Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of July 21

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of July 21:

  • Pipe installation for the sprinkler system in the Daley Library will continue on the 4th floor, affecting all public areas and research carrels on that floor.  There will be some work pulling electrical wires to the fire alarm notification appliances (strobes and horns) on the 2nd floor/north.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The electrical upgrade project in the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago continues.

Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of July 14

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of July 14:

  • Pipe installation for the sprinkler system in the Daley Library 2nd floor will be completed and will begin on the 4th floor/north.   This work will impact the 2nd floor quiet study area and public areas on the 2nd and 4th floors.
  • The terrazzo flooring on the 1st floor/northeast area of the Daley Library is expected to be completed on Wednesday, July 16.  Until completion of the project, there is no access to/from the 1st floor north stairwells, and the administrative hallway is inaccessible.  Any library staff member can provide instructions on alternate paths to the dean’s office, Human Resources, and ILL/DRU.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The electrical upgrade project in the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago continues.

UIC helps the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross (ARC) asked the University of Illinois at Chicago for help, and the Daley Library and CUPPA‘s Urban Data Visualization Lab (UVDL) responded.

The Library and UVDL co-hosted a national training session July 11-12, 2014, to teach the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to ARC employees who respond directly to disasters.  This was the first time the Red Cross offered this kind of training, and they expect to do more in the future.

The go-to hosts from Daley and UDVL were Becky Lowery from Special Collections/Maps and Max Dieber, head of the UDVL which teaches GIS to CUPPA students.  They provided assistance that ranged from help with the GIS software to giving directions to the nearest ATM.

American Red Cross employees pose in the Daley Library IDEA Commons during a GIS training session July 12, 2014.

American Red Cross employees pose in the Daley Library IDEA Commons during a GIS training session July 12, 2014.

 

Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of July 7

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of July 7:

  • Pipe installation for the sprinkler system in the Daley Library 2nd floor continues throughout the week.  This work will impact the quiet study area and all public areas on the floor.
  • Workers began installing terrazzo flooring in the 1st floor/northeast area of the Daley Library during the week of June 30.  The project is expected to take from ten to 14 working days to complete, during which there will be no access to/from the 1st floor north stairwells.  Also, there will be several days when the administrative hallway is inaccessible.  Any library staff member can provide instructions on alternate paths to the dean’s office, Human Resources, and ILL/DRU.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago will be closed on Saturday, July 12 due to a utilities shut down that is part of the electrical upgrade project.

Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of June 30

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of June 30:

  • Pipe installation for the sprinkler system in the Daley Library 2nd floor continues throughout the week.  This work will impact the quiet study area and all public areas on the floor.
  • Workers will install terrazzo flooring in the 1st floor/northeast area of the Daley Library beginning the week of June 30.  The project is expected to take from ten to 14 working days to complete, during which there will be no access to/from the 1st floor north stairwells.  Also, there will be several days when the administrative hallway is inaccessible.  Any library staff member can provide instructions on alternate paths to the dean’s office, Human Resources, and ILL/DRU.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago began an electrical upgrade project the week of May 19 that is expected to last four to six weeks.  Work involves removing portions of the ceiling and drilling through concrete on the lower level and first floor.  Some group study rooms on the lower level will be unavailable during this phase of the project.

 

Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of June 23

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas affected during the week of June 23:

  • Pipe installation for the sprinkler system in the Daley Library 2nd floor is scheduled to begin June 24.  This work will impact the quiet study area and all public areas on the floor.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago began an electrical upgrade project the week of May 19 that is expected to last four to six weeks.  Work involves removing portions of the ceiling and drilling through concrete on the lower level and first floor.  Some group study rooms on the lower level will be unavailable during this phase of the project.

Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of June 16

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas will be affected during the week of June 16:

  • The Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives Department will be closed through June 17, 2014 for installation of a fire suppression system and upgrade of the fire alarm system.
  • Pipe installation in the Daley Library 3rd floor north is scheduled for June 17 – 24.  This work will impact the silent study area and offices, group study rooms and carrels.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago began an electrical upgrade project the week of May 19 that is expected to last four to six weeks.  Work involves removing portions of the ceiling and drilling through concrete on the lower level and first floor.  Some group study rooms on the lower level will be unavailable during this phase of the project.

Chicago Commodity Exchanges Records Now Available

The records of the Chicago Board of Trade and the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange have been processed and are now available for research. Though the records of the Chicago Board of Trade have been coming to UIC since 1968, the processing project was only recently completed with generous support from CME Group.

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) began in 1848 in a flour store attic with 82 Chicago merchants and political figures. Its arrival stimulated the development of Chicago and solidified the city as a commercial hub. Commodity trading did not previously exist in the United States & its arrival brought a stable market to farmers who had suffered poor economic conditions due to unstable price fluctuations. In addition, commodities were now subject to standards and grades as well as inspection processes to ensure the customer received the product they paid for. The exchanges also set precedents for developing trading practices and relationships with boards of trade and chambers of commerce around the United States and internationally.

The MidAmerica Commodity Exchange (MACE) was initially founded as “Pudd’s Exchange” in a field on the corner of LaSalle and Washington streets in 1868. In 1880, it was incorporated as the Chicago Open Board of Trade. The exchange became known as the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange in 1973, and kept the name after it became affiliated with the Chicago Board of Trade in 1986, before dissolving in 2003. The exchange offered smaller versions of contracts offered by the Chicago Board of Trade, thus allowing individuals with smaller assets to trade and gain experience before trading larger amounts.

The collections contain materials documenting the history of the exchanges; their executive officers and members; operations, including committees and departments; rules, by-laws, and regulations; and statistical information. The materials include correspondence, reports, ledgers, meeting minutes, legal briefs, court dockets, rulebooks, visual materials, financial records, press clips, publications, transcripts, contracts, rulings and resolutions, statistics, and other documents.

The records are available for use in the reading room of the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library. Finding aids are available at http://library.uic.edu/collections/manuscripts-and-rare-books/cme-group

Daley Library, LHS-C construction week of June 2

Several facilities projects are underway in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.  All projects create dust and noise; patrons coming to the buildings should consider bringing hearing protection devices.  The Library will keep patrons informed about temporary service desk relocations and inaccessible areas on its website and building signage.

Areas will be affected during the week of June 2:

  • The Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives Department will be closed June 5-17, 2014 for installation of a fire suppression system and upgrade of the fire alarm system.
  • Construction in the Daley Library Circle Reading Room (1st floor) continues.
  • The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago began an electrical upgrade project the week of May 19 that is expected to last four to six weeks.  Work involves removing portions of the ceiling and drilling through concrete on the lower level and first floor.  Some group study rooms on the lower level will be unavailable during the week of June 2.