Uncover and Discover

The University Library is renowned worldwide for the depth and breadth of its collections, the expertise of its faculty and staff, its innovative services, and its leadership in the development and use of new information technologies. The Library’s Strategic Communications and Marketing Committee (SCMC) has begun a broad three-year public communications initiative to promote greater awareness of and engagement with the Library’s exceptional collections, services, initiatives, and staff among our diverse user communities. The phrase, “Uncover and Discover,” is this year’s motto to help convey the message that the Library and its collections are the gateway to new discoveries. We have added this motto to the Library’s gateway page and ask that you consider adding it to your unit websites, email signatures, and event publications when promoting your individual programs and collections.

The “Uncover and Discover” theme will also be the focus for second-round Library marketing grant proposals which must be submitted to the SCMC by May 29, 2009. Further details on these marketing grant guidelines will be made available on May 1 st . Questions related to these grants or the use of the “Uncover and Discover” theme can be directed to the Library’s Strategic Communications and Marketing Committee (SCMC) via Scott Schwartz ( schwrtzs@illinois.edu ).

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Hinchliffe Elected to ACRL

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  She will become president-elect following the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in July 2009 and assume the presidency in July 2010 for a one-year term.

“My work in ACRL and at the University Library have proved synergistic for so many years already,” said Hinchliffe.  “Many academic and research library leaders have worked at Illinois and it is a credit to our institution that it has nurtured such leadership. I look forward to continuing this mutually positive relationship and I am very grateful to Dean Paula Kaufman and others for all of their support.”

Hinchliffe has been very active in ACRL, serving as Blog Advisory Board chair, Instruction Section (IS) Nominating Committee chair and the National Conference Innovations Group co-chair.  She also served as a member of the Information Literacy Competency Standards Review Task Force, Institute for Information Literacy (ILI) Executive Committee, ILI Undergraduate Student Surveys Group, and ILI Best Practices Advisory Panel. In addition, her service to IS includes tenures as chair, member-at-large, secretary, and a wide range of committee memberships.

Hinchliffe is active in a variety of state and regional associations and has won several awards, including the University of Illinois Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award, an ONLINE Word Best Practice Award, and the Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award.  She has participated in the Frye Leadership Institute, the UCLA Senior Fellows Program, and was elected to Beta Phi Mu.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Hinchliffe was library instruction coordinator at Illinois State University and served as reference librarian at Parkland College. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, Hinchliffe received her masters of education and masters of library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. For more information, visit www.ala.org .

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LIS Library Closing

On May 15, 2009, the Library & Information Science (LIS) Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will close its doors. The physical collections will be dispersed to other departmental libraries and to the central book stacks in the Main Library. Library support for LIS will not cease. The LIS Library will continue to build a world renowned collection of print and digital content, and reference and instructional services will be offered on-site in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) building and over the Internet.

There has been a collection of materials to support the Library School since its founding in the 19th century. The Library School Library became an official departmental unit of the University Library in 1944 — sixty-five years ago. To mark the transition of LIS library services to a new, more virtual model, The LIS Library is holding a “retirement party” for the physical library space in 306 Library on May 15th. The reception will take place between 3:00-5:00pm. Remarks will begin at 4:00pm.

The LIS Library welcomes its patrons’ memories of the LIS Library space. Please submit them via email: lislibmemories@gmail.com . Memories will be published later through the digital resources portal for LIS, now in development.

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Contest Winners Announced

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library announced the winners of their Book Collecting Contests yesterday.  The contests were open to University of Illinois undergraduate and graduate students.  Awards will be presented on May 6, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. during the meeting of The No. 44 Society , the book collecting club of Champaign-Urbana.

Luis Eduardo Herrera, PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology has won the 2009 T.W Baldwin Prize for Book Collecting for his comprehensive collection of Latin American Avant-Garde Art Music that features scores and manuscripts from fourteen Latin American countries and over 130 authors.

Stephen Lipovsky, a Senior in the Department of Anthropology, has won the Harris Fletcher Book Collecting award for his collection of pamphlets, maps, and books documenting the land-settlement boom in the westward expansion of the U.S. in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Winners receive $1,000 and are encouraged to use a portion of the prize money to attend “ Bibliography Week” in New York City, a yearly book-lover’s gathering in January.

All contestants receive free student memberships to the Library Friends organization.

Winning collections are also eligible for further competition on a national scale through the Collegiate Book Collecting Championship overseen by “Fine Books and Collections” magazine.

Honorable mention prizes go to graduate students Steven Gump and Bernardo Urbani, and to Vanessa French, a senior Classics major. Honorable mention winners receive a copy of “ABC for Book Collectors,” published by the prestigious Oak Knoll Press.

The annual contests are meant to foster the love of books and to introduce students to the pleasures of book collecting. The Harris Fletcher award honors a professor of English at Illinois who assembled one of the finest John Milton collections in the world. T.W. Baldwin, another professor of English, put together a remarkable collection of imprints from the age of Shakespeare. Together, these collections formed the foundation of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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