New Stuff Tuesday – January 27, 2015

Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets

Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets
edited by Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra and Ravi Ramamurti
HD62.4 .U5298 2014b
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor

For those interested in international business, Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets is a must read. Written by renowned faculty members from universities around the world, the book discusses multinational corporations that are rising out of emerging market countries, such as Brazil, Indonesia, Poland and Thailand. These multinationals are successfully competing with companies from advanced economies, such as the U.S., something that was not thought possible due to a lack of technology and infrastructure in emerging market countries. Check out this book from Andersen Library to learn how these companies are attaining global success.

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The Voting Rights Act (MLK, Jr. Commemorative Event) – Jan. 28

Deuel Ross, Fried Frank Fellow for the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, will talk about the 1965 Voting Rights Act on Wed., Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the UC Hamilton Room. This is UWW’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Event, and it’s also part of the campus Conversation on Race.

The Voting Rights Act was enacted fifty years ago, signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 6, 1965. Learn more about the history of this legislation at the web site of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Read the legislation (Public Law 89-110) online, courtesy of the House Library (U.S. Congress. House of Representatives). You also can read online President Johnson’s speech at a televised joint session of the Congress on March 15, 1965 called “The American Promise,” delivered in the week following the violent “Bloody Sunday” attack on civil rights marchers that also had been televised to the American public. Included in the speech are these lines:

There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain.

There is no moral issue. It is wrong–deadly wrong–to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.

There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.

You can watch President Johnson giving the speech on YouTube:
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cover of The Politics of DisenfranchisementAndersen Library also has resources for digging deeper, such as the books The politics of disenfranchisement: Why is it so hard to vote in America? (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1976 .S355 2010), Quiet revolution in the South: The impact of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1990 (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1929.A2 Q54 1994), and Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1929 .A2 G37). There also are articles such as “Formulating Voting Rights Act Remedies to Address Current Conditions” (American Politics Research, 2014, vol.42:no.3, pp.376-408).

Please ask a librarian for assistance in finding information.

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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January 20, 2015 – Book Sale

This spring semester our first set of sale books include mainly ones on the topics of art, history, literature, health, and hobbies. For hobbies, there is an especially wide variety from antiquing to gardening, and much, much, more. Here are a smattering of hobby titles:

  • Jack Nicklaus’ Playing Lessons (1986) – this golf book has so many illustrations it almost seems like a graphic novel
  • Kovel’s Antiques & Collectibles Price List (2003) – pretty much what the title implies
  • Wyman’s Gardening Encyclopedia (1971) – neatly organized with both common and scientific names

And one particularly unusual history title:

  • Wisconsin Death Trip (1973) – primarily a collection of short newspaper articles and photographs documenting Black River Falls in 1893

Come on over and take a look at the rest. Perhaps you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

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New Stuff Tuesday – January 20, 2015

Bugs in the Kitchen

Bugs in the Kitchen
by Peter-Paul Joopen
GV1469.B85 B8 2013
Teaching Tools, Curriculum Collection, 2nd Floor

The Not So Serious Side of Board Games

Whether considering board games from the collection as tools for teaching numerical, social, or any number of skills, this Tuesday’s feature highlights the primary goal of game design – player entertainment and engagement. Thanks to the sponsors of ALA’s International Games Day @ Your Library which Andersen Library celebrated in November, a number of smart board games have been added to the Teaching Tools collection. Bugs in the Kitchen is a clever application of technology using K’Nex Hexbug nano for players six and up – and judging from our tester responses here in Andersen Library, “and up” easily includes adults with or without child supervision.

Other newly added games include:

The Somewhat More Serious Side of Board Games

If you are interested in the more serious side of board games, click here for a research starting point in databases such as PsycInfo and Education Research Complete where you will find articles such as “Teaching Teamwork Skills through Alignment of Features within a Commercial Board Game,” and “Learning from Number Board Games: You Learn What You Encode” which points out that the “principles that predict when and explain how games produce learning” is a worthy goal of future research (Laski & Siegler, 2014).

Laski, E. V., & Siegler, R. S. (2014). Learning from number board games: You learn what you encode. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 853-864. doi:10.1037/a0034321
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Andersen Library’s MLK weekend hours, UWW MLK event

Andersen Library will be closed Sat. Jan. 17-Mon. Jan. 19 (Winterim ends on Jan. 16th, and it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday the 19th). Spring Semester hours will start on Tues., Jan. 20th, at 7:30 a.m.

Please plan ahead! 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).

You can learn more about the MLK Day holiday online from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In addition, UWW’s Martin Luther King Commemorative Event will take place on Wed., Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the UC Hamilton Room: Deuel Ross, staff fellow for the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, will talk about the 1965 Voting Rights Act, enacted 50 years ago. Learn more about the history of this legislation at the web site of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Read the legislation (Public Law 89-110, aka Voting Rights Act of 1965) online.

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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2015/2017 Wisconsin Legislature

Wonder how the State Legislature works? Have an interest in something the State Legislature is doing?

outline of Wisconsin (map)The Wisconsin Library Association’s Government Information Round Table has posted a blog entry that provides basic information about the new biennial session of the Wisconsin Legislature, which kicked off on January 5th.

The blog entry links to information about State officers and elected officials, the legislative process in Wisconsin, and the work of the state agencies that exist to support the work of the legislators. Especially interesting is the 2015-16 Wisconsin Legislator Briefing Book, which provides background on policy areas and the budget process for State legislators.

There also are web sites that help you keep tabs on what the Legislature is doing, e.g., WisconsinEye uses “robotic cameras in the Capitol [to] produce gavel-to-gavel, unedited coverage of state proceedings” and also covers “community affairs and public policy discussions across the state,” according to its web site. The Wisconsin Legislature‘s own web site provides a link to A citizen’s guide to participation in the Wisconsin State Legislature, which talks about testifying at public hearings and finding legislative documents. You can create a free account to receive email notification when particular legislative activity (identified by bill numbers, keywords, committees, authors, or Administrative Code notices) occurs with the Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service. The Legislature also posts a schedule of committee activities.

Please ask a librarian for additional assistance in finding information by and about the Wisconsin State Legislature.

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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Is the Weather Outside Frightful?

Believe it or not, it’s relatively nice outside according to Weather America. It’s true, we are and will remain for days below the mean minimum temperature for January, which is 14.2F, but we are not even close to the annual extreme minimum temperature in Lake Geneva, where the Walworth County weather station is located, which is -27F. At a high of 10F today and a low of -7F tonight I’d still recommend a full set of cold weather gear, including earmuffs (my favorites), mittens, and insulated boots along with your heavy overcoat. Don’t forget about the wind chill, which could get as low as -30F tonight. The faster the wind the quicker you’ll cool down to the ambient temperature, so don’t stay outside longer than you have to.

According to the National Weather Service, a minor “heat wave” is expected to save us come Sunday, when we’ll see a high of 20F and the low will be just 6F. Practically balmy compared to today.

Want to read more about the weather? Weather America (Reference Collection, Call Number: QC983 .W385 2011) provides a 30-year summary of statistical weather data and rankings for the entire United States. There is also easily accessible current, future, and historical weather data online from the National Weather Service. Other great places to get the forecast and more are Weather Undergound, The Weather Channel, and, of course, our local television and radio stations and their websites.

If you’re chilly, come to the library where it’s nice and toasty!

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New Stuff Tuesday – January 6, 2015

publiclands

America’s Public Lands:
From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond
by Randall K. Wilson
HD216 .W48 2014
New Arrivals , 2nd Floor

In this book, Wilson concisely explains the past, present, and future of public lands in the United States. The initial part of the book explores the emergence of public lands in response to too much privatization of lands in the 19th century. He also explains the growth of this system, and defines the different types of public lands recognized in the United States. Wilson follows up at the end by analyzing the future of development within the public lands system, and how various environmental issues will guide policy going forward. This is a fascinating read. It is a great one to check out whether you are interested in history or gaining some background information on the road trip to your favorite national park this coming summer.

Interested in more? Consider checking out Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks America’s Best Idea.

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Friday Fun: Armchair travel this winter!

Winter in Wisconsin! What better time to travel, especially to warmer places, eh? But if you’re like me, you can’t afford the time (or the travel). Well, a little ‘armchair’ travel may be the ticket for us.

Andersen Library can help with this. Search the books, media and more of Andersen Library to find resources like Rick Steves’ Europe: All 100 shows 2000-2014 (24 DVDs in Browsing DVDs, Academic, on 2nd floor at D907 .R53 2013). Oh, the places you’ll go! I just recently watched an episode on PBS that featured travel to Prague and other nearby places in the Czech Republic, including the bone church (or ossuary) in Kutná Hora that contains the bones of thousands of people who died of the plague in the 1300s. There is even a YouTube video of a visit to this site:

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cover of In a sunburned countryBesides watching travel videos, you can read travel books like Bill Bryson’s In a sunburned country (about Australia, available in the 3rd-floor Main Collection at DU105.2 .B83 2000–I’ve never been there, but I liked this book!) and Dark star safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town (3rd-floor Main Collection, DT12.25 .T48 2004). UWW students or staff also may borrow items from other UW System campus libraries, such as Getting stoned with savages: A trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu or The sex lives of cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific. Of course, if cold really is your favorite thing, there are books like Cold: Adventures in the world’s frozen places (3rd-floor Main Collection, G608 .S69 2009) too!

For assistance with finding materials or requesting them from other libraries, please ask a librarian.

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