Monday, March 25, 2013

Library Statistics Weeks (March 24-April 6)

Heads up! The library is collecting statistics on the number of people in the library throughout the day this week (March 24-30).  We are also going to map the specific areas where people are studying next week (March 31-April 6). 

Why are we doing this? We are getting an accurate picture of how many people study on each floor of the library and where they are studying so that we can allocate the space on each floor with the types of tables that are needed.

Thank you for your patience.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Break Library Hours

McIntyre Library will be open during spring break the following hours:

  • Friday, March 15: Library Open 7 am - 7 pm
  • March 16-17: Library Closed
  • March 18-22: Library Open 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • March 23: Library Closed
  • March 24: Library Open 11 am - 1 am (normal hours resume)
The library is always open online.  If you have any questions over spring break, please call the library's circulation desk (715-836-3856), reference desk (715-836-3858), or send an email (

Have a safe spring break!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Streaming Videos in Library Catalog

McIntyre Library's streaming video service Films on Demand is now searchable through the library catalog.  Integration of the streaming video includes the video title, chapter titles, and a link into the video itself.  You can also limit searches to Films on Demand videos in the same manner that you can limit to DVDs, Reference Books, Musical Recordings, etc.

The image to the right is of a search for videos on Plato. Specific sections of this to take note of are "View Online" which will take you directly to the item in Films on Demand and "Contents" which lists the chapter titles from the video.

Films on Demand is available to all UW-Eau Claire faculty, students, and staff.

BJ Hollars Book Release & Reading - March 28, 5 pm

On Thursday, March 28, McIntyre Library will host the local book release and reading from UW-Eau Claire English professor B.J. Hollars’ newest book, Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa.  

The reading will take place at 5 pm in McIntyre Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department on the 5th floor of the library.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by the author.  Light refreshments will be served.  This event is open to the public.

Opening the Doors provides an all-encompassing account of the University of Alabama’s 1956 and 1963 desegregation attempts, as well as the never-before-reported-story of Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s own civil rights movement.

While the image of Governor George Wallace’s stand in the schoolhouse door has long burned in the American consciousness, more interesting are the circumstances that led him there in the first place.  On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Wallace’s stand, Hollars sheds new light on the secret history behind UA’s desegregation; a process that proved successful due to the concerted efforts of dedicated student leaders, a progressive university president, a steadfast administration, and secret negotiations between the Justice Department, the White House, and Alabama’s stubborn governor.

About the Author: B.J. Hollars is the author of two books of nonfiction, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America—the 2012 recipient of the Society of Midland Author’s Award—and Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tax Forms in McIntyre Library

Just in time for tax season, you can pick up many tax forms right on campus at McIntyre Library. We have tax forms from the:

We should have all of our paper tax forms out by February 15th. If we don’t have the tax forms you need, visit the websites listed above to download the forms or instructions you’re looking for. 

Looking for tax assistance? UW-Eau Claire Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) offers free online tax-filing assistance to UW-Eau Claire students, faculty, and staff.  

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Art students bring reference desk to life


You can get research help at the Library's reference desk, provided you can find it. That should no longer be a problem, thanks to the efforts of art students Kelsey Temanson and Emily Hultman and their advising professor, Jason Lanka.

We were aware that our nondescript reference desk caused  many students to overlook it as a service point. After shopping, unsuccessfully, for signage we liked, we had an idea. Several installations of student art had taken place in recent years in the library, making us aware of our students' talent and creative gifts. So we enlisted the help of Jason Lanka, Assistant Professor in Sculpture, in recruiting students interested in taking on the project for service learning credit. Kelsey and Emily stepped up to the challenge.

They met with the library staff to discuss the purpose of the desk, and the project evolved from the creation of a sign to re-envisioning the desk itself. During Winterim,  the students, under the direction of Professor Lanka, built the desk façade, and on Thursday, Jan. 17,  they hoisted the finished product onto two handcarts and wheeled it from the Haas Fine Arts building across the bridge to the library for installation.

The façade features the library logo, which was also designed as a student project several years ago. Response from library staff and library visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. The desk, once unnoticed  and overlooked, now serves as a stunning focal point for the library, as well as an  impressive display of student talent and collaboration. Come check it out!

Update: Check out the photos from our Reference Desk ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 1st! Also, see the News Bureau release about our new desk!

Check Out Laptop & Cell Phone Chargers in McIntyre Library

Have you ever forgotten your cell phone or laptop charger?  Don't want to walk up the hill to get it?  Now you don't have to worry because McIntyre Library has a variety of chargers that you can check out at the Circulation Desk to do just that!

The Library has:
  • 3 iPhone/iPad chargers
  • 3 Mac laptop chargers
  • 6 universal phone chargers
  • 6 USB power adapters
  • 5 universal laptop power cords
If you have any questions about these items, please stop by the library Circulation Desk on the 1st floor.

Friday, March 01, 2013

New Reference Desk Ribbon Cutting - Today at 2 pm

Join McIntyre Library at 2 pm  today for the ribbon cutting ceremony of our new reference desk.  We will also be honoring UW-Eau Claire students Kelsey Temanson and Emily Hultman for their work in the desk's creation.  Cookies, bars, and other light refreshments will be served.