Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Intersession (Dec 24, 2009-Jan 18, 2010)

Steenbock Library will observe the following hours during the winter intersession:
  • Thursday - Sunday, December 24 - 27: CLOSED

  • Monday - Tuesday, December 28 - 29: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 30 (State Furlough Day): CLOSED
  • Thursday - Sunday, December 31 - January 3: CLOSED
  • Monday - Friday, January 4 - 8: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, January 9 - 10: CLOSED
  • Monday - Friday, January 11 - 15: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday, January 16 - 17: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 18 (MLK Day): CLOSED

Tuesday, January 19 (Spring Semester Classes Begin): 8:00am - 1:00am

Campus libraries open by date/time.

Donate Your Copy

Have you finished reading Go Big Read’s inaugural selection, In Defense of Food?

If so, and if you do not anticipate needing it for future use or wish to keep it, please consider donating your gently-used copy to students who will use it in their spring semester classes.

Donate your copy by dropping it off in any campus library return box.

Questions regarding this process (donation/redistribution) can be sent to the Go Big Read program. Thanks!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

What to Read Next

If you ever struggle to come up with what to read next (apart from required texts), consider a list of titles generated by campus librarians.

While the staff was not able to meet for its annual book discussion given the campus “snow day”, it did manage to compile a bibliography of its recommendations. Use the bibliography to find something to distract you from the local wintry scene or to discover that gift of a “little something” for friends and family.

Consult with your campus or public libraries to find available copies.

Handy links:

Don’t forget UW System search and borrowing options!

LinkCat, South Central Wisconsin Library System

WorldCat (find library copies nationally, some internationally)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stress Busters

Take a break from your studies and get those creative juices flowing with a brief stress-buster. You will find, on first and second floors of Steenbock Library, some activity baskets filled with an assortment of origami papers, coloring/doodling pages, crossword puzzles and knitting materials. A magnetic poetry board and jigsaw-puzzle table can also be found on second.

The library will also play host to a generous contribution from the Kronshage, Cole and Sullivan Community of hot chocolate and coffee during the evenings, (December 16-21; between 7:00-11:30 PM, while supplies last). Look for the hot beverage service on the second floor (entrance level).

For a list of extended library hours and finals week activities at the various campus libraries, visit the special, Stay Up Latte pages.

The staff of Steenbock Library wishes you the best for a successful finals week and end of term.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Library Resources for New Grads

If you have completed your university studies--we congratulate you on that achievement. And, do you know that there are library resources you can continue to access once you have left UW-Madison?

Visit the Wisconsin Alumni Association Library Resources page for information about publicly-available online collections and association membership benefits that also include online access to two sizeable, article databases.

Information is also available from our libraries’ website about borrowing privileges for residents (Wisconsin) and non-residents and fee-based document delivery services.

If you remain in the state of Wisconsin, you will also be able to use Badgerlink, a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning that supports access to quality online information resources. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Wherever you go, get to know your local public and academic libraries where you will be able to visit and to access many of their resources, in-house and online.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Career Collections

As you begin your search for an exciting career opportunity, do consult the library’s online guide to Job Hunting on the Internet.

This guide supplies links to resources for helping you prepare your resume and cover letter, tips for networking and interviewing, sources to help you research potential employers and sources for retrieving current job listings—including those opportunities that may not be advertised.

College Library also maintains a Career Collection of more than 1,000 books on writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, job hunting, and choosing and preparing for a career. This collection is located in the center area of the third floor of College Library.

In addition to College Library’s Career Collection, there are many other career guides to particular fields that can be found in the various libraries. Steenbock Library has career guides in its book stacks that are in keeping with the other collections we support for CALS, SOHE and VetMed. Speak with your librarians for assistance locating these resources OR try using the MadCat catalog, “Words Anywhere” or “Title Words” searches. Example searches may include combining the term (with wildcard) “career?” or “job?” with specific discipline. (For example: career? fashion)

Friday, December 04, 2009

Study Spaces

As you prepare for your final projects and exams, do note the various areas of Steenbock Library that can accommodate your preferences for quiet, study space or areas for group work.

For those sporting a laptop, each floor can connect to the wireless network; there are also additional wall outlets to power the laptop. If you should need to use your cell-phone, we ask that you set your phone to a silent indicator and take calls to the stairwells or entrance. Seeing as we are entering a stressful time of the semester and that there will be more people in the building, we encourage everyone to be mindful of others so that all areas of the library prove conducive for productive work.

First floor (book stacks)
Visit the first floor to find the library’s group study rooms (that can be reserved using the Study Room Reservation System). Additionally, there are many large tables to accommodate group work. Snack machines (including one for hot beverages) can also be found here. A small bank of computers accesses online resources and the MS Office suite of software; for additional software, visit the InfoLab on second.

Second floor (entrance level)
The second floor (or entrance level) hosts the DoIT InfoLab as well as library circulation and reference services where you can seek assistance from staff. The floor offers some relaxed seating and tables for reasonably-quiet group study.

Third floor (journal collections)
The third floor affords table seating and individual study carrels. While it is generally a quieter study area than the first floor (for instance), the open atrium with its view of second, does permit some sound to carry.

Fourth floor (journal collections, government documents, University Archives)
This floor has been designated as the quiet study floor for this building. While there will be some staff working in this space between the hours of 8:00-5:00, the library endeavors to preserve this space for quiet study needs. Large tables and individual carrels are available.

Wishing you the best for a successful end of term!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tree and Wreath Sale (Dec 4-6)

Time to deck the halls with the Forestry Club’s annual tree and wreath sale!

The Forestry Club will be holding its 33rd annual sale this coming weekend, December 4-6 in the UW-Stock Pavilion. Tree species include Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and White Pine. Wreaths are made from Fraser Fir.

Proceeds from this sale event support student educational opportunities within the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

The Forestry Club thanks you for your continued support of this event.


Friday, December 4: 8:00AM - 8:00PM

Saturday, December 5: 8:00AM - 8:00PM

Sunday, December 6: 9:00AM - 3:00PM