New Stuff Tuesday — Oct. 16, 2018

book cover for Aerial Geology

Aerial Geology
by Mary Caperton Morton

QE71 .M67 2017 New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

This book is simply beautiful and a wonderful getaway from ordinary life! Short of getting my own pilot’s license (unlikely) or winning the lottery (impossible as I don’t play) I will probably never see these perspectives in person, but this book provides a fantastic peek into the world as seen from a low-altitude plane.

Based on the cover, one would expect the jaw-dropping aerial vistas of such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Oregon coastline, and Death Valley, and it doesn’t disappoint. I also rejoiced to see a few things from my old stomping grounds, usually dismissed as flyover country, made the list — the surprisingly lush Nebraska Sandhills, and the bizarre Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. (Wisconsin made the book in the form of our Great Lakes.) But more satisfying, for me, were the glimpses into lesser-known and far-less-accessible wonders, such as two lakes in northern Quebec, the perfectly circular crater-turned-lake, Pingualuit Crater, or the odd coffee-ring-shaped Lake Manicouagan; or to go south, the Palo Duro Canyon that looks every bit as beautiful as the big one in Arizona.

It also makes me want to check out the similarly-beautiful oversize books by Michael Collier in our collection, focusing on mountains, coastlines, and rivers. Happy virtual flying!

 

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New Library Layout

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As many may have noticed Andersen Library received a pretty significant makeover over the summer! In an effort to gain patron feedback on the new layout, a ‘suggestion-board’ was made available at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.

After compiling an entire weeks-worth of content from library-goers we were happy to see the numerous positive responses to the changes, as well as compelling suggestions in regard to what patrons would like to see in the future that would continue to make the Andersen Library a comfortable environment for students to learn, engage, and achieve their academic goals.

Below are just a few of many positive comments of “What’s to like?” about the new layout and suggestions for “What’s next?”. Check it out!

What’s to like?
“Love the openness!”
“Less distractions”
“Open space is relaxing”
“Easy access to outlets”
“Such a welcoming environment!”
“Makes you want to curl up with a good book”
“Love the new carpet”
“Great studying environment”
“More room for more fun”
“I love the new area for therapy dogs”

What’s next?
“More group study rooms”
“USB outlets”
“More art on the walls”
“Gender neutral bathrooms”
“Make Archives and Area Research more noticeable”
“More therapy dog sessions”

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Observatory Star Party and Open House

The UW-Whitewater Observatory‘s telescopes will be open (weather permitting) from 7-9:30pm on both on Fri., Oct. 12, and Sat., Oct. 13. Come to see planets, star clusters, and nebulae with Dr. Juliana Constantinescu from the Physics Dept.! If the weather is uncooperative, there will be tours of the big telescope to show how it operates, even if the dome has to stay closed. This family-friendly event is part of the state-wide Wisconsin Science Festival.

There will be examples of how astronomers break light up into a rainbow spectrum to learn about the chemical composition of stars and nebulae. Computers will be set up to look at data from modern telescopes on a “citizen science” website set up by Dr. Bob Benjamin.

Free parking closest to the observatory: Lot 2 (203 N. Prince Street, Whitewater)

You can learn more, before or after the event! There are websites, such as the education page of the U.S.-funded Virtual Astronomical Observatory and the WorldWide Telescope of the American Astronomical Society. UW-Whitewater students and staff can read articles from Sky & Telescope, a magazine for “the knowledgeable amateur astronomer” via several EBSCOhost databases, including Academic Search Complete. Other Wisconsin residents can access it through EBSCO databases provided statewide via Badgerlink, such as MasterFILE Complete. Andersen Library also has books, such as Nightwatch: A practical guide to viewing the universe (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QB64 .D535 1998; preview of some text at Google Books).

Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 9

The good neighbor: the life and work of Fred Rogers

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
by Maxwell King
PN1992.4.R56 K56 2018 New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

If you need a break from the current shrill pitch of news and social media, why not tone things down with the calming voice of Fred Rogers?  King’s biography of opens the door to Mister Rogers life off the set of his television neighborhood, sharing less well-known details of his life and career as television host, producer, minister, educational consultant, and writer.

 

 

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Flashback Friday: Banned Books Week

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Happy Banned Books Week! For those who may be unfamiliar, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Established in 1982, “Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular,” according to the coalition’s website.

For us here at the Andersen Library, that means emphasizing our support of your right to access information freely and increase student awareness of censorship efforts still being made in libraries and schools.

In celebration and solidarity, we have created a display containing just a few of the many stories that have been banned or challenged at some point in time- including books as renowned as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Be sure to follow the link below to check out the American Library Association’s ‘Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists’ to see if any of your favorite literary works are included.
Top Ten Most Challenged Book Lists

Check out some photos of last weeks Banned Books Display:

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 2, 2018

God is No Thing

God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity
by Rupert Shortt
BT1103 .S54 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

When I was in junior high, we had a day when parents came to our class and talked about whatever was on their minds. One of our neighbors, who was a philosophy professor at the university in our town, talked about arguments for the existence of God. I couldn’t have been more surprised. Until then I thought belief in God was a matter of faith: you either believed or you didn’t. He didn’t give a hint about which side of the fence he was on. And I was pretty sure he wasn’t religious in any traditional sense. The whole family smoked pot: parents and kids (this was the 70s), and from all appearances, they were pretty secular. But the fact that such arguments existed, and that he could explain them coherently to seventh-graders, was eye-opening for me.

In a recent issue of Times Literary Supplement, I came across an essay by Rupert Shortt, the Religion Editor. He’s written a tiny, but cogent volume which counters many of the arguments put forth by New Atheists of which Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens are probably the best known.

As Western culture becomes more secular, a stance of faith may be frowned upon, especially in academic circles. But there are other well-reasoned voices out there, so in the spirit of fair play and intellectual honesty, we will give them some airtime.

Research@UWW is a good place to start if you are interested in exploring topics of religion, faith, or belief.

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October ’18 Book Sale

This October we have for sale a potpourri of books and educational games, all for the low, low cost of $1 each. Remember, the price goes down even lower to just $.25 each on the 25th of the month.

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Mighty Oaks presentation

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Dr. Daniel Carter, an environmental planner with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), will talk about “Mighty Oaks and their Ecosystems in the Southern Kettle Moraine” at 6:30 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 1 at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater’s public library at 431 W. Center St., Whitewater).

If you’d like to learn more before or after you go, Andersen Library may be able to help you find resources such as the oak habitat description that is part of the Wisconsin All-Bird Conservation Plan, “Southeast Glacial Plains Ecological Landscape” (chapter 18 of The Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin), “Wisconsin’s Forest Resources” (2017), and “A 200-year Fire History in a Remnant Oak Savanna in Southeastern Wisconsin” (American Midland Naturalist, 2004, vol.152:no.2, pp.201-213).

Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

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Ready for Election Day? Get registered!

Get non-partisan registration help Tues-Thurs, Oct 2-4, from 11am to 5pm in the UC, provided by Whitewater Student Government, League of Women Voters, Campus Election Engagement Project, NextGen America (NGA), and Warhawks Vote.

More help:Pick up voter registration information in Andersen Library (ask at the Reference Desk for assistance if desired). Warhawks Vote has information online, e.g., what to do to vote in your hometown or home state.

Who can vote in Wisconsin?
Any U.S. citizen, 18 or older on or before Nov. 6, who has lived at their Wisconsin address for at least 10 days, and who is not currently incarcerated or on probation, parole, or extended supervision. Voters must register, up to or on Election Day (Nov. 6), with appropriate documentation.

How do I know if I’m already registered? Check at MyVote Wisconsin.

Logo from MyVote web pageHow can I register? There are several ways, but if you are already 18, have an unexpired WI driver’s license or state identification card, and your name & address match the state Dept. of Motor Vehicle’s database, you can register online using MyVote through October 17!

You can use MyVote Wisconsin to learn more about your ballot and the candidates, your polling place, and what to bring with you when you vote on Nov. 6th!

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Fall Fairhaven Lecture Series

Fairhaven lecture series webpage screenshotInspire – Engage – Transform is the theme of the Fall 2018 Fairhaven Lecture Series, offered on Mondays at 3pm in Fellowship Hall (Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 W Starin Rd, Whitewater). These lectures are free and open to the public! But if you can’t attend in person, videos of lectures since 2012 are posted online.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been affecting the lives and futures of its students for 150 years. The lectures this semester will highlight some of the inspiring ideas campus experts share with their students.

Andersen Library can help if you’d like to learn more about lecture topics! For example, for the Oct. 15th topic, search Library databases to find the book Young adult literature: From romance to realism (UWW students and staff may borrow from other UW campus libraries by using the free UW Request service; preview some text via Google Books), and the article “The good, the bad, and the ugly: A qualitative study of how young adult fiction affects identity construction” (Atlantic Journal of Communication, 2015, vol.23:no.3, pp.139–158. https://doi.org/10.1080/15456870.2015.1013104). Please ask a librarian (email, chat, phone 262.472.1032, or visit the Reference Desk) for assistance with finding additional materials.

Fairhaven Lecture Series October-November schedule:

  • Oct. 1: Generations United: Connecting and Involving Generations— Is That a Good Idea? (Simone DeVore, Professor, Special Education)
  • Oct. 8: Forgotten Wisconsin Authors and the Need to Revive Them (John Pruitt, Associate Professor, English)
  • Oct. 15: Love and Literature: What Young Adult Books Teach About Gender and Romance (Tricia Clasen, Professor, Communications–Theatre Arts)
  • Oct. 22: How the Boy Next Door Becomes a Latin King: A Christian Boy’s Unlikely Experience (Elizabeth King, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations)
  • Oct. 29: Learning Communities: More Than Textbooks (Ozalle Toms, Associate Professor, Special Education)
  • Nov. 5: Education for Sustainability in the Public Schools of the Galápagos Islands (Susan Huss-Lederman, Professor, Languages and Literatures.)
  • Nov. 11: Splendor Without Diminishment and the Wonders of Nature (Bob McCallister, Professor, Geography–Geology)
  • Nov. 19: The Diversity and Inclusion Imperative: Strategies for Student Success (LaVar Charleston, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Diversity, Engagement and Success)
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