September Library Office Notes





ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
It’s the start of a new academic year at Illinois and, though I don’t want to jinx things, it’s feeling almost back-to-normal. I’m excited to see a large number of people all across campus—and in our library spaces. I’m happy to report there are already large numbers of students utilizing our new Orange Room in the Main Library. Foot traffic in our libraries is vastly outstripping what we saw last year with the return to in-person instruction. Read more…
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 9/1/2022
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services | Project Manager, Library Building Project

Project Meetings and Updates for August 2022
During the month of August, representatives from the University Library, University Administration, and Facilities and Services met on several occasions to discuss elements of the project:

  • August 4th – Lightning Protection – A/E and campus personnel to review lightning protection for facility.
  • August 15th – Generator Location and Refueling – A/E and campus personnel to review generator location and refueling procedures for facility.
  • August 16th – FFE Samples Discussion – Internal meeting with project team to discuss initial FFE samples.
  • August 17th – Public Safety Review – A/E and Campus personnel to review public safety in building.
  • August 22nd – Lighting Impact on Morrow Plots/Observatory – A/E meeting with Library personnel, F&S, Capital Programs, College of ACES, and Observatory representatives.

Project-Related Meetings Scheduled for September 2022 (as of 8/31/2022)
At present, there are no scheduled meetings for September 2022.

Other Activities
Personnel within the Library continue to meet on a bi-weekly basis to touch base on progress, and members of the Library’s Administration continue meeting with Capital Programs project team on a weekly basis to check on progress associated with this project.

Efforts to barcode and improve inventory management continue. The Special Collections Division is continuing work related to their opening exhibit.

Proposed Project Schedule
As the project progresses, the schedule becomes increasingly more detailed and accurate going forward. At present, the schedule below outlines dates going forward for the development of construction documents (CD), their review, the bidding and negotiation phase, construction, and post-construction. This schedule was updated and is accurate as of June 8th, 2022.

Nothing to report.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rooms 450A, B, C – Available for Reservations
As part of its charge to identify and prepare appropriate offices and workspaces for all employees impacted by the building project, the Staffing Working Group recommended this past summer to convert unused office suites in the 450 Main Library area into bookable, shared workspaces.  These spaces are now complete and ready for use.

Rooms 450 A,B, and C are bookable through Outlook, and keys can be picked up from the 230 Main Library office suite, following the same process for booking other shared spaces in the building.  450 A&B have a single workstation, and 450 C is split into two workstations, each of which is separately bookable (Listed as 450C1 and 450C2 in Outlook). These spaces are intended for occasional use by employees who have need of private workspace for job-related activities such as Zoom meetings, personnel discussions, etc.  Any permanent library employee is eligible to book one of these spaces.  As these are shared spaces filling a need for a large number of library employees, please do not book them for regular, lengthy amounts of time, until we have a chance to assess use and measure demand.

For questions about

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Nominate a Library Outstanding Academic Professional (AP)
The Awards and Recognition Committee is accepting nominations for the Library Outstanding AP Award through September 20, at 5 pm. Any member of the Library community can nominate a Library AP for this award. Nominators are welcome (and encouraged) to work with co-nominators to develop a thorough nomination with details and examples. For eligibility and nominee requirements, please see the call sent to LibNews on August 31. Nominations can be submitted at
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Did You Know? A Monthly Factoid from Library Assessment

Which of the following questions did you answer the most during the first week of class? Was it…

“Where can I find a place to study?”
“How can I use the printer?”
“Where is Room 66?”

No matter how simple these questions are, the effort we make to help students navigate library buildings and services is important. The University’s Student Experience Survey (Fall 2021) found that students who used library services had a higher sense of belonging and connectedness to the University. An undergraduate student survey conducted by the Library (Fall 2018) also found that students who used library space “once or twice a year” reported higher GPA than those who had never been to a library on campus.

Thanks to Beth Hoag, Ph.D. for providing the Student Experience Survey findings. For more information about these studies, please contact Library Assessment (
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Task Force Meeting Minutes
Minutes from past DEIA Task Force meetings are online on the Task Force web page.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Collection Development Committee Notes
The most recent meetings minutes of the CDC are posted at:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recognizing Excellence

Please share your award, recognition, or grant! To initiate a request for publicity, employees (or their supervisors) should submit this Awards/Recognitions/Grants Publicity Request Form.
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FACILITIES: Facilities Update
Tim Newman, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Facilities

Welcome back to campus! As a new semester has started, the Facilities Team wanted to remind everyone of a few general procedures and policies:

For any facility related request(s) such as, furniture needs, key request, event setup, general maintenance, and remodel, or when not sure, please submit a ticket request.  This way all of facilities can track the request and ensure that we are providing the best customer service for you.  Our ticketing system has changed to Team Dynamix.  These links will help with varied ticket submissions:

Team Dynamix (general facility/default request)
Key Request Form
Event Checklist

For shipping/delivery, please bring any shipments to Shipping/Receiving the day prior. We make daily deliveries starting at 8:00am, as well as multiple deliveries throughout the day. We try to accommodate rush orders, but request at least a day’s notice. Additionally, for any packages being shipped FedEx or UPS, please have them by noon at the shipping/receiving desk at the Main Library. Lastly, ensure that you please provide as much detail regarding the order as possible (vendor, quantity, price, etc.).

For a complete list of projects in planning and construction, please see
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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Sarah Blanco – Library Specialist – Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support – 8/15/2022
  • Alyson Bell – Associate Director – Library Advancement – 8/16/2022
  • Megan Sapp-Nelson – Head – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 8/18/2022
  • JD Tanaro – Library Specialist – Funk ACES – 8/29/2022

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Megan Johnson – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – resigned 8/6/2022
  • Brian Agnoletti – Library Facilities – resigned 8/12/2022

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Library Specialist (Government Documents) – ACS – decision soon
  • Office Support Associate – Dean’s Office – interviews 8/24-8/26
  • Accounting Officer – Business and Human Resources Service Center – interviews soon
  • Library Specialist (2 PM – 10 PM) – Grainger – posting soon
  • Senior Library Specialist – History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library – posting soon
  • Senior Library Specialist – Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery – posting soon
  • E-Resources Library Specialist – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – posting soon

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Positions

  • Digital Humanities Librarian – Scholarly Communication & Publishing, FAC – Celestina Savonius-Wroth, Chair. Live on the job board with a closing date of 9/16/2022.

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HR NEWS: In Memoriam

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Staff Events Calendar
To see the most up-to-date staff events calendar, please visit
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Residence Hall Libraries’ Student Events
September 7 at 4pm

The Residence Hall Libraries are holding their First Monthly Game Night of the semester! Board games from the Residence Hall Libraries’ collections will be available and the event will provide the opportunity for students to make new friends. This event will be held at both the Ikenberry Library (SDRP 2003) and the Illinois Street Residence Hall Library (50A/B).

Additional information and a list of all the events already planned for the semester can be found here:

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events

  • Building a Successful Budget
    September 13 at 1 PM
    This session will provide attendees with a high-level overview of budgeting in libraries. We will examine nuances of the word “budget” and what that implies about how we discuss budgets with various departments within the organization, share similarities and differences in the budget process across organizations, and discuss long-term strategies for weathering budget cuts. We will finish by demonstrating how human bias impacts budgetary decision-making.
    Register for this event
  • Racial Equity in Libraries
    September 19 at 1 PM
    In this session, Kristyn Caragher and Tatiana Bryant will highlight select results of their national survey and provide implications for libraries to consider in their racial equity work regarding the hiring, retention, and promotion of BIPOC employees.
    Register for this event
  • Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy
    September 20 at 1 PM
    There is strength in a consortium voice and through the agency of the consortium the opportunity to lead together under a unified plan. This presentation reviews the landscape of effective consortia advocacy work, while presenting an approach to developing an advocacy plan. Drawing from the recent book by the same title, participants will leave with a sense of options and opportunities to build a consistent message to influence and persuade throughout the consortium (or any group) for agreed-upon goals.
    Register for this event

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: The Viceroyalty of Peru and the Times of the Conde de Montemar
September 16 at 3pm

Please join us for the opening reception of RBML’s Fall Exhibit, The Viceroyalty of Peru and the Times of the Conde de Montemar. The exhibit is curated by Ana D. Rodríguez and Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, and will remain on view through May 12, 2023.

For nearly 300 years (1542-1824), the Viceroyalty of Perú was an integral part of the extensive Spanish Empire in the Americas. The Spaniards had taken over the Inca Empire that had ruled those lands for generations and had established a complex civilization. By taking the Inca Empire, its riches and lands, the descendants of these conquistadors developed a new society characterized by the diversity of communities where they lived, with the indigenous peoples placed at a disadvantage. As a stratified society, the white noble class was at the top of the social pyramid, including the family of the V Conde de Montemar, which had vast interests throughout the territory. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds a unique and sizable collection of letters that belonged to this family; this exhibit will showcase a fraction of its content, alongside other equally rare and fascinating material from the University of Illinois collections.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: 32nd Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture
September 21

BROWN BAG SESSION: 12:15-1:15 pm CT (in person, 106 Main Library)
LECTURE: 3:30-5:00 pm CT (iSchool, Room 126, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign AND livestream)
REFRESHMENTS: 5:00-5:45 pm CT

A lecture to celebrate Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day as the world community observes International Day of Peace on September 21, 2022. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2022 is “End racism. Build peace.” Join the UN to #FightRacism.

For more information and to register for the lecture, visit

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Small Press Fest and Human Library at PYGMALION
September 22-24

The University Library will host Small Press Fest (part of Made Fest from 5-10pm on September 23) and Human Library (from 11-3pm on September 24) at PYGMALION. More information is forthcoming via LIB-NEWS. 

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Chicago Immigrant Orchestra – IAS Library Outreach Event
September 27

The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra (CIO), a world music ensemble, will be visiting UIUC campus, sponsored by the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library in collaboration with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (and other university co-sponsors). The CIO will give two performances, both free and open to the entire university community.

The CIO was originally established in 1999 by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Recently re-constituted by guitarist Fareed Haque and oud player Wanees Zarour, its performances typically involve 10-12 instrumentalists and singers representing musical traditions from all over the world, from East and South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. The group explores the relationships and differences among these traditions, creating a unique and cohesive tapestry of cultures.

A video of a virtual CIO concert from September 2020 can be found here.

The first performance, to be held in the IAS Library (321 Main Library) at 2:00 p.m., will feature a subset of the CIO at which listeners will be able to interact with the musicians and ask questions about the music and the instruments. Refreshments will be served.

At 7:30 p.m. the full ensemble will give a more formal performance in the Cowell Playhouse at the Krannert Center. Though admission is free to members of the university community and their guests, tickets should be reserved ahead of time at the Krannert Center website at this link

For any questions, please contact:
Atoma Batoma ( or Bob Geraci (

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September 28 at 10am

Please keep a lookout for an email (with a Zoom link) from Lucretia Williams via LIB-NEWS. Complete and submit the Library Hangout Suggestion and Volunteer Form if you have a topic to share.

Also, we’re always looking for volunteers who would be willing to host social time following the Hangouts. Please consider being on an “on-call” list. We need volunteers to keep the social times going! Use the form above if interested.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Recognition of William H. Mischo – Celebrating 40 Years of Library Leadership and Research
September 28 at 4pm

Please join us for a special celebration for William (Bill) Mischo, who served as Head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, Information Systems Research & Development Librarian, and Professor from 1982-2022.

Professor Bill Mischo oversaw the planning and construction of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. His contributions were instrumental in establishing a leading engineering library at a world-class university. Professor Mischo is also known for his development of UIUC’s digital portal and the “Easy Search” gateway software, a cornerstone of the Library’s search and discovery strategy. In 2015, he was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Professor Mischo also held the Berthold Family Professorship in Information Access and Discovery from 2015-2022.

This celebration will be held Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Grainger Engineering Library Information Center in the Grand Gallery, second floor.

Please RSVP to Alex Cabada by Wednesday, September 14.

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If you would like to submit content for the October issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by September 23, 2022.