Monthly Archives: October 2013

Gwen Gregory elected secretary/treasurer of IACRL

Gwen Gregory, clinical associate professor and Resource and Acquisition Management Librarian, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL).

Gregory is responsible for recording the minutes of meetings, reports, and correspondence. In addition to these duties, she is a member of the IACRL Executive Board and the IACRL Conference Planning Committee. She recently represented IACRL at their booth at the Illinois Library Association’s annual conference.

Gregory looks forward to “providing continuing education and networking opportunities through conferences, webinars, social media, informal networking, and other means.” She added, “I hope to meet many of my colleagues throughout the state and learn what IACRL can do to help them succeed.”

Check out her featured interview in IACRL’s newsletter.


Info literacy summit set for 4/25/14

DePaul University Library and the Moraine Valley Community College Library will co-host the 2014 Illinois Information Literacy Summit on April 25, at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

This year’s Summit will look at the evolving nature of information literacy in light of the forthcoming revision to ACRL’s Information Literacy Standards. Trudi Jacobson (University at Albany, SUNY; Chair of ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force) and Tom Mackey (SUNY Empire State College) will deliver this year’s keynote, “Changing Models, Changing Emphases: The Evolution of Information Literacy.” Their presentation will explore metaliteracy, threshold concepts, empowerment, metacognition, and information literacy in the disciplines.

The planning committee will announce details on this year’s summit speakers, along with a call for proposals in early November.

For more information contact:
Tish Hayes,
Heather Jagman,
Jessica Alverson,
Troy Swanson,

The new partnership between DePaul and Moraine Valley represents the next step in the growth of the Summit. The organizers envision the Summit as an opportunity for librarians, teachers and other practitioners across the educational spectrum to come together, share ideas and strengthen information literacy throughout the Midwest.

Through the years, the Illinois Information Literacy Summit has benefited from the support of the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges, Southern Illinois Learning Resource Centers, the Illinois State Library, Illinois Central College, John A. Logan College, and Illinois State University Milner Library.

Pho selected for 2014 ALA Emerging Leaders program

Congratulations to Academic Resident Annie Pho, who will participate in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program for 2014. Pho is one of 50 applicants selected for the program, which is designed to help new professionals develop leadership skills. Participants will be assigned to a team sponsored by a specific ALA division; the teams will then meet at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and work together virtually. At the culmination of the program, each team will present a poster at the ALA Annual Conference.

Pho says she looks forward to gaining leadership skills, the opportunity to network with other early-career librarians, and the experience of working on projects for ALA. “I’m really excited about this opportunity,” she said, “I feel honored that I was able to participate in this program.”

Open Access Week activities set

The UIC Library joins colleagues all over the world to celebrate Open Access Week starting October 21.  The following activities are planned to bring attention to the expansion of scholarly discourse resulting from open access publishing.

Open Access: Redefining Impact, Monday, October 21, 2013, 2 – 3 p.m., Daley Library (room 1-470)

This kick-off event is a panel of scholars, hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).  During a 60-minute webcast, the following panelists will discuss what open access means to them, their institutions, and their work:

Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association

Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Undergraduate Research Journals as a Pedagogical Tool, Thursday, October 24, 2013, 12:30 p.m. light lunch; 1 p.m. panel discussion, Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall (LL)

Faculty editors will discuss their experiences using open access publishing as a pedagogical tool.

Dr. Sumana Datta: Executive Director for Honors and Undergraduate Research andÊManaging Editor of Explorations:  The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal (

Dr. Heather Whitney (represented by Rob Walsh of Scholastica): Assistant Professor of Physics and Managing Editor of Wheaton College Journal of Undergraduate Physics (

Dr. Robert Klie: Associate Professor of Physics, Principal Investigator of Nanoscale Physics Group, and Managing Editor of The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (

Dr. Sara F. Hall: Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Administrative Advisor for Honors Publications at the UIC Honors College

Sandra De Groote: Associate Professor and Scholarly Communication Librarian at the Daley Library at UIC

H-Index Clinics

Daley Library lobby, Wednesday, October 23, 9 to 10:20 a.m.

Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago lobby, Friday, October 25, 9 to 10:20 a.m.

Online Workshops

Understanding Open Access, Wednesday, October 23, 1 – 2 p.m.

Are you wondering what all the talk about open access is?  The movement for open access to publications – making publications freely and openly available – has been around for over a decade.  With the NIH Public Access Policy as well as open access policies approved at institutions such as Harvard and MIT, it is steadily gaining momentum.  Still not sure what it is all about?  Come to this workshop and find out!

How do you Rate?  Assessing Your Impact Using the H-Index and Beyond, Friday, October 25, noon – 1 p.m.

This workshop will cover ways to measure your research impact including citation analysis, the H-index, and Journal Citation Reports.  Web Of Science, Google Scholar, and other sources will be covered including how to create your own Google Citations profile.  New altmetrics that examine the role of web 2.0 in assessing impact will also be covered.




Holidays and reduced service days during December-January

The campus holiday and reduced service schedule for the period December 23, 2013 – January 1, 2014 is as follows:

Tuesday, December 24 – 1/2 gift day and 1/2 excused day
Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Thursday, December 26 – Designated Holiday
Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Staff will use vacation time or floating holidays on the following days:

Monday, December 23
Friday, December 27
Monday, December 30
Tuesday, December 31

If you have any questions, please contact

Apply for ACRL e-learning scholarships by 11/1

ACRL announces e-Learning scholarships to help librarians, library staff and library school students stretch their professional development dollars.

Twelve e-Learning scholarships will be awarded – seven covering the registration cost of a Webcast and five covering the cost of an online course. Complete details and application materials are available online.

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be ACRL members, complete the online scholarship application form, and submit a 300-word written statement that describes how participation in an ACRL e-Learning event meets one’s professional needs and goals. The application deadline is November 1, 2013, with notifications issued in December 2013.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

Learn about cyber security and win prizes

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) is spreading the word.  ACCC representatives will staff a table in the Daley Library lobby on Friday, October 11 to provide information about security awareness, and visitors can spin a prize wheel to win tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Throughout the month, ACCC is recommending methods for keeping your electronic information safe. There’s a different theme each week, such as phishing and email hoaxes, password safety, and copyright infringement. Visit the ACCC website for a breakdown, including a definition of each theme and suggestions for keeping your information safe.

Stop by the Daley Library lobby this Friday and check it out!

Daley Library installs three vending machines

The Daley Library now has three vending machines available in a public area. The machines are located in the IDEA Commons, on the west side of the building, to the south of the Daley Grind Café.

One vending machine offers drinks such as water, soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks; another sells coffee-based beverages; and the third offers snacks such as chips and candy.

Students and staff who are in the IDEA Commons during the overnight hours now will have access to beverages and food without having to leave the building.