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Computer Science Instructional Lab moves to Crerar, supports growing College computer science program

The Computer Science Instructional Lab (CSIL), also known as the MacLab, will relocate this summer from Regenstein to Crerar Library, where it will offer expanded resources for teaching and student work to support a growing College computer science program.

A rendering of CSIL in Crerar

A rendering of CSIL in Crerar by MDC Architects, P.C.

The construction and operation of CSIL at Crerar will be the result of a partnership between the Department of Computer Science, the College and the John Crerar Library. “The College is pleased with a strong collaborative effort that will yield important resources for student learning and creative engagement with technology,” said John W. Boyer, Dean of the College.

CSIL in Crerar will offer 92 computers—up from 74 in the current lab in Regenstein—and will be designed as a more suitable space for individual lab sessions. “With 80 computers in four teaching areas and 12 additional small group and general user workstations next to the labs, CSIL in Crerar will be able to support a rapidly growing computer science program in the College,” said William Sterner, Director of CSIL.

Initially, the lab in Crerar will include 40 Linux computers and 52 Macintoshes. Over time, up to 40 dual workstations will be provided. An estimated 25 to 30 lab sessions will be held each week in CSIL in Crerar during its first year, an increase over the current average of approximately 18 sessions. These sessions will include several levels of introductory courses as well as more specialized courses in graphics, web programming, and other special topics.

CSIL staff will provide on-site support for course instructors, students and general users during all hours of operation. “Computer Science considers the live interactions between students and staff to be an essential component for the best educational use of the facility,” Sterner said.

The Lab will be located on the west side of Crerar’s first floor, with exterior windows on one side and interior glass walls on the other. “We worked with MDC Architects to design a Lab that complements Crerar’s lofty atrium,” said Barbara Kern, Co-Director of the Science Libraries. “It will be a highly functional space and a beautiful one.”

“The Library’s collections, services and spaces have always supported research and teaching at the University, said Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Co-Director of the Science Libraries. “We’re very pleased to participate in a partnership to support the growth of an important University program.”

Construction will take place this summer with an expected opening in fall 2013. The current lab will continue to operate in Regenstein until construction in Crerar is complete.

A rendering of CSIL in Crerar

A rendering of CSIL in Crerar by MDC Architects, P.C.



Read journals on your iPad using BrowZine

browzineDo you own an iPad?  Do you read scholarly journals?  Then BrowZine might be a great tool for you!

The Library has arranged for a subscription to the Browzine app for all University of Chicago users.  BrowZine assists users by presenting open access and Library-subscribed journals on a common newsstand.  The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines or to have a convenient list of favorite journals titles at your fingertips.  BrowZine works with the campus proxy server, giving you access to your favorite journals on your iPad.

Articles accessed through BrowZine may be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

If you have any questions about BrowZine or would like a guided a tour, please contact crerar-reference@lib.uchicago.edu

 Download BrowZine from the App Store on iTunes (requires a UChicago network connection): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/browzine/id463787411?mt=8

If you need a little help getting started, BrowZine has this two-minute video tutorial to help: http://thirdiron.com/browzine-ipad-app/video/

(If you are already a BrowZine user, to access the full set of UChicago journals available in the trial, tap the Settings button, log out, then log back in selecting “University of Chicago” from the list of libraries.  You will be prompted for your CNetID and password to authenticate through the campus proxy server.)

This service will continue to expand and add new titles and features as time goes on.  Third Iron welcomes you to follow their progress on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thirdiron) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/third_iron) and reminds you to watch for notifications on your iPad that an update to BrowZine is available. 

Under Covers: The Art and Science of Book Conservation – new web exhibit

conservation largeA web version is now available of the current Crerar Library exhibit: Under Covers:  The Art and Science of Book Conservation.  The physical exhibit is showing in the atrium of Crerar Library and will run until October 11, 2013.  

Description: Conservators at the University of Chicago Library keep collections safe and intact for future scholars by combining traditional craft with a knowledge of current research on processes of deterioration. Under Covers:  The Art and Science of Book Conservation reveals the techniques conservators use to preserve and repair materials in the state-of-the-art Conservation Laboratory in the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. The exhibit explores issues affecting modern and older library materials and shows conservators employing the newest scientific research in their work.

This exhibit coincides with the American Library Association’s Preservation Week (April 21-27, 2013).  It will run March 26 – October 11, 2013.

More information about Crerar exhibits is available here: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/exhibits/

Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Public Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

RCC and the Library announce scientific visualization capabilities in the Kathleen A. Zar Room

RCC in the Kathleen Zar roomThe Kathleen A. Zar Room in The John Crerar Library now has scientific visualization capabilities thanks to a partnership between the Research Computing Center and the University of Chicago Library.  The room offers a number of resources for users in need of high quality visualization tools, including a 2D projector, a passive stereoscopic 3D projector, and workstations with a connection to the RCC High Performance Computing cluster.  The room will be available for users with a specific need for these resources; see the RCC’s webpage about the room for more information.

The Kathleen A. Zar room opened in 2007, in memory of The John Crerar Library’s former director Kathleen A. Zar.  

Biomedical Reference Librarian and Informatics Specialist, Vedana Vaidhyanathan

Vedana Vaidhyanathan has joined the staff of the John Crerar Library as the new Biomedical Reference Librarian and Informatics Specialist.  Vedana comes to the University of Chicago from the University of Miami, where she was a Biomedical Research Librarian at the Miller School of Medicine’s Louis Calder Memorial Library in the department of Health Informatics.  Providing reference, instruction and outreach was a critical aspect of Vedana’s position at Miami.  In addition, she served on the University of Miami Medical School Sophomore and Freshman Promotions Committee, as well as the Medical School Basic Sciences Curriculum Advisory Committee.

 Vedana has a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her Master’s Paper was entitled Why Can’t It All Be On the Web? The Information Needs of Biomedical Informatics Scientists.  In addition, Vedana has completed a fellowship at the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences and the UNC Health Sciences Library, and was a fellow at the Medical Informatics MBL/NLM course at Woods Hole.   These fellowships and her work experience at the University of Miami have provided her with critical skills in the field of biomedical research and informatics. 

 Vedana is also Secretary of the India-United States Transplant Foundation Inc. and was a volunteer leader with “Hands On Miami” before coming to Chicago.

 Barbara Kern, Co-Director of the Science Libraries, interviewed Vedana to find out how she plans to work with faculty and students, and what she sees as emerging trends in the field of biomedical librarianship and informatics.

 Vedana can be reached at vedana@uchicago.edu and has an office in the John Crerar Library, room 131.

 Q: Vedana, what originally got you interested in Biomedical Librarianship and more specifically, Informatics?

 At my graduate school orientation, a professor stood up and announced he had several research positions open, and that students should go talk with him. I went to his office and he told me about bioinformatics. I was intrigued. I ended up completing a two-year fellowship in bioinformatics and genetics. In the first year, I learned how bioinformatics affected systems, and in the second year I spent more time going out to the public, seeking out users to aid them in their research. I finished the fellowship with my master’s paper on the information seeking behavior of bioinformatics researchers. 

 Q:  How have you worked with faculty at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine?

 At Miami I worked with faculty both inside and outside of the university curriculum. I was an instructor for evidence-based medicine, which meant I worked with faculty and taught first- and second-year medical students the basics of the evidence-based process. I also worked with them on their individual projects. I did everything from helping students with their research to teaching them how to use bibliographic tools like RefWorks.

 Q: You completed a fellowship at the Medical Informatics MBL/NLM course at Woods Hole.  What did you learn there and how do you apply it in your work?

 The fellowship consisted of modules on different topics in informatics, which gave me a taste of the different subfields within informatics. I learned about the latest ideas and techniques in the field and did an in-depth project dissecting an electronic health record to make it more intuitive and user-friendly. I have been contemplating how informatics is crossing into different disciplines since this occurred. Knowledge of ethics, law and geography are important when considering the future of informatics, since it has moved out of the laboratory and into the world.

 Q: How will you work with faculty and students in your role?

 I hope to be able to offer tutorials on different databases for faculty and students, along with helping them with their research and showcasing how the library can play a role in informatics. I also hope to design some programming about the different kinds of informatics especially for the students to show them how informatics could be part of their careers.

Q: What are the key challenges or trends in informatics for researchers and librarians?

The trends today include connecting the work done in the lab to the patient (translational informatics) and having more interdisciplinary research done in the field. My biggest challenge is getting exposure, both to the subject matter and to the people working in the subject so they can see how the library can help them with their projects.

Q: Miami is warm and Chicago is cold.  How are you adjusting?

Some days are easier than others. I did have days in Miami where I remember driving around with the windows open in 80 degrees in January, but I also remember the hurricanes, and that makes me happy to be here. I have several coats, and have been wearing them (sometimes more than one). So far I am searching for warmer socks, since even the wool socks I own are making my feet cold. I do love being able to walk to work and not having a car, compared to Miami where I had to drive everywhere. Living here has been a wonderful change. 


UBorrow: rapid loans from 13 research libraries

New UBorrow service provides campus delivery of books from regional research libraries in less than a week

The Library is launching a new service called UBorrow that offers rapid access to over 90 million books from the collections of 12 university libraries in the Midwest and the nearby Center for Research Libraries.  Books requested through UBorrow will typically arrive on campus within a week and can be checked out for 12 weeks, with an option for a 4-week renewal.

Like Interlibrary Loan, but faster and more predictable

University of Chicago faculty, students and staff can search for books directly at lib.uchicago.edu/h/ub or by following the UBorrow link in the FindIt menu within many Library resources, such as WorldCat and ArticlesPlus. In addition, Lens will display a “Request via UBorrow” link for any item that is checked out from the Library’s collections.

UBorrow searches the catalogs of participating libraries simultaneously.  If it finds that the University of Chicago Library already owns a copy of a desired title, it will give you the location and call number, so that you can retrieve the copy.  If a UBorrow library can supply a copy, you will be allowed to place a request for the item.  If a book is not available through UBorrow, you will be given the option to request it from additional libraries via traditional interlibrary loan.

Before you recall, UBorrow

In many cases, UBorrow provides a better option than recalling a checked out book from another user. You are likely to receive a book faster through UBorrow than by recalling it, and you can use the book without worrying that you are inconveniencing someone else. Perhaps best of all, books obtained from UBorrow will not be recalled before their due date, except under unusual circumstances (e.g., a book is needed for course reserve at the lending library).  UBorrow has the potential to dramatically reduce the frequency of “recall wars” that occur when multiple Library users vie for the same titles.

It is particularly easy to use Lens to request a book that has been checked out, as the “Request via UBorrow” link in the Lens record will automatically launch a search for that item in the UBorrow catalog. Since links to UBorrow are contained in Lens but not in the Library Catalog, users of the Library Catalog who discover a book is checked out are encouraged to visit UBorrow at lib.uchicago.edu/h/ub to search for the item.

Who is loaning the books?

University of Chicago has established this consortial borrowing program with the University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as the Center for Research Libraries.  The relative proximity of our partners, as well as the commitments made by each institution, allow books to be delivered through UBorrow far more rapidly than they usually are through our traditional interlibrary loan program.

Get started with UBorrow

To start using UBorrow, simply go to lib.uchicago.edu/h/ub. For more information, visit our online guide to UBorrow.

Past, Present, Future: The Evolution of Medicine at the University of Chicago's Hospitals

Past, Present, Future:  The Evolution of Medicine at the University of Chicago's Hospitals

October 25, 2011-March 30, 2012

Description: A hospital and medical school at the University of Chicago were envisioned by the university founders.  That plan, initiated with a joint medical program with Rush Medical College, was followed by the development of the world-class University of Chicago Medical Center on campus.  This exhibit looks at the history and evolution of the medical school program, the hospital facilities and their technology, and medical partnerships with other Chicago area hospitals.

Curated by Mindy Schwartz, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago

Public Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information about Crerar's exhibits program is available here.