Monthly Archives: August 2010

LSSAC roster

New members of the Library Support Staff Advisory Committee (LSSAC) began their terms of service on August 16. Members and the departments or sites they represent are as follows:

Special Collections, Administration, Collections Development, Science, and Reference:
Mohammed Ather
Mary Diaz

Nancy Malinowski
April Pittman
Dasheka Whitaker

Vickie Gordon
Charlom Wilcher

Susan Glover
Amber Hoppenworth

Karen Luna

Ora Daniels


Mary Case

LSSAC’s role is to serve as a conduit of information and concerns about library and civil service staff-related issues between staff and the administration; to advise the University Librarian on issues affecting civil service staff as requested; to help develop topics and speakers for staff development programs, particularly the annual Staff Development Day; to work with Library academic staff on issues of mutual concern and social events intended to build community.

Schellhause to leave LHS-R, accepts Florida position

Please join me in extending congratulations to Ellen Schellhause, who has accepted the position of Director of Library Services at Maitland Public Library, Maitland, Florida.

Ellen’s last official day at UIC is October 15, 2010.

In her years at UIC, Ellen significantly expanded outreach, collaboration, and integration with the campus community, local and regional health providers, and health consumers. Most recently, she led the creation of an entirely new library for the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences in Rockford.

Her innovativeness, persistence, and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

Kathryn H. Carpenter
Professor and Assistant University Librarian for the Health Sciences

Free admission to ILA exhibits

The Illinois Library Association is offering complimentary exhibit passes are for Wednesday, 29 September and Thursday, 30 September, during its annual conference, Libraries Out Loud.  To obtain a pass, please visit the ILA Registration Desk at Navy Pier.  Exhibit passes cannot be used to attend conference sessions.

Exhibit Hours
Wednesday, 29 September
12:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, 30 September
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ALA seeks early-career librarians for diversity program

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity and Spectrum Scholarship Program offers an opportunity for early career librarians to participate in a recruitment initiative focused on bringing ethnically diverse high school and college students to careers in libraries.  “Discovering Librarianship:  The Future is Overdue,” a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will support the training of 35 early career librarians to serve as recruiters in national, regional and local career recruitment and education events.

The program intends to significantly increase the profession’s capacity to recruit high school and college students; provide the profession with a new set of recruitment materials with which to engage a growing and diverse population; and deliver valuable information and support to high school and college students interested in careers in libraries.

Selected applicants will receive support to attend training at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Calif.; participate in at least two local, regional or national career or education events approved by the ALA Office for Diversity; and attend the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Wash.  Participants will be expected to help develop recruitment messages and materials that resonate with ethnically diverse high school and college students and participate in training to support their recruitment efforts and overall professional development.

Priority will be given to early career librarians (one-10 years from date of graduation) who are alumni of recruitment initiatives that support a more diverse workforce or individuals who belong to one of the following racially and ethnically underrepresented groups—American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.  Participants will be selected based on demonstration of leadership potential; interest in recruitment; and committed support from current employer, including time to participate in training and recruitment events. Special consideration will be given to geographic diversity across participants, ensuring that recruiters are available throughout the country.

Application materials are available on the Office for Diversity Web site.  Completed applications are due to the Office for Diversity by Oct. 1, 2010.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

The Office for Diversity serves as a clearinghouse for diversity resources and a focal point for administering and fostering diversity as a value and key action area of the Association. The Office serves the membership through its initiatives and programs, resource development, active consultations and training on diversity issues that impact the profession, the workplace, and information service delivery. Topics include such issues as recruitment and retention; personal and professional leadership; organizational change; team and capacity building; service strategies for diverse user populations; and effective interpersonal communications.

August anniversaries

Happy Anniversary to those employees hired in the month of August:

Annie Ford  37yrs
Steve Wiberley  33yrs
Wenona Rhodes  29yrs
Robin Beck  28 yrs
John Cullars  27yrs
Deborah Blecic 19yrs
Nora Buczek  19 yrs
John Shuler  17yrs
Mary Shultz  13yrs
Sandra De Groote  12yrs
Robert Yaffee  12 yrs
Anne Armstrong  10yrs
Peter Hepburn  10yrs
Emily Guss  6yrs
Firouzeh Logan  6yrs
Helen Schmierer  6yrs
Holly Burt  5yrs
Rebecca Raszewski  2yrs
Kristin Martin  2yrs

Daley Grind hours fall 2010

The Daley Grind begins fall 2010 hours on Monday, August 23:
Monday – Thursday    7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday    7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday    closed

Find your personal brand Sept.9

Jenifer Grady, Director of the ALA-Allied Professional Association, presents Identity Check:  What’s Your Personal Brand? on Thursday, September 9.  This program is sponsored by the Library’s Staff Development Committee.

Two sessions are scheduled:

9 a.m. – noon at Daley Library

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at LHS-C

For more information, contact

Martin assumes Acting Electronic Resources Librarian duties 8/16

Kristin E. Martin, Metadata Librarian and Associate Clinical Professor, has agreed to take on added duties as Acting Electronic Resources Librarian effective August 16, 2010.  In this role she will manage the acquisition, organization, access maintenance, termination, and preservation of the Library’s electronic resources.

Prior to arriving at UIC, Kristin served as Electronic Resources Cataloger at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Last year she worked with Sara Blaszczak to write a report that became the basis for establishing an Electronic Resources Unit within the new Resource Acquisition & Management Department. These experiences provide Kristin with a solid foundation to take responsibility for managing our electronic resources.

The Electronic Resources Unit, now consisting of Kristin, Vickie Gordon, and Shirley Junius, can be reached at

Battery recycling on campus

There is a campus battery recycling program serving the UIC community and its activities.  You can drop off batteries used in university equipment at two locations:

The UIC Bookstore
Student Center East
750 South Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-5500

The UIC Medical Bookstore
Student Center West
828 South Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 413-5550

These locations accept nearly all batteries including dry cell (alkaline, non-rechargeable) batteries and rechargeable batteries such as nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion, as well as cell phones.

For more recycling tips, visit the UIC Office of Sustainability Web site.