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1881

Founding of Marquette College at 10th and State Streets


1883

Reading Room established in college building


1900

College library and gymnasium installed in former Holy Name Parochial School building on 10th St.


1906-08

Marquette College re-charters as a university. Medical and Dental School libraries established.


1907

Marquette University opens its academic year in new quarters in Johnston Hall. Library moves into quarters on the main floor.


1908

Law School and Engineering College established. Corresponding libraries established.


1910

Schools of Business and Journalism established.


1922

Graduate School established.


1925

Library reorganization planned under the new Marquette Bureau of Information and Statistics (Irma Hochstein, Director).


1926-30

Cataloging with the Dewey Decimal system initiated with assistance from UW Library School and student field workers. Consolidation of departmental collections in new Johnston Hall Library, Room 207.


1928

First " trained" librarian, Mary M. Marshall begins work.


1929

First cataloger, Marie Scheie begins work.


1930-45

Rev. Francis L. Betten, S.J., Director of Libraries.


1931

Statistics reveal inventory of 30,000 books, 100 periodicals and 100 loan-outs per day. Catalog combined for all departmental libraries.


1941

Fr. Betten begins planning for a new library.


1942

Science Library now in Science Building (Marquette Hall).


1942

Periodical Library branch now located in Canisius Hall, an old home at 604 N. 13th St. (now old section of Business Administration building).


1945

New library planning committee formed.


1945-55

Mary K. Dempsey, Director.


1953

Completion and dedication of Memorial Library building.


1955-63

William Ready, director.


1957

Acquisition of the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection for Archives.


1961

Founding of the Archives by Rev. Raphael Hamilton, S.J.


1961

Acquisition of Sen. Joseph McCarthy papers for Archives.


1962

Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker collections acquired for Archives.


1964-70

William Fitzgerald, Director.


1968

Dedication of Legal Research Center, Law Library.


1971-73

James Riley, Director.


1971

Completion of new addition to Memorial Library.


1972

Journal cataloging with Library of Congress classification system.


1973

Memorial Library designated a Foundation Center Collection and service site.


1974

Rev. James J. Kortendick, S.S., Acting Director.


1974-95

William M. Gardner, Director.


1974

Formation of Department of Special Collections and University Archives.


1974

Installation of Interlibrary Loan teletype and 3M tattle tape security system.


1974

Formation of Library Council of Metropolitan Milwaukee.


1975

Academic Librarians' Assembly formed.


1975

First edition published of Foundations in Wisconsin.


1975

Twenty-one librarians on staff.


1976

Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission records acquired for Archives.


1977

OCLC access obtained through Council of Wisconsin Libraries.


1978

Medical School (which separated from Marquette in 1967) leaves quarters at present Schroeder Complex for the new facilities in Wauwatosa.


1981

New Science Library opens in former Medical School space, Schroeder Complex. All Nursing, Dental, and Engineering Collections go to LC Classification. Jay Kirk, Director.


1982

Libraries participate in a national survey of library usage directed by Tantalus, Inc.


1988

INNOVACQ system goes online for serials and acquisitions.


1989

MARQCAT online public catalog opens, incorporating Memorial, Science, and Law Libraries.


1990

MARQCAT circulation initiated, integrated system implemented.


1991

Dewey classification ceases, Library of Congress classification conversion project for Memorial Collections begins.


1993

Using Gopher technology an online campus-wide information system jointly administered by the Libraries and the Computer Services Division (CSD, now called Information Technology Services), was made available to the Marquette community. A naming contest selects Marquest as the name for the Gopher information system.


1995

Dr. Nicholas C. Burckel becomes the 8th Director of Libraries.


1996

Library of Congress classification conversion project completed for Memorial Library. All library general collections in LC. Campus fiber-optic backbone completed. Campus computer network attachments made in Memorial Library. Staff begin using PC based access to the campus network and to the Internet.


1997

First wired classroom/lab opens, funded by Parents Association. Rev. John P. Raynor dies, inspiring anonymous challenge gift of $10 million to begin new library planning.


1998

MARQCAT moves to a Web-based interface. Turnstiles and photocopiers converted to use Marquette IDs. Libraries participate in rollout of the PrintWise pay-for-print service. Library establishes a site (MORE--Marquette Online Research Environment) on the Web.


1999

Laptop computers complete with wireless cards made available for checkout.


2000

Y2k doesn't destroy the world. Major collections of JSTOR and Project MUSE licensed for campus use. Circulation and Serials staff functions in MARQCAT move to a graphical based system (Millennium). Over 9,900 files from Special Collections and University Archives moved to the University Web server to create a Web presence. Library users get the option of receiving library notices via e-mail.


2001

Groundbreaking ceremony for Raynor Library (Oct. 1). Foundations in Wisconsin moved from CD-ROM to Web-based access. Library users can create their own "holds" on materials checked out. MARQCAT searches via Z39.50 enabled.


2002

Construction begins on Memorial's 2nd and 3rd levels to prepare for the connecting bridge to Raynor Library. Table of Contents information for recently purchased books added to MARQCAT.


2003

Raynor Library opens (August 4). 24/7 hours begin (Sept. 2). Library dedication (Sept. 19) featuring Martin Sheen, who received an honorary degree.  Renovation of Memorial Library lower, 1st, and 2nd levels continues through much of 2004. Francis Paul Prucha, S.J., Archives Reading Room Dedicated (October 2).


2004

Technical services departments move into new 1st floor quarters in January. Lower level of Memorial Library opens new compact shelving area for Memorial bound periodicals. Second phase of compact shelving added to accommodate Science Periodicals. Renovation of Memorial shelving and reading areas completed. Entire Memorial monographic collection shifted to incorporate Science Library collection. Science Library closes as a public facility.


2005

Plugged roof drain causes major water damage through all floors of Raynor.


2006

Janice Simmons-Welburn becomes 9th Director/Dean of Library. Link resolver (WebBridge) added to MARQCAT enables transition from database citations to full text.


2007

First business manager (Greg Wutcheck) hired. Michael Pate, Assistant Director retires after 22 years at MU. Online chat Reference - MEEBO introduced.


2008

Jean Zanoni appointed Associate Dean. Digital Projects librarian hired. Quick Search (a.k.a. Research Pro) federated search engine added to MARQCAT. Count of licensed online databases reaches 400.


2009

Library residency program established. Discovery catalog platform - Encore and re-designed MARQCAT debuted in August. Re-designed web site launched in December.


2010

Digital collections continue to expand with the addition of two collections - Athletic Hall of Fame, and Building a Campus. Two previous collections continue to grow - Holy Rosary/Red Cloud School digital dollection expands to 1,000 images and the Postcards from Manhattan collection expands adding dancers.


2011

Libraries go mobile! Access to MARQCAT and the Libraries' website was made available to mobile devices. The Saint John's Bible and the Stephen Sondheim Collection added to Special Collections.


2012

Alumni access added for two EBSCO databases. Special Collections and University Archives lecture series to commemorates 75th anniversary of The Hobbit. Digital Media Studio established to assist students incorporating media into their classroom presentations.


2013

Libraries conduct Scholarly Communications Symposium. EBSCO's Discovery Service becomes the new MARQCATplus. Online reservations for group study rooms implemented. e-Publications delivers their 1 millionth download. Mandarin version of the Library Tour video created.


2014

Special Collections and University Archives scans their 10,000th image. LibQual library assessment survey conducted.