November Library Office Notes






ANNOUNCEMENTS: University Librarian Note
Last week’s visit from the Provost’s office was nothing short of fantastic. The event showcased the dedication each one of you puts into our Library day in and day out. Your commitment has made it effortless for us to boast about the important work happening here. Read more…
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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:

  • Mirella Bajric
  • Stephanie Baker
  • Sarah Christensen
  • Nicolette Coleman
  • Amy Fry
  • Tim Newman
  • Dani Postula
  • Dustin Reinhart

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Did You Know? A Monthly Factoid from Library Assessment

The new fall semester began on August 21st, and by the “10th” day of class, on September 1st, students started to settle in and find their place. While classes paused for the first weekend, the libraries did not and continuously provided students with space to explore, prepare, and relax for the full first twelve days. From the records of the study rooms booked through LibCal we can see they spent a total of 2,773 hours in library study areas across campus, or over 115 days in the libraries in less than two weeks.

On the first day of class, 19.5% of available hours were booked, and by September 1st, 28.6% of bookable hours had been occupied. The Funk ACES Library, in particular, was over half of its capacity at 54% during these first days. While the Main Library, including the Scholarly Commons Studios, hosted the most people at 415 unique users, the Grainger Engineering Library and the IDEA Lab had people stay the longest, for a total of 1226 hours. By the end of the first 12 days, every unit with study space available saw use.

Graphic created and text written by Gabriel Foster, Library Assessment Graduate Assistant.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Update
Victor Jones, Jr., Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

DEIA Education Workshop Series:

The Diversity Committee will be having our next meeting on Thursday, November 30th, at 11 a.m. in 323C Main and via Zoom.  If you’re interested in joining us, please feel free. Please see the DEIA Office Hour below.

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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 NEWS: Facilities Update
Tim Newman, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Facilities

For a complete list of projects in planning and construction, please
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BUSINESS NEWS: Patsy the Purchaser!

We are happy to introduce to you the newest member of the Library Business Office, Patsy the Purchaser! Located on top of the dropbox outside of 450Q, among the business offices, Patsy is there to greet you with a fantastic “oink” when you squeeze her, and it’s sure to make us laugh! And if you have anything to drop off to the business office, the dropbox is the spot. Come by, say “hi,” and give Patsy a squeeze!

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HR NEWS: Filled Positions

  • Jennifer Vargo – Library Specialist – Central Access Services – 10/30/2023
  • Lee Whitacre – Library Operations Associate – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 11/7/2023

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HR NEWS: Departures

  • Marina Kolodyazhnaya – Library Specialist – Acquisitions & Cataloging Services – 10/20/2023

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HR NEWS: Civil Service Vacancies

  • Library Specialist (2 PM – 10 PM) – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – Offer pending
  • Library Specialist (4 PM – Midnight) – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – Interviews
  • Library Specialist (Midnight – 8 AM) – Grainger Engineering Library Information Center – Closed 10/19/2023
  • Accountant I – Business & Human Resources Service Center – Closed 10/23/2023
  • Library Specialist (2 Positions) – Music & Performing Arts Library – Closed 10/31/2023 Library Specialist – Funk ACES Library – Awaiting approval

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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: Entrepreneur Days 2023
November 1st at 4 p.m. & November 8th at 5 p.m.

Join us for an inspiring 2-day celebration of innovation, research, and entrepreneurship at this year’s Entrepreneur Days, where we shine a spotlight on the transformative work of entrepreneurs and those dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship. Under the compelling theme “practice makes scholarship,” this event promises insightful talks, engaging discussions, and invaluable networking opportunities.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Haute Couture in Ancient Greece: The Spectacular Costumes of Ariadne and Helen of Troy
November 1, 2023  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.Virtual Event on ZoomZoom link (no registration required)

Have you ever wondered what Homer’s heroes and heroines would look like if they lived today? Please join us on November 1st and admire the fabulous costumes of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Of the utmost luxury and decorated with exquisite patterns and appliqués of gold and precious gems and topped with exquisite jewelry, the costumes were the royal regalia of queens and goddesses.

This lecture brings to life the fabulous costumes of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Of the utmost luxury and decorated with exquisite patterns and appliqués of gold and precious gems and topped with exquisite jewelry, the costumes were the royal regalia of queens and goddesses. No longer preserved, the costumes are replicated through detailed analysis of art and texts and draped on live models posed as in art and juxtaposed with the sculptures and wall paintings they imitate. Fragmentary figural frescoes are reconstructed to restore lost scenes of palatial and everyday life. Ultimately, the reconstructed costumes and wall paintings virtually bring Homer’s heroes and heroines to life and emphasize their concurrent ancient, contemporary, and eternal significance.

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  • November 7 at 2 PM and November 10 at 3 PM: ILL / Doc Express & Policies on Access to Physical Collections
  • November 14 at 2 PM and November 17 at 3 PM: Working with Neurodiverse Individuals
  • November 28 at 2 PM and December 1 at 3 PM: Reference in Special Collections

Please contact the Reference Management Team ( if you have any questions about the Hub Trainings.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Residence Hall Libraries Events
Laura Poulosky, Residence Hall Librarian

Both Ikenberry and Illinois Street Residence Hall Libraries are open M-F (noon to 7 pm) for the academic year. We have lots of fun outreach planned for November, including:

  • Craft Night | Wed., Nov. 8th, 5-7 p.m.
    Open to all students, with materials—and snacks—provided for free!
    • ISR: 50A/B – Crochet—with a choice of projects for beginners and more advanced yarn artists.
    • SDRP: 2003 – Decorate papier mâché letters to spruce up your space.
  • Book Club – The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | Tues., Nov. 28th, 6:30-7:30 pm
    Co-sponsored by the Honors Living Learning Community, students get a free copy of the book when they sign up to attend, while supplies last!
    • ISR Room 93
  • Trivia Night | Thurs., Nov. 30th, 5:30-7:30 pm
    Thanks to funding from the Central Residential Funding Board, play pub-style trivia–with pizza, snacks, and extra goodies for the winning teams!
    • ISR: 50 A/B

For any questions, please contact Laura Poulosky at .

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Please email for login credentials or recordings.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Steven Booth: Piloting Archival Processing: Insights from the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) Archive
November 8, 6:30 p.m.Virtual Event on ZoomRegister Here

Archivist Steven Booth joins the Rare Book & Manuscript Library virtually to discuss the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) archive: acquired in 2019 by a consortium of philanthropic and cultural heritage organizations, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) Archive is co-owned by the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Dating from 1942, when John H. and Eunice W. Johnson founded JPC, to the 21st century, the Archive contains over 4.5 million photographs of published and unpublished works documenting the Black experience, many of which were taken by staff photographers and featured in JPC’s 12 publications, most notably Jet and Ebony.

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November 9, 10am

Keep a lookout for an email (with a Zoom link) from Christina Bonse via LIB-NEWS. If you have any agenda items you want to share at this Hangout, please send them to

Also, we are always looking for volunteers who would be willing to host social time following the Hangouts. Please consider being on an “on-call” list. We need volunteers to keep the social times going! Email if interested.
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Library Friends Webinar: Reflections of Everyday Lives, Cultural Memory, and Heritage
November 9, 2023 at 12 p.m.

A Special Presentation by the Slavic Reference Service: Joe Lenkart, Olga Makarova, Katherine Ashcraft & Serenity Stanton Orengo

Founded in 1976, the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) provides research support to students, faculty, visiting scholars, and independent researchers in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Illinois and beyond. Through inclusive, year-round programming that includes training workshops, research forums, thematic discussions, and cultural events, the SRS is committed to providing a supportive environment for researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic status. To assist scholars, the SRS maintains an extensive online collection of research guides and curated digital collections. These collections are designed to raise awareness of physical collections, sources, and expand access to unique materials for users from around the globe.

This webinar will highlight four collections: The Blondheim Judaica Digital LibraryMemoirs of Russian, East European, and Eurasian WomenThe Sisters Khvoshchinskaya, and Central Asian Memoirs of the Soviet Era. These collections reflect everyday lives and cultural memories from the nineteenth to late twentieth centuries.

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Reddit Ask Me Anything with Claire Stewart 
November 14, 2023, 1 – 3 p.m.

REDDIT ACCOUNT: u/UIllinoisLibrary

We’re thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity to connect with our new Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Claire Stewart. Join us for a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Dean Stewart. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to gain insights, share your thoughts, and explore the future of the University Library together!

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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Illinois SCOERs: Copyright Basics and Creative Commons Licensing
November 28, 2023, 2 PM

CARLI is pleased to offer a course with Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. This course is designed for the Illinois SCOERs grantees and is open to all CARLI members. Learn how copyright is formed, licensed, and how to find copyright free or openly licensed images and articles.

Registration Link
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EVENTS AND TRAINING: Introduction to LibGuides Training
November 28, 2023, 3 PM

This hands-on training session is intended for anyone who has, or will have, responsibility for creating and maintaining LibGuides in their library unit, including those new to LibGuides and those looking to refresh LibGuides skills. Access to your unit’s LibApps account is required for this session, and is open to all library staff and GAs.

In this session, participants will…

  • …learn what LibGuides are and best practices
  • …learn how to access, create, edit, and maintain accessible unit LibGuides
  • ….learn where and how to receive LibGuides help and support

Questions about this session, and other LibGuides queries, may be directed to

Related LibGuide: Getting Started with LibGuides by Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support Library

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November 30, 11 am

Victor Jones will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding DEIA at the Library. Find more information at DEIA Office Hours – LibCal and Spaces – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

LibCal link (including Zoom link):

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If you would like to submit content for the December issue of Library Office Notes, please submit it to Heather Murphy or Tom Teper by Friday, November 17, 2023.