Featured Book: “Ai Weiwei”


I think if I am an artist I will find my way in my language to deal with my problem.

  • Ai Weiwei


Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was once so controversial in his home country that his name was removed from Chinese art books. Ai creates highly political art that emphasizes the importance of free speech, human rights, and artistic modernism. Multiple art forms can be found among Ai’s creations: architectural projects, installations, paintings, social media, photography, and even arrangements of Chinese artifacts (including stone tools dating back to the Shang Dynasty).



The book Ai Weiwei, produced by the Royal Academy of Arts, showcases interviews with Ai as well as stunning photographs of his best work. Other artists reflect on Ai’s influence in featured essays. For example, Adrian Locke provides a chronology of important events in Ai’s life. Several of the dates Locke mentions are for Chinese government changes, which affects how Ai and his family are treated (as artists or dissidents, or both).



In spite of imprisonment and government surveillance, Ai continues to make statements about his beliefs through art. While Ai lived in the U.S. for some time, much of his art reflects Chinese culture and problems.

Cui Cancan reflects in Ai Weiwei:

Ai has been a non-existent person in Chinese society. Facing omnipresent censorship and constraints, he nevertheless perseveres in his quest to ask the fundamental questions that China faces, attempting to draw attention to and improve individual people’s circumstances.



To learn more about this artist or to view his work, check out Ai Weiwei from the Oversize books section.


#BookFaceFriday 1/26/17


For our last #BookFaceFriday this J-Term, Circulation Manager Olivia Chin displays the book Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Keep following the hashtag and see more great books (and library workers)!

National Reading Day

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Did you know that January 23rd is National Reading Day? It’s a perfect excuse to visit the library and pick out a new book!

Some of our latest additions are listed below:

  1. Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay & Linda E. Shepherd
  2. Imperfect Justice by Cara C. Putman
  3. The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney
  4. Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts
  5. The Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris Smith
  6. Gladiator: The Roman Fighter’s (Unofficial) Manual by Phillip Matyszak
  7. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
  8. Magic and Religion in Medieval England by Catherine Rider
  9. The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone by Scott Samuelson
  10. Artemis by Andy Weir



You can find most of these books in our New Books section or the Recreational Reading section, both on the second floor. Happy reading!

How To Find Scholarly Articles On Our Website

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Sooner or later a professor will give you a classic assignment- maybe it’s making an annotated bibliography or writing a research paper. Either way, you’ll need to find scholarly articles from reputable sources.

The library provides access to thousands of articles through different databases and journals. To find just the right article for your assignment, you may need to narrow your search.


How to find a basic article:

  1. First, head to the library website: http://www.uu.edu/library/.
  2. Click the link on the left of the page that says “Research Guides.”
  3. Pick the appropriate Research Guide for your major or class (English, Engineering, etc.).
  4. Locate the suggested databases on your subject’s Research Guide. Choose a database to get started with and click the link.
  5. Within the database, search for a specific title or author name, or use keywords for your intended subject matter. Put quotation marks around phrases or title names for more accurate results.


When you need more specific help…

  1. Check the Databases that the library has listed. Read their descriptions to see which database contains the information that you need (some databases are subject-specific, others are general). When searching through a database, you can usually check a box marked “peer-reviewed” to filter the search for scholarly articles.
  2. Ask a librarian for help by using the Chat function on the library’s home page, or schedule an appointment with a Research Coach for one-on-one coaching.
  3. Click the “Research Tips” link for even more!


Finding scholarly articles doesn’t have to be hard! Use the library website for successful research!



#BookFaceFriday 1/19/17


Let’s welcome student assistant Raymond Chahyadi to #BookFaceFriday! Raymond picked the book The Kingdom Is Always But Coming for this #BookFaceFriday.

#BookFaceFriday 1/12/17


It’s that time again! Today’s #BookFaceFriday features Sarah Zornes, Evening Supervisor, with the book Joy: Poet, Seeker, And The Woman Who Captured C.S. Lewis.

Featured Book: “Help Wanted: Tales From the First Job Front” by Sydney Lewis

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Making the transition from a full-time student to a full-time employee can be exciting- but it can also be a time of great unknowns. Help Wanted: Tales From the First Job Front examines this time of change from different viewpoints. Writer Sydney Lewis collected 25 stories from a variety of people about their early working experiences- how they found their first job, how they coped with busy schedules, and all of the lessons learned along the way. Once you’ve been established in your position at your job, it’s easy to forget about how you felt when you were first starting out. Help Wanted: Tales From the First Job Front tells stories that help you remember- or, if you haven’t started working yet, stories you can look forward to.

help wanted sydney lewis      From counselors to campaigners, Help Wanted allows each person to tell their stories. T.J. Devoe, a current college student with a florist delivery job, shares this advice from his employment stories:

I want to do something that’s gonna make me happy. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life thinking, “What could I have done?” I don’t want to sit back and think about all the things I could’ve been. I want to at least try, I want to take the chance. So, now I see what I want to do. I’m just striving for the goal.

I think you have to know yourself, know what you want to do, and what you want for yourself in the future, and then take the steps necessary to provide that. You have to go into every new situation thinking of how you want it to work for you. Sometimes that knowledge doesn’t come to you right away. You gotta experience, you gotta live, you gotta do.

Jenny Petrow, an office worker in an English-language program, explains the value of good coworkers:

In this office, I learned that the people you work with make a big difference- that it is important. We come from totally different backgrounds, but we get along well and really like each other. It doesn’t matter that I went to an ivy-league school and someone else went to a state university. It does not make a difference. We all do our jobs, hopefully well, and work together. Everyone helps each other.

There are countless other words of wisdom in Help Wanted. If you want the inside scoop on certain jobs, office cultures, finding work, and discovering your passions, check out Help Wanted!


#BookFaceFriday 1/5/17


#BookFaceFriday is back! Student assistant Hannah Shea is pictured with a book about actress Lucille Ball. Keep an eye out for future #BookFaceFridays!

Spotlight on Audiobooks

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It can feel rewarding to finish a book while you’re completing another task- say, driving! That’s where audiobooks come in. They leave your hands and eyes free for multitasking, and some of them even feature the voices of famous actors and authors.

The library has an audiobook collection located on the 2nd floor, near the DVDs. The audiobooks can be checked out for up to 2 weeks by faculty, staff, and students.



Want to see which titles we have as audiobooks? Click here to search results on the library website.



J-Term Hours (Starting 1/2/18)

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