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Thanksgiving Break Hours

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

The library is open during the following times during Thanksgiving Break:

Wednesday, 11/23, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 11/24, closed

Friday, 11/25, closed

Saturday, 11/26, closed

Sunday, 11/27, 3:30 p.m. to midnight

We hope you have a relaxing, happy vacation!

Please Welcome Amanda Moeller

On July 1, Amanda Moeller joined the staff of the Chalmer Davee Library as the new AmandaElectronic Resources Librarian. She received her MA from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her areas of interest include licensing, improving the user experiences of first-generation college students, and promoting electronic resources for K-12 educators.

Amanda Moeller
Electronic Resources Librarian
Chalmer Davee Library
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S 3rd Street
River Falls WI 54022
Voice: 715.425.3963


Just for You: Extended Hours Finals Week!

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That’s right, one of your favorite places to prep for finals tests, papers, and projects is offering special extended hours to study up! The Chalmer Davee Library will be open the following hours during finals week:

Saturday 12/12 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12/13 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Monday 12/14 – Thursday 12/17 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Friday 12/18 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/19 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12/20 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Remember that we are here for you!  Take advantage of our library research services and on staff Librarians to help you find the resources you need. See you at the Library…


Catalog cards reach an end of an era

Do you remember using one of these to find information?

catalog card

For at least a century, card catalogs were a fixture in libraries of all types. They allowed users to look for books in the physical confines of the library. Librarians meticulously prepared and typed catalog cards to exacting standards.

In 1971, the library cooperative known as OCLC automated the production of catalog cards. After one library in the cooperative produced the metadata to describe a book or other resource, other libraries could indicate that they also owned that item and could order a card for their own catalog. OCLC printed and distributed nearly 2 billion catalog cards to libraries around the world until just this month, when they printed the last card on October 1. Since the mid-1980’s, libraries have gradually replaced their physical catalogs with online catalogs and sophisticated resource discovery systems that allow researchers to search for information available not only in the physical library but also from vast stores of online resources.

The UWRF library decommissioned its card catalog in the late 1980’s, when it implemented its first online library catalog. Never seen a catalog card and want one for your own? Stop by the library and we’ll give you one (or as many as you want!)  We still have cards from our card catalog that we continue to use for scratch paper.   While we’ll never pine for the old days of the card catalog, we will always remember with fondness this part of our library history.

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Students Study for Finals in the Library; Free Coffee and Tea Available

With final exams in full swing, students are studying in the Chalmer Davee Library. Library staff is offering free coffee and tea to those who are studying, but ask that you provide your own cup.

Photo by Kathy Helgeson

Photo by Kathy Helgeson

The University Archives and Area Research Center (Room 170, Lower Level) is also available if you want a super-quiet study space. The Archives is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

North Hall Centennial Celebration Kickoff

Roxanne Schneberger, facilities management, looks at old North Hall photos on display.   (Photo by Kathy M Helgeson; Copyright: UWRF Communications)

Roxanne Schneberger, facilities management, looks at old North Hall photos on display. (Photo by Kathy M. Helgeson; copyright: UWRF Communications)

The staff of the UWRF University Archives and Area Research Center created 14 display boards for the kickoff event celebrating the 100th anniversary of North Hall. The event—held Tuesday February 4, 2014, in North Hall—was a Series on Innovation & Excellence program and featured a tour and scavenger hunt throughout the building. The displays will be up in North Hall through Friday, February 7 — UPDATE: they will be up for several weeks. More events celebrating the anniversary will occur throughout the year.

Check out more photos of this event:

The photographs used in the displays are all from the UWRF Archives’ collections. The Archives also plans an exhibit of the original vintage photographs in their display windows on the first level of the Chalmer Davee Library.

Book honoring Kevin Reilly presented to library

Chancellor Van Galen recently presented a copy of An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry to the library.  Dedicated to Kevin Reilly, president of the University of Wisconsin System from 2003 to 2014, the book honors Reilly as a champion of more graduates, proud Irish American, published scholar in Irish Studies, and devoted connoisseur of poetry.  Reilly is fondly known for reading a poem at virtually every Board of Regents’ meeting.

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View more information about the book in the library catalog.