Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mini pumpkins show maximum creativity

Death Star PumpkinPunkburgerThe Daley The Daley Library hosted its second annual pumpkin decorating contest on October 31, 2014.  The top three prize winners are:

Osvaldo Villalpando = First Place (Punkburger)
John Matthews = Second Place (Death Star Pumpkin)
Laquashei Lynn  = Third Place (Pumkin Spice)


Pumpkin Spice








Images of Research exhibit opens 11/6

The winning entries in the Image of Research competition, sponsored by UIC’s Graduate College and the University Library, will be on display November 6, 2014 – January 31, 2015.  The opening reception takes place on Thursday, November 6, at 2 p.m., in the Daley Library room 1-470.

The Image of Research is an opportunity for a student to create an image with aesthetic appeal that expresses his or her research. Each entry includes a 100-200 word explanation of the image’s context, which may include such information as what the image is (if it is not immediately apparent) and how the image relates to the student’s work at UIC.  This year’s competition included video submissions, and the winners in the video category are featured in the exhibit.

Ninety students from a wide range of academic disciplines–anthropology, architecture, bioengineering, biomedical visualization, history, microbiology/immunization, urban planning, and more–submitted entries. The six winning entries will be on display at the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago; the Daley Library exhibit includes the winners and finalists as well as the video winners.

Library offers Open Access Week 2014 programs

Open Access Week is a global event promoting open access in scholarship and research.  The seventh annual celebration in 2014 has the theme “Generation Open.”

The Library is sponsoring these Open Access Week events:

Film Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Tuesday October 21, noon – 2 p.m.
Location: LIB 1-470
Light refreshments will be served.

Webinar: Understanding Open Access
Wednesday October 22, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Webinar: Start an Open Access Journal using Journals@UIC
Friday October 24, noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

More details regarding the above events can be found online.  To learn more about Open Access and UIC Open Access Initiatives, see the Library’s website.

Save the date for all staff meeting on 11/20

Mark you calendars for an all staff meeting on Thursday, November 20, 1 p.m., in Daley Library room 1-470.  We will celebrate UIC’s Employee Recognition month and honor employees for years of service to the university.

Additional information on virtual participation and the bus between LHS-C and Daley Library is forthcoming.

Also note that the campus employee recognition award ceremony is on Tuesday, November 4, at 10:30 a.m., at the UIC Forum.  Several library employees with 25 years of service will be honored.

“Soon to be Famous Illinois Author” project launched

The second annual Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project was launched at the 2014 Illinois Library Association annual conference.

The project is seeking an Illinois author with a self-published adult fiction book that libraries can help to make “famous.”  Last year’s winner, Joanne Zienty, has spoken at dozens of Illinois libraries as well as giving several interviews to big name newspapers, local radio stations, magazines and more.

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is accepting adult fiction submissions from Illinois residents via their local libraries from October 15 – December 15, 2014.

Student Success Task Force launching UIC Experience library theme

The UIC Library will soon be represented in the UIC Experience program to encourage student engagement and learning outside the classroom.

The Student Success Task Force designed a series of library-related activities (see below). Students who document their experience in two of each of the three categories (Urban Exploration, Inquiring Minds, and Community) will receive a UIC Experience library theme certificate. The UIC Experience office will report on student feedback and learning outcomes related to the library theme to allow us to improve the experience for students.

Please contact Paula Dempsey ( if you have questions or ideas for activities for the next revision of the theme.

Engage in 2 Experiences of Urban Exploration
Title: Borrow and watch a documentary about Chicago and then visit the location that the documentary was about.
Description: Use the library web site or ask a librarian to help you to locate a DVD about Chicago past or present. Check out the video and watch it in the library or at home.

Title: Examine the budget for one of Chicago’s wards or your community’s local government and then visit the ward office or government building.
Description: Use the library web site or ask a librarian to help you to find the budget for your ward in Chicago or the city/town where you grew up. Analyze the budgetary priority for an issue of importance to you (the arts, recreation, education) and then visit the government office to learn more about the issue or to share your perspective with representatives.

Title: Map 6 libraries near you and then visit one of the libraries.
Description: Identify at least 6 libraries within 2 miles of your residence where you may study and use resources — college/university, public, museum, etc. Assess whether your neighborhood is rich in libraries, or a relative “library desert.”

Engage in 2 Experiences of Inquiring Minds
Title: Explore faculty research publications in the library.
Description: Use the library web site to locate a book or article written by one of your current professors and check out the item or print it out. Read the item and bring it to class. Ask the professor about the challenges involved in doing the research/scholarship or getting it published.

Title: Make an appointment with a reference librarian.
Description: When you have an assigned research project, make an appointment in Daley Library to learn about resources and strategies for finding the best information for your project.

Title: Read a banned book.
Description: Attend a library banned books event or visit the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom web site to identify a banned book of interest. Check it out from the UIC Library or from I-Share, and read it on your own or aloud at the library event.

Title: Develop a bibliography in RefWorks.
Description: Set up an account in RefWorks from the library home page and add items for a course assignment or topic of personal interest. Generate a bibliography in several citation styles.

Engage in 2 Experiences of Community
Title: Attend a UIC Library cultural event.
Description: Visit the UIC Library web page to identify a cultural event. Consider the ways your perspective is changed by encountering new ideas and post your response on social media.

Title: Attend a UIC Library author reading.
Description: Visit the UIC Library web page to identify an author reading. Consider the ways your perspective is changed by encountering new ideas and post your response on social media.

Title: Attend a UIC Library special exhibit.
Description: Visit the UIC Library web page to identify a special exhibit such as “Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in Daley Special Collections through April 1, 2015. Consider the ways your perspective is changed by encountering new ideas and post your response on social media.

Title: Visit UIC Social Justice PUJA (Pop Up JUST Art) Gallery.
Description: Learn more about social justice initiatives on campus by visiting the PUJA Gallery, 729 Maxwell Street, and posting a response to what you learn on social media.

Check out UIC’s Presidential Library website

You can find current information about UIC’s bid for the Obama Presidential Library on the campus’ website.  There’s a link to The Barack Obama Foundation‘s request for proposals (RFP); many UIC offices, led by Mary Case and Michael Redding (Executive Associate Chancellor of Public and Government Affairs), are working on the proposal that is due December 11, 2014.  And the website has a “donate” button.

Case elected to GWLA board

University Librarian Mary Case was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Greater Western Library Alliance.

Her term, which lasts from 2015-16, goes into effect as of Jan. 1, 2015.

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 33 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.