Tuesday, November 17, 2015

21st Annual McIntyre Library Rice Pantry Fundraiser

The annual McIntyre Library holiday giving project to benefit community members in need is in full swing. 

For the 21st 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.

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 https://connect.uwec.edu/library 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 at the circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

For more information, see http://libguides.uwec.edu/hmaagiving  or contact Jenna Vande Zande at (715)-836-3421 or vandezjl@uwec.edu

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mini-Conferences with a Librarian November 16th - 20th

The Research Center is holding mini-conferences with a librarian to help you with your research project or paper!

Sign up online for a one-on-one 20-minute appointment with a McIntyre Library's research expert. We are offering appointment times during the week of November 16th - November 20th, including evening hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Appointments will be held by the Research Center, located on the left had side of the 1st floor.

(For other weeks, appointments can be requested by emailing library.reference@uwec.edu or using the consultation form.)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

New Circulation Desk

It has been a season of change for the first floor of the library.  McIntyre has been utilizing the same counter space at the circulation desk for several decades.  With the reworking of the furniture and computers on the first floor, it was time to update the circulation desk to provide the same quality services in a more efficient and convenient space. 

The new desk was designed to create an inviting space for prospective and returning students alike, while also offering a consolidated, easy to find location for checkout services.  In addition, it has opened up space for a new TV lounge.  Library users can utilize the charging stations, the library’s tea and coffee cart, and enjoy a comfortable and modern space while studying or waiting for group members.

If you have not been to the library since construction, come check us out.

New Circulation Desk, Fall 2015
For a comparison to the circulation desk that you see today, this is what the circulation desk used to look like in 1994. The one that was replaced in 2015 was not much different than this photo! 
Old Circulation Desk, 1994

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 jenninge@uwec.edu

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 http://www.riskingeverythingeauclaire.com 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.