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Thanksgiving and Finals Hours

November 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Thanksgiving and Finals Hours

2013-09-13 GeeMixGalvin Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th observing Thanksgiving and the university holiday.  The library will re-open on Saturday, November 28th for our regularly scheduled hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

On Sunday, November 29th the library will open at Noon and will remain open continuously until closing Friday night, December 11 at 7:00 pm.

That’s right: you can start studying Sunday, on through the next 13 days and nights and you never have to leave, except to take your finals. Library staff will be here to assist at all hours, but the library is open for your individual or group studying for 295 straight hours.* See you @ the library!

*Remember that after 6:00 pm you NEED your IIT ID to enter the library and between the hours of 9:00 pm-7:30 am access to the library is ONLY by card reader, so you definitely NEED your IIT ID. For security purposes, no one will be admitted without an ID. Don’t be left standing in the cold, remember your IIT ID.

International Education Week Activities

November 10, 2015 at 5:16 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on International Education Week Activities

iew_2015_all_logos_0Join Galvin Library as we celebrate International Education Week (IEW), November 16 – 20. Register for any of the activities.

Japanese Anime Movie Time
Friday, November 13:  2 – 4 pm, Library Cherry Conference Room
Because we know 11/20 is IPRO Day, we’re starting IEW a few days early by watching a Japanese Anime movie, and enjoying a display of films and manga selected from the Japanese Film and Anime Society collection. Join us for popcorn and movies!

Drinking and Dining around the World
How do you ask for an aperitivo in Italian, fromage in French, and Pecking duck in Chinese? Learn how to order food and drink in a language other than your own. Librarians will show you how to use Mango, and how to download the app to use on the go! You’ll be travel or restaurant ready. Sessions will be offered at the Library Learning Center (LLC) during the following times:

  • Tuesday, November 17:  11- 11: 30 am
  • Thursday, November 19:  4- 4: 30 pm

Researching International Companies Pop-up Session
Wednesday, November 18:  11- 11: 40 am, Library Learning Center (LLC)
Learn how to use online subscriptions from the library to search for company information. Prepare for interviews or complete class assignments. There are only 18 seats, so register early!

Book Display (all week)
Find your favorite fictions written by foreign authors or stories about other countries in our display.
Pick up Read Around the World brochure in the library.

It helps if we know you’re coming, so please register for the activities.

Campus Events for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

September 29, 2015 at 3:02 am | Posted in news | Comments Off on Campus Events for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

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Galvin Library has scheduled events associated with Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The library received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans” that was created for PBS in 2013 by WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. Learn more about the series and watch all 6 episodes online.

Programs are being planned for the fall and spring semesters with a variety of speakers from the IIT community and beyond. The Latino Americans funding will enable Galvin Library to focus on our own campus diversity while also exploring the Latino neighborhoods in Chicago. Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and Galvin Library wants to increase community awareness of the rich and varied history and culture with this grant opportunity.

  • On Wednesday, November 4 Latino Americans: The Chicago Story will be presented by Dr. Peter T. Alter, Director of the Studs Terkel Center for Oral History at the Chicago History Museum. Dr. Alter’s presentation will place Latino Americans: 500 Years of History squarely in the Chicago context. Today, Chicago’s Latino community ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Yet, popular memory often overlooks the city’s place in Latino history. He will draw upon his extensive research in Chicago’s Mexican and Mexican-American communities and place this local history in a national context. A reception featuring Latino-inspired food and beverages will be held before the lecture. Attendees are encouraged to view Episode 4 and Episode 5 of the PBS Latino Americans series. View online or check out our DVD copy.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium
    Please let us know you’re coming, but there will be space for all who wish to attend.
  • On Tuesday, February 9th Dr. Margaret Power, chair, Department of Humanities, IIT Lewis College of Human Sciences will speak on Empire of Dreams and Nightmares. Dr. Power’s presentation will discuss Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican immigration to the United States from the late 1800s to the 1940s. She will connect the conditions and political realities of revolutionary and post-revolutionary Mexico, dictatorial Cuba, and colonial Puerto Rico to these people’s decision to come to the United States. She will explore what factors motivated these people to come to the United States, how they responded to their new situation, the challenges they confronted, and the movements they organized.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium
  • On Tuesday, March 8th, Teresa Moreno, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will speak on Women and Protest Movements. Teresa will focus on the ways in which women are central to organizing in communities, as well as lead a discussion of some of the prominent female figures within these movements. She also plans to engage conversation about the ways in which the most notable historical moments, and memories of those involved in protest movements, can be gendered or racialized.
    Reception: 6:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center ballroom
    Lecture: 7:00 p.m. McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Access to Library Databases (update)

September 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Access to Library Databases (update)

*** UPDATE***
The issue has been resolved.
Galvin is currently experiencing an issue with the security certificate used to access our licensed databases. If you are currently having problems accessing a database from the library website, know that we are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it.

This post will be updated when the problem is fixed.

Banned Books Week Activities and Events, 9/27-10/3

September 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Banned Books Week Activities and Events, 9/27-10/3 bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources

Galvin Library joins teachers, librarians, writers, and readers for Banned Books Week (BBW), an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association in which readers stand together to support the freedom to read and exchange ideas, even those ideas that are considered unusual, unpopular or radical.  On a university campus, intellectual freedom is valued and exercised. Due to local community advocacy, most challenged books remain available to the public.

Interested in reading a challenged or banned book? Check out this list for the top 10 frequently challenged books of the 21st century, many of which are available at Galvin Library or through iShare.  Find books in our online catalog.

Join us for Banned Books Week activities! All week you can:

  • Take a Mug Shot Selfie – Take your picture in front of a backdrop that makes it appear you’re being booked for reading books! (upper level, north area)
  • “I Read Banned Books” Bubble Selfies – Snap a photo holding a speech bubble announcing your freedom to read.(upper level, north area)
  • Have a Blind Date with Banned Books – We shrouded banned book titles in plain brown paper for a touch of mystery. Shh!  Check one out at the Circulation Desk and get a BBW button!
  • Pick up your FREE BBW bookmark at the Circulation Desk.

Then on Thursday, October 1st, it’s the BBW Read-Out from 6:00–7:30 p.m.  Students, staff, faculty, and librarians will gather on the library’s upper level, in the Northeast Corner, for a reading circle.  Bring your favorite challenged or banned book, and read your favorite passage aloud for 3–5 minutes, or read from a book provided by us. Let us know you’re coming and what book you’d like to read. Our partner in the Read-Out is Shimer College.  (Note: this event may be streamed and recorded. Participants will be asked to sign a video release to contribute to the Read-Out).

** A message for our international population: This event just might be another “culture shock” for you! This celebration is something you may have never experienced in your home country. However, it is a great opportunity for learning and acquiring new perspectives of the US culture. Come join us!

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Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S.

September 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Posted in news | Comments Off on Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S.

trailOn Tuesday, September 29 come and hear Carlos Roa speak on Latino Americans: Undocumented Activism in the U.S. Carlos is a 5th year architecture student at Illinois Tech and his presentation will focus on the undocumented immigrant experience and his journey as a student activist. In 2010, Carlos walked 1,500 miles – from Miami to Washington, DC along with three other immigrant activists – to call attention for immigrants’ rights and to put pressure on the Obama administration to stop the separation of families and the deportations of young immigrants who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. Now at IIT, Carlos continues his advocacy for undocumented immigrants at the state and federal levels.

Carlos will speak at 1:00 p.m. in the MTCC ballroom with a Latino-inspired lunch that starts at 12:45 p.m. Please let us know if you plan to attend so there’s enough food and beverages. This event is open to the Illinois Tech community, and friends of IIT.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Galvin Library was one of 203 institutions nationwide receiving the NEH/ALA programming grant. Follow our Twitter  (@GalvinLibrary) and Facebook accounts, as well as this blog and IIT Today for additional programming throughout the year. Future programming will be based on various episodes of the PBS 6-hour series Latino Americans, and all episodes can be viewed online or check out the DVD from our collection.



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