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.

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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.

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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.

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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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New digital collection covering the history of NEIU available online

We are pleased to announce the debut of a new collection of digitized archival materials. Campus History – Selected Text and Images highlights items from the University Archives covering the history of NEIU from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Included are items documenting campus construction, student life, and visits to campus by prominent public figures. These items originate from photographic prints, student published periodicals, and two monographs published by the University.

Students Posing

This collection is NEIU’s first contribution to the CARLI Digital Collections repository. Over the coming years we hope to publish several more digital collections on a variety of topics. Stay tuned!


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Book Discussion and Closing Celebration

Dreams of Trespass & Closing Celebration
Thursday, July 24th, 5:30-7PM
Lower Level Classroom, Library

The fifth and final event in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series will be on the book Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. The discussion will be led by NEIU English Professor Alicia Erian who, as a well-published author, offers a unique writer’s perspective.

Join us for food, discussion, and celebration. All are welcome.

To sign up for the event, click here.

For more information, contact:
Kimberly Shotick
Muslim Journeys Program Director 
Voice: 773-442-4415


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Learn: Photoshop, Audacity, Excel, Access, CSS, Java, Captivate, and much more!

The Ronald Williams now offers access to, an online training website.  Learn how to use software, gain business and creative skills, and learn much more using easy-to-follow video tutorials.  Access to is offered at a reservable workstation in the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) on the Library’s 3rd floor.

To request a reservation or view the availability calendar, visit

The computer is available for up to two-hour reservations. Reservations may be made up to one month in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, if the computer is available.  See the computer reservation calendar for availability. The MLRC lab is for the use of faculty, staff, students, and alumni and the Blue & Gold level or higher.

Presented by the Multimedia Learning Resource Center, a specialized multimedia lab located on the 3rd floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Please contact us at or (773) 442-4415 if you have any questions.


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Café Descartes now open in the Library

The Library is proud to announce that the new Café Descartes is now open for business on the first floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Café Descartes will provide the same menu of beverages and pastries that is currently available in Village Square. The Café will be open during regular library hours, including nights and weekends. Our new café space also offers comfortable seating and a new popular reading collection of books and magazines. Stop by for a cup of your favorite beverage and some delicious pastries!

Cafe Descartes logo

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Chang Liu solo exhibition

From April 19th through May 2nd, 2014, the Library is hosting a solo exhibition from artist Chang Liu entitled “GO TO THE BALCONY.”

Artist Liu Chang

Liu is an art student from Northeastern University in Shenyang China who came to NEIU as an exchange student in 2013.  The exhibition contains a mix of paintings and sculptures and is located in the Library’s first floor gallery space.


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