T3: Social Media and Your Digital Life

Your Digital Life

One of the ways most people end up sharing aspects of their life online is through the use of social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. This post assumes that you already know the basics of using your social media accounts–but what if you want to do more? It can be pretty time consuming to manage all your accounts if you have to log into each one separately. It’s also easy to loose track of what information you’ve posted on each account and where you saw that link to that amazing cat video. Social media managers are useful tools that prevent the mechanics of status updates, tweets, and account notifications from sucking up all your free time. Now you can concentrate on actually responding to your friends or perfecting a cat video of your own to share! You may also want to know more about how often people view your account updates and postings–most managers provide you with easy ways to view basic data and analyses of your activities.

HootSuiteOne of the most popular social media managers is HootSuite. There are other social media managers out there, but HootSuite is one of the easiest to use and works with a large number of popular social media platforms. A free account with HootSuite allows you to manage up to 5 social media accounts (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+) from your dashboard. You can also add apps to your HootSuite account that allow you to manage other accounts like Instagram, Flickr, and YouTube (plus many more). With HootSuite you can schedule your posts on various accounts and see your cross-platform activities. It’s also a one-stop place to monitor responses to your activities.

Your free HootSuite account includes access to 3 basic analytic reports–use these to track which of your posts was most popular, determine what days and times are best for posting, or see which of your friends and followers are most interactive. This information is particularly useful if you have a social media campaign for a class, a student organization, or another type of group.

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Barns! June 5

clip art of barn with siloFrank Landi will talk about Barns of Walworth County at Whitewater’s public library, the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library at 431 W. Center Ave. in Whitewater, on Thurs., June 5, at 6:30pm. This talk will “explore the architectural history of barns and silos, including painting styles and quilts.” This is a free and public event.

cover of Barns of WisconsinIf you are interested in this topic, Andersen Library can help! A catalog search will find titles such as Barns of Wisconsin (3rd-floor Main Collection, TH4930 .A66), Silos: An agricultural success story (2nd-floor Wisconsin Documents, UNI EX COO.3:B 37/4, or online), Ethnic history and beauty of old barns (2nd-floor Wisconsin Documents, UNI EX COO.3:B 37/1, or online), and Barns of the Midwest (3rd-floor Main Collection, NA8230 .B27 1995).

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials, if desired.

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How can I get the full text article??

How do you determine whether you can access the full text of a particular article in a journal, magazine, or newspaper? Use the Journal Holdings list!!

On the Library Home page, there are several ways to get into the Journal list. Under “Find,” click “Journals” or “Journal Holdings.” Enter the title of the publication (not the article). For example, if this is your citation, search for Organization Studies:

Title: The Stretch of Strategic Management Discourse: A Critical Analysis
Source: Organization studies [0170-8406] Greckhamer yr:2010 vol:31 iss:7 pg:841 -871

This should be what you see as a result:

example of Journal Holdings title information for Organization Studies...  full text from EBSCOhost Business Source Premier available from 1980 until 2002, and from  SAGE Premier 2014 from 1999 volume 20 issue 1

What does this mean?

Note the dates appearing below each link to a database. If your article was published between 1980 and 2002 you can get the full text if you click the link to Business Source Premier. But our example citation is for an article published in 2010. Good news! We should be able to get the full text by clicking the link to SAGE instead.

When you click the link to a database, if you are off campus you may be prompted to login with your UWW Net-ID (same as your D2L or campus email login).

What if an article’s year isn’t available from any database? Or if no database links are given?

Click the purple Find It button to see some other options, like submitting an “ILLiad” interlibrary loan request to have another library scan the article for you, which costs $1 and usually takes 2-4 weekdays. More information about this service is online.

Still have some questions? Contact Reference.

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It’s tornado season again

It’s peak season (May-August) for occasional tornadoes. Be prepared!

Know the difference between a watch and a warning:

tornado imageA Tornado Watch or Severe Weather Watch means a tornado may develop. Be alert and be prepared to take action if the watch becomes a WARNING. (It is not necessary to seek shelter for a severe weather watch.)

A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been spotted in the area. Immediate action may mean the difference between life and death. (It is not necessary to seek shelter for a thunderstorm warning.)

What does Andersen Library do when there is severe weather?
Our weather radio alerts us when severe weather threatens Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock counties. If there is a tornado warning, and it is heading towards Whitewater, we make an announcement over the public address system directing people to go to the nearest tornado shelter area within the Library (marked with large blue signs, generally restrooms and windowless stairwells & hallways). The elevator should not be used.

Be prepared for severe weather wherever you are! You can search the Library Catalog for tornadoes for additional materials. A basic explanation of what you need to know about tornadoes and tornado safety is available from the NOAA Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, which also has a current watch display. The Milwaukee/Sullivan site also lists current watches and warnings (tornadoes, flash floods, severe thunderstorms, and marine warnings) for Wisconsin. The American Red Cross has an online preparedness checklist. I also recommend that you get a map of the counties around you, so that you know when watches and warnings, or the tracks of severe weather, affect you. There are printable maps for all 50 states at the nationalatlas.gov web site.

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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 – May 27, 2014

New Earrings

New Earrings: 500+ Designs from Around the World
by Nicolas Estrada
NK7423.5 .E8713 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Do you make jewelry or like looking at metalwork, gemstones, or glass art? Now that summer is here perhaps you will have more time to devote to your craft or hobby. This book will inspire you with crisp, clear photos of traditional and avant-garde earrings from global designers. The images fill every page and leave little room for text–this book is for visual savoring.

Recharge your creative senses and check out this lovely book!

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Andersen Library Summer Semester Hours

Andersen Library’s Summer Semester hours start on Tuesday, May 27:

  • Mondays-Thursdays 7:30am-9pm
  • Fridays 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturdays CLOSED
  • Sundays noon-8pm
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T3: Online Storage and Your Digital Life

Your Digital LifeIf you have started to manage your digital life and craft an overall plan for maintaining your important digital stuff, it helps to have a place or places to store your digital files. This location could be on your personal computer or another physical location, like an external hard drive or a flash drive. While there are definite advantages to storing your files in an off-line location, you should consider storing your files in an online environment as well. Online storage space allows you to maintain your files if your physical file storage fails, whether through loss of your computer, external hard drive, or flash drive, or if your hard disk becomes corrupted or otherwise breaks.

But what type of online storage should you use? There are many options available for online storage and those recommended below all share the same characteristics:

  • Free accounts with at least 2GB storage space
    2GB gives you enough space to store a large number of text documents and a decent number of photos and videos. 2GB will not replace your internal or external hard drive on your physical computer, but it will give you enough space to keep most of your current files available online and backed up.
  • Maintained by reputable, secure companies
    All of these options are secure and haven’t had any major security breaches. That said, remember that your password for these services is your number one defense against hackers and others looking for personal data: see how to create secure passwords in this post. Make sure to read the user agreements before signing up for these services; if you have larger concerns about online privacy, then you may wish to explore other, home-grown options.
  • Easy syncing capabilities across multiple computers and/or devices
    Syncing allows you to access your files from many devices without having to upload multiple copies of your files.
  • Automatic, background saving capabilities
    You won’t reap the benefits of backing up your files if it’s difficult to do or requires multiple steps. These services allow you to create folders on your computer that will automatically save and sync your files to the cloud.
  • Mobile apps for iOS/Android
    All of these allow you to access your files from mobile devices.
  • Sharing capabilities
    These services provide you with private links to files or folder that you can easily share with others.

Online Storage Services

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 20, 2014

How I Met Your Mother: Season 6

How I Met Your Mother: Season 6
Browsing DVD, Feature Film How 6
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Haaaave you met Ted?

Celebrate the end of finals by vegging out with Ted, Marshall, Lily, Barney, and Robin, the main characters in How I Met Your Mother. The show centers on Ted, an architect in New York City, who is trying to find “the one” while having many misadventures with his closest friends. Marshall, a lawyer, and Lily, a kindergarten teacher, are the perfect couple and have been together since college. Barney is a hopeless womanizer with a mystery job and an endless supply of suits. Robin is a news anchor and a canuck through and through. Here’s just a taste of what you have to look forward to: http://goo.gl/G25jXv

Andersen Library has seasons one through six. Season six just arrived, so grab it while you can!

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MERS is in the news. What is it? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The three cases that have occurred in the U.S. were two people who had traveled to Saudi Arabia, and one that had contact with one of those individuals.

You can learn more about it from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Image of CDC MERS web page

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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Andersen Library hours May 19-26

Andersen Library is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 19-23, and then the Library is closed Sat.-Mon., May 24-26 for the Memorial Day holiday. Summer Semester hours begin on Tuesday, May 27.

You can observe Memorial Day in Whitewater by watching the parade! It starts at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, and ends with a program at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.

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

  • Search library databases …just login when prompted with your campus Net-ID (same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search the HALCat Library Catalog and use links to the titles that are online, including ereserves for classes,
  • Renew your checked-out books, DVDs, etc., online (once) through your Personal Record,
  • 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 Reference Desk hours (Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sunday April 20th 3-10pm).
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