Cell Phone Chronicles – Take a Tour

February 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm | Posted in classes, events, news | Comments Off on Cell Phone Chronicles – Take a Tour

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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.

National Library Week April 13-19

April 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, events, National Library Week, Research Specialists | Comments Off on National Library Week April 13-19

heart of the book's pagesApril 13-19 is National Library Week and this year’s theme is Lives Change @ Your Library. Libraries are integral to their communities and the Paul V. Galvin Library is YOUR library. Galvin Library has expert and helpful staff, online books and articles NOT found on Google, and 24 hour spaces, both collaborative and quiet, making Galvin Library an integral part of YOUR university experience. Celebrate National Library Week with us in various ways.

Our student Research Specialists will be on the MTCC bridge from 12:40-1:50 Tuesday and Wednesday with prizes, testing your knowledge or seeking your opinion.

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16  – Show Us What You Know (Galvin Library trivia game)
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 17 – Your Opinion Matters: Tell Us about YOUR library

Tuesday is National Library Workers Day so if you’re in the library, let library staff know how much you appreciate what they do!

All week inside the library we’ll be inviting you to our “graffiti wall” to Share Your Favorite Things @ Galvin Library, or share them on our Facebook page, and we’ll be passing out Lifesavers, because two weeks before IPRO and 3 weeks before Finals, librarians at Galvin Library might be just the “Lifesaver” you need to find statistics, quotes, peer reviewed articles and surveys that bolster your research and impress your professors. Stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level or contact us by IM, email or phone.


Chris White and The Big Questions in Science March 27

March 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Posted in events | Comments Off on Chris White and The Big Questions in Science March 27

Chris WhiteJoin Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Chris White as he discusses questions from the book entitled The Big Questions in Science – the Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns  on  Thursday, March 27, 2014 in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium.

The Big Questions in Science – the Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns by authors Hayley Birch, Mun Keat Looi and Colin Stuart addresses topics that we all wonder about such as are we alone, is time travel possible, what’s at the bottom of a black hole, how we can get more energy from the sun, what is consciousness and more. Dr. White will provide insights to help explain why these questions are so interesting.

The lecture will begin at 12:45 pm and lunch will be provided.


Don’t Miss: Chicago and the Great Migration – March 5 with Timuel Black and Dr. Carol Adams

February 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Posted in events, news | Comments Off on Don’t Miss: Chicago and the Great Migration – March 5 with Timuel Black and Dr. Carol Adams

Don’t miss Timuel Black and Carol Adams discussing the legacy of the Great Migration in Chicago in a presentation entitled “Chicago and the Great Migration: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” The round-table conversation, presented by Shimer College and the Illinois Institute of Technology, will take place on March 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Herman Hall Ballroom on the IIT campus. Richard Steele, host and correspondent for WBEZ Chicago Public Media will moderate the discussion.

The conversation between Professor Black and Dr. Adams provides an occasion to further explore the theme of the 2013-14 One Book, One Chicago selection, Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception begins at 5:00 pm and a Q&A will follow the presentation. Please RSVP for this event at scdi@iit.edu

Mr. Black is a historian and long-time activist who was asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to organize the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington in 1963. He is Professor Emeritus at the City Colleges of Chicago and serves on the Advisory Board of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

Dr. Adams is President and CEO of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History. A sociologist who taught at Loyola University and at Northeastern Illinois University, she has been a leader in community building both in Chicago and in Africa, where she has traveled and consulted extensively. In 2003, she was a member of a delegation invited by Kofi Annan to discuss fostering relationships between African Americans and the United Nations.

Richard Steele has been an award-winning host and correspondent for WBEZ since 1987. He contributes interviews and reporting to Eight Forty-Eight, The Afternoon Shift, World View, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, wbez.org, vocalo.org and other programming.

Be a Book Giver During World Book Night 2014! Applications End January 5!

October 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Posted in events, news | Comments Off on Be a Book Giver During World Book Night 2014! Applications End January 5!

wbn_2014We are proud to announce our participation in World Book Night U.S. on April 23, 2014.  World Book Night is an annual event that celebrates the love of reading, by creating opportunities for person-to-person contact through books.  Publishers print special editions and authors waive their royalties in support of this literacy effort.  On April 23, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. will go out into their communities to distribute books.  Last year more than half a million free World Book Night paperbacks were given to light and non-readers and Galvin Library had more than a dozen local participants.

This year once again, Galvin Library will serve as an institutional site where volunteer book givers can pick up their books to distribute in the community, and we also pledge to be an active advocate for both World Book Night U.S. and to spread the love of reading through person to person contact. Couldn’t be any easier for us, but we need you and your support.

We need YOU to volunteer to be a book giver (application here) and share your love of reading and books with folks who don’t read or don’t use libraries.  The deadline to apply to be a book giver is January 5, 2013.  Book givers can choose from more than 30 titles, and they include all genres – mysteries, romance, science fiction, fantasy, classics, poetry, humor, autobiography, and young adult books.  Note there are not book titles for small children on the list, because many programs exist to encourage small children to read, WBN U.S. has the goal of encouraging reading in the adult population, especially those who may not have access to printed books for economic reasons or geography.  Volunteer book givers can seek out adult readers wherever they are, in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low-income high-schools to mass transit stations, wherever light or non-readers can be found.  Book givers select a favorite title to distribute, and the list includes classic titles from Heller, Maupin, and Christie, but the list also features more recent authors like Michael Pollan, Walter Dean Myers, and John Flanagan.  See the whole list here.

Why participate in World Book Night U.S.?  From the WBN home page: “Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read.  Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness.   Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.  Or more simply put, books are fun — and they can be life-changing.”

Be ready with some ideas of where you would like to distribute your book – location is crucial to the success of WBN.  If you’re unsure of locations but want to participate, contact Lynne Meyer in IIT’s Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning (lmeyer2@iit.edu or 312.567.3160.)  She’ll have some great suggestions for places to pass out books to those who need to read.  If you need them, here’s more FAQS on World Book Night U.S.

Galvin Library welcomes the participation of IIT students, faculty, and staff in World Book Night.  Sign up to be a giver today!

Friday Reception to Feature Collections: Graphic Novels, Anime, Comics, Role-Playing Games

October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Posted in events, news | Comments Off on Friday Reception to Feature Collections: Graphic Novels, Anime, Comics, Role-Playing Games

comics_2013On Friday, October 25 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Galvin Library invites you to a reception to introduce the campus community to our collections that feature graphic novels, Japanese film and anime, comic books and role-playing games. Over the years Galvin Library, working with student organizations and from small donations, has slowly built collections that can be enjoyed by fans within the IIT community. We have more than 220 comic books, more than 125 anime and animation DVDs, a small but robust collection of role-playing manuals and handbooks, and in our leisure reading collection, a rotating collection of graphic novels. Better still, we will show attendees how to use I-Share and interlibrary loan to dig deep into the depths of other library catalogs to order additional DVDs, graphic novels and other items.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by for an opportunity to view our collections close up, enjoy a few snacks, and discover a wider community of gamers and graphics lovers. The reception will be held on the upper level in the northeast corner. Are you headed for a Halloween party later in the day? Costumes are welcome with this crowd!

Congratulations to our Graduating Student Employees

May 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Posted in events, Undergraduate Research Specialists | Comments Off on Congratulations to our Graduating Student Employees

Galvin Library would like to wish the Best of Luck and a sincere Congratulations to our student employees who will be graduating this spring. Some of them have worked with us for a few months, others for a few years, but we have enjoyed spending time with them and are sorry to see them go. Galvin Library could not do what we do without our student employees. We thank them for their hard work, dedication and good humor. All our best to you and Good Luck!

Stoichko Antonov
Erica Atsaves
Glen Blosser
Rachel Doliber
Romit Girdhar
Emily Hommerding
Drexler James
Haodi Jia
Paul Kazmierczak
Kylie Kosulic
Julia Kuzel
Geoffrey Mitchell
Muddasar Munir
Vikas Shah
Shikha Srivastava
Anita Thomas
Michael Tobey
Wes Villalobos
Derek Wong


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