Wednesday, November 30, 2016

22nd Annual Giving Project to Support HMAA Rice Pantry

Today McIntyre Library kicks off its annual holiday giving project raising money for a local organization’s work against hunger in our community. 

For the 22nd year, the UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association, a voluntary organization composed of library faculty and staff, is sponsoring an annual fundraiser to benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA).

Funds are used to purchase rice for the organization's rice pantry. Last year the Staff Association was able to raise funds to buy over 9000 pounds of rice for the HMAA.

“In a year when many communities across the country are reporting increased acts of racism and marginalization, it is especially important to support our neighbors and let them know we value them as members of our community,” said Jill Markgraf, Head of Research and Instruction at McIntyre.

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.

A donation of $20 can feed a family of five or six for a month.

Donations will be collected now through the 31st of December.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at by selecting Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry as the donation designation.

Donations can be made as gifts, memorials and tributes to someone
To do so, select Memorial/Tribute under What prompted you to give today.

Checks, made payable to UW-Eau Claire Foundation and indicating Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry on the memo line, or cash should be submitted via mail or campus mail to Jenna Vande Zande in McIntyre Library. 

Donations also may be dropped off at the library Research Center or in the donation box near the circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

For more information, see  or contact Jenna Vande Zande at (715)-836-3421 or

New Historical Exhibit on Display on 5th Floor

By Sarah Beer, McIntyre Library Special Collections Student Assistant

Nelson Exhibit
In the spring of 2016, fifteen public history seminar students, under the guidance of Dr. John W. W. Mann, created “Through Daniel’s Eyes: The Photography of Daniel Bastian Nelson.” The family of Daniel Nelson donated a collection of 415 glass plate negatives, with images captured in Eau Claire between 1898 and 1919, to McIntyre Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department. The class collaborated with the Chippewa Valley Museum to display Nelson’s work using five interpretive panels plus an introductory panel, accompanied by select photographs that support a common theme. The five themes chosen by the students are: the built environment, saloon culture, sports and leisure, Putnam Park, and flooding. Each panel explores the role its theme played not just in Nelson’s life, but in Eau Claire during his lifetime.

As a public history major, I was one of the students to take part in the Nelson project. Our class received our assignment, then went to the Special Collections and Archives to view the photos. Set out on the five tables in the reading room was the legacy of Daniel Nelson and the story of Eau Claire more than a hundred years earlier. We committed the collection to memory then met later and brainstormed ideas for five themes. After throwing around countless pitches, we settled on the five themes that would dictate our project. Two other students and I were in charge of the saloon culture panel.

Nelson Exhibit - Saloon Culture
To create our panel, we researched saloons and taverns in Eau Claire during Daniel Nelson’s lifetime. We looked at how many there were, where they were, and who typically ran and frequented them. During our research, we often came across not just supporters of saloons, but also their critics. This aspect could not be ignored, and so we included Eau Claire’s most dedicated prohibitionist, Waldemar Ager, in our story. Once we pieced together our narrative, it was time to piece together our panel.

Our class created a uniform template, but each group had to arrange the layout based on their own photos and content. Of all the work we did, this was perhaps the most difficult part. With infinite possibilities and so many variables to consider, we had to find the one layout that worked the best for us. Each group went through several layouts. Thanks to the critiques of our fellow classmates, we were able to find the layout that is the most pleasing to the eye as well as one that takes into consideration the many variables an exhibit needs to be effective for various audiences. It also had to be cohesive with the other five panels.

“Through Daniel’s Eyes” can now be found on the fifth floor of McIntyre Library, with the introduction panel positioned just outside of Special Collections and Archives. The graduate students of the seminar course also created a website to accompany the exhibit, which can be found at The website offers a deeper look into the life of Daniel Nelson, his photography, and turn of the century Eau Claire.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fall 2016 Pre-Finals & Finals Week Hours (12/11-12/26)

Fall 2016 Finals Hours
McIntyre Library will be extending its hours the week before and of finals (12/11-12/26). The hours are as follows:

  • Sun (12/11): 11 am - 1 am
  • Mon (12/12): 7 am - Open 24 hrs.
  • Tue (12/13): Open 24 hrs.
  • Wed (12/14): Open 24 hrs.
  • Thu (12/15): Open 24 hrs.
  • Fri (12/16): Open until Midnight
  • Sat (12/17): 7:30 am - Midnight

  • Sun (12/18): 7:30 am - Open 24 hrs.
  • Mon (12/19): Open 24 hrs.
  • Tue (12/20): Open 24 hrs.
  • Wed (12/21): Open 24 hrs.
  • Thu (12/22): Open until 7 pm
  • Fri (12/23): 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sat (12/24): CLOSED

  • Sun (12/25): CLOSED
  • Mon (12/26): CLOSED 

Good luck on your tests and papers!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Research Coaching @ McIntyre Library

Sign up for a session with a librarian to get advice on starting your research process, to look over your current sources and citations, or to get help wrapping up your research project or paper!

Research Coaching Sessions will be held from 
November 7th - November 18th*

Appointments available at:

*If the times offered do not work for you, schedule an appointment with a librarian any time during the semester by using the link on our homepage in the "Research Help" box to the right of library search: