Prince Among Slaves Film: First Stop on Your Muslim Journey

February 26, 2013 at 6:52 am | Posted in events, Muslim Journeys Bookshelf | Comments Off on Prince Among Slaves Film: First Stop on Your Muslim Journey

This Thursday, February 28 starting at 3:00 p.m. in the MTCC auditorium, join us in viewing the film Prince Among Slaves. Part of the NEH/ALA Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection awarded to Galvin Library, Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House.

First in a series of events about Islam planned for 2013 by Galvin Library, this screening of Prince Among Slaves celebrates Black History Month and is in partnership with the Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning and the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion. For more details check out the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/430531573693767/

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Galvin Library Awarded NEH Grant – Muslim Journeys

February 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Posted in events | Comments Off on Galvin Library Awarded NEH Grant – Muslim Journeys

islamic-art-dvdGalvin Library is the recipient of a 2013 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities issued in cooperation with the American Library Association.  Entitled Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, the grant consists of twenty-three books, three films, access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and is part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative.  View a complete list of titles in the Bookshelf award.

In IIT’s diverse population of students, faculty and staff, Galvin Library recognized an exceptional opportunity to examine and discuss Islamic art, literature, and scholarship with the IIT and surrounding community.

Galvin Library staff submitted its winning proposal by collaborating with various university departments and student organizations across campus to put together a calendar of monthly events for 2013 that will feature titles from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and the university community will be invited to participate in film screenings, book discussions, hands-on art sessions, lectures by scholars and much more. Watch for events from the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Spirituality and Service Learning, the International Center, the Office for Student Success, Access and Diversity, the Muslim Students Association, and others.

The first event will be the film Prince Among Slaves with a discussion immediately following to be held on Thursday, February 28 in the MTCC Auditorium from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South.  After 40 years of enslavement, he regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House.  This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.  For more details, check out the FaceBook page for the event.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Prepare for the Career Fair By Doing Company Research

February 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Posted in databases | Comments Off on Prepare for the Career Fair By Doing Company Research

In surveys given by IIT’s Career Management Center, company representatives attending past Career Fairs at IIT say that IIT 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 September 20.  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, IIT’s digital repository, and many more.

Galvin Library Wants Your Feedback

February 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Posted in library web site | Comments Off on Galvin Library Wants Your Feedback

Galvin Library is taking part in the LibQual survey for the month of February. More than 1000 libraries around the world have taken the survey offered by the Association of Research Libraries.

Access the Survey

By taking our survey, you will give us feedback we can use to enhance services, collections, and space–now and in the years to come. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will have an opportunity to win one of four (4) $25 Amazon gift certificates. Enter your IIT e-mail address at the end of the survey to be included in the drawing.

The survey is available for all students faculty and staff. Your responses are confidential; any identifying information will be removed.

Many thanks for your help with this important project.

About the Survey:

The LibQUAL survey evolved from a conceptual model based on the SERVQUAL instrument, a popular tool for assessing service quality in the private sector. The Texas A&M University (TAMU) Libraries and other libraries used modified SERVQUAL instruments for several years. ARL, representing the largest research libraries in North America, partnered with TAMU to develop, test, and refine a newly adapted tool to serve the particular requirements of libraries: LibQUAL+®. After years of revision based on data collected from thousands of library users, the LibQUAL+® survey has evolved into a protocol consisting of “22 items and a box.”

The 22 core survey items measure user perceptions of service quality in three dimensions: Affect of Service, Information Control, and Library as Place. For each item, users indicate their minimum service level, desired service level, and perceived service performance. The survey contains additional items that address information literacy outcomes, library use, and general satisfaction. An open-ended comments box provides a wealth of information for qualitative analysis. Participants also have the option to select five additional local questions to add to their survey.

More information about the survey is available from the LibQual site.

Help Us Test Out a New Online Resource

February 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Posted in databases | Comments Off on Help Us Test Out a New Online Resource

Galvin Library is pleased to offer trial access to Material ConneXion, the world’s largest resource of new materials, during February. Material ConneXion is a database of more than 7,000 advanced, sustainable and innovative materials representing eight categories: polymers, naturals, metals, glass, ceramics, carbon-based materials, cement-based materials, and processes.  It features truly cutting-edge materials and applications, including the world’s only collection of Cradle to Cradle sustainable materials.  Material ConneXion researches materials for all design disciplines: aerospace design; architecture; graphic design; industrial design; interior design; landscape architecture; package design; product design; etc.

Watch an overview about Material ConneXion:

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