March Library Office Notes





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:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Music and Performing Arts Library Spring 2023 Newsletter

The latest MPAL Newsletter is available in IDEALS:

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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:

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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 Libraries for Facilities

For a complete list of projects in planning and construction, please see

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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

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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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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:

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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 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

More information about the lecture series can be found at

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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.