Monthly Archives: November 2011

IACRL issues call for participation in 3/16/12 conference

Registration is now open for the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) 2012 conference to be held March 16, 2012, at the Doubletree Hotel in Oakbrook, Illinois. The conference is broadly themed as “Adopt, Adapt, Accelerate.”

The Programming Committee issued a call for participation in poster presentations and traditional panel presentations (e.g. groups of four 15 minute papers), and “focused discussions” – groups of five minutes (or less) position statements around a broad theme followed up by give-and-take between/ among audience and panel members) or in other non-traditional presentation formats. The deadline for submitting panel topics is December 1.  The deadline for submitting poster sessions is February 1.

Send suggestions for topics you would like to hear about (but not present on yourself) to Susan Swords Steffen (

Personnel news

Recent changes in employee positions are noted below:

Lisa Massengale is now Associate Information Services Librarian, effective September 21.

Karen Luna was reclassified to Information Technology Technical Associate, effective October 16.

Armelia Dickinson-Williams was reclassified to a Library Specialist, effective October 30.

Ema Mulhim, Library Operations Associate, transferred to LHS Administration effective, October 3.

Felicia Barrett accepted the position of Interim Regional Head Librarian (Rockford), effective December 1.

Posting for RAM head closes 12/15

Clinical Assistant Professor & Resource Acquisition & Management Librarian


The University of Illinois at Chicago, a Carnegie RU/VH institution located near the Chicago Loop, with a student enrollment of 27,000 and offering doctoral degrees in 60 areas and master’s degrees in nearly 80, seeks a talented and innovative librarian to head its Resource Acquisition & Management Department (RAM).

RAM was formed in 2010 by merging the Acquisitions and Catalog Departments and integrating electronic resources management.  It is a continuously evolving technical services operation that meets the changing needs of an ARL library.  It handles ordering, receiving, and payment for more than $8.5 million in electronic and print materials.  Electronic resources management handles license negotiation and access to the library’s electronic collections.  Cataloging is done both in-house and through vendor services.  The UIC Library contributes to the NACO program of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.  Work is performed within the framework of a 76-library Voyager state system called I-Share.

RAM is located in the University’s Richard J. Daley Library but serves all sites of the University Library system (including Libraries of the Health Sciences in four cities).  The department currently consists of 4.8 FTE professionals and 16 support staff organized to perform Acquisitions & Rapid Cataloging, Resource Description & Access, and Electronic Resources functions.

The Resource Acquisition & Management Librarian reports to the Associate University Librarian and is responsible for:

  • managing and leading the department and its personnel
  • planning and implementing new initiatives that will improve service and efficiency
  • coordinating multi-unit projects
  • directly overseeing the Resource Description & Access unit, which performs original cataloging and database management and offers metadata services
  • proposing and implementing organizational and staffing changes to improve the department’s effectiveness
  • leading the development and implementation of new standards and systems in cataloging, acquisitions, and electronic resources
  • encouraging staff development within RAM, and among staff whose assignments in Special Collections and the Library of the Health Sciences include technical services operations
  • working effectively with vendors of products and services and with partners in consortia
  • contributing to management of the Library.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school program; a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience in one or more technical services functions in an academic library; knowledge of current trends and new developments in library technical services and the description and discovery of library resources; ability to lead change and foster innovation in a dynamic and changing environment; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; strong interpersonal skills; appreciation for the value of acquiring and organizing knowledge in a research library; and demonstrated ability to meet University standards in research, publication, and service commensurate with a clinical faculty appointment.
Salary/Rank/Contract: Salaries are competitive and based on education and experience; entry level faculty appointments begin at $55,000; faculty status.

For fullest consideration apply by December 15, 2011. All applicants must submit an online application online.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Donate books to Daley Library’s leisure reading collection

Do you want to unclutter your book shelves and share some good reads with UIC students, staff, and faculty?  We can help you!

We would like to restock the leisure reading collection in the Daley Library (2 North — by the comfortable seating area on the east windows).  Please bring in any books you would like to pass on to other readers, and we will make them available to Library patrons and employees.  You can drop off your donations with Fifi Logan or Linda Naru.

Since we created the comfortable seating area on the second floor in the Daley Library, we have tried to provide some light reading to patrons who need a break from studying or doing research.  Many of you already have donated to the leisure reading section (thank you!), but we still offer the opportunity for you to clear out more stacks of books you no longer want.

Warning:  You may not really experience any less clutter on your book shelves if you find a few titles in the leisure reading collection that you want to read.

Holidays, reduced service days December-January

The campus’s holiday and reduced service schedule for the period December 23, 2011- January 2, 2012, for Library employees, is summarized below:

  • Friday December 23 —  Regular Workday
  • Monday December 26 — Observed University Holiday
  • Tuesday December 27 — Designated Holiday
  • Wednesday December 28 — Reduced Service Day
  • Thursday December 29 — Reduced Service Day
  • Friday December 30 — Reduced Service Day
  • Monday January 2 — Observed University Holiday

On reduced service days, the University will not be officially closed, and essential services, including security, will be provided.  General administrative offices will close and academic buildings will have entrance doors locked.

Reduced service days are not holidays.  Employees are asked to use accrued vacation or floating holidays to cover these three days.  Hourly (nonexempt civil service) employees not using vacation or floating holidays to cover this period may take time without pay or use accrued compensatory time.

Contact if you have questions.

UIC Library participates in Dentistry Diversity Day 11/9

UIC Library staff from both Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences -Chicago are collaborating with the College of Dentistry (COD) Diversity Day celebration on Wednesday, November 9.

The Library will bring a variety of multi-cultural books from the collection to Dentistry Diversity Day, including some named by COD students, staff and faculty as books that resonate with them about their own cultural identity.  Titles cover a wide variety of topics such as health promotion for the elderly, disability and public health, tourism in Asia, and African American literature.  COD participants will be able to review and check out books and are encouraged to visit LHS-C to find additional resources.


CARLI funds two digitization projects

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois selected two proposals from the UIC Library for funding as part of its CARLI Book Digitization Initiative:

  • Medical and dental colleges of the west: historical and biographical: Chicago
  • Selections from the Lawrence J. Gutter Collection of Chicagoana

CARLI will pay for the digitization of these materials by the Internet Archive/Open Content Alliance.

Peter Hepburn, Digitization Librarian, developed the two proposals and is the project coordinator.