Monthly Archives: September 2012

13 Million and 1University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Library Collection

The 13,000,001st Volume
An anonymous donor has made a gift to purchase The Occult Reliquary—officially
becoming the 13,000,001st volume in the Library’s collections. The book presents
a selection of images from the Richel-Eldermans Collection, an occult archive of
some 2,000 images and artifacts housed in the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle,
Cornwall. The Special Edition acquired by the Library was limited to 100 handnumbered copies—and sold out almost a year before publication.
A Library Friend, who prefers to remain unknown, recognized the significance
of the number 13, with all of its ties to myths and magic, and thought the
book to be perfect for the Library’s Mandeville Collection. This collection of
more than 15,000 volumes is supported by an endowment established by the
late Merten J. Mandeville, a professor of management at Illinois. Works of a
serious nature, and those which emphasize the positive aspects of the occult,
make up the collection. Primary subject areas include astrology; the divinatory
arts and palmistry; esoteric religion and mysticism; occult techniques for
health, happiness, and success; psychical phenomena and research, including
clairvoyance, ESP, and out-of-body experiences; spiritualism, including
apparitions, mediumship, and reincarnation; unidentified flying objects; and
witchcraft and magic.
“Tales of Ise is a lovely and important volume—a perfect selection to carry the honor
of being a millionth volume. The acquisition of The occult reliquary is a nod to
all the superstition and mystery surrounding the number 13. Obtaining these two
very different works of literature further demonstrates the Library’s commitment to
building a collection of depth and breadth. We are very grateful to our
donors for providing the financial support that made it possible for
our Library to acquire these volumes. Their generosity helps our
collection sustain its greatness.”
Paula T. Kaufman
The Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries
and University Librarian


Happy Inclusive Illinois Day

Wednesday, September 19, is Inclusive Illinois Day. Please take the time to visit education stations throughout campus, and make a personal commitment online to the values of diversity and inclusion at Illinois.The Undergraduate Library will have an education station set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to promote the Library’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, as well as to provide an opportunity for patrons to make a commitment. Look for bookmarks and magnets at other Library locations. Library personnel are encouraged to make a commitment by visiting .  If you have already made your commitment, you do not need to recommit.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices, is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated and respected. By sharing our individual and collective voices – through education, active engagement, and outreach – we contribute to excellence, thus enriching the Illinois Experience.

Inclusive Illinois is about our individual and collective commitment:

I will encourage the expression of different voices, perspectives, and ideas.

I will challenge my own beliefs, opinions, and viewpoints.

I will advocate for an accessible, safe, and respectful environment to enhance the living, learning, and working community at Illinois.

I will acknowledge and respect the multiple identities represented in each individual.

My commitment will be demonstrated by my voice and my conduct.


College or Unit Staffed Hours II Day Location: 9/19 Event or Program (held Sept 17-28)
School of Social Work
SSW (1010 W. Nevada; Student Lounge, outside
Computer Lab, Rm 2023) ***
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 9:00A-3:00P 2002 Lincoln Hall ***
Office of the VC for SA (OIIR) 9:00A-3:00P WRC & Diversity Ed (703 S. Wright, 2nd fl) ***
Graduate College 9:30A-3:30P Coble Hall (front of bldg) ***
Office of the VC for SA (OIIR) 10:00A-2:00P (4) Cultural Centers (Nevada St) ***
Office of the VC for SA (Illini Union) 10:00A-3:00P
Illini Union (North Lobby, off Courtyard Café, by
Guest Registration) ***
Illinois Student Senate (ISS) & Division of Public
Safety 10:00A-3:00P
Illini Union (North Lobby, off Courtyard Café, by
Guest Registration)
Office of the Chancellor & OEOA 10:00A-4:00P Swanlund (front of building) ***
Office of the VC for SA (Campus Rec) 10:00A-4:00P ARC (Winter Garden) ***
University Library 10:00A-4:00P Undergraduate Library (1402 W. Gregory) ***
College of Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences (ACES) 11:00A-1:00P South Quad (west of Mumford Hall, east of DKH) ***
College of Applied Health Sciences 11:00A-1:00P South Quad ***
College of Business 11:00A-1:00P South Quad ***
College of Education 11:00A-1:00P South Quad
9/19: “White Privilege: Does it Still Exist?”
Dr. Tim Engles, 4 PM, 2 Education,
College of Fine and Applied Arts 11:00A-1:00P South Quad ***
Office of the VC for SA (McKinley Health Ctr) 11:00A-1:00P South Quad ***
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
(GSLIS) 11:00A-1:00P GSLIS (East Foyer) ***
College of Media 11:00A-2:00P Gregory Hall (1st Fl, outside Lecture Hall)
9/26: NABJ presents “What’s Black in the
News – Power vs. People,” 6:30 PM, Multi
College of Engineering 11:00A-3:00P 100 & 102 Engineering Hall (Hallway, 1st Fl) ***
College of Medicine at UIUC 11:30A-1:30P MSB (Lobby, 506 S. Mathews, Urbana) ***
College of Veterinary Medicine 12:00P-1:00P
VetMed Basic Sciences Bldg

New Library IT Post G: or H: Drives or

There is new information on the Library Wiki about storing files.

PSA from Jessamyn West

Had to take a break…I am brain dead. Here is a Public Service Announcement for Fall from

Don’t forget to update your FAQ and About information (and any other info that might be out of date)

How robots killed the hugo awards

I was there watching live, so I didn’t know anything about this until after the fact, but Io9 describes what happened:

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards [UPDATED]

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction’s most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you’re not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service Ustream, the feed cut off — just as Neil Gaiman was giving an acceptance speech for his Doctor Who script, “The Doctor’s Wife.” Where Gaiman’s face had been were the words, “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.” What the hell?

You can read the rest of the story here.

It’s really too bad. The Hugos were most excellent. Scalzi kicked butt as toastmaster and librarian Lynne Thomas was part of the group that won the Hugo for best fancast with Squeecast.




Made it through the first week…I think pt. 2

I like to come in before the library opens, or work when it’s closed, because it’s quiet and I can think and prepare myself for the day. I’m not really supposed to and it is against library policy and, as staff, I am not salaried and don’t get overtime, but dammit…it is what it is.

In any case, I worked the weekend before classes started because I like to have the students come in for orientation, to familiarize them with all the changes and to throw out the pre-beta schedule. As the student supervisor it’s my job to train and supervise the students (D’uh). I feel like Alice, running and not getting anyplace, but I have literally been working on a training manual since I started at the university in 1996. *

I thought I had things under control (that trick never works) and trotted off to Worldcon feeling pretty good. However first week and Labor Day weekend proved me wrong. Some students didn’t show up and didn’t get subs. Some students got subs and the subs didn’t show up. Some people were just fine. From Friday evening through Sunday the library is supervised by GA’s and there was a major flurry of email that I couldn’t do anything about…especially since I hadn’t even planned to look at email for five days.

Things are settled now and I think the Beta 2.0 schedule is set (like Google, my schedule is in permanent Beta) and I sent out the following email Tuesday afternoon after the Reference/Staff meeting:

In light of recent problems, we’d like to remind all student workers of the following rules:

  • Always notify a supervisor when you leave the desk (for your break, to go shelve, etc.). 
  • Always finish all library work before doing your homework or personal things. If you finish a project, ask a supervisor if there is anything else you should be doing before you start doing your own thing. 
  • Show up on time for your shift. That means behind the desk and ready to work by the minute your shift begins.
  • If you are running late for any reason, contact a supervisor before your shift starts to let us know.
  • If you are sick and are going to miss a shift, contact a supervisor ASAP.
  • If you know you are going to be gone, you must find your own sub. You are responsible for contacting other student workers (in person, via phone, email, etc.) and securing a sub or subs to cover your entire shift. Then, you must write the sub agreement on the schedule board AND email If you absolutely cannot find a sub, email to see if we can work something. 

The thing is, everyone (except maybe the 3-4 new people) knows that these are the rules.

*I’m interested in the different ways different supervisors train staff because, theoretically, training can’t be standardized across libraries on campus. I still don’t believe it.

Made it through the first week….I think pt.1

I love the start of the semester, especially fall semester, because when you have been in college towns as long as I have (starting my 39th year, all in university towns  except one year in hell and Southern Illinois when I was a school librarian) August marks the beginning of the new year. It makes me want to learn something.

I have to admit, this past summer kicked my ass up one side and down the other. There has been constant change for months, from massive amounts of retirement among the faculty and staff to a new phone system. Lots of clashing learning curves. Lots of demands on my time and energy (both from paid work at the library and volunteer work at the radio station) and it was hotter than the hinges of Hades for most of the summer.

I got a couple of breaks: ten days in July driving to Halifax, Nova Scotia and back. It was a trip I’ve been planning for years and a family reunion of people I’m not related to. That was nice.

There was also the World Science Fiction Convention which was held in Chicago, Illinois from August 30-Sept 3. Scalzi was toastmaster, Mike Resnick was the author GOH…I got to see a lot of people that I wanted to see and by Saturday I had actually de-stressed enough to want to be sociable.  There’s the rub.

Classes started August 27. That means I missed 2 days of the first week of class, plus the long weekend. The big issue was the schedule. I had a Beta version ready for the start of classes and for the first two weeks because we didn’t start normal hours until Sept. 4. However, I apparently didn’t make clear to everyone  that it is imperative to find a sub (it’s one of those things that you think is obvious, until it’s not) so there were people who basically said they needed subs and didn’t follow through, and one guy who said he’d sub, but because his name hadn’t been put on the schedule he was told that he didn’t have to come in. There was always one student and one GA here, but it made me look bad and produced a storm of email.