November 1, 2007
Game On at the Undergraduate Library
While gaming in libraries has become an increasingly hot topic in the library field over the past year, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library's Gaming Initiative has been bringing together gamers, gaming researchers, and gaming collections for almost 2 years. One of the signature annual events sponsored as part of the Gaming Initiative is Gaming Night.
The Gaming Collection was launched during Spring 2006 as a response to interest from students as well as faculty researchers and instructors, who began a game research discussion list the year before. The collection includes all major current consoles and handheld platforms and is complemented by a growing set of public services to assist users with the collections and the integration of gaming in courses.
Gaming Night also began in Spring 2006 to advertise the birth of the collection and connect with faculty and student gamers and game researchers. That game night included a DDR competition and open gaming (the later has become a staple of all gaming nights as has Mountain Dew). Campus gaming groups were specifically invited and the Video Gamers Alliance took up a donation of vintage games and consoles for the Undergraduate Library, which holds the core of our vintage gaming historical collection.
The Fall 2006 gaming night was the first to feature a guest speaker, Dmitri Williams, formerly of the UIUC Speech Communications department and an expert on gaming research and literature. He held a 45 minute Q + A with students covering legal, economic, social, and other issues involved with gaming. This event also featured a contest and open gaming.
The upcoming November 3rd event is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Library and the Sousa Archive and Center for American Music and is part of the celebration of American Music Month. The evening will focus on music in gaming and will include speakers from the Department of Music as well as industry experts from Volition, a growing gaming company in Champaign. The event will also introduce a game created by campus researchers (Musiverse).
Gaming at the library - come to play, come to learn. Game On!
September 29, 2007
Tailgating at the Library
The Big 10 Network chose the Undergraduate Library for its Friday Night Tailgate segment this week. Check it out and see Lisa Hinchliffe, Head, Undergraduate Library, explaining how even the state's great love of corn could not stop the development of one of the nation's leading undergraduate libraries.
Also, an original song by Illinois' a capella group, The Other Guys, also about corn and libraries!
September 14, 2007
Service to the People, Service to the State
Public engagement is one of the strategic directions for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as it re-commits itself to its land-grant mission as part of its strategic plan. The Library helps to advance the campus mission of public engagement through a number of service programs directed at professionals and members of the public around the state.
September 12, 2007
Labor and Industrial Relations Library Closes
The LIR Library has been a leader in the provision of collections and services to ILIR faculty and staff, as well as to labor educators and union members around the state and across the country, for decades. In discussing our plans for the future, ILIR Dean Cutcher-Gershenfeld noted the unique contribution that the University Library and LIR librarians and staff have made to his field and to his programs. We look forward to continuing to work closely with ILIR faculty and students and to serving the broader community interested in labor studies and related fields while embracing a new service model designed to take advantage of increased access to digital collections and services, and focused on fostering substantive and sustained collaboration between our faculty and staff.
For more information on Library services for faculty, staff, and students in Industrial and Labor Relations or for assistance in conducting research in Labor Studies at the University of Illinois, please contact Yoo-Seong Song, subject specialist for Labor and Industrial Relations.
August 23, 2007
Student Fee Brings Enhanced Library Hours
Thanks to the recent passage of the Library Fee, students will be able to spend more time in the library than ever before. Effective August 23, 2007, the Undergraduate and Grainger Engineering Libraries will offer extended hours.
The Undergraduate Library will be open:
In addition, the Undergraduate Library will offer overnight “study hall” hours:
The Grainger Engineering Library will be open:
Monday-Thursday: 24 hours (always open)
August 15, 2007
The new year is upon us here at Illinois and librarians will be active across campus over the next few weeks providing orientation programs for students, staff, and faculty across campus. For those looking to learn, please visit our Library Orientation and Outreach schedule for Fall 2007.
Looking at the schedule is not only a testament to the work of our librarians, but also a good way of seeing how many academic, administrative, and student services programs across campus make the Library part of their welcome to new members of the UIUC community. In addition to many programs aimed at academic departments and units such as the Graduate College, this year's list of partner programs includes University Housing, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Academic Human Resources, and Campus Recreation.
If you're new to Illinois, let us be the first to say, "Welcome to campus, and here's your Library!"
August 14, 2007
Diversity and Multicultural Outreach Site Launched
One year ago, the University Library made a commitment to enhancing services to diverse student populations through the recruitment of Emily Love, Outreach Librarian for Multicultural Services. Anyone with an interest in issues related to diversity in libraries, or with an interest in our expanding range of outreach services and instructional programs for diverse user communities can now visit the Diversity and Multicultural Information site.
The site provides an overview of Library and University resources related to support for diverse campus communities, as well as links to research guides and instructional materials related to the study of diverse communities in the United States and abroad. It also provides an introduction to our increasingly robust set of outreach programs and our valued campus partners in these efforts, including our upcoming Multilingual Library Tours on August 29th and August 30th.
August 13, 2007
Academic Advising @ Your Library
As part of the Learning Commons initiative, Meg Burger (Undergraduate Library) and Chris Armstrong [Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services and incoming Chair of the Academic Advisors Group at the University of Illinois (ILLiAAC)] have been working together to build a formal connection between the Library and campus academic advisors. While we have long worked with UIUC faculty to provide services for students, this new relationship brings an opportunity to connect with a group of professionals on campus who have had no formal liaison to the Library, but who provide essential academic services to undergraduate students.
Over the past year, an advisor from the Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services has held advising hours in the Undergraduate Library. In its first year, we have seen 7-10 students take advantage of each 2-hour advising window in the Undergraduate Library (with an average interaction time of 10 minutes per student).
In addition to providing an opportunity for advisors to meet with student in the Library, we have provided professional support to academic advisors across campus. UGL librarians have developed two regular resources for academic advisors and their advisees:
*a newsletter aimed at advisors that highlights professional development resources available to them through the University Library; and
*a newsletter aimed at students that highlights key library resources and services for undergraduates and is delivered directly to over 3,500 students each month through an academic advising electronic discussion list.
Learning takes place across campus at the University of Illinois, and partnerships such as these allow the University Library to join its colleagues in providing direct support for student success.
August 2, 2007
More (Digital) Ink for New Services
July 27, 2007
Digital Dailies Draw Demand
Earlier this month, I mentioned the ways that digitization projects were spawning new service programs. Today, we see that there is nothing the media likes more than stories related to the media.
As proof, see the stories in our local paper, the News-Gazette and on our local NPR affiliate, WILL, about the launch of the Digital Urbana Daily Courier project.
While both stories aim at strong local interest, the radio segment, in particular, provided Mary Stuart, Head of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, with an opportunity to discuss issues such as digital preservation, best practices for providing ongoing access to endangered information resources, and the range of academic inquiry and popular interests that might be supported through support for digital newspaper projects like this one.