Friday, February 29, 2008

Digital Leopold

UW Digital Collections is pleased to announce that diaries and journals from the Aldo Leopold collections are now available online.

The project to digitize the University Archives’ complete collection of Leopold materials is being done through a grant awarded to the Aldo Leopold Foundation by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The diaries and journals consist of US Forest Service diaries and miscellany from 1899-1927, hunting journals from 1917-1945, and shack journals from 1935-1948. Browse this collection.

Other pieces of the Leopold collection will be coming online during 2008, with the next installment anticipated to be Leopold’s correspondence—mostly during his UW years from 1933-1948.

Finding Aid to the Aldo Leopold Papers

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Madison Reads Leopold

In order to celebrate Aldo Leopold’s profound and seminal contribution to our contemporary conservation ethos, the public is invited to the Arboretum Visitor Center for a reading of selections from A Sand County Almanac and other works, Saturday, March 1 (9:00 AM – 12:30 PM). Scheduled readers include Madelyn Leopold (granddaughter of Aldo Leopold), Ron Seely from the Wisconsin State Journal, Linda Brazill from the Capital Times, and Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

Following the readings, participants can muse upon Leopold’s vision with guided walking tours of the Arboretum. Tours begin at 1:15 PM.

The Madison Reads Leopold events are free and open to the public.
The Arboretum Visitor Center is located at 1207 Seminole Highway.

The following day, March 2, whet your appetite with a pancake breakfast at the Riley Tavern and more Leopold with a discussion and presentation by Professor Emeritus, Stanley Temple. His presentation will speak to Leopold’s conservation work and its influence upon private land use and restoration efforts in the Riley area.

The pancake breakfast is slated from 9:00 AM until noon. The Riley Reads Leopold event will be held from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM in the Riley Tavern Annex, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road (Verona).

Other Leopold Weekend events:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Create your Own Search Engine (Rollyo)

Have you ever desired your own search engine crafted to search just the sites you know, like and trust? If so, then give Rollyo a go. With Rollyo, you can easily create a searchroll of favorite Web sites. Name your searchroll and enter up to 25 sites to search (according to the FAQ, the most effective searchrolls search 5-15 sites).

If you just use the “Create Searchroll” application, the customized search engine will only exist on your computer. When you register and create your own login, your searchrolls will be credited to you and be made publicly-available. Creating your own login also enables you to save searchrolls to a personal profile page and to access your searchrolls from any computer.

Note: Rollyo searches can only search from the entire site or site root level; searches cannot be limited to a particular page or section of a site (example from Rollyo FAQ: but not

Monday, February 25, 2008

Film Venues and Movie Collections

The Academy Awards’ broadcast always reminds me of great films, past and present, which I haven’t yet seen. For our campus community of frugal consumers, there are some wonderful options--from campus film clubs to library collections--in which to catch up on some viewing.

Campus Venues:

Wisconsin Union, Films

Contemporary films—series of international, documentary and cult classics.

Cinematheque (Vilas Hall)

Classic film series, international, rare and archival.

Library Collections:

Open Book Café

Collections of popular literature, graphic novels, music, audio-books and, of course, movies.

Tip: Looking for a specific film or artist (actor or director)? If so, then run a search for the film or artist by using the MadCat library catalog.

Open the MadCat Basic search screen.
Enter your search terms (title or name of artist), and set search for Words Anywhere.
Limit your search to “Video, Slide, Film, etc.” by selecting this choice from the "Quick Limit" pull-down menu.
Click search for selection of records.

(See the video clip of this navigation)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Keeping Current, Workshop 2/27

Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping up with the literature in your field of study or research? This workshop will share several tools that can help you save time and maximize your efficiency for staying up-to-date with that information.

Learn how to create a custom list of library databases or have table of contents of the most recent journals sent directly to your email.
Be alerted to the most recent articles on a topic.
Monitor Websites, blogs and other important resources with ease.
Keep track of citations and make bibliographies quickly.

The workshop is structured to allow plenty of time for hands-on exploration of resources.

Keeping Current with the Literature
Wednesday February 27 (12:30 - 2:00 PM)
Steenbock Library, Room 105

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Need Data?

DISC (Data & Information Services Center) maintains a searchable Internet Crossroads of links to data-product Websites, useful for interdisciplinary research. Run a keyword search (of annotations and /or titles of products) or browse by topic category. Categories include agriculture, crime and justice, family life, geography and environment, health, public opinion and attitudes, among other topics.

The DISC Library (Room 3308, Sewell Social Science Building) maintains collections of survey information and datasets reflecting the diversity of research interests in the social sciences. Click here for more information about the scope of the collection and access to the DISC Catalog.

Resources for statistics and data can also be found using the Libraries’ E-Resource Gateway. From the Gateway, select the tab for More Options. From the More Options tab, select a subject category from the pull-down menu and statistics & data from the type menu. See the video of this navigation.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Save the Date! MACSAC CSA Open House (March 29)

What with a seemingly interminable winter on our hands, you may find it inviting to consider your options for sourcing fresh produce from the bounty of warmer months ahead (and, it will happen!). The MACSAC organization (Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition) will host an open house at Olbrich Gardens, March 29 from 1:00-4:00 PM. At the open house, you will be able to chat with the farmers and to evaluate the different share options—often weekly deliveries of seasonal produce, eggs, cheese, honey or meat depending upon share plan and CSA farm. (And, many of these same farmers also participate in the area farmers’ markets).

Should you like to plan ahead, take a look at the MACSAC 2008 Farm List to consider farms and share options that will best satisfy your appetite and ability to participate fully. Many of the farms have application forms that you can submit now.

In addition to supporting a local economy and savoring the fresh produce, there are some other incentives. Many health plans furnish rebates for CSA participation. Shares can also be donated to assist families in our community in need. And, less we forget, there are opportunities to volunteer and to learn more with an internship at an area farm or MACSAC event.

Bon Appetit!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Voter Information, Wisconsin Primary

Wisconsin’s Primary is Tuesday, February 19 with polling places open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. In order to vote in Wisconsin, you need to be registered. Registration can be made through your municipal clerk's office or at your polling place on election day.

Where Do I Vote? (City of Madison)

Voter Information, FAQs (Elections Division, State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board)

Wisconsin, Election Information You Need (

Sources for information about the candidates and issues:

Wisconsin Vote

2008 Presidential Primary Voters’ Guide (candidates bios—although not all still in the running, brief platforms on issues; document prepared by League of Women Voters, Education Fund)

Adventures in Democracy, NOW on PBS

The PBS program NOW has launched a mini-site dedicated to the 2008 presidential election.

Visit the site to find news and analysis, sources for tracking the money/fund-raising trail and information about those often-asked questions and expressed concerns regarding the election process.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fast Facts for Valentine's Day

The US Census Bureau Newsroom, “Facts for Features” page supplies collections of statistics from the Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas that serve to commemorate particular holidays and observances. Each figure and statement is accompanied by a link to the data source.

Check out the stats on Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Express Bus to Eagle Heights, Pilot

Transportation Services has added an extra bus from the lower campus to Eagle Heights on a trial basis from 4:40-6:40 PM, Monday-Friday, February 4 through March 28. This bus is intended to be an express bus with limited stops. All other buses running at that time, including Bus 80, will remain unchanged.

The bus will make four stops on campus before going to Eagle Heights. The four stops are:

Linden Drive at Van Hise
Linden Drive at Babcock Drive
Linden Drive at VetMed
Marsh Drive at Pharmacy/Lot 60

The bus runs westbound to Eagle Heights every 30 minutes starting at Van Hise at 4:40, 5:10, 5:40, 6:10, and 6:40 PM. Riders should look for a sign on the bus stop to be sure they are at the right stop. There will be no stops eastbound on the return trip to Van Hise.

The electronic sign on the bus should read, "Special, Extra Bus." (There will not be a bus number). A sign in the window should also read "To Eagle Heights."

Flyer and Map

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sweets for the Sweet

While the Madison area is host to some wonderful purveyors of chocolate (Candinas, Gail Ambrosius, James J), you may feel inspired to craft your own sweet treats. Check out a sampling of titles from Steenbock’s cookbook collection (or run some additional searches in MadCat). After all, hasn’t it been said that the key to one’s heart is through one’s stomach?!

Selection of titles:

Author: Boyle, Tish.
Title: Chocolate passion: recipes and inspiration from the kitchens of Chocolatier magazine / Tish Boyle and Timothy Moriarty ; photography by John Uher ; foodstyling by Liz Duffy.
Publisher: New York : John Wiley, c2000.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX767 C5 B68 2000

Author: Desaulniers, Marcel.
Title: Death by chocolate cookies / Marcel Desaulniers ; photography by Michael Grand.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1997.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX772 D47 1997

Title: The Chocolate Bible: the definitive sourcebook, with over 600 illustrations / Christian Teubner ... [et al.].
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Studio, 1997.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX767 C5 C482 1997

Author: Goodbody, Mary.
Title: Glorious chocolate / Mary Goodbody and the editors of Chocolatier magazine.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1989.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX767 C5 G66 1989

Title: Chocolate fantasies.
Publisher: Birmingham, Ala. : Oxmoor House, c1987.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX767 C5 C495 1987

Author: Olney, Judith.
Title: The joy of chocolate / Judith Olney, with Ruth Klingel.
Publisher: Woodbury, N.Y. : Barron's, c1982.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: TX767 C5 O46 1982

Friday, February 08, 2008

The Scientist's Eye: Dialogues between Art & Science

An exhibition of artist and rare books from the Kohler Art Library and Special Collections (Memorial Library) will be on display until February 16 at the Kohler Art Library.

The exhibition, co-curated by art history graduate students Amy Noell and Beth Zinsli, juxtaposes historic texts in the sciences with artists’ books--in often lovely, fascinating and thoughtful ways.

Kohler Art Library hours

Of related interest, visit the art library's online exhibit of artists' books.

From PubMed to RefWorks

Move your selected records from PubMed into RefWorks by following these steps:

In PubMed

Click in the box to the left of desired records

Select Medline from the Display drop down menu.

Select Text from the Send To drop-down menu on the right side of the screen.

Use the browsers' Edit and Select All to select all of the records.

Copy the records using Edit and Copy.

In RefWorks

Log in to your RefWorks database.

Click on References and Import from the top of the screen.

Select NLM PubMed from the Import Filter/Data Source drop down menu.

Select PubMed from the Database drop-down menu.

Click in the radio button next to Import Data from the following Text.

Paste your records into the text box.

Click on Import.

Your citation(s) will automatically be imported into the Last Imported Folder.
You may view the records or move them to the folder of your choice.

Listen to a PodCast (4:00 minutes)

Tips for moving records from other databases into RefWorks.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

PubMed for the Life Sciences Workshop (February 7)

Learn how to successfully mine PubMed using features such as Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), limits, citation matcher, and My NCBI for saving searches and search results and for setting up customized tabs or topic/journal alerts. Harness the power of PubMed record links to additional Entrez databases such as Gene, Protein, and PubChem Compound.

PubMed for the Life Sciences
Thursday, February 7 (3:30-5:00 PM)
Room 105

No registration is necessary in order to attend and all workshops are free to students, faculty and staff.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Think Green at the Garden Expo

The 15th annual Garden Expo will be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center, February 8-10, 2008. The Expo features exhibits, seminars and hands-on workshops for the gardener and landscaping enthusiast.

Ticket prices, on-site, are $7.00 for a single day or $10.00 for two days. Admission proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.

Of related interest, Steenbock Library receives seed catalogs that can be browsed from a table near the first floor vending area. Additionally, the library maintains an extensive collection of books about gardening, organic gardening, landscape design, composting, floriculture and pest management, among other related topics. Consult with a librarian at the Information Services desk for assistance locating these titles.