 .B7 1962 or preview via Google Books). The U.S. Dept. of the Interior, which displays a male buffalo on its departmental seal, provides “15 facts about our national mammal: The American bison” online. Articles may be found using Library databases, such as “Conservation genetics and North American bison (Bison bison)” (The Journal of Heredity, 2009, vol.100:no.4, pp.411-420. doi:10.1093/jhered/esp024). Historical information about “The range of the bison in Wisconsin” (Transactions. of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, 1937, vol.30, pp. 117-130) has been digitized and posted online.

Please ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state 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 — May 17, 2016

Empire of Things Book Cover

Empire of Things:
How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First
by Frank Trentmann
HC79.C6 T74 2016
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Perhaps you just packed up all your things and moved out of a dorm room, house, or apartment and into a new place (or returned to your family’s home for the summer). Did you have a lot of things? As someone who moved six times (in 5 states) between the years 2007 and 2013, I often think about the amount of stuff that I accumulate over time. This week’s new book is all about how many peoples around the world developed consumer cultures since the fifteenth century. Although consumerism is often thought of as uniquely American, Trentmann shows how various societies developed a taste for new consumer goods such as coffee, tea, tobacco, and cotton. He argues that the rise of a trade in consumer goods was inextricably bound up with conquest and the rise of empires and he demonstrates the repercussions of the global consumer economy. This book brings together narratives from all over the world, not just Europe and America, and ends with a meditation on waste and excess.

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Library Hours May 17-30

Whew! Another Spring Semester is over. Time to look ahead!

photo of Andersen Library's mall entranceBetween Spring and Summer sessions (May 17-30, 2016), Andersen Library hours are:

  • Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sat-Sun: CLOSED

Exception: Mon, May 30th (Memorial Day): CLOSED

Please note that the Food for Thought Cafe is closed until Fall Semester, so bring your snacks…

Remember that even when the physical Library is closed, you can:

  • Search the article databases (login when prompted with your campus Net-ID, same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search for Andersen Library’s holdings of Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater) and use links to online titles, including ereserves for classes,
  • Renew checked-out books, DVDs, etc. through your Account,
  • Consult online guides for help, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and course assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat (UWW librarians respond to the emails when the Library is open, but chat is covered 24/7 by non-UWW staff).
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T3: Coloring App

Adult Coloring Book

Many students enjoy the coloring pages we provide at the Library during finals. With coloring apps, you can relax and create beautiful images on your mobile devices. Adult Coloring Book is a free coloring app available on iOS or Android that provides blank images of animals, mandalas, food, flowers, and more. You can select colors within the app and fill in the images with your finger or a stylus. Be creative!

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Summer Book Sale

The summer book sale has begun. We’re offering up a bountiful bevy of books and DVDs for a mere 25 cents a piece or $1 a bag. Topics are all over the board for these last-chance titles, and include art, business, economics, communication, cookery, demographics, literature, and much much more.

Image of a cartoon person carrying a massive stack of books

Come on over and grab a book or two on your way out of town.

I hope you have a great summer!

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 10, 2016

Not Your Parents' Workplace book cover

Not Your Parents’ Workplace:
Critical Lessons For Interns and Young Professionals
by Nathan Tanner
HF5381 .T226 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

As the semester winds to a close, many of you will be starting internships or full-time positions. The work environment today is a lot different than it was for your parents or perhaps even your older siblings. So how can you know what you’re getting yourself into? Nathan Tanner’s book is a great resource for Millennials entering the job market today. Tanner tells about his own adventures at Lehman Brothers, Gymboree, and Piper Jaffray. The book is full of tips on networking, interviewing, quitting, culture-fit, and more.

The book also includes some recommended readings that you can check out from Andersen Library, including:

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T3: Flashcard & Study Apps

Quizlet
When you study for exams it’s often tempting to review your notes by simply reading them over or highlighting them. These passive techniques are often not the best way to retain information. Instead, try an active learning method like flashcards. Here are three free apps that will help you test yourself on your mobile device or on the web.

Cram
Quizlet
Cram
StudyBlue

All of these apps allow you to:

    StudyBlue

  • Create your own text or image flashcards
  • Use the app with or without internet service
  • Choose different modes of reviewing the cards to test yourself
  • Access study materials/card sets created by other users
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New Stuff Tuesday – May 3, 2016

50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America's Public Schools

50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education
by David C. Berliner, Gene V Glass, and 19 others
LA217.2 .B45 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

The only way to dispel misconceptions is to confront them head on. In 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools, David Berliner, educational psychologist and author of Manufactured Crisis, statistician Gene Glass, and their team of researchers have gathered collection of myths that lead to misconceptions about education in the United States.

Given the longevity of many of these myths, the authors are able to analyze how the predictions and policies based on them have played out over the decades. Their readable style is not without a dose of humor as they point out the many ironies that have emerged. Myth #1, that “international tests show that the U.S. has a second rate education system” has often been the battle cry of educational reformers. The authors observe:

An international reading test in the 1970s reported “poor performance” for American pupils – far behind the leading nation, Italy. Italy? Oh, and how did the United States and Italy do in terms of economic growth after we found out in the 1960s we were far from being numero uno? (p. 13)

Berliner and Glass make no apologies for their tone. In dealing with individuals who continue to propagate what are defined as myths and lies, “Make fun of them,” they say. “They deserve that” (Ferlazzo, 2014).  The authors support their “making fun,” however, by drawing on hard data and research from a broad range of education, economic and other sources.

The chapter titles read like a collection of so many undergraduate and graduate research paper topics, such as:

  • Want to find the best schools in America? Ask Newsweek or U.S. News.
  • The money available to school districts is spread equally across their schools.
  • Forced integration has failed.
  • School uniforms improve achievement and attendance.
  • Cyberschools are an efficient, cost-saving, and highly effective means of delivering education.
  • Our nation’s economy is suffering because our education system is not producing enough scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Whether or not you agree or disagree with the opinions that emerge, it provides an excellent starting point for well-informed debate.

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