One Book Per Semester for Spring 2016

The Library is supporting the College of Business and Management’s One Book per Semester (OBPS) initiative during the spring 2016 semester. The Library has a copy of The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton M. Christensen.


The copy 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 Monday, December 14, including materials borrowed from other libraries. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 773-442-4401 if you have any questions regarding your library account or any items you have borrowed.

If you are trying to register for Spring 2016 and have a library hold on your account please contact Zachary McMahon at or stop by the Library Circulation Desk, 1st Floor, to have your library hold temporarily removed so you can register for classes. Please note that the library hold will be placed back on your account at the beginning of next semester. Also, the Library can only temporarily remove your library hold. Other holds that on your university account may also affect your ability to register. Please contact Student Payment Services for information regarding your university account.

All current students who are registered for Spring 2016 should have their library accounts activated by December 23. Library accounts will also be activated at the beginning of next semester. If you register in January and your account is not activated please stop by the Library Circulation Desk so we can manually update your account.

Library hours during the semester break are as follows:

  • Friday, December 11 – 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13 – CLOSED
  • Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18 – 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20 – CLOSED
  • Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23 – 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, January 3 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8 – 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, January 9 – Sunday, January 10 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 11 – Spring 2016 classes begin, return to regular hours

The outside Book Return box will be available for returning materials when the Library is closed.

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

Long Night Against Procrastination, Tue., Dec. 1 at Main Campus and El Centro

Dear University Community,

Students are invited to a special event designed to make it as easy as possible to get tutoring help ahead of final exams, writing assignments and projects.

The Learning Support Center, Center for Academic Writing, Ronald Williams Library, El Centro and Campus Recreation invite students to the:

Long Night Against Procrastination
Tuesday, December 1
7 p.m. to midnight

Two locations:

Main Campus, Ronald Williams Library, Fourth Floor
El Centro

How will this event help students counter procrastination?

Students can:

Drop in any time during the event to get help from writing tutors, math tutors (for 090- and 100-level courses) and reference librarians.
Attend workshops to help with:
Studying for Final Exams
Research Skills: Finding and Citing the Sources You Need
And more.
Participate in tutor-led course review sessions for selected courses.
Participate in Chair Yoga

Students who attend the event will be offered free coffee and snacks. Some lucky students will have the chance to spin a prize wheel!

Check the full schedule for details as they are updated at and between now and December 1.

“Join” the Long Night Against Procrastination event on Facebook to let us know you’re coming.

What if students are unable to attend the event?

Students can call Long Night staff to arrange getting help from a writing tutor or reference librarian over the phone or via Skype from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 1 by calling (773) 442-4492.

Faculty Perspectives on Open Access Publishing

What does Open Access mean to you as an NEIU faculty member? Find out by attending a live webcast and panel discussion by your colleagues to kick-off International Open Access Week.

Faculty Perspectives on Publishing Open Access
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 1:00 – 2:30
Location: Library, Lower Level, LIB 022

More information about the webcast is available at or you may contact Henry Owen at or x4420.

Please join the Ronald Williams Library and the Advisory Committee to the Library as we continue our discussion about Open Access at NEIU.

October Events in the Library

The Latino/a Resource Center, in partnership with the Ronald Williams Library, would like to invite you to the unveiling of the 2015 Latino/a Faculty Spotlight: Los Profesores exhibit on October 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library’s Cafe, with a reception to follow. All are welcome.

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and trajectory of seven Latino/a-identified faculty spanning various disciplines, backgrounds and experiences. This year’s cohort is:

  • Milka Ramirez, Ph.D. (Social Work)
  • Ann M. Aviles de Bradley, Ph.D. (Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies)
  • Charletta Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Business and Management)
  • Gerardo Moreno, Ph.D. (Special Education)
  • Graciela Perera, Ph.D. (Computer Science)
  • Mary Thill, MA, MLIS (Library)
  • Wilfredo Alvarez, Ph.D. (Communication, Media and Theatre)

This program is a part of the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Also in October in the Library:

Ronald Williams Day, October 10, 2015

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

Dr. Williams served as president of Northeastern Illinois University from 1976 until his untimely death in 1985. During his tenure, Dr. Williams made significant efforts to improve accessibility to quality education for first-generation college 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 in recognition of one of our most beloved and visionary University presidents, the Library Foundation has purchased a book in memory of Dr. Williams titled Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons From Minority-Serving Institutions by Clifton Conrad and Marybeth Gasman. The book, along with other documents and photos of Dr. Williams, is 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.

COBM’s One Book Per Semester in Fall 2015

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

COBM’s One Book Per Semester pick for fall 2015

The Library is supporting the College of Business and Management’s One Book per Semester (OBPS) initiative during the fall 2015 semester. The Library has a copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. 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.

Does the Library Have My Textbook?

We know textbooks can be expensive! While we generally don’t have your textbook, here are some steps to check.

  1. See if your instructor put the textbook on reserve
    Go to the library homepage and click on the Course Reserves link. Search by class number, instructor’s name, or department. To check out a book on reserve, visit the Circulation desk on the library’s 1st floor. Most books on reserve check out for 2 hours.
  2. Search I-Share to borrow it from another library
    If you didn’t find the book on reserve, search I-Share, a network of over 80 academic libraries in Illinois. Click on the I-Share link on the library homepage. Search for the title of the book you are looking for in quotations. To request a book you’ll need to create an I-Share account.
    WARNING: When you are searching for the book on the library website you may see the option “Borrow through ILLiad Interlibrary Loan.” Due to loan restrictions and long wait times, we recommend you do NOT use ILLiad for textbooks.
  3. Buy or rent it
    Beck’s Books carries the textbooks for NEIU classes, and you may have the option to buy a used book or rent it at a reduced price. Websites, such as and, also have used and rental textbooks at reduced prices.

The History of Women’s Studies at NEIU

FullSizeRenderIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the University Archives department has created several interesting exhibits currently on display in the Ronald Williams Library lobby.

Articles from the student newspaper and other materials that trace the establishment of the Women’s Studies program at Northeastern Illinois University in the early 1970s are displayed, as well as flyers and photos from the early 2000s and earlier that illustrate Women’s Studies student activism on campus.

We think you’ll find it interesting–please stop by to take a look!

All materials included are held by University Archives (located in the lower level of the Ronald Williams Library); these materials will be on display for most of the month. For questions, call Hanna Ahn at x4416, Ellen Larrimore at x4402, or Thomas Mollo at x4486.

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.