Monthly Archives: July 2013

Daley Library welcomes David Dror, reference and liaison librarian

David Dror will join Daley Library August 1 as a reference and liaison librarian and assistant professor. He will serve as a liaison for the College of Engineering; the physics department; and the math, statistics, and computer science department.

Dror will be part of the new research services and resources department (RSR), which will merge the reference and collections development departments. The new liaison model, implemented last year, is central to RSR. Jay Lambrecht, Associate University Librarian, said, “We are designating one library faculty member who can offer to the faculty of a particular college or department all of our professional services in support of research and teaching.”

Dror has extensive experience with physics and astronomy, including graduate coursework, published papers, and teaching and tutoring experience. He also has a minor in mathematics and has tutored math students. “This experience will allow me to connect with faculty and students, to better understand their needs,” he said. “It will also allow me to understand the topics…so that I can better understand and meet specific needs and specific requests.

He holds a master’s degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, a bachelor’s degree in science education with a physics specialization and minors in mathematics and Japanese language from the University of Arizona, a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Cornell University, and several teaching certificates.

“I look forward to working with the faculty and staff at UIC, both at the library and in the various departments,” Dror said. “I look forward to learning new skills and developing as a librarian.”

Outside of work, Dror enjoys hiking, playing Go (also known as weiqi), reading, and playing computer games.

LHS-Peoria welcomes Emily Johnson

This July, Emily Johnson joined the University Library as regional assistant librarian and assistant professor. Johnson will support the curricula of the colleges of medicine and nursing as well as the residency programs through instruction and research consultations. She will also contribute to research services, scholarly communication activities, and faculty and student engagement.

Johnson said of the research component of her position, “The support for research at UIC is very appealing. I have several ideas I hope to pursue on my research agenda. I look forward to discussing ideas and possibly collaborating with my new colleagues.”

Johnson previously worked at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University as a research and education librarian. She received a master’s degree in library and information sciences with a concentration in health science information resources and reference services; she also received a bachelor’s degree in information resources with a minor in healthcare administration and a certificate in healthcare informatics from the University of Wisconsin.

When asked about her goals for her new position, Johnson had much to say. She looks forward to “the opportunity to integrate library services and instruction into the curriculum of [her] liaison schools and departments,” as well as the instruction opportunities like the M4 Medical Informatics Elective and the continuing education course for evidence-based practice. “I hope to continue the reach of these educational opportunities with my knowledge of instructional technologies and user experience,” she said.

Johnson is an avid reader of fiction and also enjoys exploring new restaurants and planning day trips.

Catherine Lantz joins Daley Library as reference and liaison librarian

Catherine Lantz will join Daley Library as reference and liaison librarian and assistant professor starting September 1, 2013. Lantz will serve as a liaison for the biological sciences, chemistry, and earth and environmental sciences departments.

Lantz has held the posts of reference and instruction librarian and health sciences liaison, adjunct instructor, and re-accreditation specialist at Morton College. She is currently a reviewer for the Library Journal, a member of the communications committee for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS), a volunteer at the Hawthorne Museum, and is pursuing a master’s degree in math education from DePaul University. She holds a master’s degree in library science from Dominican University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Davis. Despite all this experience, Lantz says, “I think I have learned just enough to realize that there is so much more to learn.”

Lantz will be part of the new research services and resources department (RSR), which will merge the reference and collections development departments. The new liaison model, implemented last year, is central to RSR. Jay Lambrecht, Associate University Librarian, said, “We are designating one library faculty member who can offer to the faculty of a particular college or department all of our professional services in support of research and teaching.”

Regarding her long-term goals for this position, Lantz said, “I hope to create productive relationships with faculty and to collaborate with my fellow librarians. I hope my education, experience, and my sheer ‘seriously, I would love to help out with this’ attitude contribute in a way that adds to the already impressive range of library services on campus.”

Outside of work, Lantz’s main interest is travel. Earlier this year she journeyed to Vietnam, a country she describes as “vibrant, delicious, and cacophonous.” She also travels frequently to California, especially during the winter, to visit family.

Lantz says of her new position at UIC, “I look forward to being a reference librarian on a completely different scale. The size of the student body, the diversity of departments and programs, the experience and talents of librarians and staff, and the breadth of collections are all opportunities I can’t wait to explore.”

Library employees visit ALA conference exhibits

The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 137th Annual Conference from June 27-July 2 in Chicago. The conference, themed “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves,” offered a variety of exhibits, speakers, and giveaways. If you couldn’t make it, or were unable to see all that ALA had to offer, here’s some of what you missed in the exhibits hall.

Conference attendee Meztli Mijes said, “I had a lot of fun and enjoyed it a lot.” Mijes is a student employee at the Daley Library reserve desk. An unexpected part of the conference was the opportunity to sample roasted duck, which she had never tried before. The samples were part of a cooking demonstration to accompany a cookbook giveaway. Other promotional items included foot cushions, for the librarians who work on their feet all day; pens; notepads; and Mijes’ favorite, cleaners for computer screens and keyboards. She even snagged a few children’s books to share with her younger relatives.

Michael Wawzenek, library specialist at the reserve desk at Daley Library, also attended the conference. Wawzenek was impressed by the products displayed, which included scanning systems, book returns, and different kinds of software. A highlight for him was receiving an autographed copy of a comic book.

Many famous and accomplished authors spoke at the ALA conference. Among them were Alice Walker, Khaled Hosseini, Ann Patchett, Jaron Lanier, Mark Frauenfelder, and Steven Levitt. Several speakers from the film world appeared, such as actress Octavia Spencer, filmmakers Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, and television star Giada de Laurentis. Other speakers included Congressman John Lewis; Dan Cohen, executive director of the Digital Public Library of America; autism activist Temple Grandin; and Ping Fu, tech entrepreneur who founded Geomatic. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, and former Caldecott winners such as Paul O. Zelinsky and Brian Selznick were in attendance. As usual, ALA put on a good show in Chicago.