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Murphy Library University of Wisconsin - La Crosse N. 32 Fall 2003
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Federated Searching Initiative

As the number of electronic information resources and databases available through Murphy Library continues to grow, finding the best resources in which to find information can become daunting for many students. Librarians looking for strategies to assist students in navigating the digital information terrain have advocated federated search software. Federated search software has a number of features that add value to and facilitate the research process—one is enabling searchers to use a single, unified interface to search across multiple licensed databases and resources such as e-journals and digital libraries.

Federated search software enables users to search multiple resources through a single interface.

After the UW Libraries Strategic Directions for 2001-2003 included federated search software as a key initiative, a UW-System task force was formed last spring to evaluate products that would provide “federated” or “broadcast” searching capabilities and “context-sensitive linking.” Context-sensitive linking identifies relevant links to full-text articles, interlibrary loan/document delivery services, book reviews, etc. Having assessed the RFP documents and vendor demonstrations, the committee will make a recommendation to the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries this month. Implementation would begin in 2004.

Although some advanced features of the native interfaces of individual resources may not be available in the federated search, the convenience and efficiency of searching once across multiple resources will simplify the search process and encourage the use of many locally owned and remote resources, including the sometimes overlooked library catalog. Federated search software merges search results and presents the user with many options, including the ability to save searches and re-run them periodically.

System-wide projects such as the current federated searching initiative require intensive cooperative work among UW campus librarians and UW-System support staff. These efforts in recent years have resulted in a series of major new or greatly enhanced services, including Universal Borrowing (patron initiated checkout of materials at other UW-System campuses); an improved Interlibrary Loan interface, ILLiad; and the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, officially launched this fall.

The Fine Print
We hope you enjoy this electronic version of the Murphy Library Fine Print Newsletter. This is the second semester that the Fine Print has been available primarily as an electronic publication.

Paper and pensFor those people who prefer paper, a simple, printable copy is also available.

What do you think about this format? Please let us know.

The Fine Print is published fall and spring terms for UW-La Crosse faculty, staff, students, and friends of Murphy Library.  
Stefan Smith and Jenifer Holman, Editors

Paul Beck
 Department Chair

Anita Evans, Library Director

Murphy Library
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1631 Pine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Michael Current

Michael Current Michael Current joined the Murphy Library staff in late summer as Government Information Public Services Librarian. Michael manages the library's Government Depository Program and participates in many varied public services activities such as instruction and reference.

Michael comes to UW-L with almost 9 years of library experience, mostly from Carleton College, his alma mater.

Please welcome Michael in the Government Documents office (basement, room 025), via email, or by phone at 785-8739.

Galadriel Chilton

Galadriel Chilton Galadriel Chilton began her new position as Electronic Resources Librarian on October 27, 2003. Galadriel's duties include managing the library's databases, providing information and analysis on product use, providing database training to the campus, and more.

Galadriel earned her MLS from Indiana University in 2000. Before coming to UW-La Crosse, Galadriel was Technology & Outreach Coordinator at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Please welcome Galadriel in her office at Murphy 113, via email or by phone at 785-8738.

Library Research becomes easier with new wireless network connections
During early fall semester 2003, ITS installed 5 wireless hubs (supporting over 35 users each) in Murphy Library serving the following areas: the general access lab (153) and classroom (150) and special collections on the main floor; the electronic classroom (273) and curriculum areas on the second floor; the east end of all three floors of the library including the graduate carrels in the basement and the reference area on the main floor. People can now use their own Windows 2000 and XP laptops with wireless network cards to gain access to the campus network and beyond. Instructions on configuring wireless network settings are available at an ITS Support web page. Or call them at 785-8774 for help.Wireless Connections

The library also has three active network jacks for patrons to plug in their laptops. These traditional network jacks are located on the main floor of the library near the bound periodicals.

If you have any questions, please contact William Doering by email or phone at 785-8399.


Oxford English Dictionary

Where did the phrase bad hair day originate? How did the movie, A Clockwork Orange influence the English language?

If you have an interest in words, you'll probably want to have some fun exploring the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED), with 23 volumes, looks more like a set of encyclopedias than a dictionary of words. There is no other English-language source with as much information about how words are pronounced and used, how they have influenced language, and where they originated.

Through a UW-System subscription, the entire 23 volumes are available via the web.

Because the dictionary includes so much varied information about words, and because the online version offers many ways to search, you can use the dictionary for more than just finding word definitions and pronunciations.

The best searching seems to be in the Advanced Search area, where, for example, a search for “Mick Jagger” leads to 18 entries, including words such as “popocrat,” “washboard, ”and “sashay.”

The OED also allows you to enter words or phrases and find historical quotations of when they were first used.

As long as you are on the UW-L campus, you will be able to get in without a password whether you go through the library web page or if you just go to the dictionary’s commercial site

People without this kind of institutional subscription pay $295 per year for individual subscriptions. To get to the OED from off campus, enter through the library website and give your UW-L email username and password.

The online Oxford English Dictionary is temporarily featured on the library home page, and can always be found in the library’s list of all databases. In addition, the library has the printed 2nd edition in the reference area. Material from the upcoming 3rd edition is available in the continuously updated online version, especially important because the print 3rd edition is not scheduled for completion until 2010.
Student Artwork in the Library

In recent years, more and more student artwork has been appearing in Murphy Library. Some pieces, such as the painting to the right, have been purchased through the Murphy Library Endowment Fund, some have been donated, and others are on display temporarily through the Art Across Campus program. In this and future Fine Prints we will feature temporary and permanent art on display in the library.

The works below are currently hanging in the southeast corner of the 1st floor reference area, near the atlas collection. The work on the right is on permanent display along the east wall of the 1st floor.


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Click on any of the pictures to see a larger image.

Permanent Display


Permanent Student Artwork


Hoc Voluerunt
Kim Van Someren
Oil On Canvas
Purchased by Murphy Library Endowment


 Multimedia Use
Murphy Library has recently started building a substantial multimedia collection. The library is purchasing videos, DVDs, and audio works. Faculty are encouraged to submit purchase suggestions and to point students to these resources.



Fast Facts:

The library has or has ordered all Academy Award winning films of the last decade. Older titles are being ordered.

The library has 1,741 multimedia items.

66% (1,152 titles) have circulated at least once.

The collection includes an increasing number of  international titles.

Top Ten Multimedia Circulations /Total Number of Circulations

  1. One flew over the cuckoo's nest [video] / 46 circulations
  2. Lola rennt [video] = Run Lola run / 39 circulations
  3. My left foot [video]  / 37 circulations
  4. Clockwork orange [video]  / 36 circulations
  5. Stepford wives [video] / 33 circulations
  6. Who's counting? : Marilyn Waring on sex, lies & global economics] [video] / 32 circulations
  7. Killing us softly 3 : advertising's image of women [video]  / 31 circulations
  8. Blazing saddles [video] ] / 30 circulations
  9. American tongues [video] Tied for 9th place with Ten commandments of communicating with people with disabilities [video] / 29 circulations
  10. Children of a lesser god [video]  / 28 circulations

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Support Murphy Library Support Murphy Library

La Crosse in Light & ShadowLa Crosse in Light & Shadow

Edited by Ed Hill and Douglas Connell

Available for $40.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling.

Proceeds for the book go to the Murphy Library Endowment Fund.

For more information and purchase instructions, visit Murphy Library Special Collections

August Moon PaintingAugust Moon by Michael Blaser

This magnificent oil painting, commissioned for Murphy Library, hangs in the library’s Special Collections area.

Limited edition prints are available for sale.

More information is available through Murphy Library, (608)785-8511, and at the library's August Moon Website  

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Murphy Library Endowment Fund Makes a Difference!

Maintaining the level of excellence expected in our academic community creates challenges for today's university libraries.

In 1989, Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse established an endowment fund to support and enhance the special needs of the Library. Help make a difference in the 21st century!

For information and donation instructions, visit the library Endowment Fund website


Fredricks Memorial Endowment Fund in Oral History

The Fredricks Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 1994 in honor of history professor and oral historian Howard Fredericks. The fund supports the university's oral history program, which is an active and useful primary resource for the region.

Contributions are greatly appreciated and may be sent to:

UW-L Foundation-Fredricks Fund
Murphy Library Resource Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1631 Pine Street
La Crosse, WI 54601-3792

Library Hours
Regular Academic Year Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:40 a.m.– Midnight
Friday 7:40 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon - Midnight
Reference Desk (Regular Academic Year)
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Area Research Center (Regular Academic Year)
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Intersession hours as posted
Finals Weeks and Holidays

Thanksgiving Recess: The library will close at 4:30 on Wednesday, November 26, and remain closed until noon on Sunday, November 30.

Finals Week: Special Hours are in effect. Visit the Hours link on the library home page for more details.

Finals Week: Reference Service will be available 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Intersession hours as posted at the Hours link.

Finals Week: The Extended Hours Study Room will be open until 2:00 a.m. during the days posted at the Hours link

Library Contacts
Acquisitions 785-8395 Hours 785-8808
Administrative Office 785-8520 Gov. Documents 785-8513
Automation 785-8399 Interlibrary Loan 785-8636
Cataloging 785-8638 Instruction 785-8637
Circulation & Reserves 785-8507 Outreach 785-8396
Collection & Res. Dev. 785-8567 Periodicals 785-8510
Curriculum Center 785-8651 Reference Desk 785-8508
Electronic Resources 785-8738 Special Collections 785-8511