Vol. 1, Issue 1

May 2, 2007

The Numbers

  • Answered approximately 13% of library-wide reference questions (2006)
  • Processed 5200 print reserves, 1682 media reserves and over 30,000 e-reserves for the 2005-2006 academic year
  • Taught 17% of the students who attended a University Library instruction session!

Cool Links

UGL Instruction

"How do I..."
Start the research process

Subject Research Guides
Commonly researched topics

Info for Instructors & Faculty
Request instruction
Plagiarism resources
Placing items on reserve
Create assignments

Find Articles Guide
Good starting point for article research or find literature in specific subject areas

Undergraduate Edge: Vol. 1, Issue 1 - May 2, 2007


A Newsletter for Library Personnel


Welcome to The Undergrad Edge! We’re building on the successes of our past. We're sharing where we are today. And, we're re-defining the library to be on the edge of tomorrow! We want to keep you, your faculty, students, alumni and other key patrons up to date on the exciting and ever-changing landscape of the Undergraduate Library's resources, spaces and services.  Please feel free to pass this on to your patrons!

With brief articles about key Learning Commons updates, Media and Reserve policies and services,technology services and much, much more. . .the Undergraduate Library is never more than a click away! 

UGL Commercial

UGL and University Housing joined forces once again to produce the 2nd annual UGL commercial for the Housing DVD. This DVD is distributed to all incoming first-year students in University Housing, prior to their arrival on campus. Check it out!

Windows Media Player Version
Quicktime Version

Where are the books???

The books are still here and flourishing (over 9000 checked out a month)!  They are just located on our lower level creating a more public and interactive space on our upper level.  Beginning in the Spring of 2005 the Undergraduate Library began making some changes to our space in order to prepare and meet the changing learning needs of our students.  With students needing more group collaborative space, the growth in emerging technologies for assignments and personal learning, and the development of a cohesive message about what information services entail, the physical reconfigurations listed below have taken place. We encourage you to come on down and check out our changes. If you are really brave, visit us after 7:00pm on a school night. We challenge you to find an empty seat!


Gaming Collection is Here...and Growing!

Although many students and faculty are familiar with the UGL's large DVD collection, few people are aware of the UGL's expanding gaming collection.  Just as the UGL's array of DVDs support the academic, classroom and research needs of the campus community, the gaming collection supports the growing use of digital games as an educational technology in the classroom, and a medium for academic research.  The UGL's gaming collection is comprised of modern games and consoles (e.g. XBox 360 and PS2), handheld consoles and their games (Nintendo DS and PSP), and vintage games for platforms such as the Atari 2600 and the Sega Genesis.  Additionally, the UGL carries a variety of PC games and gaming literature including journals and strategy guides.  UGL has also started placing games on reserve for classes and provides facilities for their use. For more information on the UGL's gaming collection, go to http://www.library.uiuc.edu/gaming/

Current Games:

Vintage Games:

PSP and Nintendo DS:

All Consoles and Hardware:

Reserve Services at the Semester's End

Instructors who place items on reserve receive an email at the end of the semester explaining their options.

Want more information? See http://www.library.uiuc.edu/ugl/mrc/mrc.html