Category Archives: Accomplishments

New Library website debuts August 9

The new library website will launch on Tuesday, August 9!  At that time, the old website will no longer be available. You can preview the site until August 9 when the only the new site will be available at

Why is there a new Library website?

  • The previous site was not designed to work for phones, tablets, or small screens. The new site is optimized to work on devices of any size.
  • Accessibility and technology standards have changed dramatically since our last site was launched in 2009. The new site will work much better for people with different abilities.
  • The Library will be able to make changes and improvements more rapidly on our new platform.
  • Based on feedback from UIC students and faculty, we knew we needed a site that makes information easier to scan and digest, so the new site features concise content and less jargon.

What if I get complaints from library users?

In any project where there are big changes to what people are used to using, there will be some complaints. Emphasizing the benefits of the new site–that it works better for different screen sizes and for people with disabilities–will go a long way.

Any library faculty or staff should feel free to send a message on behalf of any users to Be sure to collect the users’ contact information if they would like a response.

What can I expect on the day of the launch?

  • Google indexing of the new site will take some time. You may see the old site in search results for up to one day.
  • With the new site, we’ll be moving to LibChat as our chat platform and updating the chat widgets across our web presence.
  • LibGuides will get a new look and feel to match the new website.

What can I expect after launch?

  • More changes will come in the fall, as we continuously update the site based on feedback from students, faculty, and staff.
  • Planned updates over the next year include:
    • Bento search (read more about bento search in this article:
    • Directory improvements, including filters by subject or liaison areas.

Where can I find ____from the old site?

The Help section of the site contains information about library services including:

  • Course reserves
  • Library instruction
  • Interlibrary loan and article delivery
  • Refworks, and other tools for citation management

You can also search for services by keyword or filter by topic area on the Help search results.

The Collections section will help you find additional tools to search library resources–including the Classic Catalog, located on the Books & Media page.

Chat is available from any page on the site. The directory is searchable by employee name or keyword (for liaisons)–so you can look up title, liaison area, or search for “liaison” to pull up a full list of liaisons.

If you have any questions, please email

Heinrich awarded scholarship to ARL’s National Diversity in Libraries Conference

Christina Heinrich, chief clerk at LHS-Chicago, has been awarded a travel grant to attend the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the UCLA Library.

Heinrich is one of 26 recipients of a $1,000 scholarship for travel to and participation in the conference.  The full list of awardees is available on ARL’s website.

NDLC highlights issues related to diversity and inclusion that affect staff, users, and institutions in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields. It also aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in LAMs in order to improve organizational excellence and community engagement.

Meland celebration May 27

Join colleagues to celebrate Genelle Meland’s 27 years of service to the UIC Library and her upcoming retirement.  The Library will host a reception in Genelle’s honor on Friday, May 27, 2016, 2 p.m., in the Daley Library conference room 1-470.

Genelle was hired in the Library in 1989, and has worked most of her years in Bookstacks — how many times has she clicked the tally counter at the doors?!

Seneca wins award for Explore Chicago Collections

Tracy Seneca, clinical associate professor and Digital Programs and Services Librarian, was awarded the Center for Research Libraries’ 2016 Primary Source Award in Access for her leadership of the Explore Chicago Collections initiative.  Explore Chicago Collections is a web portal that enables researchers to freely search the special collections and archives of Chicago area libraries, museums and archives. Tracy has been working with Chicago Collections members since 2011 to make their rich historical and cultural resources easily findable through the website search box.

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) presents the Primary Source Awards to recognize innovative uses of primary source materials by faculty, librarians and library staff, students, and other researchers in the CRL community. Nominations are accepted in three areas: access, research, and teaching. The Access award is presented to a library staff or faculty member whose work in promoting primary source materials individually or in collaborative initiatives has resulted in expanded discovery, appreciation, and usage, ultimately having a significant impact on research or instruction.  Explore Chicago Collections is used in formal education and research, but also promotes  serendipitous discovery and use of manuscripts, photographs, and other primary research materials.

Magaña, Odeyale win campus NSEW awards

Brianna and her nominators -- co-workers in the Reserve unit -- celebrate her Student Employee of the Year Award.

Brianna and her nominators — co-workers in the Reserve unit — celebrate her Student Employee of the Year Award.

Raolet receives the award for her essay on the importance of a part time job.

Raolet receives the award for her essay on the importance of a part-time job.

Two UIC Library student employees won awards in the 2016 National Student Employment Week contests.  Brianna Magaña, who works in Circulation/Reserve, Media and Microforms, was chosen UIC Student Employee of the Year.  Raolat Adeyinka Odeyale, Library-HR student worker, received a prize for her essay on the importance of a part-time job.

Magaña and Odeyale were honored at the student employment awards reception hosted by the Student Employment Office on March 31.



Cullars, Daugherty named emeritus faculty

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved emeritus status for two Library faculty members at its March 16, 2016 meeting:

  • John M. Cullars, Associate Professor Emeritus, University Library, January 1, 2016
  • Robert Allen Daugherty, Associate Professor Emeritus, University Library,
    January 1, 2016

Pho accepts UCLA position

RSR regretfully announces the departure of Annie Pho, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, as of March 18, 2016. Annie has accepted an appointment as Inquiry and Instruction Librarian for Peer-to-Peer Service and Public Programs at Powell Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Her contributions to student success have been many, and her innovation and energy will be sorely missed. We look forward to hearing about Annie’s work at UCLA as she continues to take the profession by storm.

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.