The Library’s Wellness Initiative team — LIB WI: Jessie Duran, Kathy Kilian, Laquashei Lynn — appreciated the engagement and participation of those who attended the Money Smart program on April 28.
Tracy Seneca, clinical associate professor and Digital Programs and Services Librarian, was awarded the Center for Research Libraries’ 2016 Primary Source Award in Access for her leadership of the Explore Chicago Collections initiative. Explore Chicago Collections is a web portal that enables researchers to freely search the special collections and archives of Chicago area libraries, museums and archives. Tracy has been working with Chicago Collections members since 2011 to make their rich historical and cultural resources easily findable through the website search box.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) presents the Primary Source Awards to recognize innovative uses of primary source materials by faculty, librarians and library staff, students, and other researchers in the CRL community. Nominations are accepted in three areas: access, research, and teaching. The Access award is presented to a library staff or faculty member whose work in promoting primary source materials individually or in collaborative initiatives has resulted in expanded discovery, appreciation, and usage, ultimately having a significant impact on research or instruction. Explore Chicago Collections is used in formal education and research, but also promotes serendipitous discovery and use of manuscripts, photographs, and other primary research materials.
Help us plan a usability test!
The Web Advisory Group and additional Library faculty and staff will conduct usability testing on our beta site in July 2016. This will help us to identify any final changes we need to make before the site launches in August 2016.
We need your help identifying tasks students and/or faculty and staff at should be able to do on the site! Think about:
- What are the most common questions you get on the service desks? Over email? Or chat?
- What do people tell you they can’t find? Or that they aren’t sure how to do?
- What are some stressful situations for our students, faculty and staff that you’ve helped with?
Enter in your suggested tasks or scenarios into the Task Brainstorming Spreadsheet by Monday, June 6th. You’ll also see some example tasks in the spreadsheet that can help get you started.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Learn some new facts about the Library, experience our patrons’ triumphs and frustrations, and compete for cash prizes in the Library scavenger hunt! The scavenger hunt takes place during Work Like a Patron Week (April 4 – 8, 2016), and winners will be announced at the April 11 All Staff Meeting.
See Sarah Udaipurwala’s April 1 email for the clues.
Two UIC Library student employees won awards in the 2016 National Student Employment Week contests. Brianna Magaña, who works in Circulation/Reserve, Media and Microforms, was chosen UIC Student Employee of the Year. Raolat Adeyinka Odeyale, Library-HR student worker, received a prize for her essay on the importance of a part-time job.
Magaña and Odeyale were honored at the student employment awards reception hosted by the Student Employment Office on March 31.