Campus Events for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

September 29, 2015 at 3:02 am | Posted in news | Leave a comment

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Galvin Library has scheduled events associated with Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The library received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans” that was created for PBS in 2013 by WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Learn more about the series and watch all 6 episodes online.

Programs are being planned for the fall and spring semesters with a variety of speakers from the IIT community and beyond. The Latino Americans funding will enable Galvin Library to focus on our own campus diversity while also exploring the Latino neighborhoods in Chicago. Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and Galvin Library wants to increase community awareness of the rich and varied history and culture with this grant opportunity.

  • On Wednesday, November 4 Latino Americans: The Chicago Story will be presented by Dr. Peter T. Alter, Director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History at the Chicago History Museum. Dr. Alter’s presentation will place Latino Americans: 500 Years of History squarely in the Chicago context. Today, Chicago’s Latino community ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Yet, popular memory often overlooks the city’s place in Latino history. He will draw upon his extensive research in Chicago’s Mexican and Mexican-American communities and place this local history in a national context. A reception featuring Latino-inspired food and beverages will be held before the lecture. Attendees are encouraged to view Episode 4 and Episode 5 of the PBS Latino Americans series. View online or check out our DVD copy.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium
    Please let us know you’re coming, but there will be space for all who wish to attend.
  • On Tuesday, February 9th Dr. Margaret Power, chair, Department of Humanities, IIT Lewis College of Human Sciences will speak on Empire of Dreams and Nightmares. Dr. Power’s presentation will discuss Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican immigration to the United States from the late 1800s to the 1940s. She will connect the conditions and political realities of revolutionary and post-revolutionary Mexico, dictatorial Cuba, and colonial Puerto Rico to these people’s decision to come to the United States. She will explore what factors motivated these people to come to the United States, how they responded to their new situation, the challenges they confronted, and the movements they organized.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium
  • On Tuesday, March 8th, Teresa Moreno, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will speak on Women and Protest Movements. Teresa will focus on the ways in which women are central to organizing in communities, as well as lead a discussion of some of the prominent female figures within these movements. She also plans to engage conversation about the ways in which the most notable historical moments, and memories of those involved in protest movements, can be gendered or racialized.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Access to Library Databases (update)

September 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

*** UPDATE***
The issue has been resolved.
Galvin is currently experiencing an issue with the security certificate used to access our licensed databases. If you are currently having problems accessing a database from the library website, know that we are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it.

This post will be updated when the problem is fixed.

Banned Books Week Activities and Events, 9/27-10/3

September 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources

Galvin Library joins teachers, librarians, writers, and readers for Banned Books Week (BBW), an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association in which readers stand together to support the freedom to read and exchange ideas, even those ideas that are considered unusual, unpopular or radical.  On a university campus, intellectual freedom is valued and exercised. Due to local community advocacy, most challenged books remain available to the public.

Interested in reading a challenged or banned book? Check out this list for the top 10 frequently challenged books of the 21st century, many of which are available at Galvin Library or through iShare.  Find books in our online catalog.

Join us for Banned Books Week activities! All week you can:

  • Take a Mug Shot Selfie – Take your picture in front of a backdrop that makes it appear you’re being booked for reading books! (upper level, north area)
  • “I Read Banned Books” Bubble Selfies – Snap a photo holding a speech bubble announcing your freedom to read.(upper level, north area)
  • Have a Blind Date with Banned Books – We shrouded banned book titles in plain brown paper for a touch of mystery. Shh!  Check one out at the Circulation Desk and get a BBW button!
  • Pick up your FREE BBW bookmark at the Circulation Desk.

Then on Thursday, October 1st, it’s the BBW Read-Out from 6:00–7:30 p.m.  Students, staff, faculty, and librarians will gather on the library’s upper level, in the Northeast Corner, for a reading circle.  Bring your favorite challenged or banned book, and read your favorite passage aloud for 3–5 minutes, or read from a book provided by us. Let us know you’re coming and what book you’d like to read. Our partner in the Read-Out is Shimer College.  (Note: this event may be streamed and recorded. Participants will be asked to sign a video release to contribute to the Read-Out).

** A message for our international population: This event just might be another “culture shock” for you! This celebration is something you may have never experienced in your home country. However, it is a great opportunity for learning and acquiring new perspectives of the US culture. Come join us!

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Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S.

September 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Posted in news | Leave a comment

trailOn Tuesday, September 29 come and hear Carlos Roa speak on Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S. Carlos is a 5th year architecture student at Illinois Tech and his presentation will focus on the undocumented immigrant experience and his journey as a student activist. In 2010, Carlos walked 1,500 miles – from Miami to Washington, DC along with three other immigrant activists – to call attention for immigrants’ rights and to put pressure on the Obama administration to stop the separation of families and the deportations of young immigrants who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. Now at IIT, Carlos continues his advocacy for undocumented immigrants at the state and federal levels.

Carlos will speak at 1:00 p.m. in the MTCC ballroom with a Latino-inspired lunch that starts at 12:45 p.m. Please let us know if you plan to attend so there’s enough food and beverages. This event is open to the Illinois Tech community, and friends of IIT.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Galvin Library was one of 203 institutions nationwide receiving the NEH/ALA programming grant. Follow our Twitter  (@GalvinLibrary) and Facebook accounts, as well as this blog and IIT Today for additional programming throughout the year. Future programming will be based on various episodes of the PBS 6-hour series Latino Americans, and all episodes can be viewed online or check out the DVD from our collection.



Library Fundamentals for New International Students

August 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Library Fundamentals for New International Students

If you missed the library introduction/tours during the welcome week, we have another session for you on Monday, 8/31. This 40-minute program will tell you how to get started using the library, and also answer any questions you have about the library, its services and resources. You’ll learn:

  • search IIT books
  • request books from other university libraries
  • find textbooks
  • find articles
  • a library tour

When: Monday, August 31, 1 pm- 1:40 pm

Location: Library Learning Center (LLC) on the lower level of Galvin Library

Register by clicking hereContact Yi ( for more information. Learn more Library Tips from the International Students Library Guide.

New Group Study Room Seats 10!

August 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on New Group Study Room Seats 10!

iStock_laptop, pad, penWith study rooms for large groups at a premium, we are excited to announce that we have added one more study room that will accommodate up to 10 people. Galvin Library’s group study rooms, located on the lower level, can be reserved online in advance of your group’s meeting. Use the rooms for studying, student organization or departmental meetings, or for your IPRO team. Group study rooms on the lower level come equipped with a monitor for connecting your laptop and displaying your work. You will need your IIT ID to check the room out . You can also walk-in and use a room if they are not all reserved.

You can also find additional study rooms and study spaces on the upper level for spontaneous study without a reservation.

Ten iPads Available to Borrow

August 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Ten iPads Available to Borrow

ipadGalvin Library, in cooperation with the Office of Technology Services (OTS), has ten (10) new iPad’s available to check out to students, faculty, or staff who have a current library account in good standing.  Your IIT HawkCard (which is your library card) must be presented to the staff at the circulation desk on the lower level each time an iPad is borrowed. The Loan Agreement must be read, signed and submitted each time an iPad is borrowed.  The loan period is 3 days and there is one 3 day renewal permitted, but the renewal can only be done in person at the Library circulation desk, so figure that into your borrowing time.  iPads are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.This service is not available to alumni, consortium members or other affiliated users.

  • Each iPad comes with the default applications.
  • To download applications, you will need an iTunes account.
  • Connect the iPad to your computer and use iTunes to set up, register and sync content.
  • Any additional apps or media purchased by you during the loan period must be done with your own funds, and is not the responsibility of the Library.  The apps will be available via your personal iTunes account and can be downloaded again when needed.

The working condition of the iPad will be assessed before checkout and upon its return.  You are responsible for damage, loss or theft of the loaned unit.  Information about replacement costs for damaged or lost iPads is on the Loan Agreement form. You can get additional assistance with the iPad at the OTS Support Desk on the upper level of the library.

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