Cell Phone Chronicles – Take a Tour

February 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Posted in classes, events, news | Leave a comment

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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 | Leave a comment

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 | Leave a comment

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!

User Study Feb 8-21

February 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm | Posted in surveys | Leave a comment

2013-09-13 GeeMixGalvin Library will be conducting a study on our library users, both online users and those who physically enter the building, between February 8th-21st. During this period, at selected times throughout the day, we will be asking students who enter the building to scan their ID, and those using the Research Help Office (RHO) will be asked as well. We will also be using server data to view usage of online resources. This survey will help the library identify its users in order to better meet our students’ needs by creating new programs, enhancing spaces, and to determine whether intensity of library usage has an effect on student retention. Student IDs will be aggregated, and the survey is confidential and voluntary, so you can opt out at any time. If you have any questions about this survey, contact the principle investigator, Lisa Massengale, at lmasseng@iit.edu or 312.567.3373.

Study Space in Hermann Hall Thursday & Friday

January 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off

125Anniv_IITtodayGalvin Library will be the site of  IIT’s 125th Anniversary Kick-Off Event and preparations to transform the library will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  Although the library will still be open 24 hours, there will be space roped off so university staff can continue to work, while the library is open. Once the areas in the library have been prepared for the event, this is the ONE time we will ask you to PLEASE not move any furniture.  The library spaces will be available again after the event is over.

During the set-up times, quiet study space will be available in the Ballroom of Hermann Hall, which will include tables, chairs, and charging stations for your computers and cell phones.  Thank you for your understanding during this special event for the university. Need a librarian or have a question while at Hermann? Phone, email or IM us and we’ll reply.

Hermann Hall, Ballroom
Quiet Study Hours
Thursday, January 22
8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Friday, January 23
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

New Filament Color for 3D Printing Coming Soon

January 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off
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Due to an overwhelming response–the Exploration Space will soon offer black filament for 3D printing.

In December of 2014 the Exploration Space conducted a survey asking our 3D printer users their color of choice. The results are in and you will soon have the option of selecting black or white filament for your future orders.

3D printing is available to all IIT students, faculty, and staff on a first-come first-served basis. The Exploration Space features (2) 3D printers a label maker and button maker. Visit http://guides.library.iit.edu/ExplorationSpace for more informationThe Exploration Space is located on Galvin Library’s lower level in the Group Study Suite.

City of Chicago Datasets

January 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, databases | Comments Off

City of Chicago   Data PortalYou can now access the City of Chicago’s Data Portal through our databases page. The CCDP was created to promote access to government data and encourage the development of creative tools to engage and serve the Chicago community. The site hosts over 200 datasets about City departments, services, facilities and performance and includes information about energy use, budgets, crime statistics and more.

Have questions about accessing or searching one of our databases? Don’t waste your time; ask us!

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