Monthly Archives: January 2014

Plumpp, Reed discuss music, African-American history

Join the UIC Library in welcoming renowned scholars UIC Professor Emeritus Sterling Plumpp and Roosevelt University Professor Emeritus Dr. Christopher Reed for a discussion about the impact of music on African-American culture and history and the effect of the Great Migration on blues and jazz music in Chicago.  The program, “Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop:  A Continuum of African-American Culture in the Diaspora,” takes place on Thursday, February 6, at 4 p.m., in Richard J. Daley Library room 1-470.

Professor Plumpp taught English and African-American studies at UIC for thirty years until his retirement in 2001. He is an accomplished poet whose work draws on the rhythm and style of jazz and blues music. Plumpp has won multiple awards including the Carl Sandburg Literacy Award for Poetry in 1983.1 Chicago Tribune writer Howard Reich explained, “His song-like verses, copiously marked with slashes and spaces and commas, cry out to be heard…Plumpp’s poetry doesn’t just address blues and jazz, it exemplifies them.”2

Dr. Reed is an established historical scholar from Chicago. His research explores Chicago history, 19th and 20th century black Chicago history as well as urban politics. Dr. Reed has authored multiple books and essays about blacks in Chicago including The Chicago NAACP and the Rise of Black Professional Leadership, 1910-1966 (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997) and The Rise of Chicago’s Black Metropolis, 1920-1929 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011). Dr. Reed also serves as the general secretary of the Black Chicago History Forum.3

This event is free and open to the public.

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Pappas retires February 7

From Kate Carpenter, Associate University Library for the Health Sciences:

Cleo Pappas has made the life-altering decision to retire from UIC in the near future. Her last day of work will be February 7, 2014. There will be a cake and coffee reception at LHS Chicago to honor her on Friday, February 7, from 1 – 3 p.m..

Among her many accomplishments at LHS, Cleo developed clinical library services to support graduate medical education, evidence based medicine, and patient safety, in the Children’s Hospital at UI (CHUI) by building relationships in the College of Medicine and the Health System. She teaches evidence based learning in pediatrics, both for residents and EM2s, and is embedded in the Masters in Health Professions Education and the Masters in Patient Safety Leadership. She serves on two campus committees, the Healthcare Workforce committee and the Ethics committee. Cleo is also the liaison to the College of Medicine in Chicago. She has published extensively about her work in refereed journals.

In addition to her expertise, Cleo Pappas embodies collegiality. She is empathetic to all as well as insightful in her advice and creative in her ideas. I will miss her greatly.


Kathryn H. Carpenter, Professor and Associate University Librarian for the Health Sciences and Associate Dean

Fagen named Distinguished Practitioner by NAP

Diane A. Fagen, library clerk at Crawford Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford, has been elected into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a Distinguished Practitioner in the Veterinary Practice Academy.

Distinguished Practitioners are chosen by their peers for making significant and enduring contributions to practice and for addressing the issue of national health interprofessionally.

NAP is comprised of ten organizations, limited to 100 Distinguished Practitioners in each of the ten major health professions as recognized by the Congress of the United States: dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, and veterinary medicine. The purpose of the Academies is to advise Congress in matters of health care practice and delivery. It is the only interdisciplinary group of practitioners dedicated to addressing the problems of practice in the interests of the citizens of the United States.”

Recent staff promotions and hires

Katie Gibson was promoted to Library Assistant (Circulation) as of October 28, 2013.

Erika Tenorio was promoted to Library Specialist (RAM) as of December 9, 2013.

Sean Pavey was hired as Library Assistant (ILL) as of December 9, 2013.

Brenna Murphy was hired as Library Clerk (Circulation) as of January 5, 2014.

Flynn appointed CCC portal manager

The UIC Library and the Chicago Collections Consortium (CCC) are are delighted to announce that Kate Flynn is the CCC Portal Manager and Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at UIC as of January 1, 2014.

Kate came to UIC last year as part of the Library’s Academic Resident Librarian Program and has already made vital contributions to the Digital Content Management and Preservation Task Force as well as the day-to-day operations of the Digital Programs and Services Department.  Kate has also been an active member of the CCC Image Task Force and has helped to establish the procedures that the CCC will use to integrate digital image collections in the CCC Portal.

The CCC Portal Manager will work closely with the Portal Committee and with Jaclyn Grahl, the CCC Executive Director to guide the implementation of the Chicago Collections Consortium Portal.  Initial activities include gathering feedback from archivists at CCC member libraries on the initial designs of the Portal content submission interface.  Other work will include managing software tests and developing and conducting training and documentation for archivists.

Kate’s experience with metadata analysis, her participation in the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education “Train the Trainers” program and her extensive knowledge of UIC’s Chicago-focused digital collections will all be great assets as she begins in this new position.  Congratulations to Kate on this exciting opportunity to help launch what will be a crucial resource for Chicago-area research.