Monthly Archives: August 2008

Staff changes

Congratulations to Sandra De Groote, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian (Peoria), on her promotion to Associate Professor.

Anne Armstrong is now Coordinator of Bibliographic Instruction, effective Aug.16, 2008.

Kevin O’Brien is now Assistant Special Collections Librarian at LHS, effective Aug.16, 2008.

Support staff reminder: Leave balances

Vacation and sick leave accrual calculations changed for support staff when the University switched to Banner.  Banner will now add your accruals for vacation and sick leave first and then subtract what was used. Please monitor your time as you can lose vacation balances with the Banner calculation method.   If you think you are reaching the maximum for your vacation balances, please contact Magda Aldana in the Business Office.

Supervisory training session rescheduleed

The supervisory training session on interviewing scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Aug. 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in B-466. Those interested in attending should e-mail Human Resources. Employees are required to obtain approval from their supervisors and/or their department heads before attending.

LHS News

Ruth Holst, Associate Director of the GMR, is a candidate for MLA president-elect for the coming year.  Her platform, and other information about the candidates, is available on the  MLANET Web site.

In addition, Jo Dorsch, Health Sciences Librarian (Peoria) was slated to run for election as a member of the Medical Library Association Board of Directors.  Many congratulations to our two accomplished colleagues!

Rebecca Raszewski began work as Assistant Information Services Librarian and Assistant Professor on Aug. 18. She served as Reference Librarian at the Hahnemann Library at Drexel University in Philadelphia since 2003, and as Adjunct Faculty-Nursing Informatics/Health Informatics in the Colleges of Nursing & Health Professions at Drexel since 2004.  Rebecca received her M.S. in Information Science from Drexel University in 2003.

Max Anderson started his appointment as GMR Technology Coordinator on May 12.  Max earned his MLIS from Florida State University in 1999. Before coming to UIC, Max worked at SOLINET as an Educational Services Instructor from 2003 to 2008.

Samanthi Hewakapuge started her appointment as GMR Consumer Health Coordinator on May 16. Prior to coming to UIC, Samanthi served as the Health Sciences Reference and Outreach Librarian at Ohio University. She earned her M.S. in library science from the University of  Arizona in 2003. Samanthi holds a second masters degree in Communication and Development Studies from Ohio University.

Welcome to Rebecca, Max, and Samanthi!

Westney joins SOAL editorial board

Lynn C. Westney, Assistant Reference Librarian, has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of a new peer-reviewed ejournal, SOAL: Scholarship on Assessment of Learning. This is a Spread (Sustainable Programs for Reducing Educational and Avocational Disadvantages) Corporation publication. Spread Corporation is a non-profit organization federally incorporated in Canada, but mandated to operate globally to serve the poor and the disadvantaged with programs that facilitate access to education and recreation.

Lewis and DeGroote publishes

Krystal M. Lewis, Assistant Reference Librarian, and Sandra L. DeGroote, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian are pleased to announce the publication of their article, “Digital reference access points: an analysis of usage,” in Reference Services Review, Volume 36, Number 2 (2008), pp. 194-204.

Staff celebrate August anniversaries

Annie Ford, 35 years
Stephen Wiberley, 31 years
Wenona Rhodes, 27 years
Robin Beck, 26 years
John Cullars, 25 years
Deborah Blecic, 17 years
Nora Buczek, 17 years
John Matthews, 15 years
John Shuler, 15 years
Mary Shultz, 11 years
Sandra DeGroote, 10 years
Robert Yaffee, 10 years
Anne Armstrong, 8 years
Julia Hendry, 8 years
Peter Hepburn, 8 years
Krystal Lewis, 8 years
Emily Guss, 4 years
Firouzeh Logan, 4 years
Helen Schmierer, 4 years
Holly Burt, 3 years