March Library Office Notes





ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note

Budgets (FY16)
You can expect a column on the budget each year about this time, depending in part on when the Library’s budget hearing takes place. Our annual hearing took place Friday, February 20th. Budget hearings for each school or college (and the Library) take place with members of the CBOC, a committee that includes faculty and representatives of the provost’s office. The budget process this year was colored by events in the state, even prior to Governor Rauner’s budget address earlier that week. Read more…
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Strategic Planning Update
Lisa Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Office Hours
A common theme on the feedback form from the Library Retreat was the value of Strategic Planning Office Hours for communication and feedback. As such, I’m pleased to announce the upcoming schedule – all held in Library 434 (across the stairwell from Library 428):

  • March 4, 9-11 am
  • March 12, 9-11 am
  • March 23, 1-3 pm
  • March 30, 3-5 pm

Anyone is welcome to stop by for informal conversation about strategic planning, the process, ideas, etc. If you can’t make one of these times or would like to have a conversation with a group (e.g., committee or unit), please don’t hesitate to ask for another time. Email Lisa Hinchliffe (
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Mortenson Center Welcomes Rebecca McGuire
Rebecca McGuire Photo
Rebecca McGuire starts March 2nd as the Visiting Instructional Technology Specialist at the Mortenson Center. This is an Academic Professional position funded by grant funds. In her position Rebecca will assist with the development of a multimedia library leadership package for librarians worldwide. She will work with the Primary Investigator, Susan Schnuer, on research, design, and the shooting of videos. In addition she will be working ten hours a week in Undergraduate’s Media Commons.

Rebecca is finishing her degree at GSLIS. She has worked at Credo Reference as an instructional design intern. She volunteers at the Champaign Public Library and has worked on a human rights project in South Africa and an educational project for an orphanage in Nicaragua.

We would like to have Rebecca connect with colleagues all over the Library, please feel free to drop by and meet her.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Samizdat Collection 
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the International Area Studies Library are excited to announce the recent acquisition of our very own Samizdat Collection, including 14 Russian Literature books.

See “Samizdat or Underground?” event below.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Room Usage Assessment Survey
The Library IT, Library Facilities and Library Assessment are initiating a room usage assessment. The goal of this project is to assess user experience with conference rooms and computer labs in the library. To participate, we ask you to please take a moment to fill out a short survey, which is available on paper in Main Library Room 225, Room 323c, Room 428 (see photo below) as well as by the Key Sign In & Out log in the Dean’s Office.

This survey is not limited to library employees and all faculty, students or staff who attend library workshops or events can participate in the survey. The data collected through this project will be used to inform the Library Facilities and Library IT and determine ways to enhance your experience with these library spaces. Please email if you have any questions.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Open Education Week Events
This year international Open Education Week ( takes place March 9th-13th. The Office of Information Literacy is participating by hosting two events – one for the campus community and one internal event for all of us in the Library – on the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER). The use of OERs has been an ongoing conversation in our profession, as librarians are experts in finding, evaluating, and licensing open resources. Moreover, open education initiatives are well-aligned with library values as they are believed to increase retention, improve student learning, and further equal access to learning, regardless of socioeconomic status.

See below for more information about these two events:

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As of February 23, all OTRS queues were transitioned to the new system. The old OTRS interface will remain online through the spring semester, after which the database will be saved for future reference. Library IT will continue to work on improvements to the new OTRS system this spring.
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HR NEWS: Faculty and AP Searches
Below is a summary of current academic searches as of February 27, 2015 (click on graphic below to enlarge). A more comprehensive listing is sent via LibNews each month.
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HR NEWS: Civil Service Staff Openings
Please note, only applicants referred from the register are eligible to interview, unless you are on the current transfer list for the noted classification.  Please direct any questions to Library Human Resources.

  • Acquisitions – Library Specialist with Chinese Language Requirement – closed without hiring
  • Central Access Services – Library Specialist, Sun – Th, evenings, INTERVIEWING
  • Central Access Services – Library Specialist, M – F, days, INTERVIEWING
  • Content Management Services 50% – Library Specialist, INTERVIEWING
  • Music and Performing Arts Library 50% – Library Assistant – INTERVIEWING
  • Social Sciences,Health, and Education Library – Library Specialist – Sun – Th, evenings, INTERVIEWING

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HR NEWS: New Employees 


  • Melanie Emerson, hired as the Head, Ricker Art and Architecture Library and Art Librarian, will start in her new position on March 1, 2015. (repeat from February)

Academic Professional

  • Rebecca McGuire, Visiting Instructional Technology Specialist, Mortenson Center, will start in her new position on March 1, 2015.
  • Christopher Morgan, Electronic Resources and Acquisitions Specialist, Library Acquisitions, will start in his new position on March 1, 2015.

Civil Service

  • Rosemary Trippe, Library Specialist, Library Acquisitions, February 11, 2015

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HR NEWS: Appointment Changes 

  • Alex Dolski, Research Programmer for Digital Library Projects, effective February 1, 2015

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HR NEWS: Separations

  • Kirk Hess, Digital Humanities Specialist, resigned effective February 22, 2015
  • M. Kathleen Kern, Associate Professor and Assistant Reference Librarian, resigned effective February 27, 2015.

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HR NEWS: ClimateQUAL Survey Now Live
ClimateQUAL is now live through March 14, 2015. This survey will give University Library Administration vital information as we move forward. We are hoping for maximum participation from Library employees for this survey. Any questions should be directed to Cindy Ingold (
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HR NEWS: Thank You!
A huge thank you to units who have been editing and completing updates of positions descriptions. Library Human Resources is delighted to report that we are 98% complete!
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FACILITIES: Project Information
Please visit the Office of Library Facilities webpage for project information (under Facilities–>Project Information).
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Samizdat or Underground?
3-4pm March 2, 2015 RM 321

Jonathan McNamara, Book dealer, Merchant Books, Paris. “Samizdat or Underground?”

McNamara will speak on the essential role Samizdat played in the social and publishing history of the USSR while examining the differences between Samizdat and Underground Russian literature in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As a book dealer, McNamara, an Irishman living in Paris, deals in Russian first editions, so he is ready for some lively conversations that cross various languages and cultural barriers. He handles books that are “completely subversive and outlandish” and claims that “every time one was published during the Soviet era it represented a triumph of man over the machine or conversely was subterfuge designed by the highest authorities to control the populace.” Dealing with a side of literary history largely unexplored, his mission is to find rare books that illustrate the complexities of Soviet publishing history.
Refreshments will be served.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Your Classroom (Campus Workshop)
March 10, 4-5 PM, Main Library, Room 314

Join the library in celebrating Open Education Week (March 9-13) in this workshop on Open Educational Resources (OERs). The workshop will help instructors learn more about how to find, use, and re-create open resources. Special consideration will be given to Creative Commons licensing, discipline-specific databases for finding resources, and evaluation methods to identify appropriate OERs for your students. All are welcome to come and learn about the benefits of OERs, as open education initiatives are important to retention, improved student learning, and equal access to learning. Please contact Lisa Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy and Instruction, at, with any questions.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Furnishing the Authorial Mind: The Libraries of James Boswell and his Family 1695–1825
March 11, 3 PM, Rare Book & Manuscript Library

James Caudle will present Furnishing the Authorial Mind: The Libraries of James Boswell and his Family 1695–1825 on Wednesday, March 11 at 3 pm in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

James Boswell (1740–1795), best known for his Life of Samuel Johnson and for his indiscreet private journals, owned several libraries during his lifetime, including personal city collections in Edinburgh and London, and a country-house collection (most of it inherited), in the rural mansion of Auchinleck in Ayrshire. In this talk, James Caudle, the Associate Editor of The Yale Boswell Editions, will examine how, during the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’, private collections of books like Boswell’s were seen by their owners not only as expressions to the community of their family’s permanence and status, but also as articulations of individual owners’ tastes and literary aspirations, and as inspirations for their own writings. Since Boswell is a well-known personage, and his library is unusually well-documented through several sources, a look at his library keys us into broader themes such as what books meant during the so-called ‘Age of Enlightenment’.

Please join us for the March 11 monthly meeting of The No. 44 Society. All are welcome!
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Communicating the Value of OERs (Library Training Workshop)
March 12, 11am-12noon, Main Library, Room 314

The Office of Information Literacy and Instruction is coordinating a library-wide training on Open Educational Resources (OERs) in honor of Open Education Week (March 9-13). Visit for more information about events happening around the world. This session will teach all of us in the Library about what OERs are, why they are valuable, and how their value can be communicated to campus instructors. The workshop will focus specifically on using discipline-specific repositories of OERs for discovery, evaluating OERs, and re-use and copyright considerations. Everyone in the library is invited, particularly those that work closely with instructors who might implement OERs and could need library support. We hope that this will be the first of many conversations on how the library can support the Open Education movement. Please contact Lisa Hinchliffe, Coordinator for Information Literacy and Instruction, at, with any questions.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Chai Wai Series Panel Discussion
2:30-4 March 12, 2015 RM 321

Join us for our fourth Chai Wai Series in the International & Area Studies Library for a panel discussion on the Future of the European Union. Tea and Cookies will be served.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Images of Champaign-Urbana: Local Photographers Capture Our History
Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street

Photographers from across Champaign County have been capturing our history since the invention of the camera. Family events, national and local happening, landscapes and prairie-views- the moments of local life caught in pictures. Join a distinguished panel ph photographers from local studios and media as they share stories of photographing Champaign-Urbana.

Photographers include:
Larry Kanfer, Rober McCandless, Darrell Hoemann, Brian Stauffer, and panel moderator Jack Brighton

For more information, please contact the University of Illinois Archives Research Center at (217)333-7841 or visit

This event is part of the Town & Gown Speaker Series.
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Would you like to see a Questions section in LON? If you have a library-related question and would like to see it answered in an upcoming issue, please send it to Perhaps the answer will benefit the entire LON readership!

If you would like to submit content for the April issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to John Wilkin, Sue Searing, Beth Sandore, or Tom Teper by Wednesday, March 18, 2015.