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.
The Veterinary Medicine Library, for example, provides reference and document delivery services to veterinarians around the state, including those at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. Vet Med also collaborates with the Champaign Public Library to support maintain the Pet Care Home Page for Champaign-Urbana.
The Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences (ACES) Library provides access to library resources and services to agricultural professionals and local groups around the state as part of the University of Illinois Extension program, and provides service to a national audience through its contributions to the Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC).
And, while the ACES Library provides support for Illinois County Extension Offices, the Illinois Natural History Survey Library supports scientists around the state at field stations where they conduct studies on the rivers, lakes, ponds, and prairies of Illinois. Like the Vet Med Library, the Natural History Survey Library provides reference and document delivery services to state scientists, and, like the ACES Library, its library staff help to provide digital access to research materials that provide direct support for our colleagues in the field.
The Library is proud to support the land-grant mission of the University of Illinois, both through the direct provision of services and collections to the citizens of the state, and through direct support for campus-wide outreach and engagement initiatives.
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.