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TV2025 to set vision for Library’s strategic plan

From Mary Case:

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new strategic planning process for the Library to be undertaken this year. The first step will be the development of a strategic vision for the future to be created by Team Vision 2025, a task force whose charge is to lead the Library in an inclusive process that will kickoff at the All Staff meeting on February 2, 2017. Watch for details!

Now that UIC has its new campus administrators in place and a new campus strategic plan, it is time for the Library to update its Strategic Plan from 2006. That plan has served us well providing a path forward for the Library for a decade.

Team Vision 2025 will guide us in the development of a community understanding of and commitment to our future—a vision for what the UIC Library will be in 2025. Such vision is critical in guiding the investments that will be needed to ensure the Library remains a vital partner in education, research, clinical care, and knowledge creation. I have asked the Task Force to devise a process for their work that will include participation by all Library staff and faculty and by representatives of our external constituencies.

Below is the charge to the Task Force and the list of members. My thanks to the members for their willingness to take on this assignment and to all of you for your active participation as the process moves forward.

Team Vision 2025: Creating a Future for the UIC University Library

Members: Linda Naru (chair), Kate Carpenter, Sandy De Groote, Gwen Gregory, Bob Sandusky, Andrea Smith

The Charge: 2025 Library Strategic Vision Team

The charge to Team Vision 2025 (TV2025) is to develop a vision to inform and to guide strategic development in the University Library throughout all aspects of Library operations over the next decade.

The Team should develop a map of the future, analyzing state, national and international trends that will influence the opportunities for the University Library and identify themes and areas for emphasis that will propel the Library to excellence, compelling value to faculty and students, the University, Chicago and Illinois, and enhanced national and international prominence.

The vision should encompass the strengths and potentials of all sites, including Rockford, Peoria and Urbana, culminating in broad recommendations valuable to Library decision-makers until the year 2025 and beyond. Key recommendations should be insights and ideas that can be interpreted flexibly, so they can be modified and adapted in response to changing conditions over time.

The Team’s report will (1) situate the University Library in a broader institutional, educational, professional and cultural context; (2) identify critical areas and salient features; (3) integrate multiple dimensions of strategic thinking and planning from Library departments, the Library faculty, Library users and the University; (4) propose new initiatives without evident University Library antecedents, as appropriate; and (5) promote organizationally thematic unity.

TV2025 deliberations will result in a clearly written document laying out the University Library’s values, purpose and mission, along with a vivid description of the UIC University Library in 2025. The report will also articulate Library strategies for meeting the needs of students and faculty at a high-quality public research institution in a unique urban setting.

The first step for the Team will be to develop an open process and aggressive timeline that provides for the active participation of any and all UIC Library staff. This first step should be completed by February 1.  The vision document itself should be completed by May 15. The Team will report its progress to the Library Steering Committee.

Andrea Smith appointed Director of Library Communications

Andrea Smith has been appointed Director of Library Communications effective September 16, 2016.

Andrea is currently the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing Communications at the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Chicago.  She has extensive experience in branding, designing and editing print publications and digital communications, and working with the media.  Her earlier professional positions include art director for Chiasso and communications manager for Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago.

Andrea is a University of Illinois alumna, graduating from UIUC with a bachelor’s in rhetoric and English.  She also earned an MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Andrea’s office will be in the Daley Library administrative suite, although she will work with Library staff in all departments at all sites.

UIC Photo Services changes focus

During fall 2016, the Library will discontinue its original photography service.  Any photography sessions already scheduled will be completed, but Photo Services will not accept new photography requests.

Other services listed on the Photo Services website (such as reproductions from Special Collections and University Archives and orders from stock photography or previous assignments) will be maintained.

If you have any questions please call (312) 413-7463 or email

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

Work like a patron, win scavenger hunt

Library Scavenger Hunt_guideLearn some new facts about the Library, experience our patrons’ triumphs and frustrations, and compete for cash prizes in the Library scavenger hunt!  The scavenger hunt takes place during Work Like a Patron Week (April 4 – 8, 2016), and winners will be announced at the April 11 All Staff Meeting.

See Sarah Udaipurwala’s April 1 email for the clues.


Win prizes for Work Like a Patron scavenger hunt

cgheaafcLearn some new facts about the Library, experience our patrons’ triumphs and frustrations, and compete for cash prizes in the Library scavenger hunt!

The scavenger hunt will take place during Work Like a Patron Week (April 4 – 8, 2016), and winners will be announced at the April 11 All Staff meeting.

Stay tuned for the list of questions and instructions!