Monthly Archives: February 2015

Save the date for all staff meeting on 4/17

The next Library All Staff meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2 – 4 p.m., in the MBRB Auditorium at the  Molecular Biology Research Building, 900 S. Ashland (enter the building from Marshfield) or via Blackboard.

A bus will leave the Daley Library at 1:40 p.m. for MBRB and return to Daley Library at 4:20 p.m.

Details for the Blackboard session will be distributed before the meeting.

Circle campus, Circle Reading Room celebrations draw alums to campus

Hundreds of alumni returned to UIC for the festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Chicago Circle campus and the grand opening of the Circle Reading Room on Sunday, February 22.

The Circle Back/UIC Forward activities on Sunday included a trip to the campus’s original Navy Pier location, a re-enactment of the ribbon cutting that opened the campus in 1965, and tours of cultural centers, Jane Addams Hull House, and the Electronic Visualization Lab.

More than 300 guests registered for the grand opening of the Circle Reading Room in the Daley Library.  The renovated space is for quiet study and offers tables, comfortable chairs, and a fireplace.  Display cases exhibit Circle campus memorabilia from University Archives.  A wall mural, designed by Sarah Ryan, a student in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, is a focal point of the room.  The Circle Reading Room is the new home for the Silver Circle Teaching Excellence award plaques.

Photos of the events are available on Flickr.

Collins appointed Digital Initiatives Librarian

Ian Collins joined Digital Programs and Services as Visiting Clinical Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian on February 16.

Collins has worked as a Visiting Instructor and Academic Resident Librarian, focusing on digital preservation and discovery.  He has been instrumental in expanding the Library’s options and tools for digital collections with his contributions to the WordPress sites for Government Information Online and the UIC Archives Digital Exhibits.

In this new position, Ian will continue to play a critical role in establishing new digital initiatives, supporting the development of new CONTENTdm collections
and the work of the Digital Content Management and Preservation Task Force.

Learn about Black life in 19th century at Library program

The Library will host a panel discussion, “Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Black Life in the 19th Century,” on Monday, February 23, 5 – 7 p.m., in the Daley Library conference room 1-470.

Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies and history and director of UIC’s  Social Justice Initiative, will moderate a panel with speakers R. J. Ellis, University of Birmingham (U.K.); Katrina Thompson, associate professor of history at Saint Louis University; and Jane Rhodes, head of African American studies at UIC.  Johari Jabir, assistant professor of African American Studies at UIC, will be a discussant with the panel.

The program explores the themes presented in the current exhibit in the Daley Library Special Collections department, “Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Pictorial Interpretations of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

The panel discussion is co-sponsored by UIC’s African American Studies department, African American Cultural Center, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks, and Institute for the Humanities.

NLM exhibit Native Voices opens at Trickster Art Gallery

The National Library of Medicine exhibit “Native Voices:  Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” is open at the Trickster Art Gallery in Schaumburg.  This multi-media exhibit explores how Native concepts of health are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land.

The exhibit will be on display at the gallery January 25 – March 20, 2015.

Find professional development resources

A research guide for library-staff professional development is available online.

Included in this guide are links to educational and professional opportunities at UIC as well as links to outside library organizations for webinars, conferences, volunteer opportunities, etc.

Send feedback or suggestions for links to other pages that fit with personal and professional development to Holly Burt, Thomas Mantzakides, or Irene Williams.

Learn about using web content legally during Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week, observed February 23 – 27 in 2015, is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and the important role this limitation on copyright plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights:  to promote the progress of science and the useful arts.

The Library, University Legal Counsel, and UIC Digital Communications are sponsoring a discussion on “Copyright, the Internet, and You” on Thursday, February 26, 2015, noon to 1 p.m., in the Daley Library, room 1-470.  Michael Harte, University Legal Counsel, Pia Hunter and Sandy DeGroote, University Library, will discuss best practices for using copyrighted text, images, and media.

If you cannot attend in person, you can attend via Blackboard Collaborate. The session will be recorded and archived.  N.B. All new Collaborate users on Windows or Mac need to install the Blackboard Launcher before you can enter a session.

ACRL presents a free webinar “Celebrating Fair Use Week: Does Fair Use Really Work?” on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 1 – 2 p.m., featuring  Kevin Smith, Director, Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries.  See details on the ACRL Insider Blog.

Additional Fair Use Week events are described on the ARL website