Monthly Archives: September 2013

Safety nets for UIC students

A recent note from Barbara Henley, vice chancellor for student affairs, highlights the UIC Counseling Center which provides support to emotionally distressed students.

The Counseling Center also provides assessments of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to these students. If you are worried about a student employee or any student you see on a regular basis, please call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will be happy to talk with you about a possible course of action and how best to help your student. The Counseling Center website has a helpful resource entitled, “Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff.”

Another helpful resource is the Office of the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students staff offers consultative services and assistance to faculty and staff who may be dealing with student behavioral problems and misconduct. The staff can provide you with strategies and recommendations to help resolve the student issue. You can contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.

Human Resources welcomes Sarah Ghatila

Sarah Ghatila joined the library as a human resources clerk on September 9. Sarah serves as a general assistant to the HR department by working on the employment process with new employees, among other duties.

Sarah graduated from DePaul University in June 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in management and a concentration in human resources; she plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the near future. She previously worked at DePaul as an HR staffing associate.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys watching television, playing sports, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Council membership for AY14 announced

New members of the Library’s three councils have been appointed for academic year 2013/14.  Membership rosters for the councils follow:

Assessment Council
Robin Beck (term ends August 2014)
Lisa Blake (term ends August 2014)
Deb Blecic (term ends August 2014)
Ruth Holst (term ends August 2014)
Jay Jurek (term ends August 2015)
Linda Naru (term ends August 2015)
Annie Pho (intern)
John Shuler (term ends August 2015) – Chair
Stephen Smith (term ends August 2015)

User Experience Council
Annie Armstrong (term ends August 2015)
Felicia Barrett (term ends August 2014)
Isabel Gonzalez-Smith (Intern)
Val Harris (term ends August 2015) – Chair
Tom Mantzakides (term ends August 2015)
Kavita Mundle (term ends August 2014)
Robert Sandusky (term ends August 2014)
Tracy Seneca (term ends August 2015)
Dante Williams (term ends August 2014)

User Structures Council
Sandy De Groote (term ends August 2014)
Kate Flynn (intern)
Gwen Gregory (term ends August 2014) – Co-chair
Jay Lambrecht (term ends August 2015)
Scott Pitol (term ends August 2014)
John Matthews (term ends August 2015)
Radha Ramaswamy (term ends August 2015)
Mary Shultz (term ends August 2015) – Co-chair
Ling Wang (term ends August 2014)

This council structure took effect in fall 2012, replacing the Access Services Council, Collection and Technical Services Council, Public Services Access Council, and Discovery and Delivery Council and the work groups that reported to these councils.

The goals for reconfiguration are:
•    Further integrate user-centeredness in all aspects of library work
•    Emphasize strategies that empower librarians and staff to connect effectively with users
•    Improve the efficiency, timeliness, and communication pathways of library work
•    Reduce the number of teams pursuing overlapping initiatives
•    Integrate short term task forces with specific charges into the council structure
•    Allow for a more responsive and timely orientation to library services
•    Orient task forces to action and management of change
•    Allow junior faculty more opportunities for leadership experience
•    Allow more participation by support staff members

Goben receives MLA grant

The Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association (MLA) Awards and Scholarships committee has awarded one of the two 2013 First-Time Attendee Annual Meeting Grants to Abigail Goben, assistant information services librarian.

This grant supports the first-time attendance of librarians and library staff at the Midwest Chapter/MLA annual meeting, including full conference registration and a monetary award of $500 for other expenses. Goben will attend the Annual Business Meeting, as well as other various conference programs. She will also contribute an article about her conference experience for MIDLINE, the MC/MLA newsletter.

The 2013 meeting, Navigating a River of Change, will take place in East Peoria, IL on October 4 – 8, 2013. It includes a tour of the OSF HealthCare Jump Simulation Center and participation in the LHS-sponsored Summit on Health Information Practice.

For more information about the Midwest Chapter MLA conference, visit