One Book Per Semester for Spring 2015

Keeping Up with the QuantsThe Library is supporting the College of Business and Management’s One Book per Semester (OBPS) initiative during the spring 2015 semester. The Library has a copy of Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics by Thomas H. Davenport. The book is on two-hour reserve at the Circulation Desk that is located on the north side of the Library’s first floor.

The copy is listed under the course MNGT OBPS.

Students – End of Semester Library Reminders

This is just a reminder that all library materials are due back by Friday, December 12. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 773-442-4401 if you have any questions regarding your library account or any items you have borrowed. Please clear any library fines and/or fees before the semester ends to prevent any holds on your account which can potentially cause issues with Spring 2015 registration, transcripts, etc.

The Library will be closed Saturday, December 20 – Thursday, January 1. Please note that we reopen Friday, January 2 but are closed Saturday, January 3 – Sunday, January 4. We begin regular semester hours on Monday, January 5, 2015. The outside Book Return box will be available for materials returned when the Library is closed.

Thanks to all, enjoy the semester break and congratulations to our new graduates!

Long Night Against Procrastination

The Ronald Williams Library, the Learning Support Center, and the Center for Academic Writing invite NEIU students to come to the:
Long Night Against Procrastination
Tuesday, December 2
7:00 pm to 12 midnight
Ronald Williams Library, Fourth Floor

Writing tutors, math tutors (for 090- and 100-level courses), and a Reference Librarian will be available for walk-in sessions from 7:00 pm until 12 midnight. Come and take advantage of late-night support to battle end-of-semester procrastination. Free coffee and snacks will also be available.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

wikipediaeditathonThe Ronald Williams Library at NEIU is hosting its annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Thursday, October 23rd, from 1 pm to 5 pm, in the library’s cafe seating on the 1st floor.

This year’s topic is the Chicago Fire of 1874 — a fire that decimated neighborhoods on the city’s south side, which were largely populated by minorities and recent immigrants. We will be collaboratively writing a brand new Wikipedia article to help increase awareness about the historic event, as well as to learn more about how information is created and shared online.

Participants will have a wide selection of materials to use as sources for the article, ranging from published books on the city’s history to contemporary newspaper accounts of the fire (and the people affected) to archival documents.

Come learn a little more about Chicago’s history, and help ensure that one of its forgotten stories will be better known in the future.

Long Night Against Procrastination

The Ronald Williams Library, the Learning Support Center, and the Center for Academic Writing invite NEIU students to come to the:
Long Night Against Procrastination
Wednesday, October 22
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Ronald Williams Library, Fourth Floor

Writing tutors, math tutors (for 090- and 100-level courses), and a Reference Librarian will be available for walk-in sessions from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Come and take advantage of late-night support to battle mid-semester procrastination. Free coffee and snacks will also be available.

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Ronald Williams Day, October 10, 2014

Dr. Ronald WilliamsThe Library is commemorating October 10th as Ronald Williams Day in recognition of one of our most beloved and visionary University presidents.

October 10th, 1985 was designated as Ronald Williams Day by late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in honor of Dr. Williams, his work and legacy.

Dr. Ronald Williams’ served as president of Northeastern Illinois University from 1976 till his untimely death in 1985. During his tenure, Dr. Williams made significant efforts to improve the quality and accessibility to educational opportunities for First Generation College educated students. As he so well pointed out, “I want to stay here because my job represents an opportunity to develop a model of what an urban public university can be…they provide the vehicle for upward mobility”. It is a tribute to Dr. Williams that Northeastern Illinois University continues that tradition and commitment.

To commemorate the day this year, the Library Foundation has purchased a book in memory of Dr. Williams entitled “Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California” by Emily E. Straus. The book, along with other documents and photos of Dr. Williams are currently on display in the lobby of the Library.

For more information and/or resources on the life of Ronald Williams, please contact the University Archives.

Does the Library have my textbook?

At the beginning of the semester we have many students coming to the Library searching for textbooks and other curriculum materials. Here are few things for students and faculty to keep in mind about what the Library can and cannot offer:

  • The Library does not purchase and circulate textbooks in conjunction with course offerings. Certain textbooks may incidentally be in our collection, but this is fairly uncommon. If we do happen to have a textbook being used in a current class, there will most likely be only one circulating copy.
  • Textbooks can occasionally be available from two other sources: I-Share or ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan.
    • I-Share is a collection of university and college libraries in the state of Illinois that have agreed to share their books with each other. Many libraries in I-Share have restrictions on lending out textbooks so requests for them can be slow to fulfill or even be denied. Learn more about Requesting I-Share items found through WorldCat.
    • ILLiad Interlibrary Loan is for books that are unavailable through I-Share. Interlibrary Loan is a system that allows students to borrow books from libraries all over the world. Requests for books in this system may take much longer and in fact, there is no guarantee that a textbook will be delivered. In addition, each lending library has its own loan period policy. Learn more on requesting books from ILLiad Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat.
  • If your teacher has informed you that curriculum materials are on course reserve, those items will be available for pickup from the circulation desk. More information on course reserve can be found here.
  • Reach out to your teaching faculty and let them know they can place items on course reserve at the library for limited use. If they are interested in submitting materials for course reserve they can visit Special Services for Faculty & Staff.

If you have any questions, please stop by the reference desk on the 1st floor or call us at 773-442-4410.

Library information for University Center of Lake County students

A new library research guide has been created for NEIU students taking classes at the University Center of Lake County. Please visit this page for information regarding NEIU services, requesting books and articles, ID cards, printing, and getting in touch with your subject librarian.

University Center of Lake County Library Research Guide

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