Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Submit your nominations for the 2017 Barnard Award for outstanding library staff member!

Has someone who works on the UW-Stout library staff helped you in a meaningful way? You can show your appreciation by nominating them for the Barnard Outstanding Service Award.

Candidates for the award must demonstrate one or more of the following:

- Substantive and continuing effort to improve library services/resources for the Stout community. (Selection shall not be based on longevity alone.)

- Innovative and leading-edge efforts which benefit Stout and/or the library information profession as a whole.

- Work that has led to enhanced library services/resources.

-Outstanding customer service efforts.

Nominations can be made by any Stout staff, student, or faculty member by picking up a form in the library lobby or by completing an online survey found at:

Nominations are due Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Staff Recommendation: Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Call Number: ITO UZUMAKI
4th Floor Comic & Graphic Novel Collection

Manga has a stigma for being over the top and long-winded (One Piece has 84 volumes), but Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror is a great introduction to Japanese comics in the western market, at its original debut of only 3 volumes. 

All of the work of Junji Ito is enigmatic and a must-read for anyone interested in discovering a new genre. Being a dentist by trade, Mr. Ito’s illustrations reflect his meticulous attention to detail. Each one of his panels is minimalist, yet beautifully complex and elaborate. His line art would be best described as a dichotomy between being delicately sensual with a burst of extreme discomfort and dread. His writing is equally strong in craftsmanship.  It is in the same vain as H.G. Wells, being very grounded in reality with topics of the paranormal. 

Uzumaki exhibits how adept Ito is at his craft and is a good introduction to his copious volume of work.  It’s a collection of short stories that are set in the same town that is being haunted by a spiral. The general premise seems far from being scary, but the extent that the characters go to escape the symbol that infects the unsuspecting town is blood curdling, thanks to Junji Ito’s extensive knowledge in the horror genre.  The best time to read it would be alone at midnight with a flashlight.

Review by Benji Griswold

Latest issue of Check This Out now available!

The April 2017 issue of Check This Out is now available throughout the library and here on the blog! Featured in this issue: The Barnard Outstanding Service Award and Stout History book club.