Friday, December 21, 2012

Library raises $675.65 for rice pantry in annual giving project

The McIntyre Library Staff Association annual giving project raised $675.65 for the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) rice pantry this year.

Every penny goes toward buying rice, and this contribution will buy 4826 pounds of rice,  making a difference in the lives of our Eau Claire area neighbors.

Thanks to all who participated in the project!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reduced Library Hours Dec 22 - Jan 1

McIntyre Library will be open a reduced number of hours December 22, 2012 through January 1, 2013.

The only days the library will be open are December 26-28 from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

The library will be closed on the following days:
  • December 22
  • December 23
  • December 24
  • December 25
  • December 29
  • December 30
  • December 31
  • January 1
The library will be open its regular hours during Winterim  (7:30 am - 10 pm) starting January 2.

McIntyre Library wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Equipment Checkout to be Closed Dec. 21-Jan. 1

If you have checked out a laptop, iPad, camera, or other piece of equipment from McIntyre Library, you need to return it by Friday, December 21 at 6 pm.  The equipment checkout service will resume on the first day of Winterim classes (1/2/13).  The intervening time will be used to service and maintain these items for students.  Have a great break!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Finals Week Stress Relievers: Games, Comedy Show, Dogs, Dance Party, Free Coffee

Forget about your first final by stopping by on Saturday, December 15th from 1-5 pm to play board and card games.  No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!  This event is located on the library's first floor.

Maybe you need to laugh away your stresses.  Stop by McIntyre Library on Sunday afternoon after the Packers game (December 16th at 4-5 pm) and prepare yourself for hilarity from the Backwards Thinkers Society.  The show will be located on the first floor of the library behind the reference desk.

If you miss your dog back home the library will be hosting therapy and guide dogs in the library for you to pet Sunday-Wed of finals week. They will be in the library on Sunday, December 16 from 2-3 pm, Monday, December 17 from 4:15-5:15 and 6-7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 18 from 5-6:30 pm, and Wednesday, December 19 from 5:30-6:30 pm. You will find the dogs at the entrance of the library.

If you can't relieve your stress through petting an animal or dancing, consider making a stress ball, coloring, or doing some aromatherapy at the stress relieving workstations in the library on Monday, December 17 and Tuesday December 18 from 6-9pm. These stations are located near the entrance of the library.  This event is sponsored by Student Health Services.

If all else fails, go crazy and dance the night away on Monday, December 17 from 11:30-midnight  with a library dance party.  DJ Element will provide music and a dance club lighting will be set up as well.  After the dance party, munch on free food and grab a free coffee too!  All of this is FREE and is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, Higherground, Student Affairs and McIntyre Library.

For the late night studier, McIntyre Library and Sodexho will offer free coffee from 10 pm-4 am Sunday-Thursday nights of finals week (December 16-20).  The coffee is located across from the library's circulation desk on the first floor.  

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Annual food pantry giving project underway.

Winter is the season of many celebrations, but it is also a season of great need, especially for families who rely on the harvest of their gardens for income and sustenance. McIntyre Library is holding its annual collection to benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association rice pantry. Every donation, large or small, will help area families. Fourteen cents buys a pound of rice, and $20 feeds a family of 5 or 6 for a month. To contribute, please visit Http:// or drop your spare change in the donation box by the Library's new book shelf on the 1st floor.

McIntyre Library Pre-Finals & Finals Week Hours

McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours the week before and of finals, beginning December 10.
  • Pre-finals week: The library will open on Monday, December 10 starting at 7 a.m. and stay open continuously until Friday, December 14 at midnight.
  • On Saturday, December 15, the library will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at midnight.
  • Finals week: The library will open Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 a.m. and stay open continuously utnil Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
 The library will be closed December 22-25 and open at 7:30 am on December 26.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

"The Hobbit" Reading in McIntyre Library (12/13/12)

Local Tolkien scholar Janice Bogstad will be hosting a reading event in celebration of JRR Tolkien's "The Hobbit" in McIntyre Library's Grand Corridor on December 13, 2012 from 11 am - 1 pm.  If you would like to read a passage from The Hobbit, you can sign up on a whiteboard located next to the Hobbit display in the Grand Corridor. Or, if you'd rather just sit back and enjoy the story, please stop by and listen.  Friends, family, and community members are welcome to attend and/or read.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Say "Yes!" to Less Stress

On Thursday, November 29th from noon-4 pm, McIntyre Library, Counseling Services, and University Recreation & Sport Facilities will be hosting "Say 'Yes!' to Less Stress" in McIntyre Library's Grand Corridor.

This event will contain information about how students can de-stress their lives during a busy time of the semester.  This event will also feature games, puzzles, yoga, coloring, etc. that students can utilize during this time.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

3 student jobs available

McIntyre Library is now taking applications for spring semester employment. 

The library is seeking:
Circulation Student Assistant - 3 Positions

You must have federal work study money to obtain one of these positions. Applications must be submitted by December 5, 2012.

For more information on this job, please click the link for the job description and be sure to download and fill out a job application (PDF).

Friday, November 09, 2012

Two New Library Displays: Dismantling Racism & Materials Science

Two new displays have been put up in the library.

One display is from the Dismantling Racism Student Caucus.  It asks questions about equality like "Is it easy to find bandages whose skin tone matches your own skin tone?"  This display also contains books of interest such as Tim Wise's "White Like Me" and Beverly Tatum's "Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"

Dismantling Racism Display

The second display focuses on materials science and nanotechnology.  Examples of how materials science/nanotechnology is used in today's society are given such as Gorilla Glass' use in making our cell phone screens more resistant to damage.
Materials Science Display

Thursday, November 08, 2012

McIntyre Library Offers Free Library Cards to Children of UW-Eau Claire Faculty & Staff

McIntyre Library now provides free library cards to children of UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff.  Cards will be given to children ages 12-17 and are valid for one year; these cards are renewable.  Parents and legal guardians will be responsible for all items checked out on their child’s card, and are asked to observe the same loan periods for library materials as undergraduate students and community members.  Universal Borrowing and Interlibrary Loan services are not extended to child card holders.

McIntyre Library’s Instructional Media Center houses a children’s book collection of materials from preschool through young adult, in both fiction and nonfiction formats.  A library card also allows children access to our vast collection of music and DVDs, as well as books from our main collections.

To register your child(ren) for a McIntyre Library card please visit the library’s Circulation Desk.   For more information contact, call 715-836-3856 or contact Kati Tvaruzka at or 715-836-4522.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

East Library Entrance & Stairway Open!

The east library entrance and stairway of the library is now open!  This is the entrance that faces Schneider Hall.  Temporary railings have been installed on the stairway until permanent railings are installed.

Thank you for your patience as the campus mall changes and the library entrance is changed.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Hobbit Display in Library

Librarian Janice Bogstad has put together a display featuring books and other artifacts from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The Hobbit will be released as a movie trilogy starting with the first installment (An Unexpected Journey) in theatres on December 14, 2012.  The other two parts of the trilogy (The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again) will be released in 2013 and 2014. 

Game Day at McIntyre Library

McIntyre Library is hosting a game day on Saturday, November 3rd from 1-5 pm.  In partnership with the American Library Association's International Game Day, McIntyre will have board, card, and video games for students, faculty, staff and community members to play.  Video games include the original Mario Bros. and Punch Out! as well as Wii Sports games.  Board games include Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and Scrabble.

Friends and family are welcome to attend!

Sculpture Exhibition in Library

Come see a new art exhibit in McIntyre Library now through Friday, November 16.  The sculptures are done by students in Prof. Jason Lanka's Art 364 will be on display on the 2nd floor in the Library Breezeway (L2022).

Let us know what you think by posting a comment to the library blog, on Facebook, or Twitter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

274 voters registered at McIntyre Library!

In advance of the November 6 Presidential Election, librarians and staff at UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library added voter registration to the list of services provided in the library. Eleven librarians and staff were trained and certified as Special Registration Deputies in the City of Eau Claire. Until the legal deadline of October 17, they provided the UW-Eau Claire campus with access to voter registration 8:30 am-midnight during week.

After October 17, Wisconsin state law requires that voters register at the office of the City Clerk in the city where they want to register, or at the polls on Election Day. Although the Special Registration Deputies at McIntyre Library can no longer help students, staff, and faculty to register to vote, the library can provide directions to anyone who needs to visit the Eau Claire City Clerk in order to register to vote.

With questions about voter registration at the McIntyre Library, contact Robin Miller, Research & Instruction Librarian, at or (715) 836-3132.

With questions about the laws related to voter registration and voter identification, visit:
Or contact the Eau Claire City Clerk at (715) 839-4912.

"Ask a Nurse" in McIntyre Library

Student Health Services will be hosting "Ask a Nurse" sessions from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in McIntyre Library's entryway (the Grand Corridor) the following days this semester:

  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 8
  • November 15
  • December 6
  • December 13
"Ask a Nurse" is an outreach program by Student Health Services that aims to provide students with basic health information where the students are, allows students to learn more about the services provided on campus by Student Health Services, and gives students the opportunity to schedule an appointment with Student Health Services.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New issue of library newsletter "Off the Shelf"

McIntyre Library just released its fall 2012 newsletter.  Articles inside the newsletter include"
  • Introducing new librarian Todd Vandenbark;
  • Information on a board game collection available at McIntyre and how it is being used to support the curriculum;
  • How the library is building information literacy into the curriculum;
  • Information on recently acquired Special Collections & Archives items - the jazz collection and blueprints from Eau Claire's history;
  • And much more!
To access the newsletter click here and let us know what you think.

3 new library databases

McIntyre Library has access to 3 new databases:
  • AP NewsMonitor Collection
  • Global Road Warrior
  • Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

AP NewsMonitor Collection contains access to world-wide news coverage from the Associated Press.

Global Road Warrior provides information on countries of the world.  This information includes country facts, demographics, points of interest, travel tips, and much more.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research contains polling data from the United States and around the world dating back to the 1930s up to present day.  The iPOLL databank within this database contains nearly half a million survey questions and answers asked in the US by more than 150 survey organizations.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Presidential Election Display

McIntyre Library is featuring a display on the various presidential candidates during the month of October and through early November  You will find the display in the library's grand corridor.

Don't forget to vote!  McIntyre Library staff at the circulation and reference desks can help you register. 

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Librarian Hans Kishel publishes game

A huge congratulations to librarian Hans Kishel, whose game, The Blitzkrieg Legend, was published!

Find out more about The Blitzkrieg Legend or contact Hans.

10/17/12: Deadline to register to vote at the library!

Register to vote at McIntyre Library!

Librarians and staff at McIntyre Library can register you to vote in the City of Eau Claire, the Town of Union, and the Town of Washington.

Until October 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm, voter registration is available at the library during the following times:
  • Friday, October 12, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 14, 12:30 pm-midnight
  • Monday, October 15, 8:30 am-midnight
  • Tuesday, October 16, 8:30 am-midnight
  • Wednesday, October 17, 8:30 am-3:00 pm (last day to register on campus!)
After October 17, Wisconsin state law requires that voters register at the office of the City Clerk in the city where they want to register, or at the polls on election day. After October 17, McIntyre Library will provide directions to voters who need to go to their City Clerk's office to register.

If you are already registered to vote in Wisconsin, confirm your voter registration and look up your polling place.

Information for Minnesota voters is available here.

For more information about registering to vote at McIntyre Library, contact Robin Miller.

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

September 30-October 6, 2012
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the national book community’s celebration of the freedom to read, Banned Books Week. To remember this momentous anniversary, the McIntyre Library has created a display featuring books in the collection that have been banned or challenged. Please visit the display which is located on the first floor near the reference desk!

Take a look at this video, created by UW-Eau Claire student Michaela Walters:

For more information about Banned Books Week or to find out if your favorite book has been banned or challenged, please visit