Monthly Archives: June 2009

UIC Library and Maryland’s College of Information Studies receive IMLS grant

The UIC Library and the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park have received an IMLS grant in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. John Bertot, from the University of Maryland, is the principal investigator; John Shuler is UIC’s project director. The project title is Government Information Service in the 21st Century.

In partnership with UIC, Maryland’s College of Information Studies will leverage its local expertise and its existing concentration in e-government to create a new librarianship specialization in government information services. This new concentration will address challenges presented by changes in the ways governments produce and make information available to the public. IMLS funds will be used to develop an online education program combining coursework, practical experience working in the Government Information Online service, and opportunities to assist in the production of the scholarly journal Government Information Quarterly. Scholarships will support 20 students to earn their degrees with the government information concentration. Scholarship recipients also will benefit from mentoring, directed internships, and opportunities to network with other government information professionals.

Read more in IMLS’s press release about recent awards.

Daugherty dishes out restaurant advice

Bob Daugherty published two articles on Chicago cuisine for American Library Association annual conference attendeees in Library journal, v.134, n.10 (1 June 2009): 40-41. The article “ALA Conference 2009: The Second City’s Newest Restaurants” also appears online. His related article on Chicago restaurants, “ALA Conference 2009: Tasting Chicago,” was published in an earlier Library journal issue.

End of FY09 alert from Business Office

The fiscal year is coming to an end on June 30th, 2009. Submit all FY09 expenses dated on or before June 30th to the Business Office no later than Wednesday, July 8th. This includes all reimbursements, travel, purchases, orders, etc. After this date, your requests for reimbursement/payment will not be honored. If you foresee a problem meeting this deadline, please contact Karen Ein via email (kein@uic.edu) ASAP.

Fiscal year 2010 begins on July 1, 2009.

Daley Library hours set for fall 2009

Regular and extended hours for the Daley Library for the fall 2009 semester have been set.

The building will open at 6:30 a.m. Monday – Friday. Extended hours will begin during the last week of classes, on Wednesday, December 2. The Daley Library will be open continuously from 6:30 a.m. on December 2 until 7 p.m. on Friday, December 11.

The fall 2009 hours are posted on the Web page.

New library Web site launches July 4, 2009

The new UIC Library Web site will be launched on July 4, 2009. This summer launch will provide us with valuable time prior to the beginning of fall semester.

The new site’s visual design, content, and architecture result from user comments and principles of writing for the Web. The graphic appearance is clean, and navigation is clear. Web site content is written to be easily scanned for information and avoids jargon. Throughout the development of the new site, students and faculty have participated in usability testing; their feedback helped the Web Oversight Committee to label topics using words that are meaningful to users and to organize information in a way that makes sense to our campus audiences.

Library staff will find content editing and management simpler. The text editor is similar to Word’s, and staff do not have to use design software such as Dreamweaver to create pages.

The test site is available now. On July 4, users will be redirected from the current site to the new site http://library.uic.edu. Some links on the new site will go to sub-pages on our current site.

There will be a feedback form on the new site for our users. Library staff may direct corrections and suggestions to lib-webeval@uic.edu.

As you plan new publications, please use the Library’s new URL.