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.

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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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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.

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.

Questions?
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 http://library.neiu.edu/ask.html.

Good luck to all of you in the coming semester!

iPads loaded with educational apps now available for checkout

Four iPads are now available for checkout at the MLRC desk on the 3rd floor of the Ronald Williams Library.  The iPads are a part of the Library’s Curriculum Materials Center, and will eventually replace the multimedia software collection that is currently shelved in the CMC.  Each iPad is loaded with the same set of educational apps, both free and paid, all of which have been recommended for the use of teachers from preschool to high school level, so that they can easily be used for lesson and unit planning by students in the College of Education.

Current students, staff, or faculty who want to check out an iPad for use inside the Library will need to fill out an equipment checkout form at the MLRC desk.  The iPad will be checked out for 3 hours, and must be returned to the MLRC desk.  If you have any questions about the iPads or how to check one out, contact James Rosenzweig at J-Rosenzweig@neiu.edu or 773-442-4454, or Kimberly Shotick at KC-Shotick@neiu.edu or 773-442-4415.

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Databases and information sources impacted by federal government shutdown

Numerous federally funded databases and information sources have been impacted by the recent federal government shutdown. Here is a brief rundown of some of our most commonly used government resources and how they’ve been effected:

ERIC (Education Information Resources Center):

Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host eric.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.

Please note that ERIC is still accessible via several different platforms. When using ERIC via any of these platforms, full text links pointing to articles hosted outside of ERIC should continue to work. However, any link that says “Full Text from ERIC” will be broken until ERIC is back online.

PubMed:

Due to the lapse in government funding, PubMed is being maintained with minimal staffing. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries.

US Census Bureau (and American Fact Finder):

Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice.

US Government Printing Office FDsys:

The Federal Government is shut down due to a funding lapse. Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services will be limited to documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services exempted under the Antideficiency Act. The remaining collections on FDsys are not being updated and will resume after funding is restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

Others effected by the shutdown include the National Archives, Department of Justice Web Portal,  Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Health StatisticsLibrary of Congress and potentially any resource that receives federal funding. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and anticipate access being fully restored once a resolution to the shutdown is enacted.

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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.

Library Accounts
If you registered on or before August 16, 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 September 9.

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.

Questions?
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 http://library.neiu.edu/ask.html.

Good luck to all of you in the coming semester!

Library awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection; hosting reading and discussion series

The Ronald Williams Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, and one of 125 libraries to also receive the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The Bookshelf programming aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies. All the 25 books and 4 films are available at the library. To see the full schedule of events, go to http://libguides.neiu.edu/muslimjourneys.

As part of the Bookshelf grant, the Library partnered with the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs at NEIU to offer public showings and discussions on two of the films from the Bookshelf, Koran by Heart (2011) and Prince Among Slaves (2007), and a public talk and discussion by NEIU Professor of Anthropology, Russell Zanca, on Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, by Maria Rosa Menocal.

Let’s Talk About It programming includes a five-part reading and discussion series titled focused on those books in the Points of View theme, led by Alicia Erian, Assistant Professor of English and author of two books–a collection of short stories called The Brutal Language of Love, and the novel Towelhead, a coming-of-age story about an Arab-American adolescent experiencing racism, abuse, and her own sexuality, which was made into a film by Alan Ball in 2008.  Her third book, a memoir called The Dragon Lies Down, will be published in 2014.

The books that will be discussed include:

  • In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  • House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
  • Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

The first book discussion will focus on In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar and will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 5:30pm at the Ronald Williams Library, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. For details and to register for the discussion series, please visit http://libguides.neiu.edu/muslimjourneys or contact Kimberly Shotick at kc-shotick@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4415. Additional books will be discussed throughout the year at Ronald Williams Library and Skokie Public Library. Registered participants of the discussions can check out copies of each of the books at the Ronald Williams Circulation Desk.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

New Library database: Education in Video

The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new database developed specifically for training and developing teachers. Education in Video has over 1,300 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. Videos are browseable by education level, name and topic, and stream directly into your browser. Visit their about page for more information.

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Film collection highlight: “A Film Unfinished”

As the Library’s film collection continues to grow we will be periodically highlighting works that illustrate the breadth of materials available to faculty and students. This time University Archivist and History Librarian Dario Villa discusses Hersonski’s 2010 documentary, A Film Unfinished.

The visual record of the Holocaust is extensive and well represented in both the photographic and filmic formats. Stored in a concrete vault for more than fifty years in East Germany, “Das Ghetto”, (various reels) is representative of the power of Nazi propaganda depicting the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. An additional reel of outtakes was discovered in 1968 showing scenes filmed repeatedly by the German film crew. In “A Film Unfinished”, Israeli director Yael Hersonski screens all reels of the silent film, “Das Ghetto”, interspersed with additional comments from survivors, from diaries discovered after the war and from one of the Nazi cinematographers. It is a moving and disturbing depiction of the horrible suffering of the victims trapped in the ghetto, the majority destined to be deported to the death camps at Treblinka and Auschwitz. The viewer is seeing human beings destined to be murdered. A number of the survivors, at the time children, were invited by Hersonski to bear witness to the film and to comment on what they experienced. The most poignant testimony though, is by the silent stares of those who are doomed to perish at the hands of their oppressors. It remains unclear whether “Das Ghetto” was ever used by the Propaganda Ministry, though Hersonski thinks that it was filmed for the purpose of “educating” future German generations. As Hersonski said in an interview, this is “an exploration of the testimonial value of the cinematic image and of footage that was shot during times of war”.

Dario Villa – University Archivist/History Bibliographer

A Film Unfinished is available for checkout from the Library in DVD format. Our entire browse-able collection of popular and educational films can be found on the Library’s 3rd floor.

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