Monthly Archives: January 2016

Website Redesign Update #6

Voice and Tone Workshops

Last week, on January 14th and 15th, several library faculty and staff members participated in activities that will set the voice and tone for our new site.

A few themes emerged:

  • Everyone overwhelmingly agreed that we want to convey we are accessible to all versus seeming elite
  • Both groups touched on similar themes of being dedicated to our users while also empowering them sufficient

Lindsey Gates-Markel, the Content Strategist at Pixo, will be working the results of these activities into our new web style guide.

You can see the results of both activities on Box:

More updates soon!


Website Redesign Update #5

Research Sharing Sessions

The Research Sharing Sessions are complete, and we had a great turnout! For those of you that were not able to attend the research sharing sessions, you can:


The first draft of the wireframes are ready! This is the first step into setting up our new site. You can view the wireframes and provide feedback through this Qualtrics survey. Everyone working on the site would appreciate your feedback and questions, so please take a look if you can, by Monday, January 25th.

Up Next

The Web Content Team starts training next week, and Allan Berry is starting development on our new content management system.

If you have any questions, please contact More updates coming soon!

Cooke leads cultural competence session 2/5

Reforma February FlyerNicole A. Cooke, assistant professor in the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will present a session “Cultural Competence and Diverse Communities” on Friday, February 5, 2016, 1 – 5 p.m., in Daley Library 1-470.  Phone-in participation also will be available.

The meeting is open to all participants.  It is sponsored by the Reforma Midwest Chapter.  For more information, contact

Yuri Nakata, 1919 – 2015

We have recently received the news that Yuri Nakata, a library faculty member at UIC from 1966-1979, died in Seattle on December 27, 2015.  Professor Nakata was responsible for establishing a collection of more than 500,000 government publications for the campus, and she developed a model for public use of government documents that has been widely studied and emulated. A lecture series in her name was presented by the Library for many years.  Additional information about Yuri can be found on the ALA website which lists winners of the “Documents to the People” Award. Yuri received this honor from GODORT in 1979.

The obituary from Professor Nakata’s family is below.

Yuri Ike Nakata, 1919-2015

Yuri Ike Nakata, born in Seattle in 1919 to Yasuji and Tsuya Ike, passed away on December 27, 2015. She graduated from Franklin High School and upon internment, was released from the Minidoka Internment Camp to attend Colorado State College (Education). Yuri married Tatsuo Nakata in 1945 and graduated from Colorado State College in 1947. They moved to Chicago where she worked for many years for the American Library Association.  Yuri obtained her graduate degree from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. She then worked her way up at the University of Illinois and became an Associate Professor and Head of the Univ. of Illinois Library Documents Department. Yuri was honored with the “Documents to the People” award by the Congressional Information Service and the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association.

Yuri and Tats retired in Cannon Beach, Oregon. She volunteered extensively at their local library, stayed physically and mentally fit with aerobics and yoga, and initiated book and financial investment clubs. Upon Tats’ passing in 1995, Yuri returned to the Seattle area.

Yuri is survived by her brother, Joe Ike, many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Tatsuo, her brothers Nobutaka Ike and Akira Ike, and sister Ayame Kadoguchi.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30PM, Sunday, January 30, 2016 in the Park Shore Retirement Center’s Chapel, 1630-43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances in Yuri’s name, be made to any of her favorite charities: American Friends, Nikkei Concerns, Wing Luke Asian Museum, The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, The City of Cannon Beach Haystack Awareness Program, or The Park Shore Residents Association.