Graduated, but not done learning? The Wisconsin Alumni Association can help with that. Membership in WAA gives you access to online library services that will keep you reading and exploring all through life:
ProQuest Reseach Library offers an index of more than 2,000 periodicals, both academic and general interest, and covering nearly all areas of interest, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, health, and education. Over half of these journals are available in full text, so instant gratification can be yours!
Business your thing? ProQuest/ABI Inform may be more your style. It contains information from thousands of journals and magazines that focus on business issues and conditions (examples include Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune).
If you still can’t find exactly what you need or desire, the Ask a Reference Librarian service is the way to go. Association members have access to a real, live UW-Madison librarian via e-mail who can help locate hard-to-find content, and can even copy and e-mail a limited number of print articles from the library’s collection.
More information and resources for alumni are available here: http://www.uwalumni.com/home/waamembers/libraryaccess/libraryaccess.aspx.
Apologies if we’ve been a little spacey with our postings! Currently, we’re hard at work making final arrangements for and installing our “Libraries: Sparking Wisconsin Ideas” exhibit in the lobby of Memorial Library. There are two display cabinets up with two more on the way this Friday, so come by to check them out and celebrate the Year of the Wisconsin Idea.
Before (a sad empty case).
After (it looks prettier in person, promise!)
Can’t find what you need in the UW-Madison Library collections? Despair not! Interlibrary Loan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison allows us to share resources with UW System schools and local libraries throughout the state, maximizing the materials available to curious Wisconsinites.
Our strategic partnerships with Wisconsin libraries and institutions help us to meet the different research needs of Wisconsin communities while at the same time acquiring materials for our local researchers. And we’re good at it: UW-Madison Libraries are ranked tops year after year for their ability to meet the needs of their own faculty, students, and staff here on campus and more distant inquiring minds statewide.
So, want something you don’t have? Share! Turns out those lessons from preschool still apply…
That Professor Richard Davidson found time to write a book at all is a feat in itself: his titles at UW-Madison include the William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and Director of the Laboratory for Effective Neuroscience. But with the help of science journalist Sharon Begley, “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” was published this month by Penguin to rave reviews. In it, Davidson explores the six emotional ‘styles’ that make up each individual’s personality, and explores ways we can change our brains and how they (and we) meet life’s challenges. This concept of neuroplasticity holds hope not only for self-help, but for the treatment of mental illnesses from depression to autism to attention deficit disorder.
Davidson is also an editor of “The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation,” as well as the author of scores of scientific articles.
Check out his website for more about the book and for video of Davidson speaking about his research:
Technician Michael Anderle (left with eyeglasses) and co-principal investigators Richard J. Davidson (center wearing jacket) and Antoine Lutz (right) prepare Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) test at the MRI facility in the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (photo by Jeff Miller and courtesy of UW Communications).
Want something beautiful? Rare? Fascinating? Chances are the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center has something to delight your aesthetic and intellectual senses.
Founded in 2000, the UWDCC is driven by the principle that the boundaries of the University are the boundaries of the State. Since then, they have created and offered access to digital resources to support the teaching, research, and curiosity of Wisconsinites far and wide.
The UWDCC provides access to rare and fragile materials of broad research value, as well as lesson plans for educators. They also work with individuals throughout the UW System and Wisconsin Public Libraries to preserve unique pieces that document the history of the University of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin as a whole. And it’s not just text. The Digital Collections Center offers thousands of striking images and even sound recordings.
Most importantly, these resources are free and publicly accessible online! The UWDCC strongly encourages Wisconsinites to poke around, explore, share, teach, and of course, enjoy.
Pat Tuchscherer, coordinator of reformatting for the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC), works in a darkened room in Memorial Library, scanning books from the Kohler Art Library to be made available online. The digital resources include books, journal series and manuscript collections; photographic images; maps; fine art prints; posters; audio; and video. (Photo courtesy of UW Communications)