June Library Office Notes





ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Check back next month for a new Note from Dean Wilkin.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Library Building Project Update – 6/1/2022
Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services | Project Manager, Library Building Project

Project Meetings for May 2022

During the month of May, representatives from the University Library, University Administration, and Facilities and Services met with members of our Architecture/Engineering (A/E) Team on May 11th to discuss variances. Additionally, members of the Library Administration met with individuals from Facilities and Services, and Capital Programs to discuss requirements associated with bidding for shelving in the building.

Project-Related Meetings Scheduled for June and July 2022 (as of 5/31/2022)

The following meetings include both scheduled project meetings (with project designation of U20118) as well as additional meetings that involve select representatives of the A/E, F&S, and University Library.

  • June 9, 2022: Design Development Submittal.
  • July 7: Undergraduate Library Redevelopment Design Review Day 1
  • July 8: Undergraduate Library Redevelopment Design Review Day 2

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 continued over the last month. The RBML recently announced that they were 75% of the way through both their book and manuscript collections. The Special Collections Division is continuing work related to their opening exhibit.

Proposed Project Schedule

The kick-off meeting included a review of the proposed project schedule from the point that “conceptualization” began on July 21, 2021 through what is called “substantial completion” of construction work. Those dates in the future become increasingly speculative. At present, the schedule is as follows:

  • Conceptualization
    • 07/21/2021 work session
    • 08/12/2021 submission date
    • 08/26/2021 est. Concept review meeting
  • Schematic Design
    • 11/09/2021 submission date
    • 11/23/2021 est. SD review meeting
  • Design Development
    • 01/22/2022 submission date
    • 02/04/2022 est. DD review meeting-BOT Preparation
  • Construction Documents 50%
    • 03/31/2022 submission date
    • 4/14/2022 est. 50% CD review meeting
  • Construction Documents 95%
    • 07/04/2022 submission date
    • 07/18/ 2022 est. 95% CD review meeting
    • 08/18/2022 100% CD completion
  • Bidding/Award
    • 08/18/2022 Advertise for Bids
    • 08/25/2022 Pre-bid /Pre-pricing meeting
    • 09/30/2022 Bid Opening – To be confirmed
    • 01/04/2023 Notice Proceed
  • Board of Trustees approval (required on if individual contract is over $2,500,000.)
  • Construction – Start/End *
    • 01/05/2023 – 05/29/2024


The Library’s Friendscript is scheduled to mail to library supporters on June 1, 2022.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Residence Hall Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge

Laura Poulosky, Residence Hall Librarian

U of I students, staff, and faculty are invited to visit Ikenberry Library to pick up a Summer Reading Challenge card.

Complete three challenges to receive a treat and to be entered in a raffle for a surprise incentive!

Starting June 6th, Ikenberry Library is open M-F Noon to 4 pm for the summer.
ISR Library is closed for the summer.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Wellness Committee Reminder
Sara Holder, Head, Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support

Among the variety of LibGuides, there are two that contain resources for mental and physical health in our community and online: Wellness and Personal Wellbeing and Local Health and Wellness Resources.
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Dan Tracy, Head, Scholarly Communication and Publishing

The Illinois Open Publishing Network (IOPN), based in Scholarly Communication and Publishing, is pleased to announce two new publications. Drug Use and Misuse: A Community Health Perspective is published as part of the OPN Textbooks series under the Windsor & Downs Press imprint. It is published in coordination with the College of Applied Health Sciences, and is the textbook for an undergraduate survey course at Illinois. Et Al.: New Voices in Arts Management, appearing under the Publishing Without Walls imprint, is an edited collections of multimodal essays that provide models for justice-centered arts management praxis.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Continued Growth in the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub
Megan Pearson, Visiting Metadata Services Specialist for the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub

The Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH) saw further growth this year as it surpassed half a million total items! As a statewide initiative bringing together unique digital assets about Illinois or created by Illinoisans, the IDHH hosts 510,614 digital resources from 150 cultural heritage institutions in Illinois as of May 2022, which include photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, and videos.

On the IDHH home site, users can explore the collections with keyword searches or browse by categories such as topics, notable Illinoisans, format, and Partner Institutions. On our blog Illinois Highlights, we promote new collections, highlight older ones, and feature topics with materials relevant to Illinois and national history. On our Digital Exhibits site, we curate digital exhibits to highlight and contextualize the unique collections in the IDHH and provide insight into topics relevant to Illinois and national history; recent exhibit topics include The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Ongoing projects include developing primary source sets from the items available through the IDHH.
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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:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Content Access Policy & Technology Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes of CAPT (including workgroup reports) are posted at:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recognizing Excellence
Please share your award, recognition, or grant! To initiate a request for publicity, employees (or their supervisors) should submit this Awards/Recognitions/Grants Publicity Request Form.
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FACILITIES: Facilities Update
Tim Newman, Assistant Dean of Library for Facilities

With the end of the Spring Semester, “construction season” is upon us and the Library will be no different. As UGL has now closed, Library Facilities is working feverishly to ensure all services are relocated and spaces open for Fall 2022. To keep everyone informed on space status, I’ve created a schedule that will continue to be updated. Additionally, a week before your unit is scheduled to move or have changes made, I will contact you to let you know what will be occurring and when. Please see the UGL Move Schedule, note the items in green are indicating complete and items in yellow are in-progress and/or forecasted.

Lastly, the project information document has been updated and will continue to be updated with progress going forward. As a reminder, if you are in need of any space renovations, maintenance, or services, please submit a ticket through Team Dynamix. This will help keep all projects straight as we work through the summer and into next fall.

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

  • Jacob Culbertson – Facility Operations Coordinator – Facilities – 5/2/2022
  • Tiffany Brenneman – Library Specialist – Communications Library – 5/16/2022
  • Stuart Turner – Coordinator, Grainger Engineering IDEA Laboratory (ITTA) – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – 5/23/2022
  • Neil Feuerhelm – SR Audio, Video, and Emerging Technology Specialist (ITTA) – Library IT – 5/29/2022

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Mitchell Loyd – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – resigning 6/1/2022

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HR NEWS: Vacancies

  • Multi-level Application Integration Developer – Library IT – reference checks
  • Accountant II – Business and Human Resources Service Center – closed May 13
  • Library Specialist – Funk ACES (nights) – posting soon
  • Library Specialist – Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support (evenings) – posting soon

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HR NEWS: Searches in Progress

  • Assistant/Associate Director of Advancement Position, AP – Library Advancement – Javonda Pelman, Chair

Live on the job board with a closing date of May 20, 2022.

  • International Library Initiatives Specialist – Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, AP – Will Schlaack, Chair

Live on the job board with a closing date of June 17, 2022.

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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: Library Council Proposal Feedback Sessions
June 8, 16, 29

Please save the date and register for one of three open feedback sessions this summer regarding a forthcoming Library Council proposal from the Library Council Implementation Team. The proposal will be distributed via LibNews the week of June 6th but we realize that some of you need plenty of advance warning so you can make arrangements with your supervisors.

These sessions will be open to all library employees to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposal so that the final product which will be subject to an advisory vote is as inclusive as possible. There will be other opportunities to provide feedback (the June 22nd Library Hangout, the June 29th Faculty meeting, and via your Division Coordinators) but these open sessions are particularly important for focused conversation across classifications. The dates/times are registration links are as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 8th at 6:00pm
  • Thursday, June 16th at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00am

Zoom information was shared via LibNews email from Mara Thacker on April 14.

If none of the proposed time/dates work for you or you don’t have a suitable space to participate in an online meeting, please don’t hesitate to send feedback via email (mthacker@illinois.edu or jdlasko@illinois.edu) or let us know if there is another manner in which you’d like to provide feedback.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: The Power of Presentation: Enhancing Slides for Engagement
June 21 at 2 PM

Throughout your life you will, almost certainly, give presentations. We’ve all sat through presentations that were boring, confusing, and drab. How do you communicate your message most succinctly? What visuals will captivate and inform your audience the best? Is it only about your slide design or are there other techniques that leave a lasting impression? In this session, Jamie Nelson will distill the magic that just might take your next presentation from bland to grand.
Register for this event.

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June 22 at 9am

Please see the email (with a Zoom link) from Lucretia Williams via LIB-NEWS. Complete and submit the Library Hangout Suggestion and Volunteer Form if you have a topic to share.
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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 June 24, 2022.