Monthly Archives: February 2010

Caxton Club scholarship applications due May 3

The Caxton Club, a local organization of bibliophiles, will award two scholarships of up to $2,500 (each) to eligible graduate students for book-related projects to be completed during academic year 2010-2011.

The criteria for applications (due Monday, May 3, 2010) follow:

1. Applicants should have demonstrable interest in the history of the book, book arts, literary studies, or library studies and must be enrolled in a Chicago area graduate program in one of the following areas:
Literary studies with specific relation to print culture
History of the book
Book arts
Library workers and other professionals seeking additional training in book history or book arts fields are encouraged to apply.

2. Applicants must supply a brief statement of interest (one page) outlining the title and description of the project or work for which support is sought and must include:
Relevance of the project to the Caxton Club’s mission*
Material or samples of supporting work (these items will be available for pickup on May 20, 2010
Reason scholarship is needed
Proposed budget
Contact information for applicant including phone, address, and e-mail

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with completed application from faculty members or direct supervisory staff. These letters should include:
Description of talent of nominee
Attestation to character of nominee
Length of time known by recommender
Any significant details that enhance personal details

3. Criteria for judging will include:
Quality of application
Appropriateness of the proposed project to Caxton Club
Recognition of limited funding available
Projects in book arts (collecting, preserving, publishing, binding, etc)

4. Deadline for application materials is Monday, May 3, 2010. Notification of award letters will be sent on May 20, 2010, following confirmation of winners by the Caxton Club Council.

5. Award presentations will be made September 15, 2010 at the first Caxton meeting for the 2010-11 year. Club members will meet the winning student(s), and winners will have a chance to personalize the investment of the Club.

6. Winners may be asked to present a report of their experiences and activities at a program near the end of 2011. Entrants acknowledge, by the act of submitting their application, the right of the Caxton Club to reproduce photographs of physical objects or quotations from written material submitted in support of the application.

*The Caxton Club’s purpose is the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books. Within the scope of such object may come arranging for lectures and exhibitions, and the occasional publishing of books, offered and designed to illustrate and support the object of the Club.

Send applications to:
The Caxton Club
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
ATTN: Scholarship Committee

Direct questions to Martha Chiplis at 312-375-5947 or

Submit requests to attend Reaching Forward conference

The Library will fund up to six library support staff members to attend the Reaching Forward conference on April 30, 2010, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. If you are interested in attending, please submit three sessions you would like to attend with a brief paragraph (minimum of 100 words) about what you hope to gain by participating. Forward your request to LSSAC members April Pittman, DaSheka Whitaker, Kathy Kilian, and Ora Daniels and a copy to your supervisor. The deadline to register for the conference is April 9, 2010.

Staff selected to attend the conference will be announced in ULIB.

Daley P.O. Box 8198 being phased out

The following outlines a phased plan to stop using the Daley Library’s P.O. Box 8198 and zip code 60680 as of August 31, 2010:

1. Effective immediately, the Library will reduce pick up from the post office and delivery to Daley Library to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (reduced from five days a week to three).

2. Effective immediately, staff should notify all correspondents to use our street address, UIC mail code, and zip + 4 code, NOT our P.O.Box. That is, use 801 S. Morgan St., MC 234, Chicago, IL 60607-7041.

3. Effective August 31, 2010, the Library will give up the rental of P.O. Box 8198.

There are several places where our P.O. Box 8198 and zip code 60680 appear. Library staff should look for and change as many of these as possible now and review what you’re sending out to be sure it has our street address:

business cards
email signatures
publications and handouts
forms (online and printed)

The Library’s Business Office will be ordering labels with the street address that can be placed on envelopes and other printed materials.

The Library will see immediate savings from reducing the number of times Facilities Management (FM) picks up mail from the post office and delivers it to Daley. As of August 31, we will save the cost of the box rental and all FM costs to retrieve mail.

Info Literacy Summit April 13 at MVCC

The annual Information Literacy Summit, sponsored by the Moraine Valley Community College Library, the John A. Logan College Library, and Illinois Central College Library, will have its Chicago-area program on April 13, 2010, at Moraine Valley Community College.

Ora Daniels, Janet McMahon, and Ellen Schellhause, all from LHS-Rockford, will be presenting a break out session on the topic of Health Literacy.

Summit participants represent colleges, universities, schools, public libraries, library systems, and other organizations. The Summit’s discussions encourage collaboration and shared understanding in a way that supports student learning and information literacy instruction.

March 11 staff development session

Save the date: Malore Brown will present the next staff development program, Project Management Without Tears, on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Library Human Resources will send details on time and location of sessions as soon as these are available.

Daley Grind hours for spring semester

The Daley Grind’s hours for spring semester through April 30, 2010 are as follows:

Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sodexo has eliminated Sunday hours due to low volume of sales.

The coffee shop will be closed Monday, March 22 – Friday, March 26, during UIC’s spring break.

Hours of operation for finals week are still to be determined, pending the Daley Library’s schedule.