Monday, October 12, 2015

McIntyre Library Seeks Student Feedback

McIntyre Library is seeking new members for its Student Advisory Committee.

The Student Advisory Committee provides feedback to the library on ways in which we can improve the services & spaces of the library.  Members also help the library select new books, DVDs, and music for the our collection.

Examples of how the committee has helped the library over the past year include asking for the library to replace bean bags that had been discarded, adding headsets with microphones to the equipment checkout pool, helping with the planning of the pancakes during finals week event, and purchasing a variety of DVDs including all of the X-Men movies and all seasons of Game of Thrones.

The first meeting of the year will be on October 28 at 5 pm. Pizza will be served to student members.

For more information on how to become a member please contact Eric Jennings

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

McIntyre Library Newsletter - Fall 2015

Check out the latest issue of McIntyre Library's newsletter Off the Shelf.

In the new issue you can learn about the "Risking Everything" exhibit being hosted in McIntyre Library during the month of October, a new collection added to the university's Special Collections & Archives, the library's first floor redesign, a new touchscreen navigation in the library, and much more.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

McIntyre Library Hosting "Freedom Summer" Exhibit

During the month of October, McIntyre Library will be hosting the Wisconsin Historical Society's "Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students" on the 2nd floor in the library's breezeway.  The Risking Everything exhibit explores one pivotal episode in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Freedom Summer of 1964.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 5 from 4-5:30 pm for the opening reception of the Risking Everything exhibit for a presentation by exhibit curator Michael Edmonds.  Light refreshments will be served.  


Accompanying this exhibit will be programs featuring opportunities to explore, learn, and engage in meaningful reflection and conversation about the importance of the civil rights movement today. These programs will feature local, regional, and national speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our audiences. Every program will be free, and the public is invited to participate.
Voter Registration, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

In addition to the exhibit in McIntyre Library, we consider the following to be our signature events as part of the larger Risking Everything series of events.

Voices from the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections from 50 Years Ago
    Date & Time: Tuesday Oct. 6, 3-4 p.m.
    Location: UW-Eau Claire, Davies Center Woodland Theatre

Bridge to Freedom: Connecting the Past & Today
    Date & Time: Monday Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m.
    Location: UW-Eau Claire, Schofield Auditorium
Freedom Sings
    Date & Time: Saturday Oct. 17, 3-4 p.m.
    Location: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street, Eau Claire

Visit for additional events and details.

Support for these events is provided by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the UW-Eau Claire Visiting Minority Scholars and Artists program in cooperation with our community partners, the Chippewa Valley Museum, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Volume One and The Local Store, and JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope).

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More Computers in McIntyre Library

You may have noticed some changes between last year and this year, especially on the first floor.  Because of the first floor renovation and the 24 Hour Lab’s closure, McIntyre Library has more computers available for student use than ever before.  In fact, when the renovation is complete we will have over 125 computers available for students to use, including over a dozen available 24/7 in the library’s 24 hour study. We have added computers on most other floors and also added a handful more collaboration pods with large screens on the first floor.

The image in this blog post shows a map of the first floor with its computer stations (as of 9/22/15) and type of computer available.  Please note that the library instruction lab (L1033) is an open computer lab with 30 computers to use when a class is not using it.

The addition of computers in the library has yet to be completed.  More will be added in the coming days and weeks. Thank you for your patience as we work to make the library a better space for your studying needs. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

After Dark, which takes place on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6:30-10:30 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.  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 standup comedians. 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!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

A New Look for the First Floor

Although the library looks very quiet and empty, big changes are in store for next Fall.

The first floor of McIntyre Library will undergo some needed renovation this summer. Our campus mall entrance doors are being replaced. Constant exposure to winter weather and salt have corroded the doors so much that they weren’t closing properly. The new doors will be ready for our students in the fall. We are also giving the checkout area a new look and making big changes to how our computer stations are organized. Last year the UW System provided some temporary funding to System libraries. This means that McIntyre Library will receive some one-time budget relief in this time when all of our other budget news is bleak. Library staff met to discuss how we best take advantage of this opportunity. We looked at our user surveys and met with student groups as well. In the end we decided to create a more welcoming entrance and to update our learning commons area on our first floor. Christian Paese and the students from the Student Senate Information Technology Commission agreed. They committed matching funds to help us with this project. Christian helped us plan the layout of the space and buy furniture. 

Staff from LTS and Facilities Management are preparing the area for the new furniture. Our current computer stations will be removed, carpets will be thoroughly shampooed and new furniture will be moved in over the next two months. The books and equipment checkout area will see some demolition and carpentry work. Please be patient with any dust and noise. All of our services will remain in place during these changes. We are all very excited to welcome our students back in the Fall with a new look.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Library Hours Summer 2015 (5/25-9/1)

McIntyre Library will be open a reduced number of hours during Summer 2015. The hours are as follows: 

May 25-August 9 
  • Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

August 10-September 1
  • Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

The library will be closing early the following days:
  • Friday June 12 at 4:30 pm
  • Friday July 3 at 4:30 pm
  • Friday August 7 at 4:30 pm

The library will be closed:
  • All Saturday and Sundays
  • May 25 for Memorial Day