All About Endnote (Desktop Version), Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 4-5 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Endnote is a citation management tool.  With it you can manage your citations and pdfs and create formatted bibliographies as you write your paper.  In this workshop learn how to use the desktop version of EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing citation libraries, importing citations from online databases and other sources, importing and managing PDFs and creating footnotes and bibliographies. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

Exhibits Under Your Feet, Chicago’s Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels – new web exhibit

cover of bookAn archived web exhibit of the 2006 Crerar exhibit Under Your Feet, Chicago’s Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels is now available.  The physical exhibit was shown in the atrium of Crerar Library from February 14, 2006 to March 31, 2006.

Exhibit Description: Below the surface of downtown Chicago is a fascinating and complex underground maze of tunnels. Chicago has been able to use these tunnels to solve various infrastructure problems, thanks to an easily excavated layer of blue clay underlying the city.Dug at different depths and stretching for miles, they were designed to move water, freight and people throughout the city. Under Your Feet explores the system—from the first water tunnels completed in 1867, to the now defunct freight tunnels of the early 1900’s, to the subway system we use today, to the Deep Tunnel project and storm tunnels of the future.

MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18: D’Angelo Law, Eckhart, and SSA closed, other campus libraries remain open

On Monday, January 18, D’Angelo Law, Eckhart, and SSA libraries will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Crerar, Mansueto, and Regenstein libraries will be open during their regular building hours. The All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.

NCBI Minute Webinars

NCBI provides series of 5-15 minute webinars that introduce new NCBI tools or provide quick tips for using popular resources.  View them on the NCBI YouTube Channel at:

Feature Story ProductivityU: Be more efficient with the Library’s help

Librarian Consultation

Experts will be on hand to guide you to the best productivity tools. (Photo by Jason Smith)

Now that you’ve had one quarter of the academic year under your belt, it’s time to reflect on your productivity pitfalls and add new tools to help you overcome these obstacles. On January 15 from noon to five, the University of Chicago Library is holding an inaugural ‘Productivity Unconference,’ where students, librarians, and technologists will be invited to meet to share tips, tricks, and tools to be a more efficient and productive researcher, student, and academic professional. The unconference will have time for consultations, workshops, and presentations on tools like citation managers, social bookmarking apps, and cloud storage as well as tips to stay efficient and productive during the busy academic quarter.

Everyone across campus including students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet with experienced ‘productivity experts’ from across campus to:

  • Learn how to use free web tools such as Evernote, Box, and Google Apps to superpower productivity
  • Practice new strategies in time management
  • Discover innovative ways to stay in-the-know
  • Manage research documents such as course readings, book chapters, and paper drafts
  • Ensure security online and in research documents

Schedule of Events
January 15, Noon – 5:00 PM
Regenstein, Room 122

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Productivity & Project Management Consultations
Members of the University of Chicago community can sign up for 15-minute consultations with librarians, academic technologists, and tech experts to learn about key productivity tools and strategies.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Productivity Tools & Strategies Lightning Talks
Participants present proposed lighting talks on their favorite project management/productivity tools or strategies. The Lightning talks blocked at 5 minutes apiece, and will give an opportunity for peer sharing and presentation skills.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Productivity & Project Management Consultations & Productivity “In”
Participants can meet with consultants on key productivity tools & strategies. This time also serves as a place for students to have a “productivity-in,” where students can get to work planning and organizing course readings, assignments, and extracurricular duties for the quarter.

Sign up for a consultation today!

Interested in presenting a lightning talk? Fill out a lightning talk proposal.

Don’t want to commit? Feel free to drop in during the event, grab a snack provided by the library, and chat with other people across campus to learn some new tools and share your strategies on staying productive.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in a Library workshop or training session should contact Kaitlin Springmier at 773-702-0229.

Quarter loans due January 8 – please return or renew

Quarter loans borrowed or renewed before December 14 are due Friday, January 8.

Items may be renewed via My Account or returned to any campus library.

Items that have been renewed 3 times must be returned and checked out again if you wish to keep them.  This limit does not apply to students in Ph.D. or J.S.D. programs.

Star Wars Library Guide

Books on Star Wars

Some items from the Library’s collections about Star Wars. Photo by Rebecca Starkey.

Are finals getting you down? Don’t succumb to the Dark Side. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens during interim, so take a break and learn about some of the Library’s collections about Star Wars!

The Library has created a Star Wars Library Guide which highlights resources on the films and the phenomena–all available at our campus libraries or online collections.

Remember, the Force is strong within you! Good luck!


Extended Library hours December 4 – 6

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, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 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, November 30 until the end of finals on Friday, December 11.

For a full list of library hours, see

Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) at Crerar

The Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) at Crerar

The Crerar Library showcases new computer labs at the University of Chicago September 26, 2013. (Photo by Jason Smith)

CSIL  (Photo by Jason Smith)

Looking for statistical software tools like Stata, R or MATLAB?  Want to do some geographical data visualization with ArcGIS? Need to do coding in Java or Python?  Edit some photos with Adobe Photoshop or create a soundtrack Edit Edit date and timeusing Audacity?  You can do all that and more in the John Crerar Library.  Using either computer workstations provided by the Library or by the Computer Science Instructional Laboratory (CSIL, pronounced “see-sill”) you can access a plethora of software applications.

The Library’s Windows workstations have Microsoft Office products and a variety of web browsers, as well as a desktop shortcut to the IT Services vLab.  Click on the icon, and login in using your cNetID and password and you can access a broad range of software utilities, including R, MATLAB, and Stata.  For a full list of the software options, visit

CSIL computers include Mac and Linux machines (Linux machines require a separate computer science account), and offer a broad array of software development and engineering tools, multimedia applications, and image processing applications.  CSIL tutors are available to assist with any questions.  During the academic year, the facility is open all hours that the Crerar Library is open.  There are twelve Mac workstations located outside the CSIL classrooms; workstations inside the classrooms are available for use when not in use for a class.  For a full list of software and hardware resources offered by CSIL, as well as more information on hours, contacts, and policies, visit

Library offers guides for data management and author identifiers

Data Management

The Library has created a guide to help researchers with Data Management issues such as how to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) and Data Repository and Storage Options available.

Why manage your data?

Many funding agencies such as the NSF now require that researchers write a data management plan in order to receive funding. Preserving your data also ensures it will be available in the long term. In addition documenting and managing your data saves you time because it will be easier to use in an organized and understandable form. Putting your data in a repository and letting the repository handle any requests about it also saves you time that you can focus on your own research.

Author Identifiers

We also offer a guide to creating and using Author identifiers, including ORCID IDs. Creating an ORCID ID gives you a persistent, unique numeric identifier that links together all of your research work, including any name changes over the course of your career. It distinguishes you from others with the same name and ensures that your work is attributed to you. It also makes it easy for others to locate all of your research, since it is all linked by an identifier.

Crerar Library hosting webinar – Instructional Design for Medical Librarians

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Kathleen Zar Room, John Crerar Library, 5730 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
Cost: Free
Register: Complete this form

The Crerar Library is pleased to host the Medical Library Association’s upcoming webinar, Instructional Design for Medical Librarians, led by Max Anderson, instructional designer at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).  In this session, you will learn about instructional design principles, the working life of an instructional design professional, how to incorporate library resources and various tools that will help keep you or your faculty on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

Max Anderson

Max Anderson

Anderson provides training and support for UIC’s teaching faculty in the facilitation and use of educational technology and holds an appointment in the Department of Medical Education at UIC as an instructor. He holds a master’s in library and information studies from Florida State University and a master’s in learning technology from the University of North Texas. Previously, he was assistant library director for educational technology for the Rush University Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

Maps, directions to campus, and parking information are available here.

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

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Exhibits A Bold Experiment: the Origins of the Sciences at the University of Chicago – new web exhibit

Zonia Baber Geology StudentA web version is now available of the current Crerar Library exhibit: A Bold Experiment: the Origins of the Sciences at the University of Chicago.  The physical exhibit is showing in the atrium of Crerar Library and will run until March 31, 2016.

Exhibit Description: In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago’s founding, Crerar Library looks back at the establishment of the natural sciences at the University. The early University built programs in the physical and biological science from the ground up. They recruited eminent scientists and designed innovative laboratories and facilities for their often groundbreaking work. These achievements in discovery and teaching have had lasting impact on the sciences.

NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists” on November 12, 2015

The PubMed for Scientists webinar led by NCBI staff will demonstrate how to efficiently search biomedical literature in PubMed, including: how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow a search, find full text articles, and set up an email alert for new research on your topic. The webinar will be archived on the NCBI YouTube channel.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Registration URL:

Your librarians can also teach you how to search PubMed efficiently! Let us know if you’d like us to come to your next lab meeting or departmental meeting for a PubMed refresher. We can also meet in one-on-one consultations. Contact us at

NIH aims to enhance reproducibility, transparency of research findings

The NIH’s October 9 notice, Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH & AHRQ Research Grant Applications, announces updates to the application instructions and review language for most research grant applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2016.  The purpose of the updates is to “enhance the reproducibility of research findings through increased scientific rigor and transparency.”

The updates include:

  • Revisions to application guide instructions for preparing your research strategy attachment
  • Use of a new “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment
  • Additional rigor and transparency questions reviewers will be asked to consider when reviewing applications

Read the full notice at

Special issue of Organometallics dedicated to Prof. Hillhouse


Cover image from Organometallics, 2015, 34 (19)

The October 12, 2015 issue of Organometallics honors former University of Chicago professor, Gregory Hillhouse.  Prof. Hillhouse is remembered not only as a talented chemist, but also as a gourmet chef, dedicated basketball fan, sometime artist, and always mentor to young chemists.   The special issue is featured on Twitter.

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 (Class of 2019)
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Harris School of Public Policy
  • Physical Sciences Division
  • 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 25, 2015.  If you would like additional information about the Library Student Advisory Group or would like to apply via e-mail, please contact Rebecca Starkey at

All About Endnote (Desktop Version), Thursday, October 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.

Workshop: Introduction to the Research Computing Center, Oct 6 2-3:30 pm

Dr. H. Birali Runesha, Assistant Vice President for Research Computing and Director of the Research Computing Center

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is a centralized service that provides high-end computing and visualization resources to researchers at the University. This presentation will discuss services offered by the RCC and provide information on how to get a computing or storage resource allocation, the Cluster and Consultant Partnership Programs, and an overview of the computational resources and performance of RCC’s computing infrastructure. The hands-on component of this workshop will begin by giving you the opportunity to create an account on Midway, a high performance computer that serves the UChicago research community with approximately 5000 Intel Sandy Bridge processing cores, Nvidia GPUs, and large amounts of shared memory. Attendees will be able to use their RCC accounts to compile code, submit jobs using the SLURM batch scheduler, explore the software module system, and learn about rcchelp, a custom online documentation system.

Level: This is an INTRODUCTORY level course, for people with little or no experience in the topic.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on session.

Register here.

#BannedBooksWeek 2015

September 27 – October 3, 2015 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association.
While many of the most frequently challenged titles fall under the fiction genre, a few non-fiction titles have caused great debate over the years as well.  The Library of Congress exhibition on the Books That Shaped America included a fair number of texts which have been banned and/or challenged.  Two of these titles can be found in the Crerar Bookstacks: 1) Alfred C. Kinsey, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and 2) Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves (1971). To learn more about the challenges against these books, check out this article from
How many #bannedbooks have you read?  This interactive timeline celebrating 30 years of liberating literature highlights challenged novels and children’s books.  The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom has lists of banned books by year or decade.  Importantly, the ALA OIF does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges and has only been collecting data about banned books since 1990.  Check the library catalog and challenge yourself to read a banned book today.

Alert Quarter loans due – please return or renew

Quarter loans charged or renewed before September 21 are due Friday, October 2. Please return or renew your books. Materials may be renewed by logging into the Library Catalog via My Account.

Current Exhibits A Bold Experiment: the Origins of the Sciences at the University of Chicago

yerkes telescope

Exhibit Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium

Exhibit Dates: September 21, 2015 – March 31, 2016

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago’s founding, Crerar Library looks back at the establishment of the natural sciences at the University. The early University built programs in the physical and biological science from the ground up. They recruited eminent scientists and designed innovative laboratories and facilities for their often groundbreaking work. These achievements in discovery and teaching have had lasting impact on the sciences.
Crerar exhibits website.

New food and drink policy provides Library patrons with more options

New Library food polciesAs the result of a new Library food policy, hungry patrons are now free to eat snacks in many campus Library spaces and have additional designated space for eating meals in Regenstein.

The new policy has been approved by the faculty Board of the Library and the Library Student Advisory Group and permits patrons to eat snacks in most parts of the Library, with the exception of a few designated food-free spaces. Meals and messy or smelly foods will still be permitted only in designated Meal Zones. The policy applies to the Crerar, Eckhart, Mansueto, Regenstein, and SSA libraries, as well as the D’Angelo Law Library, which has had a similar policy in place since 2008.

In Regenstein, where the Ex Libris Café is often fully occupied at peak meal times, the A Level has been designated an additional Meal Zone.

To help protect Library collections and to provide spaces for users who wish to avoid the presence of food entirely, a few areas have been designated food-free, including the Mansueto Grand Reading Room, the Regenstein bookstacks, and the Crerar Lower Level West compact shelving. In addition, no food or drink is allowed in the Special Collections Research Center. Covered drinks will continue to be allowed everywhere except Special Collections.

The new food policy is designed to help the Library maintain an environment that is welcoming and comfortable, as well as supportive of study, research, reflection, and scholarly collaboration.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to take an active role in making the new policy a success. This includes cleaning up and disposing of their own food waste in appropriate trash receptacles and notifying staff of spills, as well as asking others to abide by Library policies or reporting violations to Library staff.

See the Library’s food and drink policy for more information, including a complete list of Library spaces where snacks or meals are allowed.

Updated September 17, 2015

Students in Ex Libris

Students in Regenstein’s Ex Libris Cafe (Photo by Jason Smith)

Labor Day: All libraries closed

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Monday, September 7.

For a full list of library hours, see

Library interim hours, August 29 – September 27

Beginning Saturday, August 29, the Library will have reduced building hours at all of its locations for the interim. Please note that on Monday, September 7, all libraries will be closed in observance of Labor Day.  Autumn quarter hours will begin Monday, September 28.

Crerar Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday (August 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20)  8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. 27)  8 a.m. – 1 a.m.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday (August 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20) Closed
Sunday (Sept. 27) noon – 9 p.m.

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

Mansueto Library

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday (August 30, Sept. 6, 13) Closed
Sunday (Sept. 20) noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. 27) 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday  – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday (August 30, Sept. 6, 13) Closed
Sunday (Sept. 20) noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday (Sept. 27) 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until September 29 at 1 a.m.

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

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

Duke collections can now be borrowed rapidly through BorrowDirect

Duke University Libraries has joined the BorrowDirect partnership, expanding the number of research libraries that provide rapid access to their circulating collections to University of Chicago faculty, students and staff.

BorrowDirect logoBorrowDirect enables UChicago users to search the library catalogs of Brown, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale, a collection of more than 60 million volumes.  Users can directly request expedited delivery of circulating items.

For more information about how to use BorrowDirect, visit