Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Seasonal Movies

The air is cool and snow has come.  What better way to get into the holiday spirit then to curl up with a blanket and hot cup of coco to watch some seasonal movies? Come check out our vast movie section on 4th floor!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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 information on how you can make this holiday season better for others by donating mittens and hats.   

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Halloween Window Decorating Winners

Congratulation to our window decorating contest winners!
See all of the window entries on the UW-Stout Library Facebook page.


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Comfy Spot!

Need a comfy spot to do homework or a group project? Come check out the Bean Bag Chairs on the 4th floor in the Library!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


In the mood for a scary movie this Halloween weekend? Come check out the scary movies in the Feature Film Collection located on 4th floor of the library!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


On November 12 the Literature Committee is hosting a Poe-A-Palooza. They are seeking students who would like to perform short works by Edgar Allan Poe. The event is being given in the LLC from 4-6 PM in the 4th floor window gallery area.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Electronic Rental Items at Library!

Forgot your phone charger at home and your phone is about to die? Don't worry!!! Come over to the library and check out a universal phone charger and many more electronic items for free.  Don’t forget to ask about the many great electronic check out items the library has!!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

October/November Issue of Check This Out!

If you can't make it to the library to read this in print, here is the latest issue of our library newsletter, Check This Out!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Window Decorating Contest for Student Orgs

Win prizes for your Org! The University Library, in collaboration with the Involvement Center, is hosting the third annual Halloween window decorating contest.  There will be a vinyl banner awarded to the windows voted “all around 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 on the 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 22-29.  Judging will occur on October 30th.
  • Contact: To sign up for a window, please contact Ann Vogl (

Friday, August 28, 2015

Library Recruiting for Graduate Assistant

The UW-Stout University Library seeks a motivated graduate student to work on various library projects.  Assistantship is for both Fall and Spring semesters 2015-2016. Hours are flexible 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday, 10 hours/week. Compensation: $16.35/hour

Job Duties:
Creating library displays and exhibits; developing library public relations products; designing library instructional materials; designing and composing library newsletters.  Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Project management skills and/or experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Strong communication skills (written and spoken).
  • Ability to work with a variety of project supervisors, library staff, and the Stout Community.
  • Basic software experience (Microsoft Office) required.
  • Attend monthly library Public Relations meetings to brainstorm ideas and provide development feedback.
  • Follow UW-Stout identity/marketing guidelines.

Preferred Skills:
  • Advanced software experience desirable (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite; Microsoft Publisher.)
  • Graphic design experience highly desirable.
  • Web 2.0 technology experience preferred.
  • Photography, video, and/or audio experience desirable.

Previous experience working in libraries not required.

Reports to Librarian: Kate Kramschuster
Send letter of application/resume to Kate Kramschuster,

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Enjoy Your Retirement, Marge!

Marge Kunkel will retire on August 31, 2015 after 35 years at the UW-Stout University Library. Marge joined the library staff in October 1980 and has continually served the needs of campus students, staff and faculty.

As the Processing Assistant, Marge works behind the scenes to make sure you all have access to physical items in the library – books, audiobooks, DVDs, puppets, EMC kits and more. She not only processes new materials (labels, covers, etc.) she also fixes items that have been well used. She has been at it since 1999.

Marge started out her career at the UW-Stout Library in the Film Preview Unit/Receptionist/Typist for Technical Services. Then moved on to Library Administration, where she worked for the library director for 15 years.

Marge Kunkel is a great colleague who is always there with a smile and willingness to help. We will miss her warmth, knowledge about campus and her awesome party planning skills.

Join us on August 26, 10-11:30am, in the library, Room 217 for a farewell party. If unable to attend, please make sure to come and wish her well before August 31st.

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

Monday, May 04, 2015

Stress Relief in the Library

The University Library and Campus Counseling Center have teamed up to help you deal with final exam stress. 

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

  • Thursday 5/7, 3-4:30 pm – Therapy dogs and Make a stress ball with a Wellness Pro
  • Monday 5/11, 11:00 am-1:00 pmBiofeedback with the Wellness Pros
  • Tuesday 5/12, 11:00 am-1:00 pm – Free Chair Massages
  • Wednesday and ThursdayFree coffee and “brain food”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Therapy Dogs Visit the Library on May 7

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 Thursday, May 7, 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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Student Artists in Residence Show April 28–May 9

Raelene Olson
Each year, the Bud and Betty Micheels' Student Artist in Residence grant is awarded to two students exploring the relationship between art and technology. This year's recipients, Raelene Olson and Jeremiah Kremer, will display their residency work in the Library's first floor lobby from April 28 to May 9. A piece from each artist's series will be selected to remain in the library as part of the Student Artist in Residence collection.

The show will begin with an opening event on Tuesday, April 28 from 4 to 6 pm with the artists on hand to discuss their work. The 2015-16 grant winners will be announced at the opening as well, and refreshments will be provided.

Jeremiah Kremer
Raelene Olson: "My work seeks to bring back the connection between film and workers through personal adornment. In jewelry adornments during the Victorian era, hair was used to honor and remember the deceased. Victorian hair jewelry inspired me to manipulate film to make modern-style brooches as a remembrance of past technology." (excerpted from Raelene's artist statement)

Jeremiah Kremer: "This series explores the relationship of art and technology from the perspective of a twenty-something Luddite. These two are interconnected; major advances in one area lead to similar advances in the other, providing artists with new tools with which to create and allow the realm of art itself to grow. I explore this relationship with my medium of choice, the woodblock print." (excerpted from Jeremiah's artist statement)


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Matt Decker-Maurer receives 2014-15 Barnard Outstanding Service Award

Matthew Decker-MaurerThe University Library's Barnard Outstanding Service Award Committee is pleased to announce Matt Decker-Maurer, Library Systems Technician, as this year’s Outstanding Service Award recipient.  Here are a few comments from some of the nominations Matt received:

“Matt gives of himself when he helps staff and patrons with a dizzying number of issues without missing a beat. He is a great asset for both his technical skills as well as his approaches to people and problem solving.”

“Matt's position is really a behind-the-scenes job, but he enjoys interacting with people and he is very good at assisting people with printing and computer problems. He is always very patient and helpful with our patrons and persistent in advocating for improving the technology behind the service.”

The Barnard Outstanding Service Award was established by David and Kay Barnard to recognize library staff members who have achieved over and above what is required in their position description and have made outstanding contributions in serving the information needs of students, faculty, and staff.  The Award continues to be supported by the David P. Barnard Family Endowment and the Stout Foundation, Inc.

A reception honoring Matt will be held Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth floor of the University Library.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Enter Our Edible Book Contest!

The library will be hosting an edible book contest as part of our National Library Week activities.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to enter.

Jimmy John's is donating free mini-subs to the first 100 people to attend and vote, so come check out the edible artwork on display in the library lobby!

Event Details:

  • Who:  All UW-Stout faculty, staff, and students.  No registration necessary.
  • What: Any edible representation of a book.  Some examples: food made to look like a book, a pun on a book title made of food, or a depiction of a scene from a book made of food. Get creative!  If you are looking for great ideas, search for "edible book contest." on Google.  
  • When:  April 14th.  Entries should be dropped off between 1:30-2:00 pm.  Voting will take place between 2:00-3:00 pm, and we will eat the entries between 3:00-4:00 pm.  
  • Where:  Library Lobby
  • Why? Win great prizes. Prizes will be given for the following: best visual presentation, most appetizing, and funniest/punniest.  Additionally, all participants will be entered into a drawing to win a "foodie" themed gift basket.  

Questions?  Email Kate Kramschuster

National Library Week Events: April 12-18

Latest issue of Check This Out available

In this issue, learn about the delicious and informative events planned for National Library Week. The theme is "Food for Thought" and the Lib has planned everything from an edible book contest to home beer brewing demos. Read about the library's new photography equipment and the upcoming unveiling of the Ansel Adams print as well.

Ansel Adams Photograph Dedication

Ansel Adams instructs Stout students in Menomonie, Wisconsin, 1967

In 1967, internationally-renowned photographer Ansel Adams conducted a lecture and workshop on the Stout campus. He appeared at the request of his friend, Stout faculty member David Barnard. The following year, Dr. Barnard visited Adams at his Carmel, California home and commissioned a print of one of his master works: Mt. Williamson—Clearing Storm. The photograph held an honored place in the family home for decades.

In 2014, the Barnard family donated their original Ansel Adams photograph to the Stout University Foundation.

Join us on Friday, April 10th at 4 p.m., as we unveil this original Ansel Adams photograph in the Library. The program will include an exhibit featuring historic materials from Ansel Adams’ visit to Stout, 1960s photographic equipment, and images Stout alumni created under Adams’ direction. Prints from Dr. Barnard’s prolific career will also be available for viewing and purchase.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Six New Study Booths in the Library

[Not actual appearance of our booths]

Staff are often asked if more group study space is available in the library when our ten group study rooms are full.  The library is adding six new study booths to meet the needs of our students.  Three of these booths will include large monitors and equipment to connect laptops for easy collaboration for group projects

Please note construction will begin on April 6, 2015.  The new booths will be placed along the wall in the Northwest corner of the Reference room on the first floor of the library.