Monthly Archives: July 2011

Rafferty wins MLA award for research on library instruction

Ryan Rafferty, Assistant Health Sciences Librarian at LHS-Urbana, was awarded an Honorable Mention from the Research Section of the Medical Library Association for his poster, The Impact of Library Instruction: Do First-year Medical Students Use Library Resources Specifically Highlighted During Instructional Sessions?

Each year at the MLA annual meeting, the Research Section recognizes librarians whose work demonstrates high-quality research by giving awards to the top posters and papers presented during the meeting.

Counting U starts 7/26

Counting U: Assessing What Really Counts for University Libraries is a new lunchtime series focused on Library assessment. The series is open to all faculty and staff and provides a regular forum to learn about, share, and discuss current trends and best practices in library assessment.

The monthly series will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month, with the location rotating between Daley and LHS. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

Web Surveys 101, the first in the series, is scheduled on two days, July 26 (Daley Library) and July 28 (LHS-C and e-rooms).  The content is the same for both sessions

Web Surveys 101: Best Practices in Web Survey Design
Tuesday, July 26th (Room 1-470 – Daley Classroom) at NOON
Thursday, July 28th (LHS 303) at NOON  and via e-rooms

Web surveys have quickly become a popular, fast and easy way to conduct research and learn about users. However, the ease of creating online surveys doesn’t always correlate to their success. Poor survey design can yield low response rates, unrepresentative samples and incomplete questionnaires. Creating a focused, logical and unbiased web survey that yields meaningful information can be achieved by keeping a few basic design principles in mind. Join Sandy DeGroote and Allison Holton for this presentation on best practices for successful web survey design.

Prior approval is needed from your supervisor and department head to attend this event. As always, please check with your supervisor and the department head to make sure there is adequate coverage.

For more information, please contact Allison Holton,, 312-413-9403.

Code4Lib Midwest meets at UIC 7/28-29

Code4Lib is a community of programmers and library technologists who work together to develop solutions to help librarians and library users: mobile apps, collaborative article databases, sustainable open source, metadata migration, etc.

The Code4Lib midwest group meets at the UIC Library on July 28-29.  Details on the schedule and registrants is available online.


HSLI conference set for October 13-14

The 2011 Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference will be held in Utica, IL at the Starved Rock State Park on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14.   Anyone interested in librarianship and learning is welcome to attend.  See the HSLI conference Web site for more information.

The keynote speaker will be Michelynn McKnight, Ph.D., AHIP, a former hospital librarian in Norman, OK, for more than two decades. For ten years she taught an MLA CE course entitled “Proving Your Worth: Convincing Non-Librarian Decision Makers of the Value of Your Essential Services.”  After she left the hospital, she expanded the topics of that course into what became the book, The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution (Libraries Unlimited, 2010).

Continuing Education Opportunities include:

The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Michelynn McKnight

Citation Management on the Cheap
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Instructors: Linda O’Dwyer and Michelle Frisque

Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Max Anderson

Register early for ILA conference

This year’s Illinois Library Association annual conference takes place October 18 – 20, 2011, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  Early-bird registration ends August 22.

Session topics include Cataloging for the 21st Century; Advocacy Storytelling-style; Modern Fundraising; Change Management; Multi-type Cooperation around content creation; a series of Research to Practice workshops; and the happenings of Chicago’s own Underground Library.

View 10,000 photos of Chicago in 2000

Digital Programs continues to add content to the CITY 2000 collection of images from the Comer Archive of Chicago in the Year 2000. With the addition of 2,500 images this month, there are now over 10,000 images available online.

During the CITY2000 project, 200 photographers recorded the art and architecture, events, and people of Chicago in its millennial year.  Gary Comer gave the archive of 500,000 photographs to the UIC Library to preserve and make available to researchers.