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Say “cheese” for your free professional portrait

All Library employees are invited to sign up for UIC Photo Services’ portrait sessions on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Daley Library Room 1-470; and at the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago on Tuesday March 22, 2016.  The University Library Administration would like to have photos of all staff taken against a consistent background and with a professional appearance.  These photos will be used for websites, Library organizational charts, and for communications applications.  And staff members will receive professional portraits for personal use.

Professional attire is recommended. Men should wear a suit/sport coat, collared shirt and tie. Women should wear a suit, blouse or dress, preferably with long sleeves. Solid colors or very muted patterns are recommended. The backdrop used for this session will be medium gray.

The photo sessions will be shot in first come, first served order during the selected time frame. The actual session will just take a few minutes.

UIC Photo will make a folder of your photo session available on Box, and you can select the photo that you would like used as your “official” portrait.

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 (





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!

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.

Website Redesign Update #4

 Ideation & Card Sort Activities Urbana, Rockford, Peoria, and Chicago

Tara conducted additional ideation and card sorting activities in LHS-Urbana, CLHS-Rockford, LHS-Peoria, LHS-Chicago, the College of Pharmacy, and Student Center East. Students filled out mad lib activities, wrote about what they like about the library website and what they’d like to change, and participated in card sorts where they organized and labeled groups of terms from our library website.

More about the research methods

If you’re interested in learning more about design and user experience research, please take a look at Universal Methods of Design – Bruce Hanington, Bella Martin (ProQuest Ebrary). It covers card sorting, the Love Letter & Breakup Letter, personas, and many other UX research activities.

Design Workshops

Sketching the novice student's research process.

Sketching the novice student’s research process.

The Implementation Team (Tara Wood, Tracy Seneca, Esther Verreau, and Allan Berry), along with Rosie Hanneke and Annie Armstrong, participated in a workshop with Pixo to map out the novice student’s research process, and then sketch out what we’d like on a home page that would support this process.

The Implementation Team and Isabel

Results of the Object Oriented UX Workshop. Pink post-its represent content types, blue represent metatdata items, and green represent possible connections between content types.

Results of the Object Oriented UX Workshop. Pink post-its represent content types, blue represent metatdata items, and green represent possible connections between content types.

Gonzalez-Smith also participated in an Object Oriented User Experience workshop, where we discussed and defined content types for our new site. Content types are reusable templates that can appear in different ways across the site. For example, a staff profile content type could appear in a staff directory listing and in an individual staff profile page.

The results of these workshops inform the process of building wireframes for the site. You’ll be hearing more about wireframes soon, but feel free to read more about how wireframes work in the design process.


Tara worked with Pixo to add some additional user personas. Personas are archetypes of users – they don’t represent an individual user or every type of user we encounter, but they’re the building blocks on which we can base common use scenarios. Our personas take into consideration diversity in ability and backgrounds of our students; their use of library space, resources, and expertise; and the external factors that motivate their use of the library. Eventually, we’ll expand on these and add additional personas for students, faculty, and staff.

You can learn more about personas and view the personas we have so far .

Research Sharing Workshops

Tara will conduct two research sharing sessions to discuss the results of the ideation and card sort activities, design workshops, and what’s next in the redesign process.

  • January 7th, 3pm at Daley Library, 1-360
  • January 12th, 3 pm at LHS – Chicago, 228

Blackboard Collaborate is available for remote participation for both sessions. Email to RSVP.

Phase 2 Research Brief

For more information on the Fall 2015 student research activities and design workshops, you can view the full Phase 2 Research Brief.

What’s Next

In January, we’ll be releasing wireframes for the redesigned site, conducting workshops with the Web Content Team, and starting development on the new site.

Please contact if you have any questions.


Annual literacy summit set for 4/29/16

The 15th Annual Information Literacy Summit (Illinois) will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Moraine Valley Community College campus.

The Summit theme is Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy and will be presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library.

Information on the deadline for proposals (Friday, January 22, 2016) and the keynote address is below.

Call for Proposals
We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which explore critical pedagogies the evolving nature of information literacy and are related to this year’s theme, Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Some possible topics for sessions include:

  • Critical Information Literacy
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • Threshold concepts
  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (applications, assessment, developing learning outcomes, critiques, etc.)
  • Metaliteracy
  • Digital Literacy
  • Instructional design
  • Pedagogy
  • Adult learners
  • Distance learners
  • Online learning
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Visual literacy
  • Collaboration across departments and organizations
  • Information literacy and Common Core standards
  • Transitions: High School to College
  • Transferring: Community College to 4 year institutions
  • Challenges and possibilities for the future

Keynote Address
Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Compliance Emily Drabinski, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn
The promise of critical pedagogy lies in its capacity to change lives–our own and those of our students–as we try new ways of thinking and teaching that challenge systems of power that privilege some and not others. In the last ten years, critical pedagogy has moved from the margins to the center, most clearly in its influence on the new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Frames like Information has Value and Authority is Constructed have long been tenets of critical voices in the field, voices that can now be heard emanating from the center of our professional lives. And yet, critical approaches to teaching and learning face acute challenges from a higher education environment that increasingly values teaching and learning by the numbers, tying everything from accreditation to book budgets to quantifiable outcomes. In this talk, Emily Drabinski will explore these tensions and offer thoughts on how we can change the world while keeping our jobs.