Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Enjoy Your Retirement, Lelah!

Lelah Lugo will retire on August 3, 2015 after 26.5 years of service at the UW-Stout University Library. Lelah joined the library staff in November 1988 and has continually served the needs of campus students, staff and faculty.

As the Electronic Resources Access Librarian, Lelah works behind the scenes to make sure you all have access to online resources – articles, databases and e-books. She also served as the assistive technology librarian, to help those with disabilities access the library resources. You may have worked with her at the reference desk; she is an awesome reference librarian who can find the perfect resources for your research. Or perhaps you were in one of her library sessions; she is an excellent teacher of research skills.

Lelah has served the campus in many capacities. She has been elected to the Senate of Academic Staff off an on since 1989. And has participated and been a leader on committees, including: Academic Staff Personnel Committee; the Equity for Women Initiative; the Equal Opportunities in Education Committee; and the Campus Link Program (mentor for minority students). She was also a member and past president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.

In 2009, Lelah was the recipient of the UW System Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award. And she has long been an active member of the UW-Stout Minority Faculty and Staff Network (MFSN).

Lelah Lugo is a great colleague who is always there to lend a hand in projects and support new initiatives. We will miss her jokes and thoughtful insights. Please make sure to come and wish her well before August 3rd.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Library Classroom AKA Room 111 upgrade this summer

We are working away at getting the new equipment installed in our classroom.  Check back to see the new learning pods and other innovations when school starts.

New Study Booths in the Library

The library has added six new study booths to meet the needs of our students.  These booths include large monitors and equipment to connect laptops for easy collaboration on group projects.

The booths include power blocks on the tables that have outlets and USB charging ports.

Each booth also has individual lighting control to adjust the lights in the booth.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Staff Recommendation - Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Elizabeth Steans, circulation supervisor, recommends this graphic memoir by Liz Prince. “The story is very compelling; conveying the stresses of social construction of gender and identity from a young girl’s point of view.”

By Liz Prince
San Francisco, Zest Books, 2014

Available in the library on the 
1st Floor - EMC Young Adult Section

Call Number: HQ1075 .P75 2014

From the age of 2, Liz knows she hates dresses. As a child, she wears boys clothes and plays with boys. However, as she enters her teen years, things change. Still wishing to dress like a boy and disdainful of all things girly—including the inevitable biology of puberty—she stays true to herself and her identity, but not without struggling to fit into a teenage society that neatly compartmentalizes how boys and girls should act. Liz’s troubles are magnified as she navigates the ways of the heart, falling for boys who often pass her over for girls who are more feminine. As she stumbles and bumbles her way to friends who will accept her, she pulls readers along that oh-so-tough and bumpy road of adolescence. Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz’s story, captured with wry humor and a deft, visceral eye, is a must-read for fans who fell for Raina Telgemeier’s work in middle school.” Kirkus Review

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Staff Recommendation: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Archives staff member, Robin Melland, recommends listening to the audiobook version of Maria Semple’s novel. “It is a silly and fun book where crazy, weird things keep happening – pure entertainment.”    

Student worker, Colleen Roach, recommends reading the hardcover edition from the fourth floor browsing collection. “This book has just enough drama and mystery in it to keep you hooked but not so much that you get sick of the story and characters. It is interesting to see the path that Bernadette's life takes in response to her successes and failures and how that path affects those around her. 

It was an easy book to stay interested in because of the slight twists that happen throughout the story.”  

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
By Maria Semple
New York: Hachette Audio, 2013 (9 CDs) or
New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2012

Available in the library on 4th floor.

Call number:
 PS3619.E495 W54 2013 (Audiobooks) 

 PS3619.E495 W54 2012 (Browsing books)

Janet Maslin from The New York Times writes “The tightly constructed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is written in many formats — e-mails, letters, F.B.I. documents, correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill for a run-in between Bernadette and Audrey. Yet these pieces are strung together so wittily that Ms. Semple’s storytelling is always front and center, in sharp focus. You could stop and pay attention to how apt each new format is, how rarely she repeats herself and how imaginatively she unveils every bit of information. But you would have to stop laughing first.

Everyone in this sparkling novel is wily, smart or even smarter. The brainiest character is arguably Elgin, who works at Microsoft and leads the design team for what, the book says, is Bill Gates’s favorite project. Elgin is famed for not wearing shoes, for giving the fourth-most-watched TED talk and for generally being Microsoft’s version of a rock star.” Full Review