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 web site.

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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:

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

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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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New Stuff Tuesday – May 13, 2014

RThe Answer to the Riddle Is Me

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia
by David Stuart MacLean
Browsing Books Audio PR9199.3.M42445 Z46 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Does your summer include travel plans of long distance driving or layover time in distant airports? It’s easy to get lost in the audio version of David Stuart MacLean’s “Memoir of Amnesia,” trying to imagine what it might be like to wake up in a foreign place, your memory erased, having to piece together your self.

MacLean’s recollections of his early memories after suffering an acute reaction to an anti-malarial medication convey intense fear, paranoia, and deeply felt emotions. Mistaken for a drug-addicted tourist, misdiagnosed, and initially thought by friends and acquaintances to be joking, he could do nothing but accept what others told him of himself and his past, whether true or not. He diligently pieced together their stories and photos they showed him to reconstruct enough of himself to convince those around him that he was fine, that he was remembering. His sometimes absurd, sometimes harrowing tale is tempered by his acknowledgement of the kindnesses shown by strangers, the love of his family, and the dedication of his friends during the worst of his episodes and throughout his continuing recovery.

Click here to listen to a preview of the story told by MacLean on This American Life in 2010.

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In Memoriam: Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat

In my email this morning was a message with the ominous-sounding subject line, “In celebration of Farley Mowat.” Since Farley Mowat is one of my favorite writers and someone I hoped to meet some day, I didn’t like the sound of it. Farley Mowat is one of Canada’s best-loved and sometimes most controversial authors. And on May 7, he died in Port Hope, Ontario just a few days before his 93rd birthday.

The Globe and Mail obituary has a detailed account of Mowat’s life and work and will help readers understand the impact he’s had on the Canadian government and its policies on native peoples and the environment. The New York Times obituary is more concise, but nicely sums up Farley Mowat’s contributions to literature and society.

Farley Mowat is probably best known for two books. The first is Never Cry Wolf, where he embellishes on the study he conducted in the late 1940s when the Canadian government sent him to investigate the decline of the caribou population. His book paints a very different picture of wolf behavior from what the authorities had in mind. The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be is probably his best-loved book and memorializes his endearing childhood companion, Mutt, who never figures out that he’s a dog.

Since Mowat wrote for both children and adults, Andersen Library has quite a few of his books in the the Main and Curriculum Collections.

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Friday Fun: Writer’s Block

Are you currently plagued by writer’s block? Reading this journal article may help.

Writer’s Block Article

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