Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dorsch honored for leadership in online continuing education

Jo Dorsch, Health Sciences Librarian at LHS-Peoria and Interim Health Sciences Librarian at LHS-Rockford, received the Health Science Librarians of Illinois‘ President’s Award at the organization’s annual meeting  for “leadership in managing a team of experts in online continuing education in evidence-based practice.”

The award belongs to the team that worked on converting the LHS three-day Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) course into a six-week Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Online Course:  Peg Burnette, LHS-Peoria; Sandy De Groote, Daley; Cleo Pappas, LHS-Chicago; Ryan Rafferty, LHS-Urbana; and Carol Scherrer, LHS-Chicago.  Thanks go the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region for the funding and support that made this project possible.

New Yorker writer lectures on urban sustainability on 11/1

David Owen, staff writer for the New Yorker, will present a lecture on “Green Metropolis and Urban Sustainability” on Tuesday, November 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., in the Chicago Rooms of Student Center West (828 S. Wolcott).

Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. His most recent book is Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability.  Most Americans think of cities as ecological nightmares – wastelands of concrete, garbage, diesel fumes and traffic jams – but residents of urban cores actually consume less oil, electricity, and water than hybrid-driving Vermonters do, and they have smaller carbon footprints.  In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen offers an invaluable environmental template for a global population that is growing as natural resources shrink.

A book signing and reception will follow Owen’s lecture.

This lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Great Cities, Institute, School of Public Health, the Office of Sustainability and the Caterpillar Foundation.


Get information on graduate library schools and scholarships 11/9

Are you considering graduate school in library and information science?  Get answers to questions about schools and scholarships at a LAMP presentation on Wednesday, November 9, at noon, in the Daley Library – IN THE IDEA COMMONS CAFE SEATING AREA.

LAMP is the LIS Access Midwest Program, a regional network of academic libraries and information science schools dedicated to promoting careers within the field of library and information science (LIS).  LAMP encourages undergraduate students at its member institutions to participate in activities and events designed to increase their awareness of the profession and to provide support for subsequent graduate studies in library and information science.

Amani Ayad, LAMP’s visiting program coordinator from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will provide information about programs at library schools across the midwest and about the professional mentoring and financial support that LAMP provides.

To RSVP or for more information, contact

Staff development session highlights emerging technologies 10/13

The Library Staff Development Committee will host “Emerging Technologies Redux: Augmented Reality, The Cloud and You, and Blackboard Collaborate” on Thursday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. – noon in room 1-470 Daley Library.  The session includes presentations on three topics described below.

ITL staff  –  “Elluminate Live”
Access to e-Rooms (powered by Centra) is going away at UIC.  E-Rooms was used for online meetings and workshops. Instead, UIC will switch to Elluminate Live which is managed through Blackboard.  Elluminate is very similar to e-Rooms in many ways.  Like e-Rooms, you can attend a workshop or meeting by clicking on a URL that has been provided. The real advantage to Elluminate is that we can create our own workshops and meeting rooms without having to submit requests in advance through ACCC.  Live sessions can even be created just before you need them! The biggest catch is that a Blackboard course is required in order to create an Elluminate Live session. A Blackboard course has been created for the Library so we can do just that.  A “workspace” called “Library Workspace for Online Workshop s& Meetings” has been created and all library staff (excluding student employees) have been enrolled.

James Conley – “Augmented Reality in the Library Environment”
James will discuss the field of “Augmented Reality,” describing its properties, its applications in our everyday lives, how libraries, archives and museums are using this technology already, and how it may shape our lives in the future. Much of this discussion will be conceptual in nature but James will provide real-world examples of its current permutations and some foreshadowing of future applications.

Kathy Kilian – “What Is The Cloud? – Cloud Computing”
You may have seen television commercials talking about the cloud, but what is the cloud?  This session will briefly explain what it is, why you may be interested in using it, and a brief introduction to some popular cloud applications.

Contact Library Human Resources to register: email, or phone (312) 996-7353.

Read about mobile medicine, e-books and more in new E-ppendix issue

The fourth issue of E-ppendix:  online newsletter of the UIC Library of the Health Sciences is available online.  Articles in this issue describe medical resources available on your mobile device, the UICollaboratory, and e-books in the health sciences.

The newsletter publicizes LHS’s resources, services, and staff. Each issue includes a message from Assistant University Librarian for the Health Sciences Kate Carpenter, columns about collections, the NLM E-Minute, searching tips, and scholarly communication, as well as feature articles. The editorial board is the LHS Presence Committee.

E-ppendix is published in UIC’s open access journal system.