March Library Office Notes






ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Check back next month for a new Note from Acting Dean Bill Mischo.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Collections Forum
Tom Teper held a Collections Forum on February 28, 2017, to discuss Library Collections directions in the coming years. The slides and accompanying handouts are available here:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Update on Springer-Nature Negotiations
Tom Teper, Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s licenses for journal content and ebooks are negotiated on our behalf as part of its consortial relationship with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). Currently, the BTAA member libraries have agreed to endorse the following statement regarding the recent and projected growth in Nature Branded titles, in part because the initial proposed pricing for these five new 2017 titles averaged $12,000 per title with stated projections of growth for 2018 in the similar range. As a basis for comparison, these five new titles rivaled the entire existing cost of Nature Branded titles for this campus.

Statement on Nature New Launch Titles (1)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Research and Publication Committee Congratulates Recipient of Funding
The Research and Publication Committee (RPC) congratulates the following February recipient of RPC funding:

  • Antonio Sotomayor, for professional services to translate his book, The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico, into Spanish. This book contributes a historical view of a very important topic in today’s Puerto Rico and, once translated into the native language of Puerto Ricans, can inform a broader audience of readers about the political and cultural underpinnings of Puerto Rico’s Olympic representation.

The Research and Publication Committee (RPC) encourages Library faculty and academic professionals who need support for their research activities to submit an application. There are no deadlines for submission; applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Contact Carissa Phillips (, RPC Chair, with any questions.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: New Responsibilities for Carissa Phillips
Beth Namachchivaya, Associate Dean for Research
JoAnn Jacoby, Associate Dean for User Services

We’re delighted to share with the Library the news that the University Librarian and Executive Committee have approved a change in responsibilities and title for Carissa Phillips, as Data Discovery and Business Librarian.

Carissa will be working 50% in the Research and Information Services (RIS) unit, and 50% in the Scholarly Commons, effective immediately. Carissa’s responsibilities are grounded in her business and social science data expertise, as well as her expertise in reference and research consultations. This newly-defined role is a great example of how individuals and units can collaborate to maximize subject and functional expertise in support of user needs as well as the Library’s Framework for Strategic Action. Carissa’s office will continue to be located in 300 Library.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Emily Kasak, Office Support Associate, Joins Mortenson Center

Born and raised in Champaign, Emily Kasak joined the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs on January 10, 2017. She comes to us after eight years at Common Ground Research Networks, most recently in the role of Assistant Director of Conferences, where she helped to organize and facilitate 24 annual interdisciplinary conferences with partners and universities from across the globe. Through other projects, she also brings with her national and international experience in arts administration, conference and event production, advocacy, press and communications, and project management.

Outside of work, she is committed to civic engagement and community wellness and is currently serving on the Fundraising Committee of the university’s Education Justice Project. For fun/leisure, she enjoys all things foodcooking, baking, canning, gardening, dinner with friendsas well as movies, quality cat cuddles, travel adventures, anything on a boat/water, and lots of time with family.

She is excited to be a part of the Library and the Mortenson team.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jamie Carlstone Wins ALCTS Award
Jamie Carlstone, in Content Access Management, has won the 2017 First Step Award—a Wiley Professional Development Grant, presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Continuing Resources Section (CRS). The award will be presented on June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Read more…
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series
The University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, in collaboration with the Department of History and with support from the University Library, showcases historical scholarship inspired by records found in the University of Illinois Archives.

The Series kicks off with “The First Years of University of Illinois Student Life With Reflections on Today, 1868-2017” on March 2.

For more information, visit
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Collection Development Committee Notes
The most recent meetings minutes of the Collection Development Committee are posted at
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy Meeting Minutes
The most recent CAPT committee meeting was held on January 26.

Membership changes: Helenmary Sheridan is replacing Bill Ingram as the chair of the Repositories, Preservation, and Access work group.

The following items were on the agenda:

Work group reporting changes

Based on the findings of the CAPT one-year review, work group chairs are being asked to submit their reports at least one day prior to their presentation in the CAPT meeting. It was also decided that work groups only need to make an official report to CAPT quarterly instead of every other month. Both of these changes were instituted to afford more time during CAPT meetings for in-depth discussion.

Library Intranet Committee Update

Megean Osuchowski provided an update on the progress of the Intranet Committee. The committee is recommending WordPress as the content management system for the intranet. Library IT and the Web Team will be assisting in the setup for the intranet. The committee is determining how content should be organized, and they have 20 volunteers lined up to assist with the effort.

Cataloging and Metadata Work Group Report

Michael Norman provided an update on the CARLI RFP to replace Voyager. Only cloud or vendor-hosted solutions will be considered.

The default discovery layer provided by CARLI will remain to be VuFind; although, I-Share libraries will still be able to purchase a different discovery layer if desired.

The Work Group also came to an agreement regarding the representation of e-books in the catalog. Details can be found in the meeting minutes on the CAPT website.

Electronic Resources Work Group Report

Lynn Wiley provided an update of the work group’s activities, including improvements to the SFX display logic, improvements to the public names for targets, and improvement to sorting. More details are in the CAPT meeting notes.

Search, Discovery, and Delivery Work Group Report

Bill Mischo reported that VuFind 3.0 still has issues. Work on additional bento versions of Easy Search is progressing.

Detailed meeting minutes and work group reports can be found here:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recognizing Excellence

Please forward journal editorships or editorial board membership, elected and invited external service appointments, honors, and awards information to Dan Tracy.
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HR NEWS: Faculty and AP Searches
Below is a summary of current academic searches as of March 1, 2017 (click on graphic below to enlarge). A more comprehensive listing is sent via LibNews each month.

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IT NEWS: Library IT Personnel Changes
To replace two recent departures, Library IT has hired two new academic hourly employees.

  • Leon Wilson is a 2015 graduate of the U of I. He brings work experience from CITES Instructional Computing Services and most recently Sprint. Leon will be working full time with the Workstation Network Support group.
  • Cailin Hawthorne graduated from the U of I in December of 2016. As an undergrad, she worked as a technician for the Illini Union, FAA, and Technology Services. Cailin will be working full time with Workstation Network Support, splitting time between the Main Library and Grainger.

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IT NEWS: Send Us Your Ideas

Library IT has launched an Idea Form to collect new or innovative ideas or any suggestions for improvements. When ideas are submitted they go to an OTRS queue that is reviewed monthly by Library IT. We will discuss submissions and take steps to bring involved Library stakeholders into the conversation. As always, we welcome your feedback!
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IT NEWS: Library Conference Room Updates
Two of the Library’s conference rooms were recently updated with new 82-inch wall-mounted displays—both with attached PCs with accessible USB ports, mounted behind the monitors, and with wireless keyboards and mice. Both rooms include a Polycom phone for voice-only conference calls. Room 308 is also set up for video or voice conferences using the attached PC and display-mounted video camera. Instructions for use are available in both conference rooms, but don’t hesitate to contact the Library IT Help Desk if you require assistance.

Room 202 Oak Street:

Room 308 Main Library:

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FACILITIES: Facility Project Updates
Please visit the Office of Library Facilities web page ( for project information
(under Facilities–>Project Information).
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Staff Events Calendar
To see the most up-to-date staff events calendar, please visit
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: The First Years of University of Illinois Student Life
March 2, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
University Archives, 146 Main Library

March 2, 1868, marked the first day of class at the newly established Illinois Industrial University. Who were Illinois’ earliest students? And, how do their experiences compare to Illinois students 150 years later? Join us as Professor Gregory Behle shares his extensive research on student life in the earliest years of the University and Vice Chancellor Renee Romano reflects on Illinois student experience in 2017.

Exhibits and refreshments.

For more information, please visit
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Celebrate Women’s History Month + International Women’s Day
March 8, 5-7pm
School of Information Sciences, Room 126, 131, and East Lobby

Kickoff event! Come gather to celebrate women and International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange.
FB event:
Music by LOVE HANDLES, food, fellowship, and fun. All are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the iSchool Diversity Committee, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, iSchool Progressive Librarians Guild, Center for Digital Inclusion, and the University Library Diversity Committee.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Two-Part Webinar: Understanding the Marketplace
March 8 and 15, 12-1:30pm
428 Main Library

Understanding the Marketplace, Part OneConsolidation: The Long Term Impact and the New Owners

Understanding the Marketplace, Part TwoCreating the New Information Product: Workflow, Software, and Content
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Oak Street Facility Open House
March 9, 1:00-3:00pm
Come take a tour of the high-density storage vaults, see the newly remodeled Collection Management Services staffing areas, check out the Conservation Lab and Internet Archive scanning center, and have a snack while you’re here!

We’d love to have you come see our operations in person, but if you want to sneak a peek at our facility you can view the time lapse video (thanks to the folks at the Media Commons) of the installation of shelving in our fourth vault here:
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Juan Pablo Alperin to Speak on Scholarly Communications in Latin America
Please join us for a talk by Juan Pablo Alperin, an open access advocate who works with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University and is an expert on scholarly communications in Latin America. His talk is on March 9 at 4:00pm in 407 Illini Union, and more information will be distributed widely as soon as we have it. Also, stay tuned for the announcement of a meeting with library staff during his visit.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Cohesive Communication in the Workplace
Two identical sessions will be offered:
March 15, 1-4pm
March 29, 9am-12pm
106 Main Library

Presented by Tiy Goddard from the Center for Training and Professional Development

This workshop focuses on the impact of perceptions on individual behavior and critical skills involved in peacefully resolving conflict in a workplace setting. Learning different conciliation styles helps participants develop practical in-the-moment approaches for addressing differing points of view while preserving productivity and quality. Topics addressed include the following:

  • The roots of conflict
  • How perceptions affect behavior in situations where parties have differing views
  • Techniques to use in preparation for negotiating workplace interactions

Please register on the Staff Calendar:
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Creative Connections
March 16, 12-1:00pm
106 Main Library

Going along with the theme from the retreat, “Connect, Communicate and Create,” Staff Development and Training is hosting a creative connections hour during the noon hour twice a month during the semester. Bring a leisure or relaxing activity or just yourself, then connect and communicate with your colleagues while creating. We will also bring an activity that anyone could do.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Diversity Brown Bag Discussion Series – 4 Generations in the Workplace
March 29, 12-1:00pm
106 Main Library

Please join us for a monthly discussion series on Diversity issues. Qiang Jin will lead a discussion on “4 Generations in the Workplace.”

Sponsored by the Diversity Committee.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Supervisory Discussion Series: Building Team Cohesiveness
March 30, 10-11am
428 Main Library

During this monthly discussion session, George Gottschalk and Jessica LeCrone will lead a discussion on building Team Cohesiveness.
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If you would like to submit content for the April issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Bill Mischo, JoAnn JacobyBeth Sandore, or Tom Teper by Friday, March 24, 2017.