Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Library Hours 8/6 - 9/3

McIntyre Library will be open a reduced number of hours starting August 6 and ending September 3.  During this period the library will open at 7:30 am and close at 4:30 pm.  It will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, please visit our hours page.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Universal Borrowing Unavailable 7/30-8/20

The library's Universal Borrowing (UB) service will be unavailable from July 30-August 20 as it gets upgraded.  Book requests should be made through Interlibrary Loan during this time period.   For more information on Interlibrary Loan see: www.uwec.edu/Library/services/borrowOther.htm

The library's Facebook page and Twitter feed will alert you to when this service is back up and running

Friday, July 27, 2012

Equipment Checkout - Closed for rest of Summer

Student Equipment Checkout closed on Friday, August 3rd and will remain closed for the rest of the summer.  Equipment will be available for checkout again on the first day of Fall classes (September 4th).

The library uses the time between summer session and the start of the fall semester to get the computers ready for the fall semester.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ILLiad updated and running

Our system for borrowing items from other libraries -- ILLiad -- has been updated, and is available for patron use. Thanks for your patience!

Libraries: a bridge across the Digital Divide

According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one in three Americans do not have access to the Internet in their homes, and many cannot even afford a computer. Libraries -- particularly public libraries -- make the wealth of information available to anyone, regardless of income level, etc.
My favorite fact from this video is "More than 30 million people use libraries every year to further their education." And Internet access is central to those efforts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Obesity and "the Weight of the Nation"

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over one-third of adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese, and this rate is only expected to rise in the coming years. From May 7-9, over 1,200 people --public health researchers and practitioners, policy makers, and national partners devoted to obesity prevention and control -- gathered  in Washington D.C. for the "Weight of the Nation 2012" conference, with the goal of raising awareness of this epidemic, and sharing what can help to turn the situation around.
"Weight of the Nation" is also a documentary series and public health campaign collaboration by HBO, the Institute of Medicine, CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and made in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. At the center of this effort is a series of "four feature films that take an unflinching look at the severity of the obesity epidemic and its crippling effects on our health care system."

Each film is about an hour in length, well-written and engaging. Below is the first one to get you started.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Planned Library Upgrades - Summer 2012

McIntyre Library will be upgrading its services later this summer.  During the upgrades some of the library's services will be unavailable.
  • Interlibrary Loan will be unavailable on July 18.  We hope to have it up and running again by late afternoon on the 18th.
  • Universal Borrowing will be unavailable from July 30-August 20.  Book requests should be made through Interlibrary Loan during this time period.
  • On August 14 & 15, users will not be able to renew books or check out equipment or rooms in "My Library Accounts".  
Please contact the library reference desk with any questions or concerns about these upgrades (library.reference@uwec.edu, 715-836-3858).

Three New Library Staff

Please help McIntyre Library welcome three new library staff:

Vince Mussehl - Circulation Assistant


Kelsey Patterson - Government Publications Reference Assistant

Todd Vandenbark - Research & Instruction Librarian