Dan's Discovery Dives


 Picture of Dan with his Dog.

Each month, Collections Assistant Daniel Mathen explores a piece of the UWinnipeg Library collection that is noteworthy, unique, or overlooked.

A Saskatchewan expat and Manitoba loyalist filled with too many facts to know what to do with, he has a background and certification in education and many interesting stories to share. Widely recognized as the Library’s “Guy with a Cart,” Daniel is a lover of story and drama, and likes to use five words where one would do.

In the library, he prioritizes conveying desired information to patrons in the most accessible way possible. Next time you see him whisking materials around the library, ask him to tell you about his latest dive. He'll probably have a story to share...

2020-2021 Dives 

Yearly Archive

Ferdinand Eckhardt in his study.

Dive #1 | The Eckhardt-Gramatté Collection: A Wondrous Journey

September 24, 2020 

For the series' pilot, Dan tells of his first encounter with a noteworthy, but rather secret and rarely visited part of the UWinnipeg Library collection.

Ferdinand Eckhardt in his study.

Dive #2 | The Trouble with Tribbles

November 2, 2020 

What does Captain Kirk have to do with regional library collections strategy?

Dive #3 | The Intrepid Collection

December 10, 2020 

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Dive #4 | "We Need More Science!"

February 18, 2021

It turns out that there is a secret, thriving market for old science books at UWinnipeg.