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    General Phone & Fax

    Voice: 608.785.8505 (admin. office)
    FAX: 608.785.8639 (admin. office)
    Hours: 608.785.8808 (recording)

    Mailing Address

    Murphy Library
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    1631 Pine Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601-3748

    Academic Engagement

    Unit Head: Teri Holford-Talpe, Academic Engagement & Curriculum Librarian

    Murphy Library fully participates in the campus mission of inclusive excellence. The academic engagement librarian works with library-wide efforts to provide outreach, research and instructional support and programming for under-represented and non-traditional student populations.

    Access Services

    Unit Head: Heather Jett, Access Services Librarian

    Access Services is responsible for the circulation of the general and reserve collections, shelving and stacks maintenance, facilitation of Universal Borrowing services, interlibrary loan and document delivery, creation and maintenance of patron records, compilation of circulation and building use statistics, and provision of basic information and assistance to students, faculty and staff, and the community.


    General Contact: - 785.8507

    Interlibrary Loan

    General Contact: - 785.8396


    Unit Head: John Jax, Collection Development Librarian

    The Acquisitions unit is responsible for purchasing materials in all formats, which support the curriculum of UW-L. The unit is responsible for monitoring the acquisitions budget, for the ordering and timely receipt of requested materials, and for providing timely collection development and budget reports to the Collection & Resource Development Librarian. The unit receives gifts and if appropriate (as determined by Collection & Resource Development), integrates them into the collection. 


    Unit Head: Catherine Lavallée-Welch, Library Director 

    The administrative office manages all library budgets, compiles statistical data,  completes statistical surveys, prepares reports, coordinates building services and manages all aspects of student employment.

    Cataloging, Metadata and Data Services

    Unit Head: William Doering, Data Librarian

     The Metadata unit is responsible for cataloging print and electronic library materials as well as the metadata used on digital projects, which appear in Murphy Library’s various search services such as Search@UW. The unit also is responsible for managing the Search@UW system and to work with colleagues to harvest data from variant library and campus systems and services and relate them and to work with campus faculty with their data management needs.

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    Collection and Resource Development

    Unit Head: John Jax, Collection Development Librarian

    The Collection & Resource Development unit works with teaching and library faculty to identify and select information resources that are made available at UW La Crosse and throughout the University of Wisconsin System. This unit manages the resources budget, allocating funds for materials held and accessed by the Library. This unit also analyzes data about information resources (print and electronic) so informed decisions can be made with regard to the collections (monographs, periodicals, and electronic resources).

    Curriculum Center

    Unit Head: Teri Holford Talpe, Academic Engagement & Curriculum Librarian

    The Alice Hagar Curriculum Resource Center contains a variety of collections to support the School of Education and pre-service teachers. Books and materials for grades K-12, curriculum guides and children's literature (picture books, easy reader and Young Adult books). The center also houses the STEMSS (Science, Technology, Engineering Math and Social Sciences) collection.

    Digital Collections and University Repository

    Unit Head: David Mindel, Digital Collections/University Repository Librarian

    The Digital Collections and University Repository unit is responsible for creating, capturing, preserving, and displaying online digital content related to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the surrounding community.  Although both areas within the unit are focused on digital content, they differ in regard to the type digital content, itself. The Digital Collections area puts its resources into in-house digitization efforts, largely aimed at digitizing historical and visual materials, working closely with Special Collections. The University Repository area deals with collecting academic content produced from within UW-L, or about UW-L or the surrounding community. This UW-L produced content is then placed into the Minds@UW repository, which is open to the public, and serves as a location for academically produced materials within the UW System to be visible to the rest of the world.

    Electronic Resources  and Periodicals

    Unit Head: Jenifer Holman, Electronic Resources/Periodicals Librarian

     This unit is responsible for maintaining access to Murphy Library’s electronic resources and print/microform periodicals collection. Murphy Library provides access to over 200 article databases, hundreds of electronic reference books, and tens of thousands of electronic journals. If you have any questions about accessing, or if you experience problems using, the library’s electronic resources, please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian.

    Instructional Technology 

    Unit Head: Elizabeth Humrickhouse-Lee, Instructional Technology Librarian



    The Instructional Technology unit leads the library in shaping an e-learning information literacy instruction program. It develops instructional content delivered through face-to-face and especially e-learning environments, and leads the incorporation of instructional technologies into the library’s teaching and learning activities.

    Library Systems and Technology

    Unit Head: Katherine Russell, Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian

    The staff members in the LS&T unit are responsible for maintaining staff and guest computers, and providing assistance to library staff with computer, application, or network issues. LS&T staff work to ensure that the library is moving forward with the use of new technology and assists with purchasing decisions that promote that goal.


    Unit Head: Stefan Smith, Outreach Librarian

    Outreach works with all library units to publicize library services, events, collections, and other resources to the broader campus community. Outreach also participates in programming, event planning, resource development, creation of online and print resources, and similar activities that facilitate the use and understanding of library resources.


    Unit Head: Michael Current, Reference Librarian

    Reference librarians can help you find the quality information you need, and save you time in the process. We are also able to help you find resources and use the services of the entire library, and we can help you navigate and utilize the whole world of information resources that's at your disposal at UW-L.

    Teaching and Learning

    Unit Head: Vacant position

    Librarians instruct UW-L students on library and online information resources most appropriate for each class.  

    Special Collections

    Unit Head: Paul Beck, Special Collections Librarian

    The Special Collections Department collects, preserves, and provides access to the rare book and local history collections, as well as an oral history collection, maps, photographs, and university archives. This department also houses the La Crosse Area Research Center, which holds archival records of local governmental bodies and personal papers of people and businesses.

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