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
    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 Chegg.com and Amazon.com, 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.

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.


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.