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.