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Join Us For an Undergraduate Nonfiction Reading Event March 13

by Brent Nunn 3/11/2014 7:00:00 AM

A number of you have attended the undergraduate poetry readings held at the John T. Richardson Library during National Poetry Month (April) each year. This year the DePaul English Department and the John T. Richardson Library are adding fiction and nonfiction readings to the schedule, allowing us to have the DePaul Undergraduate Student Reading Series present yearly events in different genres, with an event each academic quarter.

This year's nonfiction reading will take place on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 pm.

What: Join us as four nonfiction writers from the DePaul creative writing program read their work.

Who: Readers include Meagan Anderson, Olivia Clarkin, Alex Chomik, and Isabel Flores.

Where: DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave, Program Room 115 (located just off the Kenmore Avenue entrance to Kelly Hall).


*updated date of event

Extended Hours March 16 - 21 for Final Exams

by Alexis Burson 3/10/2014 1:12:00 PM

Looking for a quiet place to study for finals in the wee hours of the morning? We've got you covered! The John T. Richardson Library will be open 24 hours from March 16 - 21 during Final Exams.  We will close at 9:00 pm March 21.

Bring your ID: The entrance of the library will be locked at 11:00pm and access will be restricted to the DePaul community at this time.  Students can enter the library by swiping their DePaul IDs through the card reader located to the left of the main entrance. At the same time, during the hours of 11:00pm-7:00am, the outer doors of the building will be locked and students may enter using the cardswipe entrance on the west (Quad side) doors only.

Fuel up for finals: Coffee and study snacks including pastries, sandwiches and fruit will be available for purchase.

Stay safe: DePaul security will be patrolling the library throughout the night to ensure safety. When you're done studying, take the Vinnie Van home.

Good luck on your finals!

Scheduled Downtime for Ares Course Reserves

by Jim LeFager 3/7/2014 2:41:00 PM

Ares Course Reserves has scheduled a system update which will require downtime this Friday, March 7th, from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM. During this time the Ares Reserve system will be unavailable and course reserves will be unaccessible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Access will be restored immediately following the system update and users should be able to access course reserves starting at 1:00 AM on Saturday, March 8th. 

Promoting Student Scholarship on Via Sapientiae

by M Ryan Hess 2/28/2014 11:11:00 AM
DePaul’s institutional repository, Via Sapientiae, supports student scholarship as faculty across the university begin to see the opportunities for teaching and professional development offered by this library-administered publishing platform.

Built on the Digital Commons online publishing platform and administered by the University Library, Via Sapientiae supports the open access publishing needs of DePaul University. But what makes the platform so remarkable is its ease of use while still providing powerful and customizable publishing and review workflows. The platform also boasts Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which means that anything going into Via will rise to the top of search engine results.

Student Journals

The faculty-edited Journal of Religion and Business Ethics and Vincentian Heritage Journal were early adopters of Via Sapientiae, but lately, it is the sphere of student scholarship that is growing the fastest. Mille-Feuille Magazine Littéraire, a student poetry journal, began publishing on Via Sapientiae in 2011, when Director of the French Program, Pascale-Anne Brault Ph.D., wanted a way to showcase the work of her students, who produce an annual collection of poems in French. In addition to producing an annual collection, as of  2014, Professor Brault has also retrospectively published 19 years' worth of student poems, with their 20th edition going online this year.

Two more student journals are preparing to go online in the very near future.


In the College of Science and Health, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Mona Shattell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, working with Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Studies, Judy Bramble, Ph.D., are preparing to publish DePaul Discoveries this May, a journal of original student research.


The student-run DePaul Law Review is making plans to move to Via Sapientiae this year, and will include several years of back-issues. Associate Dean of Technology and Library Services, Allen Moye is working with the student editorial board and their Faculty Advisor, Professor Max Helveston, to facilitate this transition. “Many law schools have already moved their publications to a digital format, and using the repository platform, with its ease of functionality and SEO just makes sense,” says, Moye. He added, “We hope to add more of our specialized journals from the College of Law in the coming years.” Moye and the College of Law’s Communications Director, Kortney Moore, are also considering publishing conference proceedings using Via.

Student Projects

Another area of activity is the publication of student projects, from a number of courses and programs. One of the first student collections in Via launched in 2010, when visual artist and Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design, Laura Kina, MFA, approached the Library with an idea for putting her students' work online. Three years later, the Asian American Art Oral History Project now contains interviews with 68 artists along with a gallery of 214 images.

Having enjoyed her experience with Mille-Feuille Magazine Littéraire, Professor Brault of the French Program, created another collection of her students' Napoleon Translations, which include historical broadsides, pamphlets and memoirs, all drawn from the Library's Special Collections and Archives.

Our most recent additions of student scholarship come from Associate Professor and Chair of the Geography Department, Euan Hague, Ph.D. and Professor Julie Hwang, Ph.D., who wanted to migrate their Community GIS and Map of the Month collections to Via. They are currently putting the final touches on their site and will officially launch soon.

Other Services and Content Available on Via

Via has much more potential and we are noticing a significant increase in requests for new collections, journals and other community sites. In fact, Via can handle many kinds of scholarly work, including managing seminar and conference proceedings and publishing e-books.

If you have an idea for a collection, you can contact M Ryan Hess, Library Web Services Coordinator in the Library to get your student scholarship online. Available @ the Library

by Jim LeFager 2/28/2014 11:07:00 AM

The library has added 3 kiosk stations to the John T. Richardson and Loop Library that are available to current DePaul students, faculty and staff.  These kiosk stations provide access to the full catalog of tutorials, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software, creative and business skills through high-quality instructional videos. offers users the ability to learn new technology and software and stay current with updates and new releases through video tutorials and exercise files that users can download and work through along with the tutorial, or on their own.  With more than 2000 courses taught by industry experts, and over 100,000 available videos, is designed for all levels of learners.  

Check out the latest releases to see what is available. 

Some of the highlights of the courses include:  

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Training (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Audio Courses including ProTools, Apple Logic, Reason and Adobe Audition
  • Video Editing Courses including courses on Adobe Premiere and Apple Finale
  • Courses on current and previous versions of Microsoft applications including Access, Excel, Word, & Windows
  • Web Design courses for beginners and advanced users including courses on HTML, javascript, and css as well as courses on Ruby on Rails, jQuery and mobile developmentand more. 

You can view the entire listing of courses offered by subject or by the name of the software

Reserving a Kiosk  

Users can access any tutorial from the kiosk stations, which include 2 stations in the Learning Commons located in the Richardson Library, and 1 stationin the  Loop Library in room DPC10024.  When not reserved, these Kiosk stations are available on a first come first serve basis, but users can reserve a kiosk ahead of time using our Room Reservation page.  

  • Users may book up to 4 hours at a station in a 24 hour period.
  • Most tutorials are several hours but are broken into multiple chapters.
  • Each Kiosk is intended for one user at a time.
  • We recommend bringing headphones, but headphones are also available for checkout from the Circulation Desk at either campus. 

College of DuPage and Others Join I-Share

by Jill King 2/26/2014 12:32:00 PM

In addition to College of DuPage, you'll now find three other new institutions represented in I-Share: JKM Library (serving the Lutheran School of Theology and the McCormick Theological Seminary), Lincoln College, and MacMurray College. Collections from all four libraries are searchable in the I-Share catalog and are ready for shared borrowing.

What is I-Share, you ask? I-Share is a group of academic libraries in Illinois that share books and other materials among all participating libraries. So, if you can't find the item you need at DePaul, search the I-Share catalog or WorldCat Local and request a copy from one of our partners. You can also visit any I-Share library in person, from College of DuPage to Columbia College, and check out books using your DePaul ID.

With the addition of these new libraries, the I-Share catalog contains 38 million items from 86 member libraries. Our YouTube video will show you to how to create your I-Share account and start requesting books!

Digital Learning Day

by Jim LeFager 1/28/2014 7:00:00 AM

Digital Learning Day

February 5th, is Digital Learning Day!  On Digital Learning Day, teachers and students from across the United States come together to celebrate applying effective applications of digital learning in schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve their highest potential.  This annual celebration was started by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.  Digital Learning Day is a K-12 activity, though the materials and resources provided by Digital Learning day support educators at all levels. 

Over 400 events from around the county have been added to the Digital Learning Day website.  Educators hosting events will be making use of the interactive lesson plans and teaching toolkits available in several different subject areas, including English language arts, math, science, social studies, and more.  There is also a section of their website dedicated to tools that can be used by everyone.  

As part of Digital Learning Day, there will be a national showcase event that will be broadcast live on the internet from the Library of Congress. The showcase will be hosted by the coanchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, Judy Woodruff, and it will feature U.S. Representative George Miller, Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton III, Wyoming State Senator Rich Crandall, and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. 

Follow Digital Learning Day on Twitter: @OfficialDLDay

Room Reservation Policy Updates

by Travis Eastham 1/27/2014 7:00:00 AM

In an effort to make library spaces more accessible, the John T. Richardson Library’s study rooms (rooms 202, 203, 204, 405, and 406) are now self-reservable by current DePaul faculty, staff, and students:

•    These rooms are intended for groups of 3 or more.
•    All groups using these rooms must make reservations online at
•    Groups must have a copy of their reservation confirmation (either printed or digital) during their reservation time.
•    Rooms may be booked for up to a two-hour time period, and individuals may reserve only one time slot per day for their group.

If you have any questions or concerns about room reservations, feel free to call the Access Services desk at 773-325-7862 or email

Library Student Survey Coming Soon! $5 Bookstore Incentive

by Paula Dempsey 1/7/2014 1:14:00 PM
Keep an eye on your email January 13 – a random sample of DePaul students will receive a link to a student survey that will provide the library key information so we can improve services and resources.

Students selected to answer the survey will receive a $5 gift card to Barnes & Noble for taking 15-20 minutes to respond to questions about educational goals, coursework, study habits, and university support for academic and career success. We are counting on your feedback – please use this opportunity to make the library and DePaul a better place to learn.

Scheduled Downtime for the Library Website, December 14th

by Jim LeFager 12/12/2013 2:58:00 PM

Information Services will be conducting necessary maintenance work in several key areas of the main data center which will require downtime from Saturday, December 14th at 10 p.m. until Sunday, December 15th at 1:00 a.m.  This maintenance and downtime will affect the Library's website and remote access to our electronic resources.  Access to our discovery service, WorldCat Local, and research guides will be available throughout the downtime and access should be restored by early Sunday morning.   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 



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