The Girls in the Band

The College of Arts and Communication will show the film The Girls in the Band at 7:30pm on Tues., Feb. 3, in the Greenhill Center of the Arts, room 30. The synopsis on the film’s web site says

THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

cover of Swing ShiftAndersen Library has resources to learn more. If you can’t attend the screening, the DVD is available (currently on Reserve at the Circulation Desk for in-library viewing, ML3508 .G56 2014). There are books such as American women in jazz: 1900 to the present: Their words, lives, and music (3rd-floor Main Collection, ML3508 .P58 1982), Stormy weather: The music and lives of a century of jazzwomen (3rd-floor Main Collection, ML82 .D3 1984), Swing shift: “all-girl” bands of the 1940s (3rd-floor Main Collection, ML82 .T83 2000), and more. Articles that can be found include “Telling performances: Jazz history remembered and remade by the women in the band” (Oral History Review: Journal of the Oral History Association, 1999, vol.26:no.1, pp.67-84), “Nobody’s Sweethearts: Gender, race, jazz and the Darlings of Rhythm” (American Music, 1998, vol.16:no.3, pp.255-288), and “From the past: Viola Smith – high heels and hi-hats” (Modern Drummer, 2003, vol.27:no.4, pp.104-106).

Please ask a librarian for assistance in finding additional information.

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Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

Dr. William Jones, Professor of History at UW-Madison, will talk about Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights on Tues., Feb. 3, 2015, from 3:30-4:30pm in UC 275A. It’s part of the African American Heritage Lecture Series and the UWW Conversation on Race.

Dr. Jones is the author of books: The March on Washington: Jobs, freedom and the forgotten history of civil rights and The tribe of black Ulysses: African American lumber workers in the Jim Crow south, which UWW students and staff may borrow from other UW campus libraries by using the free Universal Borrowing service. Requested materials arrive in 2-5 weekdays. Articles written by Dr. Jones are available as well, including “The unknown origins of the March on Washington: Civil rights politics and the black working class” (Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 2010, vol.7:no.3, pp.33-52).

cover of Brotherhoods of ColorAndersen Library has resources for learning more.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional information.

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T3: Microsoft Outlook Mobile App

MS Outlook

Microsoft announced the release of the free apps Outlook for iOS (full version) and Outlook for Android (preview version) today. Now you can access their popular email program, Outlook, in a native app on your phone or tablet. The apps include email, calendars, and to-do lists, just like the desktop versions.

Get them here:

iOS: Outlook in iTunes
Android: Outlook in the Google Play Store

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New Stuff Tuesday – January 27, 2015

Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets

Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets
edited by Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra and Ravi Ramamurti
HD62.4 .U5298 2014b
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor

For those interested in international business, Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets is a must read. Written by renowned faculty members from universities around the world, the book discusses multinational corporations that are rising out of emerging market countries, such as Brazil, Indonesia, Poland and Thailand. These multinationals are successfully competing with companies from advanced economies, such as the U.S., something that was not thought possible due to a lack of technology and infrastructure in emerging market countries. Check out this book from Andersen Library to learn how these companies are attaining global success.

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The Voting Rights Act (MLK, Jr. Commemorative Event) – Jan. 28

Deuel Ross, Fried Frank Fellow for the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, will talk about the 1965 Voting Rights Act on Wed., Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the UC Hamilton Room. This is UWW’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Event, and it’s also part of the campus Conversation on Race.

The Voting Rights Act was enacted fifty years ago, signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 6, 1965. Learn more about the history of this legislation at the web site of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Read the legislation (Public Law 89-110) online, courtesy of the House Library (U.S. Congress. House of Representatives). You also can read online President Johnson’s speech at a televised joint session of the Congress on March 15, 1965 called “The American Promise,” delivered in the week following the violent “Bloody Sunday” attack on civil rights marchers that also had been televised to the American public. Included in the speech are these lines:

There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain.

There is no moral issue. It is wrong–deadly wrong–to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country.

There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.

You can watch President Johnson giving the speech on YouTube:
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cover of The Politics of DisenfranchisementAndersen Library also has resources for digging deeper, such as the books The politics of disenfranchisement: Why is it so hard to vote in America? (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1976 .S355 2010), Quiet revolution in the South: The impact of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1990 (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1929.A2 Q54 1994), and Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK1929 .A2 G37). There also are articles such as “Formulating Voting Rights Act Remedies to Address Current Conditions” (American Politics Research, 2014, vol.42:no.3, pp.376-408).

Please ask a librarian for assistance in finding information.

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January 20, 2015 – Book Sale

This spring semester our first set of sale books include mainly ones on the topics of art, history, literature, health, and hobbies. For hobbies, there is an especially wide variety from antiquing to gardening, and much, much, more. Here are a smattering of hobby titles:

  • Jack Nicklaus’ Playing Lessons (1986) – this golf book has so many illustrations it almost seems like a graphic novel
  • Kovel’s Antiques & Collectibles Price List (2003) – pretty much what the title implies
  • Wyman’s Gardening Encyclopedia (1971) – neatly organized with both common and scientific names

And one particularly unusual history title:

  • Wisconsin Death Trip (1973) – primarily a collection of short newspaper articles and photographs documenting Black River Falls in 1893

Come on over and take a look at the rest. Perhaps you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

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New Stuff Tuesday – January 20, 2015

Bugs in the Kitchen

Bugs in the Kitchen
by Peter-Paul Joopen
GV1469.B85 B8 2013
Teaching Tools, Curriculum Collection, 2nd Floor

The Not So Serious Side of Board Games

Whether considering board games from the collection as tools for teaching numerical, social, or any number of skills, this Tuesday’s feature highlights the primary goal of game design – player entertainment and engagement. Thanks to the sponsors of ALA’s International Games Day @ Your Library which Andersen Library celebrated in November, a number of smart board games have been added to the Teaching Tools collection. Bugs in the Kitchen is a clever application of technology using K’Nex Hexbug nano for players six and up – and judging from our tester responses here in Andersen Library, “and up” easily includes adults with or without child supervision.

Other newly added games include:

The Somewhat More Serious Side of Board Games

If you are interested in the more serious side of board games, click here for a research starting point in databases such as PsycInfo and Education Research Complete where you will find articles such as “Teaching Teamwork Skills through Alignment of Features within a Commercial Board Game,” and “Learning from Number Board Games: You Learn What You Encode” which points out that the “principles that predict when and explain how games produce learning” is a worthy goal of future research (Laski & Siegler, 2014).

Laski, E. V., & Siegler, R. S. (2014). Learning from number board games: You learn what you encode. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 853-864. doi:10.1037/a0034321
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Andersen Library’s MLK weekend hours, UWW MLK event

Andersen Library will be closed Sat. Jan. 17-Mon. Jan. 19 (Winterim ends on Jan. 16th, and it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday the 19th). Spring Semester hours will start on Tues., Jan. 20th, at 7:30 a.m.

Please plan ahead! Remember that even when the physical Library is closed, you can:

  • Search the article databases (login when prompted with your campus Net-ID, same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search for Andersen Library’s holdings of Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater) and use links to online titles, including ereserves for classes,
  • Renew checked-out books, DVDs, etc. through your Account,
  • Consult online guides for help, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and course assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat (UWW librarians respond to the emails when the Library is open, but chat is covered 24/7 by non-UWW staff).

You can learn more about the MLK Day holiday online from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In addition, UWW’s Martin Luther King Commemorative Event will take place on Wed., Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the UC Hamilton Room: Deuel Ross, staff fellow for the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, will talk about the 1965 Voting Rights Act, enacted 50 years ago. Learn more about the history of this legislation at the web site of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Read the legislation (Public Law 89-110, aka Voting Rights Act of 1965) online.

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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2015/2017 Wisconsin Legislature

Wonder how the State Legislature works? Have an interest in something the State Legislature is doing?

outline of Wisconsin (map)The Wisconsin Library Association’s Government Information Round Table has posted a blog entry that provides basic information about the new biennial session of the Wisconsin Legislature, which kicked off on January 5th.

The blog entry links to information about State officers and elected officials, the legislative process in Wisconsin, and the work of the state agencies that exist to support the work of the legislators. Especially interesting is the 2015-16 Wisconsin Legislator Briefing Book, which provides background on policy areas and the budget process for State legislators.

There also are web sites that help you keep tabs on what the Legislature is doing, e.g., WisconsinEye uses “robotic cameras in the Capitol [to] produce gavel-to-gavel, unedited coverage of state proceedings” and also covers “community affairs and public policy discussions across the state,” according to its web site. The Wisconsin Legislature‘s own web site provides a link to A citizen’s guide to participation in the Wisconsin State Legislature, which talks about testifying at public hearings and finding legislative documents. You can create a free account to receive email notification when particular legislative activity (identified by bill numbers, keywords, committees, authors, or Administrative Code notices) occurs with the Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service. The Legislature also posts a schedule of committee activities.

Please ask a librarian for additional assistance in finding information by and about the Wisconsin State Legislature.

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