Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ruth Holst retires May 30

Ruth Holst’s extensive resume proves she’s had few idle moments in her career. She retires on May 30, 2014, after twelve years as the associate director of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM GMR) located at UIC’s Library of the Health Sciences.

A Wisconsin native, Ruth began her career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her Bachelor of Science in education with a minor in library science and mathematics. She also earned her Master of Library Science from UW Milwaukee. Ruth explains that she got her start in the medical librarian field “through the back door.” She walked into Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee in search of a clerical job but applied for a medical librarian position with the encouragement of personnel staff.

Ruth admitted, “I never would have thought about working in a medical library, but it was a great fit and I loved working with doctors and nurses.” She went on to work for Columbia Hospital for 32 years where she not only served as the manager of library services but also used her skills to function as the director of women’s health for a few years and as the coordinator of managed care.

In 2002, Ruth and her family moved to Illinois where she began her role as the associate director of the NN/LM GMR. Ruth took what she learned at Columbia Hospital and brought it to UIC where she has managed a ten-state network of medical libraries with more than 1,100 members. Under Ruth’s leadership, the GMR has increased the number of educational opportunities for librarians throughout the Midwest region and has expanded the number and types of funding options available to Network members.

Ruth is an accomplished writer and editor. She co-edited The Medical Library Association guide to managing health Care libraries in 2000 and contributed to several publications including the  Journal of hospital librarianship, the Journal of nursing care quality and the Journal of the Medical Library Association. She also became a Medical Library Association (MLA) Fellow in 2002 and served as MLA president in 2010-2011. Ruth also served on the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine and contributed to their long-range strategic plan for 2006-2016.

Reflecting on changes in libraries over her career, Ruth noted, “There is more emphasis now on how librarians’ skills and expertise fit into the overall research and education missions of the university. For the Library of the Health Sciences, integration into the clinical mission has become equally important.” She added, “the library as a destination in itself is now a given for students…this emphasis on the ‘library as a place’ was rarely discussed before 2000.”

Ruth looks forward to reading, traveling with her husband and enjoying Chicago. Because retirement is a new stage in life, Ruth will ease into the transition and keep her plans open for the future. One certain plan is an upcoming summer trip in Europe where she will attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) general conference in Lyon, France. Ruth will then travel to Brussels where she will meet her husband and daughter before heading to Amsterdam.




Connie Camp Retires May 30

Connie Camp has witnessed many changes at UIC since her time here as a student in the 60s. After 16 years as an employee, she will retire from her position as library assistant at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago on May 30, 2014.

Connie majored in plastic and graphic arts in the College of Architecture and the Arts shortly after the university moved from Navy Pier to the city’s near west side.   Connie first worked in the library as a student in the cataloging department.   She recalls that, at the time, the library was beginning to use IBM punch cards.  “We fed cards into a machine and an electronic copy was made of the card. This was very new at the time.”

Between graduation and joining the library full time, Connie worked for advertising agencies as well as Montgomery Ward in catalog development and typographic display. She then worked as an artist and painted wearable art for about 15 years. Later, Connie studied computer graphics in the evening while working part time for one of the Chicago Public Library computer centers and another advertising agency.

Connie returned to UIC to work in the Direct Request Unit of the Circulation Department. About ten years ago, she transitioned to the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Borrowing Section in LHS-Chicago.  In ILL, Connie fills article and loan requests for health sciences patrons.

With more free time, Connie hopes to catch as many of her two grandson’s soccer and hockey games as possible. While she has no definite plans for the future, she looks forward to exploring the arts more and getting back into painting. She added, “I’m trying to interest my grandsons in ‘the arts’ as my gate and front steps really got a work out this winter and could use a new coat of whitewash.”

Regarding retirement, Connie says, “I love my work, and I will miss seeing all my friends every day.  But retirement is calling me home, and I hope to see more of my family, especially my two grandsons.”


Jay Lambrecht retires May 30

With a career at UIC spanning almost three decades, Jay Lambrecht has witnessed and contributed to many changes at the library. After 28 years of service at the University, Jay will retire on May 30, 2014.

When Jay began working at UIC in 1986, he served as head of the Catalog Department, a position he held until 2002. Among his many accomplishments in the position, Jay successfully eliminated card catalogs and significantly reduced backlogs of books. Jay remembers that when he started working at UIC, there was a backlog of about 40,000 books waiting to be cataloged. Under his leadership, this number was significantly reduced or eliminated at any given time.

In 1998, Jay gained more responsibility in the library when he took on the role of coordinator of technical services while continuing to serve as Catalog Librarian. As coordinator of technical services, one of Jay’s achievements was working with the supervisors and staff of the Daley Library and Library of the Health Sciences to merge their operations.

As the Associate University Librarian for the past 12 years (the Associate Dean title was added in 2013), Jay has merged the Catalog and Acquisitions departments and the Reference and Collections Development departments; assisted in space and facilities planning activities that culminated in the IDEA Commons; and chaired search committees that recruited leaders to the UIC Library faculty.

Jay recalls the significant structural changes to the library over his career, explaining, “While some [changes] are visible and exciting like the IDEA Commons, some are much more subtle such as cataloging materials and sending them to the shelves more quickly.” When he began working at UIC, there were separate libraries for architecture and art, math and science before they all merged to become part of the Daley Library. The catalog, acquisitions and serial departments were also separate for the Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences before the departments merged in 1999. Another notable structural shift over his career is the addition of an escalator to the Daley library.

With no immediate plans for the future, Jay says, “I’m looking forward to determining how to use my time, not just on weekends and holidays. Everyday will be like a weekend.” Jay plans to spend his time reading, listening to music, working around the house and traveling. There are few places Jay hasn’t traveled to (including only three of the 50 states). He’s spent time visiting his son who lived in Japan for seven years and traveled in Europe on vacation. While Jay has explored much of the world, he aims to visit both new and familiar places in the future.

Jay is optimistic about the future of the UIC library, noting, “I’ve been here a long time, but there’s always the next generation to move things forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what they will accomplish.”

Jay’s last day will be May 30. Join colleagues to celebrate his career at UIC and wish him well on his retirement.  Current and retired co-workers are invited to this event on Friday, May 23, from 3 – 5 p.m., on the 4th floor of the Daley Library.

To RSVP (acceptances only) or for more information, please contact Mary Ozanich at or 312 996 2716.

Video contest helps students ‘Discover Daley’

During Spring Semester 2014, The Richard J. Daley Library invited UIC students to create videos showcasing the library and its services. The four-minute videos share a look at the student resources and research services in the UIC University Library. In its first year, the annual contest gave students a chance to win prizes from the UIC bookstore, with a top prize of a $500 gift certificate.  After much deliberation, a panel of judges selected the top three entries. Congratulations to this year’s winners! Check out the winning entries below:

1st place: Ai Nhu Nguyen

This creative storytelling was shot using an iPhone! In Discover Daley, Ai Nhu Nguyen shows how students rely on the UIC University Library to achieve their academic goals. Included are the diverse resources, services and spaces available to students. Watch here to learn how the UIC University Library supports student success.

2nd place: Chong Choi

Chong Choi’s Student’s Perspective video tells the story of the UIC University Library through student experience. Pro Tips call out the resources and services available, while an interview answers how UIC librarians maximize the library’s resources for students.

3rd place: Hamza Bounouader

The untitled entry by Hamza Bounouader pairs an energizing soundtrack with impressive camera work, visual aids, and shots of Chicago’s unmistakable skyline. Hamza’s video shows a concise and detailed overview of the UIC University Library services. The step-by-step guide to using Ask-a-Librarian is an informative point of reference and is a great tool when using the service.

Layton appointed GMR associate director

Beth Layton has been appointed associate director of the Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine effective June 16, 2014.

Ms. Layton holds a Master in Business Administration from Shenandoah University (1989) in addition to a Master in Library Science from the University of Maryland (1979). Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Education, was earned at Millersville State College in 1975. She is an alumna of the AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program (2005) and a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association (MLA), 2003-present.

Prior to coming to UIC, Beth served as director, Oliver Ocasek Regional Information Center, and deputy director, University of Florida Health Sciences Center Libraries. Prior to that, she held professional positions at George Washington University’s Himmelfarb Health Sciences and Johns Hopkins University’s Welch Medical Library.

Ms. Layton has presented widely at MLA annual and chapter conferences, as well as at a number of disciplinary health professions meetings.

Lambrecht retirement celebration is 5/23

Join colleagues to celebrate Jay Lambrecht’s career at UIC and wish him well on his retirement.  Current and retired co-workers are invited to this event on Friday, May 23, from 3 – 5 p.m., on the 4th floor of the Daley Library.

To RSVP (acceptances only) or for more information, please contact Mary Ozanich at or 312 996 2716.




Book, concert dedicated to Mary Diaz planned for October

Mary Diaz’s mother, Barbara Fisher, is publishing a book about Mary entitled Until We Meet Again — that is what Mary always told her when she left the hospital.  The book includes e-mails Mary sent to her mother while she was in the hospital, letters from her siblings and stories from her life.

The book will be launched at a concert dedicated to Mary on October 18, 2014, in Clyde, Ohio.  Singer and songwriter Rick Schuler will perform “Coming Home.”  Schuler sang this song on the phone to Mary while she was in the hospital.

Fisher noted that part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be shared with the hospice that cared for Mary in her final days.  The book will be available on Amazon.

Concert Flyer