Monthly Archives: July 2015

Summon upgrade scheduled for 7/27

The UIC Library will upgrade to Summon 2.0 on Monday, July 27, 2015. Summon 2.0 features a streamlined interface with improved faceted searching and the addition of an Explorer Pane to better integrate reference sources, subject guides, and related search terms. Users will also notice a “Content spotlight” feature that groups relevant content, and infinite search result scrolling, which prevents the need to click through multiple pages of search results.



Josh Clark farewell on 7/29

Please join colleagues to wish Josh Clark farewell on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 3 – 5 p.m., in Daley Library room 1-470.   Josh currently is a photographer for UIC Photo Services; he also worked for the Library as a student employee throughout his undergraduate years.  Josh is beginning a master’s program at UIS this fall.

Gonzalez-Smith completes ALA Emerging Leaders program


Isabel Gonzalez-Smith celebrates completion of the ALA Emerging Leaders program.

Gonzalez-Smith ALA Emerging Leaders Isabel Gonzalez-Smith celebrates completion of the ALA Emerging Leaders program.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, completed the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders program at the 2015 ALA annual meeting.  This program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure; and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Isabel’s project was a redesign of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) website; the redesign is currently in beta and will be live at an unknown date.

During her participation in the Emerging Leaders program, Isabel was the Library and Information Technology Association– (LITA) sponsored Emerging Leader and was part of the President’s Program planning team which created a UX contest.  She also served on the search committee for the next LITA Executive Director.

Website Redesign Update #1

Over the past several months, the Web Advisory Group has been making strides towards the redesign of the main library website, set to launch fall 2016.

Usability Testing with Students

WAG worked with a design firm, Pixo, to conduct usability tests with undergraduate and graduate students. The results of these usability tests will inform the redesign and help us make decisions based on the needs of our students.

A few highlights from the results:

  • We use too much library jargon that is confusing to students, both undergraduate and graduate
  • Every student we interviewed was bi-lingual or multi-lingual, and many were non-native English speakers – making our library jargon even more confusing!
  • We don’t have a clear hierarchy of information – not just in our website menus, but also in pages themselves
  • We need to use labels consistently, and we need to use the labels that make the most sense to our students

Please feel free to read the full report (Box).

Survey of Library Faculty and Staff

WAG has completed interviews with library faculty and staff to learn what you are doing with our web presence and what you would like from it going forward. We are now working on a report of those findings to share.

Requests for Web Updates

There is currently a freeze on adding any new editors to our library website or providing any trainings. This is so that WAG and the Web Services Librarian can fully focus on the redesign.

If you need any web content updated, send an email to Copyediting changes will usually be live on the site within one weekday.

Coming Up

By the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, be on the lookout for our new mobile site.

You will also hear more about our progress on the redesign as we get into the next phases of the project.


Please contact if you have any questions or comments.




IT Division Updates, July 2015

The Library Systems and Digital Programs & Services departments are pleased to report completion of several projects in June 2015 and provide a list of the projects now in progress.

Completed in June 2015

Ongoing projects July – September 2015

  • Explore Chicago Collections (CCC Portal software development)
  • Release of Explore Chicago Collections preview environment
  • Remembering Richard J. Daley web site – official launch
  • Library Web Presence Survey report
  • Computer upgrades (FaCT program; LAIP-funded upgrades)
  • Hiring within Library Systems (Web Applications Developer)
  • UIC Security Policy projects
  • Customer service improvements
  • Service Level Agreement with ACCC
  • Guide on the Side
  • SoftChalk Cloud
  • Queer Asian American Collection
  • Remembering Richard J. Daley web site improvements
  • Interim / tactical mobile web site (
  • Digital Asset Management System RFP & Selection
  • UIC Archives site: add timeline feature
  • Content backup from Photo Services servers
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange digital exhibit
  • Richard J. Daley Entry Desk Computers
  • Hosting Arbitrary Web Content & Tutorials / Culling Legacy Web Content (tigger)
  • GMR Tech Support Audit
  • Summon 2.0 implementation

Other status

The Assessment, User Experience, and User Structures councils have requested ongoing updates on a couple of their highest priority initiatives, “Optimizing the Library’s web presence for mobile technology” (Strategic Initiative 8) and a proposed project “One Account (Single Sign-On) for Library Patrons”.

Optimizing the Library’s web presence for mobile technology

Work continues on two projects supporting the redesign of the Library’s web site at the Library Web Presence Assessment (user assessment of key portions of the library web presence) and the Library Web Presence Survey (interview library staff concerning their needs for and use of the library web presence). The report on the Library Web Presence Assessment, provided by Pixo, will be shared with library staff in July. In addition, limited, “tactical” improvements are being made to to address the shortcomings of the current “beta” implementation until the redesigned and fully responsive is launched in the summer 2016.

One Account / Single Sign-On

Regarding the ‘One Account / Single Sign-On’ project, Library Systems met with an ACCC systems administrator to learn more about configuring Shibboleth, the single sign-on technology available at UIC. Such technology will be critical to providing single sign-on for VuFind (‘My Account’) and ILLiad. Internal knowledge of these technologies is a prerequisite to working with CARLI and OCLC on single sign-on for their products.

If you have any questions, contact Tracy Seneca, head of Digital Programs & Services, or Bob Sandusky, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology.