Money Smart Week 2017

Money Smart Week is all about helping you take charge of your personal finances! Here’s the full schedule of UW-Whitewater events:

Mon., Apr. 24, 2-4pm — Download a FREE financial literacy app and get your questions answered by a UW Credit Union representative.  Library entrance.

Tues., Apr. 25, 10:30-11:30am — an event for Education majors especially to observe and ask questions about teaching financial literacy to young children — Jenni Guenther, EarlyStart=MoneySmart program director, will present a storytime for young children, then do Q&A’s.  Children’s collection, Library. Money Smart Week logo
11:30am-2pm — all students are welcome to paint a piggy or owl bank, FREE!  Library entrance.

Weds., Apr. 26, 11am-2pm — get a FREE copy of your credit report and credit consultation by UWCU.  Library entrance.

Thurs., Apr. 27, 10:30am-12:30pm — Q&A’s with UWW Finance MBA, Christian Albouras, especially for Business students.  Hyland Hall lobby.
1pm — lunch’n’learn about your credit report and personal finances with Christian, HH 4304. See more info on the Business blog.

Fri., Apr. 28, 11am-1pm — for Faculty and Staff — Q&A’s with UWCU, Wisconsin Retirement System, 403(b) providers TIAA and T Rowe Price, and WI Deferred Compensation representatives.  Library entrance.

Money Smart Week logo

While you’re here, check out our many displays around the library with financial literacy materials — all are available for checkout.  And Andersen Library’s guide to Financial Literacy provides some great resources, weblinks, and tools that help you cover all the basics.

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Tornadoes and Other Severe Weather

Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 17-21, 2017, and the State will conduct a tornado drill on Thurs., Apr. 20. What should you know? ReadyWisconsin, an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management, can help! Here are links to some of the informational web pages it provides:
web page from National Weather Service

EVERYONE should be prepared in the event of severe weather. It could save your life! Information distributed by the campus Police reported that

  • “Last year in Wisconsin, six people were killed as a result of flooding.”
  • “In an average year, lightning kills nearly 50 people in the U.S. Since 2005, lightning has killed eight people and injured at least 30 in Wisconsin.”
  • “Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes per year…” “peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August…” and tornadoes “can occur any time during day or night, but are most frequent between 4 pm and 9 pm.”
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New Stuff Tuesday — April 18, 2017

book cover image for The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking

The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking
by Brooke Borel
ZA3075 .B67 2016
Reference Collection, 2nd floor

“If journalism is a cornerstone of democracy, then fact-checking is its building inspector,” claims Brooke Borel in her comprehensive and highly readable guide to fact-checking in the media. Although the processes of fact-checking differs depending on the types of information being checked (numbers, quotes, historical events, or anonymous sources, for example), Borel lays out the basics of why fact-checking is so important and how to begin the process. This book contains great information for both journalism and communication students but also for anyone interested in how the media works.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is intended to “raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.”

It’s up to all of us to promote a safe campus community! You can read the campus Sexual Misconduct Policy and find links to support resources and reporting information at The Title IX training I took recently said that “Research suggests that college students are particularly vulnerable to many forms of sexual violence.” and “College-age women experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault of any other age group.” Even one incident is unacceptable!

UWW is hosting several Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, including:

  • Apr. 20 (Thurs) 5-6:30pm: Survival Mindset Workshop, Esker Hall 108
  • Apr. 26 (Wed) all day: Denim Day
  • Apr. 27 (Fri) 6:30pm: Take Back the Night, Esker Hall 108
  • Apr. 30 (Sun) 1-3:30pm: Survival Mindset Workshop, Esker Hall 108
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Andersen Library can help you learn more, with books such as Campus sexual assault: College women respond (online via Project MUSE), DVDs such as Understanding sexual assault, legal consent, and bystander intervention (2nd-floor Academic DVDs, HQ35.2 .U64 2012), and government information such as the Congressional committee hearing Preventing and responding to sexual assault on college campuses (online). See additional government online information, such as Sexual assault on campus (U.S. Dept. of Justice), Sexual violence on campus: Strategies for prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and Sexual assault prevention (Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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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Earth Week 2017

banner for Earth Week 2017 at UW-WhitewaterUW-Whitewater will observe Earth Week (April 17-22) with a variety of events. Please visit the Earth Week web page for more information, or for contact information if events require registration.

  • Mon., Apr. 17
    • Campus Garden Preview and Greenhouse Tour (noon-1pm, Upham Greenhouse
    • Ben Hewitt talks about “Growing a local food system: Local food as economic driver and local nourishment” (7pm, Young Auditorium)
  • Tues., Apr. 18
    • Campus Sustainability Walking Tour (noon-1pm, meet in Hyland Hall atrium to start)
    • Water Action Volunteers – Whitewater Creek Stream Monitoring (3-5pm, advance registration required)
    • Film Showing and Panel Discussion: Just Eat It (5-7pm, Hyland Hall 1311)
  • Wed., Apr. 19
    • UW-Whitewater Eco-Fair (11am-3pm, UC Hamilton Room)
    • Tar Sands Rally (11am-2pm, UC)
    • Campus Garden Preview and Greenhouse Tour (3-4pm, Upham Greenhouse)
    • “Green Tank” Elevator Pitch Competition (4-5:30pm, Hyland Timmerman Auditorium, Note: Competition participants have been selected, but attend this event to hear the finalists’ pitches!)
    • James Gordon, Musician Performance (4:30-6:30pm, UC Summers Auditorium)
  • Thurs., Apr. 20
    • Science Outreach Earth Week Activities (10am-2pm, UC 2nd floor, email ahead to volunteer) and Birds of Prey Presentations (10am, 11am, and 12:30pm in UC266)
    • Scaling Our Consumption (10am-2pm, South end of UC)
    • Water Action Volunteers – Bluff Creek Stream Monitoring (4-6pm, advance registration required)
  • Fri., Apr. 21
    • Fruit Tree Planting Event – weather permitting (10am-noon, Hillside along Lauderdale Drive near Wells Hall, email ahead to volunteer)
    • Campus Sustainability Walking Tour (noon-1pm, meet in Hyland Hall atrium to start)
    • Make a Difference Day (various times and projects, register head to participate)
  • Sat., Apr. 22
    • Whitewater Creek Stream Cleanup (10am-noon, meeting at Whitewater Creek Nature Area)

If you want to learn more, Andersen Library can help! Resources on food waste, as an example, include books such as Freegans: Diving into the wealth of food waste in America (3rd-floor Main Collection, HD9975.U52 B27 2016), Congressional committee hearings such as Food waste from field to table (online), and articles such as “Food waste minimization from a life-cycle perspective” (Journal of Environmental Management, 2015, vol.147, pp.219-226). There also are web sites such as “Sustainable management of food basics” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And, if you can’t make the screening of Just Eat It, a DVD is available from other UW campus libraries via the free UW Request service (items arrive in 2-5 weekdays).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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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K-12 Textbook – Book Sale for April

The Library book sale carts are full of elementary, middle and high school textbooks. The majority of these are under 10 years old. Do you tutor? Do you need to review for Praxis CORE Mathematics this summer? Do you want to remember what life was like before that statistics course you took this spring? Stop in, browse the cart, take some home!

  • Single books $1
  • Bag ‘o Textbooks (sets in a carry tote) $5
  • Most are mathematics
  • Some include the Spanish language edition
cart full of textbooks

One of two full carts

Everyday Mathematics books and a carry tote

A Bag ‘o Books for sale

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Growing a Local Food System

Ben Hewitt will talk about “Growing a Local Food System: Local food as economic driver and local nourishment” on Mon, Apr 17 at 7pm in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium. It’s part of a week of activities celebrating Earth Day with the theme of sustainability!

Hewitt is the author of several books, including The town that food saved: How one community found vitality in local food (preview at Google Books), The nourishing homestead: One back-to-the land family’s plan for cultivating soil, skills, and spirit (preview at Google Books), and Home grown: Adventures in parenting off the beaten path, unschooling, and reconnecting with the natural world (preview at Google Books), which may be available within 2-5 weekdays from another UW via free UW Request; as well as Making supper safe (available at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in adult nonfiction at 363.192 H497; or preview at Google Books). He writes about how local agriculture and food production may revive our health, our communities, and our economy. Hewitt’s freelance articles on various topics have appeared in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Gourmet, Discover, Eating Well, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and Outside. He and his family live on a farm in Northern Vermont that is powered by a windmill and solar photovoltaic panels, and includes cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens. You can learn more by reading his Lazy Mill Hill Farm blog.

cover of The economics of local food systemsAndersen Library can help you find related resources, including articles such as “Are local food and the local food movement taking us where we want to go? Or are we hitching our wagons to the wrong stars?” (Agriculture & Human Values, 2011, vol.28:no.2, pp. 273-283. doi:10.1007/s10460-010-9263-0), “Food miles, local eating, and community supported agriculture: Putting local food in its place” (Agriculture & Human Values, 2013, vol.30:no.4, pp.615-628. doi:10.1007/s10460-013-9436-8), and “Local food networks as catalysts for food policy change to improve health and build the economy” (Local Environment, 2015, vol.20:no.9, pp.1103-1121. doi:10.1080/13549839.2014.894965). Also see The economics of local food systems: A toolkit to guide community discussions, Assessments and Choices (2016), a resource from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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 Hours

Spring Mini-Break! Andersen Library hours will be:
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  • Thurs, April 13: 7:30am-10pm
  • Fri, April 14: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat, April 15: CLOSED
  • Sun, April 16: 3pm-2am

Regular Spring Semester library hours resume on Mon, April 17.

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,
  • 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 Mini-Break Reference Desk hours (Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sunday April 16 from 3-5 & 6-10pm).
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New Stuff Tuesday – April 11, 2017

The death of expertise: The campaign against established knowledge and why it matters

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
by Tom Nichols
HM851 .N54 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Tom Nichols is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, and has been an adjunct professor in the Harvard Extension School, a governmental adviser and a think-tank participant. He’s likely doing something more than Googling stuff or browsing Wikipedia entries to have earned the title of five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, to have provided himself with a foundation of research for this title, and to have become accomplished in his career.

If that last bit rankles, then be prepared for more discussion of how the foundational knowledge of the average person, despite access to vast amounts of information, has “crashed through the floor of ‘uninformed,’ passed ‘misinformed’ on the way down, and is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’.”

He points to many of the expected culprits for this worrying spiral: social media, acting as an “echo chamber” for our biases; the loudest commentators broadcasting conclusions based on spurious evidence – if not any evidence at all; a lack of self-awareness of one’s own limitations. (To illustrate this last point, “People who claim they are ‘experts’ are sometimes only about as self-aware as people who think they’re good kissers.”) He does not let people who might be traditionally considered experts off the hook, however, dedicating a chapter to “When the Experts are Wrong.”

In 2014, Nichols contributed an article of the same title “The Death of Expertise” to the Federalist, which provides a preview of his argument. The cover of his book, not without some irony, features  snippets of a few of the public comments and reaction. (“A book? I can find all the info I need online for free, thank you very much,” says WikiScholar. WebSurfBum recommends “Check out this great cat video…”) The responses, I suspect, to some extent inspired the book which followed.

For another perspective and response to Nichol’s article, read Moving Beyond Credentials, by David Weinberger, whose work focuses on how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, knowledge and society.

Find an in-depth book review and discussion in Inside Higher Education.

Update April 14:
View a brief commentary by the author, on PBS IMHO


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5th Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover Success: Boogie with a Book!

Librarian Diana Shull reads Fiesta Babies book to infant and toddler group

Librarian Diana Shull reads Fiesta Babies

Did you notice little children and stuffed animals in the library this past Friday? Did a disco ball catch your eye? It’s no surprise! Twenty-eight children from ages 6 weeks to 9 years visited Andersen Library on April 7, 2017, to participate in the library’s fifth Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover and celebrate the Week of the Young Child, along with the Children’s Center and Early Childhood Education Program Conference. The children, from the families of UW-Whitewater students, staff, faculty, and the Children’s Center, participated in dance party fun followed by a story time.

two students reading a story to toddlers

Elementary Education students Alexis and Jordan read to the children and their stuffed animal friends

Parents, grandparents and caregivers helped the children make name tags for their stuffed animal friends and design dance wands for the party. With crafts complete, the children joined in dancing with Rockin’ DJ Ben who got the children and their stuffed animals dancing with toe-tapping Happy by Pharell Williams, the Pointer Sisters boppin’ rendition of the Number Song, and Bobby Pickett’s ghoulish Monster Mash.  Ready for a rest, the children then enjoyed story time with Librarian Diana, and Elementary Education students, Lexie and Jordan.

Librarian assists child with craft

Anyone can make a dance wand!

Before heading home, the children tucked their stuffed animals into bed in a dark group study room. Do you think they stayed in bed? Not a chance!  The stuffed animals stayed up all night exploring the library after hours, reading more stories, dancing on the tables, boogying on the bookshelves, and taking photos in the photo booth set up for them. The event volunteers created laminated photo memories of the children’s animals, which the children kept as mementos.

A big thank you to the volunteers that helped make the event a success!  We are so grateful for the many student workers and staff members involved behind the scenes, blowing up balloons and creating photo booth props. Two students from the College of Education and Professional Studies, Alexis and Jordan, assisted in leading the big kids’ story times, and stayed late to assist in completing the photo memories.  We couldn’t have done it without you all.

Curious about what was read during story time? Here’s a list. Check them out and read your favorites again at home.

Bigger Kids:

Infants & Toddlers:

If this sounds like fun for a little one you know, keep your eyes peeled for next year’s event!

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