Recordings Collection now in Mansueto

The Recordings Collection, formerly located in Regenstein Room 360, has been relocated to the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.

The Collection is now accessible all of the hours that Mansueto is open (107½ hours per week during the academic quarter), compared to the 36 hours per week the collection was formerly accessible in Regenstein Room 360.

In addition to providing longer service hours, the new location allows items in the collection to be requested at any time and from any place with an internet connection via the Library Catalog.  Material will be available for pick up within 15 minutes of the request during the open hours of Mansueto Circulation.  See “How do I request items from Mansueto?” for more information.

For users who wish to listen to recordings on site, one of the glass research cubicles in Mansueto has been converted into a listening station equipped with a CD player, turntable, cassette player and headphones. Users may request access to this new listening station at Mansueto Circulation.

For more information about the Recordings Collection, please contact Scott Landvatter, the Bibliographer for Music.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click "Request from Mansueto Library" to retrieve.

Library Catalog record for a pair of CDs. Click “Request from Mansueto Library” to begin retrieval process.

Changes at Ex Libris Café

Over the March interim, three new bar-height tables, each 24 feet long, were installed in Ex Libris, the student run coffee shop located in the northeast corner of the 1st floor of Regenstein.   The new tables, with convenient access to 60 duplex power outlets, provide much-needed additional seating for café users.  They replace a number of the round three-person café tables, which have been moved to the A Level, another Regenstein meal zone, adjacent to the new glass wall.

KI Apply café stoolsEx Libris cafe logo are on order and are expected by the close of April; they will replace the temporary stools being used at the bar-height tables.

Another change in the café this quarter is a new beverage on the menu – cold nitrous infused coffee on tap.

Lastly, for those wondering whether there are now fewer sofas in the café, rest assured that the same number of sofas remain; they have just been rearranged.

EndNote Online or Zotero? Selecting the Best Citation Manager: workshop

When: Friday, April 8, noon – 1 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Citation managers are powerful, time-saving tools that help you manage your research. They can also help you format your papers in MS Word by creating bibliographies, citations, and footnotes automatically in the style you choose, such as APA or Chicago.

This workshop will compare how EndNote Online and Zotero – two popular citation managers – allow you to save, share, and cite information. In order to provide a side-by-side comparison of tools, the format of this workshop is demonstration.

Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library
Tag: Workshops, Graduate Students, Staff, Training
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. Information on Assistive Listening Device

Dissertation Procedures for Students: workshop

When: Thursday, April 7, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Are you a Ph.D. student planning to graduate in Spring 2016? June 2016 doctoral candidates will use a web-based interface for online submission, review, and publication of dissertations. In this session, we will review the procedures for submitting your dissertation electronically. Please feel free to bring your questions to the session. If you would like to review the ETD interface, visit:
Contact: Dissertation Office
(773) 702-7404
Tag: Workshops, Meetings, Graduate Students, Training
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. Information on Assistive Listening Device

Library partners with CCT & IT Services on workshop series for instructors

The University of Chicago Library, Chicago Center for Teaching, and Academic and Scholarly Technology Services are partnering on a workshop series for graduate students and instructors on improving students’ information literacy skills.

Ruining Google and Wikipedia: Teaching Strategies That Help Students Progress from Knowledge Consumers to Knowledge Producers

In the current age of often unlimited access to information it is important for students, particularly those introductory courses, to learn how to engage with physical and online information ethically, critically, and effectively. This series of three workshops will address pedagogical approaches and considerations that can help students obtain these skills. Each workshop can be taken alone, but we encourage participation in the entire series.

Specifically, each workshop will allow instructors to reflect on the skills students need to read and consume high quality information and build information literacy, to value information and distinguish between their own work and existing work as part of academic integrity, and to engage with information in the age of digital media. Instructors will leave with assignments, resources and strategies that they can use in their classroom.

Feel free to bring your lunch. Dessert will be served.

Session 1: Building Student Information Literacy Skills Through Assignments
April 7, 12:00-1:30pm
CCT Classroom, Wieboldt 310 D/E

Co-facilitated by Rebecca Starkey, Librarian for College Instruction & Outreach and Deb Werner, Librarian for Science Instruction & Outreach and Biomedical Reference Librarian

You’ve created an assignment in the upcoming undergraduate course that you are teaching. Will your students know how to find the types of academic sources you expect for the assignment? If not, how do you help them obtain these skills?  While today’s students are very tech-savvy and have greater access to information than ever before, they often lack the experience needed to find, evaluate, and use scholarly resources. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define information literacy and explain its place in higher education
  • Identify Library services that support information literacy instruction in the classroom
  • Articulate learning outcomes that build your students’ information literacy skills for your discipline

Develop strategies for building research skills into your assignments

Session 2: Academic Integrity in the Classroom
April 14, 12:00pm-1:30pm
CCT Classroom, Wieboldt 310 D/E

Co-facilitated by Joseph Lampert, CCT Associate Director and Julie Piacentine, E-Learning Librarian

How can we address academic integrity in our teaching in a way that supports student learning?  In this workshop, participants will consider this and other questions as they reflect on how to understand this central value and think about how to structure their teaching to promote an appreciation for academic integrity among their students.  During the session, participants will:

  • Discuss potential definitions of academic integrity and what they imply for one’s approach to teaching.
  • Develop strategies for addressing academic integrity in their teaching, focusing especially on structuring assignments to support proper citation of sources.
  • Learn about resources on campus that can help instructors and students promote academic integrity.

Session 3: Ruining Google & Wikipedia: Creating Critical Readers
April 21, 12:00pm-1:30pm
CCT Classroom, Wieboldt 310 D/E

Co-facilitated by Cecilia Lo, Academic Technology Analyst and Kaitlin Springmier, Resident Librarian for Online Learning

Getting students to read carefully and reflectively can be a challenge. And it is often difficult to figure out how exactly students are reading and where they may have difficulty. In this workshop, participants will explore online annotation tool and how they may be used to encourage collaborative and reflective reading. We will then extend the discussion to what does it mean to engage students digitally, why, when and how to engage students digitally successfully.

This is a hands-on workshop, please bring a laptop/tablet. Equipment is available for check-out at the Techbar in Regenstein Library should you need one.


Dissertation Procedures for Staff: workshop

When: Wednesday, March 30, – 10 a.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Doctoral candidates use the ProQuest ETD Administrator for online submission, review, and publication of dissertations. In this session, we will review the administrator’s role in helping students file their dissertations electronically. We will also discuss open access for dissertations via the new institutional repository. New graduate program administrators as well as experienced staff are invited. Feel free to bring your questions to this information session. If you would like to review the ETD interface, please visit:
Contact: Dissertation Office
(773) 702-7404
Tag: Training, Meetings, Workshops, Staff
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. Information on Assistive Listening Device

Alert Web printing services offline 5 p.m. Sun. to noon Tues.

Because of an upgrade to the Proven printing system, Web Printing and Add Value Online will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20 through approximately noon, Tuesday, March 22.

All other printing, copying and scanning functions will remain operational during this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Ex Libris cafe spring interim hours, March 19 – 27

Beginning Saturday, March 19, the Ex Libris Café will have reduced service hours for the spring interim. Regular hours will resume Monday, March 30.

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Please note: Intermittent electrical work and furniture installation will take place in Ex Libris March 19 and March 21 – 26 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

As always, the vending machines will remain accessible during Regenstein’s building hours.

Library spring interim hours, March 19 – 27

Beginning Saturday, March 19, the Library will have reduced building hours at all of its locations for the spring interim. Normal hours resume Monday, March 28.

Crerar Library
Sunday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday, March 20, Closed
Sunday, March 27, noon – 9:00 p.m.

Eckhart Library
Monday – Friday noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Mansueto Library
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until March 29 at 1:00 a.m.

SSA Library
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see

Study Break @ The Reg on Sunday, March 13

Image of Study break poster

Play board games at our study break on the A-Level of Regenstein.

Get your game on for finals!

Drop by Regenstein Library’s A-Level from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 for board games, arts and crafts, and snacks.

The event is free and open to all students. Snacks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

We hope to see you there!

Exhibits Feature Story Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes

An exhibition at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center offers visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process of legendary cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

Cover sketch for Eightball #23

Cover sketch for “Eightball” #23, ca. 2003-2004. Daniel Clowes Archive, University of Chicago Library. Copyright Daniel Clowes.

The exhibition features notes, outlines, narrative drafts, character sketches, draft layouts and more for three of Clowes’ award-winning graphic novels: The Death-Ray (2011), Ice Haven (2005) and Mister Wonderful (2011).

“Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes” opens March 28 and runs through June 17 at the Special Collections Research Center. Clowes, LAB’79, will sign his new book, Patience, and discuss his work with Daniel Raeburn, lecturer in creative nonfiction, in celebration of the opening of the exhibition on March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Room 122 of the Joseph Regenstein Library.

“The exhibit pieces together these materials so that you can see the arc of Clowes’ art, from his beginning ideas and notebooks all the way through to publication,” said Ashley Gosselar, who curated the show.

Clowes works almost entirely by hand with paper, pencil and ink. “Integrity of the Page” highlights the physicality of his art, allowing visitors to see the detailed elements of his work—lettering, texture and facial expressions—up close.

The material featured in the exhibition is part of the Daniel Clowes Archive, which the University of Chicago Library acquired in 2015.

Character sketches for "The Death-Ray"

Character sketches for “The Death-Ray,” ca. 2003-2011. Daniel Clowes Archive, University of Chicago Library. Copyright Daniel Clowes.

“I couldn’t be more honored and pleased, and frankly astonished, to have my archival materials included in Special Collections,” Clowes said at that time. “The University of Chicago, both the physical campus and the institution, was central, almost overwhelmingly so, to my formative life, the first 18 years of which were spent three blocks away from this very site. There could be no more appropriate place for these papers to find their home.”

Sketch of Marshall and Natalie for "Mr. Wonderful"

Sketch of Marshall and Natalie for “Mister Wonderful,” ca. 2007-2011. Daniel Clowes Archive, University of Chicago Library. Copyright Daniel Clowes.

Clowes’ first professional work appeared in Cracked in 1985. In 1989, he created the seminal comic book series Eightball, which ran for 23 issues through 2004 and earned him a large following and multiple industry awards.

Eightball generated several graphic novels, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Pussey! and Ghost World, his breakthrough hit about the last summer of a teenage friendship. The 2001 film adaptation of Ghost World, based on a script by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff, was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.

Self-portrait sketch for "Mister Wonderful"

Self-portrait sketch for “Mister Wonderful,” ca. 2008-2011. Daniel Clowes Archive, University of Chicago Library. Copyright Daniel Clowes.

Ice Haven, an intricate tale of kidnapping and alienation in a small Midwestern town, and The Death-Ray, the unlikely story of a teenage superhero in the 1970s, both appeared in Eightball before their publication in book form. Clowes’ “middle-aged romance” Mister Wonderful began as a serialized comic for The New York Times Magazine and was collected in an expanded hardcover edition in 2011.

Clowes’ comics, graphic novels and anthologies have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his work has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions. A major retrospective of his work debuted at the Oakland Museum of California in 2012 and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2013.

Clowes, has longstanding ties to the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Hyde Park, he attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools before moving to New York to study at the Pratt Institute. His grandfather, James Lea Cate, was a scholar of medieval history and historiography and a UChicago professor from 1930 to 1969. His stepmother, Harriet Clowes, worked in development at the University of Chicago Library from 1976 to 1980.

Layout sketch for "Mister Wonderful,"

Layout sketch for “Mister Wonderful,” ca. 2007-2011. Daniel Clowes Archive, University of Chicago Library. Copyright Daniel Clowes.

In 2012, Clowes participated in the “Comics: Philosophy and Practice” conference sponsored by the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. That event brought together 17 world-renowned cartoonists for three days of public conversation.

The Daniel Clowes Archive adds to the University of Chicago Library’s growing collection of materials related to word and image studies. The library holds an extensive collection of contemporary comics, including many comics and zines published in Chicago, as well as the Walter C. Dopierala Comic Book Collection, which contains more than 2,000 popular mid-century comic books. The library plans to add to its comics archive in the years to come.

Images and Media Contacts

Images from the exhibition included on this page are reserved for use in journalistic publications and must be first published between January 2016 and July 2016 in connection with the University of Chicago Library exhibition “Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes,” associated events, or the Daniel Clowes Archive at the University of Chicago Library. Use of the image must include the following citation: Daniel Clowes Archive, University of Chicago Library. Copyright Daniel Clowes.

For more information and high-resolution images, contact:

Mary Abowd
News Officer for Arts & Humanities
The University of Chicago


Rachel Rosenberg
Director of Communications
The University of Chicago Library

A University of Chicago news release

Extended Library hours March 11 – 13

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week.

Mansueto will be open Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these days until 1 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours from Monday, March 7 until the end of finals on Friday, March 18.

For a full list of library hours, see

Exhibits 20 Years and After: Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA)

Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Fifth Floor
Exhibit Dates: March 1 – April 1, 2016

Poster "20 Years and After"Are you interested in finding books on Korean textiles and costumes in the 19th century or Korean performing arts? Our library users are able to access materials on more than 100 subject areas in Korean Studies. In parallel with the robust growth experienced by Korean Studies programs in North America over the past two decades, Korean Studies libraries contributed by building comprehensive collections beyond core subjects, such as literature and history. Korean Studies librarians in North America developed the concept of a cooperative collection development program, whereby participating members divide collection responsibilities to compile a larger inter-institutional collection. As a result, University of Chicago Library users are able to conveniently access materials at any of our partner institutions via Interlibrary Loan.

The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) was founded in 1994 with 6 member institutions, with the University of Chicago quickly joining as the 7th member in 1995. Currently, the number of participating institutions has expanded to 14, covering a total of 109 subjects in Korean Studies. The Korea Foundation, affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has financially supported the consortium for the past 20 years to optimize resources for students and scholars of Korean Studies. Students and scholars now enjoy access to broader and more extensive resources than any one institution could provide by itself. The University of Chicago Library collects nine subject areas as assigned- 1) Welfare Studies; 2) Environmental Studies; 3) Political Parties; 4) Pre-modern Philosophy; 5) Industry; 6) International Relations;  7) Traditional Fiction; 8) Publications on Korea and Koreans published in China and Taiwan; and 9) Publications on Korea and Koreans published in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Cover of 한국노동사자료총서 (The History of Korean Labor Movements Series)

(The History of Korean Labor Movements Series)

Visitors to the fifth floor of Regenstein Library will have a chance to view a selection of the University of Chicago’s KCCNA-assigned subject books. One of the books on display is from  한국노동사자료총서 (The History of Korean Labor Movements Series / Han’guk nodongsa charyo ch’ongsŏ ), a 630-volume set of primary sources on key cases on South Korea’s union movement history related to political activities from 1970.

Exhibits Celebrate the launch of the Uncommon Fund Young Adult Fiction Collection

Celebrate the formal launch of the Uncommon Fund Young Adult Fiction Collection on March 10th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Regenstein Library, Room 122. Refreshments will be served.

Photo of Uncommon Fund Exhibit

Some of the book purchased via the Uncommon Fund Young Adult Fiction Collection. Photo by Rebecca Starkey.

The Young Adult Fiction Collection was funded in 2015 by the Uncommon Fund, which granted $10,000 to create a young adult fiction section for the Library.  Maya Handa, the College student whose application was successful in the competitive selection process, organized the book selection process.

Maya will display selections at the event, and will accept further recommendations for the collection. You may also recommend books using Maya’s GoogleDocs form. Questions about the collection or the event may be directed to

For a preview of some of the items from the collection, visit Maya’s display of book covers in the exhibit case located near the Dissertation Office on the 1st floor of Regenstein Library.

The Uncommon Fund is allocated by Student Government to support creative and interesting student projects or initiatives on campus. Its goal is to encourage students to take action on campus in creative and unique ways. Past projects supported by the Uncommon Fund involving the Library include a scholarly symposium on medieval art and a student-focused opening event for the exhibition On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life in 2012, installation of a hot water dispenser in Regenstein in January 2014, and free distribution of print copies of the Chicago Tribune in Regenstein in autumn 2014.

The reception’s refreshments are being provided courtesy of the Uncommon Fund.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Starkey at or 773-702-4484 for assistance.

Unrequired reading at the Library

Miss reading for fun? Having trouble finding unrequired reading in the libraries’ collections? With over 11 million print & electronic books, it can be hard to browse the library collections to find reading for fun. But have no fear, librarians are here! Read on to learn about specific collections at University of Chicago Libraries dedicated to leisure reading and top tips to find your next favorite fun read.

D'Angelo Law LIbrary Book Display

Books on display at the D’Angelo Law Library

Tip #1: Visit D’Angelo Law Library. The D’Angelo law library collects novels, mysteries, science fiction,  humor, science, history, and biography (Supported by the Alison T. Dunham Memorial Fund). Find authors such as Jonathan Franzen, Chuck Palahniuk, Jennifer Weiner, and many more! The collection is easy to locate and recently purchased titles can be found on display on the fourth floor.

Tip #2: Browse the Reg’s Young Adult Fiction. In 2015, College student Maya Handa won an Uncommon Fund grant to buy young adult fiction for the Reg’s collections. You can view some of the purchased book covers on display next to the dissertation office or browse for yourself by visiting the PZ call numbers on the 3rd floor.

Tip #3: Check out the Class of 2000 Books. As its gift to the University, the Class of 2000 has established a book fund for the purchase of popular fiction and media for Regenstein. The gift is intended to provide students with mysteries, science fiction, other contemporary fiction, and media that would not ordinarily be purchased by the Library.


Tip #4: Search the library catalog. The library has a lot of great books for you to read, but you have to know what you’re looking for. Find new book recommendations by browsing book recommendation engines like:

Selection of Class of 2000 Books

A few books purchased using the Class of 2000 fund. Photo by Rebecca Starkey.

  • Amazon: The online shopping giant pulls purchase histories from users. Usually browsing the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” section brings up great recommendations. It has allowed readers to review books for over 20 years, making the site a massive resource for book recommendations.
  • GoodReads: Described as the ‘Netflix for Books,’ GoodReads has a recommendation engine that uses a reported 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary preferences. GoodReads also allows you to create your own virtual library, connect with friends, and create wishlists.
  • WhatShouldIReadNext: Just type in a book or author you enjoyed and see your recommendations flow in. The site’s recommendation inventory is less expensive when compared to Amazon or GoodReads, but the nice thing about this resource is that you can also browse recommendations by subject. Really enjoyed Americanah? See all other books about Nigeria!

Once you find a book that you want to read, just type it into the catalog to find it in the library. If it’s not here, remember that you can also browse search in Big 10 university libraries and Ivy League libraries through UBorrow and BorrowDirect.

Tip #5: As always, if you are having trouble finding a book in the collections, or have any questions, Ask a Librarian!

Exhibits ‘An Acquisition of Inestimable Value’: The Men Who Funded the Berlin Collection

Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Fourth Floor
Exhibit Dates: February 11 – April 15, 2016

Berlin Collection Bookplate

Have you ever wandered through the stacks browsing in books for significant dedications, humorous doodling, or interesting bookplates?  If you have, you undoubtedly came across one bookplate more than any other.  Tens of thousands of titles bear the Berlin Collection bookplate, proudly listing its nine donors.  Who are these nine men and how did they come to fund this “acquisition of inestimable value”?  It was accomplished through the diligent work of the University’s first President, William Rainey Harper, and the generous donations from four key members of the original Board of Trustees and five prominent Chicago businessmen.

While vacationing in Berlin with his family some fifteen months before the new University of Chicago was scheduled to open in 1892, William Rainey Harper came across a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  G. Heinrich Simon of S. Calvary and Company, a world renowned bookselling firm that was going to close its doors, wanted to sell off his massive stock en bloc. After some negotiating, the two men agreed upon a final price of $45,000 (or 180,000 marks), an enormous amount of money for the time, but in reality nothing in comparison to its actual value. Indeed, this collection was so vast that it would immediately catapult the University of Chicago into the top tier of research universities in the United States and the entire world. Only one obstacle remained, raising the money for the purchase.

When his first attempts to find funding fell flat, Harper placed the matter before the Board of Trustees, which recommended that the Board itself purchase the Berlin Collection.  According to Thomas W. Goodspeed, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, “Rust began the subscription with $12,000. Kohlsaat followed with $6,000, and Ryerson and Hutchinson assured the rest.”  Along with Harper, Martin A. Ryerson, H. H. Kohlsaat, C. L. Hutchinson, Byron L. Smith, A. A. Sprague, C. H. McCormick, C. R. Crane, H. A. Rust, and C. J. Singer subscribed the entirety of the $45,000 needed to complete the purchase. All the donors with the exception of Harper are commemorated on the bookplate for the Berlin Collection.

This two-case exhibit features biographies of the 9 donors along with highlights from the history of the purchase of the collection.

For a detailed account of the acquisition of the Berlin Collection see Robert Rosenthal’s “The Berlin Collection: A Historyin The Berlin Collection: being a history and exhibition of the books and manuscripts purchased in Berlin in 1891 for the University of Chicago … ([Chicago]: University of Chicago Library, c1979).



Exhibits College student exhibit pilot in Regenstein

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Exhibit case for student exhibits on the 1st floor of Regenstein Library near ExLibris.

Have you discovered some fantastic books while browsing the stacks in Regenstein? Do you want to highlight some of your favorite authors? Would your RSO like to promote a little-known collection of Library materials?

The Library is piloting an undergraduate student exhibit program on the 1st floor of Regenstein Library starting in Spring Quarter 2016. The Library will select one student-curated “mini-exhibit” that focuses on a topic in the humanities or social sciences, highlighting materials found in the Regenstein Bookstacks.

For more information, view our exhibit guidelines and responsibilities. Proposals are due on March 27, 2016.

Questions may be directed to Rebecca Starkey, Librarian for College Instruction & Outreach, at

Creative Assignments with blogs, wikis, discussion boards, and Google Docs: TECHB@R workshop

When: Tuesday, February 23, – 4 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Coming up with creative assignments that excite students and help them achieve learning goals can be a challenge. In this workshop, we will explore how to design creative assignments with technologies such as blogs, wikis, discussion tools, and Google Apps (Docs, Spreadsheet, Forms, Lucidchart, etc.) and foster collaborative learning during and between class meetings. We will consider the characteristics of these collaborative technologies, the type of assignments they are appropriate for and how to use them effectively. We will examine a few examples of effective use of these technologies and we will do a small group hands-on exercise to develop an assignment using one of these technologies. Bring your laptop or tablet for a taste in using technology for collaborative learning.

This course is open to all faculty, instructors, teaching assistants and graduate students.

Contact: Academic Technologies
Tag: Workshops
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. Information on Assistive Listening Device

All About Endnote: workshop

When: Thursday, February 18, noon – 1:20 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Learn about the desktop citation management software, EndNote. In this class, you will learn to how to use EndNote, including how to create and manage libraries, import references from online databases, and create formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.
Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library
Tag: Graduate Students, Staff, Workshops
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. Information on Assistive Listening Device

People William Alspaugh, area studies librarian, 1942-2016

William Josiah AlspaughWilliam Josiah Alspaugh, known to his Library colleagues as Bill, died on January 24, 2016 at the age of 73 after a lengthy and varied career at the University of Chicago Library.

Bill worked in the Southern Asia Department from 1978 to 1997. One of Bill’s notable academic accomplishments was his collaboration from 1978 to 1981 with Maureen L. P. Patterson in compilation of the much-lauded South Asian Civilizations: A Bibliographic Synthesis, published in 1981 by the University of Chicago Press. From 1981 to 1997 he served as Assistant to the Bibliographer for Southern Asia. He also served as Associate Editor of South Asia Library Notes and Queries. His engagement during the 1980s and early 1990s in the preparation of the Indological Books in Series database was of pivotal importance, as was his contribution to the subsequent preservation of books described in that resource. Many of our graduate students benefited from his intelligence and generosity as a South Asia reference librarian.

Bill started working at the East Asian Collection in 1997, initially part-time, and soon assumed the duty of Chinese Bibliographer full-time. Later, he became Chinese Bibliographer/Cataloger, splitting his time between collection development, public services, and cataloging. For more than 10 years, he built the Chinese studies collection in western languages while also selecting many titles in Chinese language. Bill’s knowledge of the research resources for Chinese studies, especially those in western languages, was of great benefit to many graduate and undergrad students through the reference and consultation services he provided.

Bill retired from his Chinese Bibliographer/Cataloger position in 2008, but remained as a part-time Chinese cataloger until May 2011, and then again from March 2013 to 2015. Throughout his years with the East Asian Collection, Bill made great contributions, making a large number of newly acquired Chinese books accessible to patrons through his efforts in original cataloging.

After retirement in 2011, he volunteered at Cheena Bhavan, the Institute of Chinese Language and Culture, in Santiniketan near Calcutta, cataloging their Chinese collection.

Bill was fluent in Mandarin, Hindi, and French. He also studied Tamil language. He was a merit scholar during his secondary education in Oklahoma City. Bill received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and attended Stanford University where the Air Force sent him to the Defense Language Institute. There he studied Mandarin and subsequently monitored mainland China radio broadcasts from Taiwan and Okinawa. After discharge, he worked for Aetna for several years before returning to the University of Chicago for graduate study in the Department of East Asian Studies and, while a graduate student, to work in the Library. He earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School while working in the Library’s Southern Asia Department.

Bill was an intellectual shaped by his studies in the University of Chicago’s College and his years of close collaboration with colleagues in the Library, faculty, and our students. He said that he read articles in scholarly journals with a relish and zeal comparable to that exhibited by others in their reading of mysteries.

Bill is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Beasley, and two nephews, Robert Barrett Beasley and Charles Emory Alspaugh II.

Exhibits World War I – the Eastern Front: on the front and in their own words

The Joseph Regenstein Library, Second Floor
January 19 – May 16, 2016

Deatail of handwritten text from Franz Eberls KriegstagebuchThrough the course of World War I, many,  from diverse points of view, felt the need to comment immediately upon their experiences in war. In this one-case exhibit one can find a few samplings of such text from the University of Chicago Library’s collections.

RegFest is back February 12 from noon – 5 p.m.

Elevated view of the Regenstein Library, from the University of Chicago architectural guidebook titled Building Ideas, published summer of 2013. (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

Regenstein Library (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

Spend College Break Day at RegFest, a study break offering relaxation, recreation, and reflection at Regenstein Library.

RegFest will be held from Noon – 5:00 p.m. in Regenstein Library, Room 122A.

Snacks will be available.

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Program Highlights

  • Underground tours of the Mansueto Library. Registration for tours is required.
  • Celebrate Honest Abe’s birthday by viewing rare Lincoln memorabilia in the Special Collections Research Center.
  • Make your special someone a UChicago Valentine’s Day card or craft
  • UChicago themed games, contests, and prizes
  • Music, movies, and relaxation (Minute Mindful Meditation)
  • Plus, learn about Library resources & services that you may not be aware of…

All RegFest attendees will be entered into a drawing for unique Library gift bags.  We hope you can drop by RegFest!

Schedule of Events

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Mansueto Library Tours Register for a Tour
Due to limited space, tours are limited to University of Chicago students. Registration is required.  Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. On this 30-minute tour, you’ll go underground to witness the Mansueto Library’s automatic storage and retrieval system at work. After the program, stop our RegFest Photo Booth for a commemorative selfie with the Mansueto robots.

Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Craft table
Make your special someone a UChicago Valentine’s Day card or craft

Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Game table
Sit down and play a Library related game, or solve a UChicago puzzle.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Regenstein Cinema
Let’s go to the movies! We’ll be showing two short-subjects filmed in our campus libraries, plus a 1950s UChicago recruitment movie from the archives.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Tracing Your Roots at Regenstein
Want to learn more about your family history?  Become an amateur genealogist, and learn how to research your family tree using the Library’s resources. Led by Rebecca Starkey, Regenstein Library.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Play Spurious Correlations with Crerar
Did you know there is an inverse correlation between per capita consumption of American cheese and points scored by the winning team in the Super Bowl? Come play a fun matching game between graphs and interesting variables.  Or bring your laptop and create your own “spurious correlation”!  Led by Michelle Bass, Crerar Library.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Minute Mindful Meditation
Room 122B
Ginger Carr, UChicago’s Mindful Meditation Instructor, will be providing guided 15-minute mindful meditation sessions from 2-3pm. Please feel free to stop in at 2pm; 2:15pm; 2:30pm; or 2:45pm or stay for multiple sessions! All meditation levels accepted. Brought to you by Student Health and Counseling Services – Health Promotion and Wellness.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
It’s All Due at the Same Time! Assignment Scheduling Tips & Tricks
Struggling to keep track of all your readings, assignments, and extracurricular activities? Learn how to make your study life easier with time management tools and tips. Watch demonstrations of various time management apps or bring your laptop and demo for yourself! Led by Kaitlin Springmier, Regenstein Library Reference.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
I Want My NYT! Or, How to Avoid the Pay Wall & Get the News You Need
The Library provides students with access to most major newspapers through its news databases.  Learn how to read past and present issues of your favorite newspapers and access other news sources. Led by Rebecca Starkey, Regenstein Library Reference.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Love
Special Collections Research Center, Classroom
Stop by the Special Collections Research Center to get to know Abe Lincoln a little better. The archives is home to a huge collection of Lincoln memorabilia, from manuscripts and political ephemera to plaster casts of his hands and a piece of a bloody curtain that is said to have hung in the Presidential box at Ford’s Theatre. Join us in SCRC’s Classroom for this special display of rare material to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday.  Assistant University Archivist Eileen Ielmini will be on hand to answer your questions.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
The TECHB@R Cares…About Your Computer and Data
Scared of nefarious robots taking over your computer? Tired of losing your data after dropping your computer in the lake? Come learn from experts from the TECHB@R how to keep your papers, projects, and pet pictures safe from bad people from the internet, and yourself.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Starkey at or 773-702-4484 for assistance.

The business benefits of learning another language

In today’s global economy, it’s no surprise that businesses benefit from the skills of polyglots.  Of course, the most obvious benefit is the ability to transfer information in multiple languages.  Learning a second language also provides a window into the culture of the speakers of the language as well as an empathetic view of the effort many people around the world have made to learn English.   These additional insights facilitate relationship building, a must when trying to do business anywhere in any

University of Chicago researchers have access to Mango Languages, an online interactive language learning tool for learning vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture all in a single, integrated experience.  It covers more than 70 languages from American Sign Language to Arabic, Vietnamese and Yiddish.  Non-native English speakers can also study English as a second language.  Seventeen different versions are available.  In order to use all of the functions of Mango, users need to create a personal account and log in.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter, Facebook, or through our reference services.

Introduction to Zotero, Bibliography Builder: workshop

When: Thursday, January 28, noon – 1 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Zotero is a free bibliography builder that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.
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Preserving the Texture of Legal History: The Pleasure and Privilege of Rare Books

On the D’Angelo Law Library’s sixth floor, behind the glass walls and the keycard-entry doors, bathed in air that is always between 60–65°F and 45–60 percent humidity, are the really old books.

The artifacts sit in this climate-controlled silence, brought out for the occasional visitor but more often viewed digitally by students and scholars who might never have cradled a 400-year-old calfskin volume or turned a heavy parchment page printed in calligraphy. There are more than 3,700 items in the Law School’s collection, and more than half are available in digital form—meaning those volumes are both physically rare and more accessible than ever before. It is a modern paradox: as technology brings content closer—and reduces the need for in-person use—does a rare book become more so, or less? Can it be both?

Photos of the Rare Books sections at the University of Chicago's D'Angelo Law Library.

Digitization of rare texts has been an important development—scanned books are accessible to a greater number of researchers and are searchable—but it is impossible to fully replicate the experience of working with an original. The process of converting the documents into searchable text isn’t perfect; abbreviations, for instance, aren’t always translated consistently or accurately. Context can be lost if a full volume isn’t available and one can’t flip back to find a full citation or foundational details. And the experience of holding and reading a physical volume is lost when it appears only on a screen. To visit the two rooms housing the D’Angelo Law Library’s Rare Books Collection—or better, to thumb through a centuries-old volume beside a historian like Alison LaCroix, the Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law, or R.H. Helmholz, the Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law—is to peer into the lives and minds of the long-gone scholars and leaders who created our nation’s governing structure, or interpreted canon law, or commented on the decisions of a 17th-century European court. It is to touch what they touched, to see the law in a slightly different way, and to remember that all of these ideas were created and shaped by people.

It is, simply, to feel the curves and coils of history.

One afternoon last fall, LaCroix held some of these curves and coils in her hand—a 225-year-old, first-edition French translation of the United States Constitution and acts of the first U.S. Congress that the D’Angelo acquired about two years ago. The book, Actes passés à un congrès des Etats-Unis de l’Amérique, is believed to be the first French translation of the Bill of Rights and is curious for any number of reasons, not the least of which is that it essentially groups the nation’s supreme law alongside things like the Tariff Act of 1789.

“We don’t usually think of the Constitution as an act of Congress—it’s not just some regular old statute,” LaCroix said. “But there it is.”

Photograph of page of ConstitutionThen there’s the puzzle of the book’s origin, a question made somehow more compelling by the volume’s physical presence. The text was translated by one Monsieur Hubert, who appears to have been a lawyer or judge in the French parliament, or court—but who asked Monsieur Hubert to do it? And what might that decision tell us about the America’s efforts to gain recognition on the world stage, Europe’s view of the fledgling democracy, or early U.S. political divisions? What clues might lurk in the volume’s marginalia, or the ways in which the content is structured? The timing makes it intriguing: the late 1780s brought not just the ratification of the U.S. Constitution but the start of the French Revolution, a 10-year conflict that inspired both enthusiasm and fear among Americans. There was marked division in America—those who were pro-British and those, like Thomas Jefferson, who were pro-French. Had someone in America thought it important to share our law with the French during their time of upheaval, or had someone in France requested it?

“Who was the audience? Who in France said, ‘I want the U.S. Constitution, and I want to know what the U.S. Congress is doing?’” LaCroix said. “As often happens when you pick up a primary source, all these questions arise.”

As she turned the pages, history seemed to swell and take shape: there, in French, was the Judiciary Act of 1789, which would eventually become the first congressional act to be partially invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court. But when it was translated for this volume, the act was still new and whole: it would be more than a decade before the landmark Marbury v. Madison struck down one of its provisions, affirming the concept of judicial review.

“When we’re talking about these periods in law school, it doesn’t always seem concrete: it is Marbury v. Madison, it is John Adams and George Washington and their theories. They’re in casebooks, so the texture is stripped away,” LaCroix said. “But there is so much literal texture in this volume: just feeling the pages and seeing the print. It’s a mode of human connection with people who created the structures of government institutions and offices.”

She ran her finger down a page, examining the text as she spoke.

“These were things that were created by people,” she continued, “let’s not forget that.”


The strength of the D’Angelo’s Rare Books Collection is historical U.S. law; the D’Angelo has nearly all the original primary sources in that category. The library is working to expand the European collection, an important area of growth, D’Angelo Law Library Director Sheri Lewis said. Right now, the library adds at least a few rare materials each year, and acquisitions are often driven by opportunity. Librarians—often Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian, and Bill Schwesig, Bibliographer for Common Law—peruse dealer catalogs, participate in rare book auctions, and look for other chances to acquire volumes that meet particular research interests or add valuable dimension to the collection. In the autumn of 2014, for instance, the D’Angelo acquired about 100 rare titles that had been withdrawn from the collection at the Rutgers School of Law-Camden Law Library.

Photograph of a rare bookThe vast majority of the D’Angelo’s rare books are from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, though fourteen percent are from the seventeenth century and four percent are from sixteenth century. There are early volumes of the United States Reports, sixteenth-century canon law written in Latin, and volumes of Consilia, which are collections of opinions written to advise European judges in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries. There are books on Prussian law, materials on witchcraft trials, and volumes of Sir William Blackstone’s eighteenth-century Commentaries on the Laws of England, which are influential treatises that played a role in the development of the American legal system. Some of the books in the D’Angelo’s rare collection are heavy elephant folios; others are just a few inches long, small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. Many of the books are beautiful, featuring ornate, handset type or fore-edge painting, which are designs or pictures painted onto the edges of the pages. Some have elegant, handwritten notes in the margins—the insights of early readers. Some volumes have held up surprisingly well for their age, and others have been rebound or preserved in other ways.

“Our library is fortunate to have these treasures of law and legal history in our collection,” Lewis said. “Our aspiration is to grow; there are still scholars who work with this material, and they work with it in a way that makes the actual artifact desirable.”

After all, not everything has been digitized; books that aren’t available online—especially ones that fit faculty research interests—are of obvious and particular value. The first-edition French translation of the Constitution, for instance, was a title the library knew LaCroix would appreciate. When the library acquired it, the book was in pamphlet form, and they took it to a rare book conservator to have it rebound.

D’Angelo librarians often consult with Helmholz, the rare book collection’s most frequent user. Right now, he’s hoping to help them find a collection of volumes published near the end of the sixteenth century: Tractatus universi iuris, or “The Treatise of All Laws.”

“It was a standard book, and we don’t have a copy, but we should,” he said. “It’s proving a little hard to find one, but it’s the kind of thing I’d like to get.”

A scholar whose expertise includes canon law, Helmholz has his own collection of rare books in his office and at home—though none, he notes, are on the extreme end of rare or valuable. For instance, there’s a 1556 volume covering basic canon law of the Middle Ages that he got a bit of a deal on.

“It’s quite a handsome volume, but look at this,” he said, flipping through the inside, “it was lacking some of the pages. So what the book dealer did is Xerox from another edition and paste these in. It’s a far-from-perfect copy—even the title page is gone, and the binding isn’t in great shape. But it’s useful, and for my purposes, it works. And I was able to buy it for, I don’t remember, maybe $400.”

Students and others who visit Helmholz’s office will sometimes ask about the books, and he usually doesn’t mind pulling a volume or two from the shelf. It’s gratifying, he said, to see the interest.

Shelf of rare books“Pick one out,” he told a visitor one morning last fall, before offering a brief tour of a heavy 1709 volume detailing the duties of ecclesiastical judges. “Did you have any Latin?” he asked the visitor—who hadn’t—before translating some of the text and encouraging her to be less hesitant in turning and touching the pages.

“They’re not fragile—you can see this is done in rag paper,” he said. “These things will still be around when most of the books we have from the 1900s are dust.”

This is another part of the draw: many old books are durable, a tribute to the craftsmanship of their time. They’re also practical in ways that digital versions are not. In any book, for instance, one can stumble upon related content or deliberately flip back a few pages for context. A rare book might represent the only opportunity to do that within a given niche.

“If you pull up a statute online and you’re in a small subset—small Roman numeral iv, part 3—you don’t know where you are,” LaCroix said. “As an intellectual matter, you need to be able to work back up the tree and see what’s next to it.”

Optical Character Recognition, the technology that converts the books to searchable documents, can fall short, particularly in dealing with abbreviations in Latin or other foreign languages.

“By experience, you can work out what these abbreviations mean, but you can’t really search for them,” Helmholz said. “Some of the sources cited in rare books become quite unrecognizable in scanned versions. Normally, in rare books, scanned versions are not adequate substitutes for the original.”

As these volumes continue to become both older and more accessible, Helmholz wonders if the market might offer an advantage to those who are still after the physical experience of the old book.

“My hope is that prices [of rare books] will decline markedly so we can buy more. I haven’t seen evidence of that yet, but it is my hope,” he said. “If you can get what you need in digitized form, why would you pay a small fortune for a book—except for the pleasure or privilege of having a rare book and being able to look at it?”

A University of Chicago Law School news release