Ingold Honored as Ally

Cindy Ingold, Women and Gen der Resources librarian in the Education and Social Science Library , has been chosen as the November 2009 Ally of the Month by the SODA Committee , the LGBTQ Ally Network , and the LGBT Resource Center .  SODA, or Sexual Orientation Diversity Allies, is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Outreach Committee of the Counseling Center.  Ingold’s outreach work and library services are extremely valuable to the LGBT community at Illinois.

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Cell Phone Library Tours

The Main and Undergraduate Libraries now feature a cell phone tour. The tour is accessible from (217) 244-9444. There are pamphlets at the service desks in the Main and Undergraduate Libraries, which include a map to all of the tour stops.

These new tours offer patrons the ability to learn more about the Library all year round.

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Books to Honor Students

On November 13, during their Annual Banquet, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dads Association presented the Undergraduate Library with a check for $2,745.  The funds will be used by the Library to purchase a book in honor of each of 61 sophomore students with 4.0 GPAs recognized at the banquet.  A book will be purchased for each student and will contain a bookplate with the student’s name.  The Library is pleased to have a part in recognizing the accomplishments of these students.  The Dads Association has annually honored students with a gift to the Library since 1986.

The Dads Association was formed in 1922 for “the purpose of promoting the general welfare of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in cooperation with its faculty, staff, students, and parents.” The Dads Association is a separately incorporated, nonprofit association and was the first parent organization in the U.S.

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20,000+ Books Digitized

The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a member of the Open Content Alliance, has just surpassed the digitization of 20,000 books from its collection.  Visit the Internet Archive to access books on Illinois history, culture and natural resources; U.S. railroad history; rural studies and agriculture; works in translation; as well as extensive collections of 19th century “triple-decker” novels and emblem books written between 1540 and 1800.

The Library is also a contributing member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and, in collaboration with the Chicago Field Museum, is scanning and contributing to the Internet Archive all publications in the Museum’s Fieldiana series. Fieldiana is a peer-reviewed monographic series published by the Field Museum of Natural History.

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Hotchkiss Elected to Senate

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, elected Valerie Hotchkiss , scholar-librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to its Senate on October 3.

Hotchkiss is currently the head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Illinois.  She also serves as professor of Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, and Library Science and director of the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies Program.  Hotchkiss will serve a six-year term on the Phi Beta Kappa Senate, the general administrative body of the Society.

“Phi Beta Kappa is very fortunate to have secured the services of Valerie Hotchkiss as a senator,” said John Churchill, secretary and chief executive officer of the Society.  “Members of our senate serve as the directors who guide the Society in matters of policy and set the direction for Phi Beta Kappa’s future.”

Hotchkiss graduated summa cum laude in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Cincinnati, where she became a Phi Beta Kappa member.  She went on to achieve advanced degrees, including a master of library science degree and her Ph.D. from Yale University.  Over the past 20 years, Hotchkiss has led three libraries, including those at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University.  She is also the author and co-author of several books, including English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton.

“I feel that I can bring a useful perspective to discussions of the changing world of scholarly communications that will be part of the work of Phi Beta Kappa in the 21st century,” said Hotchkiss.  “As academic communities evolve, the place of Phi Beta Kappa as a golden standard and a unifying force on our campuses has never been more important.”

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776.  For more information on Phi Beta Kappa, visit .  The chapter at the University of Illinois ( ), Gamma of Illinois, was chartered in 1907.

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