September Library Office Notes





ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
What a thrill it was to see students returning to campus these last few weeks! Despite the intense heat that accompanied our first week of classes, I spied a few of you doing just what I found myself doing: sneaking off for a few minutes to listen to Illini Marching Band practice, adding detours during lunch walks just to see the crowds on the quad. As I was leaving the locked Main Library one day a few weeks ago, I bumped into the family of a first year, excited to be dropping off their new student and to be spending a last day together on campus, but disappointed that the Library had already closed for the day. It was such fun to be able to swipe my i-card and usher them back inside for a quick walk through the gallery. Read more…

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Residence Hall Libraries’ Update
Laura Poulosky, Residence Hall Librarian

Both Ikenberry and Illinois Street Residence Hall Libraries are open M-F (noon to 7 pm) for the academic year.

We have lots of fun outreach planned for September, including:

  • Craft Night
    Wednesday, September 13, 5-7 pm, ISR: 50A/B & SDRP: 2003
    All materials and snacks provided for free!
  • Board & Video Game Night
    Tuesday, September 19, 7-9 pm, Activities & Recreation Center 2nd floor
    Co-sponsored with the ARC; enjoy a variety of board games, card games, video games, and snacks!
  • Escape Room
    Thursday, September 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, ISR: 50 A/B
    Co-sponsored with the Honors Living-Learning Community with snacks and incentives for winners!
  • Trivia Night
    Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, SDRP: 2009
    Play pub-style trivia on teams with free snacks!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Strategic Communications and Marketing Committee Marketing Grant

Would you like the opportunity to secure some extra funds (up to $500) for upcoming marketing projects or initiatives?

The Strategic Communications and Marketing Committee accepts marketing grant proposals on a rolling basis and awards marketing grants year-round.

Please note that only one grant, for a maximum amount of $500, may be awarded per project; exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The purpose of these small grants is to help promote greater awareness of the University Library and its programs/services among the various user groups within our community.

The proposal form is located at

Past grant recipients must turn in a brief report at the conclusion of their funded project; those who do not submit a report may not be eligible for future grant awards.

If you need further information about the grant or would like to discuss your proposed marketing project, please contact Committee Chair Heather Murphy or anyone on the Committee.

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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:

  • Christina Bonse
  • Julie Bumpus
  • Evie Cordell
  • Jake Culbertson
  • Tabby Garbutt
  • Jennifer Gavel
  • Jon Gorman
  • Celenia Graves
  • Rachael Johns
  • Stephanie Luke
  • Rachel Miller-Haughton
  • Eric Mosher
  • Mary Ton
  • Hannah Williams
  • Kristen Zidon

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Did You Know? A Monthly Factoid from Library Assessment

The Library is at the start of many research and learning opportunities for all patrons from students to faculty. The results of the 2023 Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey demonstrate that the library plays a role at the beginning of a researcher’s journey. 74% of the respondents rated the Library’s function as a “gateway” for locating information for their research to be “Very Important.” Most respondents use the library website and resources to search for new journals for their research as well as interlibrary loans or document delivery to find materials. This extends to choosing materials to use for an instructional course, where 47.7% of respondents gave preference to materials that were available through the library when designing a course.

A note about the data: A summary report of the 2023 Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey is available at Questions used in the infographic were:

Q26 – How important is it to you that your college or university library provides each of the functions below or serves in the capacity listed below? [6 = extremely important; 1 = not at all important] – The library serves as a starting point or “gateway” for locating information for my research

Q1 – When you explore the scholarly literature to find new journal articles and monographs relevant to your research interests, how do you most often begin your process? Select one of the following: – Visit my university library’s website or online catalog

Q6 – When you want a scholarly monograph or journal article that you do not have immediate access to through your college or university library’s physical or digital collections, how often do you use each of the following methods to seek access to that material? – Use interlibrary loan or document delivery services provided by my library

Q29 – In general, how often do you perform each of the following when designing or structuring your undergraduate courses? – Assigning course materials that are available through the library

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

Check back next month for an update from Victor and please see the DEIA Office Hour below.

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

With the start of a new semester, we would like to remind everyone of the procedures for reporting a facility-related issue. All facility-related issues must be submitted through the TDX ticketing system ( Daytime facilities emergencies should be reported to 217-841-7874, and after-hours emergencies should be reported to police dispatch at 333-1216. This and other emergency information can be found on the facilities webpage (

For a complete list of projects in planning and construction, please

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Ivy Marie Gamble – IT Specialist – Library IT – 8/14/2023
  • Angela Watters – Digital Publishing Specialist – Scholarly Communication & Publishing – 8/16/2023
  • Damian Behymer – IT Specialist – Library IT – 8/28/2023
  • Adrienne Esserine – IT Specialist – Library IT – 8/28/2023
  • Dana Miller – Visiting Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist – Rare Book & Manuscript Library – 8/28/2023
  • Dirk Ton – Senior Library Specialist 2nd shift – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 9/3/2023
  • LaTasha True – Senior Infrastructure Specialist – Library IT – 9/5/2023
  • Natalie Collins – Senior Library Specialist 3rd shift – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 9/11/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • JJ Pionke – Applied Health Sciences Librarian – Social Sciences, Health & Education Library – 8/15/2023
  • Matthew Roberts – Literatures & Languages Librarian – Literatures & Languages Library – 8/15/2023
  • Courtney Becks – Librarian for African American Studies – History Philosophy & Newspaper Library – 8/16/2023
  • George Gottschalk – Director of Acquisitions – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 8/31/2023
  • Bruce Schatz – Professor of Library Administration – Library Administration – 8/31/2023
  • Bernadette Braun – Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 10/6/2023
  • David Butler – Library Assistant – Music & Performing Arts Library – 10/31/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Administrative Aide – Dean’s Office – Interviews in progress
  • Library Specialist (2 positions) – Central Access Services – Interviews soon
  • Library Specialist (3 positions) – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – Posting soon
  • Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – Posting soon
  • Accountant II – BHRSC – Posting soon

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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: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Rediscovering the Deseret Alphabet
September 7, 3-5 pm
346 Main Library

Professors Ryan Shosted (Linguistics) and Neal Davis (Computer Science) will present their research on the Deseret Alphabet, a 19th-century writing system. This phonetic alphabet, created by leaders of the Mormon Church, may encapsulate pronunciations of English dialect that have otherwise disappeared over time. Shosted and Davis are developing a digital corpus to examine and explore these texts and their historical and cultural context. Join us for a discussion of these texts and their historical and cultural significance, and view some rare examples of Deseret imprints! 


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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Let Claire Buy You a Beverage
Claire Stewart, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

You pick, I buy! This one-on-one meeting will let us venture out together for get-to-know-you conversation. You pick the location and the beverage, Claire picks up the tab. We can leave campus, go for a walk-and-talk, hole up in your favorite campus café nook, connect over smoothies, or whatever you decide.  If your plans change, you can cancel or reschedule any time before the event.

Register for Let Claire Buy You a Beverage for the following dates:

  • September 12, 4-5pm, register here
  • September 13, 9-10am, register here
  • September 20, 4-5pm, register here
  • September 27, 4-5pm, register here

These are approved events; Civil Service non-exempt staff should get permission from their supervisor before signing up.

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Please email for login credentials or recordings.

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September 21, 10am

Keep a lookout for an email (with a Zoom link) from Christina Bonse via LIB-NEWS. If you have any agenda items you want to share at this Hangout, please send them to

Also, we are 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! Email if interested.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library Friends Webinar: Library Show and Tell
September 28, 12pm

Join the University Library for the first webinar in a Show and Tell series showcasing exciting and unique items from our world-renowned collection. This month, we’ll take a closer look at an “artist’s book” by the famous Czech bookbinder, artist, printer, and poet Josef Váchal. Next, we’ll examine two pieces of Cartographic Victoriana that bookend the 63-year reign of the Queen of the United Kingdom. Finally, we’ll dive into the Archives to uncover special and invaluable records for the University of Illinois’ Council of Administration.

Register at

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September 29, 11am

Victor Jones will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding DEIA at the Library. Find more information at

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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 Friday, September 22, 2023.