Media Editing Rooms in Undergrad

The Undergraduate Library (UGL) now has two media editing rooms on the lower level.  The rooms are available all hours the UGL lower level is open. They can be booked in advance, and have two renewals.

The Undergraduate Library realizes there is a demand for media editing facilities for coursework and research, but the level of demand is not yet known.  Those who use these new media editing rooms are encouraged to complete an assessment form in the rooms.  Feedback will be instrumental in the continued development of media editing facilities.

For more information, visit www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/lc/mediaeditingrooms.html .

Please send feedback, suggestions, or questions to the Learning Commons .

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Library Receives Mellon Grant

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library has received a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a senior-level conservator position in its Conservation Unit.

The Mellon Foundation grant includes $1 million as a permanent endowment and $250,000 to establish the new senior conservator position while matching funds are being raised.  The University Library has committed to match and exceed the amount of the grant by raising $1.5 million over three years.  The endowment will generate funding to support the position permanently.

The addition of the Andrew W. Mellon Endowed Conservator will allow the University Library to treat a broader spectrum and greater number of paper-based special collections materials in the conservation lab; provide more varied and numerous internship experiences for pre- and post-program conservation interns; and provide the leadership necessary to fully develop the University of Illinois’s role as a leader for conservation education, research, service, and collaboration in the Midwest and the nation.

The University Library is one of the largest and richest public research library collections in North America.  A vast majority of its 24 million items are paper- and book-based.  The University Library is committed to sustaining and enhancing its capacity to treat and protect its important paper-based collections, with the majority of conservation- and preservation-related investments focused on the care of its rare, unique, and otherwise valuable objects.

“We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their generous support,” said Jennifer Hain Teper, Head of Preservation & John “Bud” Velde Preservation Librarian.  “A senior conservator will be instrumental in further developing our ability to care for our collections, as well as provide leadership for efforts such as research, education, training, and outreach in the state, throughout the Midwest region, and across the nation.

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Overnight Access to Libraries

Since 2008, the University Library has provided 24-hour access five days a week during the academic year to the Undergraduate Library and the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center thanks to funds provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Student Library/IT Fee. Beginning Spring 2011, and in response to the Illinois Student Senate ‘s December 2010 Resolution on Library Security, the University Library will limit access to its facilities during the hours of 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. to Urbana campus students, staff, and faculty.

Beginning on January 18, 2011, Library users will be required to present a valid i-Card for entry into the Undergraduate Library (12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.), the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center (12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.), and the Funk-ACES Library (12:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.).  Any Library users who are not members of the Urbana campus community will be asked to leave the Library at 12:00 a.m.

As an additional safety measure, the lower level of the Undergraduate Library will be closed during the hours of 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.  The Undergraduate Library will continue to provide full Library services during these hours, including access to individual and group study spaces, media viewing spaces, public computing, and print and digital collections. Materials housed on the lower level of the Undergraduate Library will remain available for retrieval upon request. For more information on these changes, please visit www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/about/latenight.html on the Undergraduate Library’s website.

The University Library is committed to providing a secure environment for its users, and to contributing to a safe environment for teaching, learning, and research on campus. The University Library also remains committed to providing public access to its resources and facilities, and will continue to remain open to the public during all other hours of operation.

If you have any questions about this change in policy, please contact Scott Walter , Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries.

Access to the Library policy:
www.library.illinois.edu/administration/services/policies/access.html

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