New Stuff Tuesday – March 7, 2017

Paper: Paging through History Book Cover

Paper: Paging Through History
by Mark Kurlansky
TS1090 .K87 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

One of my favorite kinds of historical scholarship is the history of commodities. My shelves at home are filled with titles like Cotton, Gin, Salt, and Cod. I enjoy viewing world history through the lens of a single product and learning about the different ways cultures around the world have interacted with a particular commodity.

Mark Kurlansky, author of the aforementioned Salt and Cod, has written a new commodity history that focuses on an early technology, paper, that is still relevant and important today. He describes the Chinese origins of paper over 2,000 years ago and traces the dissemination of this new technology through Asia, the Middle East, and into Europe. He analyzes many of the reasons why paper became the dominant technology for writing things down (beating out niche technology like papyrus, bark, and clay or stone tablets). Even though many pundits pronounce the “death of the book” or the arrival of the “paperless office” in the twenty-first century, Kurlansky discusses many reasons why paper has stuck around as an accessible and cheap way of transmitting information and why it will most likely remain in heavy use for the foreseeable future.

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Diversity in the Workplace

Deesha Dyer will talk about “Diversity in the workplace: Creating intentional opportunities for people of color,” the keynote address for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium’s Fern Young Terrace. The talk will be preceded by the annual Women in Leadership ceremony and reception at 4 p.m.

Dyer served as social secretary for the Obama Administration from 2015-2017, and also had served as deputy to her predecessor. Prior to working for the White House she was a freelancer writing about music. You can learn more about her from the Washington Post’s article “Deesha Dyer: How a hip-hop lover from Philly became social secretary.”

You can learn more about related topics using Andersen Library resources! Search for books such as The lost leaders: How corporate America loses women leaders (3rd-floor Main Collection, HD6054.4.U6 H47 2013), Women and public service: Barriers, challenges, and opportunities (online via Taylor & Francis eBooks), and Gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace: Emerging issues and enduring challenges (Available for UWW students and staff via free UW Request from other UW campus libraries).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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Simmons OneView

Simmons is a very cool database recently acquired by Andersen Library. Simmons is a standard market research tool used by marketers, media planners, entrepreneurs, and others.

So what kinds of data can you get out of Simmons? Tons:

  • Individual and household demographics, including all the obvious ones and the not-so-obvious too (military service, club memberships, recent job change, do you recycle?)
  • Internet, cable, radio, cell phone, print media use habits
  • Purchasing habits and ownership for everything from mascara to bratwursts to car insurance to leaf blowers
  • Leisure, hobbies, travel habits
    And much more! You can really get lost in the piles of data (not that I would know about such a thing, ahem…)

    The real power of Simmons is, you can create a cross-tabulation to compare virtually any of their criteria.

    A couple of caveats about our subscription: since it’s quite expensive, we only have purchased the dataset that is 3 years out of date, and it has a user limit of 10 users at a time — try back in a few minutes if you can’t get in.

    Simmons is a bit non-intuitive to use at first. Try these two video tutorials to get you started: How to create a crosstab (select your data for comparison) and Understanding your results. If you have more questions, feel free to contact me or any of the librarians at the Reference Desk.

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    New Stuff Tuesday – February 28, 2017

    Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer bookcover

    Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
    by Diane Stanley; Illustrated by Jessie Hartland
    E Sta
    Curriculum Collection, Easy Books, 2nd floor

    Starting with the title, this biography of Ada Lovelace in picture book format focuses on the genius that emerges when artistic creativity and scientific precision work in tandem. She was born to poet Lord Byron, whom she never knew, and a mother who had a love of math and science and little patience for fantasy. With little interest in pursuits expected of a young woman of her time and social standing, she found herself drawn by the company of the likes of Dickens, Darwin, and Charles Babbage, often referred to as the father of computing. Babbage wrote an article about how to build a machine that would calculate mathematics, but not how to make it work. Given her understanding machines, Ada Lovelace translated the work from French to English, adding footnotes which explained how such a machine could be programmed for practical uses even beyond that of mathematical calculation. The picture book story is appended with discussion of some controversy concerning her contributions, as well as a timeline and bibliography.

    To locate additional inspiration for the young creative scientist, more titles featuring Ada Lovelace can be found in the Curriculum Collection.

    For a more in depth reading, check out Ada’s Legacy by Robin Hammerman and Andrew L. Russell, from Andersen Library’s Main Collection.

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    Warhawk Book Talks – Feb.

    Ever wonder what your faculty or colleagues are reading? Here’s your chance to find out! Warhawk Book Talks is a series where professors, staff, and students at UW-W talk about their favorite books!

    Ozalle Toms, Freedom Writers Diary

    Steve Anderson, Linus Pauling in His Own Words

    Feb 20th: Joanna Stradusky, Caves of Steel; Dragonriders of Pern

    Linda Nortier, People of the Masks

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    Using social media for social good

    Luvvie Ajayi will talk about “Using social media for social good” at 7pm on Mon., Feb. 27, in the Young Auditorium. It’s part of the Contemporary Issues Lecture Series!

    Ajayi is a writer, speaker and digital strategist, which, according to her bio at the site of her popular culture blog Awesonely Luvvie, is someone who helps “figure out how to use the web strategically (not just to loiter and take selfies).” On the site of her tech blog, Awesomely Techie, she says she “believes in using the power of technology for social change.”

    Ajayi is a co-founder of The Red Pump Project®, a “nonprofit organization raising awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls” that uses the red pump shoe to symbolize “empowerment representing the strength and courage of women affected by HIV/AIDS”. Every March it runs a Rock the Red Pump® (#RocktheRedPump) Campaign, asking “bloggers and other digital influencers” to promote awareness and facilitate conversation about the issue.

    Luvvie is a columnist for the digital news platform theGrio.com* and also has contributed her writing to XOJane, EBONY, Clutch Magazine and Uptown Magazine, and she has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times, Africa.com, Essence.com, AOL.com, Black Enterprise, The Root and more. She received the 2012 Women’s Media Center Social Media Award and was among Jet magazine’s first “Forty under 40” honorees in 2013.

    If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

    *Read more about theGrio.com in “Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios acquires digital news community platform: TheGrio” (PR Newswire, 2016:Jun.14).

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    Employment Discrimination and Asian American Communities

    Maria Flores, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will speak about “Civil Rights Focus: Employment Discrimination Issues Faced by Asian American Communities” on Thurs., Feb. 23, from 3:30pm-4:30pm in UC 275A. It’s part of the Southeast Asian Heritage Lecture Series!

    You can learn more, and Andersen Library can help! The EEOC has a web page on Asian-Americans in the American Workforce. Search Library databases to find articles such as “Culture matters: Cultural differences in the reporting of employment discrimination claims” (William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 2011, vol.20, pp.405-1373), “Spatial assimilation and its discontents: Asian ethnic neighborhood change in California (Urban Geography, 2016 published online, pp.1-26), and “Korean entrepreneurs in Kansas City metropolitan area” (Journal of Enterprising Communities, 2014, vol.8:no.4, pp.287-299), and books such as The contemporary Asian American experience: Beyond the model minority (available from other UW libraries via free UW Request service, by which requested items typically take 2-5 weekdays to arrive) and Asian American women and men: Labor, laws, and love (3rd-Floor Main Collection, E184.A75 E85 2008).

    If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

    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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    New Stuff Tuesday – February 21, 2017

    The Art of Crayon

    The Art of Crayon: Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve!
    by Lorraine Bell
    NC855 .B445 2016
    New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

    A brand new box of crayons. Remember the funny waxy scent, the perfectly chiselled tips — and how they never quite fit back into the box afterwards? Not that I ever had my own box, mind you — not with nine older siblings. But we can dream, right?!

    Artist and studio owner Lorraine Bell offers a richly-textured and brilliantly-colored work (could crayons deliver anything less?) with nifty techniques for drawing, coloring, carving and more. She highlights artists and their crayon projects, whether used as tools or media. How about a sculpted Yoda crayon for Star Wars fans — or crayon batik for craftsy types? Whether you like creating or consuming art, this book is a good choice.

    Andersen Library has a number of other books about creating art with crayons for you to explore and enjoy.

    You can learn more about the author in this video:

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    New Stuff Tuesday – February 14, 2017

    How to Speak Midwestern bookcover

    How to Speak Midwestern
    by Edward McClelland
    PE2932 .M33 2016
    New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

    In what state might you eat a “brain sandwich,” a “gooey butter cake,” or a “St. Paul Sandwich”? Attend school at “Ooey Pooey”? Go to the “Factory of Sadness” for fun and perhaps see “party plates” on your way there? *

    You don’t have to be a linguist to enjoy this lighthearted trip through Midwestern accents (yes, we do have an accent), regional sayings, and cultural touchstones. The author breaks the Midwest into three regions, each with its own distinct linguistic influences: North Central, Midland, and Inland North – and Wisconsin is the only state to include all three regions. The book begins with a few pages of introduction to the unique traits of each region, and while the author has clearly done his research into the waves of immigration, dominant economies, quirks of geography, sports loyalties, and political climates that all affect language development, the details don’t bog down a reader – it’s a quick skim.

    Then the second half of the book provides a dictionary of regional gems. As a recent transplant to Wisconsin who’s also lived in and has family across the Midwest states, I enjoyed browsing the WI section of the dictionary to help me sound like a local (maybe) – I had heard about brats and bubblers, but now I know about Sconnies and Fondy and the famed Hodag of Rhinelander. Pick this book up from the New Arrivals shelf if you need a fun break from the academic reading!

    * Answers: Try all – if you’re brave – in St. Louis, MO. Ooey Pooey is Indiana’s nickname for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, or IUPUI. Finally, that’s Ohio’s stadium home of the Cleveland Browns, but watch out for the red-on-yellow license plates issued to DUI offenders.)

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    New Stuff Tuesday – February 7, 2017

    The Undoing Project bookcover

    The Undoing Project
    :A Friendship That Changed Our Mind
    by Michael Lewis
    QP360.5 .L49 2017
    Browsing Books, 2nd floor

    Michael Lewis’ latest books looks at the fascinating relationship between Tversky and Kahneman. These two men single handedly founded a new discipline that we now call behavioral economics. This book is driven by the relationship of two psychologists who opened the gates on understanding why humans do the things they do and the effects are behaviors have on the world. The most compelling part of this story is perhaps just how different these two men were in terms of their personalities. What often began as a heated argument in their offices about how humans behave would eventually turn into a groundbreaking academic paper. By the time the paper was to be published, neither men had a good sense of who first proposed the idea so they began to just alternate their names as the lead author on the paper. What began as the work of two Israeli academics in the 1960s soon became it’s own field and affected the way business, economics, and the stock market were approached by various companies.

    Check out other books written by Michael Lewis at Andersen Library.

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