National Library Week April 13-19

April 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, events, National Library Week, Research Specialists | Leave a comment

heart of the book's pagesApril 13-19 is National Library Week and this year’s theme is Lives Change @ Your Library. Libraries are integral to their communities and the Paul V. Galvin Library is YOUR library. Galvin Library has expert and helpful staff, online books and articles NOT found on Google, and 24 hour spaces, both collaborative and quiet, making Galvin Library an integral part of YOUR university experience. Celebrate National Library Week with us in various ways.

Our student Research Specialists will be on the MTCC bridge from 12:40-1:50 Tuesday and Wednesday with prizes, testing your knowledge or seeking your opinion.

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16  – Show Us What You Know (Galvin Library trivia game)
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 17 – Your Opinion Matters: Tell Us about YOUR library

Tuesday is National Library Workers Day so if you’re in the library, let library staff know how much you appreciate what they do!

All week inside the library we’ll be inviting you to our “graffiti wall” to Share Your Favorite Things @ Galvin Library, or share them on our Facebook page, and we’ll be passing out Lifesavers, because two weeks before IPRO and 3 weeks before Finals, librarians at Galvin Library might be just the “Lifesaver” you need to find statistics, quotes, peer reviewed articles and surveys that bolster your research and impress your professors. Stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level or contact us by IM, email or phone.


Be a Research Specialist this Fall

April 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

Paul V. Galvin Library is seeking students to work in the  Research Specialists program for Fall 2014. Research Specialists help their peers find, evaluate and use library and online sources to improve their research papers, IPROs and other projects. Specialists are also responsible for working together or individually on library projects that enhance or further research at IIT.

The library is looking for outstanding students from all majors to be a part of this selective and competitive cohort. Not only will serving as a research specialist be a great on-campus job, but it will look impressive on your resume. Eligibility information and the application process can be found under “Research Specialist Application” on the library jobs webpage .

Apply today. The position is open until April 25, 2014 when all applications are due. Please contact with any questions.

New Vending Options – What Do You want in the Machines?

April 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Posted in news | 1 Comment

We have been working on changing the offerings in the vending machines at Galvin Library. Our Student Advisory Board commented that they wanted to see a healthy variety in the refrigerated machine, with more sandwiches, hummus, yogurt, and veggies with dip. We listened! Now you can find all these things in there, including sandwiches with whole wheat and rye bread, hard-boiled eggs, and soup. And because we heard that students need hot water, we installed a hot water dispenser and put it right next to the coffee machine. The ramen noodle cups in the vending machines are not to be used in the microwave; now you can just mix in some fresh hot water and you’re ready to eat!

Our next step is updating the snack machine. We could really use more chocolate, and healthier snacks like trail mix, whole grain crackers, and pretzels. But what we could really use is more input! What would you like to see in any of our vending machines? What is in there now that you would never buy? Please tell us your thoughts! We want to make your experience at Galvin Library a good one.

Enter the Tenth Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

Gwendolyn BrooksFancy yourself a poet? Want to win cash prizes for your poetry? The tenth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award is now open for submissions. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that entry forms are available for the competition that is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and Kevin Stein, who succeeded Brooks as Illinois Poet Laureate.

“We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide a new outlet for talented writers,” White said. “Great poems have the ability to enrich and enhance our lives, and I am looking forward to discovering talented new poets with this year’s competition.”

Open to Illinois residents age 18 and over, entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500) second ($300) and third place ($100) and winning poems will be submitted for possible publication. Forms and other information may be found at the Secretary of State’s web site.

Not familiar with Miss Brooks and her work? Check out these two titles in our circulating collection - In the Mecca and Selected Poems. Enjoy and Good luck with the contest!



NEW Quick Access Printing at Galvin Library

March 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

printer imagesEver stop by the library to print something and couldn’t find an open computer?

NEW, on the lower level Group Study Suite reception desk, there is a laptop that YOU can use to access a document online or through a USB drive and send the job to the nearby printer for quick and easy pickup. This computer cannot and should not be used for surfing the internet, but serves only to send print jobs to the computer.

Although students have requested a computer where they can quickly print a document rather than waiting for an open computer in the library, library staff and OTS strongly ENCOURAGE students to use remote printing. Remote printing allows you to send a print job to any remote printer on campus from home, office, wherever, and the job is held for 24 hours for you to pick up. Both the upper level and lower level printers at Galvin Library are remote printers and there are locations scattered across campus. Remote printing links to your student printing account. Read more about using remote printing. Printing services are provided by the Office of Technology Services (OTS).

Chris White and The Big Questions in Science March 27

March 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Posted in events | Leave a comment

Chris WhiteJoin Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Chris White as he discusses questions from the book entitled The Big Questions in Science – the Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns  on  Thursday, March 27, 2014 in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium.

The Big Questions in Science – the Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns by authors Hayley Birch, Mun Keat Looi and Colin Stuart addresses topics that we all wonder about such as are we alone, is time travel possible, what’s at the bottom of a black hole, how we can get more energy from the sun, what is consciousness and more. Dr. White will provide insights to help explain why these questions are so interesting.

The lecture will begin at 12:45 pm and lunch will be provided.


Improved library site search

March 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off

After a long absence, we’ve re-added the “search this site” feature to the Galvin Library website. search Not only will it search all of the library’s web pages, but also the research guides that are hosted on a different domain. The custom search engine from Google will also search the IIT Archives website (at no extra charge!).

The new site search can be found in the right-hand column on every page of the library website, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can always Ask a Librarian!

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