Make Your Research Appointment Now

October 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, instruction, reference services, research, services | Leave a comment

frustrated studentYou’ve received your research paper assignment. Now you’ve: (pick one or more of the following)

  • read some
  • researched some
  • written a little
  • gone back and googled more
  • and now you’re just procrastinating (you know, ignoring the whole project)

So, if you’re feeling stuck, like you can’t progress on your research, we can help!

Schedule a research appointment with a librarian and receive specialized help with your research.  Librarians can assist you with any level and any type of research you need to do.  Appointments can last from 15 minutes to an hour.  Email to make an appointment and move forward to completion.

October Is Information Literacy Month – How Are YOUR Skills?

October 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

image from the National Forum on Information Literacy

October is Information Literacy Month and Galvin Library wants to help YOU with your skills. From the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) web site “Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.”

ACRL has standards for learning competencies for information literacy, which include such skills as:

- defining and articulating the information need
– identifying various types of potential sources
– considering the costs of acquiring information (despite Google’s wonders, information really isn’t free; see our databases page for subscriptions we have)
– constructing and carrying out effectively-designed searches
– extracting, recording, and managing information and its sources (bibliographies and citation management, we can help with that)
– summarizing main ideas from information and synthesizing those main ideas into new concepts
– communicating research products or performances effectively to others
– understanding the ethical, legal and socio-economic issues surrounding information and following the laws, regulations, institutional policies, and best practices related to accessing and using information (copyright, downloading, plagiarism, digital divide and more)

Galvin Librarians are available to assist you on your information literacy quest. Why leave the university unsure of your skills in finding, summarizing and communicating ideas? Your future employer EXPECTS you to have these skills, so make an appointment, email us at to discuss your project with a librarian and gain confidence in YOUR information literacy abilities.

3D Printers Now Available

September 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off

airwolf 1 and 2_092014Two 3D printers are now operational and ready for you to place your requests. Read all the details on how to make a request, how to find designs online, how to create your own designs, printing costs, and more on our 3D Printing Guide. The printers will run Monday – Saturday, and all are invited to submit printing requests. Please note:  these printers are NOT limited to coursework, but are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the queue.

Have questions? Stop by and see the printers in action, and find out more! The printers are located on the lower level of Galvin Library, past the circulation desk and the elevator.

Recruiting Volunteers for our Student Library Advocates

September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Student Library Advocates | Comments Off

heart of the book's pagesWe are recruiting students to join our Student Library Advocates and would love to include YOU!  Join our Student Library Advocates and help us spread the news about our services, programs and spaces that contribute to student success on campus.  The Paul V. Galvin Library is committed to enriching and enhancing the educational experience for students and to that end we will continue to work with students to gather input, but we also need students to assist us in outreach to the IIT community.  Advocates will be comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines who will meet a few times each semester to:

• learn more about library services, collections and spaces
• develop effective communication strategies for reaching students
• foster programming ideas
• help identify trends in the student use of services and resources
• participate in the development of surveys or focus groups

Volunteering to join the Student Library Advocates will allow you to add an important line item on your resume under Campus Activities and Leadership Opportunities, but more importantly, it will also allow you to make an IMPACT on student life on campus.  If you are interested in participating, send us an email at, write “Student Library Advocates” in the subject line and tell us three things:

• Your student status (undergraduate or graduate level)
• Major or intended course of study
• Why you would like to serve on the Student Library Advocates

Please submit your email of interest to by Friday, September 26. The first meeting of Advocates will be Thursday, October 2. Board meetings are held from 12:50-1:40 PM and lunch is provided. New members will be notified by Monday, September 29.

Laptops Available to Circulate Outside of the Library

September 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Posted in technology | Comments Off

LaptopGalvin Library, in cooperation with the Office of Technology Services (OTS), has laptops available for students to borrow that can be used outside of the library. All of the laptops have the course software you need, and borrowing time is 4 hours, plus you can renew it one time for an additional 4 hours. Maybe you have IPRO or group work expected, or worse, your laptop is fried and an assignment is due? Maybe it’s as simple as you just don’t want to lug your own electronics around campus? Borrow an OTS laptop at Galvin Library!

Here are some specifics to remember:

  • You need your IIT ID to check out a laptop
  • Borrower is responsible for timely return with no damage
  • Borrowing time: 4 hours, with one 4 hour renewal
  • Limited availability; first-come, first-served

Problems with your electronic device or these laptops? Visit the OTS Support Desk on Galvin Library’s upper level or contact them by email or phone at 312. 567.3375.

Research Appointments Available

September 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Posted in instruction, news, research, services | Comments Off

Received research paper assignment…done.

Procrastinated…definitely done!

Searched Google at 3 a.m. but didn’t find much…done.

Met with an expert in the library…what?

If you’re stuck on a research question, we can help!

Schedule a research appointment with a librarian to receive specialized help with your research.  Librarians are here to help you with any level and any type of research you need to do.  Appointments can last from 15 minutes to an hour.  Email to make an appointment.


Finding Your Textbooks

August 23, 2014 at 12:56 am | Posted in textbooks | Comments Off

Undergraduate textbooks are available for use inside the library for two hours at a time. You need to bring the call number of the textbook you want to use to the Circulation Desk on the lower level. There are two fast and simple ways to find the call numbers of your textbooks.

1. If you know the course number: go to and search by course number to see a complete list of books.

Enter your course number to find a list of textbooks for the course.

2. If you only know the name of the textbook: enter the title in the search box on our homepage. Choose to search by title and click search. You can write down the call number from the main catalog screen. There is also an option to text yourself the call number, which is a great way to ensure you’ll have the correct number with you.

tip: write the call number on your syllabus so you don’t have to look it up again.

Click on the title to learn more about the specific book, such as the edition number.

a status of ‘available’ or ‘recently checked in’ means the book can be used. Books already in use will list the time they are due.

To learn more, watch this short video, read this quick PDF or see our textbook policies. If you tried both methods and still can’t find the call numbers you need, ask us!


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