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Fall 2006
No. 50

First Ettinger Book Artist Presentation Set for Sept. 26

Structure forming part of Jeffrey Morin’s book Sacred Space (2003)Jeffrey Morin, a nationally recognized book artist and dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point, will inaugurate the UWM Libraries Ettinger Book Artist Series on Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. in the Libraries Special Collections.

His free, public lecture will consider his work-which focuses on issues of sacredness, humanity's self-destructive impulses, the human body as form, the cultural stigmas associated with AIDS and homosexuality in contemporary society, and Morin's deep interest in paper and typography-and the meaning of that work to his life and career.

The Ettinger Book Artist Series is sponsored by a grant from the Ettinger Family Foundation. As part of the Ettinger Series, Morin will also offer a free workshop for UWM students.

After visiting UWM, Morin will spend several more days in Milwaukee offering a series of workshops and presentations as part of an artist's residency hosted by Woodland Pattern Book Center and co-sponsored by the UWM Libraries' Special Collections. He will also be prominently featured in an exhibition at the Mary L. Nohl Galleries in UWM's Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (see next item).


Type, Paper, Scissors: The Book as Art Environment

Type imprints paper with code; paper transmits code to viewer; scissors shape paper into meaning beyond code—in this game, everybody wins. "Type, Paper, Scissors" will be on view September 9 to October 21, 2006 in the Mary L. Nohl Galleries of the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., second floor). 

The exhibition, curated by Max Yela, head of Special Collections at the UWM Libraries, will explore how shape, structure, and materiality of books are employed by artists to convey meaning that is fully integrated with its contents. Works on display are drawn almost entirely from the UWM Book Arts Collection in the UWM Libraries' Special Collections.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The opening reception will be on Sunday, September 10, 3-5:30 p.m. Hours for the Mary L. Nohl Galleries are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m., and in the evenings during selected performances held at the Zelazo Center.


Fromkin Presentation to Examine Immigrant Rights and Access to Higher Education

Rachel Ida Buff, associate professor in UWM’s History Department and coordinator of the Comparative Ethnic Studies Program, will deliver the 2006 Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture on October 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the fourth floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library building.

Buff’s presentation, “‘Illegal Minds’: Denizenship and the Access of Undocumented Students to Public Higher Education,” will also consider the history of immigrants rights in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, including the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Response Act (IIRIRA) of 1996.

“Many of the undocumented students whose access to education has been delimited by Section 505 of IIRIRA have lived in one community in one state, attending high school, making friends, and hanging out the laundry, for most of their lives,” says Buff, who is an associate professor in UWM’s History Department and coordinator of the Comparative Ethnic Studies Program. “In many cases, they are more fluent in English than in their mother tongue.”

Although they may be deeply engaged in their communities as denizens—residents, students, neighbors, community members—these students’ lack of access to full citizenship limits their access to higher education, and, therefore, to traditional pathways of immigrant mobility and community enhancement, she says.

Drawing on local archives, state and federal jurisprudence, activist political theater and interviews with politicians, students and university enrollment personnel, Buff’s presentation will look at the contradictions in the lives of undocumented students between their deep investment in local communities, and the legal restrictions with which they contend.

This is the 37th annual presentation of the Fromkin Memorial Lecture, which focuses on social justice, and is sponsored by the UWM Libraries and the Friends of the Golda Meir Library.

The Libraries is also accepting proposals for the 2007 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship. The grant recipient will deliver the Fromkin Lecture during the Fall 2007 semester. All full-time UWM faculty and academic staff, individually or as a group, are eligible to apply.

The recipient of the $5,000 award will be announced at the beginning of the Spring semester. A full description of the Grant and the application process is available at www.uwm.edu/Libraries/special/fromkin/grant.html.



2006-07 Chancellor's Golda Meir Library Scholar Award Winners

PhD candidates Joseph Mascaro, Department of Biological Studies, and Amy Sato, Department of Psychology, are the recipients of the 2006-07 Chancellor’s Golda Meir Library Scholar Award.

Joseph Mascaro

Mascaro is studying the global proliferation of plants and animals outside their native ranges, and looking closely at how species modify ecosystems. His dissertation will focus on a comparison between exotic and native plants in Midwestern states and in Hawaii, examining their effects on biological diversity and human economies. One of the UWM Libraries resources Mascaro intends to consult, he wrote in his proposal, is the American Geographical Society Library's "spectacular collection of United States Geological topographic maps, geologic maps . . . and aerial photography."

Amy SatoSato's research centers on recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) disorder among children and adolescents, which is treated most effectively by cognitive-behavioral interventions. She proposes to initiate a health-based intervention protocol to improve the delivery of health care to rural and other undeserved populations, especially individuals who are unable or cannot afford to travel long distances to meet with the very few available clinicians that offer this treatment. To complete her project, Sato noted that, in addition to library materials, "the support of the UWM Libraries staff will also be essential in navigating the available resources and using them to their full potential."

The award, which supports the research of outstanding UWM graduate students, includes a $4,500 stipend and special assistance from the Libraries for the completion of their doctoral research. Mascaro and Sato will present a report of their work in the Libraries annual "The Scholar and the Library" lecture series.


UWM Authors To Be Recognized at Nov. 17 Ceremony

The UWM Libraries will host the UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. honoring those faculty and staff whose published monographs and recordings have been added to the UWM Authors Collection over the past two years. This event has been held every two years since its inception in 1992 and it has become a significant tradition.

We are requesting any UWM faculty or staff member who has written, edited, translated, or illustrated a book, has composed music for a published score or recording, or has had a primary role in creating a commercially distributed film or video since the last event in Fall 2004, to contact the Libraries so that we may include them in this year's ceremony. Please contact Max Yela at 229-4345 or by email: maxyela@uwm.edu.


Libraries Launches Redesigned Web Site

After a year of research, focus groups with students on usability, and expert assessments, the UWM Libraries launched its redesigned Web site on August 28. A more efficient and intuitive gateway to information than its predecessor, and focused on the needs of students as well as faculty, the site will continue to be refined as further testing suggests additional changes. The site is accessible at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/


Library Carts Are Here for Your Convenience!

We heard you say how hard it is to carry stacks of books for photocopying and checking out. In response, the Libraries now offers small carts and baskets for the easy conveyance of library materials. They are available in the second and third floor reading rooms, just off the West Wing's main stairwell.


UWM Yearbooks

To commemorate UWM's 50th anniversary, in October the UWM Libraries will launch a digital collection of the student yearbook The Ivy, which was published from 1942 to 1968. The Ivy documents the histories of both the Milwaukee State Teachers College—later renamed the Wisconsin State College, Milwaukee—and the formative years of UWM, constituting a pictorial record of the UWM campus, its administrators and faculty. Visitors to the site can search by name, year, decade, and keyword. UWM Yearbooks will be accessible at: http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/digilib/


Friends Used Book Sale Oct 9-11

Over 6,000 items in a wide variety of genres-contemporary fiction, foreign languages, history, literature, poetry, and political science-will be offered at the Friends of the Golda Meir Library Fall Used Book Sale, October 9-11. A limited supply of large wall maps will also be available.

The sale, held in the fourth floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library building, is open to UWM students ONLY, with valid ID, on Monday, October 9, from noon to 6 p.m. The sale is open to the public on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the UWM Libraries.

Photo by Alan Magayne-Roshak


Book Your Instruction Session Now!

The UWM Libraries’ Research and Instructional Support Department (RIS) invites all faculty and UWM instructors to include a course-integrated library instruction session in each of their courses this semester. Members of the RIS team will lead your students through the process of information selection, retrieval, and evaluation using the academic resources at the UWM Libraries.

Students benefit most from their library sessions when coordinated with a research assignment and when that assignment is due in close proximity to a library visit. If you would like assistance developing a library assignment or enhancing existing research activities, please let us know. To request a library session, please contact Molly Mathias at 229-6828.


Selected New Resources

Archives: Two major acquisitions have been recently processed and are now available to users, the Pabst Brewing Company records and the architectural drawings of the Willis and Lillian Leenhouts Architects firm.

Electronic Databases: PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Human�sticas), which offers full text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities covering Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin; the historical Chicago Tribune, 1849-1985, with searchable full text; and JSTOR's Arts & Sciences III, with 150 titles focusing on the arts and humanities.

Curriculum Library: Singapore math textbooks-student and teacher editions; Praxis exams in most subject areas; new manga and graphic novels, including non-fiction titles such as Math Game, A Journey into the Human Body, and a number of biographies; and the 25th edition of the Kraus Curriculum Development Library database, with over 2500 full text documents


Steven Burnham, Editor, sburnham@uwm.edu
Krystyna Matusiak, Newsletter designer