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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fall 2016 Pre-Finals & Finals Week Hours (12/11-12/26)

Fall 2016 Finals Hours
McIntyre Library will be extending its hours the week before and of finals (12/11-12/26). The hours are as follows:

  • Sun (12/11): 11 am - 1 am
  • Mon (12/12): 7 am - Open 24 hrs.
  • Tue (12/13): Open 24 hrs.
  • Wed (12/14): Open 24 hrs.
  • Thu (12/15): Open 24 hrs.
  • Fri (12/16): Open until Midnight
  • Sat (12/17): 7:30 am - Midnight

  • Sun (12/18): 7:30 am - Open 24 hrs.
  • Mon (12/19): Open 24 hrs.
  • Tue (12/20): Open 24 hrs.
  • Wed (12/21): Open 24 hrs.
  • Thu (12/22): Open until 7 pm
  • Fri (12/23): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sat (12/24): CLOSED

  • Sun (12/25): CLOSED
  • Mon (12/26): CLOSED 

Good luck on your tests and papers!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Research Coaching @ McIntyre Library

Sign up for a session with a librarian to get advice on starting your research process, to look over your current sources and citations, or to get help wrapping up your research project or paper!

Research Coaching Sessions will be held from 
November 7th - November 18th*

Appointments available at:

*If the times offered do not work for you, schedule an appointment with a librarian any time during the semester by using the link on our homepage in the "Research Help" box to the right of library search:  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

McIntyre Library Newsletter - Fall 2016

McIntyre Library just released Issue #84 of our newsletter, Off the Shelf 

Articles inside the newsletter include:
  • Digitization of The Spectator
  • The history of McIntyre Library: 1916-1966
  • Research & Instruction's new look
  • The history of the Blugold mascot
  • Recent acquisitions in popular fiction and nonfiction
  • And much more!

You can get your newsletter by clicking on the link above or using this link.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UWEC Student Voter Frequently Asked Questions

Never voted before? Moved and need to re-register? We can answer all of your voting questions and help you get ready for election day!

Stop by the Research Center on the first floor to register with us until October 12th

After the 12th, voters can register at the polls on election day but will need an approved photo ID and proof of residence document. 

Don't know if you have the right documentation? We can help.

Blugold Voter Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I register?

You can register in advance at city hall, with volunteers at a voter registration drive, with a librarian at McIntyre Library 8am - 5pm weekdays during approved registration weeks, or at the polls on election day. See the Research Center on the first floor of McIntyre Library for more details.
Where is my polling place?

During local, state, and national elections, UW-Eau Claire is the voting site for Wards 20 and 24 of the city of Eau Claire: students living in the upper campus residence halls reside in Ward 20, students living in the lower campus residence halls reside in Ward 24.

Students living off campus can look up their polling place by address at:

Students living at the Priory: the Priory is located in the town of Washington, so students will need to contact their election office:

Where can I get a proof of enrollment form?

In the Student Center on BlugoldCampuS under academics, there is a drop down menu titled “Other academic”. The link to the Voter Verification Form is second from the bottom on that menu.

What time are the polls open on election day?

The polls are open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM

What if I don’t have a WI driver’s license?

Students can also use other forms of ID like a United States passport or a Student Voter ID from the University.

Blugold cards do not meet the criteria to function as an acceptable ID because they do not have an expiration date. UW- Eau Claire students who do not have another acceptable photo ID can get an approved Student Voter ID from the Blugold card office on the first floor of the Davies Center.

Students with a Minnesota drivers license or a license from another state can use a US passport or a Student Voter ID along with the proof of enrollment form or one of the documents listed below to vote in Eau Claire.

What else do I need to bring?

If you do not have a WI Driver’s License with your current city of Eau Claire address on it, you will also need to bring a document that shows your proof of Wisconsin residency. If the address on your Wisconsin Driver’s license does not match your current address, you will need to bring a document that shows your proof of residency at your house, apartment, or dorm in Eau Claire.
This includes documents like:
A residential lease
A utility bill (except garbage/recycling bills)
A bank statement – printed from the internet is fine (but not a credit card statement)
A paycheck (but not a personal check)

Friday, August 19, 2016

FREE PIZZA, games, live entertainment at McIntyre Library After Dark on Sept. 6

After Dark, which takes place on Tuesday, September 6 from 6-10 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 - practice your dance skills, be mesmerized by a magician, or bust a gut with 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!

Still not convinced? The video below will give you an overview of the event!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Student Employment Opportunities at McIntyre Library

McIntyre Library has 5 openings for circulation student assistants to start work during the fall 2016 semester.

Assist with the charge & discharge of all library materials, equipment & room keys; off-campus/community patron registrations; collecting payments for library charges; organizing and shelving materials; answering questions about library policy and procedure; handling complaints; dealing with emergency situations that occur in the building; & other miscellaneous duties.

Minimum of one semester commitment, work study, agreeable to working some early morning/night/weekend hours (if needed), ability to follow instructions, accuracy, attention to detail, ability to work well with the public, reliability, promptness, initiative, agreement that a set schedule will be followed, willingness to take available shifts.


How to Apply:
Fill out an online application with your availability.