Bicycle Season Safety

bike clip artThe snow season seems to have made way for spring at last, so everyone’s bikes are emerging. It’s important to ride safely, however, and to share the roads and sidewalks lawfully and politely.

The March 2015 newsletter from UW-Whitewater Police Services spells it out for all of us:

BICYCLE RIDERS:

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be operated in the roadway whenever possible.
  • When operating in the roadway you should always ride your bike in the same direction as the traffic.
  • DO NOT swerve in and out of parked cars.
  • When operating a bike in the roadway and a bike lane is not available, you should take the whole lane to operate your bike.
  • Bicycles are required to obey all the same traffic laws and road signs as a vehicle, and are required to stop at all stop signs.
  • Don’t forget to wear your helmet.
  • Have reflectors and lights on your bike if operating at dusk or dark.

When operating a bicycle always remember to signal your direction of travel so vehicles know what your intended direction is. (See illustrations in the newsletter, or from Hand signals provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which also provides additional related information, such as fitting a bike helmet.)

MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVERS:

  • Remember bicycles need room to avoid debris and obstructions in the roadway.
  • Be observant and watch for the cyclists signals.
  • Change lanes when passing bicycles. DO NOT attempt to share a lane to pass a bike.

The newsletter also reminded us that “Long boards and skateboards are not allowed in the roadway.

More information is available from the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation web site, including specific guidance for “path/street crossings” and bicycle crash facts in section IV of Wisconsin Traffic Crash Facts. There’s also a special two-page item on Bicyclists (part of the Wisconsin Traffic Safety Facts series) that says, “In Wisconsin, in 2012, one bicyclist was injured or killed every 8.3 hours.” It also says both bicyclists and motor vehicles should allow three feet of clearance when getting around each other, and bicyclists traveling at speeds under the normal speed should be as close to the curb as possible. It is important to know the rules of the road, which are in Wisconsin Statutes. For example, “No pedestrian, bicyclist, or rider of an electric personal assistive mobility device shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run, or ride into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is difficult for the operator of the vehicle to yield.” is Wis. Stats. 346.24(2). Also see the City of Whitewater’s Municipal Code, Chapter 11.40 Bicycles.

Want to learn even more? Ask a librarian for assistance.

FDLP logo 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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Spring Mini-Break Library, Café hours

Were you sad when Spring Break ended? Well, have a Spring Mini-Break! Here are Andersen Library’s Mini-Break hours for Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 2-5:

  • Thurs. Apr. 2: 7:30am-10pm
  • Fri. Apr. 3: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat. Apr. 4: CLOSED
  • Sun. Apr. 5: 6pm-2am

The Food for Thought Café will be open 8:45am-2pm on Thurs. Apr. 2, then closed until Mon. Apr. 6. Spring Mini-Break hours for other campus dining spots are online in Dining News.

Remember that even when the Library is closed or you are traveling, you can:

  • Search article databases …just login when prompted with your campus Net-ID (same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search Andersen Library’s holdings of books, media and more (part of Research@UWW) and use links to the titles that are online, including ereserves for classes,
  • Search Research@UWW for articles, books, and more all at one time–it’s best to login to get all possible results.
  • Renew your checked-out books, DVDs, etc., online (once) through your Account,
  • Consult online guides for assistance, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat, or phone us at the Reference Desk (262-472-1032) during Spring Mini-Break Reference Desk hours (Thurs. Apr. 2: 9am-10pm, Fri. Apr. 3: 9am-4:30pm, Sat. CLOSED, Sun. Apr. 5: 6-10pm).
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New Stuff Tuesday March 31, 2015

The Impact of Youtube on U.S. Politics

The Impact of Youtube on U.S. Politics
by LaChrystal D. Ricke
JA85.2.U6 R54 20144
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor

In this book, Ricke outlines how Youtube has quickly diversified the political landscaping in the United States. Ricke focuses on how Youtube became a tool for politicians to share political messages, communicate with supporters, and a means of creating campaign contributions. Youtube is a platform with much diverse appeal and convenience that allows politicians to engage with their constituents in a proactive manner. In recent years, Youtube has covered the political spectrum as a place to watch campaign ads to watching weekly videos that the White House puts out updating Americans what they are working on. Ricke fills her work with many interesting data and statistics about how quickly the usage and influence of Youtube has grown in the past 4 election cycles. The book closes by showing Youtube as a platform whose influence as a major political communication tool will only continue to grow in coming election years.

Want more? Watch a debate about Digital Democracy on Youtube hosted by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

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César Chávez and the Chicano Movement

Juan José López will talk about “César Chávez and the Chicano Movement” on Tues., Mar. 31, from 3:30-4:30pm in UC275A. This talk is part of the Latino Heritage Lecture Series. López is Director of Program Management & Special Populations in the WI Dept. of Workforce Development’s Division of Employment & Training.

cover of Cesar Chavez bookAndersen Library can help you learn more with books such as César Chávez: Autobiography of La Causa (3rd-floor Main Collection, HD6509 .C48 L48 1975) and A war of words: Chicano protest in the 1960s and 1970s 3rd-floor Main Collection, E184 .M5 H36 1985), the DVD Chicano! History of the Mexican American civil rights movement (2nd-floor Browsing DVD, Academic, E184.M5 C431 2011), and articles such as “Chicano movement rhetoric: An ideographic interpretation” (Communication Quarterly, 1995, vol.43:no.4, pp.446-455. Available in the 1st-floor bound Periodicals Collection), “The story of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act: How César Chávez won the best labor law in the country and lost the union” (California Legal History, 2012, vol.7, pp.409-443), and “Why César Chávez led a movement as well as a union” (Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, 2011, vol.23, pp.15-21).

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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Friday Fun: Origami

Here’s some Friday Fun: Origami! This was inspired by photos of origami creations by Wenche Lise Fossland of Norway on Instagram.

cover from Origami Step by StepAndersen Library has resources to get you started! Search Research@UWW for the Library’s book holdings to find Origami step by step (3rd-floor Main Collection, TT870 .H318 1998), The Usborne book of origami (2nd-floor Juvenile Non-Fiction, 736.982 Obr), and Creative origami (3rd-floor OVERSIZE, TT870 .K28 1967).

Origami isn’t just fun (or art), though. It can be used in the classroom (see Math in motion: Origami in the classroom: A hands-on creative approach to teaching mathematics at 3rd-floor Main Collection, QA135.6 .P43 2012 or “Math in motion: Origami math for students who are deaf and hard of hearing” in Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education, 2006, vol.11:no.2, pp. 262-266. doi:10.1093/deafed/enj019).

Enjoy!

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – March 24, 2015

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love
by James Booth
PR6023.A66 Z54 2014
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

What? ANOTHER Philip Larkin bio? Yes indeed, and this one has quite a bit of merit and is well worth reading. This is the latest biography devoted to the writer/poet and the newest by five years. I’m not saying you should disregard Philip Larkin: The Man and His Work (1989) or even Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life (1993), but rather add this to the list of Larkin’s biographies you’ve read and appreciated. If you’ve never read one of them, this would be a great place to start.

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) was a well-known and popular English poet who was also well received by critics at the time. In addition, he authored two novels and two books of criticism, to much less acclaim. Seeing as he worked in my field, I must also mention that he was a hard working librarian for over 40 years. Since his passing, critics have accused him of selfishness, racism, and misogyny, which seem contrary to his artistic oeuvre. James Booth, the biographer, addresses this dichotomy here, in what is billed as the most complete portrait of Larkin ever published. Starting with his early life and influences, including close friends and associates, the book progresses sequentially ending with his death. Included are snippets of his poems, from his Complete Works.

James Booth, was a colleague of Larkin’s for seventeen years. This is his third book about him, preceeded Philip Larkin: Writer (1991) and Philip Larkin: The Poet’s Plight (2005), both available through Universal Borrowing/UW Search. Booth is also the literary adviser to the Philip Larkin Society and coeditor of its journal, About Larkin.

If you’d like to read more of Larkin’s poetry, check out his Complete Poems or one of the individual volumes we have here or in the UW system.

Larkin was reserved and rarely consented to public readings. In spite of this there are several available on YouTube that you can enjoy, including this one of Larkin reading his poetic self-elegy “An Arundel Tomb.”

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Friday Fun: Optical Illusions

Ah, Friday before Spring Break! And here’s a little fun that’s not of the beach variety.

Optical illusions are fun and interesting, right? Look at the recent furor over “The [infamous] Dress!” Was it black and blue? Was it white and gold? Surely all the attention that got shows that optical illusions are interesting to many people. In the Google Books preview pages of Masters of deception: Escher, Dalí & the artists of optical illusion, you can see several fine examples, including the ‘Boring Figure’ on page 14, in which you can see both a young woman and an old woman. UWW students and staff may borrow this book from other UW campuses by using the free Universal Borrowing service. Requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays. The book has a foreword (readable at Google Books) by Douglas Hofstadter, who visited our campus to give a talk yesterday.

cover of Endless EnigmaAndersen Library can provide more! Search Research@UWW for terms such as “optical illusions” or “visual perception” to find titles including Mind sights: Original visual illusions, ambiguities, and other anomalies, with a commentary on the play of mind in perception and art (3rd-floor Main Collection, QP495 .S47 1990), The endless enigma: Dalí and the magicians of multiple meaning (3rd-floor Main Collection, N7113.D3 A4 2003), The Perception of illusory contours (3rd-floor Main Collection, BF241 .P435 1987), Seeing is deceiving: The psychology of visual illusions (3rd-floor Main Collection, QP495 .C67), and Magic eye II: Now you see it … (3rd-floor Main Collection, N7430.5 .M243 1994).

If you are away from the Library and did not check out any of these books, try the web site Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena for 120 examples. The Magic Eye web site also provides an “Image of the Week” along with links to several recent week’s featured images.

Enjoy.

Please ask a librarian if you are interested in finding additional materials.

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Spring Break! Library hours, services, resources

SPRING BREAK! Mmmmm, can you feel the sun and hear the surf?
clip art of palm treeAndersen Library’s hours will be:

Sat-Sun Mar 21-22: CLOSED
Mon-Fri Mar 23-27: 8am-4:30pm
Sat Mar 28: CLOSED
Sun Mar 29: 3pm-2am (only 2nd floor is open midnight-2am)

Remember that even when the Library is closed or you are traveling, you can:

  • Search article databases …just login when prompted with your campus Net-ID (same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search Andersen Library’s holdings of books, media and more (part of Research@UWW) and use links to the titles that are online, including ereserves for classes,
  • Search Research@UWW for articles, books, and more all at one time–it’s best to login to get all possible results.
  • Renew your checked-out books, DVDs, etc., online (once) through your Account,
  • Consult online guides for assistance, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat, or phone us at the Reference Desk (262-472-1032) during Spring Break Reference Desk hours (Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sunday March 29th 3-5 & 6-10pm).

Regular Spring Semester hours resume on Monday, March 30th.

FYI – The Food for Thought cafe is closed for Spring Break starting on Fri., Mar. 20, so plan to bring in your snacks or lunch, or go out to eat. There are vending machines outside the Library, on the lower level.

Enjoy the break safely, everybody. And don’t forget: You can get audio books or popular novels or feature films from Andersen Library to help enjoy your week off from classes!

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Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas Hofstadter, Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, will talk about “Gödel, Escher, Bach: 36 years later” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the UC’s Summers Auditorium. He’ll discuss his perception of how things have gone since his book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid was published in 1979 and won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and a 1980 National Book Award for science. Hofstadter is credited with discovering the first fractal ever found in physics, Hofstadter’s butterfly. His work and thoughts show the connections between many fields, including art, music and mathematics.

Andersen Library has a copy of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid in the 3rd-floor Main Collection at QA9.8 .H63 1999, and UWW students and staff may borrow additional copies of this title, or the author’s book I am a strange loop, from other UW campus libraries by using the free Universal Borrowing service.

Please ask a librarian if you are interested in finding additional materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – March 17, 2015

Tomorrow is My Turn

Tomorrow is My Turn
by Rhiannon Giddens
FOL Gid Tom
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of the African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, released her first solo album at the beginning of March. Giddens has an amazing voice and is a gifted musician and songwriter. She found inspiration for many of her interpretations of the songs in this collection from the recordings of other women singers and musicians. (The title track comes from a Nina Simone recording–listen to Simone sing it here.) If you are a fan of American roots music in any of its forms (blues, folk, country, and/or gospel), do yourself a favor and check out Tomorrow is My Turn.

Here she is performing a Gaelic song with the Punch Brothers in the concert “Another Day/Another time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis:”

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