Galvin Receives Awards to Digitize Library Collections

June 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Galvin Receives Awards to Digitize Library Collections

Galvin Library was recently selected to be a participant in the digitization awards administered by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and the Open Content Alliance (OCA).  CARLI and OCA have partnered to support the digitization of library materials in order to provide digitization opportunities for academic and research libraries in Illinois.  Converting materials into digital/electronic formats allows for more resources to be accessible for sharing among our users.  Materials that are digitized will be freely available to all library members in CARLI and through OCA’s Internet Archive web site.  Institutions who participate in the digitization awards will have full rights to the digital files in perpetuity for preservation and access.

The following collections from IIT were chosen for digitization awards:

•    Armour Institute and Lewis Institute Yearbooks: 41 volumes exist in the Armour collection ranging in date from 1898-1940, while the Lewis collection has 37 volumes ranging from 1903-1940.  The yearbooks contain a fascinating look at industrial and technical education, student life and Chicago history during the early part of the 20th Century

•    Historical Sketch of Armour Mission: this small 76 page booklet was published in 1905 and contains information about students, teachers and directors of Armour Mission, as well as advertisements from that era

•    Chicago Union Station District Fire of 1922: two reports associated with the fire, one prepared by Marsh & McLennan, the other by the Chicago Board of Underwriters details the fire, the Chicago Fire Department’s response, and the damages to homes and businesses

•   IIT Press Releases: Covering 30 years from 1939-1968, press releases issued by the university include development of technologies, the architecture of Mies van der Rohe, the academic institution’s role in the local community, urban renewal and the redevelopment of Chicago’s south side during the 1950’s and 1960’s

•    Yearbooks of the Commercial Club of Chicago: 14 volumes from 1909-1923 include agendas, proceedings, member’s names and club reports, including one on Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago

Library Catalog: New Look & New Features

June 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Posted in I-Share, IIT Library Catalog, library catalog | Comments Off on Library Catalog: New Look & New Features

The recent upgrade done by the Consortium for Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) has resulted in a new look and new features to both the IIT catalog and I-Share, the shared catalog of 76 universities in Illinois.

Users of the online catalog will still be able to request and renew items, as well as view delivery status, due date and fee information.  New features include:

  • Subject and Author search tabs provide quick access
  • Limits such as format, language and date easily added to your search
  • Build your list of titles using “My List”
  • Expanded details for requests, renewals and fines in “My Account”
  • Improved access for adaptive/assistive technology
  • Search tab features materials “New in the Catalog”

Users of the online catalog will notice changes to the design of the IIT local catalog over the coming weeks as we continue to customize the new search interface.

If you have any questions, you can ask us using phone, IM, email or drop by the desk on the upper level of Galvin Library.  As always, we welcome your feedback.

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