Extending Friday Night Hours

March 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Posted in hours | Comments Off on Extending Friday Night Hours

iPad and booksDuring the rest of the spring semester, Galvin Library will extend our Friday night hours and will now close at 7:00 p.m. With our new early opening hours at 7:30 a.m. we have heard your requests for more hours of access and we are granting them as fast as staffing can be arranged. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Study and Finals Weeks, which will start on Sunday, April 28. That day the library opens at Noon and will stay open for 13 straight days, 24 hours on both levels, until we finally close on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Take Mango Languages Along for Spring Break

March 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Posted in databases | Comments Off on Take Mango Languages Along for Spring Break

mango_learn a languageGalvin Library has an online subscription to Mango Languages so it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling or staying in Chicago for spring break, you can start learning a new language at your convenience!  Simply sign up for an account through Galvin Library’s Mango subscription (select “M” on the databases page) and get started learning any of the more than 20 languages available.  You can select the “Start Learning” icon to give it a try or create a profile (same as an account) to save and return to your lessons.

Do you have a smartphone or mobile device?  After creating your account (best done on a device other than your smartphone), you can download Mango’s FREE app and then you can access your account, download your lessons to your phone or device, and you WON”T need a wireless network to use your lessons; you will already have them with you. Pretty handy when you’re traveling and on a plane or out of service range for wi-fi.

Book Discussion March 28: Spring Break Reads

March 12, 2013 at 6:38 am | Posted in events, Muslim Journeys Bookshelf | Comments Off on Book Discussion March 28: Spring Break Reads

On Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m., Galvin Library will be the location of a lively discussion in celebration of both Women’s History Month and the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, and all IIT faculty, students and staff are invited to attend.  Dreams of Trespass: tales of a harem girlhood by Fatima Mernissi and The Butterfly Mosque: a young American woman’s journey to love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson are the two titles that will be featured.  Read one, read both; all readers and comments are welcome. Use your I-Share  or MyILL  library account to secure a copy or stop by the library’s circulation desk where limited copies are available. Light refreshments will be served.

From the Perseus Books website:

dreams of trespassMernissi grabs the reader with her opening line “I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco…” and goes on to create a compelling narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, she weaves her wn memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth — women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. This is a provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the Muslim world.

and from publisher Grove Atlantic’s web site:

butterfly mosque Author Wilson has written a memoir, in which the Colorado-raised journalist tells her remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a post–9/11 world. At Boston University, Willow enrolls in an Islamic Studies course and as she reads through the teachings and events of the Qu’ran, she feels the fourteen-hundred-year-old document speaks to who she is and she converts to Islam. She journeys to Cairo to teach English and meets Omar, a passionate young man who resents the Western influences in his homeland. Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Willow’s story in The Butterfly Mosque is brave and inspiring as it shares how relationships can transcend barriers.


Introducing Our New Undergraduate Research Specialists

March 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Posted in reference services, Undergraduate Research Specialists | Comments Off on Introducing Our New Undergraduate Research Specialists

Stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level of Galvin Library and meet the new Undergraduate Research Specialists, who are just starting to explore their new positions. Mechia Augustin, Ethan Chang, William Fox, Sunny Patel, Bidusha Poudyal, Rafael Soto, and Mary Thomas are available, along with current URS students Carolyn Boswell, Romit Girdhar, Emily Hommerding, Drexler James, Julia Kuzel, and Anita Thomas to provide research assistance during evenings, weekends and more.  These students represent various disciplines and majors, including Applied Math, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Psychology and more.  URS students also work on a variety of projects from video tours of the library  to setting up a special interest group on open access.

Upper Level Opening One Hour Earlier Monday-Friday

March 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Posted in hours | Comments Off on Upper Level Opening One Hour Earlier Monday-Friday

upper-level-computers1You asked for more hours and Paul V. Galvin Library is listening! With the lower level already open 24 hours, five days a week, that space can get crowded when the OTS Night Owl Lab closes at 7:00 a.m.

Starting Monday, March 4, the library will open the upper level at 7:30 a.m. Monday – Friday, giving you access to more tables, printers, scanners and study space. After spring break, Galvin Library has plans to extend Friday evening hours. Watch in the coming weeks for more details or check library hours.

Remember that between 6:00 p.m.–8:30 a.m. you always need an IIT ID to enter Galvin Library.

Last Days to Submit Your Feedback

March 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Posted in surveys | Comments Off on Last Days to Submit Your Feedback

We’ve extended our survey a few more days.  Galvin Library is taking part in the LibQual survey joining 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.

More information about the survey.

Women’s Cultural Exchange March 6th: Next Stop on your Muslim Journey

March 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Posted in events, Muslim Journeys Bookshelf | Comments Off on Women’s Cultural Exchange March 6th: Next Stop on your Muslim Journey

banner_print_H_cOn Wednesday, March 6th in the MTCC’s Welcome Center at 12:50 p.m. the Women’s Cultural Exchange will feature the Women of Islam in celebration of the NEH Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys  grant awarded to Galvin Library for 2013.

Wednesday’s discussion highlights the experience of our women students from countries across the globe; from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.A. They will relate their experiences and cultural backgrounds, touching on faith, values, customs and much more. Attendees are welcome to ask questions. Light appetizers will be served.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. 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.

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