Why being who you really are is a radical act

Bridget Birdsall, an author and artist, will talk about “Why being who you really are is a radical act” from 6:30-8pm on Tues., Apr. 12 in the UC Hamilton Room.

cover of Double ExposureBirdsall will talk about her young adult novel Double exposure, in which an intersex teen overcomes bullying (available from Andersen Library’s 2nd-floor Curriculum Collection, Fiction, at F Bir). Learn more about the book online at http://bridgetbirdsall.com/books/

If you’d like to learn more, Andersen Library can help! Search Library databases to find articles such as “Promising strategies for prevention of the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth” (Prevention Researcher, 2012, vol.19:no.3, pp.10-13) and “Coping and survival skills: The role school personnel play regarding support for bullied sexual minority-oriented youth” (Journal of School Health, 2015, vol.85:no.5, pp.334-340, doi:10.1111/josh.12254).

Ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

Here are some additional LGBT* events this month:

  • LGBT* and Ally Student Panel Discussion: Thurs., Apr. 14, 11am-12:15pm, UC 259 – UWW LGBT* and ally students will share their experiences growing up, on campus, and out in the world.
  • LGBT* Community Service Day: Fri., Apr. 15, 9am-5pm, location TBD- UWW students travel to complete a service project that benefits area LGBT* youth. Contact Larry Pardo at PardoL23@uww.edu for more information.
  • Rainbow Celebration of Excellence: Tues., Apr. 26, 4:30-6pm in Fern Young Terrace – LGBT* and Ally Graduation Awards Ceremony
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Save the Date for Money Smart Week!

Money Smart Week, a national campaign focused on enhancing your personal financial management skills, is just around the corner! Join us April 25-29 in Andersen Library 1105 to learn more about financial aid, credit scores, negotiating salaries, and more.

Money Smart Week Schedule of Events

Money Smart Week was first established in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to help people manage their money more effectively. Check out the Money Smart Week website for resources that can help you become more financially stable. The UW Credit Union is also a great resource for personal finance information. They hold seminars throughout the year, some of them geared toward college students.

Andersen Library also has a page dedicated to personal finance topics. Get information and links to resources on the following topics:

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T3: Excel Shortcuts

Excel Shortcuts

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for organizing, analyzing, and visualizing data. Here are some shortcuts that can make using Excel even faster and more efficient. Visit Microsofttraining.net for all eight tips.

  • Today’s Date
    Ctrl + semi-colon key
    To ensure the current date is always displayed, simply type “=Today()” into a cell and hit Enter.
  • New Lines within a Cell
    Alt + Enter
    Pressing just Enter will take you to another cell, so this is the quick way to add lines without moving outside of the current cell.
  • Insert a Comment
    Shift + F2
    Add a comment to a cell without moving the mouse.

Also remember that you can review the basics of Excel and learn more about its advanced features by viewing the tutorials on Lynda.com (make sure to use the link here or from the Library’s list of databases to be able to access the tutorials using your Net ID and password).

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Vote on April 5th!

The Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary will be held on April 5, 2016. Don’t forget to vote!

Whitewater’s polling locations, the downtown Armory (146 W North St) and on campus (UC Hamilton Room), will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. You can see sample ballots from the City website, and then do your homework so you will be an informed voter. That site also provides information about registering, documents that are acceptable proof of residence, a “location chart” for looking up your street address to identify your ward and assigned polling place, and more.

Students:
Information about voting especially for you is
at Warhawks Vote.

Here are some informative sites to start your research:

Presidential candidate sites (alphabetical by last name):

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate sites:

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The Economic Contribution of Immigration in America

Dr. Alfonso Morales, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will talk about “The Economic Contribution of Immigration in America” on Tues., Mar. 29, from 3:30pm-4:30pm in UC 275A. It’s part of the Latino Heritage Lecture Series.

Would you like to learn more? Andersen Library can help! Search Library databases to find books such as How many is too many?: The progressive argument for reducing immigration into the United States (3rd-floor Main Collection, JV6465 .C34 2015), Immigrant, Inc.: Why immigrant entrepreneurs are driving the new economy (and how they will save the American worker) (online), and Immigrant and minority entrepreneurship: The continuous rebirth of American communities (available to UWW students and staff from anther UW campus library via free UW Request–items arrive in 2-5 weekdays), or government information such as Immigration and its contribution to our economic strength: Hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session (online). Or search article databases for titles including “Economic costs, economic benefits, and attitudes toward immigrants and immigration” (Analyses of social issues & public policy, 2012, vol.12:no.1, pp.133-137 doi:10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01269.x).

Ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

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 – March 29, 2016

Phishing for Phools Book Cover

Phishing for Phools
The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
HB74.P8 A49443 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

While the benefits of a free market are widely touted in the United States, Nobel Prize winners George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller argue that such markets have a seedier side. Individuals and businesses aim to make the highest profit possible, and they may do whatever it takes to achieve that, including exploitation and deception. This book explores the intersection of psychology and economics, using case studies to show how markets can be manipulated. The case studies discuss advertising, politics, big pharma, and more. If economic theory tickles your fancy, I highly recommend this read.

Here’s a short video about the book from one of the authors:

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Friday Fun: National Jukebox

Have some fun this weekend with this “oldie” online resource, in existence since 2011:

The National Jukebox is a project of the Library of Congress that streams historical commercial sound recordings. It includes “more than 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925,” plus more content is added periodically. It has a “Day by Day” feature, and it’s searchable or browsable by performer, song, composer, genre, etc. Or take advantage of the featured content on the Jukebox’s home page.

Last November I toured the Sanfilippo Estate’s “Place de la Musique” and enjoyed looking at many, many music machines–a variety of American and European orchestrions, music boxes playing metal disks, fairground organs, and vintage phonographs (Victrolas, Edison players, and more)–which I was reminded of because the Jukebox includes images of some of the discs. Read about “Recording technology history” from the Audio Engineering Society’s web site.

We listened to an original recording of Caruso played on one of the phonographs at the Estate, so I looked up Caruso in the National Jukebox. Fantastic! Listen, for example, to him singing Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci in 1904.

Enjoy!

screen shot from National Jukebox

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 – March 22, 2016

Yoga Anamtomy

Yoga Anatomy
by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
RA781.7 .K356 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Spring break is the time to give the brain a different kind of cerebral workout than, perhaps, the regular semester grind offers. The New Arrivals shelves offers a number of items that might help make the transition. While not a “how-to” book, Yoga Anatomy is a reference guide which provides illustrations of the muscles and movements employed during yoga practice. Browse the New Arrivals shelves and next to it you’ll find the classic Light on Yoga – not for the beginning yoga attempt or faint of heart. If the idea of yoga intrigues, but these selections are beyond your current experience, try the Research@UWW virtual browse option. Scrolling to the left and right will allow you to view other items with similar call numbers, and which may be located in the Main, Oversize, or Browsing Collections.

Research at UWW Virtual Browse feature

If you are ready for a deep lunge into the research of yoga and psychology, search yoga AND (brain OR psych*) in Research@UWW.

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Friday fun: Lifelogging

I recently read a Computerworld technology blog entry about lifelogging: “Photographic memory made easy.” What is it? It’s essentially a diary of everyday moments, created with wearable devices that constantly record images and possibly audio throughout your day. Some use it to augment their memory. Others might use it to learn something about their habits.

My response is to wonder why I’d ever want to every slog through all that, because large parts of most of my days don’t seem to be worth reliving, and who has time to live those same moments repeatedly? Wouldn’t it waste lots of my life’s precious minutes searching for the image(s) I actually wanted for some reason? I prefer to continue to select the photos I take, even though sometimes I don’t have a camera at the ready for certain unplanned events. I guess that for those moments I will just have to rely on my old-style brain memory and risk forgetting.

If you’re interested in learning more about lifelogging, Andersen Library can help! Search Library databases to find articles like “Beyond total capture: A constructive critique of lifelogging” (Communications of the ACM, 2010, vol.3:no.5, pp.70-77), “Lifelogging: You’re wearing a camera?” (IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2014, vol.13:no.3, pp.8-12, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2014.53), “Dredging up the past: Lifelogging, memory, and surveillance” (University of Chicago Law Review, 2008, vol.75:no.1, pp.47-74), and “Reconstructing the past: Personal memory technologies are not just personal and not just for memory” (Human-Computer Interaction, 2012, vol.27:no.1/2, pp.92-123, doi:10.1080/07370024.2012.656062). The book Reality mining: Using big data to engineer a better world has a chapter on “Mobile phones, sensors, and lifelogging: Collecting data from individuals while considering privacy,” and UWW students and staff may borrow the book from other UW campus libraries via the free UW Request service (requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays). You also can search for lifelogging and preview pages using Google Books.

Wikimedia has a page listing countries’ consent requirements for photographing identifiable people.

Please Ask a librarian (visit the Reference Desk, call 262.472.1032, or choose to email or chat) for assistance with finding additional materials.

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Spring Break! Library hours

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 19-20: CLOSED
Mon-Fri Mar 21-25: 8am-4:30pm
Sat Mar 26: CLOSED
Sun Mar 27: 6pm-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 27th 3-5 & 6-10pm).

Regular Spring Semester hours resume on Monday, March 28th.

FYI – The Food for Thought cafe is closed for Spring Break as of 2 p.m. on Thurs., Mar. 17, 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. The Graham Street Cafe and Willie’s 360 have hours of service during Spring Break Week.

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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