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Meet Rosie Hanneke

Rosie's chosen superpower: Invisibility

Rosie’s chosen superpower: Invisibility

Name: Rosie Hanneke

Title: Assistant Information Services/Liaison Librarian & Assistant Professor

Department: Information Services, Research, and Bioinformatics

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What I do at the LibraryI am liaison to the School of Public Health. I work with graduate students and faculty on the west side of campus, as well as a growing number of undergraduate students enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program.

What I like best about working here: I like working with faculty at both the library and the university who are on the cutting edge of research in their respective fields; it’s really motivating to be surrounded by the best and the brightest. I am also enjoying learning as much as possible about the wide range of issues being researched by faculty and students in Public Health, a discipline that has far-reaching implications for so many aspects of our lives and our communities.

In my off hours: I enjoy knitting, cooking, taking long walks around the city, and going to baseball games (especially the Baltimore Orioles!) I also love traveling. Last summer, I went to Montreal for the first time and had more poutine than I’d care to admit. This fall I’m looking forward to attending the American Public Health Association conference in New Orleans!

If I were an ice cream flavor, I’d be: Ted Drewes frozen custard from St. Louis–any flavor–because it’s the best!

If I had a superpower, it’d be: Invisibility

Find me: LHS 228/6-2758/

Meet Tina Griffin

Tina Griffin

Tina’s chosen superpower: Flying.

Name: Tina Griffin

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor and Visiting Information Services Librarian/Liaison

Department: Information Services, Research, and Bioinformatics

Hometown: The Quad Cities

What I do at the LibraryAs a liaison, I often describe myself as the personal librarian to the colleges that I am assigned to. Right now, I am liaison for the College of Pharmacy and for the biomedical research departments within the College of Medicine.

Most of the work right now is outreach–getting to know the faculty, students, and staff and letting them know what resources are available to them. Alongside that are opportunities to train them on those resources, either in class or individually. I also create resource guides, do reference consultations, IM/e-mail reference, and collection management.

What I like best about working here: So far, the people whom I work with. This is my first library position, and they have been incredibly supportive. Also, I feel that my background in molecular biology is valued and can be used to further the library’s initiatives.

In my off hours, you can find me: Lately, I’ve been at the gym in the early morning. Other than that, I’m walking my dogs or reading.

If I had a superpower: I think I would want to fly. I love the feeling of being on roller coasters and the swooping drops. To be able to do that would be amazing.

Find me: LHS-Office B7/312.996.8344/


Ruth Holst retires May 30

Ruth Holst’s extensive resume proves she’s had few idle moments in her career. She retires on May 30, 2014, after twelve years as the associate director of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM GMR) located at UIC’s Library of the Health Sciences.

A Wisconsin native, Ruth began her career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her Bachelor of Science in education with a minor in library science and mathematics. She also earned her Master of Library Science from UW Milwaukee. Ruth explains that she got her start in the medical librarian field “through the back door.” She walked into Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee in search of a clerical job but applied for a medical librarian position with the encouragement of personnel staff.

Ruth admitted, “I never would have thought about working in a medical library, but it was a great fit and I loved working with doctors and nurses.” She went on to work for Columbia Hospital for 32 years where she not only served as the manager of library services but also used her skills to function as the director of women’s health for a few years and as the coordinator of managed care.

In 2002, Ruth and her family moved to Illinois where she began her role as the associate director of the NN/LM GMR. Ruth took what she learned at Columbia Hospital and brought it to UIC where she has managed a ten-state network of medical libraries with more than 1,100 members. Under Ruth’s leadership, the GMR has increased the number of educational opportunities for librarians throughout the Midwest region and has expanded the number and types of funding options available to Network members.

Ruth is an accomplished writer and editor. She co-edited The Medical Library Association guide to managing health Care libraries in 2000 and contributed to several publications including the  Journal of hospital librarianship, the Journal of nursing care quality and the Journal of the Medical Library Association. She also became a Medical Library Association (MLA) Fellow in 2002 and served as MLA president in 2010-2011. Ruth also served on the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine and contributed to their long-range strategic plan for 2006-2016.

Reflecting on changes in libraries over her career, Ruth noted, “There is more emphasis now on how librarians’ skills and expertise fit into the overall research and education missions of the university. For the Library of the Health Sciences, integration into the clinical mission has become equally important.” She added, “the library as a destination in itself is now a given for students…this emphasis on the ‘library as a place’ was rarely discussed before 2000.”

Ruth looks forward to reading, traveling with her husband and enjoying Chicago. Because retirement is a new stage in life, Ruth will ease into the transition and keep her plans open for the future. One certain plan is an upcoming summer trip in Europe where she will attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) general conference in Lyon, France. Ruth will then travel to Brussels where she will meet her husband and daughter before heading to Amsterdam.




Connie Camp Retires May 30

Connie Camp has witnessed many changes at UIC since her time here as a student in the 60s. After 16 years as an employee, she will retire from her position as library assistant at the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago on May 30, 2014.

Connie majored in plastic and graphic arts in the College of Architecture and the Arts shortly after the university moved from Navy Pier to the city’s near west side.   Connie first worked in the library as a student in the cataloging department.   She recalls that, at the time, the library was beginning to use IBM punch cards.  “We fed cards into a machine and an electronic copy was made of the card. This was very new at the time.”

Between graduation and joining the library full time, Connie worked for advertising agencies as well as Montgomery Ward in catalog development and typographic display. She then worked as an artist and painted wearable art for about 15 years. Later, Connie studied computer graphics in the evening while working part time for one of the Chicago Public Library computer centers and another advertising agency.

Connie returned to UIC to work in the Direct Request Unit of the Circulation Department. About ten years ago, she transitioned to the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Borrowing Section in LHS-Chicago.  In ILL, Connie fills article and loan requests for health sciences patrons.

With more free time, Connie hopes to catch as many of her two grandson’s soccer and hockey games as possible. While she has no definite plans for the future, she looks forward to exploring the arts more and getting back into painting. She added, “I’m trying to interest my grandsons in ‘the arts’ as my gate and front steps really got a work out this winter and could use a new coat of whitewash.”

Regarding retirement, Connie says, “I love my work, and I will miss seeing all my friends every day.  But retirement is calling me home, and I hope to see more of my family, especially my two grandsons.”


Jay Lambrecht retires May 30

With a career at UIC spanning almost three decades, Jay Lambrecht has witnessed and contributed to many changes at the library. After 28 years of service at the University, Jay will retire on May 30, 2014.

When Jay began working at UIC in 1986, he served as head of the Catalog Department, a position he held until 2002. Among his many accomplishments in the position, Jay successfully eliminated card catalogs and significantly reduced backlogs of books. Jay remembers that when he started working at UIC, there was a backlog of about 40,000 books waiting to be cataloged. Under his leadership, this number was significantly reduced or eliminated at any given time.

In 1998, Jay gained more responsibility in the library when he took on the role of coordinator of technical services while continuing to serve as Catalog Librarian. As coordinator of technical services, one of Jay’s achievements was working with the supervisors and staff of the Daley Library and Library of the Health Sciences to merge their operations.

As the Associate University Librarian for the past 12 years (the Associate Dean title was added in 2013), Jay has merged the Catalog and Acquisitions departments and the Reference and Collections Development departments; assisted in space and facilities planning activities that culminated in the IDEA Commons; and chaired search committees that recruited leaders to the UIC Library faculty.

Jay recalls the significant structural changes to the library over his career, explaining, “While some [changes] are visible and exciting like the IDEA Commons, some are much more subtle such as cataloging materials and sending them to the shelves more quickly.” When he began working at UIC, there were separate libraries for architecture and art, math and science before they all merged to become part of the Daley Library. The catalog, acquisitions and serial departments were also separate for the Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences before the departments merged in 1999. Another notable structural shift over his career is the addition of an escalator to the Daley library.

With no immediate plans for the future, Jay says, “I’m looking forward to determining how to use my time, not just on weekends and holidays. Everyday will be like a weekend.” Jay plans to spend his time reading, listening to music, working around the house and traveling. There are few places Jay hasn’t traveled to (including only three of the 50 states). He’s spent time visiting his son who lived in Japan for seven years and traveled in Europe on vacation. While Jay has explored much of the world, he aims to visit both new and familiar places in the future.

Jay is optimistic about the future of the UIC library, noting, “I’ve been here a long time, but there’s always the next generation to move things forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what they will accomplish.”

Jay’s last day will be May 30. Join colleagues to celebrate his career at UIC and wish him well on his retirement.  Current and retired co-workers are invited to this event on Friday, May 23, from 3 – 5 p.m., on the 4th floor of the Daley Library.

To RSVP (acceptances only) or for more information, please contact Mary Ozanich at or 312 996 2716.

Library welcomes academic resident librarian Carmen Jaramillo

Carmen Jaramillo joined the UIC Library in April 2014 as an academic resident librarian. Jaramillo works in the Scholarly Communications Department and will assist with data management and curation.

Previously, Jaramillo served as a research and academic program assistant at the Newberry Library. While at the Newberry Library, she also worked as a program assistant in the Scholl Center for American History. Jaramillo earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Chicago and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jaramillo will analyze how the university manages humanities data and determine how to better serve researchers. Her efforts will also ensure that data will be preserved and available to researchers in the future.

Outside of work, Jaramillo can be found at a museum, watching a hockey game, or reading a novel.

Jaramillo can be reached by email at:

Violet Fox joins Library as academic resident librarian

Violet Fox joined the Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM) Department as an academic resident librarian on April 21. Fox will work in cataloging and metadata management of Special Collections materials.

Fox previously served as a Dewey Decimal Classification intern at the Library of Congress; as a cataloging assistant and photo processing assistant at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections; and as a library technician at the University of Colorado Norlin Library. Fox earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington iSchool.

Fox is enthusiastic about her new role, explaining, “I’m looking forward to starting my career with an emphasis on moving cataloging and metadata in libraries into the future to ensure that collections are used by everyone.” Fox’s work will expand the UIC community’s access to Special Collections materials and enhance research efforts at the University.

Ian Collins joins Library as academic resident librarian

Ian Collins joined the UIC Library on March 31 as an academic resident librarian in library systems/digital programs. Collins works with the digital collections team to expand the variety of collections available to the public and researchers online. He will also assist in creating a more user-friendly digital collections site, enabling users to easily search for materials.

While earning his Master of Science in Information Studies degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Collins held several positions at the university including graduate archives assistant in the Alexander Architectural Archive; digital curator and metadata intern in the Perry Castañeda Library; and archives volunteer in the Alexander Architectural Archive. Most recently, Collins served as a web developer/digital library consultant in the University of Texas at Austin Department of History.

On the topic of his new role, Collins explained, “I’m excited about expanding the community’s access to the archived collections. It will be a challenge, but I look forward to working with the team at UIC and improving the sites.”

One of Collins’ favorite collections on the site is the CITY 2000 collection, which includes photos from more than 200 photographers who spent 366 days snapping photos of the city and its people. Collins encourages the UIC community and the public to search the collections available on the library’s website and to watch for additions of new collections.

Visit the UIC Library’s digital collections online.

Skyla Hearn joins Library as resident archivist for social justice

This spring, Special Collections welcomed Skyla Hearn, a resident archivist for social justice and visiting instructor at the university. Hearn processes the archives of social justice organizations, working closely with both the Library and Professor Barbara Ransby, the director of the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.

“I live to document, preserve and maintain the rich, cultural and valuable stories, legacies and histories of unsung individuals, communities and organizations who have made significant contributions to our society,” she explained of her work.

Hearn joins the library with a wealth of experience in research and special collections archives. She previously served as an archival consultant for the Never-The-Same Organization at the University of Chicago; as an Institute of Museum and Library Services archival fellow at the Woodson Regional Library; and as a research intern and project coordinator for the South Side Community Art Center.

Hearn earned her Bachelor of Art degree in mass communications and media arts from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hearn can be reached by email at:

Joelen Pastva joins Library as metadata librarian

Joelen Pastva joins the UIC Library as Metadata Librarian on February 3. She will provide guidance in creating, reviewing and editing metadata for digital and other collections in the library. Pastva will also work with colleagues in the Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM) department and serve as a metadata consultant to projects on campus.

Regarding her new role, Pastva explained, “Library catalogs are constantly evolving to accommodate increasingly diverse collections, and although that creates plenty of challenges, I look forward to working with the staff and the Library to tackle them head-on.”

Pastva previously worked as a librarian for the Suffolk Public Library System (New York); as an online catalog project manager for the Delaware Historical Society; and most recently as a catalog and metadata librarian at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She holds a Master of Library Studies from Pratt Institute as well as a Master of Arts in Russian and Slavic Studies from New York University. Pastva earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Russian from The Johns Hopkins University.

Outside of work, Pastva enjoys hiking and photography. She is also an aspiring fixer-upper of vintage furniture and broken record players. Since moving to Chicago from Philadelphia in September, Pastva has been exploring the variety of cuisines Chicago has to offer.

Joelen can be reached by phone ((312) 413-2512) or email (  Her work space is in the Daley Library, in the southeast corner of RAM.