New Stuff Tuesday – October 1, 2019

Whiskey Words & a Shovel Book Cover

whiskey words & a shovel
by Author r. h. Sin
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
PS3619.I56674 W5 2016

This well-received book of poetry is the first in a trilogy. The Andersen Library owns all three books in the Main Collection under the same call number shown here. Borrow them and get cozy with r.h. Sin.

This first volume was originally self-published in 2015, but was picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing and updated the next year. The publisher states, this book “is about reclaiming your power on the path to a healthy relationship. It is a testament to choosing to love yourself, even if it means heartbreak.” All the poems are dedicated to Sin’s muse, and now wife, Samantha King Holmes.

Primarily short, perhaps a result of frequently writing and posting tweets, Sins’ poetry is visceral and emotional. It packs a definite punch. If you love his words and want to see what he’s doing now, check out his latest posts on social media. Should you wish to wear his words, he has had them emblazoned on clothing.

Want to read more about r.h. Sin? Check out The Life of an Instagram Poet in the online New Yorker.

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Just What The Doctor Ordered

Flu season is on its way, but do you know what else is? This semester’s Career Fair on October 2nd.

Don’t worry you don’t have to get any shots or anything to prepare for the Career Fair, but what you should do is get your resumé checked out before you show it to potential employers. That’s exactly what over 55 students did this past week here in Andersen Library at the Resume Doctor event facilitated by Career Leadership & Development (CLD).

September 24th through the 26th (from 12-4pm) students were able to walk right in and get their resumés and portfolios looked over by the CLD experts. The best part is that these extensive “check-ups” were free of charge!

Did you miss your appointment with the Resume Doctor? You can always make an appointment with a staff member at the Career and Leadership Development office to get your resumé reviewed.

To make an appointment just call (262)-472-1471 or visit UC 146.

Keep your resumés healthy Warhawks.  

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Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates and honors National Hispanic Heritage Month. For an entire month institutions like the Library of Congress pay tribute to the generations of history, culture, and contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our nation. What used to be only a week-long celebration in 1968 under administration of President Lyndon Johnson evolved and expanded into a month long honoring of Hispanic heritage twenty years later under President Ronald Reagan.

So how is Andersen Library celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? Well, what better way is there to celebrate than with books?

All month long, Andersen encourages you to check out our Spanish children’s book collection that has over 180 Spanish books – and that’s just in the Curriculum Collections on the 2nd floor!

A large number of these books are used by students here at UW-W in the college of education and professional studies, more specifically for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education courses. Just because students use them for class doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them too!

By checking out Andersen’s Spanish collection, not only are you taking part in Hispanic Heritage Month but, like us, you recognize that Whitewater is a linguistically diverse community.

¡Muchas gracias!

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New Stuff Tuesday — Sept. 17, 2019

Ask a manager book cover

Ask a Manager: How to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses, and the rest of your life at work

By Alison Green

New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor  

HF5548.8 .G7185 2018

So many commenters and reviewers (of both this book and the author’s long-running advice blog of the same name) have said “This is the guide I wish I had when I entered the work world!” Thus, I had to feature it and give it a plug for our students!

I admit to being a longtime reader of the blog, initially when I was first out of grad school and in a long and frustrating job hunt; and still now at times for its solid, no-nonsense guidance in navigating all sorts of sticky situations at work. I’ve not yet been in the position of managing others, but if I ever am, I think I will credit her blog for most of my practical management knowledge. Plus, it often inspires moments of eternal gratitude that I don’t work with any of the manipulative/micromanaging/inept/conflict-averse bosses or wacky/intrusive/insensitive/cruel colleagues that sometimes fill Green’s blog posts! (look out for the employee who’s putting magic spells on the coworkers she doesn’t like…)

Even if you’re not a regular blog reader, though, this book is great to page through and pick out a few apt scenarios to help you out when you’re facing a big interview, or paralyzed at the thought of writing a cover letter, or doubting whether and how you can negotiate for a raise. The chapters are organized into categories:

  • Conversations with your boss
  • Conversations with your colleagues
  • Conversations when you’re the boss
  • Conversations with your job interviewer

which make it easy to jump to the section most applicable to you at this time. In each section, generous use of numbered questions or scenarios, with second-person pronouns, make it easy to page through and identify any similar problems you might have. Green’s chatty tone and occasional first-person pronouns makes it easy to feel as if you’re just asking for advice from your closest workplace mentor.

Highly recommended!

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Remembering Togetherness

As the fall semester begins, the previously empty sidewalks of Wyman Mall filled up fast as student organizations, university departments, and curious students bustled from booth to booth at the 2019 Student Involvement Fair.

Did you see Andersen Library staff there? Did you stop by and grab some Andersen swag?  

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday September 11th, Paul Waelchli (Library Director) and Andy Kramer (Head of Access Services) eagerly greeted students and shared information about the many services the University Library has to offer. Along with great tidbits on all things Andersen, students walked away with some pretty sweet swag. By stopping at the Andersen booth, studens had an arrangement of souvenirs to pick from including free Frisbees, sunglasses, t-shirts, and water bottles.

Even though the conversations on Wyman Mall were loud and the sidewalks seemed busy, the significance and importance of this past Wednesday was not forgotten. While it might seem coincidental, this year’s Student Involvement Fair didn’t just bring free stuff but carried a special weight and opportunity to come together as a campus as we remembered the day our country changed forever.

Wednesday, September 11th reminded UW-W of the importance of togetherness and the unity that can come through tragedy. As we honored the sacrifices made and the devastation that came from that specific day in history, this year’s fall Involvement Fair reminded students that together we are stronger.

Thank you to all the Warhawks who participated in this semester’s fair and the UW-W Student Involvement Office for making it all happen.

Being involved isn’t an individual act. Involvement requires coming together and coming together makes us stronger.






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Overdose Prevention Narcan (Naloxone) Training

The Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater’s public library at 431 W Center St, will host an Overdose Prevention Narcan (Naloxone) Training on Mon., Sept. 16, from 6-7 p.m.

Here is the library’s description of the event:

Come learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to take home a Narcan (Naloxone) kit. You could be someone’s lifesaver!

Doors open at 5:30, there will be additional information and resources available that you can browse and take.

We will also have our Hidden in Plain Sight drug awareness display available for viewing before and after the training.

Free to the public.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Narcan Training: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can learn more with resources such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse web page Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose. For assistance with finding additional resources, such as articles or books, please ask a librarian (visit or contact staff at the Reference Desk, email, chat, or make an appointment).

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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New Stuff Tuesday – September 10, 2019

Wayfinding book cover

Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World
by M. R. O’Connor
QP443 .O28 2019
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

How do humans get around, anyway? We don’t have little magnetic chips in our heads like so many bird species that allow them to migrate each winter. Some people seem to have an innate sense of direction – and others are clueless about direction. Have we lost our natural skills from living in “civilization”?

Science write M. R. O’Connor explores in-depth the question of how humans navigate their world. She traveled from pole to pole and points in-between to meet with scientists and all manner of scholars and navigational experts to chart her course. And, of course, she got lost along the way!

From her first smartphone, O’Connor realized how dependent she and others have become on technology to get where they’re going. Yet long before maps, compasses, sextants, and GPS devices, humans successfully navigated across land and sea with nothing more than their own smarts and clues from the natural world. They also learned to convey navigational information to others, even without a written language.

Whether you’re directionally challenged – or can navigate by instinct, this is an interesting work that will make you pause in wonder at the amazing capabilities humans have to get around and how it distinguishes us from other creatures.

The author discusses her book in this Youtube video if you’d like to learn more.

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Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Andersen Library

CTThe final week of August began with the Andersen Library celebrating its’ volunteers (Pet Therapy). ‘Volunteer Appreciation Day’ is the library’s most recent way of showing the Pet Therapy representatives just how important they are to the Andersen Library’s programming. The encounter featured some of our devoted volunteers, Andersen Library staff, and of course some of our favorite furry-friends. Check out some photos from the celebratory occasion (below)!

Pet Therapy is back again starting Monday, September 9th from noon-2 PM. We know how hard it can be to leave your pets back home after summer vacation, so we have a whole line up of pups ready to keep you company. Simply follow the purple paw prints through the library doors on these dates throughout first semester to visit our Pet Therapy pets! Please follow the dates below.

September 9th, 17th, 23rd

October 1st, 7th, 15th, 21st, 29th

November 4th, 12th, 18th, 26th

December 2nd 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th 19th


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Paving the Way for Fresh Parking

As the asphalt dries, Lot 12 and Lot 12A located behind Andersen Library seems to be heading closer and closer to completion. Workers have been consistently putting hours into this parking lot since July 4th to ensure that it is available for use as soon as possible. Faculty/staff and Commuter South parking pass holders should see more spots opening up soon making work and class commutes simpler as we head into the fall semester.

The next step for Lot 12 looks to be the painting of the parking stalls hopefully marking the lot as finished and ready for fresh parking.

Be sure to take a look back at our previous photos of Lot 12 to see the amazing progress made so far. Make sure to visit the lots in person too because the work done on Lot 12 and 12A marks the first parking upgrade for UW-Whitewater in over a decade!


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New Stuff Tuesday-August 27, 2019

The Simpsons: A Cultural History book cover

The Simpsons
A Cultural History

by Moritz Fink
PN1992.77.S58 F47 2019
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

As we swiftly approach the 30th anniversary (December 17, 2019) of The Simpsons animated TV series, now is a good time to look back over this show’s history. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie quickly took over the imagination of the television viewing audience when it aired as part of the Tracy Ullman Show from 1987-1989. In 1989, it gained its own 30-minute slot on the Fox network. Nearly 700 episodes later, The Simpsons is a cultural phenomenon.

This book starts with the show’s roots, profiles its most popular characters and locations, and then examines its impact on American culture. Have you ever heard someone say “Doh?” That’s from The Simpsons. Combining cultural analysis with trivia, this book will be a great read for the fan and the academic.

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