Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Library Hosting 3rd Annual Backgammon Tournament April 1st

Backgammon Set
McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 3rd annual Eau Claire backgammon tournament on April 1 starting at 1 pm. The tournament, which is FREE and open to UW-Eau Claire students and all residents of the Chippewa Valley is for beginners and experienced players alike.

How the tournament works
Backgammon Bracket
The tournament will have a maximum of 32 players (two sixteen team brackets).  
Registration is required to enter the tournament.

McIntyre Library will host all rounds of the tournament and is located on the UW-Eau Claire campus at 105 Garfield Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54702.  Parking at UW-Eau Claire is free on the weekends.  Please consult this map (PDF) for location information.  Suggested locations to park are the Phillips Lot or Hibbard Lot.

Registration is FREE and is required to participate in the tournament.  To register send an email indicating your interest in participating to Hans Kishel, UW-Eau Claire librarian:

Please register no later than March 30, 2017.  If space is available registrants will be taken on day of tournament.

Questions should be directed to Hans Kishel (, 715-836-2959).

Monday, February 13, 2017

Farewell John Pollitz, Library Director

Pollitz Goodbye
John Pollitz, director of McIntyre Library since 2007, will be leaving UW-Eau Claire on February 24. He will be going "home" to his alma mater, Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he will be dean of Library Affairs.

Please join us in saying goodbye to John on Wednesday, February 22 from 3-5 pm in the McIntyre Library's 1st floor Research Center.

Congratulations & best wishes John!

Monday, January 23, 2017

One Book, One Community - Reading "Evicted"

McIntyre Library and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library have teamed up to host a reading program entitled "One Book, One Community." This program will feature a handful of events in which participants will read and discuss Matthew Desmond's book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Events run from Tuesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 4.

One Book, One Community is a reading program designed to encourage literacy and civic involvement by reading a single book which highlights issues relevant to our community. This collaboration is for all members of the UW-Eau Claire (students, faculty, staff) and greater Eau Claire community. 

Evicted was written by UW-Madison alumnus, Matthew Desmond. Desmond documents the increasingly frequent experience of housing instability for poor, renting families. Through the interwoven stories of eight families living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Desmond illustrates the human impacts of a shifting economic and policy landscape. The book was selected as one of The 10 Best Books of 2016 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Desmond received his doctorate from UW–Madison in 2010. He is an associate professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW – Madison. In 2015, he received a MacArthur “genius” grant.

For questions please contact Eric Jennings, Outreach Coordinator & Instruction Librarian (; 715-836-4076).

Schedule of Events - Click to Enlarge

Tuesday, January 31: Book Discussions
12–1 p.m. • UW – Eau Claire Campus, Old Library Room 1142
6–7:30 p.m. • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Facilitators will lead discussions of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Wednesday, February 1: UW – Eau Claire Faculty Panel Discussion
4–5:30 p.m. • McIntyre Library, 2nd Floor Breezeway
UW – Eau Claire faculty will share their research for a better understanding of the topics covered in the book Evicted.

Thursday, February 2: Eviction and Poverty in the Chippewa Valley
6–7:30 p.m. • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Moderated panel discussion focused on how eviction and homelessness impact the Chippewa Valley.

Saturday, February 4: Housing Inspections and the Health Department
10:30 a.m.– noon • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Learn about Health Department programs to support safe and sanitary living conditions, how to report a complaint, and what the Health Department looks for during complaint and housing inspections.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Winterim 2017 Hours

Winterim 2017 Hours
McIntyre Library is open during Winterim 2017 (1/3-1/22) the following hours:

  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Monday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Saturday: CLOSED

The library is closed for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, January 16.

The library will close early on Friday, January 20 at 4:30 pm for the last day of Winterim classes.

The library will open at 7 am on Monday, January 23 for the start of the spring semester.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Break Hours (12/23/16 - 1/3/17)

McIntyre Library is open a reduced number of hours during Winter Break (12/23/16-1/3/17). The hours are as follows:

  •  Fri (12/23): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sat (12/24): CLOSED

  • Sun (12/25): CLOSED
  • Mon (12/26): CLOSED
  • Tue (12/27): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed (12/28): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu (12/29): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri (12/30): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sat (12/31): CLOSED

  • Sun (1/1/17): CLOSED
  • Mon (1/2/17): CLOSED
  • Tue (1/3/17): 8 am - 6 pm

Winterim hours start on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8 am.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Finals Week Therapy Dogs

McIntyre Library will be hosting therapy dogs for finals week.  The following is a listing of each day the library will be hosting a dog, its name, and breed.
  • Wednesday, December 14
    • 11-noon: Jada the Red/Fox Lab Mix
    • 6-7 pm: Bella & Kelsey the Golden Retrievers
  • Thursday, December 15
    •  5-6 pm: Yoda, Flash, and Ellie the Border Collies
    • 6-7 pm: Bella & Chloe the Golden Retrievers
  • Friday, December 16
    • 10-11 am: Racy & Seeker the Shelties
  • Sunday, December 18
    • 3-4 pm: Jada the Red/Fox Lab Mix
    • 4-5 pm: Fritz the Tibetan Terrier
    • 5-6 pm: Beau the Flat-Coated Retriever
  • Monday, December 19
    • Noon-1 pm: Nelson the Goldendoodle
  • Tuesday, December 20
    • 10-11 am: Luna the Yellow Lab & Fran the Yellow Lab/Golden Mix
    • 2-4 pm: Madison the Goldendoodle
  • Wednesday, December 21
    • 2-3 pm: Madison the Goldendoodle
  • Thursday, December 22
    • 10-11:30 am: Nelson the Goldendoodle

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

22nd Annual Giving Project to Support HMAA Rice Pantry

Today McIntyre Library kicks off its annual holiday giving project raising money for a local organization’s work against hunger in our community. 

For the 22nd year, the UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association, a voluntary organization composed of library faculty and staff, is sponsoring an annual fundraiser to benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA).

Funds are used to purchase rice for the organization's rice pantry. Last year the Staff Association was able to raise funds to buy over 9000 pounds of rice for the HMAA.

“In a year when many communities across the country are reporting increased acts of racism and marginalization, it is especially important to support our neighbors and let them know we value them as members of our community,” said Jill Markgraf, Head of Research and Instruction at McIntyre.

The HMAA is a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community by operating a food pantry and assisting in housing, employment and translating services. The agency also works with other area services to assist the local Hmong community.

A donation of $20 can feed a family of five or six for a month.

Donations will be collected now through the 31st of December.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at by selecting Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry as the donation designation.

Donations can be made as gifts, memorials and tributes to someone
To do so, select Memorial/Tribute under What prompted you to give today.

Checks, made payable to UW-Eau Claire Foundation and indicating Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry on the memo line, or cash should be submitted via mail or campus mail to Jenna Vande Zande in McIntyre Library. 

Donations also may be dropped off at the library Research Center or in the donation box near the circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

For more information, see  or contact Jenna Vande Zande at (715)-836-3421 or

New Historical Exhibit on Display on 5th Floor

By Sarah Beer, McIntyre Library Special Collections Student Assistant

Nelson Exhibit
In the spring of 2016, fifteen public history seminar students, under the guidance of Dr. John W. W. Mann, created “Through Daniel’s Eyes: The Photography of Daniel Bastian Nelson.” The family of Daniel Nelson donated a collection of 415 glass plate negatives, with images captured in Eau Claire between 1898 and 1919, to McIntyre Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department. The class collaborated with the Chippewa Valley Museum to display Nelson’s work using five interpretive panels plus an introductory panel, accompanied by select photographs that support a common theme. The five themes chosen by the students are: the built environment, saloon culture, sports and leisure, Putnam Park, and flooding. Each panel explores the role its theme played not just in Nelson’s life, but in Eau Claire during his lifetime.

As a public history major, I was one of the students to take part in the Nelson project. Our class received our assignment, then went to the Special Collections and Archives to view the photos. Set out on the five tables in the reading room was the legacy of Daniel Nelson and the story of Eau Claire more than a hundred years earlier. We committed the collection to memory then met later and brainstormed ideas for five themes. After throwing around countless pitches, we settled on the five themes that would dictate our project. Two other students and I were in charge of the saloon culture panel.

Nelson Exhibit - Saloon Culture
To create our panel, we researched saloons and taverns in Eau Claire during Daniel Nelson’s lifetime. We looked at how many there were, where they were, and who typically ran and frequented them. During our research, we often came across not just supporters of saloons, but also their critics. This aspect could not be ignored, and so we included Eau Claire’s most dedicated prohibitionist, Waldemar Ager, in our story. Once we pieced together our narrative, it was time to piece together our panel.

Our class created a uniform template, but each group had to arrange the layout based on their own photos and content. Of all the work we did, this was perhaps the most difficult part. With infinite possibilities and so many variables to consider, we had to find the one layout that worked the best for us. Each group went through several layouts. Thanks to the critiques of our fellow classmates, we were able to find the layout that is the most pleasing to the eye as well as one that takes into consideration the many variables an exhibit needs to be effective for various audiences. It also had to be cohesive with the other five panels.

“Through Daniel’s Eyes” can now be found on the fifth floor of McIntyre Library, with the introduction panel positioned just outside of Special Collections and Archives. The graduate students of the seminar course also created a website to accompany the exhibit, which can be found at The website offers a deeper look into the life of Daniel Nelson, his photography, and turn of the century Eau Claire.