The Cofrin Library is ready to welcome students, faculty and staff back!

Libraries staff is happy to welcome UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff. The reopening of the UWGB Libraries will be done in a phased plan, which will change each month for the next three months. Please be sure to watch for updates and check the website for current details.

For July, the third floor only of the Cofrin Library on the Green Bay campus will be open.
Hours for July are:

  • Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

The three additional campus library locations will remain closed at this time.

Research assistance, for all campus locations, will be available online through email, chat, and phone the following hours:

  • Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Weekends & evenings by online appointment only

Access to the Cofrin Library physical book collection will be available starting July 1 through a pick-up service only. You will not be allowed to browse the collections. Consider this concierge library service! Staff members will retrieve any item you wish to borrow. Simply request your books online and schedule a time to pick them up. Please note you must have a valid UWGB ID to request and pick-up library materials. Full instructions can be found here: https://libguides.uwgb.edu/holdpickup

Computers, printing and photocopying will be available to UWGB students, faculty and staff on the 3rd floor of the Cofrin Library during our open hours.

We encourage you to return materials to our second floor indoor and outdoor book drops. Equipment should be returned to the third-floor desk during open hours.

University Archives will continue to offer research assistance via email, phone and online request forms. Additionally, research services in Archives will be available by appointment only during the hours of 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Researchers will be required to wear masks and gloves (provided by Archives). For more information and to make an appointment, contact the Archives Department via email (archives@uwgb.edu) or phone 920-465-2539.

“The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following the guidelines set in place by UWGB, which include wearing a mask and keeping a 6-foot distance. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.”

 

‘Notable Woman in Construction and Design’ helping Cofrin Library | BizTimes

Alexandra Ramsey has 23 years of professional design experience and has been working at Engberg Anderson Architects, Inc. for 19 of those years. She has an extensive portfolio that ranges from local work to various projects across the country. Currently, Ramsey is working with the UW-Green Bay in reimagining Cofrin Library as Wisconsin’s regional hub of research, collaborative learning and partnership.

Source: Notable Women in Construction and Design: Alexandra Ramsey | BizTimes

Contribute to ‘Community Voices: Stories for the Archives’

A project for all ages, all walks of life, all experiences.

The world is collectively experiencing unprecedented times with the fast progression of the coronavirus. Time seems to be moving differently. Hours feel like days, while days can feel like weeks with the everchanging nature of the virus. Therefore, it can be important, not just for now, but for decades later, for individuals to consider documenting their experiences during this time. This sparked the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center to create Community Voices: Stories for the Archives. This is a program in which people are invited to share their stories during this time with the Archives, and for perpetuity.

Personnel in the Archives have created a brief series of questions meant to serve as journal prompts. Some of the questions touch upon how daily life has changed, what precautions are being taken, what is helping people cope and what emotions are being felt. Individuals can answer as many or as few of the questions as they like. Individuals can also remain anonymous and respond more than once as their circumstances change. Share your story, here or email archives@uwgb.edu.

Deb Anderson, coordinator of the Archives and Area Research Center, said the community voices shared so far are telling poignant stories about health concerns, job security as well as humorous accounts of everyone working and schooling from home.

Everyone, including members of the public, are welcome to fill out this survey. Educators of all levels are encouraged to use this with their classes. Parents can also fill it out with their children. Young people often may not get a chance to have a voice in historical records, so this is a great opportunity to do so! Looking ahead to when these times are taught in schools across the world, your voice can be one that is remembered.

Anderson noted that often times, personal experiences, feelings and thoughts are left out of official historical records. “Rather than wait for the historical record to come to the Archives, we want to be part of creating the historical record by saving the stories,” said Anderson. “Our innovative approach to gathering the stories of individuals during this unheard of time in our world will enrich how we can understand this moment in history.”

Regardless if individuals participate in Community Voices, the Archives personnel encourage people to keep diaries and journals, take photos, draw illustrations of your experiences, write letters to yourself, make a family movie or save your blog posts. Create items that can last into the future. Maybe later, you can consider donating a copy to the Archives. One UW-Green Bay student teacher has already planned to donate her students’ journals to Archives at the end of the school year.

To learn more about donating items to the Archives, please contact Deb Anderson at archives@uwgb.edu.

Story by Marketing and University Communication Intern Joshua Konecke

Library hours/access posted at all four campuses

While UW-Green Bay classes are in alternative delivery period, the UW-Green Bay Libraries remain committed to providing library services and access to collections. All libraries will remain open, just at reduced hours.

Library Hours Starting Monday, March 23

Green Bay campus/Cofrin Library:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday closed
**come to the third floor desks for any in-person needs. The second floor desk may be closed.

Green Bay Campus/Archives and Area Research Center Department
Tuesday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday closed

Library Commons (second floor of the Cofrin Library, Green Bay Campus): Sunday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

UW-Green Bay Libraries at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan:

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday closed

Please see our hours page for a complete listing and any updates: https://www.uwgb.edu/library/visit/hours/

Contact Information for Services:

Research Services

Research services for all locations will maintain the regular semester services. Research help will be staffed via chat, email, and phone research the following hours:

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sundays 2 to 6 p.m. (exceptions March 15 and April 12)
Please see our research assistance page for complete hours: https://libguides.uwgb.edu/ResearchHelp

Collections Access
As classes are delivered in an alternate format please remember the UW-Green Bay Libraries has a rich collection of online content, including journals, e-books, streaming video, and many databases.  Use our electronic content through Search@UW on the library website https://www.uwgb.edu/library/ or through the databases list https://libguides.uwgb.edu/az.php. While accessing library materials from off-campus you will need to sign-in with your UWGB technology account.  If you have issues signing into library resources, please chat with us, call or email  https://libguides.uwgb.edu/ResearchHelp.

We understand it may be difficult to access physical materials at this time. You may therefore need to use Interlibrary Loan more than usual. See our Interlibrary Loan Guide (https://libguides.uwgb.edu/c.php?g=35086&p=222875) for information on making requests for electronic materials. We expect a high volume of electronic requests during this period and as a result you may experience a longer wait time than usual. We appreciate your patience as we work to provide research materials. If needed, please contact us to make arrangements for alternate methods of access to physical materials.

You can renew physical items online by signing into your ILLiad or Search@UW account here: https://www.uwgb.edu/library/borrow-request/accounts/. If you are unable to renew your items this way, please email circdept@uwgb.edu and we will work with you.

If you need help with obtaining materials for your use with your classes, that cannot be accessed via our existing digital and electronic resources, please contact Joan Robb (robbj@uwgb.edu) for assistance. We will do our best to obtain digital versions of print resources for use with your classes.

Using Library Materials in an Online Environment

If you have questions about using library materials in an online environment please see our Integrating Library Resources into Canvas guidehttps://libguides.uwgb.edu/canvas. For copyright questions, please see the UWGB Fair Use Checklist on the copyright guide https://libguides.uwgb.edu/copyright or chat with a librarian for help.

Archives and Area Research Center

Research Assistance will be provided by email and phone. You may contact us at archives@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2539

During open hours, limited research assistance will be available. Collections remain accessible to those who are able to come to the Archives Department.

For student projects dependent upon archival materials, we will attempt to provide remote access within our staffing means. The remote access would take the form of digitizing limited portions of collections. Students must submit specific citations of collection parts they would like digitized. Due to staffing levels we would not have the capability of digitizing entire collections or even entire boxes of collections. Students and faculty members needing remote access to archival collections should contact the Archives Coordinator, Deb Anderson (andersod@uwgb.edu), for more information and to work out a process for obtaining access.

The entire UW-Green Bay Libraries Staff understands that this is a very stressful time for all of you and our students. We also know that is in times of uncertainty that people turns towards libraries to help provide some sense of normalcy and calm. We are dedicating to help provide that to our UWGB Community, so please know that as always we are here to help you with your information, research, and teaching needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We will do everything we can to get you the resources you need to continue to serve our students.”

National History Day competition returns to UW-Green Bay, March 7; 250 students and 160 projects highlighted

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome more than 250 students when it plays host to the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition on Saturday, March 7, 2020. It’s the 18th consecutive year the event has been held on the Green Bay Campus.

The 250 students, represent 18 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just more than 160 unique projects. Students hail from public and private schools from Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Breaking Barriers in History,” some project topics include the Stonewall Riots, Muhammad Ali, California Gold Rush, Moon Landing, Nintendo, Civil Rights, artificial hearts, Genghis Khan, Vietnam War protests, Nellie Bly, women’s fashion and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Several of this year’s entries have a tie to northeastern Wisconsin, including projects about Houdini, William Hoy (hearing impaired Oshkosh baseball player credited with developing hand signals used by umpires) and “Walleye Wars.” Some students focused on topics by using the letters and diaries of their grandfathers to tell a personal story connected to history.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host for this exciting academic competition,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and range demonstrated by the students in their topic selection, research and final projects.”

For most students, the projects are the result of months of research. Nearly 400 students visited the UW-Green Bay campus to conduct research at the UW-Green Bay Archives and Library. During research field trips, students often are awed by the historical materials they are able to hold in their hands. “We are excited to be part of creating a strong passion for history,” Anderson commented. “It is especially fun to hear the students label it as their ‘best day ever’ or to jump with excitement about a research discovery.”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on over 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members. “The dedicated volunteers truly embrace the phrase ‘it takes a village.’” Anderson said.

The 2020 Northeastern National History Day competition will be held in the University Union and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event has judging taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Weidner Center for Performing Arts at 3:30 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 18, 2020 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students in all the U.S. states and territories.

For more information, contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539 or andersod@uwgb.edu.

 

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Get ready for March Book Madness!

March Book Madness is back! Fill out your bracket to determine which book will reign supreme, then vote to get your favorites to the top. This year’s theme is books to movies. Students can participate at any of the four UW-Green Bay campuses and win prizes for top bracket scores! Prizes include Kwik Trip gift cards, local business gift cards, an Alexa Dot or Google Home and more! Not a student? Faculty, staff, and community members can compete against each other for bragging rights! Get your department involved in a little friendly competition! Brackets can be submitted between March 2 through 10, 2020, with voting beginning March 12!

Latest Psych and Stuff episode features ‘I am Psyched’ event

In the newest episode of Pysch and Stuff, Associate Dean for CAHSS Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) and Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology) talk with Associate Prof. Chris Smith (Psychology, Women and Gender Studies) and student Priyanka Bharadwaj (Psychology) about the I Am Psyched! exhibit coming to the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay. I am Psyched! is a multimedia initiative that explores the history and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology as they engage in psychological science, practice and social justice. Created by the American Psychological Association’s Women’s Programs Office, the exhibit highlights achievements of women of color in psychology. Learn about the inspiring lives of many women who accomplished ‘the firsts’ in psychological science, to benefit society and people’s lives. Learn more at www.uwgb.edu/iampsyched and listen to the episode here.

Reminder: I Am Psyched! National Tour opening reception is Feb. 11

The opening reception for the I Am Psyched! National Tour is on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Cofrin Library. The tour will kick off with this important exhibit celebrating women of color in psychology. There will be speakers, a photo booth and information on WOC sheroes in psychology. 

Other upcoming events include:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m., Speaker Sheng Lee, Cofrin Library fourth floor
Sheng Lee runs Us 2 Behavioral Health Care in Appleton, which addresses current disparities in mental health services for minorities.

Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., I Am Psyched Talks, Cofrin Library fourth floor
Four 10-minute talks by students on four amazing women of color in psychology. Support students, be inspired.

Feb. 17 to 22, Student Union, Photo Booth…This is what a psychologist looks like!, University Union
Future (and current) psychologists…Stop by your table at the University Union and show the world your future self!

For more information, contact Associate Prof. Christine Smith (Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies) at smithc@uwgb.edu.

First Presbyterian Church Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID: 31586

UW-Green Bay Archives presents ‘Stories from the Archives: Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History’

Note: because of the popularity of this event, it will be moved to Phoenix C, University Union, Green Bay Campus.

Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center is launching a new series: “Stories from the Archives.” The Archives provides research assistance to scholars on a wide variety of topics and is witness to many projects that stem from its vast array of historical collections. The series will provide an opportunity to share with the public, these profound research efforts and projects.

In conjunction with Black History Month, the first program in the series is Green Bay’s Underground Railroad History. The free program will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Phoenix C, University Union. It is open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/326862398471573/.

Following its founding in 1835, Green Bay’s First Presbyterian Church (today’s Union Congregational Church) served as a station on the Underground Railroad. As church historian Ethel Cady put it in 1955, “from the first” the church had an “anti-slavery stand” which was reflected in the abolitionism of its first three ministers, and some members of the congregation. On three separate occasions in the mid-nineteenth century, First Presbyterian Church sheltered freedom seekers making their way from enslavement to freedom.

Through archival research, Victoria Tashjian uncovered the rich history of local efforts regarding the Underground Railroad. This program will describe First Presbyterian Church’s participation in the Underground Railroad as well as Tashjian’s research experience which culminated in the site being designated for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The Underground Railroad activities of Native American residents of Stockbridge and Stantonville (today Chilton), will also be discussed briefly.

Tashjian is a professor of history at St. Norbert College. She is the co-author of I Will Not Eat Stone: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante, along with other books and articles. In recent years, she has been researching the history of African Americans living in Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The results of her research have appeared in Voyageur Magazine: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review and the Wisconsin Magazine of History, as well as on Wisconsin Public Radio.

For more information about the program, contact Archivist Deb Anderson, andersod@uwgb.edu at 920-465-2539.

Photo used by permission from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID: 31586 of the First Presbyterian Church (now Union Congregational Church), corner of Adams and Crooks Streets, Green Bay. The Church was a site of Underground Railroad activities in Green Bay.

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