Workshops & Events

Introduction to EndNote (Online Version): workshop

When: Wednesday, November 5, noon – 1 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11, noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom (November 5)

TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160 (November 6 & 11)

Description: EndNote offers an online version of its popular citation manager that is available to the University of Chicago community freely through the Library. The online version offers the key features of the popular EndNote software, but with added enhancements of cloud storage, syncing, and the ability to easily share and collaborate. Come to this workshop and see if EndNote’s online version works for you.
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1339
Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715

Joseph Regenstein Library
773-702-4685

Tag: WorkshopsTrainingGraduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Fall Fest offers behind-the-scenes look at D’Angelo

Dan Scime, ’17, had just finished a round of Law School Jeopardy! in the D’Angelo Law Library conference room, correctly guessing which park was the site of the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition.

“I’ll take ‘Around Town’ for 500,” he told law librarians Lyonette Louis-Jacques and Bill Schwesig, before reading the question on the screen and asking, “What is Jackson Park?”

It was a sight probably familiar to second- and third-year students: The library’s fourth annual Fall Fest, an afternoon of games, trivia, and homemade baked goods designed to introduce new Students play Jeopardy game at Fall Feststudents to the library’s staff and resources. As part of this year’s event, students played “Name that Tune” in the Fulton Reading Room; tossed beanbags at wood UChicago cornhole platforms; tried their hands at a mini-golf putting green; and sampled cupcakes, cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels, and other treats made by library staff. (A particularly popular item: Margaret Schilt’s pumpkin cupcakes. Find the recipe in the right column). Todd Ito, Coordinator of Instruction and Outreach and a reference librarian, organized this year’s Fest and also planned and staffed the “Name that Tune” station with librarian Thomas Drueke. 

Students also talked to Lorna Tang, Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services, about the library’s Chicago Collection, which consists of five shelves of about 250 books — ranging from Jean F. Block’s Hyde Park Houses to Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness in the Fair that Changed America — as well as DVDs about Chicago. The collection was first set up with funds donated in memory of Thomas Owens, who worked at the library’s circulation desk for more than 40 years. He was fond of law students — and they were fond of him — and he loved Chicago.

“Many new students don’t come from Chicago, and this collection will give them a little flavor,” Tang said.

The event gave many of the nearly 130 students who attended a closer look at the 695,083-volume library, which was named for alumnus Dino D’Angelo, ‘44, an attorney, real estate owner, patron of the arts, and philanthropist. Students who took time to chat up some of the library’s 25 full-time staff might have learned which librarian brews his own beer, why there’s a chevron “crack” in the floor behind the reference desk, and how the library acquires the nodding justices in its U.S. Supreme Court bobblehead collection.

Didn’t have time to ask those questions? In honor of Fall Fest, we’ve compiled some of our favorite lesser-known facts about the library and its staff.

The library’s staff speaks or reads 16 languages: American Sign Language, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Provençal, Spanish, Romanian, and Russian. “It keeps things interesting,” said Louis-Jacques, who speaks Haitian Creole, French, Spanish, and “a little German.”

The most popular of the 1,643 titles in the library’s DVD collection is the television series “The Wire.” Also popular: The Godfather, China Town, Fight Club, and The Godfather Part II.

Edward H. Levi, ’35, started out in the library, and he wasn’t paid very well. Rather than hire him as a full-time professor in 1936, the Law School made him a law librarian and an assistant professor, paying him a total of $3,000 — $125 less than the most junior member of the faculty made at the inception of the Law School in 1902. His library assignment, which accounted for one-third of his original salary, lasted only a year. In 1937, he was hired as a full-time professor and his salary went up accordingly. Levi, of course, went on to serve as Dean of the Law School, President of the University, and Attorney General of the United States.

Library Assistant Steve Coats was a U.S. diplomat in Mexico during the Clinton administration. He worked for several years in the early 1990s in the cultural and press section of the American embassy in Mexico City and the American consulate in Tijuana.

The zig-zagging fissure that runs along the floor behind the reference desk marks the division between the old library and the 1987 expansion. The renovation, which preserved the architectural integrity of Eero Saarinen’s original design, expanded the building by forty-five feet to the south.

The staff has nearly 350 years of combined library experience.

The collection includes about 1,500 books written by alumni. Those titles range from legal practice materials to fiction.

Library Director Sheri Lewis greets students at Fall FestD’Angelo Library Director Sheri Lewis owns two guinea pigs. They are named Gwendolen and Cecilyafter characters in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The library has 10 SCOTUS bobbleheads: James Iredell, Benjamin Curtis, Harry A. Blackmun, William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “The Green Bag issues the dolls and doesn’t ship them,” said Patricia Sayre-McCoy, Head of Cataloging and Serials. “We have to find someone in Washington, D.C., who can pick them up for us and either send them or bring them back to the library.”

Sayre-McCoy is a science-fiction/fantasy writer. She’s been writing stories for about 30 years and has sold two of them to Sword and Sorceress, a series of fantasy anthologies. 

The library’s staff manually counts heads five times a day so they know exactly how patrons use the facility. At opening, in the morning, afternoon, evening and at closing, a staff member spends about 15 minutes walking through the library counting the number of people in different locations, including at window tables and center tables, in carrels and conference rooms, and on black sofas and low shelf seating. The counter uses a special form that has a box for each of the six floors and places to record the date, time, day of the week, and academic quarter.

Drueke brews his own craft beer. He particularly likes making low-alcohol English “session” beers.

The Law School was re-created in 800 Legos by Zach Mayo, ’14. It is displayed on the library’s reference desk.

Six members of the library staff have JDs, and all 11 librarians have masters degrees in library science.

Margaret Schilt is an art quilter. The Associate Law Librarian for User Services, who also teaches Writing and Research in the United States Legal System, has been making the quilted hangings for about eight years. There is one in her office now that depicts white cemetery crosses stitched into a backdrop of green panels, and one solitary cross against a red backdrop in the upper-right corner. She calls it “War and Peace.”

The library’s entire sixth floor is devoted to foreign, comparative, and international law. It has a strong collection from the European Union, especially Germany.

Eight members of the library staff have attended the University of Chicago, either the college or one of the graduate schools.

The framed cross-stitch hanging on the third floor was made by Diane Wood, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a senior lecturer at the Law School.

Binding Assistant John Mulholland used to be in the Peace Corps, working as a teacher in Swaziland, Africa, from January 1969 to March 1975. He is also the longest-serving member of the library staff, having started in 1976.

The most popular places to sit are at the window tables on the second and third floors. (Remember the head count? That’s how they know).

Senior Acquisitions Assistant Sheila Ralston has more than 10,000 books in her home. About 500 of them are hers—mostly mysteries and English literature (her college major), true crime, and knitting books—and the rest belong to her husband, a game designer and writer who has been collecting books since childhood. The books are stored in bookcases throughout their home.

Julie Stauffer, Head of Acquisitions and Electronic Resources, is an accomplished knitter who first picked up the craft from a “Coats and Clark’s Learn How” pamphlet as a child. She’s not the only avid knitter, either: a group of Law School knitters meets once a week in Library Conference Room 211A.

The library is busiest at the beginning of Autumn Quarter and during Winter Quarter finals. Students check out the most items between 11 a.m. and noon, 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and two hours before closing. The library space is most crowded between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A University of Chicago Law School news release

Introduction to EndNote Online Version: workshop

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 12:001:00 PM
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
5730 South Ellis Avenue
Description: EndNote offers an online version of its popular citation manager that is available to the University of Chicago community freely through the Library. The online version offers the key features of the popular EndNote software, but with added enhancements of cloud storage, syncing, and the ability to easily share and collaborate. Come to this workshop and see if EndNote’s online version works for you.
Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1339
Tag: Workshops, Training, Graduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
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Endnote Workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 12-1 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Learn how to use the bibliographic software EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing libraries, importing references from online databases, importing and managing PDFs and creating formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

College students: get ready for Library research

Now that you’ve attended the Aims of Education address, it is time to put those goals into practice. The Library is offering several orientation programs to help you get started using our collections and services for your classes and assignments.

Library Boot CampGet in shape for College research by attending the Library Boot Camp on the A-Level of Regenstein Library on Wednesday and Thursday (September 24 and 25) at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Library Boot Camp will provide you with a fast-paced overview of key library services and research tools essential to success in your first quarter of classes.  Along with toning your Library skills, you’ll get a Library mug at the end—perfect for visiting the Ex Libris Café when classes start.

Don’t get lost in the bookstacks! Tour Regenstein Library From Top to Bottom on Friday and prepare to navigate the largest library on campus. The tour will cover all the key points of interest. Plus our librarians will also show you how to work the mysterious moving shelving on the B-Level. Tours start in the Regenstein Lobby at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Photo of Jenny Hart Giving a Library Tour

A Crerar orientation tour with Jenny Hart, Bibliographer for Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Photo by Jason Smith.

Are you a Pre-Med or majoring in the sciences? Science Research: An Introduction to the John Crerar Library is an orientation program that highlights services for the biological and physical sciences, and focuses on using journal literature (very important for science research). Programs will be held at Crerar Library on Thursday at 10:00 a.m and 1:00 p.m., along with Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Can’t make an orientation event? The Library will be on hand at the Student Activities and Resources Fair on October 3rd. Visit our table to meet some of our librarians, ask questions, and pick up some Library giveaways, like our Library pins—collect them all!

Reception and book signing for Andrew Abbott’s ‘Digital Paper’ on Oct. 1

Cover of "Digital Paper"To celebrate the publication of Andrew Abbott’s Digital Paper, the University of Chicago Press and the University of Chicago Library will host a reception and book signing at the Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122, on October 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Abbott is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. He is also a past Chair of the Board of the University of Chicago Library.

Learn more about Digital Paper: A Manual for Research and Writing with Library and Internet Materials on the University of Chicago Press website.

Regenstein Library is located at 1100 East 57th Street in Chicago.

Workshop: The Library for Instructors and TAs

Librarian teaching a class

Library instruction for courses is just one of many services available to faculty and TAs to support their teaching. Photo by Jason Smith.

You may use the Library’s resources for your research, but do you know how the Library supports teaching? 

Attend our new workshop and learn about the Library services available to you as an instructor or TA for a course, including:

  • How to set up course reserves in Chalk
  • Requesting Library instruction or training programs
  • Setting up your Library Chalk module
  • Using Special Collections for your teaching
  • Reserving Library classrooms and equipment

In addition, the program will provide an overview of some little-known services available for your students, including reference consultations, statistical software support, and citation managers. Registration is requested. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

The Library for Instructors and TAs
Friday, September 26, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Regenstein Library, Room A-11
Register now

Questions about this program can be directed to Rebecca Starkey at rstarkey@uchicago.edu or 773-702-4484.

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 Devices.

Dissertation Procedures for Staff: workshop

When: Wednesday, July 9, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Summer 2014 doctoral candidates will use a web-based interface 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. New graduate program administrators as well as experienced staff who would like a refresher are welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring your questions to this information session. If you would like to review the ETD interface, please visit: http://www.etdadmin.com/uchicago.

To register, click on the link below.

Contact: Dissertation Office 
(773) 702-7404
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=730
Tag: TrainingMeetingsWorkshopsStaff
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
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Dissertation Procedures for Students: workshop

When: Thursday, June 19, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2, noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Are you a Ph.D. student planning to graduate in August 2014? August 2014 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: http://www.etdadmin.com/uchicago.

To register, click on the link below.

Contact: Dissertation Office 
(773) 702-7404
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=731
Tag: WorkshopsMeetingsStudent Events CalendarGraduate StudentsTraining
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Video of Nadler Vision Lecture, ‘Future-Proofing the Research Library’

Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library, delivered the Inaugural Judith Nadler Vision Lecture at the University of Chicago Library on May 22, 2014.  Her subject was “Future-Proofing the Research Library.”

A videorecording of the lecture is now available below and on the University of Chicago’s MindOnline, iTunes, and YouTube channels.

The Judith Nadler Vision Lecture is supported by the Judith Nadler Vision Fund.