Sunday, October 29, 2006

Chancellor Honored with Book

In honor of his recent inauguration, Interim Director Christopher Cox presented Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich with A Pictorial Biography of Bulgakov( this past Monday, October 23, 2006. Bulgakov was an early twentieth century novelist and playwright and one of the Chancellor's favorite authors.

The library also will add a book of the Chancellor's choice to the McIntyre Library Collection. The book will be affixed with a bookplate which will note that he chose the book and that it was added to the collection in celebration of his inauguration.

We congratulate Brian Levin-Stankevich on becoming the seventh chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and offer him best wishes and continued success in this new endeavor.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Spectator Distribution Point in the Library

The Spectator is now available in the library! You can find copies of the latest issues to take and peruse by the brick wall visible from the river entrance under the large library poster touting our services.

New issue of Off the Shelf

Check out the Fall 2006 issue of the Off the Shelf! Highlights include a new guest column feature, this time by Chuck Tomkovick, Professor of Marketing, Bob's final "View from the Third Floor" column, and an interesting sample of strangely named government documents.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Children's Center Story Time Program

A storytime session will be held for the Children's Center the last Wednesday of each month from 10-10:30am in the Instructional Media Center (IMC). Students are invited to participate in order to learn how to perform a preschool-aged story program. The IMC will still be open, but students should be aware that there may be some noise.

Christopher Cox Named Interim Director

Christopher Cox, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Libraries, has been named Interim Director of Libraries.

Cox joined the faculty in August 2004 after serving as Reference/Instruction Librarian at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Previous to that he worked at the Moffat Library of Washingtonville in New York.

Cox has written numerous articles and book chapters on diverse technological topics such as streaming media, course management systems, and virtual reference. His work has been published in College & Research Libraries News, Computers in Libraries and portal: Libraries and the Academy. He currently serves as editor of Internet Reference Services Quarterly, as column editor for College and Undergraduate Libraries, and is a frequent reviewer for Choice Magazine.

Cox is a proud member of both the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), serving on various committees including the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy.

Happy Retirement, Bob!

Robert Rose, Director of Libraries at UW-Eau Claire for over eight years, retired last week (see University press release).

Bob led the library in an exemplary fashion through a period of transformation. He oversaw the changeover to a new integrated library system and weathered periodical cancellations, budget and staff cuts all with intelligence and grace, and never allowed the library’s quality of service to be diminished. His mark can be seen in the many changes which have taken place within the physical library building, including the installation of artwork, the addition of upholstered seating, the creation of an information literacy lab, the move and remodel of the IMC and the most recent reconfiguration of the library’s stacks and construction of a new Special Collections and Archives area on the library’s fifth floor. Many of these changes were undertaken at the behest of the library’s users, who he often championed and always listened to. This is no more obvious than in the improvements he made on behalf of disabled users, and the family friendly study room he created for our students with children.

Congratulations, Bob! We'll miss you!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Four Author Readings Friday, October 20

Four more authors will be reading in the library's second floor breezeway this Friday, October 20. All four authors are reading as part of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.

Friday, October 20
4:30 pm
Janis Amatuzio and Katherine Schneider

Amatuzio, MD, author of Forever Ours and known as the "compassionate coroner" is the founder and president of Midwest Forensic Pathology, P.A. She serves as Coroner and provides forensic pathology services for several counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Schneider's book To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities was published by Dog Ear Publishing in March of 2006. A UW-Eau Claire senior psychology emerita, Schneider received her bachelor of science in psychology from Michigan State and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University.

Friday, October 20
7:30 pm
Bill Holm and Cathy Sultan

In a compact collection of two dozen short essays and prose poems Bill Holm explores his life and, by extension, our lives, and how they flow together to make the life of a community, and then a country, and then a world.

Sultan, a native of Washington, D.C. lived in Beirut, Lebanon, from 1969 to 1983. Her memoir A Beirut Heart: One Woman's War, published by Scarletta Press in November 2005, recounts her family's survival during the Lebanese civil war. In her second book, Israel and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides, published by Scarletta Press in March 2006, Cathy attempts to open eyes to the human realities of life in Israel-Palestine through interviews she conducted in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Patricia Hampl Reading Wednesday, October 18

There will be a reading by Patricia Hampl on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00pm in the library's second floor breezeway.

Hampl ( is Regents’ Professor at the University of Minnesota and the author of three highly acclaimed memoirs-- A Romantic Education (1981), Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life (1992), and I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory (1999)--all of which were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the year, as well as two volumes of poetry. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “genius” grant) along with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Bush Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Djerassi Foundation. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, Antaeus and Kenyon Review.

Co-sponsored by the library, the English Department, and the Chippewa Valley Book Festival (

Library Co-Sponsors Marge Piercy Reading

Marge Piercy will read from her forthcoming eighteenth poetry collection and from her recent memoir Sleeping with Cats next Tuesday, 10/17 at 7:00 p.m. in Davies Theater. It’s free (thanks to many sponsors listed below). Piercy is also the author of seventeen novels including the New York Times bestseller Gone To Soldiers, the national bestseller The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time.

Sponsored by Chippewa Valley Book Festival, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, English department, McIntyre Library, Provost’s office, Office of University Research and Sponsored Programs, Student Development and Diversity, and Women’s Studies.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Special Collections Hours Change

During the 2006-2007 academic year, Special Collections will not offer extended hours on Tuesday evenings, as we have done for the past several years. Instead, we will be open Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when classes are in session (Fall/Spring semesters). Our extended evening hours were very poorly attended, and we are hopeful that both university and community users will find the Sunday afternoon hours more appealing.