Monday, December 08, 2014

Therapy Dogs Visit the Library on December 16

To help ease finals stress, the University Library is hosting a fun-filled meet-and-play event with five certified therapy dogs and their owners on Tuesday, December 16, from 3 to 4:30 pm. The dogs will be available to pet, cuddle, and play. The event will be held on first floor of the library, and all students, faculty, and staff are invited! Keep an eye on the library's blog and Facebook page as we reveal our furry friends and fun facts about them.

Stress Relief in the Library

The University Library and Campus Counseling Center have teamed up to help you deal with final exam stress. There is a stress management display in the lobby with tips and techniques.

Events to help you get through final exams:
(all in the library lobby or first floor)

  • Friday 12/12, 11-2 pm – Make a stress ball with a Wellness Pro
  • Monday 12/15Cookie decorating
  • Tuesday 12/16, 3-4:30 pm – Therapy dogs
  • Wednesday and ThursdayFree coffee and “brain food”

Monday, December 01, 2014

Latest issue of Check This Out! now available

The December-January issue of Check This Out! is now available in a library location near you. Featured in this issue are the many events and resources available to the Stout community during Finals Week, including a return visit on Dec. 16 from our furry friends (and their owners!) from Therapy Dogs International.

Friday, November 14, 2014

International Games Day

We are ready for International Games Day.  We have the following games on hand: Tapple, Pink Hijinks, OZ Fluxx and Cross Ways.  Many thanks to the vendors that donated these games!  Participants are invited to bring their own board and card games to the event.  We will meet near the Gaming and Digital Innovations Lab room 106 in the library.  Snacks will be provided.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Over 900 Vintage Arcade Games Available from The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive recently added over 900 vintage coin-op arcade video games to its Internet Arcade. Most of the games, which range from the 1970s through the 1990s, are playable in a web browser, but some may not work well in a standard web environment.

The release of the Internet Arcade comes less than a year after their unveiling of The Console Living Room, which has web versions of games for Atari 2600, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Sega Genesis, and many more.

Friday, November 07, 2014

International Games Day is Saturday, Nov. 15!

Get some friends together or come solo to your friendly, local celebration of International Games Day, a worldwide all-day gaming event organized by the American Library Association, to take place on Saturday, Nov. 15. Thousands of libraries all over North America and five other continents participate in International Games Day (check out the map below), connected in spirit through the love of games as well as through the network, in virtual collaboration and competition in online video games.

The University Library will have new and traditional games available for use starting at noon on the First Floor. Vintage and modern video game consoles are available in the Gaming and Digital Innovation Lab, and old school, off-the-grid games will be handy too. Feel free to bring your own games and participate in the camaraderie!

For more information, visit the International Games Day website or read the feature article in November's issue of Check This Out!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Halloween Window Decorating Winners

You made it really hard on the judges, the competition was very, very close. There was even a tiebreaker in one of the categories. So thank you again for participating.

But there can only be one winner for each category so here they are: 

Student Employee Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Thanks to all student workers for participating in this year’s decoration contest and for sharing your creative energy with us!

All eight teams had strong support, but three stood apart from the rest.
The final results are as follows...

Friday, October 31, 2014

November Issue of Check This Out!

The new issue of Check This Out will be posted in the library over the weekend, but enjoy a sneak preview here on the blog! Featured is the library's participation in the 3rd Annual International Games Day on Saturday, November 15.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Printing System in the Library

The new system allows students to print from their laptops or computers in the library.  The cost is still 10 cents per page for black and white and 20 cents per page for color and uses your Stout One card.  The new print system was funded by the Stout Student Association and has been set up to be self-sustainable with funds generated from the system used to replace and repair the system.  Staff are ready to help you get the new printers set up on your laptop so stop by today.

Welcome Gretchen Yonko

Gretchen Yonko is our new financial specialist.  She works half-time for the Library and half-time for the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center.  She worked in the Business and Financial Services office as a financial specialist at Stout prior to coming to the Library and NTLC.

In her off campus life, Gretchen attempts to have many outdoor adventures camping, hiking, canoeing, and snowboarding. All activities she has enjoyed. However, her current reality fits more into the reading, crocheting, and movie watching category. Also quite wonderful adventures if you do it right, she says.
Gretchen earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Chippewa Valley Technical College, a Master of Science in Education degree from UW-River Falls, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College.

Winter Haven homeless shelter needs you!

Local homeless shelter Winter Haven, run by Stepping Stones of Dunn County, is looking for night shift volunteers to help with the program that runs from November to March. Volunteering is a great addition to resumes and graduate school applications, has networking and social benefits, and isn't bad for the ol' karma either!

Homelessness is a worldwide issue with many contributing factors, including social inequality and mental illness. For more information on this complex topic, check out Opposing Viewpoints: Homelessness, an e-book in the library's collection. Stepping Stones also creates a quarterly newsletter with information about the shelter and homelessness issues.

Winter Haven is in need of volunteers to for two night shifts. Volunteers will work in pairs. For more information, visit Stepping Stones' website, or contact Stepping Stones' Shelter Coordinator Heidi Hooten by email at or by phone at 715 235-2920.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Recommendation: Tamara Brantmeier

We recently asked Tamara Brantmeier, associate professor and School of Art and Design director, to recommend a book in her field that would appeal to UW-Stout students as a follow-up to her feature in UW-Stout's 5 Questions series, which profiles faculty from across campus. Here is what she picked:

The Creative Habit, Learn it and Use it for Life
By Twyla Tharp
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003

Available in the library on 5th floor.  Call number: BF408 .T415 2003

Creativity is not a gift from the gods, says Twyla Tharp, it is the product of preparation and effort, and it's within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. Here, Tharp takes the lessons she has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career and shares them with you, whatever creative impulses you follow--whether you are a painter, composer, writer, director, choreographer, or, for that matter, a businessperson working on a deal, a chef developing a new dish, a mother wanting her child to see the world anew. When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of the rut, and The Creative Habit contains more than thirty of them to ease the fears of anyone facing a blank beginning and to open the mind to new possibilities. (Simon & Schuster)

To learn more about Tamara Brantmeier's art, teaching, and special interests, take a look at her profile in the 5 Questions series.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2nd Annual Halloween Window Decorating Contest

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


Who: All Student Organizations on Campus
WhereLibrary 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.

WhenDecorating will take place from October 23-30th.  Judging will occur on October 31st

Contact: To sign up for a window, please contact Ann Vogl (

Thursday, October 02, 2014

MST3K: The UW-Stout Connection

Screenshot from MST3K: The Movie (1996)

In 1988, MysteryScience Theater 3000 (usually shortened to MST3K by its fans) started airing on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minn. The show, which consisted of a team of comedians watching and making fun of bad vintage movies, was so popular it eventually made syndication on Comedy Central before its cancellation in 1999. You may not have heard of MST3K, but you may be familiar with what they do, as they pioneered the pastime of "riffing" on bad movies for entertainment. While finished, the show has gained a cult following over the years.
Screenshot from a viewing of Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997)
So where’s Stout in this obscure little piece of television? Mike J. Nelson, one of the head writers on the show, eventually replaced a role played by series creator Joel Robinson. Beginning in Episode 512, Mike J. Nelson began playing a fictional version of himself, hosting the show, in which Mike apparently went to UW-Stout before finding himself stuck on a satellite orbiting the earth, forced to watch bad movies with wisecracking robots (The actual Mike J. Nelson attended UW-River Falls). Stout is mentioned in the show once or twice due to this. The most famous reference is Mike's character wearing a UW-Stout shirt in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. In another episode during a viewing of "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Died and Became Mixed-up Zombies," (yes, that is an actual movie title) when a character wakes up in a cold sweat, one of the robots quips, “Look familiar Mike? Morning after the UW-Stout Spring Fling?”
No word on if UW-Stout ever plans to offer a degree in making fun of movies!
by Abby Anderson 

Screenshot from a viewing of The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Died and Became Mixed-up Zombies (1997)

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October issue of Check This Out!

The new issue of Check This Out is available today throughout the library and here on the blog! Featured is the new (Re)Search and Rescue Squad mobile reference desk service, and keep your eyes peeled for a fun guest blog post from BFA in Entertainment Design student Abby Anderson, coming soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Read 14 Banned Classic Novels Free Online

Banned Books Week 2014 - Celebrating the Freedom to Read

"We well know of the most famous cases of banned books: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. In fact, a full 46 of Modern Library’s “100 Best Novels” have been suppressed or challenged in some way. 

The American Library Association maintains a page that details the charges against each one. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird saw a challenge in the Vernon Verona Sherill, New York school district in 1980 as a “filthy, trashy novel” and in 1996, Lindale, Texas banned it from the advanced placement English reading list because it “conflicted with the values of the community.” Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath has a lengthy rap sheet, including total banning in Ireland (1953), Morris, Manitoba (1982), and all high school classes in Kanawha, Iowa (1980). 

The list of censored undisputed classics—every one of which surely has its own piece of giant store art in Barnes & Nobles nationwide—goes on. "  Quoted from Open Culture

Links to 14 banned classics:

Find the rest of your favorite banned books free from the library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thesis Survival Workshop - Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Wondering how to find sources for your literature review?  Not sure how to use a citation manager to save your sources and generate a reference list? Come to the Thesis Survival Workshop and learn from Librarian Lelah Lugo how to do all this, and more!

Book Recommendation: Krista James

We recently asked Krista James, senior Biology lecturer and Environmental Science Program Director, to recommend books in her research area that would appeal to UW-Stout students as a follow-up to her feature in UW-Stout's 5 Questions series, which profiles faculty from across campus. Here is what she picked:

Letters to a Young Scientist
By Edward O. Wilson
New York: Liveright, 2013

Available in the library on 3rd floor.  Call number: QH31.W64 A4 2013

Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers. (

Hope for Animals and Their World : How endangered species are being rescued from the brink

By Jane Goodall
New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2009

Available in the library on 3rd floor.  Call number: QH75 .G636 2009

At a time when we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, renowned scientist Jane Goodall brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall--along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard--shares fascinating survival stories about the American crocodile, the California condor, the black-footed ferret and more--all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated. Interweaving her own first-hand experiences with the research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, this book presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence. (Grand Central Publishing)

To learn more about Krista James' research, teaching, and special interests, check out her profile in the 5 Questions series.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Comic and Graphic Novel Collection featured in Stoutonia

The new Comic and Graphic Novel Collection on the 4th Floor of the Library was featured in a recent Stoutonia article. Check out the link to learn more about how the collection came about, and be sure to take a look at the collection yourself!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

September issue of Check This Out!

The September issue of Check This Out! is now available at locations throughout the library. Ask at circulation if you'd like a copy, or click below to enjoy anytime!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Bryan Vogh

Bryan Vogh is the new Library Technology Coordinator, he started July 21, 2014. He is head of the Library Systems and Web Work Groups. He is responsible for maintaining the library web presence as well as keeping all of the library computer systems up and running so you can access the many resources available online. He is friendly, approachable and does not bite. Will work for chocolate.

Bryan earned his Master in Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from University of Minnesota – Morris. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thank You - The Garden is Beautiful

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Special thanks to the Campus Exteriors Development Committee and Chancellor Sorensen for proposing and funding the new perennial garden in front of the Library. 

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And a HUGE thanks to all the workers on the grounds crew who worked so hard to install it.  It is beautiful and all of us in the building really appreciate how it enhances our outdoor spaces.  We also love that the plantings contribute to the campus sustainability goals.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome Janice Conti

Janice Conti is the new Cataloging/Reference Librarian. She is head of the Cataloging/Processing Work Group and says the puzzle-like aspect of cataloging is what drew her to this area of library work. She enjoys trying to determine who will want or need a given resource, the manner in which that user is likely to search to find the resource, and how to best guide him or her to the resource through use of the library systems.

Janice earned her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor's of Science in English and Journalism from MacMurray College.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Recommendation: Dr. Robert Fraher

We have enjoyed reading UW-Stout's 5 Questions series, which profiles faculty from across campus.  We asked Dr. Robert "Bert" Fraher, an assistant professor in the Department of Design, to recommend a book in his research area that would appeal to UW-Stout students.  Here is what he picked:

The Design of Everyday Things
By Donald A. Norman
New York: Basic Books, 2002

Available in the library on 3rd floor.  Call number: TS 171.4 N67 2002

In this book, Donald A. Norman uses case studies to demonstrate how psychology influences design.

To learn more about Dr. Fraher's research, teaching, and special interests, check out his profile in the 5 Questions series.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Therapy Dogs to visit the Library on May 13

To help ease finals stress, the University Library is hosting a fun-filled meet-and-play event with five certified therapy dogs and their owners on Tuesday, May 13, from 3 to 4:30 pm. The dogs will be available to pet, cuddle, and play. The event will be held on first floor of the library, and all students, faculty, and staff are invited! Keep an eye on the library's blog and Facebook page as we reveal our furry friends and fun facts about them.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut — Staff Recommendation

Sue Lindahl
Today's Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut features a recommendation from library staff member Sue Lindahl. Sue is the library's Access Services/Library Systems Librarian and has been with the library since 2007. Her selection is I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl wo Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai, the famous Pakistani women's education activist and writer who survived an assassination attempt in 2012. Check availability or place a request.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
©2013 Orion Publishing
Malala is the Gandhi of our time. Against great odds, she is passionate about supporting education for all children. Malala is able to speak about girls and education in a manner that entices people to support her and her cause. She holds no anger or fear for the radicals who shot her; rather she extends her hope for peace and love to them and their children. What was remarkable to me when I picked up this book is Malala was shot and entered international news in Oct. 2012 - less than 1 ½ years ago. She is a remarkable girl who has stayed true to herself, the religion she has grown up with, and her passion for learning. Malala is loved and cherish by her family in a culture that does not value girls. Malala is inspirational. I want my daughters to know of Malala, and by her example know that girls can be heard and change the world.
Review by Sue Lindahl

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut — Eleanor and Park

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut: Student worker Molly recommends Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Don't forget that a good book is a relaxing way to take a break from school work and finals stress! Check availability or place a request.
Eleanor and Park  by Rainbow Rowell
©2013 St. Martin's Press

Eleanor & Park is a young adult novel about two teenage misfits and their unconventional love story in Omaha, Nebraska. Set in the 80s, this book has many references to the hair, the clothes and the music of the decade.

Eleanor, with her curly red hair and big clothes, and Park, with his black t-shirts and comic books, do not seem to have anything in common, but on the bus rides to and from school, the two high schoolers connect and quickly fall for each other. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Eleanor and Park begin to confide in each other the struggles they face every day and together give one another the courage they need to overcome their problems.

This book is a quick read but deals with deep issues like race, child abuse and bullying. It’s worth picking up if only to find out why it created controversy in a Minnesota school district last fall.
Review by Molly


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Art Lives at the Library

Student Artists in Residence Awards and Exhibit
to Showcase UW-Stout Creative Talent
 Since 1987, the Bud and Betty Micheels’ Student Artist in Residence grant has been awarded annually to two UW-Stout students exploring relationships between art and technology. The student’s work over the academic year culminates in an exhibition in the University Library and permanent placement of an artwork from each recipient in the library’s collection. The 2013-2014 grant recipients are Alexandra Schultz and Keith Catalano.

Alexandra Schultz is a B.F.A. Art major with Multimedia Design concentration whose work for the residency program recreates UW-Stout history through 3D digital sculpture and animation.
 Keith Catalano is a B.F.A. Art with Multimedia Design concentration and B.S. Game Design Development with Art concentration double major. His residency work focuses on the overlap of traditional and digital mediums.

Schultz and Catalano’s work will be unveiled along with an awards ceremony in the library’s first floor lobby Monday, April 28 from 5:30 to 7 pm. The exhibit will be on display until May 16.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hey Stout! #CheckItOut! — ReadCube

Having trouble organizing and viewing all the research articles you’ve downloaded? Want to search for more content, or inline references without leaving the viewing environment?

ReadCube, a free Mac or PC desktop app, may be just what you’re looking for. With a surprisingly simple and intuitive layout, ReadCube indexes articles you already have on your desktop alongside citations from PubMed and Google Scholar searches. With immediate access to free fulltext, and an option to configure the settings to link search results to licensed library fulltext via EZProxy, ReadCube offers seamless access to an abundance of relevant and current research.

ReadCube also stands out as a PDF viewer, with tools for inline notes and pop-out references, text highlighting, figure browsing, and more. The citation capabilities are exportable to Endnote, BibTex, and RefMan, and compatible with Microsoft Word.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tekken Tekken Revolution - April 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

To celebrate National Library Week, the University Library and PONG bring you a free gaming event in the Gaming and Digital Innovation Lab on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30-8:30pm.

“Tekken Tekken Revolution” is not like typical gaming events. This event will feature Tekken3 on the PlayStation2, but instead of using handheld controllers, competitors will need to use their feet on “Dance Dance Revolution” dance pads.

Prizes provided by the University Library and GameQuestUSA of Menomonie. 

For more information contact: Matt Decker-Maurer (, xt.1618


Publication Recommendation: Dr. Kerry Peterson

Dr. Kerry Peterson, an associate professor who teaches food and nutrition, was recently profiled in UW-Stout's 5 Questions series, which profiles faculty from across campus. We asked her to recommend resources in her research area that would appeal to UW-Stout students.

"A publication that I absolutely LOVE and recommend to all of my students (at all levels) is the Nutrition Action Health Letter [available online:] put out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s fabulous. The publication comes every other month and it presents an un-biased perspective about latest research in the nutrition field. For example, this month the cover story is about how headlines in nutrition are not always the true story, and how researchers use science to test hypotheses in nutrition. There is always a “quick studies” section where they explain the findings of a recent study in nutrition and then tell you, the reader, what it means for everyday life. Nutrition action also includes quick and easy recipes as well as ratings of brand-name products. This is really the best publication for keeping up-to-date in the nutrition field and for helping the average person separate fact from fiction."  — Dr. Kerry Peterson

Find this resource in the library.

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut -- Annie Hall

Annie Hall ©1977 United Artists
Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut: Student worker Eric recommends the Woody Allen classic, "Annie Hall" for your viewing pleasure! Check availability or place a request.

It's crazy how often the library's Woody Allen movies are just sitting on the browsing DVD shelves waiting to be checked out. Are today's college students simply unaware of Allen's innovative directing style and his knack for writing hilarious and relatable stories? ​There are plenty of classics, from "Play it Again, Sam" all the way to his most recent film "Blue Jasmine," but perhaps the best starting point for the un-Allen-itiated would have to be 1977's "Annie Hall."

The movie was written and directed by Allen, who also plays the lead role of comedian Alvy Singer. Like many of his films, "Annie Hall" explores the absurdity of human behavior and the trials and tribulations of romance. Singer tries to figure out where his relationship with Annie Hall, played by Diane Keaton, went wrong. It's a relatively simple rom-com story loaded with clever observations and hilarious antics on the part of the neurotic lead. The cast also features Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon and Christopher Walken.

Review by Eric

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Library Week 2014

April 13-19 is National Library Week for 2014! We love being part of the campus community and want to celebrate with you.

·         Sweet Treats! We know you all log into the “virtual” library to use Ebsco and ProQuest, but we would love to see you in the building, so we have some candy to share when you come to visit.

Hashtags! This conversation organizer has gone mainstream on social media and some of you told us that you think hashtags are fun. We even made a big wall where you can share library-related hashtags that you might use. 

·         Buttons! Need a little flair? We made you some free buttons in honor of the occasion.

·         #freecoffeefriday The ever popular event returns to the library lobby! What’s not to love?

·         Kathy Winters – Barnard award winner! A small ceremony will be held on Wednesday at 10AM on the 4th floor. If Kathy has provided customized scanning services for you, this would be a great time to honor her for her exceptional work.

  Bookfacing! Time to really put yourself into the story! There are some examples of bookfacing at and you can watch the library’s Facebook page for staff photos. Share yours with us!

·         Gaming Tournament! With the help of PONG, we will run a tournament on Thursday at 6:30PM. There will be fun and prizes! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Don't Forget to Reserve Cameras and Other Equipment for Final Projects

Do you have a final project coming up that will require the use of cameras, video cameras, or other equipment? Now is a good time to reserve them, to ensure that they will be available when you need them.  The library has a large collection of digital SLR cameras, video cameras, tripods, microphones, lighting kits, and much more. Click here for a list of available equipment.

Equipment checkout is for student use only.  The checkout period is 3 days, and you must have a photo I.D. To reserve equipment, call (715-232-1215), email (, or stop by the circulation desk during open hours.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Kathy Winters receives 2013-14 Barnard Outstanding Service Award

Kathy Winters
The University Library’s Barnard Committee recently announced Kathy Winters as the recipient of the 2014 Barnard Outstanding Service Award, which honors exceptional library staff members who go above and beyond their duties to better serve the Stout community.

Kathy has been with the library since 1997 and is in charge of standing orders, serials, ordering, and claiming. She received her B.S. in Service Management from Stout in 2005, and as part of her studies, created the eCourse Materials Service, which scans textbooks for Disability Services and supplemental course materials for faculty and academic staff.

Kathy received numerous nominations praising her contributions to the university:
  • “On numerous occasions Kathy has welcomed my request for assistance and has consistently and in a most courteous fashion delivered on her word.”
  • “Kathy provides rapid, professional CRUCIAL service. Through it students get cutting-edge readings and a wider range of materials.”
  • “[due to] shortages of texts that were no longer published, and the Disability Services office needing items in accessible formats, Kathy made [the E-Course materials service] happen.”
  • “Kathy's support [helps me] directly serve our students. Kathy supports my mission through her support/position.”
  • “Kathy noticed ways that we could improve our scanning process for items with a high page count and trained our students in the techniques she developed in her department.”
  • “Kathy consistently goes above and beyond in her superb and well-organized scanning services.”
  • “Kathy's service-focused philosophy reflects her dedication to providing consistent, dependable and exemplary service to students and faculty.”
The Barnard Award ceremony honoring Kathy will take place Wed., April 16 from 10 to 11:30 am in the library’s 4th Floor browsing area.

Book Recommendations: Dr. Amanda Little

We have enjoyed reading UW-Stout's 5 Questions series, which profiles faculty from across campus.  We asked Dr. Amanda "Mandy" Little, an associate professor in the biology department, to recommend books in her research area that would appeal to UW-Stout students.  Here is what she picked:

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
By Edward Abbey
In this book, Edward Abbey tells the story of 3 seasons spent in the desert near Moab, Utah.  Find this book in the library.

A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
By Aldo Leopold
Author, professor, and environmentalist Aldo Leopold writes about the flora, fauna, seasons, and land in a series of essays based on his observations of the environment near his home in Wisconsin.  Find this book in the library.

To learn more about Dr. Little's research, teaching, and special interests, check out her profile in the 5 Questions series.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Young Adult Book Club to Read Legend

If you like to read young adult fiction, join us for a discussion of Legend, by Marie Lu.

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths — until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’ death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
 - Synopsis from

The book discussion will take place in the Educational Materials Center, on 1st floor of the library, on Wednesday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm.  Pizza will be served.