Vol. 2, Issue 1
To Jim Hahn: His article " Mobile learning for the twenty-first century librarian" Reference Services Review 36:3 (2008) has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner by Emerald's Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009!
To David Ward: UGL's National Gaming Day 2008 was upheld as a Best Practice in ALA's Librarian's Guide to Gaming: Online Toolkit for Building Gaming @your library.
To Rudy Leon: Rudy joined the Undergrad in October as the new Learning Commons Librarian.
To Lisa Hinchliffe: Named an Expert (Gaming) Librarian in ALA's Librarian's Guide to Gaming: Online Toolkit for Building Gaming @your library
Jim Hahn shows off the new Lower Level signage he helped design
The physical space of the Undergrad continues to undergo changes as we work to meet student demands on our heavily used space. The most recent visible recent change is the addition of New Books shelves, which shares space with our periodical Browsing collection. Just like the former Illini Browsing Room, you can stop in and see recent additions, or grab a comfy seat and relax with something good to read. (You can check the books out, too!)
The other change to our physical space is the completion of a much needed electrical upgrade! UGL staff and our patrons are thrilled to have additional outlets available for all those laptops! We'll be watching new traffic patterns (the students have been physically rearranging space to take advantage of working outlets-- they do let us know what they need!) to see what else we can do to facilitate group work and browsing behaviors in this area-- stay tuned!
In addition to our physical changes, we've also made some minor adjustments to our virtual space. We've had the AskUndergrad twitter stream embedded on the UGL homepage for some time but in January we changed the way we use it. In addition to alerts about the mechanical, electrical, and digital infrastructure, we began making connections between the intellectual lives of undergrads and UGL services & library resources. We're using it to show off new books, interesting databases, loanable technology, our partners, and events around the library, the campus, and the community.
Check us out! Right now we're just broadcasting but expect changes and interactivity soon.
Study Abroad Office (SAO)is a long-time partner of the Learning Commons effort at UGL. In
addition to drop-in Study Abroad Advising, SAO's Sarah Gleissner has been working with Rudy Leon to
develop new ways to help students make their decision and do their research about where on earth
they might want to live and learn.
The UGL has an ongoing commitment to supporting study abroad through its collections. Emily Love has developed a helpful listing of books and films, sorted by region and country. Rudy Leon has also selected a number of off-the-beaten-track culinary and cultural guidebooks to add to the collection. Keep your eyes out for these (and other) titles to start arriving!
Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China Jeffrey Alford and Naomi DuguidChildren of Jihad: A Young American's Travels among the Youth of the Middle East. Jar Cohen.
Going Bush: Adventures Across Indigenous Australia Monique Choy and Brigitte Barta.
Istanbul: Memories and the City Orhan Pamuk and Maureen Freely.
Prague: A Cultural and Literary History Richard D. E. Burton.
Spain: A Culinary Road Trip Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow, Moses Saman and Julia Turshen.
A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia J. M. Barwise and Nicholas J. White.
The Undergraduate Library is hosting a Gaming Career Night on April 2nd from 7-10 pm in room 295. Industry insiders from local gaming company Volition will be on hand, as well as academic advisors, campus career services, and other professionals (and student gaming groups too) will be on hand to help students plan a successful path into the gaming industry. Want to know more?
This event is part of the Library's Gaming Initiative. Past gaming events have included open gaming, a Music Gaming Night, and a Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament.