One Book Per Semester Spring 2014: Like a Virgin by Richard Branson

The Library is supporting the College of Business and Management’s One Book per Semester (OBPS) during the spring 2014 semester. The Library has a copy of Like a Virgin by Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group. 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.


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New film databases: Filmakers Library Online and New World Cinema

The Library is pleased to highlight two new film databases from Alexander Street Press recently added to our collection:

Filmakers Library Online

Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

New World Cinema

The collection includes over 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens. There are also some 50 award winning short films.

Both databases can be found in our Databases A-Z List


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Holman Prints and Textiles Exhibit

Ulukhaktok, known until 2006 as Holman, is a small hamlet on the west coast of Victoria Island, in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The hamlet is famous as the home of Holman Eskimo Co-operative (formed in 1961), which sells Inuit prints around the world. The Inuit were first taught to make prints by Father Henri Tardy, an Oblate who settled in the area in 1948.

Holman Print

The Library is currently exhibiting a number of traditional “Holman” prints and textiles until March 10, courtesy of Noble University International.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Library Survey prize draw

We are pleased to announce the winners of our prize draw for participants in the annual Library Survey. Congratulations to Tracia Spence and Karoline Nevarez who each won $100 gift cards to Beck’s Book Store. In the coming weeks we will be discussing the findings and results of our survey. Stay tuned…


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New Archives display for Japanese American internment redress hearings at NEIU

A new exhibit from the University Archives covering the Japanese American internment redress hearings and NEIU’s role is on display in the Library’s first floor lobby.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued United States Executive Order 9066. Because of this wartime mandate, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to U.S. internment camps. These camps were overcrowded, and living conditions were substandard. In the process of relocation, the imprisoned Japanese Americans lost their homes, properties, and businesses.

President Gerald Ford repealed Executive Order 9066 in 1976. The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) was created in 1980 to investigate the lawfulness of Executive Order 9066. The CWRIC executed an official evaluation of the mandate and its impact on Japanese Americans, starting the process of reparations to the Japanese Americans for the time and property they had lost. In 1981, Northeastern Illinois University was chosen as the Chicago site for these historically significant court hearings.

The documents presented in this display are part of a collection related to the Japanese Internment Redress Hearings held at Northeastern Illinois University in 1981. This collection of official government documents, photographs, sound recordings, and court transcripts is housed in the University Archives. Interested members of the University Community are encouraged to use this valuable research collection.

To view this collection and to listen to the testimonies, contact the University Archives. The University Archives office is located in the Lower Level of the Ronald Williams Library. For more information, please call(773) 442-4416, or email University Archivist Dario Villa at

Hanna Ahn
Faculty Assistant
Ronald Williams Library


 ”20th Anniversary Of The Civil Liberties Act To Be Celebrated.” Northeastern Illinois University. 25 Aug. 2008. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. <>
Siasoco, Ricco V., and Shmuel Ross. “Japanese Internment in World War II.” Infoplease. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <>

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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. For more about Requesting I-Share items found through WorldCat, click HERE.
    • 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. Because of this, requests for books in this system may take much longer and can be more difficult to request, as each library has its own lending policies. To learn more on requesting books from ILLiad Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat, click HERE.
  • 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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Welcome back students!

The Library would like to welcome all new and returning students to NEIU.  Here is some brief information to get you started using the library.

WorldCat Local
For 2014 the Library is debuting our new search tool WorldCat Local, which provides single-search access to articles, books, electronic resources and more. Our implementation of WorldCat Local is still in the beta stages of development. We invite our users to offer their feedback so that we may continue improving this tool.

Library Accounts
If you registered on or before December 20, 2013, your library account for borrowing and requesting library materials has been updated for the fall semester.

If you registered after August 16, you will need to stop by the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Library with proof of fall registration from NEIUport to update your library account.  All accounts will be automatically updated after the final day of registration on January 20.

Please bring your NEIU ID with you to borrow library materials from the Library.  Your NEIU ID is also required to use the computers and software in the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) on the 3rd floor.

Off-Campus Database Access, ILLiad and I-Share
Your NetID and Password which gives you access to NEIUport and Blackboardwill also give you access to the Library’s databases from off-campus and access to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan for requesting journal articles and library books from other libraries.

In addition to ILLiad, you can request library books from other academic libraries in Illinois through I-Share.  If you have not previously done so, you will need to create an I-Share account to request library materials from other I-Share academic libraries.  If you previously created an I-Share account it is automatically activated when your library account is updated.

Software in the Library
The Library has full MS Office available on the 2nd floor computers and in the MLRC on the 3rd floor.  Full Adobe Creative Suite and additional multimedia editing software are also available in the MLRC.

Printing and Photocopying
Printing and photocopying are available on most floors of the Library.  Color printing, photocopying and scanning are also available at the 2nd floor copy center.  Your print quota may be used at any printer or photocopier in the Library.

As always, we are here to help with your research or any other questions you have about the Library.  Feel free to contact us at 773-442-4400 or online at

Good luck to all of you in the coming semester!

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End of semester announcements

The Library will be closed from Saturday, December 21, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014. This also includes the CCICS Library and the Library Resource Center at El Centro.

Students:  All library materials are due back December 16th. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 773-442-4400 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 2014 enrollment, transcripts, etc. All I-Share and ILLiad requests submitted during the holiday break will be processed when the Library reopens on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Please contact the Circulation Desk at or at 773-442-4400 if you have any questions about your library account or the information above. Enjoy the semester break and congratulations to our new graduates!


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Fuel Your Brain – Extended Library hours + free drinks and snacks for end of term

The Library will be open for the following extended hours from Monday, Dec. 2nd – Friday, Dec. 13th:

  • Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 12 midnight
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Coffee and cookies will be available on the Library’s first floor from Monday, Dec. 2nd  - Thursday, December 5th from 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm. Good luck with finals!

Fuel Your Brain

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MLRC Study Room

From December 2nd to December 13th the MLRC will have a reservable study room for groups of 1-3 students. The room is located in the MLRC lab on the 3rd floor of the Library.

The room may be reserved up to one week in advance, and may be reserved for up to two hours.
The room is available when the MLRC is open:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

To reserve the room, please call the MLRC at (773) 442-4560 OR e-mail with the date and time you’d like to reserve the room, your full name, and how many people (1-3) will be in the room.

When the room is not in use, it is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Note: The room is only available to current NEIU students. Students with reservations have priority over walk-ins—students who use the room as walk-ins may be asked to leave when students arrive for their scheduled times. As with the rest of the MLRC lab, cell phone use and eating is prohibited.


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