Monthly Archives: September 2010

Banned books Read Out at Daley Library, 9/29

Celebrate your freedom of speech! Read from one of your favorite banned or challenged books at the Banned Books Week Read Out in the lobby of the Daley Library — Wednesday, September 29, noon – 2 p.m.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  In 2010, BBW takes place September 25-October 2, highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.

Barrett publishes on reference use

Felicia Barrett, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian at the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences – Rockford, has published a peer-reviewed article entitled “An Analysis of reference services usage at a regional academic health sciences library” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association Vol. 98(4):308-311 Oct. 2010.

Barrett and DeGroote publish on citation patterns

Sandra L. De Groote, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at the University Library, and Felicia A. Barrett, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian at the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences – Rockford, have published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Impact of online journals on citation patterns of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy faculty” Journal of the Medical Library Association Vol. 98(4):305-308 Oct. 2010.

Book recycling during Sustainability Week

UIC’s Office of Sustainability and Better World Books are sponsoring book recycling during Sustainability Week, September 13 – 17. There will be two Better World Book green totes on campus — one to the east of the Daley Library and one outside the Medical Center Administration Building.

For more information on events for the week, see the Office of Sustainability’s Web site.

Book launch in Daley Sept.14

The UIC Library, the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the University of Illinois Press, and the Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA) Escucha Mi Grito conference are sponsoring the launch of the book Marcha! Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement, on Tuesday, September 14. The celebration takes place in the Daley Library, first floor north, from 3 – 5:30 p.m.

For more information about the event, see the Library’s news blog posting

LSTA competitive grants cancelled for FY11

From the IACRL Fall 2010 newsletter
Illinois State Library News
Patrick McGuckin, Illinois State Library

Every year the Illinois State Library receives Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For many years we used LSTA funds to administer a popular competitive grant program for different types of libraries and our library systems. A number of college and research libraries applied for and benefited from these grants, which were designed to promote creativity and help libraries address specific local needs.

In the summer of 2009, after the Illinois General Assembly made significant cuts to per capita grant programs operated by the State Library, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White decided to shutter the competitive LSTA grant program for FY10 and use LSTA funds to restore some of the money cut by lawmakers.

One year later the state of Illinois’ fiscal problems continue. As much as we would like to offer a competitive LSTA grant program in FY11, the state’s fiscal condition shows no signs of improving anytime soon. As a result, we will once again shutter the LSTA competitive grant program and use LSTA funds to help fund programs such as delivery and critical resource sharing services .

Other LSTA funds we have received over the years have been used to provide statewide continuing education (CE) programs to the library community. These programs include Synergy, the Illinois Library Leadership Initiative; the Small Public Library Management Institute; the Institute for School and Public Librarians; and the On the Front Lines Conference. LSTA money has also been used to provide 15 scholarships each year to students entering library school.

State Library Director Anne Craig announced in August that the State Library may need all available LSTA funding to preserve delivery of materials, maintenance of the catalogs at the state’s regional library systems, and the Talking Book libraries. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to also put our traditional CE programs and scholarships on hold during FY11, excluding programs already underway and scholarships already announced. One State Library CE program, ILEAD U, is operated with a three-year Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian competitive award; ILEAD U will continue through 2012.

The State Library believes funding must be available throughout FY11 to support delivery, the catalogs and the Talking Book Centers. Our patrons have made it clear to all of us that prompt delivery of library materials is their paramount concern. And if our catalogs cease functioning, there will be no materials to deliver. Secretary White is focused on ensuring that resource sharing is supported for the duration of this fiscal crisis and beyond.