Monthly Archives: October 2008

LHS-Peoria Staff News

Congratulations to Peg Burnette, Library Operations Associate, Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria, for being selected for the UIC Award of Merit. The award was established to recognize, appreciate and honor outstanding support and academic profession employees.   Peg was cited for her outstanding service, demonstration of excellence, teamwork, pursuit of continuing education, and leadership.  She is one of only 30 recipients.  Peg will accept the award in Chicago on Nov. 4.

Jo Dorsch, Health Sciences Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria, has been appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.  JMLA is the premiere journal in medical librarianship and is indexed in CINAHL, Cochrane Methodology Register, EMBASE, Library Literature & Information Science, and MEDLINE.

Barrett publishes

Felicia Barrett, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian, at the Library of
the Health Sciences – Rockford has published a peer-reviewed article
entitled “The Decline of Interlibrary Loans by Medical Students in a Small Academic Medical Library: An 18 Year Study” in the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Electronic Reserve Vol. 18(4):399-405 2008.


This is the first of a series of updates on the Library’s actions in response to the August report from R2 Consulting.

On Sept. 2 the R2 report and associated issues were discussed by the Steering Committee.  Mary Case and Jay Lambrecht then met with each of the directly-affected departments — Collections Development on Sept. 15, Acquisitions on Sept. 18, LHS (with Kate Carpenter) on Sept. 23, and Cataloging on Sept. 24.  Staff expressed their concerns and ideas on a wide variety of topics.

A new group called the Workflow Efficiency Coordinating Team has been established.  WECT members are Jay Lambrecht, chair, Kate Carpenter, Daniel Enoch, Joan Fiscella, Emily Guss, Bob Sandusky, and Joan Schuitema. Their task is to oversee an implementation process that will examine the R2 recommendations (and some of our own), consider which to implement, and appoint working groups to deal with larger interdepartmental issues.

WECT has met twice to consider the best approaches to improving workflow efficiency.  Look for reports from those meetings in the next issues of ULIB.

Daley Library Evacuation

An evacuation drill of the Richard J. Daley Library will take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct 29. All staff, faculty, students and patrons are required to leave the building when the alarm sounds. All staff should proceed to Lecture Hall A1 and wait until instructed to return to the library.

Please contact Laura Castillo at 3-3268,  if you have any questions.

REMINDER: Voting Policy

According to Policy and Rules – Nonacademic rule 11.13b: An employee requesting time to vote in any national, state, or local election will be excused without pay for a time not to exceed two (2) hours if such request is made to his/her supervisor no later than one (1) day preceding the election. Personal time can be requested.

Staff are encouraged to vote early if more convenient.

Ubiquitous Learning Conference

Illini Center
200 S. Wacker Drive
Nov. 17-1

The Ubiquitous Learning Conference investigates the uses of technologies in learning, including devices with sophisticated computing and networking capacities which are now pervasively part of our everyday lives – from laptops to mobile phones, games, digital music players, personal digital assistants and cameras. The conference explores the possibilities of new forms of learning using these devices not only in the classroom, but in a wider range places and times than was conventionally the case for education. Ubiquitous Learning is made possible in part by the affordances of the new, digital media. What’s new about it? What’s not-so-new? What are the main challenges of access to these new learning opportunities? These are the key themes and concerns of the Conference.  Continue reading