International Monetary Fund data now freely available

The International Monetary Fund recently announced that all of their data sets are now free to everyone. Previously, IMF data were only available through Library subscriptions. The subscription interface is still available, but will be discontinued in the near future. The new open platform allows registered users to download entire data sets in addition to data query results.

Access the new data portal at

Extensive help files are available at

If you created an account on the old system, your login credentials should work at the new site. Saved data queries will not be transferred, however.

Words are data

Amy Merick’s article “Why words are the new numbers: the coming revolution of data analysis” appears in the latest issue of Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas.  The article highlights the research of many Chicago Booth faculty in the area of text analysis.  The references will take you directly to a sample of related faculty publications. 

For a complete list of faculty publications with links please refer to the library guide Selected Bibliographies of Business and Economics Faculty.

Final days: Library asks graduate and professional school students to complete survey by March 4

The University of Chicago Library is conducting a survey of all currently enrolled graduate and professional school students. This survey is being offered in partnership with Graduate Student Affairs, and the findings will be used to inform decisions about future University and Library services.

The survey was distributed by email on February 4. Graduate and professional school students, please check your email for a message from the University of Chicago Library with an individualized link to the survey. Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a number of prizes, including:

  • A dedicated faculty study at Regenstein Library or Crerar Library for one year.
  • Locker rental at Regenstein Library for one year.
  • Gift cards for, the Seminary Co-op, or the University of Chicago Bookstore.

Previous surveys conducted by the Library resulted in the implementation of the Library’s Scan and Deliver service, as well as the creation of new group study spaces in Regenstein Library. Results gathered from the Library’s last survey of graduate and professional school students, conducted in February 2010, are available online.

For more information or to report problems with the survey, please contact the project team by email at

New Library Director and University Librarian arrives on campus

Brenda Johnson

Brenda Johnson

Dear University of Chicago Faculty, Students and Staff,

As I begin my second week on campus, I would like to say how very happy I am to have arrived at the University of Chicago. The warm welcome I have received from so many of you in the last few days has made me feel immediately at home.

The University of Chicago’s status as one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions and its Library’s role in fueling intellectual inquiry and a transformative education are well known internationally. As the year unfolds, I look forward to learning much more about your work; about the ways you rely on the Library to support your research, teaching and study; and about the ways you see your needs evolving as you break new scholarly ground or advance in your education.

It will be my great pleasure to meet many more of you and to discuss these matters with you in the coming months.

With warm regards,

Brenda L. Johnson
Library Director and University Librarian
The University of Chicago Library

Feature Story Brenda Johnson named Library Director and University Librarian

Brenda L. Johnson, an internationally respected leader in the field of library science, has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian, Provost Eric Isaacs announced Oct. 16. Her five-year term begins Jan. 1, 2015.

“The Library plays a key role in the life of faculty and students at the University of Chicago,” Isaacs said. “Brenda’s expertise in supporting both physical collections and the proliferation of digital resources, along with her history of collaboration and innovative thinking, make her an outstanding leader for this important enterprise.”

Brenda Johnson

Brenda Johnson

Johnson currently serves as Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington—a position she has held since 2010. She succeeds Judith Nadler, who retired in June after nearly five decades of service to UChicago.

Before coming to Indiana University, Johnson was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate University Librarian for Public Services, a position with responsibility over that institution’s 19 libraries.

She is active in the national and international library community through service and leadership on a variety of executive boards and committees, such as the board of governors of HathiTrust, the board of directors of CLOCKSS (a digital repository for web-based scholarly publications), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Library Directors Group, the board of directors of Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment), and the Association of Research Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.

Johnson has become a nationally and internationally recognized voice on topics such as the rapid pace of change in information discovery and dissemination, the development of multi-institution “collective collections,” and research and learning environments, as well as the need for library transformation that fosters scholarly engagement and support. Her recent international speaking engagements have taken her to London, Shanghai, Kyushu and Yokohama, Japan.

“The University of Chicago Library is a unique and influential institution among academic libraries,” Johnson said. “I am truly honored by the opportunity to lead it through a time of transformation for all libraries, and eager to collaborate with faculty, students and staff to ensure its vitality in the years to come.”

Diane Lauderdale, professor of Health Studies, is chair of the Library’s faculty board and chaired the search committee that recommended Johnson for the position of Library Director.

“Brenda Johnson is an experienced library director and well-respected leader in the international academic library community,” Lauderdale said. “She will bring to the University of Chicago a deep understanding of collections, public and technical services and new technologies. We have an outstanding collection and staff here, but like all university libraries, face challenging decisions in the next few years about our physical and digital collections. The search committee felt confident that Brenda had the experience, insight and vision to lead our library to an even higher level of excellence.”

At a time of change for libraries nationwide, the University of Chicago Library has flourished as a center of intellectual inquiry recognized throughout academia and a dynamic learning environment for UChicago students. With its 11.9 million volumes, noted collections in a broad range of fields, including global resources and commitment to keeping its collection on campus, the Library has become a destination for scholars and a model for other institutions worldwide.  

The Joseph Regenstein Library and the adjoining Joe and Rika Mansueto Library are located in the heart of the Hyde Park campus—a testament to the Library’s continued importance to scholarly and campus life at the University, Isaacs said.

The Mansueto Library is the most recent addition to the library system. Mansueto houses cutting-edge facilities for book preservation and digitization, as well as a high-density underground storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5 million volume equivalents. The library was designed to fulfill scholars’ needs for easy access to print resources at a time when many other research universities are moving their collections to off-site storage.

The library is named in honor of Joe Mansueto, AB’78, MBA’80, and Rika Yoshida, AB’91, who gave a $25 million gift to the University in 2008. Architect Helmut Jahn designed the facility’s iconic glass dome, which encloses a light-filled reading room and an underground storage system that descends 50 feet below ground.

Alice Schreyer, Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections, has been leading the Library on an interim basis since Nadler’s retirement. She will continue in that role until Johnson’s arrival.

A University of Chicago news release

Apply for the Library Student Advisory Group

The Library is currently seeking representatives for the Library Student Advisory Group (LSAG) from the following Divisions and Schools:

  • The College (1st or 2nd year students)
  • Biological Sciences Division
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Harris School of Public Policy
  • Law School
  • Pritzker School of Medicine
  • School of Social Service Administration

The Library Student Advisory Group serves as a formal channel of communication between students and the Library administration.  The LSAG discusses the collections and services provided through all of the University’s campus libraries — Crerar, D’Angelo, Eckhart, Mansueto, Regenstein, and SSA — and the present and future needs of the student community.  The Group assists in making specific recommendations to improve the Library and considers proposals for future changes in services.  Finally, members of the LSAG discuss how the Library can raise awareness of its offerings among students, and how students can communicate their wishes, needs, and concerns to the Library.

If you are interested in serving, please complete the online application by October 13, 2014.  If you would like additional information about the Library Student Advisory Group or would like to apply via e-mail, please contact Rebecca Starkey

Summer quarter loans to UChicago students and staff will be automatically extended to January 9

Items checked out by currently registered University of Chicago students and staff for summer quarter and due October 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for autumn quarter. As of September 21, all such items will have a new due date of January 9, 2015. No action by UChicago students and staff is necessary.

The automatic renewal is designed to ease the transition to the new Library Catalog and management system. The ability to view a list of checked out items and to renew materials online is currently unavailable to Library users through the My Account function in the new Catalog.

Library staff members are happy to generate a list of your checked-out items and to answer other questions about your account upon request. For assistance, please complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk.

For the latest information about the implementation of the Library Catalog, visit the Library News site or Ask a Librarian.


Alert Library improving Catalog and checkout response times

Update 9/22/14: Catalog response times have been improved. The Library continues to work on improving checkout response times.

Library staff members are actively working to improve system response times as full implementation of the new Library Catalog and management system continues. The Library apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience as we work to bring our new systems up to full speed.

Known issues

We expect to resolve these issues in the coming weeks:

Using the Catalog

  • Library Catalog information may be slow to appear.
  • Error messages are sometimes generated during Catalog searches. In such cases, please try your search again in 5 minutes.
  • Account information is currently unavailable through the new Catalog. Library staff members are happy to generate a list of your checked-out items and to answer other questions about your account upon request. For assistance, please complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk.


  • Checkout processing may be slow.
  • Borrow Direct is currently unavailable. Please use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan instead.

Quarter loans automatically renewed for autumn

To ease the transition, summer quarter loans to University of Chicago students and staff are being automatically renewed for the autumn quarter on September 21. These books will be due on January 9, 2015.

If you have any questions about the new Catalog, please contact us by email, phone, chat, or in person through our Ask a Librarian service.

Feature Story UChicago launches Kuali OLE and new Catalog

Academic librarians develop open-source software to meet faculty and student needs

The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce its launch of the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and a new Catalog based on VuFind.

An open-source, community-based library management system, Kuali OLE was created by a partnership of some of the nation’s leading university libraries, including the University of Chicago Library. Kuali OLE, which provides the Library’s technical infrastructure, is intentionally designed to function with a wide range of user interfaces chosen by various individual libraries, including Chicago’s new Catalog.

“We are especially pleased that by implementing Kuali OLE and VuFind we will be providing both a business system and a patron access module that are open source—planned, designed, governed and owned by the library community,” said James Mouw, Associate University Librarian for Collections Services at University of Chicago and Treasurer of the Kuali OLE Board. “Community ownership of key library systems affords us the ability to manage, develop, and enhance our infrastructure as new technologies emerge and the needs of our scholarly community evolve. The ability to move quickly and effectively, working in partnership with other academic research institutions with similar needs is something we have not had with commercial systems.”

Kuali OLE

Kuali OLE was founded by a partnership of research libraries that now includes University of Chicago, Indiana University (lead), SOAS—University of London, Lehigh University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. The partners pooled resources and expertise beginning in 2008 with several grants from the Mellon Foundation to develop this next-generation library system. Chicago and Lehigh University are the initial implementers. Other partners plan to adopt the new system in summer 2015.

Kuali OLE partners

Kuali OLE partners

UChicago Library staff members have played an integral role in the development of Kuali OLE since the design phase in 2008 and continue to do so by developing specifications, participating in software development, undertaking migration planning, providing subject specialist expertise, and testing new development. They hold several key leadership positions on the Kuali OLE team, and dozens more are participating in working groups supporting development activities. Development continues with the next Kuali OLE release due in summer 2015.

New University of Chicago Library Catalog

UChicago Library staff members have tailored VuFind, a library catalog originally developed at Villanova University, to meet the needs of local users. Design goals for the Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool meets the needs of researchers. Initial designs were refined throughout the first half of 2014, following the public beta testing of the Catalog by users beginning on February 14, 2014.

Alumna tries out the new Library Catalog

Sylva Osbourne, AB’14, tries out the new Library Catalog. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

“Participating in the VuFind open-source project has allowed the Library to take advantage of commonly requested features already developed by the VuFind community while giving us the latitude to create functionality unique to UChicago needs,” said Elisabeth Long, Associate University Librarian for Digital Services.  “The level of engagement by our faculty and students in helping us design this new Catalog has been especially gratifying.”

The new Catalog features a simple, clean visual design while retaining all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the pre-existing UChicago systems. It also adds new features requested during interviews, including display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

“The successful, coordinated launch of these two new Library systems, designed to improve discovery and management of growing collections, could not have been accomplished without the creativity and talent of University of Chicago Library staff,” said Alice Schreyer, Interim Library Director and Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections at the University of Chicago. “We are proud to collaborate with our colleagues to develop these new systems that will benefit researchers from around the world.”

Alert New Catalog launched, BorrowDirect restored

10/23/14 update: BorrowDirect is restored.

The University of Chicago Library has launched its new Library Catalog, and most Library services that were temporarily interrupted during the transition period are now restored.   As of today, Lens and the previous Catalog are retired.

We are aware that some system functions may be working slowly. This will be addressed in the coming weeks.

For information about how to use the new Catalog, visit the Catalog Help page or contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

If you have saved records using My Discoveries in Lens and wish to retain them, there is still time to place a request to have these migrated to the new Library Catalog.

We encourage you to report any difficulties you encounter in using the new Catalog, so that Library staff can quickly diagnose and resolve them.


Alert Library service interruptions begin July 15

7/24/2014 update: The implementation has been rescheduled to begin on August 1. See below for new service change dates.

The University of Chicago Library will begin implementing its new Library Catalog and new library management system, Kuali OLE, on August 1 at 5 p.m. In mid-August when implementation is complete, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired.

Accessing library services during the transition

From July 15 to mid-August, UChicago patrons will be able to search the current Library Catalog and Lens, check out materials, and place Scan & Deliver and online purchase requests, but some services will be interrupted, delayed, or delivered in different ways:

From July 15 to mid-August

  • Borrow Direct is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are not available locally.
  • Recall of materials from other borrowers is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are checked out during this period.

From August 1 to mid-August

  • Checkouts, returns, and other circulation information will not be updated in the Catalog and Lens during this period. If you discover that an item is not on the shelf, you may place an Interlibrary Loan request. For information about equipment circulated from the TECHB@R in Regenstein, please contact the TECHB@R staff in person.
  • You will not be able to view your current checkouts or renew your materials online using My Account. Users needing assistance with circulation matters may complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk in person.
  • Online requesting of items from the Mansueto Library will be unavailable through direct links from the Catalog and Lens. To request items from Mansueto, complete this circulation web form, select “Mansueto Library” in the “Library or Collection” field, and provide the call numbers of the needed items. You may also request assistance from Mansueto circulation staff in person.

When implementation is complete and normal services are restored, we will post a follow-up announcement. At that time, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired. Please visit our News site for directions on how to transfer records from My Lists in the Catalog and My Discoveries in Lens in July.

We apologize for the inconveniences that Library users will experience during the transition period but look forward to the enhanced features that will be available in the new Catalog. To preview the new Catalog, visit the Catalog beta site.

For the latest information about the implementation and launch of the new Catalog and Kuali OLE, visit our Library News site. If you have any questions about the implementation, please contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

Feature Story Get books from the Ivies: try Borrow Direct beta

University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff can now borrow books and other circulating materials from the libraries of Ivy League universities and MIT through Borrow Direct, which begins its beta implementation phase at UChicago on August 1. Borrow Direct will typically deliver books to UChicago users in approximately four calendar days—far more rapidly than items requested through traditional interlibrary loan.

Borrow Direct logo 200Borrow Direct can be used to gain rapid access to books that are checked out or otherwise unavailable from the University of Chicago Library. The service provides access to more than 50 million volumes from the circulating collections of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. It works very much like UBorrow, the year-old consortial borrowing program that rapidly delivers materials from other CIC (Big Ten) libraries.

Borrow Direct materials can be kept for up to 12 weeks, unless recalled by the lending library. Standard borrowing policies—including fines and account blocks—apply to overdue Borrow Direct items, and renewals are not permitted.

Borrow Direct materials will typically arrive in approximately four calendar days, but a few extra days may be needed during the beta phase as we test methods for exchanging books with our Ivy League partners.

Help us test Borrow Direct

Open bookUsing Borrow Direct during the beta phase is simple:

  1. Log in to the Borrow Direct catalog with your CNet ID and password.
  2. Search for the item you want and click on the “Request” link within its record.
  3. Select your pick-up location and click on “Submit” to complete your request.

You will receive an email once the item arrives notifying you that it is available for pickup.

For more detailed information visit our Borrow Direct library guide.

New online resource: International Historical Statistics

Campus researchers now have online access to International Historical Statistics.

International Historical Statistics is a statistical compendium that was first published in 1983. The editors have collected statistics from a broad range of sources and this updated edition covers the years 1750-2010.

This work has previously been available only in print. This new online edition includes all statistical tables as Excel spreadsheets, which can be downloaded for further analysis. Topics include population, national accounts, labor force, agriculture, external trade and industry. Each section has a full description of the sources used to compile the statistics.

Access International Historical Statistics here

Alumni can now access thousands of journal articles, book chapters from off campus

University of Chicago alumni are now able to access five important research databases and thousands of publications from any off-campus computer with an Internet connection.  These electronic resources for alumni are being provided by the University of Chicago Alumni Association and the University of Chicago Library. 

The Library is providing alumni access to thousands of journal articles, book chapters and other materials through Project MUSE and SAGE Journals Online:

  • Project MUSE is a full-text database of over 100 scholarly journals published by university presses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
  • SAGE Journals Online offers peer-reviewed journals in business, humanities, social sciences, sciences, technology, and medicine published by SAGE Publications and participating societies. Dates of coverage and access to backfiles vary by journal. To verify availability of specific journals, search the eJournals list or ask a librarian.

The University of Chicago Alumni Association is providing alumni access to thousands of publication archives through EBSCOhost:

  • EBSCO Academic Search – Alumni Edition offers full-text access to more than 2,600 scholarly journals and indexing of thousands more.
  • EBSCO Business Source – Alumni Edition offers full-text access to more than 1,300 scholarly business journals and indexing of thousands more. It also includes country economic reports, company profiles, and backfiles of many journals.
  • Articles Plus – Alumni Edition brings together content from EBSCO databases, Project MUSE, SAGE Journals Online and other sources to facilitate discovery across a range of subject areas. It lists full-text articles available to alumni, as well as articles available for purchase or available in person in the University of Chicago Library.

To access any of these databases, alumni must create a CNet ID and use it to log in.  Those alumni who have forgotten their CNet password can reset it online or contact IT Services for assistance.

“Many alumni have expressed an interest in getting remote access to electronic resources, and the Library is very pleased to be partnering with the Alumni Association to make this possible,” said Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian.  “We are particularly pleased to be able to offer access to a broad range of important resources that will help alumni in many different fields begin their research.”

For additional information about electronic resources freely available to alumni, visit our Library Guide at

Statista now available

The Library is now providing access to Statista, a source of data and statistics. Statista gathers data from a wide variety of government and commercial sources and presents it in an easy to search interface. Data can be exported to Excel and charts can be exported as picture files or directly into PowerPoint.

Statista also includes market research reports on selected industries. Look for the Search Filter on the results page and limit to Studies and Reports to access these quickly. You can also find reports related to your data at the bottom of the page.

Statista has a great deal of data on social media and Internet usage that can be hard to find in other sources. We like it for quick economic data, such as GDP or consumer prices. We also like the wide variety of reports and data available, such as data from the 2011 Brewer’s Almanac or the State of the Industry Almanac, which covers the US grocery market.

Access Statista here

Feature Story 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 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 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 For more information, visit our online guide to UBorrow.

Campus-wide access to ICPSR is now available

The Library has teamed with the Social Sciences Division to bring access to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to the entire UChicago community. Access to ICPSR had been limited to some Divisions of the University. This new arrangement allows access from any computer on campus. Off-campus access is coming soon.

ICPSR is a repository of over 500,000 data sets that have been compiled by researchers in a broad range of disciplines. These data sets can be downloaded for analysis with major statistical packages, such as SPSS and SAS. Data sets range from broad topics like the U.S. Census to very specific topics, such as “Voting Results Under a Single-Transferable-Vote System in Malta, 1921-1996“, “The Evangelical Voter in the United States, 1983” or “Collective Memory in Lithuania, 1989


Access ICPSR here


You can learn more about ICPSR at an upcoming webinar, hosted by their training department.

Feature Story Scan & Deliver service brings the Library to you

A new Scan & Deliver service, being piloted beginning on January 18, will allow UChicago faculty, students, and staff to request that articles and book chapters from the Library’s print collections be scanned and made available online.  Requested material will be made accessible within four business days.

The Library expects that faculty and students who are conducting research outside Chicago, who are taking classes only at University centers outside Hyde Park, or who rarely come to campus for other reasons will find that Scan & Deliver helps bring the University of Chicago Library to them. 

Library users may make as many requests as they like, but the Library expects to be able to process no more than five requests per person each business day during the pilot period, depending on the overall volume of requests.  Scan & Deliver replaces a similar service called Gargoyle Express, which provided scans for a fee.  This new service is being launched at the request of faculty and staff.  Similar services are increasingly being offered at peer research institutions such as Harvard University.

The pilot will continue through June 2012 and is subject to modification as usage patterns emerge.  At the end of the pilot period, the Library will assess the value and sustainability of the service.  

How to request a scan

Library users can make requests by clicking on the Scan & Deliver link in Lens for items that are currently available from the Library.  If an item is checked out or otherwise unavailable, the material can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. For other requesting options see the Library Guide on Scan & Deliver.


Due to copyright guidelines established in consultation with University Legal Counsel, the Library will not scan more than:

  • a chapter or two from a book (amounting to no more than 20% of the entire book)
  • an article or two from a periodical or newspaper (amounting to no more than 20% of a single issue).

The copyright law of the United States (Title, 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of the photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproductions for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The University of Chicago Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


For information, visit our Library Guide on Scan & Deliver.

If you have additional questions or would like to provide feedback about Scan & Deliver, email

Wikipedia down? Use the Library’s online encyclopedias

You may have heard the news that Wikipedia will be going down for 24 hours starting 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday, January 18.  During the blackout, take the opportunity to try out the Library’s reference databases, such as Oxford Reference Online and Credo Reference.  These databases provide searchable access to online encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference works from respected academic publishers.  In addition, the Library subscribes to many important encyclopedias online, from the Encyclopaedia Britannica to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

To learn more about what is available through the University of Chicago Library, view our Library Guide to Reference Sources.  Or, look for reference sources by subject area

Economist article highlights debate over value of economics blogs

A piece about the role of blogs in shaping economics dialogs appears in the December 31st issue of The Economist.  The authors relay a positive take on the growth of discourse resulting from increased economics blogging, but also lay out some broad dangers inherent in this relatively new model of participation.  The article includes a couple of examples of theories that have benefited from increased exposure on blogs (the Austrian theory of the business cycle and the move to restore “nominal” GDP).

The article can be accessed through the Library’s website:

Marginal revolutionaries. (2011). Economist, 401(8765), 51-54. Retrieved from

Additional reading about economics blogs:

McKenzie, D., & Özler, B. (2011). The Impact of Economics Blogs. (CEPR Discussion Paper no. 8558.) Centre for Economic Policy Research. Retrieved from

Mixon, F. G., & Upadhyaya, K. P. (2010). Blogometrics. Eastern Economic Journal, 36(1), 1-10. Retrieved from

Authored by Laura Pett, Regenstein Reference Intern

Trial access to PrivCo

Trial access is available to PrivCo, a source of private company information. PrivCo has private company financials and revenues, information on private M&A deals and deal multiples, private firm valuations, venture capital fundings, private equity deals, private and family ownership breakdowns, bankruptcies, restructurings, and more. The trial runs until November 30.

Access PrivCo.

Please send comments to Jeffry Archer.

Ask a Librarian IM service now in Chalk

Library Chat module displayed in ChalkThe new version of Chalk, launched on September 11, features a new service for faculty and students:  Ask a Librarian instant messaging.

The Ask a Librarian module is an optional tool that connects you to the Library’s instant message (IM) reference service directly from Chalk.  Chat live with a University of Chicago librarian via IM whenever the reference desk is open—right from your “My Chalk” page.   

Instructors and TAs can also add the Ask a Librarian module to their course sites, providing students with seamless access to this important service from their course menu.  

Instructions for adding the Ask a Librarian to Chalk are available online.  Librarians are also available to help you individually

To learn more about the various Library services available through Chalk, contact:

Rebecca Starkey
Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach

Access FRED data with new Excel add-in

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has released an Excel add-in for searching FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data). FRED is a collection of economic time series that are freely available through the St. Louis Fed web site. FRED includes series on GDP, interest rates, bank loans and reserves, major stock indices and much more. The add-in allows access to all of these directly from Excel and includes a graphing tool for creating charts.

Download the addin at the St. Louis Fed web site.

Trial of Rand State Statistics

Trial access is available to Rand State Statistics until September 1.

Rand State Statistics is a collection of over 70 detailed state and local databases built by RAND.  Databases range from Economics (employment, wages, foreign trade, airline operations, etc.) to Population/Demographics (populations, projections, immigration, mortality, etc.) to Education (enrollment, finances, teacher salaries, etc.) and more (Health and Socioeconomic, Government Finance, Energy and Environment, and Community).

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006 now available

The Financial Times Historical Archive is now available online to the University of Chicago.

The interface delivers the complete searchable run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every item ever printed in the paper, from 1888-2006, can be searched and browsed article by article and page by page.

Founded to serve the immediate needs of the City of London, the Financial Times quickly broadened its coverage, recognising that global financial and economic issues were to become the predominant forces of the twentieth century.

Incorporating its rival the Financial News in 1945, the Financial Times expanded in the post-war years, reporting on topics such as industry, energy and international politics in full for the first time. In the final decades of the twentieth century, coverage of management, personal finance and the arts was added, to make the paper what it is now—a complete general newspaper for the businessman.

The historical archive of the Financial Times , which is today distributed on its distinctive pink paper to more than a million readers worldwide, is an essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the public affairs and financial history of the last 120 years.