The Cofrin Library’s Area Research Center has a “Throwback Thursdays” post today on its Facebook page. Remember when UW-Green Bay had a marching band that performed at Packers games? Did you know that the Center has a collection of Packers-related editorial cartoons? Check the post at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbarchives.
We see that the Cofrin Library has selected Thursday, Sept. 11, for its annual Bash in the Stacks evening. From 7 to 11 p.m. the library will have a carnival feel, with music, games, food, crafts, Nerf tag, “silent library,” and clown selfies.
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record and for benefit of our off-campus readers: The stairs of the eight-story Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay once again be opened all the way to the top on Sept. 11 for a 9/11 memorial event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will walk the stairs of the library floors 2 through 8 to honor and pay tribute to the victims, families, military personnel and protective services officers affected by the tragic events of 9/11/2001. Also, a fruit and yogurt station will be set up on the second floor of the Cofrin Library for the first 75 participants. Sponsored by the Wellness Committee and Vets4Vets, it’s a chance stop by to share memories and socialize with our veteran students.
Dorothy L. Heinrich, a former special collections librarian for UW-Green Bay and curator of the University Archives and the Area Research Center, passed away Aug. 16 at the age of 94. During the first decade of operation of the Cofrin Library (then called the Library-Learning Center), Heinrich helped make it a destination for historians and researchers. She made countless visits and speaking engagements, and led workshops to help familiarize Northeastern Wisconsin residents with the resources of the Library and University. She was instrumental, along with Prof. William Laatsch, in the development of the popular Belgian-American Ethnic Collection, which was funded by a 1976 Bicentennial grant. Heinrich was the first non-faculty-member to win the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Community Outreach, in 1979, shortly before her retirement. Newcomer Green Bay funeral service assisted the family with arrangements. Read obituary.
Resource librarian Mitchell Scott and director Paula Ganyard of the Cofrin Library presented their poster “Starting Somewhere: UW-Green Bay’s first information literacy assessment” at the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 28 in Las Vegas. This poster was part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Assessment in Action program. The Cofrin Library had been selected as one of the first 75 academic libraries in the country to go through this year-long program. Their poster explained how they set out to investigate the effect that information literacy instruction has on student learning, specifically looking to see if the type of instruction has a greater or lesser effect on student learning. Ganyard reports that the study provided the Library with useful and applicable data but, more important, represented a first foray into formal information literacy assessment and “taught us many lessons about the assessment process.”
Last week several members of the library staff were busy presenting and organizing conferences. Staff presenting at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians conference in Wisconsin Dells:
• Mitchell Scott and Joan Robb presented “DIY Collection Analysis”
• Paula Ganyard was on a panel with colleagues from UW-River Falls, UW-Milwaukee, and Marquette University presenting “Choose Your Future: Strategic Planning Makes it Happen”
• Joan Robb presented with colleagues from UW-Baraboo and UW-Milwaukee on “Yes, All 26 Campuses: Improving Ebook Access through Consortial Acquisition”
• Renee Ettinger coordinated the conference poster sessions, where there were a record number for this conference at 33
• Emily Rogers is serving this year as chairperson of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians.
Meanwhile, presenting at the ELUNA (Ex Libris Users North America) conference in Montreal, Canada, was Melissa Platkowski. Her presentation was “Hot Mess to Hot Mama: Making over the Most Popular Journals Report from SFX.” Melissa was the only person from the UW System Libraries to present at this conference.
Staff members Anne Kasuboski and Tony LaLuzerne of the Cofrin Library will be presenting a program at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries scheduled to take place late next week in Sheboygan. The topic? We’re told that both Kasuboski and Laluzerne are proud to call themselves “Wigglers” – and that’s actually a noble area of interest. They are officers of WIGHLR (pronounced “Wiggler”), the WIsconsin Genealogy and Local History Roundtable of the Wisconsin Library Association, Tony as secretary and Anne as newsletter editor. At the Sheboygan conference they’ll take part in a “genealogy roadshow” session sharing personal case studies in finding their ancestors. If you’re interested in WIGHLR or the conference itself, http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/wiglhr or http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/wapl/conferences-events/wapl-2014-conferencetry
In the spirit of library-to-library friendship, we share this invitation from our friends with the Friends of the Brown County Library: That library’s annual Used Book Sale, sometimes having more than 100,000 items for sale in every category from fiction to children’s to history, religion, gardening, you name it, is set for May 6-10 at the Brown County Central Library.
The Cofrin Library is having another of its famous book sales Monday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 29, during Library hours, on the Plaza level of the Library. Popular reading, textbooks and everything in between will be for sale (look for a particularly large selection of science fiction). Everything is marked at $1 per item. Don’t miss it! For more information contact Leah Liebergen at x2382 or email@example.com.
If you’ve already completed the Cofrin Library survey, thank you! If you haven’t, you still have time to share your thought and provide valuable feedback about Cofrin Library services, collections and spaces. There’s a prize drawing, too, to encourage participation. Click the link to start the survey.