Monthly Archives: February 2016

De Groote et al win MLA’s Eliot Prize

Sandy De Groote, professor and scholarly communication librarian, and co-authors won the Medical Library Association’s 2016 Ida and George Eliot Prize for their article, “Examining the impact of the National Institutes of Health public access policy on citation rates of journal articles.”  Mary Shultz, currently director of the Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Neil Smalheiser, associate professor in UIC’s department of psychiatry, co-wrote the article published in PLoS One (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139951).

The Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship.

The authors will be honored at the 2016 MLA President’s Award dinner in Toronto.


Website Redesign Update #7

Website Mockups

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on the wireframes. We now have mockups of our new website that show the site colors, fonts, and features. WAG already reviewed the first round, and Pixo incorporated their feedback. Now its time for everyone to take a look!

Please provide your feedback through this Qualtrics survey by Tuesday, March 1st.

Search Box Usability Testing

I’ve been working with the Summon Working Group to design the home page search box. We’ll be doing usability testing with students the week of March 14th. If you have access to any student groups or listservs that we can use to recruit students, please get in touch at

Web Content

The Web Content Team has been hard at work writing and gathering the new content for the site. We’ll have the first drafts of all the site content ready in mid-March.

Up Next

We’ll share the design for the site search box soon, after usability testing with students is complete. There will also be opportunities for feedback on site content. Keep your eyes out on the ULIB blog and for all-staff emails for updates.


Lessons from cloud computing: embrace failure to succeed, 2/26

The Library will view the ACM Learning Series webinar, Fail Better: Radical Ideas from the Practice of Cloud Computing, on Friday February 26 at 1 p.m. in Daley Library conference room 1-470.

Tom Limoncelli will give radical advice from his book The Practice of cloud system administration.  Promotional material for the webinar states, “Distributed or ‘cloud’ computing involves many moving parts, any of which can break or fail. Succeeding in this environment requires embracing failure, not running or hiding from it. To do this requires challenging our instincts with radical ideas.”

Topics include:

  • Create resiliency at the most economic level
  • Do risky procedures often
  • Create a blameless culture to encourage communication and improve system reliability.
    Attendees will be inspired to think differently about how they build resilient distributed systems and will see how to put these ideas into practice.

2016 Library strategic plan is online

The Steering Committee finalized the UIC Library strategic plan for calendar 2016 at its February meeting.  The summary plan and detailed work plans for each of the 21 strategic initiatives are available online.

There is one champion for each strategic initiative.  The champion is responsible for ensuring that the work plan is implemented and steady progress is made toward the completion of deliverables and outcomes.  Champions will report to the Steering Committee on a regular basis.

With the adoption of the strategic plan, the Assessment, User Experience, and User Structures councils have been dissolved.  However, the work of these councils will be continued within the structure of the strategic plan.  If you are interested in contributing to a particular strategic initiative, please contact the champion.

Attend NISO webinars on privacy, research, diversity

The Library has registered for five NISO webinars described below.  Attend a live session live or view the presentation slides that are available after the live webinar.

March 16 and March 23: Privacy
March 16: Part 1: What Data is Being Collected and By Whom?
Special Collections Conference Room, 12-1:30 p.m.
March 23: Part 2: Understanding Privacy Policies
RAM Conference Room (2-380), 12-1:30 p.m.
In our current information ecosystem, respect for user privacy is a key distinguishing characteristic of libraries. Few communities have been as vehement and long-standing in their support of people’s right to intellectual freedom and privacy protections as librarians have been.  There are core elements of library services that are now provided by third parties, providing user services on behalf of the library.  These vendors might not have the same respect for patron privacy as librarians do and in order to ensure consistency in library services, librarians providing access to digital services and content to patrons need a thorough understanding of privacy in a library context.

This two-part webinar series will provide the community with a deeper understanding of the privacy implications of the services they are contracting for. Part one of this series will cover, what types of data is being collected about user behavior.  Understanding what can and is being collected, for what purpose, and with whom these data are shared is a critical first component of being able to exert privacy controls on behalf of patrons.  This session will discuss the technical side of data collection of personal information by providers.  Some of this data collection is acknowledged by the user, such as for the purpose of personal information management, while other data is processed without the awareness of users, or potentially even the library.

The second part of this series will cover the privacy policies that govern engagement with user services.  Some of these policies are dense and full of legal terminology, which few have the time or expertise to comprehend fully.   During this session, presenters will break down key components of privacy policies and describe the ramifications of agreeing to these policy terms. This session will provide an overview of privacy policy terminology, and a grounding of some of the relevant legal underpinnings of these policies.

April 13: Supporting Women and Minorities in Technology
Special Collections Conference Room, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
The publishing, library, and information management industries often attract a majority of women to the field.  While this is true overall, the representation of women and minorities in the technology segments of the community is significantly lower.  This is true in the wider technology sphere as well, where representation of women and minorities is woefully low. This lack of diversity can have negative impacts on the solutions advanced, products developed, or services provided by libraries and publishers.
This session will highlight potential approaches to improving representation in the technical management within libraries and publishers.  Speakers will also cover efforts underway to expand skills and advancement opportunities for under-represented groups in our community, especially at a management level.

May 11: Supporting Research On Your Campus
Special Collections Conference Room, 12 – 1:30p.m.
Libraries serve as important conduits of research.  Not only is research about previous activities important, libraries also support ongoing research activities, through the provision of information resources, repository activities, and skill in information management to research teams.   In providing these services, academic libraries support the overall research mission of many institutions.  They also make the library more visible and valued among its community.  This webinar will highlight some successful libraries that have integrated their services into the research activities in their institutions.  Speakers will describe ways that they support researchers beyond traditional library services, and how they have become more engaged in the research activities, though tools, data, resources, or skills.

June 8: Integrating Library Management Systems
Special Collections Conference Room, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Nominations for Library awards due March 10

People’s Choiceformawards flyer for staffPeople’s Choice flyerRecognize outstanding colleagues by nominating consistently excellent co-workers for a Library award.  The five categories of awards and the nomination process are described on the Awards Committee wiki pages.

And, there is a new category this year:  The People’s Choice award.  Patrons are invited to recognize a Library employee who provided outstanding service, took the extra steps, or consistently exceeds expectations.  Patrons can send a nomination to the Library awards list ( or submit a paper form to any library service desk (staff receiving paper nomination forms should scan and send them to or mail them to Library Administration, 1-280 LIB, MC 234).


Library launches student survey on February 19

The Library’s survey of all UIC students will launch on Friday, February 19, 2016, and close on Friday, March 25, 2016.

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) will email every undergraduate, graduate, and professional student to invite them to complete a survey about their experiences in the physical and virtual library as well as satisfaction with library collections and services.  At the end of the survey period, OIR will strip personal identifiers from each response and send the Library information that will help us correlate library use and factors such as major, commuter or on-campus resident, year in a program, and GPA.  The results will be used to evaluate and improve the Library’s role in student success.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy De Groote (





Sign up to judge at the Student Research Forum on April 12

Library faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer to serve as judges at the 2016 Student Research Forum on Tuesday, April 12.  The event takes place at the UIC Forum from 1 – 5 p.m.

Judges usually spend an hour or two at the event, engaging one-on-one with each student whose presentation they are assigned to judge. You will use a simple judging evaluation sheet for each of these student presenters. You do not need to be an expert in the areas you judge; you will be assessing the student’s work in terms of their ability to convey the subject matter and key background, motivation, results, techniques, etc.  Judges rate the quality of each student’s presentation in the following three categories:

  1. abstract,
  2. poster/display, and
  3. seven minute presentation plus three minute question-and-answer period

In addition, Library judges will be needed for two special competitions in which students can choose to participate:  the Richard J. Daley Special Collections and University Archives Award and the Best Use of UIC Library Research Tools and Materials Award.  For more information on the Library’s special competitions, contact David Dror ( or Sonia Yaco (


User Experience Council Launches UX Journal Club

The User Experience Council (UXC) recognizes the value of staying current in UX literature to help guide decision-making and for generating ideas. A journal club, in which interested individuals read and critically evaluate articles, is one way to start meaningful conversations about methods and build expertise throughout the library.

In November 2015 the UXC piloted a journal club using the Box platform. We now invite you to read Service design: An introduction to a holistic assessment methodology of library services . You are welcome to add your comments and thoughts by selecting “Activity” in the right hand navigation menu to the article.

The full citation for month’s selection is:
Marquez, Joe, and Annie Downey. “Service design: An introduction to a holistic assessment methodology of library services.” Weave: Journal of Library User Experience 1, no. 2 (2015).

If you have questions, or would like to select an article for discussion, please send UXC a note to