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DePaul University Library Welcomes New Staff

by Megan Bernal 5/20/2014 1:55:00 PM

Kyle Henke, Digital Archivist, comes to DePaul University from Columbia College where he established an institutional repository and managed the digital collections of the College Archives while integrating material into the classroom and the College community. Kyle’s role with Special Collections and Archives will be to acquire and preserve content across all of its collections, with a special focus on the electronic records collected by University Archives.

Kyle graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in history focusing on social aspects of Civil War and Reconstruction-era America. He received his MLIS from the University of Denver with a concentration in Archives and Records Management.
As the Library’s Technical Services Coordinator, Tami Luedtke provides oversight and leadership for the technical infrastructure, processes, and metadata that facilitate discovery of library collections. Tami's experience includes leading technical teams and developing new technical services processes and products from the ground up.  She also brings with her experience working on consortial projects and programs and a deep interest and advocacy for the needs of the researcher.

Tami holds an M.S. in Library Science and an M.A. in Religion & Religious Education from The Catholic University of America and comes to us most recently from the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), where she acted as Director of Electronic Products & Services.

Lab Computer Reductions

by Megan Bernal 3/24/2014 3:05:00 PM
As part of budget planning and review of public computer labs on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, Information Services will be retiring a number of public workstations currently available in the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library. Beginning in the spring quarter, we expect 49 public workstations to be removed from the open computer lab on the 2nd floor of the John T. Richardson Library and 50 from the computer lab in 10012 Loop Library. Public workstations will continue to be available in both libraries, including over 60 workstations (PC and Mac) available in the John T. Richardson Library Information Commons.  Details on information technology available in the DePaul University Library may be found in our Guide to Library Information Technology.
Questions or comments about information technology in the library may be directed to the DePaul University Library or to Information Services.

Digital Humanities Support in the Scholar's Lab: The English Capstone Experience

by Megan Bernal 2/28/2014 11:06:00 AM
Faculty hoping to incorporate digital humanities tools and methods into their teaching and research may find recent use of the Library's new Scholar's Lab for a senior English capstone course of interest.  Winner of the 2013 Thomas and Carol Dammrich Faculty Innovation Award and entitled Literature in the Age of Intelligent Machines, this unique course was co-taught by Associate Professor of English John Shanahan and myself with the goal to explore the creation and interpretation of narratives from printed codex to current ebook and Twitter feed form through theoretical readings and technical skills training.
To help meet this goal, librarians with expertise in database design, data curation, programming, digitization, metadata, digital archiving, and digital publishing were tapped to provide hands-on activities using specialized tables designed for small group work in the Scholar's Lab.  One foundational activity involved teaching students how to use scanners and optical character recognition (OCR) software in order to transform a printed text into a digital object, thus making it fulltext searchable and "database ready" for new types of inquiry and analysis using search algorithms and visualization tools.  Another activity that addressed newer, "born digital" literary genres leveraged Google Fusion Tables to mine and archive real-time data feeds from Twitter.  Students kept all the digital objects they created, and, by the end of the course, learned how to self-publish their own scholarly or fictional work in a standardized file format used by major ebook distributors like Apple and Amazon.
The depth and breadth of active technology learning components in the course was rigorous and challenging for a group of students, who, in many cases, had not been formally exposed to such tools or techniques during their college careers, but several important steps were made by Prof. Shanahan and the library team to remedy this. First, students were provided with Web-based supplemental technology training for major course components using a low cost solution callled lyndaClassroom from the popular technology training service  A lyndaClassroom academic license allowed us to choose up to 5 topics for independent study by students anywhere, any time on the Web, including downloadable exercise files and certificates of completion for tracking purposes.  Second, librarians provided in-person and remote email support for group activities and projects during and after class in the Scholar’s Lab.  
Ultimately, it is people with expertise and interest and not just digital tools or technology alone that support digital humanities endeavors and the library welcomes opportunities to experiment with and subsequently learn further how complex academic computing software and systems like Adobe Creative Cloud or might be used to support future digital humanities programs and coursework.  Since opening its doors to Literature in the Age of Intelligent Machines students in Fall 2013, the Scholar's Lab has shown itself to be a flexible and powerful space where DePaul community members from any discipline or department can gather to explore new models for teaching, learning, and research, whether as a capstone course, interest group, or research project in need of technical support.  
I welcome your inquiries and requests to use the Scholar's Lab space and associated resources.  Visit the Scholar's Lab web page here for more information about available technology and services or contact me via phone or email any time.

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities & Computer Science in the JTR 12/5/13

by Megan Bernal 12/2/2013 2:13:00 PM

DePaul University Library is pleased to host two events related to the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities & Computer Science on Thursday, December 5th, in the John T. Richardson Library.  All registered colloquium attendees are invited to attend a reception in the newly-renovated Information Commons on the 1st floor from 6:00pm-7:30pm. 

Attendees are also welcome to attend posters sessions/demonstrations of recent digital humanities work from across the United States and Canada.  Topics range from Developing the Scholarly 3D Toolkit to GPS-enabled stories and social network aspects of "a fonds of Edwardian Postcards." The sessions will be held from 6:15pm-7:30pm in the Scholar's Lab, a unique computing and gathering space within the Information Commons.  The lab features 6 specialized "media:scape" tables designed to facilitate collaborative research and learning using laptop connectors and a shared screen at each table.

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (logo)

More information on DHCS 2013, including current program and registration information can be found at

Archival Resources in Support of National Hispanic Heritage Month

by Megan Bernal 10/4/2013 1:27:00 PM
Each September 15th- October 15th, the nation pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched our country and society.  
In addition to our current book and journal holdings on Latino Studies topics as well as unique archives housed in Special Collections & Archives, DePaul Library subscribes to two large database series filled with archival material chronicling the lives, experiences, and intellectual output of Latinos from colonial times to 1960.
Visit the  Latino-Hispanic American Experience: The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection and The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers databases to discover the many rare books, historical newspapers, periodical articles, personal and organizational manuscripts, pamphlets, and broadsides digitized as part of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project
DePaul researchers might also find rich resources on Hispanic-American history through the Library's membership with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). CRL is a cooperative of research libraries dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources from around the world and a guide to major Latin American Studies holdings can be found here as well as the ability to search CRL's extensive catalog.  See Borrowing from CRL for more information on how members borrow items from the cooperative to use for their research projects, teaching, and learning.

Collaborate in the Information Commons - media:scape Tables

by Megan Bernal 9/10/2013 8:40:00 AM

Ever had trouble finding an open room or table for your small group project? Found it hard to collect and view the group's ideas on a small laptop during a brainstorming session? If this sounds like you, 12 new collaboration tables now available in the new John T. Richardson Library Information Commons may just help. Shaped like the letter D with a large flatscreen attached at one end and called "media:scape," the tables were specifically designed to help groups of people share information quickly, and, most uniquely, equally.Puck Equal sharing of information comes into play with the so-called "puck" system, essentially small discs with cords attached that connect different computers or tablets to the shared screen.

By simply tapping a puck, a group member can project their desktop on the shared screen, or, in the case of a double screen set up, share their data side-by-side with another participant. A detailed description of the different media:scape table types we currently offer can be found here, including information on a new room of tables called the Scholar's Lab.  

We invite you to try out a media:scape table in the John T. Richardson Library soon. Please let us know what you think!

Library Unveils New Course Reserves System

by Megan Bernal 5/9/2013 3:01:00 PM
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In the coming months, the Library will be moving to a new system for managing course reserves called Ares.  Ares allows us to automate and simplify the reserves process, making it faster and easier for you to put resources of any type on reserve for students to use as well as for students to quickly access their course reserves anytime, anywhere on the Web.

Key functionalities of Ares include:

•    the ability to upload and manage course reserves from any web browser
•    new copyright workflow behind the scenes for a faster permissions process
•    online delivery of course reserves in any format, including electronic books, articles, music, and streaming media
•    course management system integration allowing students to view and access course reserves directly from D2L
•    statistical reports on reserves use for instructors and librarians, helping us make informed decisions together on research resource purchases in the future
We expect to implement Ares beginning Fall quarter 2013 following successful pilot of select courses this summer.  Initial and ongoing training will be provided by the university's Media Production & Training group (MPT) in conjunction with the Library implementation team.  

Visit the Media Production and Training website to view upcoming training events and reserve a time to learn more about Ares.  

Web Applications Librarian and system implementation lead, Jim LeFager, is also available to answer any questions you have about the new system, training opportunities, or joining the summer pilot test group. 

New Library Search Engine WorldCat Local

by Megan Bernal 8/29/2012 2:04:00 PM
 The Library is pleased to announce release of a new Google-like search engine that lessens the need to go to different databases or web sites to find publications separately. Developed by the not-for-profit library cooperative OCLC, DePaul WorldCat Local is built on top of OCLC’s vast union catalog of research resources from thousands of participating libraries around the world as well as the local Illinois cooperative I-Share and our own DePaul Library Catalog to create one giant single search solution.

In addition to searching library catalogs at the DePaul, I-Share, and OCLC levels, WorldCat Local also queries data from major aggregators of eBooks, including NetLibrary, Safari Techbooks, and Springer, article and journal content from publishers such as Wiley, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Oxford University Press, and large mass digitization collections like JSTOR, Google Books, and HathiTrust, among others.

When an item is not immediately available to you via WorldCat Local in fulltext electronic form or physically in a local library collection, the system allows you to place holds on checked out items or to request an item from another library quickly and easily via interlibrary loan. Users can also take advantage of common social networking tools like creating booklists, adding tags, or writing reviews when using WorldCat Local.

Look for the new DePaul WorldCat Local Search box on our new, streamlined Library webpage found at You will also see links to WorldCat Local search available on other Web pages and platforms regularly used by DePaul students, faculty, and staff such as D2L, Campus Connect, and Library subject and course guides.

We welcome your feedback regarding this new and exciting service. Visit to share your opinions and recommendations with us. Additionally, more information on using WorldCat Local for your own research or in the classroom can be found at the following Information for Faculty Library Web page:

Creating a flexible, scalable Information Commons

by Megan Bernal 5/16/2011 2:04:00 PM

One of the key challenges the DePaul Libraries face is re-configuring our traditional library spaces to better serve student and faculty research needs in the face of changing technologies, modalities of information delivery and learning styles.  The DePaul Library's Commons will be a shared social space where diverse groups of people gather to access and share information. The Commons is designed to support and enhance learning by providing state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive access to Library collections in a comfortable social setting.

Several key principles guided our work on the Information Commons:

(1)  The Commons is flexible. This applies to space, furniture and technology. The Commons will evolve and encompass different styles of work and learning.

(2)  The Commons facilitates both collaborative and individual study.

(3) The Commons includes mediated spaces and services like just-in-time training or expert assistance at the point of need for patrons.

(4) The Commons is a welcoming, inviting, aesthetically pleasing environment that acknowledges the importance of “library as place.”

(5) The Commons supports the integration of University partners into library space to foster student success, especially at-risk populations.

The renovation will involve major improvements to the Library's wireless capabilities, data transfer capacities, and data transfer speeds.  These enhancements will allow library users to connect wirelessly on mobile devices throughout the renovated space and to quickly and reliably access the Libraries’ electronic resources and university networks. A fully equipped scholar's lab, for example, on the first floor of the renovated library will include video conferencing and flush floor electrical power and data jacks to allow for reconfiguring of computer workstations as needed.  Video conferencing capabilities will be available in new enclosed group study and meeting rooms throughout the Library.

To support our goal of enhanced collaboration and connectivity, we will expand library and IT support in partnership with Information Services.  Staff will be available to assist with technology and research needs such as connecting to networks, using specialized software for class assignments, printing, scanning, and accessing the Library's virtual research collections.

We look forward to opening the Commons to you as both a physical and virtual space for academic research and exchange. 


--Megan Bernal, Associate Director for Library Information and Discovery Systems



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