We Want YOU (to give us your opinion!)

March 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm | Posted in surveys | Leave a comment

uncle samWe are taking part in the LibQual survey this spring Semester.  More than 1000 libraries around the world have taken the survey offered by the Association of Research Libraries, and now we are asking the Illinois Tech community to participate too.  By taking the survey, you will give the library useful feedback we can apply to our services, collections, and space–now and in the years to come.  The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Access the Survey

You will have an opportunity to win one of four (4) $25 Amazon gift certificates.  Enter your Illinois Institute of Technology email address at the end of the survey to be included in the drawing.

The survey is available for all students, faculty and staff.  Responses are confidential; any identifying information will be removed.  Are you a survey geek and what to know more about the methodology used for LibQual?

As always if you have any questions, contact us through email, IM, phone or stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level.

Public Safety Escort – Location Change for Spring Break

March 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm | Posted in hours, services | Leave a comment

IITalert_640x170During Spring Break, March 15-March 22, Galvin Library is not open 24 hours, but Public Safety will still be offering its escort service. However, the van driver will offer rides to students who are at Farr Hall (33rd and Michigan) for pickup.

Please make sure you are familiar with the NEW Public Safety Escort Policy. Under the new policy off-campus security van escorts start from a central pick-up point and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. During Spring Break instead of the usual pick-up locations, the van will leave Farr Hall (33rd and Michigan) at regular intervals from 7 p.m.–3 a.m. On-campus escorts to dorms and parking lots can call 312.808.6310.

Spring Break Hours March 15 – March 22

March 13, 2015 at 2:39 pm | Posted in hours | Leave a comment

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Galvin Library will observe spring break with a reduction in its overnight, 24 hour schedule. Sunday, March 15 the library closes at 10pm. Sunday March 22 the library opens at noon and starts the 24 hour cycle again. Here are spring break hours:

Sunday 12 Noon-10pm (March 15th)
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-10pm
Friday 7:30am-7:00pm
Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm
Sunday (March 22nd) 12 Noon – Friday 7:00pm (open 24 hours x 5 days once again!)

No matter how you spend your spring break – studying, sleeping or relaxing – we are here to help. Our services will still be available, so you can schedule a research consultation for you or your group with a librarian, you can design or download a 3D model and print it in our Exploration Space on one of our TWO 3D printers, and you can come by and borrow a book, study in quiet or just work ahead for IPRO and finals projects.

You will still need your IIT ID to enter between 6:00-10:00 pm. Enjoy your classroom break!

March is Women’s History Month

March 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment
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Join Galvin Library in celebrating Women’s History Month by viewing our display located on the upper level of Galvin Library in the Kemper Art Gallery! The showcase includes books about accomplished women of various cultures from the past, present, and future—all available for borrowing. Selected photos from the University Archives of Women of the IIT community are also featured including images from the Lewis Institute.

Want to learn even more about Women’s History Month? Check out our Diversity & Inclusion research guide. It includes library resources about women’s suffrage, equal pay, and reproductive rights. You can visit the guide at http://tinyurl.com/WHMresources

Cell Phone Chronicles – Take a Tour

February 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Posted in classes, events, news | Comments Off

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Have you seen the car commercial featuring Marty Cooper’s early cellphone technology?  Would you like to see and hear more about the earlymobile phones, the beepers, the satellite phones and examine the technological progress of the cell phone?  Galvin Library is currently hosting a collection of mobile phones on display on the upper level, and the collection’s owner, Dennis Roberson,  Vice Provost for Research at IIT and Former Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Motorola, will lead tour attendees through the collection, explaining the technology, the prototypes (some were made in runs of a dozen or fewer), and describing the relationship between Illinois Tech and Motorola.

Tours will meet on the upper level of Galvin Library at 12:45 and last approximately 45 minutes plus time for questions. Space is limited to 25 so RSVP and save your place now!

RSVP for Friday, February 20th 12:45-1:40 pm

RSVP for Monday, March 2nd 12:45-1:40pm

These times don’t fit your schedule? Stop by and check out the display for yourself.

Prep for Thursday’s Career Fair with Company Research

February 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off

In surveys given by IIT’s Career Management Center, company representatives attending past Career Fairs at IIT say that Illinois Tech students are smart and polite, but unprepared to discuss company or industry news.  To help set you apart from other job seekers, the librarians at Galvin Library have put together a quick and easy research guide Career Fair Pro Tips  for IIT students who will be attending the career fair on February 12.  The purpose of the guide is to help you quickly and easily find company and industry information so that you can have a purposeful conversation with company representatives at the career fair.

This guide will take you deeper than a Google or Bing search by sharing tips for searching in the library’s subscription databases, databases which contain information NOT freely available on the web, but available to you as a current student.  This career fair, don’t just pass out resumes. Instead, impress company representatives with your knowledge about their industry’s opportunities or threats, or their company’s strategy and competitors, and make yourself memorable to them.

Like what you find on the Career Fair Pro Tips guide? Use all our guides created for majors, specific courses, and other topics such as citation management, using our 3D printers, and many more.

Authors to Celebrate During Black History Month

February 5, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off

BHM_2015_display caseWe’ve placed a selection of book titles by African American authors and featuring science-fiction or fantasy themes in the display case at the top of the main stairwell. Use I-Share to borrow any or all of the titles featured, including Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Walter Mosley’s Blue LightBrown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, and The Coyote Kings of the Space-AgeBachelor Pad by Minister Faust. Enjoy these titles and more. Unsure about how to use IShare or set up your account? Just Ask Us; we’re happy to help!

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