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The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Membership meeting was held recently in Dallas, Texas, hosted by Southern Methodist University (SMU). I joined colleagues from GWLA’s 36 member institutions for a lively presentation by user experience (UX) librarians at SMU as they work to create a UX culture there. We also had a sneak peak at the findings from the GWLA Student Learning Outcomes team’s multi-institutional research project. This team was investigating the impact of library instruction programs on student success. Exciting news from that group’s work will be coming soon!

GWLA is our major regional consortial partner beyond CARLI/I-Share. We enjoy reciprocal borrowing privileges with the members and have the opportunity to engage in projects addressing major issues in our field. Several new committees have been formed to advance the GWLA strategic initiatives. These include Scholarly Communications on which Sandy De Groote is a member; Resource Sharing/Collection Management on which Deb Blecic is a member; Research Data Management; and Professional and Workforce Development on which Jen Bordy is a member. A fifth committee, Student Learning Outcomes, has been in existence for several years and Anne Armstrong and Paula Dempsey have been members of this group.

I am pleased to be chair of the GWLA Board this year and am enjoying working with colleagues to advance our mutual interests. Please do check out the GWLA website and Facebook page for more news about the organization.

Best wishes,


University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

Exclusive bento search preview

The new "bento-box" search is now available for library staff to try out, at It offers a single, Google-like search box that returns results from Summon, LibGuides, Databases A-Z list, and the Library website, all at once. 

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Project update: Exchange Online email migration

The Exchange Online project is proceeding on schedule; Library Systems staff have been migrated to Outlook for email, Digital Programs and Services staff are migrating this week, and RAM is next up. In March we will be migrating RAM, the Daley Administrative staff (including the Business Office and HR) and the LHS Administrative staff, in that order.

The project team has adjusted their planning for training and implementation to better suit the schedules and staffing for each department. We had initially discussed having a training session where members of the department review key training videos together. For departments with staff that are mostly co-located in one office, we will bring in a monitor and conduct that training on the same day that we install Outlook on each person’s computer.  This will minimize the number of disruptions staff experience. For departments where staff are distributed in multiple offices and have challenging schedules, we will be working one-on-one for training and installation.  Danyelle will put holds on peoples’ calendars about three weeks out from the week your department/unit is scheduled to migrate.

The FAQ about this project is available and is being updated as we receive new questions that we expect others will have as well.

Thank you for making research palooza a success!

In conjunction with the Chicago Metro History Fair 2017, "Research Palooza" was held at the Richard J. Daley Library on Saturday, February 11. The event gave students from as far as Lakeview Junior High in Downers Grove to city schools such as Lane Tech, Kenwood Academy, Westinghouse and Chicago Academy the opportunity to use the library's resources to research their History Fair projects. Special Collections and University Archives librarians taught many of the young scholars how to use primary resources to research various topics. In addition, UIC librarians demonstrated how to find online sources and then coached students individually to help them apply their new research skills to their own topics. Numerous reference librarians were on hand to help make the day a great success. 

Thank you to everyone who helped out at this year's Research Palooza!

Successful evidence based practice online course offered by LHS

Between December 5, 2016 and February 7, 2017, 25 registered participants of the LHS Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Online Course worked through content on formulating a searchable clinical question, efficiently searching the literature, and critically appraising research literature. Of the 25 participants, 18 completed the asynchronous, self-paced modules and related assignments to receive 21 Medical Library Association CE. This Course for librarians and information professionals interested in learning the basics of EBP was converted to the current web-based Blackboard format in 2010 under the leadership of Jo Dorsch, then Regional Head Librarian in Peoria. Instructors for this most recent cohort included: Sandy DeGroote, Carmen Howard, Emily Johnson, Deborah Lauseng, Dr. Alan Schwatz (College of Medicine) and Dr. Jordan Hupert (College of Medicine). 

For further information on this instructional outreach activity, please feel free to contact Deborah Lauseng at

Estelle Hu receives MLA grant

We are pleased to announce that Estelle Hu has been awarded MLA’s  2017 Librarians without Borders® Ursula Poland International Scholarship.

The Scholarship helps fund an international project by a US or Canadian health sciences librarian. Endowed in 2014, this award is designed to enable MLA to help fund a wide range of individuals whose projects are related to health sciences librarianship in an international context. The scholarship recipient receives a certificate at the MLA annual meeting and a scholarship award of $1,000 to fund expenses associated with an international health sciences library project.

Estelle plans to use the grant to assess the usage of e-books in academic medical libraries in Taiwan.

Congratulations, Estelle!

TV2025 sessions

Please consider joining the discussions listed below about the trends that will impact the UIC Library in 2025. These are opportunities to hear and ask questions of our primary customers, campus leaders, and influential library professionals.

Use the survey links to RSVP to the sessions. To facilitate discussion, most sessions will be limited to 20 participants; some groups may be smaller depending on the size of the meeting rooms. Indicate whether you would like to attend in person or online. With each RSVP, please enter a question you would like the expert to discuss.

We hope many of you will be able to attend these sessions (depending on the staffing needs of your units)!

  • Economics: Friday, March 10, 10 a.m.,  Daley 1-470.  Expert: Lawrence Officer
  • Education (librarian/information professional): Monday, March 13, 2-3:30 p.m., Daley Special Collections Conference room. Expert: Kate Marek
  • Built Environment: Monday, March 20, 1:30 p.m., Daley 1-470. Expert: Mark Donvan
  • Environment: Tuesday, March 21, 3-4:30 p.m., Daley 1-470.  Expert: Cynthia Klein-Banai
  • Society (health): Thursday, March 30, 9:30 a.m., LHS-C 2nd floor classroom. Expert: Robert Barish
  • Society (health): Monday, April 3, 2:30-4 p.m., LHS-C (room TBA). Expert: Kristi Holmes

RSVP for Marek, Klein-Banai, Holmes

RSVP for Officer, Barish

RSVP for Donovan

Thanks from the TV2025 task force:

Kate Carpenter
Sandy De Groote
Gwen Gregory
Linda Naru
Bob Sandusky
Andrea Smith