Library is pleased to announce that Dr. James Putz is this year’s Eugene W.
Murphy Library Special Recognition Award recipient. The Murphy Library Award was
established in 1986 by Murphy Library and the UW-L Foundation to recognize
notable contributions to the library’s mission, program, and purposes.
Dr. Putz is a professor in the Communication Studies department and is the
course director of CST110, a course that reaches more than 2,000 students
annually. Not only is Dr. Putz a tireless advocate for the importance of using
library resources and citing them properly in his own classroom, in his role as
CST 110 Director, he requires all CST110 instructors to include an information
literacy instruction component. Because CST110 is a required course, this means
that this is the most effective vehicle the library has currently for teaching
information literacy skills in a systematic way.
Putz further made an important contribution to information literacy instruction
in 2005 and 2006 when he co-chaired an interdisciplinary lesson study group
consisting of CST110 instructors and Murphy Library librarians focused on
studying and revising the CST110 information literacy lesson. The work of the
committee resulted in effective revisions to the lesson, better communication
between CST110 course instructors and librarians, and in publication of an
article about the study in the March 2007 issue of the peer reviewed online
journal, Teaching Forum: A Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Librarians also presented the results of the study at the 2007 Wisconsin
Association of Academic Librarians conference. More recently in fall 2008,
Dr. Putz volunteered his freshmen students in three sections of CST 110 to take the ISkills test. The data gleaned from the test results will enable the library to
learn more about the information literacy skills of our freshmen so that we can
be better prepared to meet the needs of our new students.
We welcome you to join us as we recognize his accomplishments at the Murphy
Library Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7 p.m. in Special Collections,
Room 156 Murphy Library Resource Center.
Murphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library are pleased to announce the
successful completion of a 2008 LSTA
digitization grant. Visit the site at
The grant, for $5,506, allowed the libraries to digitize maps and atlases of La Crosse County
and the Upper Mississippi River. The project gives users access to material physically belonging to
Murphy Library, La Crosse Public Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Over 100 maps both in published and manuscript form are included.
This group of material includes maps and atlases of La Crosse County of a
variety of types, including plat (ownership), highway, soil, topographic; city
of La Crosse including zoning, parks, and street; other La Crosse County
municipalities; and selected pre- and post-lock and dam charts and maps of the
Upper Mississippi River. The date range of the maps is approximately 1854-1987
and demonstrates the rich history of the area from the days of logging to the
post-lock and dam system on the Mississippi River.
This project forged new boundaries by considerably increasing the amount of La
Crosse resources available on the Internet. It focused on materials that are
oversize and thus difficult and expensive to host locally with the existing
talents and equipment available and probably would not be digitized otherwise.
By grouping these materials together intellectually in a database regardless of
holding library and sharing the best of these collections with users, everyone
benefits. Users of all types will therefore be more likely to capture a solid,
representative body of material that can be found in one central location on the
web that is currently not digitized.
Murphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library have a long standing cooperative
relationship in regard to the digitization of local history content. Winner of
the 2005 WLA/Highsmith Award, their La Crosse History Unbound
web site has helped many local history students, researchers, and genealogists.
This project would not have been possible without the support of Peter Gottlieb
and Rick Pifer of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Anita Evans and Paul
Beck of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Murphy Library. Anita Taylor
Doering, La Crosse Public Library, served as project manager; William Doering,
Murphy Library, coordinated metadata; volunteer Daniel Nelson and LPL staffer
Megan Isely also contributed with the metadata in the early stages of the
project. Vicki Tobias served as UWDCC coordinator on this project.