Friday, August 29, 2008

Wisconsin Welcome

Welcome to UW-Madison! There is a lot happening on and near campus this weekend and during the first week of classes. Check out the schedule of campus events, tours and meet-ups.

Additionally, you may wish to take in the Dane County Farmers’ Market at the capitol square on Saturday morning, and then hang around for the Labor Day weekend, Taste of Madison (which will start at 2:00PM, Saturday).

Lots of food and live entertainment--what more can you ask?!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fall Workshop Calendar

Drop by Steenbock to learn about some of the library resources and services that can make your campus work easier. Whether you would like to harness a citation management product or to search more effectively using Google or the MadCat Catalog, we have a workshop for you.

Plan to attend any of the workshops on the current fall schedule. If you cannot attend one of these particular workshops, individual or small group sessions can be arranged. Send us a request using our online form.

All workshops are free and include hands-on time to explore the resource. No reservations are necessary. Check message boards near the front entrance for room location.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Mindset List

Beloit College has released its annual Mindset list. While it is important to note that this list does not wholly account for knowledge and experience, it does serve to capture a state of affairs—be it popular culture, technology or political situation—within the lifespan of the traditional, incoming college student.

It certainly lends itself well to discussion and reflection upon where we’ve been and where we may be heading (and, sigh, just how long some of our experience has been).

Is there anyone else out there with tartan flares and a Bay City Rollers LP?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Steenbock Tours

Come see what Steenbock Library has to offer with a tour of our facility. During the hour-long tour, Steenbock librarians will introduce tour participants to collections and service points.

Each tour will depart from the Information Services/Reference desk, second floor, across from the library’s main entrance.


Thursday, August 28: 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Friday, August 29: 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 2: 3:00 PM

Wednesday, September 3: 11:00 AM

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled tours, above, or wish to schedule a tour for a particular group, (class, research unit, new staff or dorm residents), do complete an online request form or phone 262-9635 for referral.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Staycation Luxury Suite

I was amused to read a blog entry about how one can evoke the charms of travel while staying at home—that being to redecorate the bedroom as a luxury hotel room--lovely linens, fluffy pillows (coffee-maker?!)--I’m sure you can imagine.

As you imagine whether this is just plain silly or whether this is, in fact, truly do-able, I will draw your attention to some Steenbock titles that may just inspire you.

Home Interiors:

Title: Bedrooms / Beta-Plus.
Publisher: Belgium: Beta-Plus Pub. ; 2005.
Description: 200 p. : photographs : 30 cm.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: NK2117 B4 B43 2005

Author: Clifton-Mogg, Caroline.
Title: The bedroom book / Caroline Clifton-Mogg ; with special photography by Sebastian Hedgecoe.
Publisher: Boston: Bullfinch Press Book, 2003.
Description: 176 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: NK2117 B4 C55 2003

Author: Conran, Terence.
Title: The bed and bath book / by Terence Conran.
Publisher: New York: Crown Publishers, 1978.
Description: 360 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: NK2117 B4 C66 1978

Hotel Design:

Author: Broto, Carles.
Title: Iconic design hotels / [Carles Broto ; English translation, William George].
Publisher: [Barcelona]: Structure : A. Mostaedi, 2005.
Description: 239 p. : ill. (some col.), plans ; 33 cm.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: NA7800 B76 2005

Author: Watson, Howard.
Title: Hotel revolution / Howard Watson.
Publisher: Chichester, England; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Academy, 2005.
Description: 224 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: NA7800 W37 2005

Author: Yee, Roger.
Title: Hotel and restaurant design / Roger Yee.
Publisher: New York: Visual Reference Publications, Inc., c2005.
Description: 363 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
Location: Steenbock Stacks -1st Floor
Call Number: NA7800 Y44 2005

For assistance finding other titles from our interior design collections, do consult with a Steenbock librarian.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Emerald Ash Borer Resources

The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis), an invasive species of wood-boring beetle, has been identified this summer in Wisconsin.

In order to curb this infestation and to protect ash, a tree popular for home and municipal landscaping, the following resources have been developed. The sites listed below address identification concerns, news updates, and the state’s response to management.

Research literature about the Emerald Ash Borer and its related concerns can be found by searching the following databases available from campus libraries:

Steenbock librarians are happy to provide assistance using these resources.

PDF Search Engine

A handy PDF Search Engine has hit the Web. While it purports to search for e-book content, this search engine proves quite useful for retrieving other PDF publications including government documents and reports from educational and professional organizations.

Give it a try; see what you think.

Friday, August 08, 2008

August Intersession (Aug 11-Sep 1)

Steenbock Library will observe the following hours during the August intersession (August 11 - September 1, 2008):

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

The library will be closed for Labor Day (Monday), September 1, 2008. Fall semester hours begin September 2.

During the intersession, reference assistance is available at the desk: Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Librarians are available during other hours by request or by appointment. If you would like to schedule in advance for an appointment, email Ask Steenbock or phone: 608-262-9635. You may also wish to contact your library liaison.

The Information Commons (DoIT computer Infolab) is open all hours that the library is open.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Plan an Orientation

Do you have new staff or incoming graduate students? If so, you may wish to consult with your Steenbock library liaison to plan an orientation to library collections and services.

Steenbock librarians are happy to meet with your new staff and students--be it an individual consultation, small-group workshop, or participant in a department welcome event.

Additionally, your library liaison can provide the following services:

  • Assist with understanding library services and policies (e.g., Library Express, faculty runner cards, UW System search and retrieval…),

  • Customize email alerts to keep you informed about new articles matching your topic criteria and tables of contents of your favorite journals,

  • Provide in-depth reference consultations—our office or yours--(e.g., help with strategy and database choices, customize your own alerts…),

  • Supply customized instructional sessions and course web pages for students (e.g, hands-on training in using specific databases in your subject area, cited reference searching, evaluating websites),

  • Verify citations,

  • Assist with purchase requests or recommendations,

  • Consult on questions related to publishing your research (e.g., identifying target journals, managing copyright, measuring research impact, open access publishing).