June Library Office Notes






ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note

A sincere “thank you” to all of you for the warm welcome you’ve shown me in my first three weeks here as dean and university librarian. Although I didn’t get to meet everyone, the summer social was great fun and I am glad I did get to say hello to a great many of you. Read more…

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 06/01/2023
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services | Project Manager, Library Building Project

General Update

The renovation of the Undergraduate Library and planning for construction of the Archives and Special Collections Building continue apace. At present, all planned demolition of the Undergraduate Library spaces being completed by Facilities & Services is complete.

Initially, plans called for completing the Construction Documents in April 2023 following the mid-March submittal of 100% drawings. Unanticipated changes required to the HVAC system and AV/IT required that the final submission date be renegotiated between Capital Programs and RATIO. At present, the schedule for wrapping up the final details in the 100% drawings and preparing the construction drawings for competitive bid is as follows:

  • 5/18/23 – Design team submitted one line HVAC drawing.
  • 5/25/23 – HVAC and controls design meeting.
  • 6/8/23 – Design team submits drawings/specs.
  • 6/15/23 – Comments returned to design team
  • 6/16 and 6/20 – Tentative design comments review meetings.
  • 6/22/23 – Issue for bids.

Running parallel to these meetings are additional discussions around finalizing the outstanding AV/IT components.

Once the final drawings and accompanying materials required for the bid are submitted, the University will prepare the final bid package. This will be released for the public bidding process with the intent of having a construction package prepared for final Board of Trustees approval at the September BOT meeting. Construction could start shortly thereafter.

As noted in previous updates, members of the Special Collections Division are working diligently with representatives of Bradford Systems and SpaceSaver to finalize a shelving layout for the facility. Meeting roughly every other week, this group made great progress on zeroing in on a final shelving layout. Their target completion date is within the coming weeks.

A third stream of meetings is occurring around finalizing the furniture package for the building. This will be handled in parallel to the construction bid in order to take advantage of state-negotiated IPHEC (Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative) pricing.

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 touch base and monitor 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. As noted, work on the shelving layout continues. Once done, members of the units will need to start preparing models for where specific portions of the collection will sit in the planned shelving layouts in preparation for an eventual move of library and archival collections into the facility.

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.

We anticipate changes to be released as the final bid package is prepared.


Individuals may have noticed the following news item related to the anticipated name change for the building: https://illinoisnewsroom.org/university-of-illinois-library-has-a-new-name/. All building name changes require Board of Trustees approval, and the item appeared in the May BOT meeting schedule.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Fall New Graduate Assistant Orientation

On behalf of the Reference Management Team and Organizational Development & Training, the schedule for Library-wide GA Orientation (taking place Aug. 16-18) is now complete. Each session is available for registration through the Library staff calendar: https://uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/staff

Day one includes sessions that will apply to all GAs working in the Library. The sessions on the other days may or may not be relevant. Please work with your GAs to guide them to the sessions that are appropriate for the work they will be doing (e.g., if they will not be answering questions via LibChat, let them know they should not register for the chat reference session). Supervisors can sign the GAs up individually or ask GAs to sign up themselves. As with prior years, all these sessions are also open to anyone whose work relates to these areas and who would like to develop/refresh their skills.

Sessions will take place in three different Library buildings (Main, Funk/ACES, Grainger) and we’ve incorporated a tour of each building into the schedule. If you work in one of these locations, please consider being on hand to welcome the new GAs as they come through on the tour.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Residence Hall Libraries Update

Ikenberry Residence Hall Library will re-open for the summer on Monday, June 5th. Summer hours will be M-F, 10 am to 2 pm. (Illinois Street Residence Hall Library is closed for the summer, but pick slip requests will be filled.)

All U of I students, staff, and faculty with an active I-card are invited to participate in the Res. Hall Libraries’ Summer BINGO! Bring your completed BINGO card (4 in a row in any direction) to Ike Library for a treat and to be entered in a raffle for an Advanced Readers’ Copy of a book of your choice from our stash. Winners will be drawn in September.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Internal Marketing Group
A new Internal Marketing Group has formed to create and maintain a portfolio of internal signage, templates, maps, and other informational and wayfinding resources in alignment with campus branding and University Library standards. The IMG is a working group committed to user-focused, inclusive, and accessible practices deployed in agile and tactical ways to best represent the University Library and user needs throughout campus libraries. More from this group is forthcoming!

Members include:

  • Paula Carns
  • Sarah Christensen
  • Kate Lambaria
  • John Laskowski
  • Heather Murphy
  • Tim Newman

Any immediate questions should be directed to Heather Murphy or John Laskowski.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cheers for Peers
To view the full Cheers for Peers submissions please view the Growing People blog.

Library Human Resources is happy to announce this month’s Cheers for Peers submissions. The following Library employees have been cheered by their peers:

  • Mirella Bajric
  • MJ Han
  • Megean Osuchowski
  • Janelle Sander
  • Dulcie Vermillion

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Update
Victor Jones, Jr., Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

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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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IT NEWS: Library Emerging Technology Talk Series – Generative AI
Tracy Tolliver, Director of Library Information Technology

LEITC (Library Emerging and Integrated Technologies Coordination – CAPT) is putting on a series of hybrid workshops on the topic of Generative AI. These sessions are intended to help inform the library audience about the current state of the art of Generative AI technologies and what the implications and the potential are for these technologies for scholarship and the mission of the library.

These sessions also provide the library audience with an opportunity to bring up topics of concern or interest that we can discuss together and potentially cover more in-depth in future sessions. From these early understandings, we can plan out what funding, resources, and partnerships would be needed to implement new support services for Generative AI.

These sessions are organized by the Library Emerging and Integrated Technologies Committee (LEITC). Interested in proposing or organizing a future talk about Generative AI? Please contact us now at leitc@library.illinois.edu

Summer Schedule:

  • Topic: LEITC Series: Generative AI – What is it?
    Short Description: The current state of generative AI is changing by the day and while it has already had a profound effect on the future of technology and many other industries it will almost certainly not lead to the end of all humanity as shown by many news headlines. Join us as we talk through the basic concept, history, and current state of generative AI and large language models.
    Speakers: Eric Kurt, Jake Metz
    When: Jun 6, 2023, 11 am to 12 noon (CST)
    In-Person: Room 220, Scholarly Commons, Main Library
    Zoom Link: If you register with this form, the Zoom information will be emailed to you after May 30th.
  • Topic: LEITC Series: Generative AI – Current tools and services
    Short Description: What kinds of things can AI create? And are there alternatives to the Big Tech services? Join us as we experiment with the latest tools in this hands-on workshop. We’ll discuss how to write effective prompts as we explore possibilities (and potential pitfalls) of using AI to generate text, images, code, and more.
    Speakers: Jake Metz, Mary Ton
    When: Jun 13, 2023, 11 am to 12 noon (CST)
    In-Person: Room 220, Scholarly Commons, Main Library
    Zoom Link: If you register with this form, the Zoom information will be emailed to you after June 6th.
  • Topic: LEITC Series: Generative AI – Impact on the Library mission and services
    Short Description:  What are the implications of Generative AI technologies for the mission of the library and its services in support of the research and learning mission in higher education? In this session, we will talk about the many challenges and opportunities we currently experience in the library and may encounter moving forward with these technologies. As we build an understanding for how Generative AI may impact our mission, we can begin to work on how to adjust or build new services.
    Speakers: Alex (Elisandro) Cabada, Celenia Graves
    When: Jul 11, 2023, 11 am to 12 noon (CST)
    In-Person: Room 220, Scholarly Commons, Main Library
    Zoom Link: If you register with this form, the Zoom information will be emailed to you after June 13th.
  • Topic: LEITC Series: Generative AI – Image creation, copyright, and understanding your rights
    Short Description: You’ve asked an AI generator to create a cat portrait in the style of Picasso, now what? Although sampling the work of others has been a natural part of image creation since humans have communicated through art, new AI tools have complicated that conversation. This workshop will discuss the ways that people are using AI-generated images to create new bodies of work, streamline their research processes, and beautifully muddy current and future copyright waters. You’ll learn your rights as an image creator, and hopefully have a few more answers about where the machine’s art ends and yours begins.
    Speakers: Siobhan McKissic
    When: Jul 25, 2023, 11 am to 12 noon (CST)
    In-Person: Room 220, Scholarly Commons, Main Library
    Zoom Link: If you register with this form, the Zoom information will be emailed to you after July 11th.

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FACILITIES: Facilities Update
Tim Newman, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Facilities

The summer facility renovations are upon us, but it will not be as crazy as last summer. To highlight a few projects, we have classroom technology upgrades occurring in Rm 314 of the Main Library and a few minor repairs occurring throughout spaces across the University Libraries. We are also kicking off the roof renovation project at the Main Library with design starting in July and expected construction starting next summer. The project information document has been updated. As a reminder, if you are in need of any space renovations, maintenance, or services, please submit a ticket through Team Dynamix.

For a complete list of projects in planning and construction, please
see https://wordpress.library.illinois.edu/staff/facilities/.

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Bernadette Braun – Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 5/15/2023
  • Claire Stewart – Dean of Libraries and University Librarian – Library Administration – 5/16/2023
  • Alexander Klec – Assistant Distribution Services Supervisor – Library Facilities – 6/5/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Margo Robinson – Library Specialist – Central Access Services – 4/30/2023
  • Jamie Hansen – Library Specialist – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 5/11/2023
  • Lisa Miller – Senior Library Specialist – Central Access Services – 5/31/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Multi-level ITTA Assoc Software Developer/Software developer – Library IT (SCaRS) – Email Screenings
  • Multi-level ITTA Infrastructure Specialist – Library IT – Posting Soon
  • IT Specialists (2 positions) – Library IT – IHR Reviewing JD
  • Library Specialist – Communications – Decision soon

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Postings

  • Visiting Social Sciences Librarian (Faculty) – Social Sciences, Health, & Education Library – Closes 6/9/2023
  • World Languages Cataloging Coordinator (Faculty) – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – Closes 6/16/2023
  • Chinese Studies Librarian (Faculty) – International & Area Studies Library – Closes 6/23/2023

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Staff Events Calendar
To see the most up-to-date staff events calendar, please visit https://uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/staff.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library Emerging Technology Talk Series – Generative AI
View the Summer Schedule here.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Gwendolyn Brooks’s Birthday
June 7, 3 – 5pm

Come and celebrate the birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), former Illinois Poet Laureate and the first African American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. Take a look at some of our favorite gems from Miss Brooks’s literary archives, and enjoy a slice of her birthday cake! This event is free and open to all.


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EVENTS AND TRAINING: DEIA Educational Workshop Series

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a new University Library DEIA Educational Workshop Series. This series was developed by Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper of Improve Consulting in collaboration with the DEIA Task Force. Dr. Ellen was our guest speaker at the Library’s Annual Recognition Event. These workshops are a mixture of presentation and discussion, led by two library facilitators. By attending this workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from across the library and learn from each other.

This semester, we will offer 3 more opportunities to attend the first module, Library Culture and Engagement. This workshop covers important foundational topics requested by library employees, including belonging, psychological safety, collaboration, and how to contribute to a healthy workplace. Attending this module will be very helpful for engaging with the additional four modules offered later.

The Library Culture and Engagement module will be offered on Zoom on the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 8th, 2pm-4pm register
  • Wednesday, June 21st, 2pm-4pm register
  • Thursday, July 27th, 10am-12pm (registration is full)

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library IT phase 1 – conference room training
June 9, 2pm

Training is for full-time Library faculty and staff for the Library conference rooms in order to log on to the dedicated room PC.

Who needs training? Full-time Library employees that plan on hosting a meeting that requires using the Library Conference Room computer equipment will need training. This training is required only once. If you are a new Library Employee, or if you plan to video conference, host a webinar, or participate in a library search committee (regarding interviews and candidate presentation days), then the Library IT phase 1 training session is necessary in order to log in to the conference room computer and use the room equipment. Also, anyone who would like a room training refresher is always welcome to attend.

We will go over what the rooms have to offer and where to find this information. Demos include laptop connection, using the dedicated room PC, sound checks, enlarging text within documents and websites, and troubleshooting common issues.

Due to limited seating, please register if you plan to attend.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: Controlled Digital Lending
June 14, 10am

Please email training@library.illinois.edu for login credentials or recordings.

Future NISO Webinars to consider:

  • August 9 at 10 AM: Metrics: Assessing Usage (Part One)
  • August 16 at 10 AM: Metrics: What Additional Metrics Are Needed? (Part Two)
  • September 13 at 10 AM: Multilingual Content and its Use
  • October 11 at 10 AM: Building Connectivity Between Diverse and Diffused Resources
  • November 8 at 10 AM: Strategic Planning
  • December 13 at 10 AM: Trend Spotting, Trend Setting

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If you would like to submit content for the July issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, June 23, 2023.