Monthly Archives: January 2011

Save the date for all-staff meeting: 4/11

The next All-Staff meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2011, at 1 p.m., in the Cardinal Room of Student Center East. The meeting will feature the winners of the 2011 UIC Library Awards.

More details about the meeting agenda, transportation from/to the west side, etc., will be circulated closer to the date.

Let students know: Sparky video contest has cash prizes

The UIC Library is sponsoring a video contest with cash prizes for the best two-minute, student-made videos about the importance of open access to research publications. The first place prize is $500 for an original video that delivers the message that scholarly research should be equally, legally accessible and re-usable to help ensure the quality of our students’ education. There is a second place prize of $300 and a third place prize of $200. Entries are due by March 27, 2011.

More details about the Sparky awards contest are available on the Library’s Publishing and Scholarly Communications Web pages.

Encourage your student workers or any UIC students you have contact with to enter the contest. If you would like a poster about the contest to place in an area where students will see it, please contact

Programs 1/25, 2/3 examine open access issues

Two upcoming programs about open access, sponsored by the UIC Library, examine authors’ rights and the digital divide in scholarship. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Relinquish Your Copyright or Perish?: You Don’t Have to Choose
Tuesday, January 25, noon, Daley Library 1-470
Authors will learn that they do not have to relinquish their copyrights when they submit articles to large publishers. Kevin Barnhurst, Professor, Department of Communication at UIC, and other faculty members will discuss their experiences (positive and negative) negotiating intellectual property rights with publishers. Sandy De Groote, Scholarly Communications Librarian, will provide information about author’s rights to retain copyright and how to use the CIC authors’ rights addendum.

Bridging the Digital Divide in Scholarship
Thursday, February 3, noon-1:30 pm, Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall
A panel of scholars will discuss differences in technology skills, digital inequality, information disparities, and impacts of the high costs of scholarly materials. Panelists are Eszter Hargittai, Associate Professor, Communications Studies Department, Northwestern University and Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University; Karen Mossberger, Professor, Public Administration and Associate Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC; Sandy De Groote, Associate Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian, University Library, UIC.

State income tax rate increase affects net pay

On January 12, 2011, the Illinois legislature approved an increase in the state individual income tax rate from 3% to 5%, which Governor Quinn signed on January 13, 2011. As a result of this increase, the University must change the withholding rate on employee wages from 3% to 5%.

The new withholding rate will be implemented with payrolls paid on or after January 26, 2011. Since the rates are effective January 1, 2011, and due to the late passage of the increased rate, you may owe additional income tax next year when you file your 2011 Illinois individual income tax return.

To see how this change affects your state income tax withholding and your net pay, you can use the Payroll and Earnings net pay calculators.

The UIC campus UPB Payroll Service Center can answer questions about the Illinois income tax increase and withholding: contact them by phone (312-996-7200) or via email (

Carpenter, Lambrecht selected for ARL leadership program

Kate Carpenter, Assistant University Librarian for the Health Sciences, and Jay Lambrecht, Associate University Librarian, have been selected to participate in the 2011–12 ARL Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program.

The RLLF executive leadership program meets the increasing demands for succession planning for research libraries with a new approach to preparing the next generation of deans and directors. Library directors are seeking a cohort of well-trained and sophisticated candidates who possess the necessary experience and perspective to succeed in premier leadership positions in large, complex institutions. The RLLF Program provides such a cohort.

More information about the RLLF program including the list of the 25 2011-12 fellows is available on the ARL Web site.

UIC HR offers business writing course

UIC Human Resources announces the training schedule for a new course in the Core Professional Development Program, Business Writing Fundamentals. This two-hour instructor-led interactive course reviews writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary basics. Topics addressed during the session include writing to achieve results, proofreading and editing of written material in multiple formats including email, memos, letter and reports. Participants will leave the session with tips and tools designed to improve business writing skills.

Registration is available for sessions these dates/times:
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January anniversaries

Congratulations to employees hired in the month of January:

Jeffrey Loftiss, 31 years
Minnie Chaney, 26 years
Karen Ein, 25 years
Irene Williams, 16 years
Michael Ng, 13 years
Yolanda Ferguson, 12 years
Gerald Jurek, 11 years
Charlom Wilcher, 10 years
Karen Luna, 9 years
Nancy Malinowski, 6 years
Ryan Rafferty, 4 years
Glenda Insua, 1 year
Mireille Djenno, 1 year