August 1 ScienceDirect and Reaxys Research Platform outage

Scheduled Service interruption for Elsevier Research Platforms on August 1.

On Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 05:00 PM CDT.  Both ScienceDirect and Reaxys are involved in this outage.

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

Earth Day: a simple idea

Earth Day is April 22nd, use Search@UW to find resources  in the library and beyond.  You can locate electronic versions of articles or books and media.

To search for historical information about Earth Day try the New York Times, Wall Street Journal , America History and Life or ProQuest Congressional.

Other links of interest

EPA’s Earth Day is April 22

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day

Library of Congress’ Earth Day Science Reference Guide

Wisconsin DNR’s EEK!  Make Earth Day, Everyday

Wisconsin Historical Society’s An Earth Day Gallery in Gaylord Nelson’s Honor





“Three Body Problem” discussion on Thursday

Alex Hatheway, instructor in the English Language Transition Program and ZISU student liaison, will lead a discussion of Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem” in the Davee Library breezeway (upper level) from 4-5 p.m. This is the final discussion in the library’s Year of China book discussions.  Free and open to everyone.

The Three-Body Problem” is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision (Amazon).

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Library UW System Requests unavailable April 9-May 20

Due to a migration to a new library services platform, UW System Requests will be unavailable from April 9-May 20. Requests for materials not owned by or currently available at UWRFshould be made through Interlibrary Loan during this time period. Call the Circulation Desk at 3321 for more information.

Big Read discussion of “Love Medicine” on April 8

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Join the conversation and attend the events!  Read more about the many Big Read events scheduled across the St. Croix Valley at

The UW-River Falls Library is hosting a discussion of Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine as part of the Big Read celebration.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chalmer Davee Library, Upper Level Breezeway

Discussion Leader:  Dr. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement and Associate Professor of English

Love Medicine is a novel-in-stories about passion, family, and the importance of cultural identity, Love Medicine examines the struggle to balance Native American tradition with the modern world. Using an eclectic range of comic and tragic voices, Louise Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of two Chippewa families living in North Dakota. This modern classic is an often sad, sometimes funny look at the ways family and tradition bind us together

“River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze” discussion today

Join us for a Year of China Book Discussion today!  Rhonda Petree, director of the English Language Transition Program, will lead a discussion of Peter Hessler’s “River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze” from 4-5 p.m. in the Davee Library breezeway (upper level). Free and open to everyone.

HesslerBookCoverIn the heart of China’s Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society (Description and book cover from Amazon).

Big Read in the St. Croix Valley features “Love Medicine”

Looking for a good book to read over spring break? The Chalmer Davee Library recommends “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich. The Library has partnered with ArtReach St. Croix to promote their one book, one community program that brings together residents from throughout the St. Croix Valley around a common book. This year’s book is “Love Medicine.” Dr. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Achievement and Associate Professor of English, will lead a discussion of this novel as part of the Big Read initiative on Wednesday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m. in the Library Breezeway. Learn more about the variety of events, including theatre performances, hikes, art exhibits and musical performances that are scheduled throughout St. Croix Valley during April as part of the Big Read at