The Holiday Spirit Lives On!

Eight years ago the Library Human Resources Office was contacted by the Campus Human Resources Department, who was working with Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), about adopting a University Family that was in need for the holidays.  The request went to the Library Social Committee who were immediately enthusiastic and supportive.  They decided to make it part of our annual Holiday Luncheon. Since then the Library has contacted FSAP each November to make sure they have a family for us. This year FSAP gave us a family that consisted of a single mother with two girls. Once again the people of the University Library have been very generous and fulfilled the wish list of our Holiday Family and then some!

2015 Holiday Board

2015 Holiday Board

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Social Events Committee is very pleased to announce that Library employees donated over $1500 in gifts and cash.  Both girls had 15 presents each and Mom had 6 presents (3 of her boxes were wrapped cash).

Donated Gifts

Donated Gifts

Wrapped gifts, all ready to go!

Wrapped gifts, all ready to go!

Thank you again for making this a wonderful holiday for a family in need. When our mom received the gifts, she cried tears of joy for all of the generosity being given to her family from our Library family. Well done!

 Pictures provided by Skye Arseneau.

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Getting to Know You with Alissa Marcum

Getting to know you….all about you!

Alissa Marcum

Alissa Marcum

Each month we interview someone in the Library and learn a little bit about them.  Today we are getting to know Alissa Marcum.  You may have met Alissa if you stopped by the Main Stacks.

Explain what it is that you do in the Library and how long you have worked here?

I’ve only worked here a little over two years but I’m loving it. I get to do a lot of different things in my role, for which I am grateful. I get to help patrons learn about the library and how it works. I love teaching a first-timer and seeing their thrill at having successfully navigated the stacks to obtain their materials. I also get to engage in various projects with other departments, fill in, in other areas, and work with my colleagues and patrons in other departments to assure wrinkles are ironed out when a problem arises. Recently I’ve also had the privilege to join the Social Events and the Awards & Recognition committees. Every day is different and engaging. What more could I ask for?

What does a perfect weekend afternoon consist of?

A perfect weekend afternoon involves either hiking or kayaking with my family or some quiet time in a sunny spot with a good book.

What is your favorite book today?

This is an impossible question! Probably anything from the James Rollins Sigma Force or something by Agatha Christie because hers were the first books I read as a child that sparked my love for reading.

Do you have a favorite pet?

I had a house rabbit named Peaty. If you ate any veggies within his reach he would do just about anything to steal them from you. And, have you ever seen a rabbit binkie (jump and twist in the air for the fun of it)? Too cute and funny!

Favorite band, singer or type of music?

Right now I’m hooked on Ludovico Einaudi, Yoyo Ma, and have been revisiting film scores from John Williams but my taste in music is extremely eclectic.

Favorite TV show?

I adore Dr. Who. From the campy Sylvester McCoy incarnation to the more serious and current Peter Capaldi version; I can’t get enough.

Happiest memory?

I’ve been lucky to have far more good than bad in life so it’s hard to pick my happiest memory. What jumps to mind is a long conversation with my mom on her front porch when she told me she thought I was a really good mom. Coming from a woman who truly changed lives by adopting and fostering children like me; it was the highest of praise.

Thank you Alissa for sharing a little bit about yourself!  If there is someone you think we should get to know please email,

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Great American Smokeout – November 19

Great American Smokeout 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Beckman Atrium

The Great American Smoke-Out is this Thursday, Nov 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Beckman Atrium. Stop by for quit kits, fun activities and more. This event is for people who are ready to quit or for those who are just exploring the possibility. Cessation experts will be on hand to answer questions without judgement. The first 24 people to pledge to quit get a free cold turkey sandwich lunch.

Contact the UI Wellness Center at to learn more or get a quit kit early.

Other resources available:

Illinois Tobacco Quitline

This is an ongoing program.

Enroll today! (USE CLINIC CODE 7387)

FAQ’s about the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line

Free Quit Kit Pickup

This is an ongoing program.

Pick up a free Tobacco Quit Kit in the UI Wellness Center (CRCE, 1102 West Gregory Drive), Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm

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Celebrate Fraud Awareness Month by Protecting your Identity

Happy International Fraud Awareness Month! 

Get Smart about Protecting Your Identity During Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner, which means many people will be doing more shopping in the coming months. Even though it’s the busiest shopping time of the year, unfortunately, it’s also a time when many people experience identity theft.

America Saves has six tips to help you safeguard your identity during the holidays (and year-round.)

  • Be aware of your surroundings while shopping.
  • Limit what you bring and/or carry with you.
  • Protect your smartphone! 
  • Shop with cash or credit.
  • Be mindful of your accounts.

Safety first, when online shopping.

And read more tips and details on

How Do I Know If My Identity Got Stolen?

However, if someone else opens credit accounts with your identity, they will show up on your credit report. In the U.S., we have three main credit bureaus that collect data about how we manage debt.You need to check your credit reports to be sure all the information in your reports is accurate and about you. Check your credit reports for FREE once a year at Or you can call (877) 322-8228 to request them.Check your credit report to see if someone is using your identity. One of the reasons people steal and use other people’s identity is so that they can take out a loan – or some form of credit – in someone else’s name. But you’ll never see any paperwork about this loan.

You want a copy of all three main credit bureaus to:

  1. Make sure all your personal information is accurate, complete, and up-to-date.

Sometimes there are mistakes on your credit report. An account that you never applied for may turn up on your credit report or an account you know you have may not be on your credit report. A few mistakes that may affect your credit report, including applying for a credit account under a different name (i.e., Bob Jones instead of Robert Jones). If you do that, the account may not show up in your credit report. For example if you share the same name as a parent, you are a Jr. and your father is Sr., it is possible that an account will be put in the wrong credit report.

Make sure to check all three main credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, because your credit report may look different in different reports.

  1. Protect your identity.

Identity thieves may use your information, like names, Social Security number, Bank Account, Credit Card number, to commit fraud. Checking your credit report is also important to catch attempts by others to steal your identity.

When you check your credit report it does NOT affect your credit score. (It can hurt your credit score if too many lenders check it.) If you spot information on your credit report that is not accurate, follow the information listed on your report about how to correct it. And, if you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, the steps you need to take are outlined at on the FTC Identity website.

For more articles in identity theft, please visit Cultivating Currency

Information from: University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness for College Students <>

For more information about programs from the University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness go to:

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Service Recognition Program 2015

The Library hosted the Long term Service Recognition program this past Wednesday.   Dean Wilkin made remarks recognizing our staff employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the University.

2015 Honorees

2015 Honorees

2015 Honorees

2015 Honorees

This year the University Library honored 21 employees.  They are:

5 year employees – 1
Chapman, Erik Dale
10 year employees – 3
Coleman, Karen
Sparks, Vicki Sue
Woodall, Robin Lynn
15 year employees – 7
Miller, Lisa C
Lerch, Kimberly A
Rudd, Nick L
Menkhaus, Jane C
Towns, Elonda Navonne
Hynes, Tony James
Lewis, Chad Allen
20 year employees – 4
Andrick, Silda L
Till, Marie L
Pherigo, David W
Crow, Naomi R
25 year employees – 3
Keaton, Tammra Rena
Schutz, Virginia K
Reinhart, Tina M
30 year employees – 3
Pawlicki, Christopher C
Weatherspoon, Faynett R
Wolf, Sandra L

Total years of service = 370 years!

2015 Service Recognition Program

2015 Service Recognition Program

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4th Annual Outstanding Civil Service Staff Award Winners

The Library Awards and Recognitions Committee announced the 4th Annual Outstanding Civil Service Staff Award which is open to all civil service staff members.  The award recognizes staff employees for their exceptional accomplishments and service to the University Library. The Civil Service Staff Award winners were announced at the Service Recognition Program.

Outstanding Civil Service Employees – 2015 Nominees are:

Jan Adamczyk, International & Area Studies
Erik Chapman, Communications Library
Rand Hartsell, Central Access Services
Donna Hoffman, Library Human Resources
Kim Hutcherson, Library Business Office
Kyle McCafferty, Central Access Services
Ben Riegler, Central Access Services
Janelle Sandler, Undergraduate Library
Lindy Wheatley, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

Click here for additional information about eligibility and nomination guidelines.Winners received $1,000 (after taxes) and a commemorative framed certificate.  In addition, the committee will work with award winner’s nomination for submission for the Campus’ Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award.

The Outstanding Civil Service Award winners are in alphabetical order:

Jan Adamczyk, Senior Library Specialist, International & Area Studies Library & CAM

Lindy Wheatley, Office Manager, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

Dean Wilkin read excerpts from their nominations.

Jan Adamczyk 2015

Jan Adamczyk

Jan Adamczyk

Jan Adamczyk, Senior Library Specialist, International & Area Studies and CAM

(excerpt from his nomination)

Jan is a member of the Slavic Reference Service team.  On a daily basis, Jan provides research assistance to faculty and students in North America and beyond.  As a member of the outward facing service of the University Library, Jan also supports a number of other service components.

For well over fifteen years, Jan is known to generations of students and teaching faculty for his selflessness, reliability, integrity, and his dedication to public service.  As a Senior Library Specialist, Jan wears “many hats.”  He is a reference specialist, a professional cataloger, mentor, teacher and a passionate advocate for the University Library at Illinois.  Jan is renowned for (among other things) the way he treats his colleagues, patrons, and complete strangers in the CU area.  He treats all with humanity and equal measure of respect, regardless of academic rank r status, gender, sexual orientation, race, etc.  On a daily basis for eighteen years, Jan has maintained his professionalism and dedication to public service no matter the weather, on good days, bad days, stressful, days, and no matter the workload.  To his colleagues and patrons, Jan is a true cornerstone, without any of the fanfare that goes with it.  Jan remains one of the most productive members of the Slavic Reference Service staff.  This service has been in existence since 1976.  His colleagues in the International and Area Studies Library, and Content Access Management value Jan’s supportive and enthusiastic nature.  Jan’s passionate advocacy for teamwork has earned him tremendous respect from student workers, fellow civil service staff, and library faculty.

Lindy Wheatley and Dean Wilkin

Lindy Wheatley and Dean Wilkin

Lindy Wheatley with the Mortenson Center Staff, L-R, Rebecca McGuire, Susan Schnuer, Lindy,  Clara Chu

Lindy Wheatley with the Mortenson Center Staff, L-R, Rebecca McGuire, Susan Schnuer, Lindy, Clara Chu

Lindy Wheatley, Office Manager, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

(excerpt from her nomination)

Lindy is responsible for managing, coordinating and processing all the secretarial functions of the Mortenson Center.  Lindy is the anchor of the Mortenson Center.  She takes care of the myriad of details that are critical to running a successful international programs and activities in a work context that is continually changing rules and conditions.  She does this quietly, efficiently, and effectively.  At times she is the only one present at the Center, she resolves problems, plans for upcoming events, reminds the Mortenson Center staff of responsibilities, ensures that the Mortenson Center staff have everything that is needed for a trip, and in quieter times Lindy finds way to make the Center run more efficiently.   Lindy shines in a crisis situation, be it that one of the Center staff is having difficulties on an international trips, that a Mortenson Center Associate has lost a passport, or that the bus transporting a group to an event has not arrived, Lindy deals with it all with calm, humor, and a –I will take care of this- attitude.  Lindy’s skills, intelligence and commitment contribute greatly to the Center’s success.

Linda gathers all information on foreign visitors to the Mortenson Center and coordinates the paperwork necessary to expedite their payment.  This is no small task.  In some cases over nine individual forms or documents are required.  When there is one visitor this is a bit daunting, when at times, there are over twenty, it is herculean!  Accuracy and proper procedures are essential for Center documentation and record-keeping, essential because the Center must follow not only Library policies, but also policies established by the campus and Federal government for hosting visiting scholars.  It is Lindy’s responsibility to make sure that we are diligent in completing all the paperwork and following all procedures.  Lindy is a delight, she understands quickly what needs to be done and she delivers.  She does all of this with poise, humor and a very professional attitude.

Congratulations Jan and Lindy!

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3rd Annual Outstanding Academic Professional Award

The Library Awards and Recognitions Committee announced the 3rd Annual Outstanding Academic Professional Award.  The Awardee was recognized at the annual University Faculty and Academic Professional Recognition last month, where she received her certificate and a $1,000.   The award recognizes academic professionals for their exceptional accomplishments and service to the University Library.

This year’s recipient of the 2015 University Library Outstanding Academic Professional is Susan Schnuer.

Susan Schnuer receives the 2015 Outstanding Academic Professional Award from John Wilkin

Susan Schnuer receives the 2015 Outstanding Academic Professional Award from John Wilkin

From her nominator, Clara Chu, Director, Mortenson Center, an excerpt from the nomination.

Susan Schnuer has been with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs almost since its inception and has influenced all aspects of its operations, outreach and financing, and has been instrumental in its effective operations, and successful and professionally-transforming programs, with near and far-reaching impact. In the Spring of 1992, she started in a half-time position as Coordinator, which became full-time, and she has progressively taken on more responsibilities and now holds the title of Associate Director.  For more than two decades Schnuer has put her know-how toward the good of the Center, the Library, and the people and organizations with whom she works, expanding the value of the Center’s programs, and the potential of librarians in service to their communities.

Susan was also awarded the 2015 IFLA Scroll of Appreciation for Distinguished service to the International Library Community.

Congratulations Susan!

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