Biology Services Moving

Biology services will move when the Biology Library permanently closes to the public at 5 p.m. on May 13, 2011.

Please join the Biology Library in 101 Burrill Hall on April 26, 2011, 3:30-5:30 p.m. for a farewell party. Remarks will begin at 4:00 p.m.  Come enjoy cookies and coffee, register to win a door prize and talk about the “good old days” before the doors close and the transition to a new model for library support for the biological sciences begins.

The focal point for Library services for the biology and the life sciences will shift to the Isaac Funk Family Library .  The biology librarian will continue to have an office in Burrill Hall and will also contribute to the service programs at the Funk Family Library.  Collections housed in the Biology Library are being consolidated with those held in other Library units, including the Funk Family Library, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library , and the Illinois Natural History Survey Library .  Less frequently used materials are being moved to the Oak Street Library Facility, which provides an ideal environment for long-term preservation of Library materials. The transfer of all remaining collections will be completed by August 2011.

The University Library would like to acknowledge the staff and librarians in the  Biology Library and Funk Family Library for their hard work throughout this transition, as well as the faculty from the Schools of Integrative Biology (SIB) and Molecular and Cellular Biology (SMCB) who contributed to the planning effort through their active service on the Biology and Life Science Planning and Implementation Teams.  SIB and SMCB plan to reconfigure the space vacated by the Library beginning January 2012 to create a shared space supporting undergraduate-centered activities, including advising areas, learning centers, discussion space, and computer labs.

Please contact Diane Schmidt , Biology Librarian, with any questions about Biology resources and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Contact Scott Walter , Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries, with general questions or concerns about Library services.

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Rare Books Loaned to Exhibit

“Illustrated Architecture Books: Highlights from 500 Years of Theory and Practice,” an exhibition at the University of Illinois at Chicago features seven important works drawn from the collections of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The cooperative exhibit includes one of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s copies of the exhibition’s signature work, the Giocondo edition of Vitruvius Pollio (1511), the first illustrated architecture book.

The exhibit at the Richard J Daley Library, Special Collections and Archives opened on March 31, 2011, and runs through June 30, 2011.

More information about the exhibition and the Chicago-wide “Festival of the Architecture Book, 1511-2011” may be found at .

From the “Festival of the Architecture Book, 1511-2011” website:

The exhibition of rare illustrated books about architecture and urban design at the Special Collections of the University of Illinois in Chicago will draw on the UIC Burnham and Hammond Collection, on items from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and on generous loans from the private library of Jeffrey Jahns.

Spanning five centuries, the exhibition will explore the major landmarks of architectural publishing, including imprints from Venice, Rome, Paris, London, and Antwerp, as well as Chicago. Among the principal themes of this exhibition will be residential architecture, architectural ornament, and the emergence of modern architectural thought and practice from its classical past.

Exhibition curated by Martha Pollak, Professor of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago.

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Asian Library Relocates

As part of the transition to the new International and Area Studies (IAS) Library (opening Fall 2011), Asian language materials will now be circulated from the Central Circulation desk and the materials will be accessible from the Main Stacks.  Faculty, students, and other patrons wishing to browse the Asian-language circulating collection should enter Main Stacks via the Central Circulation desk on the the 2nd Floor of the Main Library. Circulating materials can also be requested via the online catalog for pick-up or delivery to campus mailboxes.  Until the opening of the new IAS Library, Asian library personnel, partial reference, and current periodical collections are now temporarily housed in 425 Main Library with Africana services and collections. The Asian Library hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), its website ( ), and phone number (217-333-1501) remain unchanged.  Faculty and staff in the Asian Library will continue to provide core services, including reference and instruction, throughout the transition.

The International and Area Studies Library is scheduled to open this fall in 321 Main Library, with additional offices and a seminar room in 325 Main Library. The IAS Library will be the University’s gateway to the world of information and scholarship about international, global, and area studies, connecting scholars and students to the knowledge that is crucial to developing global competencies through the study of global concerns and transnational issues as well as the study of distinct nations and regions.  The IAS Library will enhance opportunities for collaboration and coordination among the Library’s area and international studies specialists and provide a single physical service point and web presence for library users whose needs span multiple regions.

Details about planning for the IAS Library are available on the Library’s New Service Models website . If you have any questions about the Asian Library services, please contact Karen Wei , Head, Asian Library.  If you have any other questions about Library services, please contact Scott Walter , Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries.

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