Summer Concert Series

The campus is hosting a free Summer Concert Series on the Wyman Mall (on the west side of Andersen Library) as part of its Sesquicentennial celebration! Bring your picnic (no carry-in of alcohol) or purchase food and beverages at the concerts. Additional activities, including kids’ activities and tours of the campus featuring historical information will be offered as well. Restrooms will be available in the Andersen Library building. More information, including a map showing the free parking areas and a listing of the food options for each concert, is available online.

Here’s the line-up (all concerts run from 4:30-6:30pm), with something for almost everyone:

In the event of rain, concerts and other activities will be relocated to the University Center.

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Summer Renovations Bring Welcoming Change

Change is underway here at the Andersen Library! In response to the feedback of students and staff, the Andersen Library is revitalizing the second floor space to better serve students’ needs. While this process includes new carpet for the space, the changes go far beyond this simple gesture. Concurrently, the Andersen Library is altering the flow of the second floor, offering more collaborative work-spaces throughout and removing several stacks to increase visibility – providing a more open concept, congruent for group work. As a result, the Andersen Library will be more equipped to provide the space that students need as they navigate the demands of their classes.

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As these renovations continue to move forward, access to the second floor will be limited. Although it is still accessible, many of its services – printers, scanners, etc. – have been moved to the first and third floors to limit traffic on the second floor. Additionally, the library entrance is now on the first floor, where the Circulation Desk is temporarily located, allowing patrons to continue to check out items and receive help from librarians, despite the work being done upstairs.

Although this process creates temporary inconvenience, the revitalization of the second floor will foster more inviting environments for students when they return in the fall, and for many semesters to come. Students will benefit from a space that better fits their needs and encourages collaboration throughout the journey of a higher-level education.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue renovations at the Andersen Library!

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Summer fun: June events @ Irvin L Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater’s public library (431 W Center St), is providing some fun and free summer events! No registration required. Mark your calendars:

  • Thurs., June 7, 6-7:30pm: State of Craft Beer – Matt Janzen, author of State of Craft Beer, will talk about his two years of research on Wisconsin breweries. Copies of the book will be available for sale. After the presentation, attendees (of legal drinking age, of course) may join him for some locally-brewed beer at Second Salem Brewing Company (111 W Whitewater St).
  • Mon, June 11, 4-6pm:Bob Ross Night” – The library will provide painting supplies (limited, available until they run out!) for painting along with Bob. If you don’t know who Bob Ross was, see Wikipedia or read more information about him below.
  • Tues, June 19, at 6pm: Rick & Rise of Mourning Dayze – musical performance (Copies of the book Mourning Dayze: A Wisconsin Garage Band will be available for sale; Andersen Library has a copy in Special Collections, 1st floor, at ML3534.3 .P6)
  • Sun, June 24, 10am-2pm: Whitewater Food Truck Festival – Purchase food from a variety of local food truck vendors to please your palate and help raise funds for the public library!
  • Tues, June 26, at 4pm: The Dark Web: What You Should KnowRose Trupiano, Research and Instructional service librarian at Marquette University will tell you all about it.

You may be able to learn more if you’d like!

book coverInterested in more information about breweries? Andersen Library has books such as Breweries of Wisconsin by Jerry Apps (2nd ed., from 2005, in 1st-floor Special Collections, at TP573.U6 A66 2005; or preview some text via Google Books) and A spirited history of Milwaukee brews & booze (3rd-floor Main Collection, at HD9397 .U53 M554 2011; preview some text via Google Books). Travel offers suggested stops to “Tour Wisconsin’s Craft Breweries,” a searchable directory to plan your own brewery tour, and a page of “Sconnie Brews: 5 Beers with Wisconsin-Inspired Names” (which includes Second Salem in Whitewater).

book coverInspired to try your hand at painting? UW-Whitewater students and employees may obtain a copy of the book Happy clouds, happy trees: The Bob Ross phenomenon from another UW campus library by using the free UW Request service (requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays), or preview some text via Google Books. There also is a YouTube channel for The Joy of Painting episodes from PBS. Especially check out Season 1, Episode 1 because it goes over the equipment to be used. If the session at the public library is full, you can use the YouTube videos of all 403 episodes (31 seasons) to paint along with Bob anytime! Also see the Bob Ross website for more information about painting supplies.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg! If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or ask to see a reference librarian in Andersen Library).

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New Stuff Tuesday – June 5, 2018

Dazzle Ships

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
by Chris Barton; illustrated by Victo Ngai
E Bar
Curriculum Collection, E Books, 2nd floor

There is much to be learned from a well-crafted picture book whether or not there is a child available to help with interpretation. The collection for this week’s New Stuff Tuesday offers many lessons, all in time for  fishing season.

Dazzle Ships provides a perfect example of a children’s non-fiction picture book that is rich in information and design. Barton describes the American and British naval dilemma of how to make a vessel less easily targeted by German U-boats. A Royal Navy volunteer reservist, Lieutenant-commander Wilkinson, after a weekend respite of fishing and observing passing ship traffic, was struck with the inspiration to paint their hulls in such a way as to visually confuse using eye-popping geometric and other patterns. While it is difficult to prove whether this strategy had actually spared any ships and lives, it illustrates the need for creativity and a willingness to try the improbable. Both may be just what’s needed to confront seemingly impossible challenges. (If Dazzle Ships sparks your interest in this aspect of art and design during World War I, see the Smithsonian Magazine Special Report World War I: 100 Years Later: When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzle.)

Roger is Going Fishing

If it is, instead, the the power of fishing to inspire as it did Lieutenant-commander Wilkinson, then check out Roger is Going Fishing by Koen Van Biesen, translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson. In this zany read-aloud, Emily and her neighbor Roger head off on Roger’s bike for an afternoon of fishing. The city sidewalk is so crowded that Emily inadvertently catches one person’s belonging after another, until quite the crowd is in the chase to the lake. Instead of flaring hot tempers because of Emily’s mishaps, all make the best of a good splash on a hot day, unlikely friends are made, and festivities ensue.

In another fishing-inspired new addition to the Curriculum Collection, The Fishing Lesson, Heinrich Böll spins a fine allegorical yarn. A camera-toting tourist offers entrepreneurial advice to a fisherman. On each page, the tourist advises yet one more thing the fisherman could do to grow his business bigger and bigger until it would be what he believes to be a successful fish empire – only to find that the fisherman has a somewhat different idea of what success looks like.

The Fishing Lesson

If you lack the gear, don’t care for the inevitable deer flies, and can’t stand the thought of hooking a leech, these stories will illustrate a modicum of the benefits that the fine pastime of fishing offers.

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 29, 2018

Atlas of a Lost World

Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America
by Craig Childs
BE77.9 .C55 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

For history buffs, pre-history can be alternately frustrating and exciting. Lacking written texts to guide the way, uncovering the keys to the past can be a bit more involved. And yet, the clues are there, waiting to be discovered, analyzed, and pieced together like so many shards of pottery.

Craig Childs explores the mysteries of the migration of the first peoples to the Americas that began 20,000 years ago when temperatures warmed and the glaciers of the last Ice Age began to melt. Come join him for an adventure across continents as he journeys with the first immigrants into the new world.

If you’d like to learn more about Craig Childs’ nature and science writing, see his web site or explore other books by him in the UW System Libraries.

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Andersen Library Summer Hours

PLEASE NOTE: There will be abatement on the Library’s 2nd/main floor on Friday, May 25, followed by carpeting work the next week. The Library’s entrance and Circulation service desk will be on 1st floor during this work. If you enter from the Wyman Mall, please take the lobby stairs or lobby elevator to the 1st floor. The entrance will be by the vending machines.

If research assistance is needed, please ask at the Circulation Desk to have a reference librarian paged for you, or use the ask a librarian chat (for immediate assistance) or email (checked periodically), if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

Andersen Library is closed Saturday-Monday, May 26-28 for the Memorial Day weekend. The Library’s Summer Session hours start on Tuesday, May 29:

  • Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-8pm
  • Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Sat: CLOSED
  • Sun: 1pm-5pm

All Library hours, as well as Reference service and Special Collections hours, are online at

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 22, 2018

From Drag Queens to Leathermen book cover

From Drag Queens To Leathermen:
Language, Gender, and Gay Male Subcultures
by Rusty Barrett
PE3727 .G39 B37 2017
New Arrivals , 2nd floor

Rusty Barrett’s work serves as a analysis into the way language and gender is expressed within six distinct gay male subcultures (drag queens, radical faeries, bears, circuit boys, barebackers, and leathermen). This work is conducted from ethnographic approach within anthropology and also serves as an excellent comparison of several prominent subcultures within the gay male community. One way this work stands out is by showing that lines of division within different subcultures are not fixed in place and “there is also no such thing as a monolithic set of gay linguistic practices and ideologies that cuts across all gay male subgroups and subcultures.” The linguistic anthropological approach to studying these groups is a great way to break down these barriers.
If this work is of interest, check out this interview with author Rusty Barrett by the the University of Indiana’s Anthropology department.

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 15, 2018

The Glass Universe book cover

The Glass Universe:
How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
by Dava Sobel
QB34.5 .S63 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Were you fascinated by the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly? Or perhaps you liked the equally engaging Hidden Figures movie? If so, this book is for you. Even if you haven’t read or seen Hidden Figures, this book still comes highly recommended.

In brief, Hidden Figures tells the true story of a group of dedicated African American female mathematicians known as “human computers,” who used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers necessary to launch rockets and, eventually, astronauts into space. These women worked under less than desirable conditions in the racially segregated offices of Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory under Jim Crow.

The Glass Universe tells the true story of female “human computers” who, starting in the late 1800s, interpreted observations made by their male counterparts. Originally these women were family members of male astronomers, but eventually they were trained graduates from nearby women’s colleges who were paid a low wage. Over time, their role also changed from human computer to discoverer, categorizer, and innovator. These women worked in the field of astronomy, which had typically been inhabited by men, but, at the Harvard College Observatory, had been opened to women. In this book, you will learn about many important women, from more well-known figures Annie Jump Cannon, Williamina Fleming, and Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne to lesser known, but still quite important, ones. Sobel’s engaging text is bolstered by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs.

Here are a selection of great lectures by Dava Sobel on the topics covered in this book:

Dava Sobel: The Women Who Rocked the Cosmos (1:03:52)

The Glass Universe (1:06:45)

The Glass Universe (47:53)

A Woman’s Place at the Harvard Observatory (1:07:04)

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T3: Official Transcripts

Congratulations! You are done with another semester! If you need official transcripts for internships or graduate school get them soon as the fees are going up on June 1st.

Effective June 1, 2018:

The price of an official transcript will rise to $10.00.

Electronic PDF’s of official transcripts will be available to send to any recipient with an active email account.

Request Official Transcripts

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Library exam, break hours

collage of images of students studyingAndersen Library hours for exam study:

Mon.-Thurs., May 14-17: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., May 18*: 7:30am – 6pm
Sat., May 19: 10am – 6pm
Sun., May 20: 11am – 8pm
Mon.-Tues., May 21-22: 7:30am – 4:30pm

Spring-Summer Break hours (May 23-28):

Mon.-Fri.: 8am – 4:30pm
Sat.-Sun.: Closed

*Food for Thought Cafe will close on Fri., May 18, at 2pm, and reopen in the Fall!

Study hard and good luck, everybody! And congratulations to those of you who are graduating!

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