Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What staff has been reading lately...

One of the fun requests that we receive at our library reference desk is for suggestions to meet recreational reading interests. If you ever struggle to come up with what to read next (apart from required texts), consider a list of titles generated by campus library staff.

Use our list to find something to engage you during the winter break or to discover that gift of a "little something" for friends and family.

Consult with your librarians for additional recommendations and to locate available copies from campus or public libraries.

  • LinkCat, South Central Wisconsin Library System
  • WorldCat (find library copies nationally, some internationally)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Off-Campus Access & Winter Recess

As you enjoy your winter break, be sure to also satisfy your need for information with a visit to the Libraries’ Website.

Even when you’re off campus, simply select the resource you need to use from the site. Resources requiring authentication will prompt you to log in with your NetID. (In some instances, apart from NetID, you may still be asked to submit your University ID number and last name as login and password). Once you have entered either of these two pieces of identifying information, you will be able to use the resource as if you were here on campus.

Should you plan to visit campus, do note that the libraries will be open during the winter recess, but the hours will vary. Plan ahead and visit the list of library locations to see "Who’s Open".

Friday, December 16, 2011

Take a Break! Coffee and Hot Chocolate!

The library will host a generous contribution from University Housing of coffee and hot chocolate during the evenings, (December 16-19, beginning at 7:00 and while supplies last).

Look for the hot beverage service on the first floor (vending area). For a list of extended library hours and finals week activities at the various campus libraries, visit the special, "Study Strong" pages.

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Study Strong, Finals Week 2011

Be sure to check the "Study Strong" pages for a list of extended library hours and finals week activities at the various campus libraries.

Steenbock Library will be extending its hours until 3:00 AM, beginning Friday, December 16, and running until Thursday, December 22, 2011.

Should you need to come and go from our building during these later hours, we always advise using the "buddy system" and to walk or share a ride with friends. Additionally, and as need be, do consider using SAFE Nighttime services.

In addition to some study break distractions to be found on the second floor near our entrance, the library will also host a generous donation from University Housing of coffee and hot chocolate during the evenings, (December 16-19; beginning at 7:00 PM, while supplies last). Look for the hot beverage service on the first floor (vending alcove).

Steenbock Library staff and the University Housing community wish you the best for a successful finals week and end of term.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Our Nations of Others

The Go Big Read program invites all UW-Madison students, staff, faculty, and Dane County residents to submit a creative piece in response to his/her reading of the book Enrique's Journey to compete in a juried exhibit, "Our Nations of Others." Submissions should be creative pieces in visual or literary forms. Pieces entered must be the artist/author’s original work on any topic related to Enrique’s Journey. (No video or audio works will be accepted). Participants may submit up to two visual or literary works.

Award winners will be honored in a ceremony with Enrique’s Journey photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Don Bartletti, in March 2012. A selection of works will also be featured in an exhibit during the spring 2012 semester.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 13, 2012
Full submission guidelines (PDF)
Email the exhibit committee for more information or to have your questions answered.

Memorial Library
Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network
Education Outreach and Partnerships, School of Education
Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS)
Go Big Read

UW-Madison, General Library System
Friends of UW-Madison Libraries

Friday, December 02, 2011

Letters to Santa

Write a letter to Santa to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation! Daily, and until December 23rd, members from the UW Wishmakers organization will stop by its Steenbock letter-writing station to collect letters.
For each letter written, Macy’s department stores will donate $1.00 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions; the UW-Wishmakers is a student branch of this organization.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Creating DairyLand, Book Talk (Dec 5)

Learn how and why Wisconsin became a dairy state when Steenbock Library welcomes author Edward Janus for a special book presentation, December 5, 2011. In his new title, Creating DairyLand, Mr. Janus examines how the history of ideas and the reality of resource degradation would serve to transform the practice of agriculture in the state, or, in other words, show "how caring for cows saved our soil, created our landscape, brought prosperity to our state and still shapes our way of life in Wisconsin."

In addition to recounting this dairying revolution, the author shares stories and photos of contemporary practitioners--dairy farmers and cheese-makers. There will be time for questions.

Author’s Website | Press Website | Read an excerpt

Date: Monday, December 5, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:15 PM
Place: Room 340 (third floor), Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Drive

Visitor Information | Parking

This event is free; the library welcomes faculty, staff, students and the community to attend.

Print a flyer (PDF)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UW Hort Society Holiday Plant Sale (Dec 2-4)

The UW Horticulture Society will host a sale of holiday plants, December 2-4 in the Stock Pavilion. Hours of the sale and pricing information follow below. A pre-order can also be made by sending an e-mail message with name, e-mail, phone number and order to the Horticulture Society ( Do include "Poinsettia Sale Order" in the subject line. Orders will be ready for pick-up beginning on the first day of the sale.


Friday and Saturday, December 2-3: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 4: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


4" Poinsettia: $8
6.5" Poinsettia: $20
8" Poinsettia: $30
7" Mumsettia: $25
4" Xmas Cactus: $8
6" Xmas Cactus: $12

Monday, November 28, 2011

Forestry Club Tree & Wreath Sale (Dec 2-4)

The UW Forestry Club offers the campus community a selection of trees and wreathes during the winter holidays. Details on tree and wreath pricing follow below. Proceeds from the sale serve to support student educational opportunities.

Hours and Location (Stock Pavilion):
Friday, December 2: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday, December 3: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Sunday, December 4: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

UW Forestry Club, 2011 Sale
Fraser Fir: $50
Balsam Fir: $40
White Pine: $30

Fraser Wreaths: $22

View the sale flyer.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Greenhorns (Nov 29)

FH King and Steenbock Library are pleased to partner for a screening of The Greenhorns on November 29 (12:15 PM). This documentary film examines the possibilities and challenges facing young American farmers as they enter and reinvent the art, science and vocation of farming.

The screening will be followed by discussion.
For more information on the film and The Greenhorns organization, visit their Website.

Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 12:15-1:30 PM
Place: Steenbock Library, Room 340 (third floor)

Print a flyer (PDF)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours, Campus Libraries

During this week of the Thanksgiving holiday, campus libraries will observe some changes from their regular hours of operation. Do plan ahead should you need to visit the libraries or to pick up items from their collections.
Steenbock Library hours are posted on its home page (lower right on screen) and on its detailed hours page. Hours of operation for all campus libraries can be found by browsing the list of libraries at the campus libraries' page.

Online resources, with the exception of chat and immediate email contact, will be available twenty-four hours, every day, and can be accessed from off-campus as well.

We wish you well on your travels and to enjoy a pleasant long weekend.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

All Campus Food Drive, 2011

Now, through December 1, students and staff are invited to donate non-perishable food items on behalf of the "Share Your Holidays" end-hunger campaign. This effort, as coordinated by NBC 15, the campus Office of Visitor & Information Programs and campus partners, including University Housing and the General Library System, supplies necessary food items for the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

Current campus donation sites include the following:

  • Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street
  • Office of the Registrar, 333 East Campus Mall, Room 10101
  • WSUM 91.7 FM, 333 East Campus Mall, Room 4100

Those who wish to make a monetary donation can do so through the Second Harvest site and can have that donation credited to UW-Madison or to the specific department or unit helping to raise donations.

See the campus press release.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Found in the Archives!

The University Archives is full of fascinating collections, stories, photos, artifacts and more. A few times each month, the staff will share its intriguing discoveries with you online.

Visit their site this week to view an example of ROTC uniforms from 1921-1925 and scrapbook photos commemorating Armistice Day in Madison, 1918.

Feel free to link or to share Found in the Archives! with friends and colleagues. The site is also accessible from the UW-Madison Archives Website.

The University Archives recognizes volunteer and library school grad, Molly Temple, for creating the site, and generating its content.

With thanks to Vicki T., Images/Media Archivist, for this blog post.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Short Course Welcome 2011

Steenbock Library welcomes CALS Short Course students to campus. The Farm and Industry Short Course, founded in 1885, is a 17-week program of study designed to prepare its students for careers in agriculture.

(For more information about this program’s history, take a look at A History of the Farm and Industry Short Course, 1885-2010)

The library with its collections, staff, and proximity to the residence halls is prepared to assist students with finding and using resources to complete class projects.

The library also supplies lab and group study spaces and access to recreational materials from the entire campus library system.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Office Book Delivery Service

Steenbock Library is piloting a new delivery service to offices of faculty and academic staff. Interested faculty and staff can request up to five books per day from the Steenbock collection exclusively. Books will be delivered using Interdepartmental mail.

For more information about this service and to access the online request form, click here. A request form received by 10:00 AM, Monday through Friday, will be processed that same day. Items should arrive to offices within three business days. An email message will be sent to confirm circulation status and anticipated delivery.

Speak with librarians or view the video tutorial on how to limit your library catalog searches to Steenbock collections.

Do note:

  • Only faculty and academic staff are eligible for office delivery.
  • Service is limited to books from the collections of Steenbock Library. (Books from other campus libraries and non-book material--journals, microfilm--cannot be delivered).
  • Only five items may be requested per day.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Game On @ Your Library

Save the date! On Saturday, November 12, Steenbock Library will host a "gaming day" from 5:00-9:00 PM.

Each year on National Gaming Day @ Your Library, thousands of libraries across the county celebrate the educational, recreational, and social value of board and video games by hosting game-related events. This year, Steenbock Library will have some classic board games on-hand like Clue and Monopoly plus new favorites, too, such as Apples to Apples and Settlers of Catan. We will also have games for Wii and Xbox!

Bring your friends, stop by, and have fun! (Free snacks and beverages while supplies last).

Download and print a flyer!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Social Media Steenbock

Like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter!

Steenbock Library has launched its new presence on Facebook and Twitter. Keep up-to-date on what’s happening at your library.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Set Sail

Ebling Library plays host this semester to two complementary exhibitions, one featuring the allure of deep-ocean wilderness, the other, a history of maritime health and medicine.

"Beyond the Edge of the Sea", a traveling exhibit from the Muscarelle Museum of Art, features original watercolors that brilliantly capture the deep-ocean diversity observed by those who have descended in the Alvin Submersible.

"Seaworthy" examines a variety of topics in maritime health--from the use of horseshoe crabs to the diagnosis and treatments for scurvy, among other maladies. The materials that comprise this exhibit have been drawn from campus library collections.

A special reception with oceanographer, Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover, artist, Karen Jacobsen and exhibits curator, Micaela Sullivan-Fowler will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 (3:00-6:00 PM) in Ebling’s Third Floor Gallery.

Free and open to the public, these exhibitions will run until January 31, 2012 (inaugurated September 28, 2011) in the Historical Reading Room and Third Floor Gallery, Ebling Library (Health Sciences Learning Center).

Friday, October 28, 2011

Text a Librarian

Beginning this week, as a pilot service for the remaining semester and next, campus library users can now text a librarian with their questions regarding library resources and services.

Text your question from phone or mobile device to 608-729-7886. Library staff will reply with an answer via text message.

The text service is one of many ways to Ask a Librarian.

We invite you to do so.

Ghastly Fun

Greet your guests this weekend with green slime and glowing pumpkins! Visit the Halloween Science tab on the "Science Projects for Kids" guide for do-it-yourself tips and recipes.

The "Science Projects for Kids" guide is just one of the many online guides created by campus librarians to assist library users with finding useful information--be it books, databases to the research literature, or Websites--available on a particular discipline or topic.

Visit the entire menu of Research Guides.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Foliage Celebration

Every fall, my grandparents would reserve a weekend for a "color tour" during which they would navigate their boat of an Oldsmobile along winding Midwestern roadways to marvel at the foliage. "October is golden" my grandfather would conclude, his favorite month and also my own.

While there is some October to enjoy, I encourage you to crunch along the lake-shore path to Picnic Point, observe the fall palette, and visit the Fall Foliage Celebration Webpage. This Special Features page is a compilation of sites, organized by science librarians with the University of Buffalo, to highlight the science and spectacle of the season.

With thanks to Amanda W for proposing this Web link.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Discussion Forums, GBR

As you read the Go Big Read selection, Enrique’s Journey, do plan to attend a book discussion forum. There are many discussion forums planned in a variety of venues, on campus and off, including one for Wednesday, October 26 at Steenbock Library. The Steenbock Library forum will begin at 7:00 PM in Room 340.

Discussion forums provide a great opportunity to wrangle with the issues raised by a book as those issues are examined by a community of readers who bring their knowledge, experience and reflections to the table. For students, insight drawn there can often make for a more satisfying reading experience and serve to help you with related class exercises. It can be enlightening to hear what others have been thinking.

Of related information, consider this list of related articles and reviews (as shared via RefWorks) and the Libraries’ Research Guide.

Save the date! Sonia Nazario will speak in Varsity Hall, Union South on Thursday, October 27, 2011. This author event is free and open to all; doors open at 6:00 PM with the presentation to begin at 7:00 PM. We hope that you will attend!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Local Harvest: Taste of the Town (Oct 18-20)

Celebrate your local community of food growers and purveyors with REAP Food Group’s Taste of the Town event. Fourteen Madison restaurants will create special menus to showcase the bounty of locally-grown products.

Raise your fork and contribute to efforts to bolster a sustainable food system!

And, for those of you who may wish to save and "go where the locovores go", consider purchasing a coupon booklet with deals to be had from partner restaurants, market vendors and area retail shops. Purchase the coupon booklet through the REAP site or at Willy Street Coop locations. Makes a great gift!

Dine and Donate (Oct 26)

Enjoy a meal and support Allen Centennial Gardens! Perkins Restaurant (5237 University Avenue) will donate 10% of all meal and bakery sales made between 3:00-8:00 PM on October 26 to the Allen Centennial Gardens. In addition to this contribution, the Olbrich Garden Club (which has organized this fundraiser) will supply matching funds.

View or print the flyer.

The Allen Centennial Gardens comprise 2.5 acres of teaching gardens managed by staff affiliated with the University’s Department of Horticulture. The gardens feature a variety of landscaping designs and plant-communities--including experiments with culinary herb and kitchen gardens.

The gardens also afford volunteer and internship opportunities! Students and members of the public who are interested in contributing their time to a variety of gardening tasks are invited to contact Ed Lyon, Head Gardener, with that expressed interest and availability.

Keep up with what's happening in the Gardens with its blog and Facebook page.

Friends Book Sale (Oct 19-22)

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries will host a used book sale, October 19-22, 2011 in Room 116 of Memorial Library.

A preview sale, with $5.00 admission, will be held from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, Wednesday, October 19. The regular sale, which is open to all at no charge, will be held from 10:30 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, October 20-21.

On Saturday, October 22 (10:30 AM – 1:00 PM), you can bring a bag and fill it for $3.00.

For more information on the sales, including how to donate books or to volunteer for the next book sale, contact the Friends, or visit the Friends' book sale page.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Go Badgers! (Part 2)

As you plan to attend Homecoming festivities, take a look at the UW-Archives/UW-Digital Collections Flickr set to see how UW Madison Homecoming has been celebrated over the years.

For more information about these photos or other aspects of UW-Madison campus history, contact the UW-Madison Archives or visit the Archives Images site.

Additionally, take a peek at the UW-Madison Collection, UW Digital Collections for more imagery and digitized (print) collections that explore the history of the university and the evolution of campus life.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ask a Question, Go Big Read

Do you have any questions for the author of this year’s Go Big Read selection, Enrique’s Journey?

Due to the scale of the author event at Union South (Varsity Hall), the question and answer period will be moderated. If you would like to suggest a question, please post it as a comment to the original Go Big Read blog post by October 18.

Please also consider including some very brief information about yourself. The moderator will select a representative group of questions and ask them of the author during the event.

Save the date! Sonia Nazario will speak in Varsity Hall, Union South on Thursday, October 27, 2011. This author event is free and open to all; doors open at 6:00 PM with the presentation to begin at 7:00 PM. We hope that you will attend!

Monday, October 10, 2011

An Evening with Sonia Nazario, GBR (Oct 27)

Plan to attend the free, Go Big Read public lecture with Sonia Nazario, Thursday, October 27 (7:00 PM), Varsity Hall, Union South.

Nazario's book, Enriques’s Journey, recounts the true story of a young boy who travels from Central America to North Carolina to reunite with his mother. In preparing to share Enrique’s story, the author spent years researching and traveling the treacherous route that many of these immigrants take to find work in the United States.

No tickets are required for this event; it is FREE and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Go Badgers!

In the spirit of Homecoming, take a look at the UW-Archives, Flickr set of Football Uniforms and Equipment (1890s-1980s). This particular collection was organized by Marcus Bacher for the University Archives.

For more information about these photos or other aspects of UW-Madison campus history, contact the UW-Madison Archives or visit the Archives Images site.

Additionally, take a peek at the UW-Madison Collection, UW Digital Collections for more imagery and digitized (print) collections that explore the history of the university and the evolution of campus life.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Wisconsin Book Festival (Oct 19-23)

Save the date! Do you look for opportunities to feed the mind and to stir the soul? If so, consider sampling the bountiful harvest of author presentations and book discussion forums that comprise the annual, fall Wisconsin Book Festival.

The theme for the book festival this year is that of "voices" and how writers and their readers might share a discourse--both literal and literary.

Featured authors include: Diana Abu-Jaber, Dean Bakopoulos, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jeffrey Eugenides, Myla Goldberg, and Parker Palmer, among many others.

The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries is among the festival sponsors.

Friday, September 30, 2011

World Dairy Expo (Oct 4-8)

Around the World of Dairy in 5 Days!

The annual World Dairy Expo, hosted at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, provides an opportunity for producers, industry representatives, and members of academic and professional organizations to meet, compete, showcase and exchange ideas regarding the dairy sector.

Information, for all dairy enthusiasts who wish to attend this unique event, can be found at the Expo’s General Information page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Babcock Hall!

Come celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Babcock Hall on October 14 (3:00-5:30 PM) in Rooms 205, 222 and Food Application Lab, Babcock Hall. The festivities will include a social hour and tour of the Food Applications and Ice Cream Lab. You are invited to register online by October 3, 2011.

Babcock Hall first opened for use in 1951 and was named for pioneering agricultural/dairy chemist and professor, Stephen Babcock. Professor Babcock was also instrumental in the genesis of Steenbock Library with the donation of his first paycheck to seed a library for the University’s College of Agriculture.

Extend your Reach to Library Resources...

...with area public libraries!

Madison Public Library invites all Madison residents to sign up for its free library card. This additional library card will give you access to the public library system’s materials and resources which include its research databases, job and business resources, magazines, media, and popular reading collections--including an extensive collection of audiobooks and e-books.

While campus and public library systems are not set up for mutual book retrieval and return, there are many public branch libraries throughout the city to make for a convenient visit. Within its own network of libraries, resources can be delivered to the branch location nearest to you.

The public library system is a great way to extend your reach to library materials and to supplement that which you obtain from our campus system.

For more information on signing up for a library card, visit one of Madison’s nine public branch libraries or visit its FAQ page for borrowing materials.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Curiosity Unleashed (Sept 22-25)

What do you get when you mix one part Aldo Leopold, another part Georgia O’Keeffe, and add a pinch of Albert Einstein? Are you curious? Discover some answers and cultivate a few more questions as you join in the fun at the Wisconsin Science Festival, September 22-25.

Visit the festival website to plan your days--most events and programs will take place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. And, look for your campus librarians as they staff a table at the Town Hall Street Fair, "Ask a Librarian".

Monday, September 19, 2011

UW Hort Society Plant Sale (Sept 23-25)

The UW Horticulture Society is hosting its annual indoor plant sale, September 23 - 25 at the Stock Pavilion. Society members will be selling a variety of houseplants including cacti, succulents, and orchids. Sale hours will run from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, and from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (or until sold-out) on Sunday. Additional plant care supplies will also be available for purchase and include pots, saucers, soil, fertilizer, and watering tools. Proceeds from the plant sale fund society activities, travel (of horticultural interest), speakers and special programming for meetings.

Add a lively touch to dorm, home or office décor!

For more information, visit the UW Horticulture Society Plant Sale page.

Go Big Read, Events Calendar

Visit the Go Big Read, Events Calendar to find an interesting opportunity to discuss or experience various aspects of this year’s selection, Enrique’s Journey.

The calendar is also open to you (your class or organization) to announce a relevant event. In order to do so, you must have a current UW-Madison NetID and follow these steps:

1) Go to the Campus Events Calendar.

2) Click "Add an event" in the upper right corner.

3) Log in with your NetID and password.

4) Click "Add event" in the toolbar near the top of the screen.

5) Complete the "New event" form to add information about your event.

6) Use one or more Go Big Read tags to automatically feed your event to the Go Big Read Calendar. (For more information and a list of these tags, visit the How to Add Events page).

All event listings in the campus calendar are approved and/or edited by University Communications. Once an event has been approved, it should appear on the Go Big Read list of events. Approval usually takes only one business day.

If you do not have a NetID, contact Go Big Read ( for assistance to add your events and to answer any questions you may have regarding the program.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Career and Internship Fair (Sept 15)

CALS, in partnership with the School of Business, the College of Letters and Sciences, the School of Human Ecology and the Wisconsin Alumni Association, is pleased to welcome students to participate in the fall semester Career and Internship Fair, Thursday, September 15. The fair will be held at the Kohl Center from 4:30 until 8:00 PM.

Students who are interested in attending can see a full list of companies by logging into their BuckyNet account and looking under the "events" tab.

For more information, visit the CALS Career Services site.

Helen C House Party (Sept 15)

Campus libraries are the place to be--not only as spaces for serious study, but as interesting social spaces for group work and the occasional party.

Check out the fun when College Library (Helen C. White) hosts its house party, September 15 (7:00-11:00PM).

The schedule of events includes a film festival, carnival games, student group performances, Ninja Tag, miniature-golf and more--with plenty of free snacks on the side.

Enjoy the evening and be sure to look for Steenbock Library on the mini-golf course!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Steenbock Ice Cream Social

Save the date! As part of Wisconsin Welcome festivities, Steenbock staff welcomes you to visit on Friday, September 9 for a taste of Babcock Hall ice cream. Beginning at 3:00 PM and while supplies last, staff will be distributing an ice-cream sandwich to those visiting the library (one per guest, please). Look for this event on the entrance level of the library, Room 240.

Come see what the library has to offer. Browse the stacks and speak with staff.

The library thanks its partners, the Center for the First Year Experience, the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant and the UW-Food Science Club for their contributions to this event.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Wisconsin Welcome

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

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

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

As you return from the weekend, campus libraries will be offering free tours and drop-in workshops. Visit the campus libraries’ schedule or the schedule for Steenbock Library.

New this year for Wisconsin Welcome will be an ice-cream social event at Steenbock Library, September 9 (3:00-5:00 PM). While supplies last, Steenbock staff will be distributing an ice-cream sandwich (of rich, creamy Babcock Hall ice-cream).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Campus Housing, Historic Photos

This week on Flickr, University Archives features a small set of historic photos showing student campus housing from the late 1890s through 2008. How has "Move-in Week" and student accommodations changed during the years?! Be sure to take a peek (and reply to this post!)

100 Years of Student Housing at UW-Madison

The photos featured in this Flickr set will be added to UW Digital Collections-UW Madison Collection later this year.

For more information about the photo collections, visit the University Archives Images site.

With thanks to Vicki T., Images/Media Archivist, for this blog post.

#FindUW, Social Media Scavenger Hunt

Are you ready to play?! New and returning students are invited to take part in the first social media scavenger hunt. Play one or all three days, August 31-September 2, 2011.

In order to play, and to qualify for great prizes, follow @UWMadison on Twitter to receive clues to 17 campus locations. (Be sure to look for the red/white Buckys). Find the location and tweet your response to be entered to win. The more locations you find, the better your chances of winning.

If you do not have a smart phone, visit a campus computer lab to participate.

Visit the #FindUW site for more information and to review the rules for participation.

UW-Madison Libraries are among this event’s campus partners.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mindset List (Class of 2015)

Welcome to college, Class of 2015!

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 from popular culture, technology or political situation--within the lifespan of the traditional, incoming college student.

It certainly lends itself well to discussion and to reflection upon where we've been and where we may be heading.

Noteworthy on this year’s list is a statement in its introduction to what has become ubiquitous--that being that this is the "first generation to grow up taking the word "online" for granted and for whom crossing the digital divide has redefined research, original sources and access to information, changing the central experiences and methods in their lives."

At the libraries, of course, we, your campus librarians, are not strangers to how online resources have transformed how we find and manage information. Should you need assistance in finding and using these resources, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to supply that assistance.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Free Drop-In Workshops, Fall 2011

Steenbock Library offers free tours and drop-in workshops for students and staff!

Come learn about library resources and services that can make your work easier. We offer a variety of workshops to satisfy many interests, whether that is to harness a citation management product or to search more effectively using Google or the research literature databases.

Plan to attend any of the workshops on the current fall schedule (printable PDF). If you cannot attend one of these particular workshops, we can arrange individual or small group sessions. Send us your request using our online form.

All workshops are free and include hands-on time to explore the resource. No reservations are necessary. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Graduate Support Series, Fall 2011

UW-Madison campus libraries have teamed to offer a series of free workshops for graduate students. As each workshop is designed to be a "stand-alone" presentation, students can choose to attend any number of them, in any combination.

Please visit the library workshop site or view the flyer (PDF) for the listing of workshops in the series. From "Keeping Current with the Literature" to "Finding Datasets"--there is something for you.

Do note date, time and library location. Registration is recommended; register with the GSC (Graduate Student Collaborative).

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Employee Bus Pass Distribution

Steenbock Library is pleased to serve as one of the pick-up sites for the UW-Madison Employee Bus Pass. The bus pass from Transportation Services remains subsidized yet this year, 2011-2012. Eligible employees must present a valid UW Wiscard ID* or UW Hospital ID at one of the distribution locations in order to collect a bus pass.

Distribution of the 2011-2012 bus pass will take place between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM at the following locations (do note dates):

August 15-19: Memorial Union, TITU (800 Langdon Street)

August 22-26: UW Hospital and Clinics, H4/1 Elevator Lobby

August 29-Sept 2: Steenbock Library, Room 240 (550 Babcock Drive)

September 6-9: WARF, Room 132 (614 Walnut Street)
(Do note that there will not be distribution on Monday, September 5, Labor Day)

If an employee misses the initial distribution period for the complimentary bus pass, he/she can obtain one from Transportation Services.

For information about the distribution sites for the ASM Student Bus, visit this link for more information.

* Faculty and staff who need a new or replacement ID card must present personal photo identification such as a driver's license, passport, or state ID to staff with the Wiscard Office, Union South. The Wiscard Office can produce a Faculty/Staff ID card once the employee's department has entered the appointment information (and proper authorization has been established) in the database. Visit the Wiscard site for more information.

UW-Madison Day at the State Fair (Aug 10)

Come celebrate UW-Madison’s history of service and outreach by visiting its Wisconsin State Fair event, August 10. Located on the fair ground’s Central Mall, the "UW-Madison Day" will feature staff and alumni demonstrating their expertise and inviting fairgoers to "jump around" and experience all that the university has to offer--be that to taste some Babcock Ice Cream or to witness the Wonders of Physics.

Be sure to look for your Steenbock librarians and their campus library colleagues! We will be on hand to distribute some library-themed fun and to answer your questions about how you may visit and access library resources.

The State Fair event will also be an opportunity to donate school supplies to Milwaukee-area students. By bringing a new school supply to the Fair admissions gate, you will receive a $5.00 voucher toward a Midway "Ride all Day" wristband. See the list of necessary school supplies.

For more information about the UW-Madison Day at the State Fair, visit this page.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Do Nothing but Read Day (Aug 6)

Enough said! Tomorrow is "Do Nothing but Read Day"--the brainchild of two UW-Madison alumni. And, as far as this librarian is concerned, no coaxing is required to devote some time to reading interests. As per usual, I am engaged with several texts simultaneously and look forward to making my way through some Forna, Ondaatje and Patchett.

Consult with your librarians for reading recommendations and to locate available copies from campus and public libraries.

Call for Course Reserves, Fall 2011

To ensure that your reserve materials are available in time for the first day of class, we invite you to submit your course reserve materials by our deadline date: August 10, 2011.

For more information, visit the Steenbock Course Reserves page, phone 263-7574 or email. Requests can also be placed by completing the Reserves Request Form. Note other deadlines and availability information.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Year of the Wisconsin Idea

How has the University of Wisconsin touched your life? During the academic year 2011-2012, UW-Madison will celebrate the "Year of the Wisconsin Idea" and how the university, with this particular philosophy of collaboration, outreach and service, continues to enrich Wisconsin communities.

The seeds of the Wisconsin Idea were sown in 1904 when UW President Charles Van Hise declared that he would "never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every home in the state."

In its early days, this philosophy served to forge relationships with state government and to inform legislation, but would evolve to speak more fully to the university’s commitment to public service, translating research into action.

Visit the Wisconsin Idea Website for information about its history, projects, forthcoming events and opportunities to share your experience.

Save the date for the following events:

Aug 10, 2011--UW-Madison at the State Fair (and look for the Wisconsin Idea Story Booth!)
Sept 1, 2011--Chancellor’s Convocation
Sept 22, 2011--Morgridge Center for Public Service 15th anniversary
Sept 22-24, 2011--Science Festival, Humanities-Science-Art Interplay
Oct 15, 2011--100 Year Anniversary of the First UW Homecoming
Late Oct, 2011--Reexamination of the Wisconsin Idea in the 21st century: Engaged Scholarship
Nov 11, 2011--Wisconsin Idea Forum
Feb-Mar 2012--Founders Days
March 31, 2012--Science Expeditions
April 28-30, 2012--Alumni Weekend
April 22, 2012--Nelson Institute Earth Day Celebration

Monday, August 01, 2011

Library Resources for the New Grad

Congratulations graduates! Be sure to extend your access to our campus library system with a visit to the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Library Resources page. This page supplies information about publicly-accessible online collections and association membership benefits that include access to two sizeable, article databases. If you have been a RefWorks user, do note that you will also be able to take your account with you. See the Alumni Program details page for more information.

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 from the Wisconsin DPI, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning that supports access to a collection of online 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 often be able to visit and to access many of their resources, in-house and online.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Construction Season Updates

A friend of mine recently observed that Wisconsin 'seems to exhibit two seasons, "winter" and "construction".' Stay up-to-date with campus construction and roadwork (particularly with closures and detours) with the projects page from Facilities Planning & Management. Additionally, Transportation Services maintains a list of projects with links to detour maps.

For status information about other city of Madison construction projects and roadwork, visit the City Transportation Department Website. This site will detail projects that are immediately impacting campus area corridors--University Avenue, Breese Terrace, Lake Street, and Highland Avenue, among others.

What to Read Next

One of the interesting--and sometimes challenging--activities in librarianship is matching a library user to the texts that he/she will most like to read, be it for research or entertainment.

If you intend to read for entertainment this summer, you may wish to speak with your librarian or try some of the resources, below. Each resource enables you to explore a genre or factor a recommendation based upon authors or books you already enjoy.

Locate available copies of books on campus or within the UW-System by using the MadCat catalog and its UW System search feature (or try the Forward catalog interface) . The Madison Public Library, as part of the South Central Library System, is also an amazing resource for satisfying popular reading interests--search its LINKcat catalog to locate items of interest.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SciFinder Scholar Web, Workshop (July 25)

Save the date! Steenbock Library is offering the following workshop:

SciFinder Scholar Web
Monday, July 25 (11:30-12:30 PM)
Room 105 (first floor lab)

The workshop will provide an overview of the SciFinder Web interface, its databases, and search features (structure, substructure, reaction, and research topic).

The use of ANALYZE/CATEGORIZE/REFINE for improved retrieval, remote access, and downloading for citation management will also be covered. Come ready for hands-on practice.

Note: The workshop will emphasize text-based searching; information on structure-based searching will be provided in a handout.

Please contact librarian Barbara Sisolak if you plan to attend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hands On with Slow Food

Get a taste for Slow Food UW with its "Hands-On" Cookbook. The cookbook features articles, from members of the UW community, that examine food traditions and share recipes, tips and reflections for local provisioning, organic gardening, stocking your pantry, and hosting an event.

Slow Food UW is non-profit organization run by students and volunteers committed to an appreciation of healthy and sustainable foodways.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Plan an Orientation

Are you new to campus or 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 new staff and students--be it for an individual consultation, small-group workshop, or as participant in a department welcome event. Complete a request form.

Additionally, library liaisons can provide the following services:

  • Assist with library services and policies (e.g., Interlibrary Loan, faculty runner cards, UW System search and retrieval…etc.)
  • Customize email alerts to keep you informed about new articles matching your topic criteria or with tables of contents to your favorite journals
  • Provide in-depth reference consultations--at our office or yours--(e.g., help with strategy and database choices, customize your own alerts…etc.)
  • Supply customized instructional sessions and course Webpages for your students
  • Consult on questions related to publishing your research (e.g., identify target journals, manage copyright, measure research impact, open access publishing options)

Watch for our Steenbock Drop-In Workshops & Tours (fall schedule to be posted soon!)

Or see the campus-wide libraries’ Workshops/Classes/Tours | September Tours

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Badger Meat Science Club Cookout (July 11)

Save the Date! The Badger Meat Science Club will host a free Brat Cookout and Open House, July 11 (6:00 PM). Come for a meal and an opportunity to get a "behind the scenes" tour of the UW Meat Laboratory with discussion about the evolution of the meat industry.

While registration is not necessary in order to attend, those interested should contact the Badger Meat Science Club so that sufficient food is prepared.

When: Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Where: University of Wisconsin Meat Lab, 1805 Linden Drive

See the flyer.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Plan your Picnic with Slow Food UW

What’s in your picnic basket as you head to Concerts on the Square? The staff with UW-Madison’s Slow Food Café offers a selection of home-made, sweet and savory picnic fare, using ingredients sourced locally. Visit its site to complete an order form.

Slow Food UW is non-profit organization run by students and volunteers committed to an appreciation of healthy and sustainable foodways.

"Concerts on the Square", a Madison summer tradition, features the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in performance, with special guests, on the lawns of the capitol. Each Wednesday evening of the series features a special theme for its musical selection. Arrive early (but after 3:00 PM) to spread your blanket!