Daniel Harper was appointed Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Special Collections Assistant Archivist effective November 16, 2013.
Harper has worked in Special Collections as an extra help employee and graduate research assistant; he also worked as a collections processor at the library during the summer of 2005. He was recognized as the library’s Student Employee of the Year in 2012.
Harper recently earned a PhD in History from UIC. He received an MA in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Colorado State University.
As assistant archivist, Harper will be responsible for processing collections, helping visitors in the reading room, and working with high school and middle school history fair students. He anticipates expanding his knowledge of archival procedures as well as learning more about the way that libraries work. He looks forward to, “working with students and other researchers to help them find what they are looking for.” He adds, “I also enjoy interacting with my coworkers, who are without exception nice and friendly.”
When he isn’t working in Special Collections, Harper enjoys cooking and reading the news, especially blogs about current events and politics.
UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) will present two programs demonstrating how information enables democracy in their Civic Engagement Lunch Talks series:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, noon, 418 CUPPAH
“Know Your Rights: Navigating Copyright in a Digital World”
Pia M. Hunter, Reserve/Media and Microforms, University Library
Using materials lawfully in an online environment can be challenging. This presentation will explain the basic principles of copyright law and fair use, best practices for using content in an online environment, and when it is appropriate to request permission from rights holders.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, noon, 418 CUPPAH
“’New African Diasporas’ in Chicago: Maps, Memories, Communities”
Lynette Jackson, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Patrick Augustin, Director, Pan-African Association
In his unique photographic exhibit, Filip Springer explores Polish architecture from the communist era. Ill-Born: Modernist Polish Architecture Under Communism, hosted by the Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature, will be on display at the Daley Library this November; Springer will speak at the opening of the exhibit on November 5.
Ill-Born is a collection of iconic images of Polish architecture. Anna Szawara, organizer of the event, described Springer’s collection: “his work is critical of the remnants of communism that are left in Poland…but the reasons for how and why go beyond simplistic questions of design and aesthetics,” she said, “the problem is much more complicated and, thus, much more interesting.”
Filip Springer is a journalist, photographer, and architecture expert whose work has been displayed throughout Poland. He has published four collections of reportage and his work has been published in several Polish periodicals. His book Miedzianka. The History of a Disappearance has been nominated for numerous literary prizes. Springer works at the Reportage Institute in Warsaw.
The opening of the Filip Springer exhibit takes place on Tuesday, November 5, at the Daley Library. The artist will be present to talk about his project and answer questions at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Sonia Yaco will join the Daley Library as head of Special Collections this November. She will be responsible for supervising faculty and paraprofessionals in Special Collections and University Archives, working with donors and the community to expand collections, and promoting in-person and online access to collections. She looks forward to expanding the use of Special Collections in the curricula at UIC.
Yaco earned a master’s degree in library and information studies and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously worked as special collections librarian and university archivist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; as a consultant for the Special Collections Research Center at Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary; as reference archivist at the Wisconsin Historical Society; and as president of Anlex Computer Consulting, LLC. She has published in numerous journals and has presented at conferences across the country.
Yaco’s goals as head of Special Collections are, “to ensure that Special Collections documents all aspects of the rich history of Chicago – ethnic communities, labor and industrial history, and the development of UIC. Through outreach and collaboration I want researchers in Chicago and across the country to be aware of and utilize the resources in Special Collections.” Besides her love of Chicago, Yaco was attracted to UIC because of the quality of the institution, the nature of the collections, and the intellectual curiosity of UIC staff members.
Outside of work, Yaco is a sculptor who works primarily with found objects. She is currently working on a series of automata.