Friday Fun: Are you a board game geek?

Looking for information about your favorite board game? Have questions about the rules? Trying to discover a new game you or someone you know might like? Try the BoardGameGeek (BGG) web site!

partial screen shot of BGG web site showing search box

You can search for games in various ways by selecting from the Browse options or the drop down by the search box. There is an advanced search option where you can specify things like minimum player age, year, user ratings, number of players, as well as add (or filter out) particular game categories (like bluffing, memory, horror, dice, and many more possibilities).

I did an advanced search just looking for the game mechanic “Rock-Paper-Scissors.” I would never have expected the lengthy list of games that were displayed for this search, including one I randomly clicked called Hoity Toity that had an average user rating of 6.57 (out of 10). Information about the game includes a description, deisgner, artist, publisher, playing time, number and suggested age of players, honors and awards, game components, videos, discussion forums (one of which is Rules), and more. The site has a marketplace where games are traded or sold, and also provides links to and Ebay. Not every game has as much information as this one, though.

You can use the site anonymously, but if you want to participate in the forums, contests, or ratings you’ll need to establish a free account. With an account you can create a personalized BGG front page too. Learn more about the site by reading the Guide to BoardGameGeek.

And if you’d like to see what board games Andersen Library has for checkout, please ask a librarian or search the catalog. A search for the phrase “board games” will find titles such as Operation, Trivial Pursuit, Mancala, Clue, Pictionary, and more.

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University Novels

Summer is drawing to a close and now our minds turn back to academia. In just a week the fall semester will begin here at UW-Whitewater and our leisure reading time may dwindle. Here are a few bildungsromans to ease you back into University life.

  • Abroad (2014) by Katie Crouch
    A young English college student studying in Italy is murdered
    Browsing Books, 2nd Floor: PS3603.R683 A63 2014
  • The Accursed (2013) by Joyce Carol Oates
    This gothic tale full of shapeshifters and vampires, and perhaps the devil himself, is set at turn of the (last) century Princeton University
    Browsing Books, 2nd floor: PS3565.A8 A63 2013
  • College Girl (2008) by Patricia Weitz
    This coming-of-age story follows a working-class transfer student entering the University of Connecticut.
    Browsing Books, 2nd Floor: PS3623.E4616 C65 2008
  • Gate at the Stairs: A Novel (2009) by Lorrie Moore
    Shortly after 9/11 a Midwestern college student becomes a part time nanny
    Main Collection, 3rd Floor: PS3563.O6225 G37 2009
  • The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit (2013) by Graham Joyce
    A suspenseful story of an English college student’s coming-of-age in 1976
    Browsing Books, 2nd Floor: PR6060.O93 G57 2013
  • Haunted Life: And Other Writings (2014) Jack Kerouac
    This lost (until 2002) unfinished novella takes place during the summer preceding the protagonist’s sophomore year at Boston College, shortly before the US enters World War II. Includes related sketches, notes, and letters
    Browsing Books, 2nd Floor: PS3521.E735 A6 2014
  • Invisible (2009) by Paul Auster
    This coming-of-age story of a poetry student at Columbia University in 1967 channels Heart of Darkness according to the critics
    Main Collection, 3rd Floor: PS3551.U77 I58 2009
  • Rule of Four (2004) by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
    Princeton students get involved in a Dan Brown style coming-of-age thriller
    Main Collection, 3rd Floor: PS3603.A435 R85 2004
  • Snow Garden: A Novel (2001) Christopher Rice
    Suspense and intrigue surround first year students at Atherton University when a professor’s wife dies
    Main Collection, 3rd Floor: PS3568.I2717 S66 2001
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New Stuff Tuesday – August 26, 2014

The Ministry of Thin: How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control

The Ministry of Thin:
How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control
by Emma Woolf
RM222.2 .W62 2014
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

We in the Western World are obsessed with our weight. Not only our weight, but also things associated with it, such as the food we do or don’t eat, our health, beauty, and success. Columnist Woolf, a recovering anorexic, thoroughly covers the fat gamut, looking at all things thin and not so thin, discussing topics such as diets, the gym, fashion and beauty, surgery, success, and more. A very readable book, Woolf focuses primarily on women, but men are not completely forgotten. Most referenced studies are U.S. or English based. While there are frequent references to things English, such as Radio 4, that are not elucidated, these are not overly detracting from the message. This is a very interesting book about body image in today’s society.

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Book Sale – September 2014


Fall semester is just around corner. Faculty and instructional academic staff arrived last week, and students move in this Labor Day weekend. That means it’s time for new books for the monthly sale.

In case you’ve never visited our book sale, here’s the scoop: near the beginning of each month we usually put out a new selection of books for sale. Some are donated to us by generous library lovers and others are have been withdrawn from our collections for various reasons. All are in search of a new home. Books are typically $1 a piece, although there are certain exceptions. These include a second chance sale, set sale, media sale, and more, with prices ranging from $.25 to $2 or more.

Subjects can include just about anything under the sun, although this month we are focusing on all things literary, including fiction, poetry, and criticism to name a few. Here is a sampling of what is on sale this month:

  • Aftershocks (1985) by New Your Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter
  • Kafka’s Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 14 Recipes (2006) by Mark Crick
  • Reservation Road (1999) by John Burnham Schwartz
  • Wolf Moon (1974) by Jean Pedrick

Come, peruse, and purchase!

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Research@UWW – simplifying your research discoveries

Research@UWW is a discovery tool that allows you to search for “everything” — books, articles, and digital items available both locally and from other UW campus libraries — at once. It casts a very broad net, brings back results sorted by relevancy, and then lets you use various options to filter the results by date, resource type, etc. It may help you discover things you would have missed by searching only particular article databases.

You don’t have to search everything, though:

  • Search only for articles by choosing “Articles
  • Search only Andersen Library books, ebooks, government publications, videos, sound recordings, video games, etc. by choosing “Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater, i.e., Harold Andersen Library’s catalog)” — Please note, however, that you may see other UW campuses if they also have copies of items in Andersen Library’s collections.
  • Choose to search all UW System campus libraries‘ catalogs for books, government publications, audiovisuals, etc. — Please note that UWW students and staff may request returnable items (books, DVDs) from other UW libraries for free, and they will arrive at Andersen Library in 2-5 weekdays.

Give it a try! Searching tips:

  • Sign in (in the top right corner) with your UWW Net-ID to see complete results–especially important when working from off campus
  • Put phrases in quotes, e.g., “death penalty”
  • Use connectors like AND) in uppercase, e.g., “global warming” AND “weather patterns”
  • Use * for truncating search words, e.g., child* will retrieve children, childhood, childbearing, child’s, etc.
  • Start with simple keyword searches
  • Looking for a particular title? Put it in “” and, if the result list is long, change “anywhere in the record” to “in the title”
  • Searching for a person’s name will retrieve items both by and about that person, so if the result list is long or you really want only one or the other, change “anywhere in the record” to “as author/creator” or “in subject”

Working with your results:

  • Click “View Online” when it appears to see full text online. Remember, however, that ebooks are usually available only to students and staff at the owning campus.
  • Click “Locations” to see which campuses own copies of an item.
  • Click “Details” for additional information, such as abstracts of articles, tables of contents of books, subject headings, length, etc.
  • Click “Request” (and sign in –at the top right– with your UWW Net-ID) to have books, DVDs, or CDs at other UW libraries sent to Andersen Library for free (arrival in 2-5 weekdays).
  • Clicking on the Locations, Details, or Request tabs will provide an option to select “Actions” including printing or emailing the record for the item, or getting a Permalink to it.
  • Use options on the left side of the results display to narrow down results by date or other criteria.

Questions about using Research@UWW? Ask a librarian!

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Friday Fun: Jazz Music Library’s brand new look!

image of curved (jazzy) piano keysThe streaming audio database Jazz Music Library, part of Alexander Street Press’s Music Online, released a new look on August 14th. UWW students and staff can enjoy some jazz tracks from over 44,000 albums! That is a whole lot of listening.

The new design clearly shows your options: Browse (by titles, instruments, performers/ensembles, people, sings, genre), select a genre from a list, or select performers & ensembles from a list. The advanced search option allows you to add criteria such as a date range, publisher, catalog number, and more.

You can get durable links for your favorite tracks or albums (click the <> button). If the link doesn’t already have the Library’s proxy coding ( at the front like the example, be sure to add it if you plan to click those links from off campus, because you’ll need to login with your campus Net-ID.


And if jazz isn’t your favorite, there are two other streaming music databases: DRAM (“folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond” – if you’re not sure what you want, click “Random”) and Naxos Music Library (classical, but also some selections of jazz, blues, folk, world, gospel, and pop/rock). So, for example, you can listen to The Big Bang Theory Theme music by the Barenaked Ladies anytime!

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Loan Periods & Renewals

As of August 21, 2014, there have been a few changes to the Circulation Policies that govern how long you can check items out of Andersen Library, and how many times you may renew items. It’s all part of preparing for a new library system (Alma) that will support all behind-the-scenes work like cataloging, acquisitions, and circulation for all of the University of Wisconsin System libraries.

Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Students3 renewals except on media*

  • Main Collection   1 Semester
  • Gov. Documents   1 Semester
  • Curriculum Collection   1 Semester
  • Browsing Books/Audio Books/Graphic Novels 28 days
  • CDs/DVDs/VHS*   14 days
  • Video Games*   7 days
  • Reference Collection   1 day

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Undergraduate Students2 renewals except on media*

  • Main Collection   28 days
  • Government Documents   28 days
  • Curriculum Collection   28 days
  • Browsing Books/Audio Books/Graphic Novels 28 days
  • CDs/DVDs/VHS*   14 days
  • Video Games*   7 days
  • Reference Collection   1 day

*10-item checkout limit for media, no renewals on video games, 1 renewal on other media

You can see the details of loan periods and allowed renewals for Library materials, including various equipment, at

Questions? Contact Michael Johnson, Circulation Librarian (262-472-1022 or email

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Library Hours, Aug. 16-Sept. 2

Summer Session 2014 ends on Fri., Aug. 15th! The Library’s hours are shortened until Fall Semester starts.

Library Hours Aug. 16-Sept. 2, 2014

  • Aug. 16-31: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat-Sun CLOSED
  • Mon., Sept 1 (Labor Day): 1-5 p.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 2: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Regular Fall semester Library hours begin on Wed., Sept. 3 (the first day of classes), except that the Library will close at 10 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 4 (Wed. & Thurs.).

Remember that even when the Library is closed you have access to databases (including online full-text articles), the library’s catalog (including immediate access to ebooks and online government publications) and Ask a Librarian assistance via chat (if you send email or leave voice mail messages on Library staff phones, Library staff will respond when the Library is open).

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Andersen Library @ Orientation Week Events!

Welcome (back) to UWW! Come see us at various Orientation Week events! Here’s where we’ll be:

  • Mon., Aug 25, 9:30-10:30am: Involvement Opportunity Fair for UWW employees (Kachel Center)
  • Mon., Aug 25, 1-2pm: Library Services & Online Resources for UWW faculty & staff (Library Instruction Lab, L2211)
  • Mon., Aug 25, 5-7pm: Graduate School & Nontraditional Student Orientation (UC Hamilton Center)
  • Wed., Aug. 27, 10:30am-noon: King/Chavez Scholars & Future Teachers Program Resource Fair
  • Mon., Sept. 1, 1-5pm: Andersen Library open (no Reference Desk)
  • Mon., Sept. 1, 4:30-6:30pm: HawkFest!! for first year students (parking lot off Prince St.)
  • Tues., Sept. 2, 7:30am-10pm: Andersen Library open (Reference Desk 9am-5pm)

Andersen Library entrance photoDon’t see an event for you? Can’t make it? Well, c’mon in, or give us a call or an email and we’ll be happy to set up a time to meet with you! Call the Reference Desk at (262) 472-1032 or email

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New Stuff Tuesday – August 19, 2014

Nonprofits & Advocacy

Nonprofits & Advocacy:
Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment
edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka
HD62.6 .N693 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Nonprofits are organizations that are tax-exempt, provide a public benefit, and further a greater cause in some way. As the name suggests, they do not attempt to earn a profit from any products sold or services rendered. Instead, they raise money through fundraising, donations, etc. A few examples include the Humane Society, United Way, and National Public Radio (NPR).

People often question whether or not nonprofits should engage in advocacy, that is whether or not they should attempt to affect public policy. This book, written by a variety of scholars, discusses nonprofit advocacy in local and national settings, as well as advocacy strategies for nonprofit organizations. The book is packed with data, and will be an interesting read for anyone looking to work in the nonprofit sector.

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