Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Join us for a YA Book Discussion in Library or on Twitter!

The library will be hosting a book discussion about the book Just One Day by popular YA author Gayle Forman.  This book tells the story of Allyson Healey, who meets actor Willem on a trip to Europe.  When he encourages her to abandon her travel plans and come to Paris with him, they spend 24 hours together, and her life and view of her world is transformed. 

Readers can tweet their thoughts about the book on Twitter using the hashtag #StoutReadsYA.  There will be a book discussion and pizza party in the library on November 19th at 5:00pm.

If you would like to order the book using Interlibrary Loan, use the link here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Children's Literature Resources and Recommendations at Stout

Are you looking for the perfect children's book for a story time or student teaching assignment?  Check out the Kid's Books Site at the Stout Library.  This website provides reviews and recommendations for materials that are available in the library's educational materials center.

If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest books added to the collection, current news in children's and YA literature, and education news, follow the UW-Stout Educational Materials Center Tumblr

Halloween Window Decorating Contest for Student Orgs

Win prizes for your Org! The University Library, in collaboration with the Involvement Center, is hosting a Halloween window decorating contest.  There will be three prizes awarded to the windows voted “best dressed,” “spookiest,” and “most org spirit.” This is a great opportunity to promote your organization to the campus community while helping us spookify the library!

 The Details:

Who: All Student Organizations on Campus
Where: Library windows in the reference area (1st floor)

What do we need to bring? Nothing but your creative ideas!  Window paint will be provided by the library, and  paper, die-cuts, and other supplies are available at the Creation Station in the Involvement Center.

When: Decorating will take place from October 23-30th.  Judging will occur on October 31st

Contact: To sign up for a window, please contact Kate Kramschuster (kramschusterk@uwstout.edu).

YA Book Club to Meet October 21

Do you like to read young adult fiction?  Are you looking for ideas on what to read next? All UW-Stout students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us in the University Library on Monday Oct. 21 at 3:30pm for a Young Adult Book Discussion Group. Bring your favorite YA book to the 1st Floor Educational Materials Center for a lively discussion.  Find out what others are reading, and see some of the new YA books in the library!  Contact Kate Kramschuster kramschusterk@uwstout.edu for more information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

University Library Welcomes New Director

Today the campus community welcomed Library Director Marlys Brunsting with a reception in the library lobby. As director, Marlys has administrative responsibility for the management, planning and development of all library policies, services, budgets, and supervision of library personnel.  She also serves as the campus copyright officer.

Prior to coming to UW-Stout, she had 16 years of experience  in various library positions at UW-Green Bay, including 12 years as Coordinator of Library Automation and Copyright Librarian.  Her expertise was in library technology.

Marlys enjoys reading, piano, golf, scrapbooking, and spending time with family. She can be reached at brunstingm@uwstout.edu or (715) 232-1184.

Photo: Associate Vice Chancellor Jackie Weissenburger with Library Director Marlys Brunsting

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The librarians at Stout ROCK!

University Library Reference Services Survey
Executive Summary

In spring 2012 the library sent a survey to all UW-Stout students, faculty and staff to find out how the campus uses the library. We found out that 59% of students and 77% of the faculty/staff used our reference services. Librarians helped students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of services -- from finding books, theses, or media to helping with technology needs such as printing, or using the library computers.

The majority of students, faculty and staff were satisfied or very satisfied with our services. One person commented "the librarians at stout ROCK!".

We did find that, many were unaware of, or did not use the ability to email, chat, call or text a librarian with a question.

We were a bit disappointed to find that “Asking a Librarian” was not the first research stop for our users. Most users preferred searching on their own first using Google and the Library Website.

Based on the survey responses, the library staff will develop an action plan focused on:
      Improving service points and space utilization
      Better marketing our services
      Alleviating student confusion and anxiety in navigating the library and its services
      Better serving the distance learners and instructors
      Making our website easier to use

Ann Vogl, Reference/Distance Learning Librarian