LHS-Chicago construction week of February 23

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of February 23:

  • Study Room, B2E, is unavailable.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Accessible workstation has been relocated to the second floor.
  • A Visitor Research Computer is now available on the third floor.
  • Open Access Study Rooms are available — Rooms 105,106 and 108.
  • Study Rooms are unavailable — B8 through B4.
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Purple Shirt Award: The Best and the Weirdest from Special Collections

The Purple Shirt Award started in the beginning of 2014 as a way for all of us to showcase the treasures of Special Collections and University Archives that we come across during routine reference and processing. Staff members can bring one item to each monthly departmental meeting and then we vote on a favorite. The winner gets bragging rights and the Purple Shirt automaton to display at his or her desk for the rest of the month.

Here’s one of our winning submissions from February with a BONUS picture from the same collection that won at an earlier meeting. These submissions are both from the Maps department and are from the Kuhlman Chicago Area Photo Services (CAPS) Collection of prints and negatives. KC_002

This first photo is a close up of the plan used to take the pictures. Our maps librarian, Becky Lowery, has identified it as a Curtin JN model from 1925 (otherwise known as a Jenny).

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This was our winning shot! Who doesn’t love a dog pilot? The picture is dated June 26, 1925.

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The above shot is from the same project, but obviously much later. Unfortunately we do not have a date or an exact location – does this look familiar to anyone out there?

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Learn about Black life in 19th century at Library program on 2/23

The UIC Library will host a panel discussion, “Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Black Life in the 19th Century,” on Monday, February 23, 5 – 7 p.m., in the Daley Library conference room 1-470.

Barbara Ransby, professor of African American studies and history and director of UIC’s  Social Justice Initiative, will moderate a panel with speakers R. J. Ellis, University of Birmingham (U.K.); Katrina Thompson, associate professor of history at Saint Louis University; and Jane Rhodes, head of African American studies at UIC.  Johari Jabir, assistant professor of African American Studies at UIC, will be a discussant with the panel.

The program explores the themes presented in the current exhibit in the Daley Library Special Collections department, “Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin:  Pictorial Interpretations of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

The panel discussion is co-sponsored by UIC’s African American Studies department, African American Cultural Center, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks, and Institute for the Humanities.

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LHS-Chicago construction week of February 16

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago.  As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of February 16:

  • The accessible workstation has been relocated to the second floor.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • A Visitor Research Computer is available on the third floor.
  • Open Access Study Rooms are available — Rooms 105,106 and 108.
  • Study Rooms are unavailable — B8 through B4.
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Circle Reading Room opens on 50th anniversary of campus, 2/22

The grand opening of the Circle Reading Room in the Richard J. Daley Library will take place on Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 2 – 4:30 p.m.  This celebration is one of several events on campus that celebrate the opening of the then-named University of Illinois at Chicago Circle on that same date in 1965.  The Circle Back. UIC Forward website provides details of the programs and registration information.

The Circle Reading Room is a renovated space on the first floor of the Daley Library, designed for individual study.  Current students expressed a need for more quiet space in the building and challenged alumni to match their funding of the project.  The resulting area is approximately 2,500 square feet with study tables, comfortable seating, and a fireplace.  Special features of the room are displays of Circle Campus memorabilia and the plaques that name the winners of the Silver Circle Awards for Teaching Excellence.

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LHS-Chicago construction week of February 09

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of February 09:

  • A Visitor Research Computer is now available on the third floor.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Open Access Study Rooms are available — Rooms 105,106 and 108.
  • Study Rooms are unavailable — B8 through B4.
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#TBT: Purple Shirt Award: The Best and the Weirdest from Special Collections

In honor of our one-year anniversary of the Purple Shirt Award, here’s our first post, which debuted on our tumblr in January of 2014!

We’ve started asking Special Collections staff to bring their favorite items to share with everyone else at our departmental meetings and our inaugural competition was last week!  The newly dubbed Purple Shirt Award comes with bragging rights and an automaton made by our new department head, Sonia Yaco! Here’s the winning item and the award:

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We had some great suggestions, but Dan Harper won the day with an (intentionally) hilarious set of memos and letters from the Forest Preserve of Cook County about their new bathroom designs in the 1940s. Most of the correspondence is between Roberts Mann, FPDCC Superintendent of Maintenance, and Dorothy Waugh, of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.  The last two letters are between Mann and a FPDCC patron dissatisfied with the toilet design (a must read). We’ve got photographs of some of the initial letters between Mann and Waugh and also the initial letter from the dissatisfied Forest Preserve patron.

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Other entries this time include a draft of a New Year’s greeting card from the Ralph Creasman collection and three WPA murals from the University Archives painted by Ethel Spears called “Winter Sleigh Ride.” The latter were on display in the girls’ ward of the University of Illinois Orthopedic Institute. Due to preservation issues, the murals are not currently publicly accessible.

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Citations for the above collections:

FPDCC Toilet letters: “V. 8. The Fuction Foiler, Roberts Mann, 29 pp., 1935 through 1945,” 1935, 1945.  Forest Preserve District of Cook County records, Series III, Subseries I, box iii-2, folder iii-2-20.

Creasman New Year’s card: Ralph Creasman Design Papers, Series I, Subseries VI, Box 4, folder 106.

WPA Murals: Spears, Ethel. “Winter Sleigh Ride.” University Archives. No current accession number, but check out more information on Spears as a muralist!

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Learn to use web content legally during Fair Use Week

Fair Use Week, observed February 23 – 27 in 2015, is an annual celebration of the doctrine of fair use and the important role this limitation on copyright plays in achieving the Constitutional purpose of intellectual property rights:  to promote the progress of science and the useful arts.

The Library, University Legal Counsel, and UIC Digital Communications are sponsoring a discussion on “Copyright, the Internet, and You” on Thursday, February 26, 2015, noon to 1 p.m., in the Daley Library, room 1-470.  Michael Harte, University Legal Counsel, Pia Hunter and Sandy DeGroote, University Library, will discuss best practices for using copyrighted text, images, and media.

If you cannot attend in person, you can attend via Blackboard Collaborate. The session will be recorded and archived.  N.B. All new Collaborate users on Windows or Mac need to install the Blackboard Launcher before you can enter a session.

ACRL presents a free webinar “Celebrating Fair Use Week: Does Fair Use Really Work?” on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 1 – 2 p.m., featuring  Kevin Smith, Director, Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries.  See details on the ACRL Insider Blog.

Additional Fair Use Week events are described on the ARL website

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Purple Shirt Award: The Best and the Weirdest from Special Collections

The Purple Shirt Award started in the beginning of 2014 as a way for all of us to showcase the treasures of Special Collections and University Archives that we come across during routine reference and processing. Staff members can bring one item to each monthly departmental meeting and then we vote on a favorite. The winner gets bragging rights and the Purple Shirt automaton to display at his or her desk for the rest of the month.

We only had one submission for January, but it’s one of our favorite topics – World’s Fairs! This is a photograph of a Liberty Bell made out of fruit. The photograph appears in Portfolio of Photographs of the World’s Fair No. 8. You can see more, too – all of them have been digitized by the Illinois Digital Archives. The Internet Archive also has several completely digitized documents if you’d like to research more about the World’s Columbian Exposition.

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(From the World’s Columbian Exposition collection, Box 4, Folder 48)

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LHS-Chicago construction week of February 02

Several facilities projects are underway in the Library of the Health Sciences – Chicago. As a result, some disruptions to library’s services and atmosphere are expected. The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas via its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of February 02:

  • Public computers will be unavailable.

Areas affected (continuing):

  • Open Access Study Rooms are available — Rooms 105,106 and 108.
  • Study Rooms are unavailable — B8 through B4.
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