Geology Library Closing

The Geology Library , located in the Natural History Building , will permanently close to the public at 5 p.m. on August 6, 2010.

In recent years, the University Library has been consolidating collections housed in the Geology Library with those held in other Library units, including the Grainger Engineering Library and the Map and Geography Library , as well as moving many materials into the Oak Street Library Facility , which provides an ideal environment for long-term preservation of Library materials. While the University Library had originally planned to close the Geology Library in August 2011, upon receiving recommendations from the New Service Models ’ Geology Planning and Implementation Team, it has been forced to close the unit earlier due to structural problems recently discovered in the 1908 addition to the Natural History Building.

While the accelerated timeline for closing the Geology Library may make some of its materials inaccessible for periods of time during the evacuation of the Natural History Building space, Library faculty and staff remain committed to providing the resources and services for which the Geology Library has been known for more than 50 years. Throughout this move, Library users will retain 24/7 access to digital content made available through the Library Gateway and the Geology Web Portal (under development). Patrons wishing to borrow print materials currently housed in the Natural History Building may request delivery of those materials to another Library unit or to a campus mailbox (faculty, staff, and graduate students only) through the Library Catalog . Please note that there may be short delays in delivering these items to other campus locations throughout Fall 2010 due to limited access to Geology materials in the Natural History Building.  Every effort will be made to get patrons the materials they need as quickly as possible.  Users with questions about access to Geology materials may seek assistance at any Urbana campus library, including the Chemistry Library and the Grainger Engineering Library, and may also seek assistance online through the Ask-a-Librarian service.

Beginning in Fall 2010, the Geology Librarian will be available for consultation at the Grainger Engineering Library, and will offer assistance by appointment, by phone (217-333-2676), or by e-mail . Further information on Geology Librarian Office Hours and contact information for research consultation or other assistance will be posted on the Geology Library Web Portal this fall.

The University Library appreciates the use and support of the Geology Library over the past half-century, and looks forward to continuing to serve its patrons’ teaching, learning, and research needs on campus and through its digital collections and services, as well as through the ongoing access to print materials to be located in the Grainger Engineering Library and in other Library units.

The University Library would also like to acknowledge the Geology Library staff who have delivered excellent service for more than five decades. Their hard work is especially appreciated during this transition.

Please contact Lura Joseph , Geology Librarian, with any questions about Geology resources and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Please contact Tim Newman , Assistant Dean of Library Facilities, with any questions about the Geology Library space in the Natural History Building.

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Hinchliffe New ACRL President

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was inaugurated as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on June 29.  The ceremony took place during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in Washington, DC.

As President, Hinchliffe will oversee governance of the association; serve as a representative to other higher education organizations; and chair her President’s Program during the ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“My work in ACRL and at the University Library have proved synergistic for so many years already,” said Hinchliffe. “In my role as President of ACRL, I will be privileged to advocate for our profession and for the library services and resources our users need. My emphasis is on innovation and moving from idea and inspiration to action and implementation. I look forward to working with colleagues throughout ACRL and I am very grateful to Dean Paula Kaufman and others at the University for all of their support.”

Hinchliffe has been very active in ACRL, serving as Blog Advisory Board chair, Information Literacy Advisory 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 ACRL’s Instruction Section includes tenures as chair, member-at-large, secretary, and a wide range of committee memberships and chairships.

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 and the UCLA Senior Fellows Program, and was elected to Beta Phi Mu.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 2002, 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 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals.  For more information, visit .

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Biology Library Awarded Grant

The Biology Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a competitive 2009 collection enhancement grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) in partnership with three other state libraries: Chicago State University Library, Columbia College Chicago Library, and Northern Illinois University – Founders Memorial Library.  The grant application theme was  “Impact of the Environment in Health & Wellness.”  The Biology Library at Illinois will use grant funds to support education and research in the subject area, “Medicinal Plants and Indigenous Medicinal Plant Knowledge: Implications for Human Health.”

Indigenous peoples around the world have a wealth of knowledge built over the millennia about medicinal plant knowledge in their local ecosystems that is endangered by environmental and developmental pressures.  This knowledge is important to collect and archive for current and future biomedical research relating to antioxidant activity, bioactive properties, metabolic fate, and other aspects of phytochemicals on human health and wellness.

Titles selected for the CARLI grant are about medicinal plants, ethnobotanic medicine, and related areas, and include botanical details and/or medicinal purpose as described by indigenous peoples or noted from research.  A majority of these books are from Africa, Central Asia, China, Eurasia, India, and South America in English and non-English languages.

Selected titles have either no or very few circulating copies in the state of Illinois.  Several titles were listed in WorldCat at only a few institutions in the country or world.

Below is a list of the titles that have been purchased with grant funds.  Please contact Diane Schmidt, Head, Biology Library at for more information.

  • African traditional medicine: a dictionary of plant use and applications with supplement : search system for diseases / Hans Dieter Neuwinger
  • Commercialising medicinal plants: a Southern African guide / Nicci Diederichs
  • Drugs of natural origin: a textbook of pharmacognosy, 5th ed./ Gunnar Samuelsson
  • Encyclopedia of Himalayan medicinal flora, v. 1 / I C Sancheti;  S K Basu
  • Endemic medicinal plants of Georgia / James S Miller
  • Ethnobotany and medicinal plants of India and Nepal / V Singh;  A P Jain
  • Ethnobotany of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra / Shubhangi Pawar;  D A Patil
  • Ethnobotany of Rajasthan, India / V Singh;  R P Pandey
  • Ethnobotany of the Kanis / M B Viswanathan;  E Harrison Prem Kumar;  N Ramesh
  • Ethnobotany of the Waimiri Atroari Indians of Brazil / William Milliken
  • Ethnomedicine and pharmacognosy / V K Singh;  J N Govil;  Gurdip Singh.
  • Fitomedicina:  1100 plantas medicinales / Teodoro Agapito F;  Isabel Sung
  • Handbook of ayurvedic medicinal plants / L D Kapoor
  • Hand-book of Indian medicinal plants / M C Joshi
  • Herbal and medicinal plants of India / K Bhatt;  Aparna Raj;  Kiran Bhatt
  • Iboga: the visionary root of African shamanism / Vincent Ravalec
  • Identification of medicinal plants: a handbook of the morphology of botanicals in commerce / Wendy Applequist;  Barbara Alongi;  Mark Blumenthal;  Steven Foster
  • Importancia de la conservación in situ de la diversidad y variabilidad de las plantas nativas cultivadas y sus parientes silvestres y culturales en la región Andino-Amazonica del Perú  / Julio Valladolid Rivera
  • Indigenous herbal medicines: tribal formulations and traditional herbal / Deepak Acharya;  Anshu Shrivastava
  • Introduction to medicinal plants / Ashwini Dutt
  • La médecine africaine : une efficacité étonnante : témoignage d’une pionnère / Yvette Parès
  • Medicinal and aromatic plants used in Nepal,Tibet, and Trans-Himalayan Region / Kamal Krishna Joshi;  Sanu Devi Joshi
  • Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa : An annotated checklist / T H Arnold
  • Medicinal and poisonous plants 3 / R H M J Lemmens;  N Bunyapraphatsara
  • Medicinal plants of Asian origin and culture / Usha R Palaniswamy
  • Medicinal plants of India: a guide to ayurvedic and ethnomedicinal uses of plants / Dinesh Jadhav
  • Medicinal plants of South Africa
  • Medicinal plants of Southeast Asia / Christophe Wiart
  • Natural medicines comprehensive database, 10th ed 2007
  • Natural products: drug discovery and therapeutic medicine / Lixin Zhang, Ph. D.;  A L Demain
  • People’s plants: a guide to useful plants of southern Africa /    Ben-Erik Van Wyk;  Nigel Gericke
  • Plantas útiles de Sololá / Ana Lucrecia MacVean
  • Regulatory roadmap for herbal medicines / G Sudesh Kumar
  • Uit die veldapteek  (2nd ed)  Translation = Out of the veldapteek  / Betsie Rood
  • Useful Indian herbs: an ethnobotanical handbook / Sudha Prakash
  • Zhongguo yao yong zhi wu bing chong tu pu  = Atlas of diseases and pests of medicinal plants of China  / Sudha Prakash

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Government Document Project

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is partnering with the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and Google in an effort to digitize a comprehensive collection of U.S. Federal Documents.  Digital facsimiles of successfully scanned Federal Documents will be made publicly accessible through Google Book Search , FDSys , and the Hathi Trust Digital Repository .

The project will digitize many of the government documents which were distributed to CIC libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) .  Upon completion of that work, the effort will move on to include materials that are unique to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The process will largely rely upon a sheet-fed scanning process which produces higher resolution images.  All of the volumes digitized in this manner will have a print duplicate within another CIC library.  Items identified as being unique among the CIC libraries will not be digitized through the sheet-fed scanning process.

The CIC-Google Government Document Project’s objective is to digitize a copy of all U.S. Federal documents held by CIC libraries and to develop a collective strategy for the retention and preservation of an adequate number of print copies to satisfy user needs.  According to the CIC, the U.S. Federal Documents collection is where their member libraries believe they can achieve efficiencies by better managing the relationship between digital and print resources, with assurances that an adequate number of print copies are available for future use.

“The University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University have already been participating in this project,” said Tom Teper, associate university librarian for collections and assistant dean of libraries.  “And, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Library is proud it was selected as an early contributor soon after the project’s implementation. This is a testament to the University Library’s long-standing commitment to public access to government information and is fully supported by the Illinois State Library , the University Library’s FDLP regional depository.”

All of the remaining CIC libraries will participate in the digitization project in stages.

Additional information about the CIC-Google Government Document Project is located at .

For more information about these digitization efforts at Illinois, please contact Tom Teper at or 217-244-8755.

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