January Library Office Notes





ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
With the imminent return of John Wilkin to the Library in mid-January, my time as Acting Dean and University Librarian is drawing to a close. I want to thank everyone for their support and assistance during this past year. Read more…
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: 14-millionth Volume Announced

The Library has added the 14-millionth volume to its collections, The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation. The book, published by the University of Illinois Press, is one of several major projects commemorating the university’s sesquicentennial.

Read more at https://www.library.illinois.edu/news/14-millionth-volume-announced/.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Employees Event
The registration for the Library Celebration on January 12th is now open. You can register at the link below. The details of the event were contained in Bill Mischo’s earlier email and are included below for reference. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please register at http://www.library.illinois.edu/calendar/staff/.

After much discussion and input from a number of stakeholders, we have decided that the Library will host a Library Employees Event on January 12th at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. For a number of reasons, it was decided to hold this event after the formal holidays this year. We will be closing all libraries from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the morning of January 12th for this event.

The Event will begin at 8:30 a.m. (see the schedule below). We will have a continental breakfast, several speakers, civil service and AP award ceremonies, some networking time, and a lunch that will last until 1 p.m. We encourage everyone to attend. Those who do not wish to attend can either take a vacation day (or half-day) or make arrangements with their unit head to either make up the time or to work in the unit that morning.

Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend this event. We promise a great meal, good conversation, and some light-hearted fun.

8:30- 9:00 a.m. – Registration with continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Opening remarks by Bill Mischo
9:15 a.m. – Elyne Cole, Featured speaker
9:30 a.m. – Service Awards
10:00 a.m. – Networking break
10:30 a.m. – Reconvene with AP and Civil Service Awards
10:50 a.m. – John Wilkin Remarks
11:10 a.m. – Closing comments Bill Mischo
11:15 a.m. – Networking break
11:30 a.m. – lunch is served

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dedication of Vet Med Learning Commons

On December 1, Interim Provost John Wilkin and Dean Peter Constable (College of Veterinary Medicine) dedicated the new Veterinary Medicine Learning Commons. This $2.25 million renovation project was funded by the Provost’s Office, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and the University Library. What used to be a traditional library is now a student-centered space with the following features:

  • A smaller Veterinary Medicine Library, with selected print resources and ready-access to librarian Erin Kerby
  • 80-seat flexible learning classroom with a main projection system for full-class presentations and 10 locally controlled flat screens for small-group work
  • A smaller flexible learning space for classes, clinical rounds, or small group study
  • Six conference/meeting/small group rooms
  • Extensive quiet study space with natural light
  • An office for the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association

The Veterinary Medicine Library, with its reduced physical footprint and collection, is now shifting gears to focus more on developing research support and instructional services. Erin Kerby, Veterinary Medicine Librarian, continues to head the unit, with support from a part-time graduate assistant. With a self-checkout system in place and iCard access, faculty and students from the College of Veterinary Medicine can now access and use the collection at any time.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Downs Intellectual Freedom Award Reception
The Kansas City Public Library’s defense of the First Amendment has earned it the 2017 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The award is given annually by the faculty of the School of Information Sciences at Illinois and cosponsored by Libraries Unlimited.

A reception to honor KCPL will take place during the Midwinter Meeting of the ALA in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Ellingwood Rooms A and B at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver. All supporters of intellectual freedom are invited to attend.

If you have questions, e-mail Terry Weech at weech@illinois.edu.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ethnic Studies Subject Specialists
The University of Illinois supports coursework and degrees in three Ethnic Studies Departments – African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Latina/Latino Studies – and one program American Indian Studies. The University Library has subject specialists for all of these disciplines and we wanted to introduce ourselves.

Courtney Becks is the African American Studies Librarian and Jewish Studies Selector. In this capacity, she supports the research of all faculty, staff, and students on campus with interests in any aspect of these fields; develops the collections; and provides reference assistance and library instruction. She is located in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, 246 Main Library (https://www.library.illinois.edu/hpnl/). Courtney can be reached at bexlib@illinois.edu or 217-333-1509.

Cindy Ingold, Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian, serves as the liaison to American Indian Studies and Asian American Studies (as well as Gender and Women’s Studies). She works with faculty and students in these units on reference, instruction, and collection development, and she also provides outreach to the Asian American Cultural Center and the Native American House. Cindy is located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, 100 & 101 Main Library (https://www.library.illinois.edu/sshel/). Contact Cindy at cingold@illinois.edu or 217-333-7998.

Lisa Romero serves as the liaison to Latina/o Studies and is responsible for collection development, information services and instruction within the subject area. Lisa is located in the Communications Library, 122 Gregory Hall (https://www.library.illinois.edu/commedia/). Contact Lisa at l-romero@illinois.edu or 217-333-6348.

In order to help our patrons find these resources more easily, we plan to create a web page for Ethnic Studies Resources and Services that will be listed on the Library locations site for all libraries (including virtual). This page will provide a brief introduction to services and resources as well as providing contact information for all three Ethnic Studies specialists.

Please contact us if you have questions.

~Courtney, Cindy, and Lisa
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Data Purchase Program
The Library’s Data Purchase Program is happy to announce that it has acquired subscriptions to two resources:

For more information about these resources, please contact Carissa Phillips, Data Discovery and Business Librarian, at choller@illinois.edu.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Printing Changes Coming in the New Year
Please see the announcement in the December Library Office Notes at https://publish.illinois.edu/libraryofficenotes/#Printing.

For more information on the upcoming changes, please see https://www.library.illinois.edu/library-technology/upcomingchanges/. Additionally, Library IT will be holding one more session to go over the print changes, open to all Library employees. This will be held in 106 Main Library on Monday, January 8 at 2 p.m. We will go over the changes, show how to add money to Illini Cash, review how to troubleshoot, and take questions.

And, remember, if you have any questions about these upcoming changes, please reach out to the Library IT Help Desk.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Tip of the Month
The Library sends a monthly email to new faculty at Illinois during the fall and spring semesters. These emails introduce many of our services and resources to this important audience.

You can view the December LTOTM email at:

If you have ideas for future emails, please feel free to share them with Heather Murphy.
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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 meetings minutes of CAPT (including work group reports) are posted at:
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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 Heather Murphy.
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HR NEWS: Faculty and AP Searches
Below is a summary of current academic searches as of December 22, 2017 (click on graphic below to enlarge). A more comprehensive listing is sent via LibNews each month.

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Retirement of Judith Robinson (December 31, 2017)

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HR NEWS: New Employees

  • Full-time at Communications, Janet Knight (January 2, 2018)

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HR NEWS: In Memoriam

  • Robert Howerton, passed away on December 25, 2017
  • Richard Stokes, passed away on December 21, 2017

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FACILITIES: Facility Project Updates

  • Grainger Engineering LibraryRepurpose 1st floor west for Design Center Test Classroom for use, start Spring Semester 2018.
  • Main Library – 1st Floor Central Service Point – Relocate Business Office to 450sClear offices in the 450s Main Library to relocate BHRSC – Business Office staff during Winter Break 2017/2018.

For a complete list of project in planning and construction please see: http://www.library.illinois.edu/administration/facilities/projectupdates/Project_Information_-_2017._09._29.pdf

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Staff Events Calendar
To see the most up-to-date staff events calendar, please visit http://www.library.illinois.edu/calendar/staff/.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Fitness Trail Open House
Please join the Staff Development and Training’s Wellness Subcommittee for an open house to officially kick off the Fitness Trail on the fourth floor.
Monday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
4th Floor Main Library
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Two identical sessions, please only register for one.
Tuesday, January 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
106 Main Library

CPR training for Adults, Children, and Infants plus AED Training.
Completion of the class will result in certification. Any questions please contact Zoe Revell.

Please register at http://www.library.illinois.edu/calendar/staff/.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: NISO Webinar: Annotation – Practices and Tools in a Digital Environment
Wednesday, January 10, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
428 Main Library

Annotation tools can be of tremendous value to students and to scholars. Such support for collaboration can add tremendous value to the information that’s being accessed by those user populations. What is the current state of the art? This event will bring together input from content and platform providers as well as those who are actively seeking to use those tools, whether in the library or the classroom.

Confirmed Speakers
Kent Anderson, CEO, Redlink; Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothesis; Robert Sanderson, Information Architect, J. Paul Getty Trust
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Project Management Tools Workshop
Wednesday, January 10, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
106 Main Library

Would you like to know what tools are available in the library for Project Management? Do you have a project that you would like help doing a Work Breakdown Structure? As a follow up to the Project Management Fundamentals workshop, members of the Library IT department will be on hand to answer questions and give hands-on help.

Please register at http://www.library.illinois.edu/calendar/staff/.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Creative Connections
Thursday, January 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
106 Main Library
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library Blood Drive
Blood mobile will be parked in the Undergraduate Library circle drive from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., January 25th.

Sign up on the Staff Calendar, http://www.library.illinois.edu/calendar/staff/.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Tech Talks with Staff Development and Training
Wednesday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
314 Main Library

Join Jon Gorman as he discusses password management strategies and software options.
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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 Friday, January 19, 2017.