From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

Book cover image of The Source of Self-Regard

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations – Toni Morrison

Review contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

I started this book this summer and was savoring every chapter as I read one chapter per day.  On the day the Toni Morrison passed away I was reading her commentary about her book, SulaMs. Morrison characterized Sula as “a New World Black and a New World Woman extracting choices from choicelessness, responding inventively to found things, modern, out-of-the-house, outlawed, unpolicing, uncontained, and uncontainable. And dangerously female; this is a special kind of Black woman – one with choices” (188). I marveled at the language and the powerful capturing of Sula and it was obvious to me that this should be the epitaph for Ms. Morrison.  She was unflinching is her pursuit of clarity, her uncensored exploration of race, and her enduring impact as she described her lived experiences and the historical cadence of American history.  Prior to the most recent presidential election, Ms. Morrison (2015) stated: “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is not time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language, that is how civilizations heal.” The Source of Self-Regard was a healing tome for me.  It was the right book, at the right time, and I read it in the right place as I transitioned to UW-Whitewater.  What a wonderful way to start a magnificent journey with a handbook, a captured testament, from one of America’s most profound sages.  

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What Not to Believe About the Coronavirus

A massive river of information about the novel coronavirus flows through social media and the internet. Some days I almost feel swamped by it. And it isn’t slowing down. It can be hard to tell what story is accurate and what is full of baloney (fish?). It could take hours or even days to wade through enough information to figure out the truth about a particular story. Checking with a reliable website like CNN or NPR is a good start news and also for double-checking what you’ve read or watched elsewhere. Following guidelines for evaluating internet resources will help you analyze news stories. Luckily, there are websites out there that have already done some evaluating and fact checking for you. Check out this guide for How to Avoid Misinformation about COVID- 19/Coronavirus. It includes a list of known sources of misinformation on the coronavirus and COVID-19, as well as a list of specific sources of good information. Lastly, don’t miss the column of misinformation trackers, where you can type in or browse for your “fact” and see how real it is.

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The Wisconsin Capitol (New Stuff Tuesday)

The Wisconsin Capitol Book Cover

The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People
by Michael Edmonds
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
F589 .M18 E46 2017

When I first moved to Wisconsin I noticed that the State Capitol building in Madison offered free tours. We had family visiting from out-of-state so it was the perfect time to do something touristy. The tour was a lot more fascinating than I had expected – and the building itself was impressive. The docent shared fascinating facts about the architecture and materials (the marble comes from all over the world). Since the legislature was not in session, we got to sit in both chambers.

Michael Edmonds delves into the history of our state along with the history of the building. He’s an expert in Wisconsin lore and has written several other books about Wisconsin history and folklore.

If you haven’t visited Wisconsin’s first state capitol, it is worth a trip out to Belmont. Although the building is rustic, it is an important piece of Wisconsin’s past. And its setting in southwest Wisconsin is lovely.

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Welcome Back, Warhawks!

We miss you, Warhawks! But the Library staff is still available to help you with your research. You may reach us by phone, live chat or email — or schedule an appointment with a librarian on the Library web site.

The Libraries are also offering a pick-up service for equipment (including laptops), books and media.

Hope you “see you” soon!

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Explore.org – live nature cams

Looking for something a bit different? Try a little armchair nature appreciation via Explore.org‘s streaming nature cams! There’s quite a variety from which to choose, including farm sanctuaries (sheep barn!), ocean/underwater views, cats, dogs, bird cams, and even a “zen cam” category. Some of these might be perfect for meditation, although I wouldn’t choose the honey bee or alligator feeds for that! Many are live feeds, but there also are some highlights from live feeds.

Enjoy.

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National Emergency Library (New Stuff Tuesday)

National Emergency Library (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive logo

In response to library across the world closing their physical locations, The Internet Archive is making available 1.4 million books to meet people’s needs. The bulk of this collection was already available through the Internet Archive. What is unique is they are removing waitlists in order to provide access to everyone without wait. This collection will be available worldwide until the end of June or when the United States declares the covid-19 emergency is over. According to Internet Archive, this collection “supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.”

For more info about this collection, check out The Internet Archive’s FAQ.

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

Book cover image of The New Kid

The New Kid Jerry Craft

Review contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

As a former elementary teacher, I truly enjoyed teaching reading. My dissertation was a study about bibliotherapy which is how to help students choose and read books to help them heal. I so enjoyed children’s literature that my work as an elementary teacher educator focused on literacy development and the use of children’s literature to increase self-esteem, reading achievement, and reading attitude. I had many successes with reluctant readers if I could find the right book for the right person.

The New Kid is the right book that would be ideal for reluctant readers since it is a graphic novel written and illustrated by the main character, Jordan Banks. This unique approach to storytelling will captivate reluctant readers especially if they are middle-school aged males of color, but also anyone else who would enjoy a celebratory adolescent adventure. The New Kid also won the 2020 Newbery Award, the most prestigious award for children’s literature, and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Award, the most outstanding book written by African-American authors for children and young adults.

The New Kid is the first graphic novel to be chosen as a Newbery Award winner and vividly illustrates the tale of Jordan Banks. As Jordan enters middle school, a Black boy from Washington Heights, he takes his readers through the day-to-day reality of his mostly White prep school in this heartbreakingly accurate tale of race, class, micro-aggressions, and the quest for self-identity.

As Jordan navigates his new life in the school that is several bus rides away from his current school, he must learn to adapt and adopt to practices that are foreign to him such as playing soccer, friends who actually travel on Spring Break, and teachers as well as classmates who say things that are micro-aggressive and unconsciously biased. One such incident is when a teacher constantly calls Jordan’s friend who is a Black young man by his wrong name because the teacher was remembering another Black young man from a class she had before. Another incident is when everyone just assumes Jordan is good at sports when all he really enjoys doing is writing and drawing in his sketch pad. Other incidents include White administrators mistaking a veteran Black teacher for the football coach, and White classmates parroting African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) to make themselves sound cool. This school story stands out as a robust, contemporary depiction of a preteen navigating sometimes hostile spaces yet staying true to himself thanks to friends, family, and art.

One reviewer stated, “Jerry Craft, the author, skillfully employs the graphic-novel format to its full advantage, giving his readers a delightful and authentic cast of characters who, along with New York itself, pop off the page with vibrancy and nuance. Shrinking Jordan to ant-sized proportions upon his entering the school cafeteria, for instance, transforms the lunchroom into a grotesque Wonderland in which his lack of social standing becomes visually arresting and viscerally uncomfortable” (Kirkus Reviews, 2018)

The story does a nice job of having readers question the relationships between characters, no matter their race or ethnicity, and inspires thoughts about equity, diversity, and inclusion. Jordan learns how to adapt, adopt, and assert as he makes a variety of friends from different races, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds. The story, as a graphic novel, showcases the themes and issues in a way that mere words would not have captured. The images propel the story along in ways that highlights the nuances and amplifies the instances.

Reference: New Kid. (2018). Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jerry-craft/new-kid-craft/

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T3: Annotating PDFs and Word Documents Online

Suddenly find yourself needing to read everything online? Learn how to take notes on PDFs or other files.

Google Drive:
You can use the commenting feature in Google Drive to highlight and comment on Microsoft Word documents and on PDFs. You can also share these files with others who can comment on them as well.

When you leave a comment on Microsoft Office files, the comments will still appear when you open the file in Microsoft Office. Comments you make on PDFs will show up in some PDF reader apps, but not all.

1. Make sure you have uploaded the file to your Google Drive.
2. Double-click the PDF or Microsoft Office file you want to comment on.
3. At the top right, click Add comment (the conversation bubble with the plus sign inside).
4. Highlight the section of the PDF or click the text, cell, or section of the Office file you want to comment on.
5. Enter your comment and click Comment.

Adobe Acrobat:
Use this program to comment on PDFs. You can view a video from LinkedIn Learning about how to do this in three different Adobe Acrobat versions.

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“On the Trail of the Sioux” manuscript (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Mss Page 1

This past summer the Archives & Area Research Center received a package in the mail along with a letter addressed “To Whom It May Concern.” UW-Whitewater has a collection of General George Custer materials. The letter writer thought we would be an appropriate place for a manuscript they had found while remodeling their home in Sacramento, CA.

The document is a typed transcript of a diary written by Sergeant G.P. Harrington in 1876 that describes his experience serving with the 2nd Cavalry during the time of the Battle of Little Bighorn.

An accompanying letter from A.W. Sibley, Colonel of the Cavalry, serves as a reference for Harrington’s credibility and briefly outlines the contents of the manuscript:

“He was with me as Acting 1st Serg. of a scouting party of thirty picked men which I commanded, on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of July, 1876. This detachment sent from camp on Goose Creek, Montana, by order of General Crook, along the base of the Big Horn Mountains was to obtain information if possible as to the whereabouts of the renegade Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, who were constantly annoying us at night, threatening our communications with Fort Fetterman, and trying to burn us out of camp and stampede our stock. On this scout we ran into what proved later to be the entire hostil force of Indians which was fresh from the slaughter of Custer and his command.”

Come to the Archives to view the manuscript and learn more about General George Custer.

On the Trail of the Sioux manuscript
by G.P. Harrington
Archives & Area Research Center, 1st floor

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Physical library spaces closed / online availability

UPDATE March 19
Andersen & Lenox Libraries will close to the public due to the coronavirus situation. Please be safe and healthy, everyone, and take advantage of our online resources and services. More details are forthcoming.

COVID-19 handwashing poster image

Remember that whenever the physical Library is closed, you can:

  • Search article databases …just login when prompted with your campus Net-ID (same as for your campus email or Canvas),
  • Search Andersen Library’s holdings of books, media and more (part of Research@UWW) and use links to the titles that are online, including links to ebooks,
  • Search Research@UWW for articles, books, and more all at one time–it’s best to login to get all possible results.
  • Renew your checked-out books, DVDs, etc., online through your Account,
  • Consult online guides for assistance, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat, or phone us at 262-472-1032 during reference hours (Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm).

A process for requesting and picking up physical materials from the campus libraries’ collections will be set up by March 27th, which will be linked from the library home page.

ILLiad Interlibrary loan requests for “returnables” (books, DVDs, etc.) from other libraries will be limited, but requests for scans of articles and book chapters should continue as usual.

Please stay healthy! Consult the campus COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page for updates, referrals, and guidance.

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Be Counted: It Matters! Respond to the 2020 Census

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone living in the U.S. on April 1, 2020, and to count them where they usually live and sleep. In mid-March we will begin to receive invitations to respond to the 2020 Census, and in April Census workers will visit locations of groups like students living on college campuses. College students, including international students, should be counted at their on- or off-campus residences, even if they are elsewhere on April 1. U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the U.S. are not counted in the Census. More information about who is counted where is at https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html

The U.S. Government has been conducting this once-per-decade, Constitutionally-required count of the United States population since 1790. The numbers collected are important to all of us! They are used to distribute billions of dollars of federal funding to states and communities, set the number of Congressional seats for each state, and provide statistics that are used by state governments, communities, schools, businesses, social service agencies, researchers, and more. To learn more about the impact of the Census in our communities, see https://2020census.gov/en/community-impact.html

Once an invitation to respond to the Census is received, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Your personal information is kept confidential, and your data is combined with data from other households to provide statistics. Your home and the people in it will not be identified. You will not be asked for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card information, or citizenship. You may preview the questions at https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html

Census2020 web site screenshot

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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