Monthly Archives: October 2015

Provost Delgado leads first Year of Mexico book discussion

PleasMagazineBookCovere join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Breezeway (upper level) for a discussion of Roger Magazine’s Golden and Blue Like My Heart:  Masculinity, Youth, and Power Among Soccer Fans in Mexico.  Provost Delgado will lead the first in a series of discussions held in conjunction with the Year of Mexico initiative.

Golden and Blue Like My Heart offers a new way of understanding the dynamics of fandom while shedding new light on larger social processes and youth culture in Mexico. And with its insight into soccer culture, politico-economic transition, and masculinity, it has important and wide-reaching implications for all of Latin America.” (Amazon).

Discussions are held in a casual, comfortable setting and are free and open to everyone.

JSTOR outage resolved 10/15/15 4:06 PM

The JSTOR access issue has been resolved.

Here is the communication UWRF has  received

10/15/15 4:06 PM


Thank you for your patience during this week’s site-wide access problems. We have identified the root cause and solved the issue. We strive to provide the very best service and availability of JSTOR that we can, and we will continue to do so in the coming weeks as we complete the migration to our new platform. We encourage you to check our platform updates page for information about this work, and to please let us know if any further issues arise.

We appreciate your patience and support. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments that you have. Your feedback is welcome.

Brian Larsen
Associate Director, User Support

10/14/15 1:40 P.M.

Dear JSTOR Participants and Users,

We know this is an especially busy time of year for many of you. We are very sorry for the inconvenience JSTOR access issues may have caused for the past few days. Please know that we are continuing to make progress on restoring full access to JSTOR. At this point, most users should be able to search, browse, and access most journal articles and primary sources on Access to books as well as journal content published in the most recent few years may be intermittent.

We will continue to provide updates as we have them through email, social media channels, and on this webpage:

Thank you again for your patience.

Brian Larsen
Associate Director, User Support

10/13/15  4:20 P.M.

Dear Colleague,

Yesterday and today, we have been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues that affect use of JSTOR. Our engineers are working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible. Please watch our Platform Updates page ( for service alerts about these issues. We will post the most current information on that page, as we have it.

We apologize for this interruption and thank you for your continued support of JSTOR.

Archives Open Saturday

Archives entranceThe UWRF University Archives & Area Research Center is open the 2nd Saturday of each month—this month it’s October 10th—from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Never been to the Archives? Come for an “Introduction to the Archives” class at 9:15.

AreaPostcards_20150904We’re located in room 170, on the lower level of the Chalmer Davee Library.  Turn down the right-hand hallway after you go through the double gray doors and we are the first set of doors you come to (right after the fabulous postcard window display!).


Catalog cards reach an end of an era

Do you remember using one of these to find information?

catalog card

For at least a century, card catalogs were a fixture in libraries of all types. They allowed users to look for books in the physical confines of the library. Librarians meticulously prepared and typed catalog cards to exacting standards.

In 1971, the library cooperative known as OCLC automated the production of catalog cards. After one library in the cooperative produced the metadata to describe a book or other resource, other libraries could indicate that they also owned that item and could order a card for their own catalog. OCLC printed and distributed nearly 2 billion catalog cards to libraries around the world until just this month, when they printed the last card on October 1. Since the mid-1980’s, libraries have gradually replaced their physical catalogs with online catalogs and sophisticated resource discovery systems that allow researchers to search for information available not only in the physical library but also from vast stores of online resources.

The UWRF library decommissioned its card catalog in the late 1980’s, when it implemented its first online library catalog. Never seen a catalog card and want one for your own? Stop by the library and we’ll give you one (or as many as you want!)  We still have cards from our card catalog that we continue to use for scratch paper.   While we’ll never pine for the old days of the card catalog, we will always remember with fondness this part of our library history.

card catalog