Monthly Archives: September 2009

Campus Charitable Fund Drive begins 10/1/09

The organizers of the Campus Charitable Fund Drive would like to invite you to join us at the kick-off breakfast program, October 1st at Student Center East, Illinois room. If there are other individuals interested in learning about the 2009 Campus Charitable Fund Drive, please pass this along and ask them to return the attached with their RSVP. We need your support!

Our kick-off for the Campus Charitable Fund Drive will be a breakfast meeting on Thursday, October 1, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Illinois Room A, B & C of Student Center East. On the west side of campus we will host a breakfast program and charity fair Wednesday, October 28, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Chicago Rooms of Student Center West. Please RSVP as soon as possible, you may fax the attached form to 6-6807, or by calling 3-2960 or via email If you are unable to attend please pass this along so that others may attend.

We look forward to this opportunity to express our appreciation to you for your role in ensuring that UIC reaches its goal. Agency representatives will be present to provide a brief overview of their charities, distribute their brochures, and answer any questions you as representatives may have.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Rushi Parekh at 6-3504,, or Dana Poncher at 3-2960,

Thank you for your time and energy!


Dana Poncher and Rushi Parekh

Alumni author series features talk on homeownership

Has the American dream of homeownership gone bad? John Wasik, UIC alumnus (LAS ’78, MA ’88), personal finance columnist for Bloomberg News, and author of 13 books about business and economics, talks about his book Cul de Sac Syndrome. Wasik examines the growing financial, ecological and social costs brought about by the pursuit of homeownership. How did 23 million home owing families become “financially insecure,” and how can Americans regain prosperity and happiness?

Wasik, a former special projects editor for Consumers Digest magazine, has won 18 awards for his columns and investigative reporting, including the National Press Club award for Consumer Journalism. He has contributed to Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, Modern Maturity, Parade, Smart Money, Popular Science, Health, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Barron’s, The Chicago Tribune, and newspapers across North America.

John Wasik at UIC
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 4 pm
Daley Library, First Floor
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL 60607

This event is sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the UIC Library and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Clifford Lynch on open access at UIC Library Sept.20

Clifford Lynch is the guest speaker at the fifth and final First Monday Podcast Openness 2.0 episode on Sunday, September 20, 2009, in the Daley Library Room 1-210 (south end of the first floor of Daley Library) at 2:15 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Lynch, currently executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), will address the future of the Openness movement.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

Lynch currently serves on the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, Microsoft’s Technical Computing Science Advisory Board, the board of the New Media Consortium, and the Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits.

Openness 2.0 is an examination of the Openness movement since the 2006 First Monday/UIC Library conference Openness: Code, science, and content. This series is generously supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

Episode 1: The State of Openness featured Sandra Braman, Mary Case and Steve Jones. Eduardo Villanueva gave his views in Episode 2: Sharing Openness in Developing Nations. Episode 3: Open Source will feature Brian Belhendorf, primary developer of the Apache Web server, will be released in October 2009. Episode 4: Open Science will feature Dan Gezelter, director of The Open Science Project and professor of theoretical and computational chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, will be released in November 2009.

All Staff meeting Oct.8, 3 pm, LC F4

An All Staff meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2009, 3 – 4:30 p.m., in Lecture Center F4.

Buses will leave LHS-Chicago at 2:40 p.m. to travel to LC F4. Buses will make the trip from the east campus to LHS-Chicago, leaving at 4:50 p.m.

E-rooms will be available for remote staff participation; additional information will be forthcoming.

Dedication of Tanner Oasis Sept.30

Please join in honoring the generosity of Provost R. Michael Tanner and Eileen Tanner in partnership with the University Library and Project Oasis in creating a more welcoming learning environment for students and all library patrons.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Richard J. Daley Library
Main Floor Lobby
801 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please let your student assistants know that they are invited to this celebration.

The Project Oasis program was created to provide students with places to interact, study, and gather between classes and during extended breaks. Since 2003, the program has transformed more than 20 underutilized areas on campus into comfortable and supportive learning environments. These informal learning spaces were designed and renovated with an emphasis on improving lighting, acoustics, and ergonomics.

Rhodes earns MA

Wenona E. Rhodes, LHS Administration, has completed her Master of
Arts degree in Community/Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chicago State

The summer/fall graduation ceremony is scheduled for December 2009.

Nicholas Barker predicts future of the book in McCuster Lecture

Nicholas Barker will give the annual McCuster Lecture at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 6 p.m. Mr. Barker will speak about The Book: Past, Present and Future.

The lecture takes place in the Fine Arts Building, Martin Recital Hall, 7900 W Division St., River Forest, Illinois. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the library school at or 708 524-6845.

Nicholas Barker has been editor of the Book Collector since 1965. He has written many books and is the editor of recent editions of John Carter’s classic book ABC for Book Collectors.

SOCC sponsors drive for U.S. troops

The Library is working through Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois, Inc. to send food and toiletries to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Sense of Community Committee organized the drive.

Collection boxes are located in the Daley Library, the Library of the Health Sciences, and the Science Library from September 8 – October 15, 2009.

The top ten items needed:
canned soup/pasta (20 oz. or less)
canned fruit (20 oz. or less)
granola bars
Pringles (in canisters)
crackers (16 oz. or less)
wipes (unscented)
foot powder (20 oz. or less)
shaving cream (non-aerosol)
lotion for men (16 oz. or less)
mouthwash/dental rinse (20 oz. or less)

What do students like about the Daley Library?

Students entering the raffle in celebration of the Daley Grind grand opening September 1-3 told us their favorite things about the Daley Library. The most frequent answers were “books” and a “quiet place to study.” Many students mentioned helpful staff, the cafe, computers, and the long hours the Library is open during the semester and finals week.

Two interesting one-of-a-kind answers were “hidden elevators” and “the architecture.”

Staff who entered the raffle like their colleagues in various departments or as a group.

Nine students won prizes in the raffle. Three Library staff members won a Daley Grind/Daley Library coffee mug: Deb Blecic, Veronica DeKowperlanth, and Charlom Wilcher.