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See also UGL Newsletters for Events: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/history/publicity/newsletters/

 Compact Shelving Removed from the Lower Level

In January 2014 the compact shelving was removed from the Undergraduate Library.  This library was historic in having compact shelving put in when it was built.  In its place an audio booth was brought in (that was acquired from the Beckman Institute).  Carrels were also moved to that area.

Media Commons 2012-

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The Media Commons, is located on the north and east side of the upper level of the Undergraduate Library, is a collaborative campus effort that provides students and faculty opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies, with expanded opportunities to learn of best practices in educational technology. In addition to a robust loanable technology program, the Media Commons is a service space that offers faculty, students, and users the ability to create, disseminate, use, and curate digital media. The goal is to meet the need for broad access to media creation tools, information technology training in multimedia hardware and software, and instruction in media literacy.

The Media Commons opened in 2013 and began as a Partnership between The Library and Technology Services, with support from the Library IT student fee program.

photo of media commons open house promo

See a Media Commons Promotional video (created in 2015)

Mobile App Prototyping 2010 –

Extensive developments were made with mobile applications to facilitate navigating the library.  See http://minrvaproject.org/index.php  for some of the tools developed.  See also https://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/history/tech/mobile-apps/

UGL 40th Anniversary  April 16, 2010

The UGL celebrated its 40th anniversary with an exhibit, tours, cake, punch, and remarks by Dean Paula Kaufman and Head of the Undergraduate Library, Lori Mestre.  Speech given by Lori available speech for 40th.

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Publicity from the 40th

See a video from Snapshot Day 2011 at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q0zyva_lVPo

Among the things that happened in UGL on February 10, 2010:

*4,874 people visited the Undergraduate Library
*52 reference questions were answered
*205 students attended instructional sessions
*633 items circulated

The busiest hour at Undergrad on that day was from 9:00 – 10:00 pm, when there were 561 users in the building. The next-busiest hour was from 10:00 – 11:00 pm, when there were 478 users in the building. The busiest time during the traditional working hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm was from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, when there were 429 users in the building.

Knowing that many of our users visit the Library electronically, we also tried to take a “snapshot” of digital usage. Not tied specifically to the Undergraduate Library, one day in our life as a digital service provider looks something like this:

*the Library Web site was visited 292,728 times (with 5,019 of those hitting a page on the UGL site)

  • *12,663 searches were conducted on Easy Search resulting in click-throughs to 7,448 target resources
  • *the ORR was used 10,557 times in order to access 5,177 electronic resources
  • *SFX was used 4,025 times to access 3,179 electronic resources
  • *electronic reserves were accessed 2,612 times

All told, 24,785 full-text electronic resources, including e-journal and e-books, were accessed and downloaded from search and retrieval systems made available through the Library Web site on February 10th.

And, Illinois content was also downloaded from the Internet Archive 1,906 times. Were we to cast our net further to ask how many times Illinois content was downloaded from sites such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the HathiTrust, we would find even more evidence of use.

Obviously, one day in the life of the Library is very busy (but, we all knew that already)!

Card Swipe Entry to the UGL 2011-2012

In Fall of 2011 the UGL began requiring that students show their iCard in order to enter the library between 12 am and 6am.  In Spring a card swipe slot was added to the exterior doors of the library.  This was to provide additional safety to students during the overnight hours by only allowing affiliated patrons of the university to enter the facility, especially since the extended hours were funded by student fees.

Renovations of 2014

In 2014 there were additional renovations, including:

  • Recarpeting of the upper level and laminate wood flooring in the entry area
  • Creation of a “quick printing zone” to right on the upper level and conversation furniture by the courtyard
  • New Book and Current Periodical browsing nook to the left on the upper level
  • Consultation Corner created in the back of the upper level by the Writers Workshop
  • Upgrade to the Video Production Studio
  • Carrels on the lower level moved from interior of the floor to be around the walls (all by power) and tables repositioned (taking more advantage of light).
  • Some photos of the results are available at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/illinoislibrary/albums/72157648171420337