Monthly Archives: July 2012

Staff development recordings available from July 19 session

The recorded sessions of Susan Johnson’s presentations on July 19, 2012, Thriving Amidst Change, are now available online:

The morning session:!-bb_bb60/links/buildRecordingJNLP.jsp?recordingId=3007519&course_id=_44782_1&environment=tools&roles=instructor&name=STAFF+DEVELOPMENT+DAY+-+MORNING+SESSION&filter=recorded&startDateReq=1342674000000&endDateReq=1342760399999&userName=dwhita1&user_id=_54243_1

The afternoon session:!-bb_bb60/links/buildRecordingJNLP.jsp?recordingId=3007952&course_id=_44782_1&environment=tools&roles=instructor&name=STAFF+DEVELOPMENT+DAY+-+AFTERNOON+SESSION&filter=recorded&startDateReq=1342674000000&endDateReq=1342760399999&userName=dwhita1&user_id=_54243_1

The afternoon sessions have more slides than the morning session.

Enjoy Ice Cream Social August 2

The Library Community Building Committee (LCBC) reminds all UIC Library employees that the 2012 Ice Cream Social will be held at the Daley Library outside the west doors on Thursday, August 2, 2012 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

In the spirit of giving and receiving, the LCBC is again combining the Ice Cream Social with a food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This food drive replaces our holiday drive in December. If you can, please give a can or box of food in exchange for your ice cream bar.

The food drive begins Monday, July 23 and ends Friday, August 17. The collection boxes at Daley will be at the east and west doors. LHS will have their collection box next to the Health Observances display by the Circulation Desk.

Below are the items most need by the Depository:

Whole grain cereals
Peanut Butter
Pasta Sauce
Canned Beans
Canned stew/meats
Canned fruits
Canned vegetables
Canned soups
Macaroni & cheese
Shelf-stable milk

All food donations are optional but greatly encouraged.

LHS-Chicago employees have an additional 45 minutes for travel time in order to attend the event.  Those who wish to take the campus bus can check the Facilities Management Web site. Those returning to LHS should use the bus stop between the ERF and SES buildings on Taylor; please see the following PDF for clarification:

Don’t forget to make arrangements with your supervisors.

Department heads/supervisors please forward this invitation to your students.

Additional ice cream bars will be available for purchase at a cost of $2.25.

UIC Library of the Health Sciences Hosts Two High School Interns

This summer the Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) at UIC will host two student interns from UIC College Prep High School (UICCP).

The internship program at LHS is an excellent opportunity for students from UICCP to get experience in the health sciences. The two students, Claritza Salgado and Alexis Gonzalez, have an interest in the health sciences and librarianship. Salgado will be a senior this fall and Gonzalez will begin her sophomore year. They will complete their internship from July 16-27.

The interns will complete tasks such as designing and developing online materials, scanning and sending articles for the Interlibrary Loan department, shelving books, and job shadowing. They will be involved in several phases of work at the library to gain an idea of how the departments interact and the various careers available at the library.

Lisa Massengale, creator and coordinator of the program and Associate Information Services Librarian, said, “The interns are able to see how the departments within the library work together and affect one another. All activities will support the goal of introducing students to the fields of health sciences librarianship and/or informatics.”

UICCP was founded in August 2008 as one of the ten campuses of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. The school’s curriculum focuses on the health sciences and students are required to complete four years of mathematics and science. The most distinctive trait of the school is that it offers a four-year health science program. Massengale noted the uniqueness of UICCP and said, “I believe that it is important to show students that other non-clinical careers exist in health sciences.” The interns will be exposed a line of work about which many students in the health sciences are unaware.

Massengale said, “LHS is committed to providing a broad and diverse exposure to academic health sciences librarianship for interested high school students.”

UIUC GSLIS courses offered for fall semester

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), announced a limited number of openings in several online and on-campus graduate credit courses in fall 2012. Formal admission to the University is not necessary, but a bachelor’s degree is required.

If you would like to determine if the LIS profession is for you, need to update your skills, or have an interest is special topics such as  Bioinformatics or Digital Libraries, our courses may be of interest to you. Fall 2012 offerings include:

On campus courses
LIS 569A Financial Management
LIS 585A International Librarianship
LIS 590FR Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
LIS 590HS Digital Public History: An Introduction

Online (LEEP)
LIS 519LE Social Science Research in LIS
LIS 530ELE Business Information
LIS 530ILE Biological Informatics Problems and Resources
LIS 560LE Digital Libraries: Research and Practice
LIS 590ACL Applied Business Research: Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management
LIS 590CML Change Management
LIS 590DML Document Modeling
LIS 590STL Strategic Information Management

Please see the GSLIS Web pages for information on how to register for a course.

LAMP Lights the Way for Future Librarians

This summer the UIC Library is giving two graduate students the chance to gain experience in the field of library and information science (LIS). The library is hosting two student interns through the LIS Access Midwest Program (LAMP).

LAMP’s mission is to promote careers in the field of LIS. The organization hosts summer institutes, internships, peer and professional mentorship and guidance, and financial assistance for students seeking a master’s degree. LAMP particularly encourages students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Mary Case, University Librarian at the UIC Library, said, “UIC needs more librarians that help us understand the needs of our diverse student body.  The pool of librarians from underrepresented minorities is very small.  It is important for us to support programs that will help attract more diverse students to library school.”

Alyne Connie was selected to complete a summer internship at the Daley Library. She said that it was a “great opportunity for any novice LIS student,” and since she currently works as a Library Aide at the Daley Library, it was especially convenient.

Connie explained her interest in library science, “I’ve always been fascinated with systems of knowledge and how human beings interpret information. I also enjoy creative problem-solving and public service.” Her ultimate goal is to work as an academic librarian in the Chicagoland area.

As part of her two-week internship experience, Connie learned about working at the reference desk and observed different departments and how they work together. Specific projects included filing old psychological tests from the Curriculum section, editing a bibliography, and completing a research guide about graphic novels. Fifi Logan, Head Reference Librarian and Connie’s sponsor, said, “She did a wonderful job.”

Logan also gave her perspective on LAMP, emphasizing that the program is an opportunity to, “give back to the profession and to expose future librarians to what an academic institution is like.”

Miguel Ruiz will be completing his LAMP internship this August at the UIC Library of the Health Sciences. Ruiz, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said “this opportunity provides the prospect of gaining real-world and hands-on experiences within librarianship and public service, an opportunity to work with a large and diverse urban population, and provides perspectives into the urban culture where I can gain a perspective of working in a large academic library.”

Ruiz is interested in the user experience within information institutions as well as public service. He said that he hopes to gain, “a foundation to develop some strategies and tools useful within the academic library world, which I can take with me and integrate into my professional career.” He plans to use the knowledge acquired during his internship in his future career in library science.

Case explained why she feels it is important to encourage students to pursue a career in library science, “Many of us in the library field are a bit more mature and will be retiring in the next decade.  We need fresh perspectives from new professionals who are more reflective of the diverse communities we serve.  And we need colleagues born in the digital world who can work with students and faculty to understand and evaluate the enormous wealth of information produced today.”

Both Connie and Ruiz will pursue a master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning this summer.