Monthly Archives: August 2013

Summon to be primary search tool

The library home page will now display Summon as the primary search tool for users. Featuring Summon will increase efficiency and help to avoid redundancy when locating books, journal articles, archival materials, newspaper articles, sound and video content, and other materials and resources. Summon allows users to search the UIC Library as well as 81 other libraries in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

After testing various search tools with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates, library faculty determined that Summon was the best option. As requested by the User Structures Council, Summon was featured as of the beginning of the east side fall semester.

The library previously displayed WorldCat Local and Easy Search in addition to Summon. Easy Search has been discontinued, and WorldCat Local will be discontinued after December 31. Though the library catalog will still be available, it will be featured less prominently.

On the Daley Library homepage Summon is the default search tool on the first tab; on the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago homepage  Summon is featured on the second tab, under “Books, Articles and More.”

Lesley Brown to manage IDEA Commons

Lesley Brown is now coordinator of the IDEA Commons, as of August 16. Brown, assistant reference librarian, will be monitoring the procedures already in place and making adjustments where needed. Her first act was to get the digital displays in the area up and running for the start of the semester.

Brown said of her goals for the Commons, “Our plan is to do as much marketing and sharing of library resources and services with the UIC community as possible.” Brown says she looks forward to working with staff and graduate students with whom she has not previously worked.

TSSC offers teaching feedback opportunity

Are you looking to gain productive, no-pressure feedback about your teaching and instruction? Or, are you willing to review a colleague’s classroom techniques and offer friendly and constructive comments?

If so, please contact Annie Armstrong ( or Felicia Barrett ( to volunteer or find out more. This is in no way linked to the formal teaching evaluations conducted for librarianship reviews or performance evaluations, so relax and build your confidence and skills!

-Brought to you by the Teaching Support and Curriculum Committee.

Hunter, Sanders chosen for ARL’s diversity program

Pia Hunter and Joel Sanders, both students in UIUC’s Graduate School of Library and Information program, have been selected for the 2013-2015 Association of Research Libraries’ Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.

Pia and Joel are among 15 masters of library and information science (MLIS) students who will participate in the program that includes leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and a research library visit hosted by the Purdue University Libraries.

More information about ARL’s IRDW is available online.

Take a virtual tour of LHS-C

LHS-Chicago posted a virtual tour of the library for a recent virtual site visit in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) mid-contract evaluation.  Although the video emphasizes spaces that support the NN/LM mission and the work done to carry it out, it includes much useful information and many photos of staff, collections, and facilities at LHS.

Stay safe: sign up for SMS updates

Emergency SMS (Short Message Service) is a free service that sends text message alerts to your phone in the case of a campus emergency.
To sign up:
-Click on “Sign up for Emergency SMS”
-You will be prompted to enter your netid and password
-On the right side of the page, enter your cell phone number and click “save”
-You will receive a text on your phone with a verification code; enter the code on the web page
-A notice will appear on the page stating that your cell phone has been verified
You may also be notified of campus emergencies by email. To sign up, follow the same instructions, but enter an email address in the box below the one that prompts you for a phone number.

Reference and collections development merge to form RSR

On August 19, 2013, the new research services and resources (RSR) department will be in operation, replacing the reference and collections development departments.

This change is part of the library’s commitment to liaison librarianship, a model that encourages engagement with faculty and students through library instruction, specialized reference, collection development and management, and promotion of the liaison’s areas of library expertise. This model will be most effectively executed by creating the new RSR department.

Jay Lambrecht, associate university librarian, said, “We’ve taken a year to implement and adjust to the extensive changes that liaison librarianship brings…now it’s time to create an organization structure that supports, fosters, and assesses this approach.”