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DePaul Co-Sponsors Illinois Information Literacy Summit

by Terry Taylor 5/19/2014 11:45:00 AM


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On April 25, 2014, DePaul University joined Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in sponsoring the Illinois Information Literacy Summit. Offered annually since 2002, the Information Literacy Summit provides an “opportunity for librarians, teachers and other practitioners across the educational spectrum to come together to share ideas and strengthen information literacy throughout the Midwest.” Reflecting the commitment shared by DePaul and MVCC to promote information literacy as a component of lifelong learning, the Summit promotes a unique opportunity for librarians from K-12 schools, public libraries, and academic libraries to come together to share best practices in the design, delivery, and assessment of information literacy instruction.

DePaul librarians Heather Jagman and Jessica Alverson served on the planning committee for the 2014 Information Literacy Summit, which focused on “the future of information literacy” and highlighted work going on at libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and elsewhere. Over 150 librarians were greeted by a keynote presentation on the evolution of information literacy by Tom Mackey, Dean at the Center for Distance Learning (CDL) at SUNY Empire State College, and Trudi Jacobson, Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany Libraries and Co-Chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force. Mackey and Jacobson explored emergent issues in information literacy instruction, as reflected in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The DePaul University Library has promoted collaboration with community colleges and K-12 schools as part of its contribution to broader institutional efforts including the DePaul Admission Partnership Program and DePaul’s collaboration with Gordon Tech High School. Reflecting this commitment to collaboration across library types, Troy Swanson, Department Chair of Library/Learning Resources at MVCC, concluded that "[the] Information Literacy Summit has had a simple goal throughout its history, i.e., to bring together librarians from different types of libraries to share ideas on information literacy. We have always wanted to keep this local to build a strong community within Illinois.” 

Game On! Game Systems Now Available for Checkout

by Jim LeFager 5/3/2014 3:58:00 PM

Attention Gamers:  DePaul Library now has video game systems available for checkout. 

DePaul Library has added game consoles to our collection, which are now available to current DePaul students, staff and faculty.  Added to support our growing video game collection we have added a Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii game system as well as a Nintendo 3DS and two Playstation Portable devices.  These can be checked out from the Access Services desk of the Loop Library.  Each game system comes with a carrying case, and all the necessary cables needed to use each system.  Each game system has a check-out period of one week and is available to students, faculty and staff at DePaul on a first come, first served basis.

Users can also checkout any of the video games available from our growing game collection in the Loop Library. 

A listing of current game consoles, and other loanable technology, can be found on our the Technology Lending page

Game Consoles

Playstation 3

Xbox 360

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo 3DS

Playstation Portable (PSP)

Library Closed Good Friday & Easter Weekend

by Alexis Burson 4/16/2014 6:42:00 PM

The DePaul University Library will be closed Friday April 18 to Sunday April 20 for Good Friday and Easter Weekend.  We'll reopen on Monday April 21 and resume regular hours.  For a full list of hours for all library locations visit

Vatican; Vatican City; St. Peter's Square. April 1972. DePaul University/Geographic Image Collection. DePaul University, Chicago. Photograph. 4/16/2014

Pick up anything you might need prior to Friday and make use of our online resources while we're closed.  Here are a few online collections that may be of help:

Ebook Collections:

Online Encyclopedias: (grouped by subject)

Online Articles: Our databases for finding articles are grouped by subject at

Course Reserves:

We're sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and hope to see you on Monday!

Learning Commons Tutoring Spring Quarter

by Krystal Lewis 4/15/2014 3:29:00 PM

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, is a collaborative learning studio, which provides a variety of peer tutoring services and career consulting. Participating programs include the University Center for Writing-Based Learning, the Science and Math Learning Center, the Career Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, and the College of Computing and Digital Media. Tutoring and consulting services are offered daily and no appointment is necessary. Learning Commons partners' hours for spring quarter 2014 are:

CDM Python Tutoring
Tuesday 3:00-4:00
Wednesday 1:00-5:00
Resume Drive Thru - Career Center
Tuesday 11:00-1:00
Wednesday 1:00-2:30
Friday 1:00-3:00
Writing Center Outpost
Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00
Sunday 3:00 – 6:00
Study Jam – Office of Multicultural Student Success
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 5:00-7:00

Science and Math Learning Center
Chemistry: Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-7:00
Math: No math tutor scheduled
Psychology (Stats): Monday & Wednesday 4:20 – 5:50

*Academic Success Center Tutoring - College of Education
No longer offering services at the Learning Commons

National Poetry Month Undergraduate Reading! April 17

by Brent Nunn 4/14/2014 9:50:00 AM

National Poetry Month Poster 2014In celebration of National Poetry Month, DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library and the Department of English present a showcase of DePaul undergraduate poets Isabelle Johnson, Alison Ogunmokun, M. Quinn Stifler, and China Thomas. The DePaul University Library is proud to host our sixth student poetry reading so please come join us. Light refreshments will be served. 

When: Thursday, April 17th, 6:00-7:30pm

Where: DePaul University, John T. Richardson Library, Program Room 115, Lincoln Park Campus 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL.

Money Smart Week at DePaul, April 7-10

by Brent Nunn 4/4/2014 12:47:00 PM
Money Smart Week

Interested in learning how to become more financially fit?

DePaul University Librarians are committed to help students access reliable sources of information that will help them make informed decisions about money matters. To that end, during Money Smart Week at DePaul, April 7-10, DPU Librarians encourage you to meet with representatives from the Financial Fitness Program who will be available at drop-in tables at both campuses to consult with students about smart money decisions and discuss good financial behaviors.

Open advising will be available on the Lincoln Park Campus on Wednesday, April 9 between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Students who engage with the Financial Fitness Program on Twitter will be eligible for entry into a raffle, but of course, students can also enter the raffle by stopping by one of the promotional tables for a drop-in consultation:
Monday               11:30-12:20 LPC Student Center
Tuesday              12:00-1:00 Loop DePaul Center 11th floor
Wednesday         11:30-12:30 LPC Student Center
Thursday             1:00-2:00 LPC Student Center, Center for Intercultural Programming
Thursday             1:40-2:40 Loop DePaul Center 11th floor
We hope to see you at the promotional tables, advising, and online. And in your journey toward greater financial fitness, don't forget to seek out resources available through the library, including the following books (click on the images below).


World Catholicism Week at DePaul, April 7-11

by Alexis Burson 4/3/2014 11:48:00 AM

The sixth annual World Catholicism Week will be held April 7-11, 2014 at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus.  The themes include "Scattered & Gathered:" Catholics in Diaspora, Spiritual Tools for a Secular World, and Sweatshops & Sacraments: Catholic Approaches to the Apparel Industry.

If you're interested in any of the issues raised in the conference and want to do additional research, we recommend starting on our Catholic Studies Research Guide.  The guide leads to major Catholic encyclopedias, Catholic studies journals, religious studies databases and a list of Catholic collections in the DePaul University Special Collection and Archives, which includes the papers of Sr. Helen Prejean.

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Scheduled Downtime for Ares Course Reserves

by Jim LeFager 3/28/2014 4:04:00 PM
Ares Course Reserves has scheduled a system update which will require downtime this Friday, March 28th, 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 1:00AM on Saturday, March 29th.  .

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.

Spring Break Hours

by Alexis Burson 3/21/2014 3:54:00 PM

Congrats on finishing another quarter!  The library hours will be reduced during Spring Break. If you need to renew or return a book, read on!

John T. Richardson Library

Saturday March 22 Closed

Sunday March 23 Closed

Monday-Friday March 24-29 7:30am to 6:00pm

Regular hours resume Saturday March 29

Loop Library

Saturday March 22 Closed

Sunday March 23 Closed

Monday-Friday March 24-29 8:00am-6:00pm

Regular hours resume Saturday March 29

For a full list of library hours, visit

Snapshot of Librayr Homepage Onine Book Renewal

Head off to the beach and forget to turn in your library books?  Renew them online from the "Renew Items" link on the library homepage.

Book Drop-Off

In Lincoln Park, a bookdrop can be found inside the Kelly Hall entrance to the John T. Richardson Library. However, this foyer is locked after hours and when the University is closed during holidays.

The only exterior bookdrop accessible 24/7 is located just outside the quad-side entrance to the John T. Richardson Library. Items checked out from all DePaul library locations can be returned to this book drop. 



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