Friday, March 30, 2007

Fourth and Fifth Designated Quiet Study Floors

Based on student feedback from the survey conducted in February asking, "Which floor(s) should be silent?" we have designated both the fourth and fifth floor quiet study zones. 33% of you responded that both fourth and fifth should be silent, and another 42% of you chose either fourth or fifth floor.
If you plan to study in a group or converse with friends on either fourth of fifth, please use a group study room or other area. Also, please set your cell phone to vibrate. The quiet zone is “self-enforcing” (staff members are not available to enforce this policy).
We hope this will enhance your study experiences in McIntyre. Thanks for all your comments and feedback on this.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

IMC Blog for Educational Resources & News Articles

Don't forget to check out the Instructional Media Center's (IMC) online newsletter in blog format which shares library announcements, collection highlights and new acquistions, lesson planning and curricular resources, as well as recent news in the field of education. Visit the IMC blog at

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Research Paper Clinic

Want one-on-one help with your research paper or project?

McIntyre library instruction librarians will offer you individualized assistance. Open on a walk-in basis

April 3 - Noon to 1pm and 6pm to 8pm
April 4 - Noon to 1pm and 6pm to 8pm
April 5 - Noon to 1pm

Library Lab L1033

Can't make it but still need some help? Call or email the library reference desk to arrange a consultation. Phone: 836-3858. Email:

Monday, March 26, 2007

Poll V: Rank These Ideas

This week's poll asks you to rank a number of ideas which the library has considered in the past or which we are currently considering. We want to know what you think of them. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Foreign Students to Read at Storytime!

Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire foreign exchange students enrolled in ESL 201, "Integrated Skills," will serve as guest readers at the next monthly story time session held in the IMC. The students will each read a book they've selected and assist education librarian Kati Tvaruzka in leading additional activities, songs and dances when children from UW-Eau Claire's Children's Center next gather at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28.

For the complete news release, click here.

The story time session will be extended this month and last about 45 minutes. Children and grandchildren of faculty, staff, students and the general public also are invited.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fahrenheit 451 and Other Red Scare Movies of the '50s

McIntyre Library's own Dr. Jan Bogstad and Phil Kaveny will be discussing the content of a number of 1950s science fiction films in light of their implied "red scare" connnections at a Big Read program to be held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library on Wednesday, March 28 from 7-8:30 pm. The program will be held in the library's Eau Claire Room in the lower level.

Critics have argued that films like War of the Worlds, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, to name a few, include many references to American anxieties about the Russians and the potential for atomic war. This presentation will document that perspective with film clips and discussion of the social setting in Post-World-War II America.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Photos from Library's Archives to be Featured on TV

Tune in to Channel 13, WEAU, tonight as an "Our Town Eau Claire" segment will feature historic UWEC, Eau Claire Normal School photographs from the library's archives. Be sure to tune in at 5 or 6 pm! For more on the segments, click here.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Spring Break Hours

Here are the hours we will be open over Spring Break - Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 24:

Fri, March 16: 7am - 7pm
Sat and Sun March 17 and 18: CLOSED
Mon - Fri, March 19 - 23: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Sat, March 24: CLOSED

Plasma Screens Installed

Over break, two large plasma screens acquired form the College of Business will be installed: one right outside the library in the Grand Corridor to the left of the metal gates, and another to the left of the New Book Shelf. Both screens will currently be used to notify students about events, new products and services, library construction or changes, to share research tips, etc. Eventually we plan to use the screen near the New Book Shelf as an interactive floor map, so you will be able to find the room or area of the library you are loking for more easily.

Grad Study Upgrades

Over the break, the Graduate Study on fifth floor (5029) will be rearranged, removing some of the carrels and offering more open space for upholstered furniture and possibly a study table to be installed. Nontraditional students will also be allowed to use the space when it reopens after break. The room will also feature a microwave and coffee maker, as well as a bulletin board where you can leave messages for friends and colleagues.

We hope these upgrades will result in greater use of the room. If you are a graduate students and you are interested in using the room, visit the Circulation Desk to get the combination. Nontraditional students should see Bonnie Isaacson, Nontraditional Student Advisor, for information on accessing the room. All students will be asked to read and sign an acceptable use policy.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Poll IV: Cell Phones in the Library

This week's survey has to do with cell phone usage in the library. Please take the survey and rate the statements. Your answers will help us develop a policy which will be fair to all.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Big Read Kick Off: Free books, fire trucks and more!

Eau Claire's Big Read, featuring Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, begins Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Eau Claire fire trucks will deliver free copies of Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 to the library. Crowd-pleasing author Mike Perry will get us fired up and City Manager Mike Huggins will be on hand to officially ignite the Eau Claire Big Read. This is the first in a long list of events scheduled throughout the spring to celebrate the book, the issues raised in the book, and a community coming together to share a book. Be a part of it! For more information visit

Sunshine Week Live Webcast

Take part in Sunshine Week 2007 with Closed Doors; Open Democracies, a national dialogue on public access to government information and accountability that will be webcast to sites around the country from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The library will be showing this webcast on Monday, March 12 from Noon - 1:30pm in L2023 on the 2nd floor; this event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.