Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Valuable Acquisition: Gwen Gregory Joins the Library as Head of RAM

Gwen Gregory is no rookie when it comes to libraries: she has worked at over ten of them in locations all over the country.

Gwen joined the UIC Library on May 16 as the Head of Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM). She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, received a master’s in Library Science from the University of Arizona, and earned a master’s in Public Administration from New Mexico State University.

Gwen’s work history is extensive. Before joining UIC, she worked at the library at John Marshall Law School as Associate Director for Access and Organization. Before that, she worked at Colorado College and New Mexico State University as Head of Bibliographic Services.

A native of New Mexico, Gwen moved to Chicago five years ago to take up her position at John Marshall.

Gwen says she has had “similar duties at very different schools” and mainly worked on supervising cataloguing, acquisitions, and serials operations at John Marshall, Colorado College, and New Mexico State University. She ensured that patrons had access to the information resources they required and interacted with all areas of the library so that her department was meeting the needs of the library in general. These duties prepared her well for her position as Head of RAM, which is very similar.

Gwen notes that the UIC library is a considerable contrast from the other libraries where she has worked because of the emphasis on research as well as the extent of our collection.

Gwen explained what compelled her to work in libraries, “I like being an important part of the education and research process.  Libraries are vital to the creation and preservation of knowledge, and I get to be part of that.  I also enjoy all the interesting people who work in and use libraries.”

Gwen’s first few weeks have been filled with meetings and introductions, as she gets acquainted with her role and her new colleagues. Since this is the first time the Library has hired for this position, Gwen says she is still determining what it will mean to be Head of RAM.

For now, she plans to focus on meeting all of her fellow library colleagues face-to-face, even if it means making the drive to Peoria, Rockford, or Urbana. She stresses that she will spend her energy on listening to others in order to better understand her role and the needs of RAM.

In the long run, Gwen is excited to focus her energy on research projects and to collaborate with colleagues. She looks forward to working at a research library, especially one of our size. She views UIC as “a campus that provides knowledge for the world” and hopes to contribute to that knowledge, especially in the area of health science.

Applications for Human Resource Associate due 7/6

The University Library Administration is seeking a Human Resource Associate under administrative direction to provide high-level human resources services to faculty, administrative, and operational units of the University Library. These services include developing and implementing policies and programs that support the values and culture of the Library.

Duties: Formulates, initiates, implements and interprets policies and procedures related to human resources operations in the Library and implements and interprets policies and procedures applicable across campus and throughout the university system. Ensures compliance with university, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding personnel practices. Manages staffing activities from initial recruitment through selection, hiring, and orientation of academic and Civil Service employees. Cultivates the recruitment and retention of high quality, diverse staff. Counsels department heads, supervisors and employees in the resolution of work-related problems. Reviews and resolves issues, advising on procedural and legal aspects. This is a full-time civil service position.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in human resources administration, labor relations, business administration, or a related field and two years of work experience performing professional-level human resources duties.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Master of Library Sciences degree from an American Library Association accredited program and experience working as a librarian in a university library highly desired.

To Apply: For fullest consideration, please complete an online application by clicking the Proceed to Application button below. Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to lib-hr@uic.edu by Friday, July 6, 2012. Please specify position number CB2630 in the subject line of your email. In addition, any certification documentation AND official sealed transcripts showing Bachelor’s degree (required) and Master’s degree (if applicable) must be received by Friday, July 13, 2012. Official sealed transcripts must be sent to or dropped off to:

UIC Recruitment and Staffing

715 S. Wood Street M/C 862

Chicago IL 60612

ATTN: CF/CB2630

Minnie Chaney Retires June 29, 2012

Minnie Chaney knows the secret to success at a job interview. On her first visit to the Richard J. Daley Library in January 1985, she began her interview with, “I’m here for my job, when do I start?” Her confidence has brought her a long way: not only did she land the job, but she also began a 27-year-long career.

A Chicagoan for her entire life, Minnie got her start as a graduate of Kennedy-King College. She then worked at the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Defender before finding her place at the library, which was then called the Main Library. Her first job here was in Government Documents, where she worked for 13 years. Minnie liked this position the best, she says, because it allowed her to interact with patrons. She then worked in Acquisitions in the Serials Section before moving to her current position as Library Assistant two years ago.  The transition from Acquisitions was a strange one, for Minnie went from adding books to the system to withdrawing books.

Though she enjoys her work, Minnie derives the most pleasure from interacting with her coworkers. Scratch that: Minnie considers them family. She has worked with many of the same people since she started and notes that they fight, tease, and laugh just as any family would.

Fellow library workers will certainly miss Minnie’s sense of humor, easygoing nature, and pleasant attitude. Her presence will also be missed in Daley’s second floor comfortable seating area, or the “living room,” where she likes to sit and crochet during her breaks.

Many people are surprised that Minnie is sad to be leaving. Minnie says of her departure, “I’m going to miss my job because I love it.”

Nonetheless, she is looking forward to retirement. Much of her time will be taken up by caring for her four grandchildren, though she has made it clear to her children that she is most certainly not the new babysitter. Minnie also plans to face her fear of flying so that she can spend some time traveling. The rest of her time she might be found crocheting, playing with her cat Jojo, or eating at Nueva Leon, one of her favorite restaurants. She looks forward to her retirement/birthday party, which is planned for September. Minnie says of the library that she will “try not to visit every day,” but her coworkers certainly would not mind.

The library will celebrate Minnie’s retirement on Friday, June 22 from 2-4 p.m. in the Daley Room 1-470.

Save the date: staff development day is July 19

Dr. Susan Johnson will be the guest speaker on Thursday, July 19, at the staff development program.  Dr. Johnson will speak on the following topics:

  • Strategies to prevent procrastination
  • Effective email management
  • Becoming a more productive writer
  • Methods for planning your day and week that ensure that priority work stays on track

There will be a morning session from 10 a.m. to noon at Daley room 1-470 and an afternoon session at from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at LHS room 303.  More details about the program and registration will be available soon.