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Farewell to the Card Catalog

From Univeristy of Wisconsin News: http://www.news.wisc.edu/20057

It will be the end of an era when the public card catalog is removed from its home in room 224 of Memorial Library on the UW–Madison campus.

Withdrawal of the 6,700 drawers’ worth of cards will begin shortly, with the removal of their 112 cases to be completed in mid-May, to make room for new types of library spaces devoted to fostering innovative approaches to research and technology.

Card catalogs used to represent all of the books, journals, and resources in the libraries’ collections. Memorial Library’s card catalog has not been updated since 1987 after the first online catalog was implemented in 1986.

The millions of cards will be recycled and the majority of card cases will go to the university SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose) store where they are sold individually. SWAP is open to the public for those in the market for a piece of library history. Memorial Library is also planning on keeping some of the built-in cases and a sampling of cards.

The current plan is to use the space for a new Libraries’ initiative called The Humanities Research Bridge. The collaboration with DoIt Academic Technology and the College of Letters & Science Learning Support Services will provide a suite of services and spaces designed to facilitate and advance collaborative research in the humanities.

The space is intended to provide a hub for building a strong network of scholars, graduate students, and staff interested in digital research, workshops, consultations, and collaborations.




With Thanksgiving coming up we have started to think about what we are grateful for. A few things came to mind right away after looking at some of our collections! From sleep to family; from our pets to our human friends, there is so very much to be thankful for. We are especially thankful for all of the folks that support the UW Digital Collections--our staff, our student workers as well as those that work us to digitize their collections and of course we are thankful for you, the people who use our resources. Happy Thanksgiving!




Happy Turkey Day

We are very excited for Thanksgiving and one of our favorite things is thinking about what will be on the menu! If you are looking for a few new ideas to spice up your menu and give this year's Thanksgiving a Badger twist, check out some recipes in our Badger Bites collection. We have recipes for delicious treats like sweet corn bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars and even a banana and sweet potato casserole! Badger Bites also has recipes for more savory dishes, such as baked green beans, french onion soup, cranberry relish, and turkey shish kabobs. Feel free to browse this great collection of recipes and maybe you will feel inspired to add a twist to this years Thanksgiving menu!

Thanks to a 2011 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and our friends in Ozaukee County, we have a great new collection to share!

altThe Ozaukee County Local History Collection provides a window into the history and development of Ozaukee County. Whether published over 100 years ago or more recently, the selected material is focused on the history of the area, often stems from personal and civic efforts to document and promote local communities, and offers a broad range of topics. Topics include personal reminiscences of growing up in Ozaukee County, reflections of local residents who served during wartime, histories of various local communities, and histories of public services and groups in those communities, including fire departments and a woman’s club. Some of the titles date as far back as 1835, with a significant amount covering the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century.

Be sure to check out this great new collection when you get the chance and explore the history of Ozaukee County!


Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's day we are highlighting two of our collections--one dedicated to World War II veterans and the other to experiences of the war at home in Manitowoc County.

The digital collection, World War II Veterans of Mount Horeb, is an effort to honor the sacrifices and achievements of Mount Horeb veterans and to ensure their place in local history. The collection brings together several types of materials: books, photographs, audio interviews, slides, and personal scrapbooks and memorabilia. The Mount Horeb Public Library began this project by personally interviewing willing WWII veterans. Each of these men and one woman has compelling stories to tell about serving their country during WWII. Many had the opportunity to take pictures of a 1940s war-ravaged Europe, which are also included in the collection. Our hope is that through the experiences and memorabilia of each person, we will be able to educate future generations about the past.

The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the period from 1939 to 1947—both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War.


Historic Librarians and Benefactors

Ever wonder what past library world celebrities looked like (come on, you know you have)? Now's there's our brand new Historic Librarians and Benefactors Collections to satisfy your curiosity.

This collection of slides contains portraits of prominent American and international figures who made major contributions to the library world in areas such as cataloging, collection development, children’s librarianship, public access, library statistics, library studies, publishing, and philanthropy.

Some of the librarians represented include Margaret Mann, Charles A. Cutter, and Melvil Dewey. Other figures include the publisher Halsey William Wilson, founder of the H. W. Wilson Company, as well as industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The portraits range in date from late 19th century to mid 20th century.

Be sure to check out these and other new collections at our collection listings!


Housewife Day

Did you know that today is National Housewife Day? To celebrate this quirky holiday you might take a look at a few photos of classic Badger Housewives from the Badger Village Sections of our University of Wisconsin Collection.

Housewife Day (an officially unrecognized holiday as far as we can tell) celebrates the importance of stay at home wives and moms. The term housewife dates as far back as the 13th century according to the Oxford English Dictionary and is often used to describe a woman whose main occupation is managing a household.

There are several publications in the UW Digital Collections containing domestic guides for women and girls, instructing them how to best manage daily household duties. Take a look at Playing House: Homemaking for Children to learn more. On the UW Madison campus once stood a a Home Management House where students lived for two weeks in order to apply budgeting and household management skills. You can see images in Home Economics to Human Ecology: A Centennial History at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.



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