Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Universal Borrowing service is available.

Universal Borrowing service has resumed. Books and other materials from UW campus libraries may again be ordered through Universal Borrowing. These items usually arrive faster than when ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Last day to support $$ for Rice Project

It's time again for the McIntyre Library annual holiday giving project, and as in years past, we will be raising funds to purchase rice for the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) food pantry.

The library has held the fundraiser for more than a decade, raising thousands of dollars to purchase rice distributed to those in need through 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.

More than 160 families rely on the food pantry for their basic sustenance. However, decreased funding during the past year has resulted in depleted food supplies, forcing the pantry to close its doors for several months due to a lack of rice to distribute. Winter is the season of greatest need, as families cannot rely on the harvest of their gardens during these months.

If you choose to participate, please make checks payable to McIntyre Library Staff Association, and submit by Dec. 10 to Dan Hillis in Room 5012 of McIntyre Library. Names of contributors will be included on a card accompanying the donation that will be given to the HMAA. Contributors who want to be anonymous should indicate so. Please include an email address if you would like confirmation of the receipt of your contribution.
Anyone is welcome to contribute to the library staff's project.

If you know of someone who might be interested, please forward this message.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Reward Offered for Stolen Artwork

Staff members in the McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are seeking information regarding student-created artwork that apparently has been stolen from the library.

The artwork had been on display on the library's first and third floors. Staff members noticed two of the art pieces missing on Nov. 9 and another on Nov. 17.

A reward is being offered for the return or any information leading to the return of the artwork. Information regarding the missing pieces should be reported to John Pollitz, UW-Eau Claire director of libraries, at 715-836-4827 or or the UW-Eau Claire Police at 715-836-2222.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Site-specific Art in the McIntyre Library Breezeway

Art and design students on campus have created an exhibit of site-specific artwork. Come to the library to enjoy the artwork in the 2nd floor breezeway, through November.

Monday, November 15, 2010

literary smArts haiku contest

The University Writing Center, Bookstore, and McIntyre Library invite you to participate in...

What is a haiku?

A brief, three-line, seventeen syllable poem about nature, with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Haiku is a zen art that expresses an intimate moment of present experience. No unneccesary words are required and the use of metaphors is discouraged. Here is an example:

Join the haiku fun,
Let creativity flow.
Submit yours today!

How do I participate?

Simply write your own haiku and submit it here. You may submit up to 4 haikus.

Submissions are due Friday, December 3, 2010

I've submitted my haiku - now what?

Winners will be notified at the beginning of the spring 2011 semester. Check back for more specific dates and information about prizes

Monday, November 08, 2010

Thirteen Books Exhibit in Library

Thirteen Books, an exhibit featuring books from the Art 384 students, will be on display in the library grand corridor until January 24.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Don't carry those books, rent a locker!

Are you tired of lugging a backpack full of books around? Is taking the stairs taking a toll on you?

We have lockers available for students to rent, in the lower level of the library, as well as on the 5th floor. The charge is $10 per semester.

Stop at the Circulation Desk to rent your locker. During the elevator replacement project we are predicting that most students will want to rent the lockers on the library's lower level.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Return of Rex

The library mascot, a small dinosaur named Reference Rex, was missing for 2 months and has finally been located. We missed Rex, as he's the guy who introduces library services and changes we make in the library.

Friend Rex on Facebook to see where he might have been while away from the reference desk.

Top 10 Reasons You'll Like Climbing the Library Stairs

10. The air is fresher
9. Saves electricity
8. Your ringtone echoes
7. You burn 16 calories per flight
6. Save on fitness center fees
5. Stair climbing relieves tension
4. No special workout gear needed
3. Stairwells are never "out of order"
2. It's quicker than waiting for the only working elevator
1. Lovely legs--isn't that enough?

Thank you for your patience during the elevator replacement project.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Be Part of the Natl Day on Writing Event in the Library 10-20-10

Attention All Readers and Writers,

On Wednesday (20 October 2010) our nation celebrates the National Day on Writing. This day commemorates and celebrates the power of prose—all prose. Everything from a profound e-mail sent to you by a friend, to the last paragraph of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Fiction, non-fiction, journalism, comic books, graphic novels—if it’s thoughtful and made an impact on you, come READ!

Here’s where you come in! If you have a short reading (under 2 pages of text) that you would like to share at McIntyre’s Collaborative Learning Center and the University Writing Center’s Breezeway Reading Series on the National Day of Writing, please email Blake Westerlund (, Interim Coordinator of the UWC with your name and your chosen text. For more info on the National Day on Writing see

Come read! Come listen! Come enjoy the profound impact of writing!

3:00 p.m.
Breezeway (2nd floor McIntyre Library near the elevators)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Elevator replacement project-1 elevator available

Renovation of the library elevators has begun, and is expected to last into early spring.

One of the four elevators will be in operation, but delays will occur for those visitors unable to use the stairs.
Thank you for your patience.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New article search interface & survey

Try our new article search interface
We think you'll like it.

Please take a moment to fill out the brief survey linked from the page.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Students can reserve laptops, rooms, cameras online

Don't have time to stop at the library circulation desk? Make a reservation online for a room, camera, laptop, or other equipment.

Library Tours are held Monday-Thursday thru Oct 7

Does the library really have 5 floors plus a lower level?
Is there exercise equipment? A family-friendly study room? Beanbag chairs? Staff who like to help students?

Find the answers to these and other questions on a tour of the library.
Details at:

Fall tours begin Sept. 13 and end Oct. 7.
Mondays: 5:30 PM
Tuesdays: 3:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:00 AM
Thursdays: noon

Friday, August 27, 2010

Library homepage gets makeover

Check out the new look on the Library homepage. Designed to bring more search options to the forefront and better reflect current web standards, the page emphasizes a multi-featured search box that easily lets you search for articles, books, media and more. Have a look and please let us know if you have questions or comments about this redesign.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thanks to all who made Last Call--games, mini-golf, a success

Reference Rex, the library's unofficial mascot, practices putting to prepare for mini-golf at the library's
Day/time: Thursday, September 2, 9 p.m. to midnight.
Event: Experience the library as you never have before. Free pizza and popcorn, a 9-hole mini golf course throughout the library, lots of games, and way more fun than you ever expected to have in the library. If you like poker, PS2, N64, board games, life-size Clue, and much more, show up for the food and fun.

Location: McIntyre Library.

Sponsors: McIntyre Library, Sodexho, Toppers Pizza, Action City.

Contact: Eric Jennings for more info. (jenninge)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Library Hours-Closed Labor Day

Library hours are listed at:

Fall semester hours will resume when classes begin on Thursday, September 2.
We will close at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 5.
We will be closed for Labor Day, September 6.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Library displays highlight the 20th anniversary of the ADA

Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The main exhibit case in the library showcases a 4-part exhibit featuring materials from Katherine Schneider and McIntyre Library. The exhibit includes materials on access, the lived experience, work, and resources.
An 11-minute video showing near the display features people from Wisconsin who helped in the movement to get the bill passed. We Came Together is also available on YouTube at:

The IMC display includes the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book awards for child and teen books about the disability experience, as well as a bibliography of recommended children's books.

The Government Publications display features documents that cover the regulations and history of the ADA, plus recommended government Websites, such as

Monday, August 23, 2010

McIntyre Library Seeks Head of Special Collections & Archives

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 Professor to serve as Head, Special Collections and Archives with an anticipated start date of spring 2011. This is a 12-month position reporting to the Director of Libraries. For complete job announcement, see .

Monday, August 16, 2010

Universal Borrowing update complete

Universal Borrowing is the fastest way to get books and materials from other UW libraries. Try to get your books from Universal Borrowing first before requesting them through Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan is used to order journal articles. Books, DVDs, CDs, and materials that are not available through Universal Borrowing can be ordered using Interlibrary Loan.

Friday, July 16, 2010

McIntyre Library seeks Periodicals and Electronic Resources Librarian

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 Professor to serve as Periodicals and Electronic Resources Librarian with an anticipated start date of winter 2010/11. This is a 12-month, position reporting to the Director of Libraries. For complete job announcement, see .

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Session Hrs-Cool Off in the Library

Welcome, summer school students. We'll be here for you during the 8-week session. Check out our hours at:

The reference desk hours can be found at:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Google Scholar now links to McIntyre Library articles

In ongoing efforts to make your research easier, McIntyre Library now provides access to some of its resources through Google Scholar. Run a search in Google Scholar, and results that are available in McIntyre Library will display a link to library holdings. Searches run from computers on campus will provide the McIntyre Library availability link automatically. If you are searching from off campus, you must log into Google Scholar (this requires a Google account), click on "scholar preferences," and select up to three libraries for which you'd like availability information displayed. (Please note that this convenient search option will not provide access to all 200+ library databases)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Summer Entertainment

Check out the popular reading titles on display in the library. The new acquisitions shelf near the entrance is the place to look for your summer reading materials, new DVDs, etc.

Keep checking back for new items.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Toothpick Holders on Display in Library Entrance

Marvin Larson, a UW-Eau Claire alumni, has donated a collection of over 450 toothpick holders to the university. Check out the exhibit case in the library and enjoy examples of the many colors and glass designs, the animal-themed holders, and those collected while traveling.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

McIntyre Library Honors Student Workers

McIntyre Library could not run without our student assistants. John Pollitz, library director, thanked the graduating students at a reception held in their honor. Books were donated to the library collection in recognition of the work each of the students does for us.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bean Bag Chairs and Civility

People sleeping on bean bag chairs in the book stacks has become a problem. See my response to a student's suggestion at the McIntyre Library Suggestion Box Blog.

Sleeping in the stacks keeps other students from getting to the books they need and keeps our student workers from doing their jobs.

Be considerate, think of others not just yourself and find somewhere else to take a nap on a bean bag. There are plenty of other cozy places in the library to take a bean bag chair. If this continues to be a problem next year we will have to reevaluate having bean bag chairs. They seem very popular but they cannot be used in a way the keeps other students from getting the books they need.

John Pollitz
Director of Libraries

Friday, May 14, 2010

What is FREE at 1 a.m. in the library during finals week?

Fortune cookies!!!

Students who study in McIntyre Library during the wee hours of the morning during finals week will find FREE coffee after Library Grounds closes, from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday night thru Thursday night, May 16-20.

The free coffee is sponsored by Sodexho and the library. Be green and bring your own cup.

McIntyre staff predict that you will enjoy the fortune cookies available during finals week. We wish you good fortune on those exams.

The library will be open continuously from 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 16
to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21.

The library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

May 10-20 The Library (Almost) Never Closes

McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours/day beginning Monday, May 10 at 7 a.m. and ending Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
Exceptions: the library is closed:
*Friday, May 14, at midnight until Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 a.m.
*Saturday, May 15, at midnight until Sunday, May 16, 7:30 a.m.
Library Grounds will be open extra hours through finals week.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

It's your move! Ongoing chess game in the Library

Take a break in your studies to make the next move in an ongoing chess game in the Library. Find the game near the elevators on the 1st floor. A marker indicates whose move it is (black pieces or white pieces). Make a move, change the marker, and check back later to see how your color is doing. Stay tuned for more game events in the Library!

Secret Posts Move to EC Regional Arts Center

Creative, scary, funny, thoughtful, angry, happy, profane...

The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center will house the exhibit from May 5-30.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Welcome, Blugold Beginnings students!

McIntyre Library extends a warm welcome to area 5th graders who will be visiting campus this week as part of the Blugold Beginnings program. We look forward to seeing you in the Library, and we hope to see many of you as freshmen Blugolds in 8 years!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Writing Center Mon & Wed nites

The University Writing Center has opened a satellite center in the library. Walk-ins are welcome to stop for assistance on Monday and Wednesday nights, from 5-9 p.m.

We're conveniently located near the Reference Desk in L1024.

We hope to see you soon.

University Writing Center
Old Library 1142

Monday, April 26, 2010

English Fest this week

Check out the great activities planned for the 2010 English Fest. Activities are held during the week of April 26-30. The theme is "Expose Yourself to the World of Literature" and the event will highlight many cultures of the world through poetry, presentations, plays, skits, music, and more.

Highlighted event:
Wednesday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. Davies Center-Arrowhead Room
Librarian Dr. Janice Bogstad and Phil Kaveny will be presenting Tolkien Embodied: Jackson's Cinematic Realization of Lord of the Rings.

Check out this website for the calendar of events:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and McIntyre Library is celebrating with a display of recently-acquired books of poetry, and books about poetry. Check out a book from the Recent Acquistions display case inside the library gates.

April 29 is POEM IN YOUR POCKET day. Check out the Web site for ideas on how you can share poetry on that day.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Films on Demand -- now available through McIntyre Library

Films on Demand is a subscription service providing online streamed access to thousands of academic films, and it is now available to all UWEC students, faculty and staff through McIntyre Library!

Films on Demand provides the University with unlimited online access to the films and film clips in the following categories:
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business & Economics
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Health and Medicine

Consider using the films for classes, for research, for presentations or for personal interest.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's National Library Week

Join us for Jazz in the Grand Corridor.
Wednesday, April 14, noon.
The Jazz Avengers will entertain you.

From the ALA Web site:
"At our library, people from all backgrounds come together...
to do research with the assistance of a trained professional."
See you in the library!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Live Jazz @ your library!

Meet us in the library entrance lounge for live jazz music on Wednesday, Apr. 14, at noon, to celebrate Jazz Fest, Jazz Appreciation Month and National Library Week all at once! Bring a lunch or grab a bite at the Library Grounds. Music will be provided by UWEC students, the Jazz Avengers.

This is a no-shushing library event. If you desire a quiet space to study during this hour, please visit the 4th or 5th floor of the Library.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Off the Shelf-hot off the press

The spring 2010 issue of the library newsletter, Off the Shelf is now available. Read about what's new in the library at:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Text a call number: making your cell phone even more indispensable!

You search the library catalog for that book you need, jot down the call number on a piece of scrap paper...and then lose it.

No more! McIntyre Library has added a new feature to its catalog that lets you text a title, call number and library location to your cell phone. Just search that catalog as usual, click on the "Text this location, call number, and title to your cell phone" link near the call number, and enter your cell phone number. You'll receive a text message with the information you need to find the library item. How cool is that?

(You will be responsible for any charges or fees levied by your service provider for receiving the incoming text message.)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Required purchase texts now available in the Library

The Library is now purchasing copies of all books that are required readings for classes but not part of the textbook rental program. The books are available on Library Reserve and can be checked out for 3 days.

The Library is doing this in keeping with the Faculty Handbook, which states "If a faculty member requires the use of a book not provided through the Instructional Resource Rental Department, copies of the book must be available in the Library for general use." (Chapter 7, page 6)

Second, buying books assigned for classroom readings logically fits directly into the Library mission to support the University’s curriculum.

Finally, perhaps most importantly, it is one way the Library can help address the high cost of textbooks. While we are not suggesting that students avoid purchasing books, we believe that this service expands students’ range of choices in tough economic times. Research has shown that students believe that this is a role that libraries can play in helping them face textbook affordability.

While we haven’t yet received all of our purchased texts we have quite a few available on reserve. (Some exclusions, such as lab manuals, apply)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Scholarly recommender service -- try it out!

The University of Wisconsin System libraries are running a trial of a new service that provides researchers with suggestions based on their area of interest. This will aid you in finding additional relevant articles. It is similar to the “More Like This” or “If You Liked This, You’ll Also Like …” services on consumer web sites such as Amazon, but it is based on article usage of thousands of people at research institutions around the world.

This trial runs through March 2010.

To try the service, simply use the FIND IT button as usual and look for the "Users interested in this article also expressed an interest in the following" section.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find this service?

Perform a search via our Quick Search or a database and find an article relevant to your research. Then click on the Find It! button to see if your library has access to the article.
To see recommendations, scroll down to the section labeled “Users interested in this article also expressed an interest in the following." You will find additional articles that may be of interest, based on the usage of other researchers that looked at the original article. You can click on the buttons to the right of the citations to see if we have access to the additional articles.

What if nothing is recommended?

The recommendations section will not always show up. This is still a relatively new service and not every article will have recommendations.

What about my privacy?

The recommendation engine is powered by anonymous usage data from people using the Find It! system at other participating libraries. For our trial subscription, UWEC clickthrough data is not sent to the software vendor.

How do I provide feedback?
If you've used the service, please provide feedback via the following system-wide survey.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

LAST DAY Secret Post: A Community Art Project

Do you have a secret? If so, you're in luck.

Beginning January 25, 2010 and running through March 12, 2010, Eau Claire community Artists and Educators from greater Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire invite Eau Claire community members and UWEC students, staff and faculty to share their secrets.

Based upon the Post Secret™ concept (, participants will be asked to design and submit postcards with a secret on them for a community art project called Secret Post. During the month of April 2010, Secret Post will be displayed at the McIntyre Library, Haas Fine Arts Center and the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.

Where can you get a postcard? McIntyre Library, Haas Fine Arts Center Room 104 and various locations in and around Eau Claire. For a complete list of locations and for more information, visit the Secret Post Website.

For more information on the Secret Post project contact: Eric Jennings (, 715-836-4076), Jyl Kelley (, 715-836-4622), Jill Olm (, 715-836-2358), or Lori Chilefone (

Monday, January 25, 2010

Forgot printer paper?

Now you can purchase printer paper at the Circulation Desk, 50 sheets/$1

Friday, January 22, 2010

Looking for Your Favorite Database?

In the center of the library homepage, click on Find Resources—Databases. →→→

Type in the name of the database, then click on the resource name.
Click on the first letter of the database title and find the database in the list.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tax Forms Available

Tax forms have begun to arrive. Basic U.S. forms are available in the east entrance to the library, near the security gate. Wisconsin and Minnesota forms will be arriving soon.

Tax information, forms, and electronic filing are available online.

IRS Website

Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Minnesota Department of Revenue