Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Library News- March 2000

March 7, 2000
For the February 2000 Library News,

The big news this month is the arrival of access to the Illinois Digital Library (IDAL), a state-supported periodicals index and selective full-text database which was launched in academic Illinois libraries throughout February 2000. This is the project I first described more broadly in my December 1999 newsletter and then relative to the chosen vendor, EBSCO, in January. (We had access to it already in February, though the launch had not been completed.)

We are working on refining the way IDAL and its many options are presented to the Millikin user, this while we learn our way around the resource ourselves. However, no need to wait with using IDAL: even while it was not yet fully implemented in all Illinois academic libraries, over 28,000 full text articles were retrieved via IDAL in the month of February 2000.

I believe that you will be pleased with IDAL - we in Staley Library already are.

Did you know that the space now occupied by Student Life, Multicultural Affairs, International Student Services, and the Dean of Fine Arts was once the location of the first library at Millikin University? Learn about this and other facts of Millikin University library history, on the web as well as in the library's exhibit cases.

On March 20, 2000, Ms. Gavena Dahlman will be joining the library staff as Circulation Associate (Evening). Ms. Dahlman will be working from 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, as well as every other weekend during the academic year. This will provide more consistent library service during the weekday evening hours, especially late evenings, as well as provide some relief for the library faculty.

Ms. Dahlman has an Associate Degree in history from Richland College as well as a Library Technical Assistant certificate from the College of DuPage. She has prior library work experience in public libraries, including an internship at the Helen Plum Library in Lombard, IL.

Ms. Dahlman was chosen for our position from an excellent pool of candidates. We very much welcome her, and know that you will too!

You can find a full list of the library staff, as well as contact information, on our staff page.

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During February, the library's home page featured a frequently changing link to events related to Black History Month. During March, the same attention will be paid to Women's History Month, again beginning with the feature on that topic in the Encyclopedia Britannica. (This of course is another teaser to lead you to that resource, as well as to again point out the spotlighted links on our home page.)

Spring cleaning for some people includes finding books and other intellectual resources in their homes or offices that they feel would be of more use in the library. We are always grateful for such gifts, in that they can either fill in gaps or add richness to the library's existing collection or else provide some money (via the library's book sale shelves) for the purchase of other library materials. Faculty also make gifts of their own publications, such as most recently Provost Stephanie Quinn's Why Vergil? A Collection of Interpretations. Still other gifts are items specifically purchased for the library, such as GLAAM's contributions of the video Out of the past: the struggle for gay and lesbian rights in America, and a year's subscription to the journal Out, displayed on our Current Periodical shelving.

If you would like to make this kind of gift to the library, please contact Cindy Fuller, x3692.

We have made an arrangement with Media Services, on the lower floor in the library building, to make some of their classrooms available for group study in the evenings until 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Before nine p.m., the rooms must be signed out through the Media Services Office; and then until 10 p.m. at the library's Circulation Desk.

We are hoping that this will help address the library noise concerns which have been brought to my attention by the Student Senate.

A reminder: along with other Millikin University campus offices and services, the library's hours during the week of Spring Break will be 9-4, M-F March 20-24. Also during Spring Break, the library will be closed Sat-Sun, March 18-19, as well as Sat. March 25. On Sunday the 26th we will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight, to coincide with students' return to campus.

A current listing of the library's hours is always available on our hours page which you can reach via the link on our home page.

University Librarian
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL