Category Archives: Campus

Sustainability recycles alkaline batteries

The Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management accept alkaline batteries for recycling.

Departments and individuals should bring batteries to the Paulina Street Building, 1140 S. Paulina, Room 150 (MC 996); or to the Physical Plant Building, 1140 S. Morgan (MC 270).

The Office of Sustainability maintains a list of recyclable materials and suggestions on locations for recycling.

Image of Research opening reception 10/9

The opening reception for the 2015 Image of Research exhibit takes place on Friday, October 9, 2 – 4 p.m., in Daley Library room 1-470.  The winners and honorable mentions, finalists, and videos will be on display in the Daley Library through January 31, 2016.

The competition results are available online. Previous years’ entries and winners are included in the CARLI digital collections.

Ride with the Library in the Bike Commuter Challenge, 6/19

In honor of Bike Commuter Challenge week, Library employees will be taking a biking tour of the Pilsen and Chinatown neighborhoods on Friday, June 19, 2015.  The group will meet outside the west doors of the Daley Library at 7 p.m.

Contact Brenna Murphy ( if you’d like to join the tour.  Don’t have a bike? No worries! You can rent one from the  Divvy station outside of the library.

You can also join the UIC Bike Commuter Challenge team:  click on “Join a team” and search for the team name “I Bike UIC.”

Images of Research exhibit opens 11/6

The winning entries in the Image of Research competition, sponsored by UIC’s Graduate College and the University Library, will be on display November 6, 2014 – January 31, 2015.  The opening reception takes place on Thursday, November 6, at 2 p.m., in the Daley Library room 1-470.

The Image of Research is an opportunity for a student to create an image with aesthetic appeal that expresses his or her research. Each entry includes a 100-200 word explanation of the image’s context, which may include such information as what the image is (if it is not immediately apparent) and how the image relates to the student’s work at UIC.  This year’s competition included video submissions, and the winners in the video category are featured in the exhibit.

Ninety students from a wide range of academic disciplines–anthropology, architecture, bioengineering, biomedical visualization, history, microbiology/immunization, urban planning, and more–submitted entries. The six winning entries will be on display at the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago; the Daley Library exhibit includes the winners and finalists as well as the video winners.

Student Success Task Force launching UIC Experience library theme

The UIC Library will soon be represented in the UIC Experience program to encourage student engagement and learning outside the classroom.

The Student Success Task Force designed a series of library-related activities (see below). Students who document their experience in two of each of the three categories (Urban Exploration, Inquiring Minds, and Community) will receive a UIC Experience library theme certificate. The UIC Experience office will report on student feedback and learning outcomes related to the library theme to allow us to improve the experience for students.

Please contact Paula Dempsey ( if you have questions or ideas for activities for the next revision of the theme.

Engage in 2 Experiences of Urban Exploration
Title: Borrow and watch a documentary about Chicago and then visit the location that the documentary was about.
Description: Use the library web site or ask a librarian to help you to locate a DVD about Chicago past or present. Check out the video and watch it in the library or at home.

Title: Examine the budget for one of Chicago’s wards or your community’s local government and then visit the ward office or government building.
Description: Use the library web site or ask a librarian to help you to find the budget for your ward in Chicago or the city/town where you grew up. Analyze the budgetary priority for an issue of importance to you (the arts, recreation, education) and then visit the government office to learn more about the issue or to share your perspective with representatives.

Title: Map 6 libraries near you and then visit one of the libraries.
Description: Identify at least 6 libraries within 2 miles of your residence where you may study and use resources — college/university, public, museum, etc. Assess whether your neighborhood is rich in libraries, or a relative “library desert.”

Engage in 2 Experiences of Inquiring Minds
Title: Explore faculty research publications in the library.
Description: Use the library web site to locate a book or article written by one of your current professors and check out the item or print it out. Read the item and bring it to class. Ask the professor about the challenges involved in doing the research/scholarship or getting it published.

Title: Make an appointment with a reference librarian.
Description: When you have an assigned research project, make an appointment in Daley Library to learn about resources and strategies for finding the best information for your project.

Title: Read a banned book.
Description: Attend a library banned books event or visit the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom web site to identify a banned book of interest. Check it out from the UIC Library or from I-Share, and read it on your own or aloud at the library event.

Title: Develop a bibliography in RefWorks.
Description: Set up an account in RefWorks from the library home page and add items for a course assignment or topic of personal interest. Generate a bibliography in several citation styles.

Engage in 2 Experiences of Community
Title: Attend a UIC Library cultural event.
Description: Visit the UIC Library web page to identify a cultural event. Consider the ways your perspective is changed by encountering new ideas and post your response on social media.

Title: Attend a UIC Library author reading.
Description: Visit the UIC Library web page to identify an author reading. Consider the ways your perspective is changed by encountering new ideas and post your response on social media.

Title: Attend a UIC Library special exhibit.
Description: Visit the UIC Library web page to identify a special exhibit such as “Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in Daley Special Collections through April 1, 2015. Consider the ways your perspective is changed by encountering new ideas and post your response on social media.

Title: Visit UIC Social Justice PUJA (Pop Up JUST Art) Gallery.
Description: Learn more about social justice initiatives on campus by visiting the PUJA Gallery, 729 Maxwell Street, and posting a response to what you learn on social media.

Check out UIC’s Presidential Library website

You can find current information about UIC’s bid for the Obama Presidential Library on the campus’ website.  There’s a link to The Barack Obama Foundation‘s request for proposals (RFP); many UIC offices, led by Mary Case and Michael Redding (Executive Associate Chancellor of Public and Government Affairs), are working on the proposal that is due December 11, 2014.  And the website has a “donate” button.

Visit Uncle Tom’s Cabin

The latest Special Collections exhibit, “Visualizing Uncle Tom: Pictorial Interpretations of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” draws from the personal collection of R.J. Ellis, Professor of American Studies at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and includes early editions of the book, film stills and posters, and other popular culture ephemera. Professor Ellis, who also curated the exhibition, explores Stowe’s textual descriptions of characters and events and how they are visually represented through the years–at times sentimental, sensational, or flatly racist. It will open to the public in mid-September, and will run through May, 2015. Programming complementing the themes in the exhibition will take place throughout the school year. Stay tuned for details.

Learn about cyber security and win prizes

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) is spreading the word.  ACCC representatives will staff a table in the Daley Library lobby on Friday, October 11 to provide information about security awareness, and visitors can spin a prize wheel to win tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Throughout the month, ACCC is recommending methods for keeping your electronic information safe. There’s a different theme each week, such as phishing and email hoaxes, password safety, and copyright infringement. Visit the ACCC website for a breakdown, including a definition of each theme and suggestions for keeping your information safe.

Stop by the Daley Library lobby this Friday and check it out!

Safety nets for UIC students

A recent note from Barbara Henley, vice chancellor for student affairs, highlights the UIC Counseling Center which provides support to emotionally distressed students.

The Counseling Center also provides assessments of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to these students. If you are worried about a student employee or any student you see on a regular basis, please call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will be happy to talk with you about a possible course of action and how best to help your student. The Counseling Center website has a helpful resource entitled, “Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff.”

Another helpful resource is the Office of the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students staff offers consultative services and assistance to faculty and staff who may be dealing with student behavioral problems and misconduct. The staff can provide you with strategies and recommendations to help resolve the student issue. You can contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.