August Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT NEWS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Check back next month for a note from Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Claire Stewart.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Math Library: Interim Closure and Relocation of Collections
Michael Norman, Interim Head of the Mathematics Library

We wanted to update the Library about the interim closure of the Mathematics Library due to the upcoming renovation of Altgeld Hall. The Mathematics Library closed to the public on May 12, 2023. We anticipate the renovation will take 3+ years to complete and the Mathematics Library will reopen in the refurbished and improved space in Altgeld when the project is finished.

Recently, we finished the transfer of the Mathematics Library collections to an interim space in the 1 East area of the Main Library Stacks.

The Mathematics Library unbound journal collection has been moved to the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center (GELIC) and is accessible in the 1st floor West room. In addition, the Mathematics Reserve collection will be integrated into the GELIC Reserves.

The Mathematics Library staff and the Interim Head, Mathematics Library are now physically situated in GELIC in Offices 159 and 155. Mathematics Library staff are available by phone (217-333-0258) and email (math@library.illinois.edu). The Mathematics Library webpage at library.illinois.edu/mtx/ is being maintained and kept current in the offering of our services to the Mathematics Library user community.

Please see Michael Norman’s email via LIB-NEWS on July 26, 2023, for more information.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: IOPN Update
Dan Tracy, Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

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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:

  • Theresa Appiah
  • Skye Arseneau
  • Nakia Bernard
  • Noel Chi
  • Jennifer Gavel
  • Joseph Hall-Ingram
  • Kim Hutcherson
  • Aneitre Johnson
  • Hanna Lafond-Hyman
  • Chad Lewis
  • Steven Liu
  • Kassandra Reyes
  • Cecylia Selwocki
  • Katie Slough
  • Anthony Stewart
  • Hannah Williams

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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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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: The Future is Now
Tracy Tolliver, Director of Library Information Technology

Library IMS and Facilities removed the last remnants of physical server infrastructure this summer.

The library computing infrastructure is completely “in the cloud” whether it be AWS, Azure or campus shared Virtual Machine hosting. Over several years, the Library migrated over 200 “servers” and over a Petabyte, yes Peta as in seven zeros, of data to hosted services. The migration was finished in January 2020, but physical hardware cleanup was interrupted in March 2020.

As of July 2023 every last bit of the physical infrastructure has been moved to the surplus warehouses on campus.

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IT NEWS: Upgrade to Windows 11
Tracy Tolliver, Director of Library Information Technology

Library IT is prepping for Windows 11 and will be updating the Library classrooms and conference rooms to Windows 11 during the remainder of Summer 2023.  Good news, on the user end there is not much difference between Windows 10 and 11.  Listed below are the notable user end changes in Windows 11:

  • Start menu and Search are now located at the center of the taskbar at the bottom of the screen
  • Start menu when selected opens its own window.  Circled in red are the new locations for specific tasks within the Start menu window

    • Applications (All apps) – are located in the upper right, when selected it opens up the list of installed applications
    • Search – at the top of the Start menu window will change to the Search window once text is entered; used to also find applications
    • Sign out – select the User icon which is located in the lower left to log out.  Actions to log out: select Start menu > User icon > Sign out

    • Restart – select the Power icon which is located in the lower right.  Actions to restart: select Start menu > Power icon > Restart

  • Search – opens its own window, use this to quickly find applications and other items.  Note at the top of the Search window one can select specific areas to narrow the search; default search is All

As always if you notice any issues, please submit a Ticket to the Library IT Help Desk.

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IT NEWS: Skype for Business to MS Teams Migration Complete
Tracy Tolliver, Director of Library Information Technology

Thank-you all for your patience and support during the migration from Skype for Business to MS Teams in July. Overall, it went smoothly thanks to a lot of preparation and planning across campus.

Skype for Business has been removed from 95% of workstations. The remaining workstations that need to have Skype removed are primarily off campus. Skype will eventually be removed from these machines when they are on VPN during an overnight maintenance window, or when they are connected to the campus network during an overnight maintenance window. If a user would like to complete this process manually, they can go to Software Center and run the “Office 365 Professional Plus 2016 x64 – No Skype” Install. This update will remove Skype for Business.

We are seeing a few issues with a small number of desktop (plugged into a computer) and Bluetooth devices. Please send a ticket to Library IT Help Desk if you have any questions related to the migration.

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IT NEWS: Main Library Room 314 Upgrade Ready for Fall Semester
Tracy Tolliver, Director of Library Information Technology

The upgrade to Main Library Room 314 is on target to be completed and ready for the Fall 2023 semester. GA Training will be the first event to use the newly updated room.  They will enjoy a new enhanced projection unit, 2 additional displays on the walls, new integrated audio and video components, better power support in the middle of the room, new computers, and fresh paint.

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FACILITIES NEWS: Facilities Update

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

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Chris Bailey – Information Sciences Librarian – Social Sciences, Health, & Education Library – 7/21/2023
  • Gauri Joshi – Multi-level ITTA Assoc Software Developer/Software developer – Library IT – 8/14/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Catherine Nguyen – Library Clerk – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 7/21/2023
  • Ruairi McEnroe – Library Specialist – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 7/28/2023
  • Evan Barber – IT Specialist – Library IT – 8/4/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Multi-level ITTA Infrastructure Specialist – Library IT – Interviews in progress
  • IT Specialists (2 positions) – Library IT – Interviews in progress
  • Senior Library Specialist (2 positions) – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – Close July 26
  • Library Specialist – Central Access Services – 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 uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/staff.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: DEIA Educational Workshop Series: DEIA Engagement

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the second module of the 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. As with the previous workshop, this workshop is 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 summer, we will offer 2 opportunities to attend the second module, DEIA Engagement. This workshop builds on the previous module and focuses on what DEIA is, personal engagement and allyship as well as biases and things that impede engagement. We request that you have completed the first module before taking this second DEIA workshop module.

DEIA Engagement module (second module) will be offered on Zoom on the following remaining date:

Please register to attend this virtual event.

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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:

  • August 3, 4-5pm, register here
  • August 22, 9-10am, register here
  • August 23, 4-5pm, register here
  • August 30, 9-10am, register here

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinars

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: GA Orientation
August 16 – 18

The schedule for Library-wide GA Orientation & Training taking place Aug. 16-18 is now complete and available here. 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 of these sessions are also open to anyone working in these areas 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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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Coffee for 5
Claire Stewart, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

These coffees are designed to help me get to know Library faculty, professional and Civil Service staff better.

This monthly gathering is designed for casual, small-group conversations. The locations will vary, so please check the description carefully. If your plans change, you can cancel or reschedule any time before the event.

  • August 24, 3:15 – 4:15pm, register here

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: DEIA Office Hour
August 31, 11am

Victor Jones will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding DEIA at the Library. Look for an email with the Zoom link via LIB-NEWS.

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If you would like to submit content for the September issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, August 25, 2023.

July Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note

I have so enjoyed the conversations we have been having in my first month here at Illinois, and I look forward to our upcoming academic year with excitement, pride, and a sense of optimism: we really are well-positioned to build on our excellent history of leadership, and to deepen our collaborations across the university.

Unfortunately, as I was writing this edition of my note, the United States Supreme Court had just handed down a set of decisions in two affirmative action cases that will strike a heavy blow to our ability to continue to build a more diverse and representative student body. Read more…

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 7/1/23
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services | Project Manager, Library Building Project

General Update

As discussed at the June Library Hang-Out, the project to renovate the Undergraduate Library and transform it into the Archives and Special Collections Building ran into two delays during the 100% drawing review. In essence, Library and campus personnel objected to the status of two parts of the 100% proposal – the state of the AV/IT portion of the submission and the proposed HVAC system. Without relaying extensive detail, both Technology Services and Library IT personnel objected to the completeness of the AV/IT submittal. The recurring problem of the IT sub-consultant not making requested changes came to a head at this point. The second reason for the delay centered on objections to the proposed HVAC system. In essence, the system was projected to be far too energy and maintenance intensive for the value that it returned. After a series of meetings and redesigns, the mechanical sub-consultants and the architects developed a revised system in consultation with F&S personnel. This new system was developed and included in a revised 100% submittal.

The revised construction documents were submitted on June 8, 2023. Comments on the revisions were submitted one week later and design comment review meetings were held on June 16th and 20th, 2023. By June 22nd, all revisions were completed, and the final documents were posted for competitive bid. A pre-bid meeting was held on June 29th and the first of two walk-throughs was held for prospective bidders on the same day.

The anticipated schedule through the target date for start of construction is as follows:

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.

A third stream of meetings is occurring around finalizing the furniture package for the building. This will be advanced further in July 2023 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 once final bids are received and negotiations are concluded with the successful bidders. At present, however, we anticipate a construction period of approximately 18 – 20 months from the start of construction.

Communications

Individuals may have noticed the following news item related to the anticipated name change for the building: 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: IOPN Updates
Dan Tracy, Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing

  • The journal Research on Diversity in Youth Literature has published its first issue with IOPN journals after moving to the University of Illinois with iSchool faculty member Sarah Park Dahlen. Issue 5.1 is a special issue focused on Diversity in Graphic Novels.
  • The Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN) has released the beta version of a scholarly digital edition of Tropic Death by Eric Walrond. Originally published during the Harlem Renaissance, Tropic Death is a collection of short stories featuring Afro-Caribbean life and dialect. In addition to a reading copy of the original 1926 edition, the new edition by Ryan Weberling and Caitlyn Georgiou features textual comparisons of stories that Walrond significantly revised after their magazine publications, and a glossary of slang used in the stories.

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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:

  • Theresa Appiah
  • Susan Breakenridge
  • Emma Frieden
  • Jennifer Gavel
  • Hanna Lafond-Hyman
  • Chad Lewis
  • Jake MacGregor
  • Norris Purdy
  • Katie Slough
  • Shelby Strommer
  • Rebecca Wright

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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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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

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

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Brett Hoffman – Library Specialist – Communications Library – 6/12/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Lucretia Williams – Administrative Assistant – Library Administration – 7/31/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Multi-level ITTA Assoc Software Developer/Software developer – Library IT (SCaRS) – Decision soon
  • Multi-level ITTA Infrastructure Specialist – Library IT – Interviews soon
  • IT Specialists (2 positions) – Library IT – Interviews soon
  • Library Specialist – Central Access Services – Posting soon

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: DEIA Educational Workshop Series: DEIA Engagement

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the second module of the 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. As with the previous workshop, this workshop is 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 summer, we will offer 2 opportunities to attend the second module, DEIA Engagement. This workshop builds on the previous module and focuses on what DEIA is, personal engagement and allyship as well as biases and things that impede engagement. We request that you have completed the first module before taking this second DEIA workshop module.

DEIA Engagement module (second module) will be offered on Zoom on the following dates:

Please register to attend this virtual event.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: LEITC Series: Generative AI – Impact on the Library Mission and Services
July 11, 11am

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 of 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
In-Person: Room 220, Scholarly Commons, Main Library
Zoom Link: If you registered with this form, the Zoom information will be emailed to you after June 13.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: LEITC Series: Generative AI – Image Creation, Copyright, and Understanding Your Rights
July 25, 11am

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.

Speaker: Siobhan McKissic
In-Person: Room 220, Scholarly Commons, Main Library
Zoom Link: If you registered with this form, the Zoom information will be emailed to you after July 11.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: DEIA Educational Workshop Series: Library Culture and Engagement

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 date:

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: DEIA Office Hour
July 31, 11am

Victor Jones will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding DEIA at the Library or the DEIA Taskforce Final Report. A copy of the final report can be found at this link through Box.

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If you would like to submit content for the August issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, July 21, 2023.

June Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT NEWS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


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.

Communications

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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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.

https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/4092/33451402

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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.

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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.

May Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
As my time as Interim Dean draws to a close, I’d like to offer a heartfelt “thank you” to the Library community for your support and the impressive work we have pressed forward during the last five months.  It may be just me, but hasn’t this spring felt exceptionally busy—and buzzy with the hum of activity?  I hope you, too, have felt especially productive and proud of all the things we have accomplished over the past five months.  Together, our Library supports world-class research and instruction, and underlies the success of our students and faculty members. Read more…

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 05/01/2023
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 continues apace. At present, all of the demolition of the Undergraduate Library spaces being completed by Facilities & Services has been completed with the exception of a minor amount of asbestos abatement being completed in April 2023.

Planning activities make similar progress. The project’s architect/engineering firm submitted their 100% drawings in mid-March 2023, and after a period to review the drawings and accompanying documentation, the University submitted comments to RATIO on March 28th, 2023. On Monday, April 3rd, representatives from the Library and various campus units of F&S spent the day reviewing the comments, discussing possible adjustments, and finalizing direction on the contraction documents. While it was initially anticipated that it would take approximately two weeks for the Architect-engineers to finalize the drawings, late breaking uncertainties about the specifics of the HVAC system are drawing out the discussions.

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.

In parallel to this process, members of the Special Collections Division worked 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 May 2023.

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 some changes as the final bid package is prepared.

Communications

Nothing to report.

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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:

  • Evan Barber
  • Annika Deutsch
  • Piper Law
  • Uyen Tu Nguyen
  • Piper Martin
  • Eric Mosher
  • Leonel Ramirez
  • Scott Schwartz

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Subscribe to the University Archives Newsletter!

University of Illinois Postcards

The University of Illinois Archives has launched a newsletter! In Out of the Vault, the Archives will share news about exhibitions, programs, projects, new acquisitions, and services. The inaugural issue includes features on the Inclusive Speaker Series and the Women in Science Lecture Series; recent awards to current and former Archives staff in recognition of their outstanding work in archives; a documentary about the first Dean of Women at the University of Illinois, Violet DeLille Jayne; and an interview with Archives staff member Sammi Merritt, who is starting an exciting new role with the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services. Subscribe here to receive future issues and stay connected will all the exciting happenings at the University Archives!

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

How do faculty, researchers and instructors value the roles the Library plays at the University? The results of the 2023 Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey show that the Library’s “Buyer” function is most valued (“The library pays for the resources I need, from academic journals to books to electronic databases”) – with 95% of the respondents rating this library function as highly important. This is consistent with the 2013 (93%) and 2019 (94%) results from the same survey. While the same trend have been consistently reported nationally (https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/ithaka-sr-us-faculty-survey-2021/), it is important to highlight that the percentage at Illinois was 11% higher than the national statistic (84%).

The 2023 survey included two new questions asking the respondents to rate the importance of “Technology Access” and “Physical Space.” Many Illinois respondents rated these functions to be very important. The “Technology Access” was rated as the second most important (86%; tied with the “Graduate Support” function after the “Buyer” function. 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Outreach and Engagement Committee (OEC) Update

The OEC has been hard at work and has two resources to share with Library colleagues:

  • Are you involved in planning or hosting events through the Library? Please see the Toolkit for Outreach and Engagement, located on the OEC website at library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/outreach-and-engagement-committee/ for a comprehensive list of resources that will help make your event a success. The OEC worked in collaboration with Events Administrator Associate Sara Berthier on this Toolkit. It is an evolving document and will be updated on a regular basis.
  • A new Teams channel has been created for the Library community – the Outreach and Engagement Team. Please join the Team if you do work in these areas. It’s the committee’s hope that this Team will be a place where we can not only share our events, but one that encourages collaboration and provides information and resources about outreach and engagement.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Update

  • There are two DEIA Educational Workshops this month (see below under EVENTS). There will be two additional workshops in June and two in July. Please watch for these via LIB-NEWS and the next LON.
  • Victor Jones, Jr. will offer office hours in the coming weeks.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Collection Development Committee Notes
The most recent meetings minutes of the CDC are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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

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

  • Jessie Knoles – Newspaper Content Coordinator – History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library – 4/3/2023
  • Tiffany Amolsch – Senior Library Specialist – Scholarly Commons – 4/24/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Andrew Hunt – IT Specialist – Library IT – 4/21/2023
  • Susan Braxton – Prairie Research Institute Librarian – Funk ACES Library – 4/30/2023
  • Michelle Reed – Head of Scholarly Commons – Scholarly Commons – 4/30/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Assistant Distribution Services Supervisor – Library Facilities – Decision Soon
  • Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – Decision Soon
  • Multi-level ITTA – Assoc Software Developer/Software developer – Library IT (SCaRS) – Interviews Soon
  • Library Specialist – Communications Library – Closes 4/27/2023

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Postings

  • Cataloging & Metadata Librarian – Acquisitions & Cataloging – Closes 5/5/2023
  • University Archivist and Head of Archives Programs – University Archives – Closes 5/12/2023

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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: DEIA Educational Workshop Series
May 3, 23

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 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 be offering 3 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, please register:

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2pm – 4pm register
  • Tuesday, May 23rd 10am – 12pm register

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Introduction to LibGuides Training
May 3 at 2 PM

This hands-on training session is intended for anyone who has, or will have, responsibility for creating and maintaining LibGuides in their library unit, including those new to LibGuides and those looking to refresh LibGuides skills. Access to your unit’s LibApps account is required for this session, and is open to all library staff and GAs.

In this session, participants will…

  • …learn what LibGuides are and best practices
  • …learn how to access, create, edit, and maintain accessible unit LibGuides
  • …learn where and how to receive LibGuides help and support

Questions about this session, and other LibGuides queries, may be directed to libguides@library.illinois.edu.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Build-a-Book
May 4 at 12 PM and 3PM

Build-a-Book returns this Reading Day, May 4th! U of I students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the Residence Hall Libraries and University Library to make and decorate a blank book. The books make sweet gifts or keepsakes for yourselves. This popular event has become a new Reading Day tradition!

Join either session:
12 PM to 2 PM: Illinois Street Residence Hall Room 50 A/B (right next to ISR Library)
3 PM to 5 PM: Student Dining & Residential Programs Building (AKA, the SDRP, “the Ike”) Room 2050

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library Friends Webinar: mix-tapes, VHS Recordings, and iPhone Photos
May 4 at 12 PM

Jennifer Hain Teper, the Library’s Head of Preservation, will present an overview of the typical AV and digital formats such as mix-tapes, VHS recordings and iPhone photos, that many consider valuable and will present basic steps that people can take towards better preservation strategies to ensure that you will be able to continue access to these materials for years to come. Register via Zoom.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events
May 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19

To view more information about these events and to register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar.

  • May 4 at 12 PM: Accessibility & EDI in Marketing
  • May 8 at 4 PM: Metronet Learnabouts: Virtual Reality Kits
  • May 9 at 11 AM: Shared Spaces Series: Tales of Sharing Spaces
  • May 10 at 11:30 AM: Creating Preservation Quality Oral Histories
  • May 15 at 11:30 AM: Digitizing Photographs
  • May 16 at 11 AM: Shared Spaces Series: Getting to a Commons Goal: Designing the New Library Commons at University of Illinois Springfield
  • May 17 at 11 AM: No More Neutral: How to Use Marketing to Position Your Library in Challenging Times
  • May 19 at 9 AM: OER Virtual Institute for Cardiovascular Technology

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: Combating the Misuse of Information
May 10 at 10 AM

One of the great challenges of today’s information environment is the constant need to avoid misuse or deliberate misinterpretation of information. This is as much of a problem for those working in the content sector as it is for those working in the library or classroom. The distrust that it creates is a disservice to scientists, scholars, and researchers in all fields. There are no easy solutions, but the participants in this roundtable discussion will share creative ways of combating the problem and protecting the value and credibility of the research they — and we — rely on.

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

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If you would like to submit content for the June issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, May 19, 2023.

April Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Check back next month for a note from Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Chris Prom.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 04/01/2023
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 continues apace. At present, all of the demolition of the Undergraduate Library spaces being completed by Facilities & Services has been completed with the exception of a minor amount of asbestos abatement being completed in April 2023.

Planning activities make similar progress. The project’s architect/engineering firm submitted their 100% drawings in mid-March 2023, and after a period to review the drawings and accompanying documentation, the University submitted comments to RATIO on March 28th, 2023. On Monday, April 3rd, representatives from the Library and various campus units of F&S will spend the day reviewing the comments, discussing possible adjustments, and finalizing direction on the contraction documents. RATIO will then take approximately two weeks to finalize the drawings. 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 July BOT meeting. Construction could start shortly thereafter.

In parallel to this process, members of the Special Collections Division worked 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 mid-April 2023.

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 some changes as the final bid package is prepared.

Communications

Nothing to report.

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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:

  • Paula Adams
  • Quinita Balderson
  • Evan Barber
  • David Butler
  • Diana Eynon
  • McKinzie Horoho
  • Karen Huck
  • Ruairi McEnroe
  • Janelle Sander
  • Mary Ton
  • Yao-Ming (Bruce) Tuan
  • Jennifer Vargo
  • Rebecca Wright

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

Tuesday, April 25th is National Library Workers Day! In honor of our fantastic faculty and staff, Library Assessment wants to share just some of the comments that we received from members of the UIUC community in October 2022 and March 2023 through our bi-annual Library Services Satisfaction Survey.

  • “Overall my library experience is amazing. What a top notch library system with great people.”
  • “Staff are always kind and helpful.”
  • “You guys are doing great! The libraries are the best part of campus”
  • “The online library resources have been very helpful to me during the pandemic”

Thank you to all our units and workers for helping make the Library the best it can be. Campus wouldn’t be the same without you!

Graphic created and text written by Virginia Haverstic, Library Assessment Graduate Assistant.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Update

  • Please consider attending April’s Professional Development workshops hosted by the Diversity Residency Advisory Committee (these are open to all Library staff across all classifications). See below.
  • DEIA Educational Workshop Series
    This series was developed by Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper of Improve Consulting in collaboration with the DEIA Task Force.  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 be offering three 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 (please register):

    • Thursday, April 20, 1pm – 3pm: register
    • Wednesday, May 3, 2pm – 4pm: register
    • Tuesday, May 23, 10am – 12pm: register

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Collection Development Committee Notes
The most recent meetings minutes of the CDC are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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

As the weather is changing and we begin to enter periods of severe storms, please ensure you refresh yourselves with your unit BEAPs. Specifically, where there are areas to seek shelter in the event of a tornado. Please be aware that we are in the process of updating all BEAPs to reflect any facility space changes; however, the general locations of all shelters can still be found in basements of buildings and/or interior building areas away from windows.

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

  • Katie Slough – Accounting Officer – Business & Human Resources Service Center – 3/13/2023
  • Hannah Burnett – Library Specialist – Funk ACES Library – 3/13/2023
  • Mary Ton – Digital Humanities Librarian – Scholarly Communications & Publishing – 3/31/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Assistant Distribution Services Supervisor – Library Facilities – closes 4/4/2023
  • Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – closes 4/4/2023
  • Multi-level ITTA – Assoc Software Developer/Software developer – Library IT (SCaRS) – posting soon

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Postings

  • University Archivist and Head of Archives Programs – University Archives – Nancy O’Brien, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 4/24/2023

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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 https://uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/staff.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Edible Book Festival
April 1, 5pm
Edible Book Festival Promotional flyer
Around April 1st, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an “edible book,” which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN! Photographs of all edible books will appear in the Edible Book Festival gallery.

The Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival is sponsored by the University Library, and supported by the generous help of campus and community volunteers and prize donors. It is a fundraiser to support the crucial work of the Wesley Food Pantry.

For additional information, including registration and a schedule of events, please visit go.illinois.edu/edible.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events
April 4, 10, 11, 18, 25

To view more information about these events and to register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar.

  • April 4 at 10 AM: Intentionally Recruiting for Diversity in Librarianship: Reflections on a Year Later
  • April 10 at 4 PM: Metronet Learnabouts: Google Voice
  • April 11 at 1 PM: Accessibility Toolkit: Making Presentations Accessible
  • April 18 at 1 PM: Accessibility Toolkit: Making Documents and PDFs Accessible
  • April 25 at 1 PM: CARLI Open Pedagogy Workshop

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Hub Training
April 4, 7, 11, 14

  • April 4 at 2 PM and April 7 at 3 PM: Becoming Familiar with UIUC’s Digital Library
  • April 11 at 2 PM and April 14 at 3 PM: COUNTER and SUSHI: Understanding E-Resource Usage Statistics

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Resident Professional Development Series 
April 5 and 19, 2pm

The Diversity Residency Advisory Committee will continue hosting professional development workshops for the spring semester.  The goal of these workshops are to introduce our residents, junior faculty, and graduate students, to various topics that will aid them in their development as academic librarians.

The workshops will be offered in Main Library room 323C and online. Zoom information was shared via LibNews email from Victor Jones on January 26.

  • April 5 at 2 PM: Marketing and Event Planning
  • April 19 at 2 PM: Teaching in Libraries Part 2

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Solving the World’s Challenges: Water
April 11, 2:30 PMDecorative image linking to Illinois calendar event listing
Three experts from across campus will each discuss their work related to water and respond to questions from attendees during the #FunkPanel2023. Their work includes research to improve and maintain water quality by reducing runoff from agricultural systems, long-term monitoring of sediment load and nutrients in Illinois waterways, and research on water decision-support systems within the dynamics of coupled human-natural systems. This hybrid panel presentation will be an opportunity for people to come together with the Funk ACES Library to learn about and discuss water initiatives and research led by members of our campus community.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit our Solving the World’s Challenges Panel Presentation Exhibit here: https://guides.library.illinois.edu/Solving_Challenges_Panel_Exhibit

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Graduate Image of Research Reception and Display
April 11, 4-5:30 PM

Now in its tenth year, the graduate edition is a collaboration between the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Graduate College. See more about the Image of Research at: http://publish.illinois.edu/imageofresearch/graduate-image-of-research/

The reception will take place on April 11, 2023, from 4-5:30pm in the Scholarly Commons (Room 220 of the Main Library). Following the reception, the quarter-finalists and the above posters will be on display in the Scholarly Commons for two weeks.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Kate Ozment: The Hroswitha Club and the Impact of Women Book Collectors
April 11, 6:30 PM

Log in on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 pm CDT to learn about a group of women book collectors who met from 1944-2004, providing a space for legitimacy, fellowship, and education in a period where women’s access to formal education and academic institutions was limited.

Please pre-register at go.illinois.edu/Ozment.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: The 21st Century Research Cycle
April 12, 10 AM

Increasingly, scholarly research is expected to be interdisciplinary in scope, data-driven, and collaborative — frequently across global boundaries. What impact does that have on what may be thought of as the traditional research cycle, in which the scholar develops a question, researches various facets of it, analyzes the findings, draws a conclusion, and shares the final result through publication in some form, when the cycle begins again. How are new policies, new technologies, and emerging expectations changing how research is done in the 21st century?

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: RBML’s Folio Fête
April 21, 3 PM

Decorative image of William ShakespeareShakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, gathered 36 of the Bard’s plays, including 18 that would otherwise have disappeared. Come help us mark this 400th milestone: visit with some of RBML’s Shakespearean treasures, dare to read or recite a few lines, wear your Elizabethan finery if you wish, and “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” This event is free and open to all; refreshments and party favors will be on hand.

Additional information can be found here:
https://calendars.illinois.edu.detail/2169?eventId=33451401 

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If you would like to submit content for the May issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, April 21, 2023.

March Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
As we prepare to welcome Claire Stewart as our new Dean, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you are doing to help our users and each other.  It’s been exciting to see and feel a buzz of activity in all our spaces, to see students studying, books being located and delivered, and most importantly library staff working with and helping people in person or remotely. Read more…

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Claire Stewart Selected Dean of Libraries and University Library Designate

Image of Claire Stewart

Stewart has been selected as the next Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Designate beginning May 16, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Read more here: https://massmail.illinois.edu/massmail/1147269662.html

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Music and Performing Arts Library Spring 2023 Newsletter

The latest MPAL Newsletter is available in IDEALS:
https://hdl.handle.net/2142/117237

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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:

  • Skye Arseneau
  • Alexis Baldwin
  • Christina Bonse
  • Przemyslaw Bosak
  • Bernadette Braun
  • Cam Burkins
  • Becky Burner
  • Matt Cain
  • Sarah Christensen
  • Lonnie Clark Jr.
  • Cait Coker
  • Katie Colson
  • Karina Cooper
  • Dan Dalpiaz
  • Nora Davies
  • Dani Demmerle
  • Heather Douglas
  • Sam Ehlinger
  • Neil Feuerhelm
  • Celenia Graves
  • Merinda Hensley
  • Tony Hynes
  • Lyric Jenkins
  • Rhonda Jurinak
  • Hanna Lafond-Hyman
  • Carrie Lingscheit
  • Elizabeth Marathas
  • Andres Molina-Alvarez
  • Ruthann Mowry
  • Kendall Neumann
  • Ben Ostermeier
  • Chloe Ottenhoff
  • Zoe Peterson
  • Chris Prom
  • Ana Rodriguez
  • Megan Sapp-Nelson
  • Isabella Sauer
  • Rylee Smith
  • Vicki Sparks
  • Mariagabriella Stuardi
  • Caroline Szylowicz
  • Lynne Thomas
  • Dirk Ton
  • Rosemary Trippe
  • Stu Turner
  • Kate Marie Vasquez-Braun
  • Heather Wiegert
  • Emma Wise
  • Anna Wondrasek
  • Jen-chien Yu

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

Curious about assessment in the Library? Want to know more about assessment projects and strategies? Mark your calendars to come connect with us in-person or online at Assess and Connect: 2023 Library Assessment Forum! The forum will take place on Tuesday, March 21st from 10 am to noon in Main Library 106 and on Zoom (registration link to follow).

The forum is open to all library faculty, APs, Civil Service staff, graduate assistants and hourly employees.

Graphic created and text written by Virginia Haverstic, Library Assessment Graduate Assistant.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Image of Research – UR Edition 

The Image of Research – UR Edition competition is now open! The Image of Research – UR Edition is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. All entries will be celebrated at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, April 27 in the Illini Union Ballroom. First prize: $300; Second prize: $200; People’s Choice Award: $100. Deadline to enter: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 12 midnight CST. Check out award winners from past years or attend a session to workshop your ideas and to learn more about the competition.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Task Force Meeting Minutes
The DEIA Task Force concluded their charge in December and its final report will be shared in the coming weeks, including tasks, accomplishments, recommendations, and next steps.

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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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

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

  • Sara Berthier – Events Administrator Associate – Library Advancement – Started 2/13/2023
  • Gabi Fisher – Library Specialist – Central Access Services – Started 2/20/2023
  • Serenity Orengo – Senior Library Specialist – International & Area Studies Library – Started 2/20/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Megan Pearson – Metadata Services Specialist – 12/31/2022
  • Wenjie Wang – Geographic Information Science Specialist – Resigned 1/23/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Library Specialist – Funk ACES (late night) – Interviews 
  • Accounting Officer – Business & Human Resources Service Center – Interviews 
  • Senior Library Specialist – Scholarly Commons – Interviews 
  • Assistant Distribution Services Supervisor – Library Facilities – To be posted 

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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 https://uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/staff.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events
To view more information about these events and to register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar.

  • March 1 at 1 PM: Uprooted, Nomadic, & Displaced
  • March 2 at noon: Library Freedom Project: Privacy in the Library
  • March 6 at 10 AM: Illinois SCOERS Open Educational Resources: Program 1
  • March 7 at 2 PM: Illinois SCOERS Open Educational Resources: Program 2
  • March 8 at 2 PM: Making Sense of “Affordable” Course Materials Models
  • March 8 at 3:30 PM: OER in Practice: A Faculty Discussion
  • March 9 at noon: Illinois SCOERS Open Educational Resources: Program 3
  • March 9 at noon: Instructional Strategies for Info Lit Instruction
  • March 13 at 4 PM: Metronet Learnabouts: Podcasts
  • March 21 at 1 PM: Doing the Work: Practical Equity-Centered Change Projects by Real Cultural Change Agents
  • March 22 at 10 AM: Choosing Happiness

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Blaxtravaganza
March 2-3, 6-8

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library (HPNL) invites the community to The Blaxtravaganza Celebrating Black Futures on March 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8. This series of events highlights the research, creativity, and brilliance of Black professors on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Read more at: https://www.library.illinois.edu/hpnl/blog/blaxtravaganza/

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Hub Training
March 7, 10, 21, 24

  • March 7 at 2 PM and March 10 at 3 PM: How to READ Primo
  • March 21 at 2 PM and March 24 at 3 PM: Introduction to Copyright and Open Access Questions

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: Implementing Inclusive Metadata
March 8 at 10 AM

Inclusive terminology in metadata and its associated descriptors are essential for the successful discovery of relevant materials. As cultural shifts in the use of language occur, collaboration by content providers, platform providers and librarians can make a major contribution to developing a fully-inclusive information environment.This roundtable discussion will bring together stakeholders from across the information community for a cross-sector discussion of how metadata, controlled vocabularies, and other key elements of automated search can be improved in support of diversity and inclusion — both of users and of the information they seek. What guidance is there? What tools exist? How can changes be introduced with minimal disruption to systems constantly in use?

Confirmed Speakers include, Jennifer Baxmeyer, Assistant University Librarian for Metadata Services, Princeton University Library; Lisa Gavell, Metadata Librarian & Product Liaison, ITHAKA; Jackson Huang, Digital Collections and Contest Ingest Coordinator, University of Michigan Library; and Christian Isbister, Indigenous Initiatives Librarian, The University of British Columbia.

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Resident Professional Development Series 
March 8, 22

The Diversity Residency Advisory Committee will continue hosting professional development workshops for the spring semester.  The goal of these workshops are to introduce our residents, junior faculty, and graduate students, to various topics that will aid them in their development as academic librarians.  

The workshops will be offered in Main Library room 323C and online. Zoom information was shared via LibNews email from Victor Jones on January 26.

  • March 8 at 2 PM: Boundary Setting and Managing Burnout 
  • March 22 at 2 PM: Teaching in Libraries Part 1 

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Women in Science Lecture: Dr. Heidi Imker
March 9, Noon

The University Archives’ March Women in Science Lecture features Dr. Heidi Imker. Director of Research Data Service and Associate Professor at the University Library, Dr. Imker will discuss research as a modus operandi. March 9th from 12 -1 pm. This is a hybrid event and will take place in the University Archives, Main Library 146 or you can register for the zoom link at  https://go.illinois.edu/WomeninScienceMar2023.

More information about the lecture series can be found at https://distributedmuseum.illinois.edu/about/women-in-science-lecture-series/

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If you would like to submit content for the April issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, March 24, 2023.

February Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IT NEWS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Check back next month for a note from Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Chris Prom.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Savvy Researcher Spring 2023
The Savvy Researcher Spring 2023 schedule is extra-special this semester with lots of new workshops! Check to see if any catch your eye – they are excellent for professional development.

From the folks at Grainger – these sessions are all taught in either Grainger Commons or the IDEA Lab:

And many more! Here are just a few:

With many thanks to our amazing colleagues, our graduate assistants practicing their teaching, and our campus partners!

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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:

  • George Gottschalk
  • Katie Slough

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

The Library is conducting the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey from January 31 to February 28 (IRB Protocol Number 23438). This survey, developed by Ithaka S+R (https://sr.ithaka.org/), collects faculty, researchers and instructors’ practices and attitudes with respect to library services. The Library has conducted the same survey in 2013 and 2019. The 2023 survey results will be available in late Spring 2023.

“The Role of the Library” is a key set of questions of this survey. These questions ask participants to rate the importance of the following library functions:

  • The library serves as a repository of resources—in other words—it archives, preserves, and keeps track of resources (Archive)
  • The library pays for the resources I need, from academic journals to books to electronic databases (Buyer)
  • The library serves as a starting point or “gateway” for locating information for my research (Gateway)
  • The library supports graduate students in conducting research, managing data, and publishing scholarship (Graduate Support)
  • The library provides an informal academic environment and space that supports student learning (Physical Space)
  • The library provides active support that helps to increase the productivity of my research (Research Support)
  • The library supports and facilitates my teaching activities (Teaching Support)
  • The library provides access to technology resources that support student learning (Technology Access)
  • The library helps undergraduates develop research, critical analysis, and information literacy skills (Undergraduate Support)

This infographic shows how Illinois participants rated these functions in 2019. 94% of the participants view the Library’s “buyer” role to be important. A FAQ for the survey administration can be found at (https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/assessment/libsurv/ithaka-sr-faculty-survey-2023-faq/). The 2013 and 2019 survey results can be found on the Library Assessment website (https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/assessment/libsurv/).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Task Force Meeting Minutes
The DEIA Task Force concluded their charge in December and its final report will be shared in the coming weeks, including tasks, accomplishments, recommendations, and next steps.

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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recognizing Excellence
New on the Recognizing Excellence blog:

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: Skype for Business Retirement
After the spring semester, on May 17, 2023, Technology Services will retire Skype for Business as the campus phone service provider and transition phone services to Microsoft Teams. If you have not used Teams much, there will be multiple opportunities to learn more about the application before the transition. Library IT will be holding some training demonstrations during IT office hours throughout the spring semester (dates to be announced in Libnews), and these resources are also available for anyone to browse:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Library IT at help@library.illinois.edu or 217-244-4688.

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

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

  1. For any facility-related request(s) such as furniture needs, key requests, 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. These links will help with varied ticket submissions:

    -Team Dynamix (general facility/default request): https://go.library.illinois.edu/logaticket
    -Key Request Form: https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/facilities/keyrequest/
    -Event Checklist: https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/02/EventCheckList-Revised-2019.02.08.xls

  2. For shipping/delivery, please bring any shipments to Shipping/Receiving the day prior. We make daily deliveries starting at 8:00 am, 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 https://wordpress.library.illinois.edu/staff/facilities/.

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Tim Hayden – Library Specialist – Ricker Library of Architecture & Art – 1/23/2023
  • Xavier Sanchez – Distribution Clerk – Library Facilities – 2/6/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Mike Nelson – Data Analyst – Library IT – 1/20/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – Offer pending
  • Events Administrator Assoc – Advancement – Email screenings completed
  • Library Specialist – Funk ACES late night – Interviews
  • Library Specialist – Central Access Services – Interviews
  • Senior Library Specialist 50% – Slavic Reference Services/IAS – Closes 1/26/2023
  • Senior Library Specialist – Scholarly Commons – To be posted
  • Assistant Distribution Services Supervisor – Library Facilities – To be posted

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Postings

  • Head, Mathematics and Computational Sciences Librarian – Mathematics Library – Heidi Imker, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 2/10/2023
  • Visiting Archives & Literary Manuscript Specialist – Rare Book & Manuscript Library – Cait Coker, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 2/28/2023

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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: CARLI Professional Development Alliance Events
To view more information about these events and to register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar.

  • February 1 at 11 AM: CARLI OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
  • February 2 at 10 AM: Hiring Library Staff: Best Practices for the Interviewer
  • February 3 at 12 PM: Implementing Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources at Your Institution
  • February 7 at 1 PM: 10 Errors is Academic Library Architecture and How to Combat Them
  • February 8 at 12 PM: Let’s Talk About Self-Care
  • February 8 at 1 PM: What to Know About Web Accessibility if You Work in a Library
  • February 9 at 12 PM: Analysis and Design for Info Lit Instruction
  • February 9 at 12 PM: Library Freedom Project: Privacy is Precious
  • February 14 at 10 AM: Honest Conversations: Over-servicing at Your Library at the Expense of a Healthy Life Balance
  • February 15 at 1 PM: Accessibility in Library Instruction
  • February 16 at 9 AM: Best Practices in Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • February 21 at 1 PM: The Person in the Mirror
  • February 23 at 10 AM: CARLI OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
  • February 23 at 1 PM: CARLI Counts Curriculum Release Party!
  • February 28 at 3 PM: Managing Escalated Patron Situations Face to Face: Your Questions Answered

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: Collaborative Collections: Shifts in Collection Development, Resource Sharing, and Management
February 8 at 10 AM

Libraries around the world see collaboration as a viable solution for providing access to a wide range of information resources and collections. Initiatives such as the US Ivy Plus Confederation – a union of 13 academic libraries working together to improve discovery of and access to information by leveraging their collective assets – have already served as a proof of concept. Changes in the economic environment mean that these sorts of adaptations will become more commonplace, if not essential to ensuring that library services are efficient, effective, and engaging. In this roundtable discussion, practitioners and decision-makers will discuss what is needed to effectively manage collaborative collections and emerging support needs. What work needs to be done? What kind of systems would be useful? What hurdles need to be overcome?

Confirmed Speakers include Miranda Bennett, Director of Shared Collections, California Digital Library, Andy Breeding, Senior Product Manager, OCLC; Boaz Nadav-Manes, University Librarian, Lehigh University; Susan Stearns, Project Director, Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST); and Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives at Big 10 Academic Alliance.

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Women in Science Lecture: Dr. Decker French
February 9, noon

Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Dr. French will discuss her work on how galaxies evolve over time and co-evolve with their supermassive blackholes.

The University of Illinois Archives’ monthly Women in Science Lecture Series features speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise. The lecture series seeks to highlight the important innovations and contributions of women in the sciences at the University of Illinois, and center the importance of documenting women scientists and engineers to create a diverse and inclusive archival record. This lecture series will take place over Zoom on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. 

Registration link: https://go.illinois.edu/WomeninScienceFeb2023

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Love Data Week
February 13 – 17

The Scholarly Commons, in collaboration with the Research Data Service, will be participating in Love Data Week, an international celebration of Data. The theme for this year is Data: Agent of Change. To celebrate this year’s event, we will be having a series of workshops that will not only build campus community lovers of data but will highlight various aspects of research data. Here is a link to the list of events we have planned: Love Data Week Events.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: ACS Fund Reports and Q&A
February 15 at 1 PM

ACS will do a refresher overview of fund reports then open up to Q&A. If there are specific questions or topics you would like us to cover, please feel free to let ACS know, or bring your questions to the session. The session will be recorded and posted afterwards.

Zoom information was shared via LibNews email from George Gottschalk on January 17.

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If you would like to submit content for the March issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by February 24, 2023.

January Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING


ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Check back next month for a note from Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Chris Prom.

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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:

  • Kim Hutcherson
  • Rachael Johns
  • Lucy Moynihan
  • Dave Pherigo

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

In October 2022, the Library sent out a Library Service Satisfaction Survey asking students to rate experiences of library services. Question 15 invited respondents to describe how they feel about the Library in one word.

There were 107 answers to this question, but we chose to exclude one that was not intended for library services. Of the remaining 106, 80 were positive, 18 were neutral, and 8 were negative. The most common positive response was “good” (11), the most common neutral responses were “expansive” (3) and “extensive” (3), and the most common negative response was “crowded” (2). In the graphic, each book on the shelf represents a response. Alongside volume count, higher color saturation indicates higher frequency of a word.

Graphic created and text written by Virginia Haverstic, Library Assessment Graduate Assistant.

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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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recognizing Excellence
New on the Recognizing Excellence blog:

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

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

  • Michelle Self-Ballard – Senior Library Specialist – History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library – 12/19/2022
  • Kristen Blankenship – Library Operations Associate – Central Access Services – 1/3/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • JD Tanaro – Library Specialist – Funk ACES Library – resigned 11/30/2022
  • Jan Adamczyk – Senior Library Specialist – International Area Studies & Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – retired 12/31/2022
  • Bill Maher – University Archivist – University Archives – retired 12/31/2022
  • Joe Troy – Web Applications Developer/Architect – Library IT – retired 12/31/2022

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Distribution Clerk – Library Facilities – Decision Soon
  • Library Specialist – Ricker Library of Architecture & Art – Decision Soon
  • Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – Interviews Soon
  • Events Administrator Associate – Advancement – Closes 12/21/2022
  • Assistant Distribution Services Supervisor – Library Facilities – to be posted 2023
  • Library Specialist – Funk ACES Library (late night) – to be posted 2023
  • Library Specialist – Central Access Services – to be posted 2023

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Postings

  • Information Sciences Librarian – Social Sciences, Health, & Education Library, Fac – Sara Benson, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 1/18/2023
  • Head, Mathematics & Computational Sciences Librarian – Mathematics Library, Fac – Heidi Imker, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 1/23/2023

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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: NISO Webinar: Library as Platform
January 11 at 10 AM

Traditionally, the library was a collection of content and services in a physical location – selection, acquisition, curation, access, and preservation services, as well as direct end-user support and education, were all in one place. That’s still the case for print and other physical items, even as libraries increasingly embrace collaborative collection development and sharing

networks. In the digital universe many, if not most, of those functions have moved online – to content and aggregator platforms, to discovery services, and to digital preservation services. The contributors to this webinar will discuss the implications for this shift, including how librarians and platform vendors should engage to ensure the best service for users — the ultimate stakeholders.

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library Annual Recognition Event 
January 12 at 8:30 AM

Libraries will remain closed until 1 PM while this virtual event is happening. The event will have an optional virtual coffee in small groups beginning at 8:30 AM until the event formally starts at 9:15 AM. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper. Following her talk, there will be a recognition of service years, new employees, and presentation of the Library Outstanding awards. We encourage everyone to attend. Those who do not wish to attend should work with their unit head to request vacation time or make arrangements with their unit head to work for the unit that morning.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this event! We are looking forward to celebrating with everyone!

Zoom information: https://uiuc.libcal.com/event/9956660 

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If you would like to submit content for the February issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by January 20, 2022.

December Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING



ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 12/1/2022
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services | Project Manager, Library Building Project

Project Meetings and Updates for December 2022
In addition to weekly meetings among library project leads and our F&S Project Manager, during the month of November, representatives from the University Library, University Administration, and Facilities and Services met on several occasions to discuss elements of the project:

  • November 4th: 50% Design Updates Meeting
  • November 14th: Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment Meeting – Onsite review of proposed furniture, fixtures, and equipment for proposed building.
  • November 16th: Shelving Update – Review of proposed shelving and discussion of next steps for project.
  • November 28th: 50% Design Review Meeting – All-day, comprehensive review of comments received on 50% construction documents with focus on code, architecture, interiors, structure, site planning, civil engineering, landscaping, parking, HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection.
  • November 29th: 50% Design Review Meeting (cont.) – Three-quarters day, comprehensive review of comments received on 50% construction documents with focus on electrical, technology, AV, and LEED standards.
  • November 29th: 50% Design Review Cost Estimate – Review of updating pricing estimate for the project to date.

Project-Related Meetings Scheduled for December 2022 (as of 11/29/2022)
In addition to weekly meetings among library project leads and our F&S Project Manager, during the month of December, the only scheduled project meetings include: 

  • December 13th: AV/IT Meeting – Follow-up meeting to further discuss the anticipated AT/IT development for the facility.

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. In addition, unit representatives are beginning the process of mapping collections into the planned shelving layouts. This will be a multi-month endeavor that should be completed in the late spring 2023.

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.

Communications
Nothing to report.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cheers for Peers
Cheers for Peers is a library recognition program that allows Library employees to quickly recognize a co-worker by answering three questions on the Cheers for Peers form. The person that has been cheered will receive a certificate to celebrate their recognition along with a small gift. All Library employees (including Extra Help, Academic Hourly, Graduate Hourly, Student, visiting and permanent appointments) are welcome and encouraged to recognize their co-workers.

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

  • Stuart Albert
  • Evan Barber
  • Sarah Blanco
  • Aneitre Johnson
  • Marina Kolodyazhnaya
  • Hannah Williams
  • Jen-chien Yu

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

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


A short time ago in campus libraries not very far away at all, Fall 2022 Sweeps Week (October 17–23, 2022) took place. Sweeps Week is a semesterly event during which Library Assessment, with the help of librarians and staff across campus, gathers data with which to evaluate the use of library resources and facilities. This factoid concerns wi-fi use in the Main, Grainger, and ACES libraries during Sweeps Week. It follows two previous installments of Sweeps Week wi-fi analysis: November 2021 and April 2022.

The graph represents the number of wi-fi sessions by library during Sweeps Weeks in the semesters between fall of 2019 and fall of 2022. A wi-fi session occurs when a library patron’s device – smartphone, computer, game console, etc. – connects to the library wi-fi. During Fall 2022 Sweeps Week, wi-fi sessions in the Main, Grainger, and ACES libraries were more numerous than they had been since Spring 2020 Sweeps Week.

The direct comparison of Fall 2021 (October 11–17, 2021) and Fall 2022 Sweeps Weeks in the bottom part of the graphic demonstrates that not only were there more wi-fi sessions overall in fall of 2022, but that these sessions were longer both on average and in total. Additionally, data exchange in 2022 was nearly double data exchange in 2021. This data is from the Main, Grainger, and ACES libraries only.

Graphic created and text written by Virginia Haverstic, Library Assessment Graduate Assistant. Wi-fi data provided by Library IT, Chuck Hayes, and Uros Marjanovic.

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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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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

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

Also, please note the most recent news about the internal demolition taking place on the Undergraduate Library Building:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/specialcollectionsbuilding/2022/11/14/internal-demolition-begins-on-the-undergraduate-library-building/ 

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Christina Bonse – Office Support Associate – Dean’s Office – 10/31/2022
  • Elisabeth Paulus – Senior Library Specialist – Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery – 11/9/2022
  • Samantha Lechowicz – Library Specialist – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 11/14/2022

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • John Wilkin – Dean of Libraries & University Librarian – Library Administration – 11/30/2022

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Senior Library Specialist – History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library – Decision Soon
  • Distribution Clerk – Library Facilities – Interviews
  • Library Operations Associate – Central Access Services – Interviews
  • Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – Posting Soon
  • Library Specialist – Ricker Library of Architecture & Art Library Facilities – Posting Soon

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HR NEWS: Academic Professional and Faculty Open Postings

  • Visiting Newspaper Content Coordinator – History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library, AP – Shelby Strommer, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 12/9/2022
  • Information Sciences Librarian – Social Sciences, Health, & Education Library, FAC – Sara Benson, Chair
    Live on the job board with a closing date of 1/18/2023

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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: Introduction to LibGuides Training
December 1 at 1 PM

This hands-on training session is intended for anyone who has, or will have, responsibility for creating and maintaining LibGuides in their library unit, including those new to LibGuides and those looking to refresh LibGuides skills. Access to your unit’s libApps account is required for this session, and is open to all library staff and GAs.

In this session, participants will…

  • …learn what LibGuides are and best practices
  • …learn how to access, create, edit, and maintain accessible unit LibGuides
  • …learn where and how to receive LibGuides help and support

Questions about this session, and other LibGuides queries, may be directed to libguides@library.illinois.edu.

Related LibGuide: Getting Started with LibGuides by Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support Library

Please register for this training via the Library Employee Calendar Event

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Hub Training 
Zoom information for all Fall 2022 Hub Training workshops were shared via LibNews email from Sara Holder on September 1.

  • Working with Users with Disabilities
    December 6 at 2 PM & December 9 at 3 PM
    Who should attend: All 1st year GAs & anyone who hasn’t attended this training before or who wants a refresher
    Instructor: JJ Pionke
    This training will not be recorded.
    Please contact Sara Holder sholder@illinois.edu if you have questions about this training.
  • Chat Transcript Review
    December 13 at 2 PM & December 16 at 3 PM
    Who should attend: All 1st year GAs & anyone who hasn’t attended this training before or who wants a refresher
    Instructor: Piper Martin
    This training will be recorded.
    Please contact Sara Holder sholder@illinois.edu if you have questions about this training.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Ambassador Program Meet and Greet
December 7 at 9:30 AM in Room 106 Main Library

It starts with us! Join us for a meet and greet with tasty treats! Meet the current Library Ambassadors, learn about the Library’s Ambassador Program and how you can become an Ambassador!

To help engage and recruit more Library employees to serve as Ambassadors, especially Civil Service employees (where we face the greatest need), we would like you to join us for a meet and greet to talk with current Ambassadors and learn more about the program. Light refreshments will be available.

The Ambassador Program matches newcomers to the Library to an existing employee (“Ambassador”) to help them feel welcome, enable them to more quickly build connections to the community and campus, and learn about Library culture. If you are interested in applying to be an Ambassador, please go to the following URL to review the criteria for becoming an Ambassador and submit your application: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3342896.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Women in Science Lecture Series: Dr. Clarion Mendes 
December 8 at 12 PM

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly virtual Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise. December’s lecture will be given by Dr. Clarion Mendes. Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Science, Dr. Mendes will present on her work on speech-language pathology and gender affirming communication for transgender individuals. Registration link: https://go.illinois.edu/WomeninScienceDec2022 

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Residence Hall Libraries’ Build-a-Book Event
December 8 from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM and 3 PM – 5 PM

The Residence Hall Libraries and University Library Invite you to Build-a-Book this Reading Day. Make and decorate a blank book to give as a holiday gift for a family member, friend, or yourself! All supplies – and snacks – provided. This event will be held from 12:30-2:30 PM at the Illinois Street Residence Hall in Room 50A/B and from 3-5 PM at the Student Dining and Residential Programs Building Room 2050.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: RBML Holiday Open House and Print Crawl
December 8 from 3 PM to 5 PM

Drop by the RBML on Reading day between 3 and 5pm to view some rare book favorites, enjoy a few refreshments, and hand-print your own relief-printed holiday card on our tabletop proofing press! Then, make your way over to Skeuomorph Press at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, located at 1301 S. Goodwin Ave., to print letterpress text inside your card! Additional information can be found at this event listing.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: Collaboration and Partnerships at Scale
December 14 at 10 AM

Acquisitions, consolidations, partnerships — all are increasingly common in the information community, and all can create consternation for individuals and organizations alike. Why is bigger always assumed to be better? What does it really mean to improve the scalability of a business entity? Attendees will hear from a variety of professionals and consultants active in the information industry, benefiting from their experiences of and insights into the opportunities as well as the risks associated with these sorts of major changes.

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

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If you would like to submit content for the January issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by December 16, 2022.

November Library Office Notes


ANNOUNCEMENTS

FACILITIES NEWS

HR NEWS

EVENTS AND TRAINING



ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Please see Dean Wilkin’s LIB-NEWS announcement about the next steps of his professional journey.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Cheers for Peers
Cheers for Peers is a library recognition program that allows Library employees to quickly recognize a co-worker by answering three questions on the Cheers for Peers form. The person that has been cheered will receive a certificate to celebrate their recognition along with a small gift. All Library employees (including Extra Help, Academic Hourly, Graduate Hourly, Student, visiting and permanent appointments) are welcome and encouraged to recognize their co-workers.

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

  • Bernadette Braun
  • Elisandro Cabada
  • Jennifer Gavel
  • JP Gougen
  • Joseph Hall-Ingram
  • Josh Hankemeier
  • Kim Hutcherson
  • Rachael Johns
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Mary Laskowski
  • Danny Mendelson
  • Heather Murphy
  • Chris Prom
  • Michelle Self-Ballard
  • Vicki Sparks
  • Hannah Williams
  • Jenna Ziedler

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Illinois Open Publishing Network Launches Journals’ First Issues
The Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN) is pleased to announce the launch of first issues of two journals:

  • Kentiana is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that disseminates paleontological research carried out at or in association/collaboration with the Center for Paleontology at the Illinois Natural History and State Geological Surveys, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It publishes studies as numbered issues on a rolling basis.
  • Proceedings of the ALISE Annual Conference is an open access journal publishing the annual proceedings of the Association of Library and Information Science Education. Prior years have been published via IDEALS for a number of years, and like other IOPN journals will continue to be archived there.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: NIH’s New Data Sharing Policy

Attention: anyone working with researchers/units with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)!

NIH has a new Data Management and Sharing Policy that will go into effect for grants submitted January 25, 2023, and thereafter. As of that date, NIH applicants must submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan (“Plan”) as part of grant applications. Feel free to let researchers know about the Research Data Service’s overview page and that we are available to answer questions about the new policy or how to draft a strong Plan.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Nominate a Library Outstanding Civil Service Staff Member
The Awards and Recognition Committee is accepting nominations for the Library Outstanding Civil Service Staff Award through November 7, at 5 pm. Any member of the Library community can nominate a Library Civil Service Staff member 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 October 18. Nominations can be submitted at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1492727313.

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

November is National Native American Heritage Month.

The University is on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These lands were the traditional territory of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity.

As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the peoples of these lands, as well as the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution for the past 150 years. We are also obligated to reflect on and actively address these histories and the role that this university has played in shaping them. This acknowledgement and the centering of Native peoples is a start as we move forward for the next 150 years.

Land Acknowledgement Statement suggested by the Native American House

Known languages spoken by these Nations include Miami-Illinois, Algonquian, Ojibwa, Fox, Potawatomi, and Chickasaw.

The Library Catalog indicates the languages of its holdings using the MARC Code List for Languages. The Library holds items organized under 435 unique MARC language codes. The MARC standards group the Miami-Illinois, Algonquian, Fox, and Potawatomi languages under “Algonquian (Other)” and the Chickasaw language under “North American Indian (Other).”

The bubble chart to the left shows language representation in the Library Catalog (excluding English). The top three non-English languages in the collection are German (568,451 items), Spanish (513,394 items), and French (451,531 items). As the bubbles representing items in the languages indigenous to the area occupied by the University are much too small to see, the chart to the right indicates their representation relative to one another.

“North American Indian (Other)” includes the Alabama, Arikara, Atsugewi, Beothuk, Chickasaw, Chimariko, Chitimacha, Chumash, Coahuilteco, Cocopa, Coos, Eastern Pomo, Eyak, Hualapai, Karok, Keres, Kiliwa, Konomihu, Kuitsh, Kumiai, Maidu, Mikasuki, Miwok, Mutsun, Nez Percé, Northern Sierra Miwok, Ohlone, Paipai, Pawnee, Shoshoni, Southeastern Pomo, Timucua, Tlakluit, Tonkawa, Tunica, Wappo, Wichita, Wikchamni, Wintu, Wiyot, Yahi, Yakama, Yuchi, and Yukiz languages. The Library Catalog records a total of 95 items in these languages.

The Library Catalog records 15 items in Ojibwa.

“Algonquian (Other)” includes the Abenaki, Algonquin, Atakapa, Atikamekw, Fox, Gros Ventre, Illinois, Kickapoo, Mahican, Massachuset, Menominee, Miami, Mohegan, Montagnais, Naskapi, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Potawatomi, Powhatan, Quileute, Roanoak, Shawnee, Wampanoag, and Yurok languages. The Library Catalog records a total of 5 items in these languages.

Graphic created and text written by Virginia Haverstic, Library Assessment Graduate Assistant. The item count by language includes only bibliographic records in Alma (a library services platform), and it does not represent all library collections.

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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:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/collection-development-committee/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/committee/content-access-policy-technology-capt/

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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

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

  • Ruairi McEnroe – Library Specialist – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 10/17/2022
  • Peggy Nzomo – International Library Initiatives Specialist – Mortenson Center for International Library Programs – 10/17/2022
  • Elias Petrou – Classical Studies Librarian – Literatures and Languages Library – 10/17/2022

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Office Support Associate – Dean’s Office – pending offer
  • Senior Library Specialist – Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery – reference checks
  • E-Resources Library Specialist – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – interviews 10/17 to 10/24
  • Senior Library Specialist – History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library – email screening
  • Distribution Clerk – Library Facilities – waiting for IHR to approve

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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: CARLI Professional Development and Alliance Events
To view more information about these events and to register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar.

  • November 1 at 1 PM: The Link Didn’t Work, Now What? Troubleshooting Patron Reports of E-Resources Linking Problems
  • November 4 at 9 AM: NC LIVE’S Leadership in Public Library Series
  • November 10 at 9 AM: Book Repair for Circulating General Collections
  • November 10 at 10 AM: Addressing Accessibility in E-Resources Management
  • November 10 at 1 PM: Vendor Relations: More Than Invoices and Sales Calls!
  • November 14 at 1 PM: No E-Resources Librarian is an Island
  • November 14 at 5 PM: Learn about Google Meet
  • November 16 at 1 PM: The Use of Python to Support Technical Services Work in Academic Libraries

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Residence Hall Libraries’ Student Events

  • Pop Culture Trivia Night
    November 2 from 5 PM – 7 PM
    ISR Room 50 A/B
    Back by popular demand, it’s pub-style trivia with pizza and other snacks. Come play!
  • International Games Week Events
    November 7 from 5 PM – 7 PM
    SDRP Room 2050
    November 10 from 5 PM – 7 PM
    ISR Room 50 A/B
    Celebrate with international games from the RHL collections, snacks, and board & card game raffles.
  • Monthly Craft Night
    November 9 from 5 PM – 7 PM
    ISR Room 46 and SDRP Room 2003
    Stop in either location for free crafts and snacks!
  • Books for Break Events
    November 14 from 5 PM – 7 PM
    ISR Library
    November 15 from 5 PM – 7 PM
    SDRP Lobby
    Stock up on fun reading for fall! Refreshments provided.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: The Power of Consortia
November 9 at 10 AM

Libraries around the world, of all shapes and sizes, have successfully used consortia to maximize the reach of their resources and their spending budgets. Communal efforts, such as the newly-established DPLA/LYRASIS Palace Project, leverage libraries’ buying power and influence to ensure that they and their services continue as a social good, as we move towards a post-pandemic future. This roundtable will bring together leaders of several consortia to talk about their work and their efforts to ensure the broadest possible access to all forms of information in the 21st century.

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

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Research and Language Learning – Kazakh
November 9 at 2 PM

The Slavic Reference Service and the Language Workshop at Indiana University are collaborating to host an online discussion series, Research and Language Learning. The second discussion will feature Kazakh and Dr. Kristoffer Rees.
The registration form can be found at the following link: https://forms.gle/2pV2Qu6eX4yfShxm7

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Women in Science Lecture Series: Dr. Monica Fabiani 
November 10 at 12 PM

The University of Illinois Archives is hosting a monthly virtual Women in Science Lecture Series that will feature speakers from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s diverse and multidisciplinary scientific enterprise. October’s lecture will be given by Dr. Monica Fabiani, Professor of Psychology. Dr. Fabiani will share her research on cognitive neuroscience, the neurophysiology of aging, and non-invasive mapping of human brain function. Register for the Zoom link here.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Grainger Engineering Library EntreFest Event
November 10 at 4 PM
Grainger Commons

Did you know November was National Entrepreneurship Month?  Many units in the U of I entrepreneurial ecosystem are hosting programs to showcase and encourage more entrepreneurship, especially during the week of November 7-11.  Grainger Engineering Library Information Center will have an EntreFest event on Thursday, November 10th. Starting in the Grainger Commons at 4, Marissa Siero, Director of Experiential Learning at Gies College of Business, will share her personal recipe for entrepreneurship. Siero believes emotion is critical to innovation and entrepreneurship. Join us for an open discussion on how she harnesses the power of passion, shares personal examples of grit, and raw and honest stories of having empathy as she takes you along on a journey as a serial innovator, entrepreneur, and intrapreneur. Following Siero’s keynote, there will be a networking reception in the IDEA Lab from 4:30-6 with various units in the university entrepreneurial ecosystem such as the Technology Entrepreneur Center, Origin Ventures Academy, and the Siebel School of Design. Light refreshments will be available.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Hub Training
Zoom information for all Fall 2022 Hub Training workshops were shred via LibNews email from Sara Holder on September 1.

  • Working with International Students: Communicating Across Language Differences
    November 15 at 2 PM and November 18 at 3 PM
    Who should attend: All first year GAs and anyone who has not attended this training before or would like a refresher.
    Instructor: Kimberly Yau (International Student and Scholar Services)
    This training will be recorded.
    Please contact Sara Holder at sholder@illinois.edu if you have questions about this training.

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If you would like to submit content for the December issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by November 18, 2022.