Monthly Archives: September 2014

Matthews interviewed by Publishers Weekly

John Matthews, supervisor of interlibrary loan at UIC and author of This Is Where it Gets Interesting, talks about inspiration, amnesia and following raindrops in a Sept. 15 interview with Publishers Weekly.

The self-published collection includes 28 short stories with subjects ranging from hard-boiled crime to a talking tornado. Matthews, who funded his project through the online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, has been writing for 25 years.

HSLI registration now open

The annual conference of the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) will take place Nov. 13-14, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.   The theme of this year’s conference is “Communicate/Advocate.” Poster submissions are welcome.

This year’s featured keynote speaker is Mary Ellen Bates.  Bates is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the information industry. She holes a MLS from the University of California Berkley and has worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own information services business in Colorado.

In addition to the keynote address, the conference will be offering three
CE credit classes.  These include:

  • Information Alchemy:  Transforming Information into Insight  (8 hours)
  • PubMed for Experts  (4 hours)
  • Measuring What Matters to Stakeholders   (4 hours)

Please note that there will be an early evening reception on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Registration is available online.  Early Bird registration applies through Nov. 1, 2014.

ALA scholarships available

The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master’s degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and instructions  are available online.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a master’s level program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA.

The scholarship process is open annually from September through March. For more information, visit the ALA Scholarship page or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 800-545-2433, ext. 4279.

Read from a banned book 9/25

Celebrate your freedom of speech! Read from one of your favorite banned or challenged books at the Banned Books Week Read Out in the lecture center plaza on Thursday, September 25, noon – 2 p.m.


Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  In 2014, BBW takes place September 21-27, highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of diverse viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.

Here are some titles that someone has tried to remove from public libraries or school curricula:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
ttfn, by Lauren Myracle
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe




RAM finalizes mission statement

From Gwen Gregory, Resource Acquisition and Management Librarian
On August 7, the Resource Acquisition and Management Department held a retreat at Student Center East. As part of the day’s activities, we reviewed the mission statements of the university, the library, and the former Catalog Department. We brainstormed about our department, what we do, and why we exist. We then developed a departmental mission statement using small and large group work.  Everyone in the department was able to participate, including our student workers. We will use this mission statement to guide our departmental goals and activities, along with the library’s strategic plan. We have posted the mission statement and materials from the retreat on our wiki page.

Our mission:
RAM acquires, organizes, and maintains information resources, providing access for users by working in collaboration with internal and global partners

Join the diversity discussion

Join the Library Diversity Committee for its next open discussion on Thursday, Sept. 25, at
2:30 p.m. in the LHS administrative conference room 228. In order to facilitate optimal conversation, seating is limited. Registration is requested at the online form below.

Sign up now and come give your perspective on diversity in our workplace!

Bundle & save on ALA Midwinter & Annual by 9/30

Bundle registration for 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is open noon (Central) Sept. 9, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Register now for ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference via Bundle.

Bundle registrants only can book Midwinter housing any time after they register, September 9-30, 2014. Midwinter housing opens for non-Bundle registrants on October 1 at noon (Central).

Download the PDF of the Registration and Housing Form by clicking here

Please send completed registration forms and payment to:
ALA Registration Department
c/o CompuSystems
PO Box 6271
Broadview, IL 60155-6271

If paying by check, please make it payable to: American Library Association

Form and payment must be postmarked by September 30, 2014

For more information, visit ALA online.