Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Library Tours

McIntyre Library Tours

Beginning on Monday, September 8 and ending on Thursday, October 2, Library faculty and staff will conduct 30-minute McIntyre Library building tours, briefly describing services, assistance, and collections. Tour times are varied (see schedule following) and designed to meet the needs of a variety of students. While the tours are student-focused, we welcome others. No need to register--just meet at the times below in the 24 hour study outside the library entrance.

Tours answer questions such as:
  •          Where are magazines (or journals, books, DVDs, electronic articles, government documents, current newspapers, rare books, etc.)?
  •          What are the library hours?
  •          Where do I check out materials? How long may I keep them? How are books arranged?
  •          How do students reserve a group study room or check out a laptop or camera?
  •          How do I ask for help? (Chat, email, phone, and in person.)
  •          Does the library have scanners and photocopiers?
  •          Is there really an exercise room in the library?
  •          What's new in the library and on our web pages?

Tour schedule:
Tours will be conducted beginning on Monday, September 8 and ending on Thursday, October 2
  •             Mondays at 5:00 pm                      
  •          Tuesdays at 3 pm                                            
  •          Wednesdays at 10 am                   
  •          Thursdays at noon                          
  •          No tours on Fridays

For more information about the tours, call the Reference Desk at 715-836-3858 or e-mail To schedule a library instruction session, contact your library liaison or use our online form

Friday, August 22, 2014

Register to vote at McIntyre Library!

Librarians and staff at McIntyre Library can register you to vote in the City of Eau Claire!

Until October 8, 2014, voter registration is available at the library Reference Desk during the following hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm-9:00 pm

Remember, proof of residence is now required in order to register to vote in Wisconsin. Students can obtain proof of their current, Eau Claire address from My Blugold CampS. Other acceptable forms of address verification are available here. See the Reference Desk in the library for questions about address verification or for assistance accessing your address verification in CampS.

If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must re-register to vote with your new address. If you aren't sure if you are registered to vote at your current address, visit My Vote Wisconsin to look yourself up.

If you are already registered to vote in Wisconsin, confirm that you are registered to vote or look up your polling place.

Information for Minnesota voters is available here.

For more information about registering to vote at McIntyre Library, contact Robin Miller.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Digital Collection in Special Collections & Archives

McIntyre Library is happy to announce a new digital collection as part of Special Collections & Archives.  The Jeanette Gaffney Miller Collection tells a broader story of student life at Eau Claire in the 1920s, and just like other digital collections available on the McIntyre Library's digital collections webpage, this new digital collection serves as an exciting and compelling way to experience UW-Eau Claire’s history as the University Centennial approaches in 2016.

Items from the Gaffney Miller Collection including student class schedules, university theater production programs, commencement programs, student speeches, and football tickets from the late 1920’s, are now available for all to view. This is a great opportunity for students, researchers, and the general public to experience a new understanding of Eau Claire’s past, and to observe more about the university in its modern standing.

To access the Jeanette Gaffney Miller Collection visit the Digital Collections website where you will find a link to it and other items in our online digital collection or this link will take you directly into the collection itself. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FREE PIZZA, games, live entertainment at McIntyre Library After Dark on Sept. 2

After Dark 2014 Poster
After Dark, which takes place on Tuesday, September 2nd from 7-11 pm, is everything that you didn’t think would happen in a library - like FREE PIZZA - but does. Featuring a mini golf course that starts on the second floor and ends on the first (yes, you get to go down a stairwell!), After Dark also includes a variety of board, card, and video games…we even have a life size version of Clue in which you are the characters (complete with costumes) that walk around the board trying to find out who killed Mr. Boddy.

If you think you’re good at Mario Kart you’ll want to enter the Mario Kart Tournament with a very nice prize going to the overall champion. If you’ve always thought a library would be a good place to play laser tag, you’re in luck. A new addition to this year’s event is laser tag. Challenge your friends or make new ones on our course.

Did we mention pizza? Who doesn’t like free Toppers pizza?! Lots of it too! The fun doesn’t stop there though. We have a variety of student groups on campus who will provide live entertainment - a magician, an improv comedy team, and a band. Best of all, you can win prizes throughout the night just for attending.

You really have no reason not to and if you do, you can call your parents up and tell them you’re in the library on the first night of class! 

Find the event on Facebook and be sure to invite your friends!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Intern Making a Difference in Special Collections & Archives

McIntyre Library is hosting a student intern this summer who is making a big difference in Special Collections & Archives on the library's 5th floor. Junior Aaron Schroeder is completing a cataloging internship which aims to update information about the maps held in Special Collections so that future researchers can better access the wealth of materials held at UW-Eau Claire. 

This coming fall Special Collections will be hosting a student intern which will focus on digital curation.  This internship will require the intern to create a webpage that includes a narrative description of a set of maps around a common theme(s).  The webpage will host the digitized images of the maps so that the narrative and images can be utilized side-by-side. 

For more information about these internships, please view the Geography & Anthropology Chair Blog or contact Greg in Special Collections (, 715-836-3873).

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cleo Powers, librarian emeritus, passes away

Longtime former librarian Cleo Powers passed away at home on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Cleo was a UWEC alumnus as well as a graduate of UW-Madison’s graduate program in Library Science. She retired as an associate professor in June 2003 with more than 31 years of service.  Cleo was responsible for the Center for Reserve and Instructional Media and the main circulation department at McIntyre Library. She also served in a variety of other positions over the years, including acting automation librarian, head of public services, periodicals public services librarian, and acting director of the library. Service to the University was a large part of Cleo’s life, as she served over two decades on the University Senate, including terms on the Executive Committee and in other leadership positions. Cleo also contributed her time, providing community service to several organizations:  the Community Table; serving on the parish council of the Newman Parish; committee chair for the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library book sales, organizing and coordinating the book sales since 1999; and the American Association of University Women events.  Cleo’s passing is a tremendous loss to the Eau Claire community. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. Obituary and information on funeral services.