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Shuler memorial service to be held October 5

John Shuler, Associate Professor and Government Information Librarian at UIC, will be remembered in a service to be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 4-5 p.m. in the Cardinal Room, Student Center East. A reception will follow.

John died unexpectedly in late June at age 59. John had been at UIC for 23 years. He was nationally known in the Government Documents community, writing and speaking frequently on government information issues. John was actively engaged in the Library and on the Faculty Senate, serving on numerous committees and task forces over the years. He was also an active supporter of the faculty union and Treasurer of the UIC United Faculty organization.

The memorial service is being planned by John’s colleagues in the University Library, the UIC Faculty Senate, and the UIC United Faculty. We invite you to join us to remember John and celebrate his many contributions to UIC, the Union, and the field of government information.

Celebrate LHS-C first floor grand opening August 24

The grand opening of the first floor of the Library of the Health Sciences takes place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 3 – 5 p.m.

The 23,000-sq.ft. space was redesigned for the collaborative style of contemporary student learning and the intense study habits of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health sciences professionals.  There are various configurations for small-group work — open and enclosed rooms and seating in banquettes or chairs.  For quiet study, there is a separate reading room and individual carrels. The 54-seat Olga M. Jonasson, MD classroom hosts instruction sessions and also serves as a computer lab.



LHS-C first floor renovation has soft opening

LHS-C first floor, looking northeast

LHS-C first floor, looking northeast

The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago quietly opened its renovated first floor on May 9, 2016.  Patrons sat down at tables, at computers in the classroom/lab, and in group study rooms; Library and ACCC staff took their stations at the help desk; and Access to Resources staff began relocating from the their lower level temporary work stations.

The renovation project transformed a 23,000-square foot area to significantly increase space dedicated to student study and create more efficient service points for patrons to access librarian assistance and electronic resources. There is a 54-seat classroom/computer lab, group study rooms with display monitors, a silent study room, a research consultation room, lockers, comfortable seating areas, spaces equipped for seminars and informal group meetings, and many amenities.

The renovation project, which included upgrades of the fire alarm system and installation of sprinklers, is almost complete.  The café area is still under construction, and other minor items need to be finished.  All will be set for the grand opening of the space that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 24, at 3 p.m.





New Special Collections exhibit features book artist Seidenberg

Seidenberg postcard-1An exhibit of book artist Caryl Seidenberg’s work opens in the Daley Library Special Collections on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.

Seidenberg is an artist, type setter, and fine printer.  Many of her works are featured in the exhibit, as well as her comments about books and art.  She was quoted in the Caxtonian, “I thought it would be wonderful if I could break the bounds of the academic book and make it a richer experience.”

For more information about the exhibit or opening reception, call Special Collections:  (312) 996-2742



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.


Work Like a Patron April 4-8

The UIC Library’s Work Like a Patron (WLAP) Task Force would like to invite all library faculty and staff to participate in Work Like a Patron Week at the UIC Library during the week of April 4-8, 2016. Dedicate a day during this week to empathize with UIC Library users and identify how we can improve their experience!

The goal of WLAP is for library faculty and staff to experience the needs and barriers our patrons encounter as they use our spaces, services, and tools.  We recommend stepping out of your comfort zone – try something you’ve never done before like visiting a library, service, or department that you are not very familiar with.

Here are some examples of how to participate:

  • Book a study/group room for a meeting and use the technology in the room
  • Work outside of your office/department for a day and use the furniture for patrons
  • Ask a librarian for help finding a book or article

For more ideas and details about Work Like A Patron Week, check out the UIC Library’s WLAPW (3) website.

A follow-up brown bag discussion is scheduled on Wednesday, April 27, in Daley Library room 1-470, to share our findings and suggestions. We hope you’ll join us in continuing to make UIC Library user-centered and user friendly!


Wellness Initiative programs planned

The Library’s Wellness Initiative announced the following activities and programs:

Healthy Eating Potluck and Recipe Swap, 12:30-1:30 p.m., March 14, 2016, Daley Library Staff Lounge

Smoothie and Juice Day, 12:30-1:30 p.m., March 21, 2016, Daley Library Staff Lounge

Ergonomics Workshop, presented by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, 9:30 a.m., April 4, 2016, Daley Library room 1-470

Look and Feel Great at 88!: Understanding and Managing the Mechanics of Aging, presented by the Counseling Center, April 29, 2016

TBA – Financial Wellness

TBA – Stretching Out Your Stress presented by the Counseling Center

The UIC Library’s Wellness Initiative looks to engage and encourage activities in the workplace that encompass all aspects of wellness – physical, emotional, social and financial. It is an initiative started by us, about us, and for us. We realize how important wellness is in both our personal and work lives. We hope to focus on mental and physical wellness, nutrition and healthy eating, ergonomic concerns, financial wellness, and any other ideas you may have!  It doesn’t matter whether you are at the pinnacle of fitness or someone just starting on your journey; all can participate. The Wellness Initiative is a judgment free zone, where you can participate to whatever level you feel comfortable with. We are here to support and encourage each other in improving our overall wellness.  We hope to have informational sessions and/or activities on various wellness topics, group activities, social media for sharing goals and providing encouragement to each other, and sharing tips and tricks we learn along the way. Our goal is to have something for everyone to improve your overall well-being.

Library Wellness Initiative team:
Jessie Duran
Kathy Kilian
Laquashei Lynn