Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Last chance to make a 2013-2014 Go Big Read suggestion!

What is she reading? (That mouse wants to know, too!)
This week is your last chance to nominate books for the 2013-2014 Go Big Read program! Final nominations are due by midnight on Friday, February 1st. So don't delay! If you've read something great lately (or even if you've read a whole bunch of "something greats"), we want to know about it. Head over here to make your submission! We're especially excited about the prospect of reading a work of fiction in 2013.

Just for inspiration, here's a sneak peek of what you might be reading next year...

Beyond the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers
Little Bee, Chris Cleave
The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Che Guevara
Please Look After Mom, Kyung Sook-Shin
The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond

...but these are only a handful of the awesome nominations we've received. If you'd like to see everything that's been nominated, check out the running list. Did your favorite book make the list? If not, it's time to take matters into your own hands and send us your suggestion!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Suggest a Go Big Read book for 2013-14!

Have you read any great books lately?

"Global connections" is the Go Big Read focus for the 2013-2014 academic year, and we're taking suggestions starting now! (Fiction suggestions are highly encouraged.) To read more about the 2013-14 theme, check out this article.

The deadline to make your suggestion is February 1st, and you can use the form here. If you want to check and see if your favorite book has been nominated, take a look at the running suggestion list.

If you have any questions, shoot us an email: gobigread @ library. wisc. edu.

We can't wait to see your suggestions!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dear Faculty,

Here on the west side of campus we have an engaging exhibition entitled: Fallout: The Mixed Blessing of Radiation & the Public Health. One visitor suggested, "...this is the coolest compilation of things I didn't know about radiation." The exhibition covers the time period of 1895 to the present and is culturally contextualized in terms of how x-rays, radiation and radioactivity have influenced diagnostics, treatment, occupational health protocols, politics, the teaching of radiology, the public's engagement with fallout shelters, the aftermath of nuclear accidents and the like.

In addition to a narrative which weaves together the conflation of these three fascinating topics, x-rays, radiation and radiotherapy, there are artifacts, photos and provocative printed matter which illustrate this multi layered subject. For example, one can learn the story of UW's unfulfilled connection with Madame Curie or see the switch (usually held by the University Archives) that cut off the electricity before the first atomic bomb detonation.

I can give tours and explanations of the contents of the cases (there are 13). I can talk to students about how one designs such an exhibit. I can talk about what did not fit in the exhibit. I can discuss how one can start with this small bit of primary material and design an entire research project based on one resource.

In short, if you are looking for a field trip to take up your student's class time when you have to go to a conference, if you'd like to bring your class, if you'd like to assign a visit to the class for extra credit...this is an open invitation to visit. Especially for those who may be reading Radioactive as part of UW's Go Big Read program, Fallout was imagined in response to that initiative, so it would be particularly germane to your class.

Let me know if I can help with your Spring Semester...

Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences, 750 Highland Ave. Madison (608) 262-2402 or msullivan@library.wisc.edu

Here are a few links to add to the excitement.

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