Friday, December 11, 2009

Wireless in the library

Faculty, staff, and students can access the wireless network in the library. You will be asked to register your wireless device:

  • As soon as you attempt to access a domain outside of the UWEC domain
  • The first time you use the network
  • Students returning each fall
Community members can use the limited UWEC Public wireless network. For more information on wireless access on campus, please visit:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Reference/Instruction Librarian - Government Publications

The McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has a probationary tenure track faculty vacancy available at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor or full Professor to serve as Reference/Instruction Librarian - Government Publications with an anticipated start date of Spring 2010.

Complete details and application information are available at the following site:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Try out Reference Universe

The library has a service designed to help you find background or introductory information on your research topics.

Reference Universe allows you to search the library’s expensive specialized electronic and print reference collection in a much deeper way. Whereas library catalog searches offer title or subject heading access, Reference Universe searches the complete back-of-the-book indexes and article titles to over 16,000 reference works--then matches those to our local holdings. It offers a way to search the contents of the many specialized encyclopedias and other reference resources we offer. Give it a try! Access is available now (on campus) at

Mind and Body Workout Room Update

We have now added a Stairmaster treadmill to the Mind & Body workout room. The treadmill is located in room 2024 just off the 2nd floor breezeway.

Thank you to all the students and staff who have made comments about the room and signed in on our use survey sheet. Based on the use we have seen and your positive comments we plan to keep the room open for the foreseeable future.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Response to the Library Suggestion Box

Today I received a request to place trash cans in the group study rooms. Please see the The Library Suggestion Blog for my response.

Also, last week we had a suggestion to place a lamp on the puzzle table. We now have a lamp on that table to help out you puzzlers.


Friday, September 18, 2009

New Exercise Room in McIntyre Library

Here at McIntyre Library we are not only concerned with building strong minds but we are now offering a way for students, faculty and staff to develop strong bodies also! In collaboration with the Crest Fitness Center we have established the "Mind and Body Fitness" room on the second floor of McIntyre Library (rm L2025). This room will allow everyone to take a little break from their busy work day or study time to get their heart rate up and take care of their bodies while relieving the stress of a very busy schedule. We have a stationary bike and an elliptical trainer in the room. The bike has a tray so that you can keep reading or studying while you get some aerobic exercise. This is a test project to see if a library has a role to play in an overall campus wellness program. The room will remain open during library hours and will operate on a first come first serve basis.

Student Center Plans Available in McIntyre Library

A copy of the environmental impact statement for the proposed new student center is available in McIntyre Library's course reserve collection. It can be checked out at our circulation desk on the first floor by the main entrance to the library.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

E-Reserve and Voyager Catalog have been fixed--thank you for your patience

The hardware problem has been repaired, and our library catalog and E-reserves are now working. You may again borrow books or other materials from UW campuses through Universal Borrowing. Please contact the reference desk with any questions. or 715-826-3858.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Laptop & Room Scheduling Problems Persist

Online scheduling of group study rooms and equipment (laptops, cameras, etc.) is currently not available.

Reservations can be made in person at the Circulation Desk until further notice.

Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Faculty Publications RSS Feed

Interested in what faculty are publishing here at UWEC? Don't want to search every database to find that information? If you answered yes to either of those two questions, the McIntyre Library has put together a webpage
of RSS feeds to different databases that lists items published by faculty here at UWEC.

If you don't know anything about RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and how they can be used by you, contact librarians Eric Jennings 715-836-4076 or Hans Kishel 715-836-2959.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Library Catalog Changes

The library catalog and related services are undergoing a transformation. We are currently working on the new catalog. There will be changes happening as we mold the catalog to better serve our users.

If you have any problems finding materials during this transition please call Reference at 715-836-3858 and we will return your call, or call Circulation at 715-836-3856 for help.

Thank you for your patience while we move the catalog on to this new platform this summer.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Several new databases now available

McIntyre Library's array of databases has seen several changes and additions this summer, as a result of ongoing efforts to best meet users' needs. Some databases are subscribed to by UW-Eau Claire, some are consortial purchases with other UW System libraries, and some come to us through the Department of Public Instruction's Badgerlink:

  • Academic Search Complete: an upgrade of Academic Search Elite and Academic Search Premier that covers a broad range of disciplines and offers indexing and fulltext access to many more journals.
  • Alt Health Watch: coverage of complementary, alternative and integrated approaches to health care
  • Auto Repair Reference Center: Repair, care, recalls, specifications for autos dating back to 1945.
  • Book Collection Nonfiction: thousands of fulltext nonfiction books. Available at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
  • Business Source Premier: upgrade of Business Source Elite, including more journals, industry surveys and market information.
  • Consumer Health Complete: consumer-oriented health content and patient information
  • Education Administration Abstracts: covers areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, and educational research.
  • Encyclopedia of Animals: variety of topics relating to animals
  • Environment Complete: journal and monographic coverage of environment, energy, agriculture, natural resources and related subject areas.
  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text: Coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.
  • History Reference Center: cover-to-cover full text for more than 650 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books
  • Humanities International Complete: comprehensive coverage of humanities topics
  • LexiPALS Drug Guide: a database of Patient Advisory Leaflets that provides vital education on medications for patients, including some in Spanish.
  • Literary Reference Center: broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes
  • LitFinder: full-text access to thousands of poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches in the areas of Literature, History, Economics, Sociology, Art & Architecture, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, and Drama dating back to the 9th Century BCE.
  • MAS-Ultra School Edition: full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines.
  • MergentOnline: company finanical data, annual reports, industry information, county profiles and more
  • Military & Government Collection: current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government from periodicals, academic journals, and other sources
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals: detailed information on over 5,500 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the MLA International Bibliography
  • Newspaper Source Plus: fulltext database of regional, national and international newspapers. Replaces ProQuest Newspapers.
  • NoveList: a reader's advisory service for fiction. Also available for K-8 literature.
  • Nursing Reference Center: patient and practice resources, evidence-based care sheets, drug information, continuing education and other nursing reference materials.
  • Political Science Complete: journal, full-text reference books and conference proceddings covering political science and related topics.
  • Professional Development Collection: Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles
  • Science Reference Center: full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text: covers broad range of social science disciplines, going back as far as 1895.
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text: covers kinesiology, sports, sports medicine, exercise, health education and more.
To browse all library databases by title or by discipline, please visit our Research page.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Test Drive 3 Great Databases!

The library has been given a trial of three great databases, and we encourage you to give them a test drive and let us know what you think. These database trials will be available until the end of July.

Academic Search Complete: the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 7,000 full-text periodicals, including nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,000 journals and a total of more than 11,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 journals.

Business Source Complete: the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.

Nursing Reference Center: a comprehensive reference tool designed to provide relevant clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals, directly at the point-of-care. This database offers staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty and hospital librarians the best available and most recent clinical evidence from thousands of full-text documents.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Work Study Jobs in the Library

Do you have work study funding?

Have you always wanted to work in the library?

Library departments are hiring students with work study funding for the fall semester. It's a great place to work: we train you, schedules are flexible, it looks good on your resume, and more.

Apply online at:
or ask for an application at the Circulation Desk on 1st floor.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

MergentOnline database now available

MergentOnline is now available through McIntyre Library. Mergent (formerly Moody's) provides extensive data on more than 36,000 publicly-traded companies worldwide and additional information on more than 1 million private companies; industry reports covering North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin American; annual reports for more than 300,000 companies; profiles on more than 200,00 U.S. corporate executives, and much more. Give it a test drive: MergentOnline.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Summer Hours

For all summer hours, check Hours

Summer Hours June 8-August 2

Main Library*
Mon-Thurs 7:30am-10:00pm
Fri 7:30am-9:00pm
Sat 9:00am-5:00pm
Sun 1:00pm-10:30pm

Mon-Tues 9:00am-4:00pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wed-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
Sat-Sun Closed

Special Collections
Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
Sat-Sun Closed

Mon-Fri 10:00am-3:00pm
Sat-Sun Closed

* July 4 - Library Closed
* July 31 - Library hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm
* August 1, 2 - Library Closed

Friday, May 01, 2009

McIntyre Library In the News Again

Yesterday's Spectator mentioned the Library in Natalie Saeger's "Ask Anything" column. Natalie responded to a student's, Hunny Hunter's, question asking where were the best spots on campus to meet female students. It looks like the 4th floor of the Library is a great place to meet good looking and dedicated students. Natalie reminds Hunny that, "hat you don't want to meet just anyone; you want to meet someone with dedication."

Good advice Natalie!


Swine flu: all the latest news

McIntyre Library has put together a resource guide for finding all the latest news, professional and personal recommendations, travel guidelines, statistics and more regarding the Swine (H1N1) flu pandemic. Check it out at

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gender Neutral Restrooms

As some of you may have noticed McIntyre Library now has gender neutral restrooms located on the second floor right next to the elevators. These restrooms are designed to be private personal. Just remember to lock the doors when you use them.

For news on other campus gender neutral restroom locations, see


Friday, April 17, 2009

Schedule a research consultation

For students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the library has a new service available: Research Consultations. You can schedule to meet with a library staff member at your convenience using this online form.

What can you expect from a research consultation?
  • assistance in selecting the best resources for your subject area
  • strategies for searching specific databases
  • help identifying and locating primary source materials
  • developing research strategies
  • help searching the web for relevant and reliable information
  • explanations on how to gain access to materials held in other libraries
This service is available during normal business hours. Keep in mind that many research questions can be effectively answered at the McIntyre Library reference desk seven days a week without an appointment.

We look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Room Key and Equipment Checkout System

Last week we implemented a new and improved system for checking out study rooms, laptops, cameras and other equipment.

To reserve equipment and group study room keys go to the library website and click on "equipment checkout" on the left hand side of the page. This takes you to the Equipment Checkout page. Once there, click on new system. That will take you to our new Voyager reservation system. Remember, you will need your private id to reserve the equipment.

The reservation system is new and with all software changes problems surface. Please be patient with us as we learn how to make this work better for you. We are confident that soon you will see improvements and the process will work much smoother. One of the improvements that you will see immediately is that the checkout period for laptops is now one week. This was something students were asking for and now we can provide.

The history behind implementing the new system

The primary reason is that the old system was software that was created here years ago. It had become very difficult to work with and impossible to enhance. The current system has undergone so many small tweeks and changes that it would need an entire rewriting to fix many of its problems. Here is a good example of the problem that we experience. Because the software was created before the government changed the dates when we switch from Standard Time to Daylight Savings time, for the past two years every time this happens hundreds of students get overdue fines and notices that are not their fault. Another problem in the software was that we could not easily control how it registered and held group study rooms open. I’ll bet that you have been in the situation where a room was unoccupied that you could have used for just a short time, maybe half an hour. Well the old software would hold rooms open for about an hour prior to a reservation (I’m not sure of the time but I have seen this happen) and we could not over-ride that setting to let someone in to use the room until the people who made the reservation came to use the room. Finally, another reason we went with this system is because it is part of our circulation system and it brings all of our information together. You should be able to go into your library records and see what you have reservations for.

John Pollitz

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's National Library Week!

Check out local book groups:

•L.E. Phillips Public Library
Mystery, children’s, evening, morning, progressive, online, etc…

•Crossroad Books
Chapter & Verse—adults discuss children’s & YA books

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes!

U.S., WI, and MN tax forms are available at McIntyre Library.
They are located on the 1st floor near the DVDs and music CDs.
Tax materials are for personal use only, as supplies are limited.
Forms may be downloaded from Web sites using these URLs:

Saturday, April 11, 2009

National Bike to Work Week

May 14 is Ride Your Bike to Work Day. Get ready to come on over to the library using pedal power on Thursday--or, better yet, all week.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Library Extends Hours and FREE Coffee!

McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours the week before and of finals. After Library Grounds closes free coffee will be served to students studying in the library finals week. For more information visit

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Read all about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Plan) at the site. The FAQ page explains how individuals can participate in the process and provide suggestions, comments, and ideas.

Links are provided to the state plans; for Wisconsin see

There are scammers offering to help businesses and people file for their stimulus money, so beware of fake sites! The Small Business Administration has issued warnings about scammers contacting small businesses asking for financial information that is supposedly needed for the business to qualify for tax rebates under the stimulus plan ( and click on "Scam Alert").

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Spring Newsletter--Off the Shelf

What's a Blugold?

Why is it hard to find a print article in the library?

Would you like to laugh at more strange documents?
Do you have any movies about women and women's history?

What' a LibraryThing?
Find the answers to these and other burning questions in the latest edition of the library newsletter, Off the Shelf.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Apply Now for the Library Diversity Internship!

McIntyre Library seeks a junior or senior UW – Eau Claire student with an interest in librarianship and the ability to bring a diverse perspective to our library and our profession. The McIntyre Library Diversity Internship provides 10 hours per week of professional library work under the direction of a mentor librarian, and the intern will be paid $12.00 per hour.* The internship begins September 1, 2009 and ends May 14, 2010, with time off during the winter and spring breaks. The intern may choose to focus on one of the following areas of librarianship: Reference and Instruction, Collection Development, Education / Curricular Materials / School Librarianship, or Special Collections & Archives. The internship also offers the following benefits:

**Travel, room, board, and registration fee for a state or regional librarian conference.

**Travel, room, and board for visiting the UW – Madison and/or UW- Milwaukee Graduate Schools of Library and Information Science as a prospective student.

You are warmly invited to apply if you:

**Are a junior or senior enrolled at UW – Eau Claire
**Have a interest in a career in librarianship
**Can bring diverse perspective to McIntyre Library
**Have experience working with diverse communities

Application procedure:

Write a brief essay (no more than 500 words) addressing your interest in a career in librarianship, the area of librarianship that most interests you, and your ability to enhance the diversity of McIntyre Library.

Submit the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two references: one UW – Eau Claire faculty member, and one work or volunteer supervisor.

Please submit applications to Colleen McFarland, Head of Special Collections & University Archivist, McIntyre Library ( Application due date is April 1, 2009. Decisions will be announced no later than April 30.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Contest Winners

McIntyre Library wants to congratulate its How I Met My Valentine contest winners. First prize goes to AnnaRae Soderberg for her story "Falling Head Over Heels."

Runners up were: John Lydon (A Fishy Love Story) & Kim Vaughter (Practice Makes Perfect).

Thanks to all who participated. There were so many great entries and it was hard to pick just three.

A special thanks to Acoustic Cafe and Sammy's Pizza for donating runner-up prizes!

Read AnnaRae's story below, or go to the Facebook group to read the other stories.
It was the fall of 2005; my freshman year at UWEC. Since I needed to take a fitness credit, and I ran competitively in high school, I decided to take jogging class. It was the second week of class. On nice days we ran the fitness trail around the track located behind McPhee. I was running behind two guys, when all of a sudden one of them tripped on a tree root and fell right down to the ground. There is a saying, “be careful what you wish for,” which was the case for Joseph. His intent was to turn and talk to me, wishing to make a good impression. Instead, I laughed to myself and kept running. At the end of class we were required to enter the indoor track and run until all of the students got in from the trail. Well, once inside I passed the same guy that had fallen, so I said “Come on!” He ran with me and we started to talk. I found out his name was Joe. Later that day I went on good old Facebook and added him as a friend. A year later we started dating. On December 31, 2007 he proposed, and we will be getting married on June 20, 2009. We always laugh when we think back on how he literally “fell head over heels” for me! There is a song which states: the Lord will provide, but sometimes the blessing is in disguise. That tree root turned out to be our blessing in disguise.

UWEC jogging class was the beginning of our journey to finding our soul mates. Therefore, we would be especially honored if we win the contest. Not many couples can say a tree root in jogging class was the start of something so amazing!

Monday, January 26, 2009

How I Met My Valentine Contest

Win a $50 gift certificate to Mona Lisa's or a variety of runner up prizes by entering the McIntyre Library's "How I Met My Valentine" contest.

If you think you've got a good "how we met" story that reads like a good romance novel or maybe a funny quirky tale of love, search Facebook for "How I Met My Valentine" for details on how to enter, click this link: and follow the instructions.

The contest ends February 8.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Suggestion Box - Search Only Computers

There is a new answer to a question in the library suggestion box.

A student commented on the need for computers that just search the library catalog. Check the Library Suggestion Blog for the answer.

John Pollitz