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Retirement Reception

April 29th, 2013

Dear Friends,

I want to thank all of you for attending my retirement party last week.  Below are pictures I wanted to share with all of you.  It was a wonderful event and I thank each and everyone of you for taking time from your busy day to join in the festivities.  I wish you all the very best life brings to all of you.  Thank you for the many cards, gifts, and good wishes you have given me.  I will always remember each and everyone of you.


Rebecca's gift     Delicious FoodSodexo Staff     Mary Lou & Tom

Delicious Food     Faculty sign in

DKG Friends     fiber friends

friends 2     friends 3

friends 4     friends 5

Great Staff 2     Lora Adcock

Mary Lou Petersen     Phyl speaking

Gifts from Dennis Danowski     hugs

Great Staff     International Friends

IIRA Friends     friends, family & neighbors

My Brad     Rebecca

Provost Staff

2013 Student Appreciation Luncheon

April 29th, 2013




This past Wednesday we paid tribute to our student library assistants.  These individuals perform a wide range of activities in virtually every unit within WIU Libraries.  We could not operate the library like we do today without their assistance.  Many of these students become like family members to our employees.  Many stay in contact with their supervisor throughout their lives.  Some of these students become librarians such is the case of Matt Riley who has just been admitted into the University of Illinois School of Library and Information Science.  We applaud their work effort and wish them the best as they now begin taking finals.


Dig Unit         food line


adam     DSC_0161


Tacho in a bag     DSC_0143


goodie bag

Retirement Gift

April 23rd, 2013


I want to share with you a retirement gift I received today.  It is the perfect gift for me, i.e. a biology degree librarian.


plants rev book rev

The Grace Lee Project, a film showing and discussion

April 23rd, 2013


University Libraries and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology will present, “The Grace Lee Project” film on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the University Union, Sandburg Theatre. A discussion led by Sociology Professors Diane Sandage, Gordon Chang, and Bridget Welch will follow the film.


When Korean American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. Once she left the Midwest however, everyone she met seemed to know “another Grace Lee.” But why did they assume that all Grace Lees were reserved, dutiful, piano-playing overachievers? The filmmaker plunges into a funny, highly unscientific investigation into all those Grace Lees who break the mold — from a fiery social activist to a rebel who tried to burn down her high school. With wit and charm, The Grace Lee Project puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question, “What’s in a name?”


This film presentation is the final discussion as part of the Art and Self Perception event series coordinated by University Libraries. Please contact University Libraries’ Administration Office at (309) 298-2762 with any questions.

National Library Week is April 14-20

April 12th, 2013



This is a reminder that National Library Week is April 14-20


Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is saluting Illinois librarians and other members of the library community preparing to celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20. 
“Our libraries are so important to our communities, and during National Library Week, I hope the citizens who use and enjoy libraries will thank their local librarians and library staff for their outstanding service,” White said. “I have had the pleasure of visiting libraries throughout Illinois, and our librarians and library staff are truly committed to providing the best possible service to library users.”
Illinois has a network of more than 5,000 academic, public, school and special libraries and library systems that are the finest in the nation. Initiatives include hosting organ and tissue donor drives to commemorate Donate Life Month, a new campaign to promote the importance of digital literacy and an ongoing book digitization program.

Tonight April 10th 04/10/2013 at 5:00 p.m. “Exploring Fashion as Art” in 203 Knoblach

April 10th, 2013
At 5:00 p.m.      Carmen Keist presents, “Exploring Fashion as Art” in 203 Knoblach Hall.

2013 WIU Author Recognition Reception

April 10th, 2013


The University Libraries is honored to host our annual WIU Author Recognition Reception on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge. The event celebrates those at WIU who have published in 2012. WIU Authors will be recognized, published items will be on display and refreshments will be served. Remarks will begin at 3:15 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.


At the reception, University Libraries will showcase the new WIU Authors Database, a compilation of submissions received for the past nine years. The database is searchable in a variety of ways, including author, department, year or college. A WIU author or contributor is someone who is employed by or enrolled at WIU during the year of publication. This includes retired faculty and staff. The database is located at


If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Sayles at or 309-298-3298.

WIU Baxter-Snyder Professor of Regional and Icarian Studies Jeffrey Hancks to Give Icarian History Talk April 28 at Hotel Nauvoo

April 1st, 2013


April 1, 2013



MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Libraries’ Baxter-Snyder Professor of Regional and Icarian Studies Jeffrey Hancks will present “After the Saints: Nauvoo’s Icarian History” later this month.


Hancks’ talk is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, during the lunch hour, starting at 12:30 p.m., at the Hotel Nauvoo, a well-known restaurant in the area. Cost to attend is $22.50 per person, which includes the Hotel Nauvoo’s lunch buffet, coffee/tea and gratuity.


Hancks will provide an overview of the Icarian movement, including its origins in France; the Icarians’ short stay in Texas; and why they chose Nauvoo. According to Hancks, the Nauvoo area has a long, rich Icarian History, and most of the focus of his April 28 talk will be on the Nauvoo era in Icarian history. He will also describe what happened to the Icarian colonies and provide the audience with information about the status of Icarian studies today.


“Most people in this region are familiar with Nauvoo’s Latter-day Saint history, but not as many people know about the Icarians. The Icarians came to Nauvoo shortly after most Saints migrated to the Salt Lake Valley. For nearly 10 years the colony played a significant role in Nauvoo life before an internal crisis splintered the group’s utopian harmony,” Hancks noted. “I am honored to lead our Center for Icarian Studies at WIU, and I enjoy sharing the story of the Icarians helping keep their history alive in our region.”


Participants must register by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, with Lora Adcock at the WIU Leslie F. Malpass Library. Contact Adcock at (309) 298-2762 or via email at


The Hotel Nauvoo is located at 12900 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo (IL).

President Emeritus Goldfarb will speak at 7p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Malpass Garden Lounge.

April 1st, 2013


MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Libraries and the University Theme Committee will host President Emeritus Al Goldfarb’s discussion, “The Continuing Impact of the Holocaust on the Life and Career of a Child of Survivors,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.


President Emeritus Goldfarb will discuss how his parents’ Holocaust experiences impacted his life, his academic work as a professor of theatre and his administrative career, including his presidency at Western Illinois University.


Goldfarb retired in June 2011 after nine years as president of Western. Goldfarb was named president in March 2002 by the WIU Board of Trustees, and began his duties July 1, 2002. During his tenure as president, he oversaw the creation of Western’s Strategic Plan: Higher Values in Higher Education, the WIU-Macomb Master Plan: Campus is the Classroom, the WIU-QC Master Plan: Vision 2020 and the Technology Strategic Plan. He also oversaw the successful beginning of the University’s comprehensive campaign, Set the Standard: Higher Values in Higher Education. Goldfarb was president during the approval of Western’s first doctoral program in education, and new programs in liberal arts and sciences, nursing, engineering, museum studies, forensic chemistry and emergency management.


Under his leadership, the first building of the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus and such facilities as the Multicultural Center, Grote Hall and the Document and Publications Services building were built; the Performing Arts Center planning got underway; and numerous renovations took place, including Memorial Hall, the student side of Hanson Field, the Donald S. Spencer Recreation Center expansion, the Wright House, the University Union Bookstore and the University Union entrance.


During his time at Western, the University received numerous accolades for its achievements, including rankings and recognitions by The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, GI Jobs, Carnegie Classification, the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Educational Trust. Goldfarb supported the creation of the First Year Experience (FYE) program and the expansion of the cost-guarantee program. During his tenure, Western received reaffirmation of accreditation from The North Central Association for Western Illinois University until 2021.


He also served in leadership roles in many organizations, including chair of the Summit League Presidents Council, as a convener of the Illinois Public University Presidents and Chancellors Council, as chair of Illinois Campus Compact and as a member of the executive board of The Renaissance Group, and he currently serves as a member of the State of Illinois Serve Illinois Commission.


This presentation is sponsored by University Libraries and the University Theme Committee. It is part of the Art and Self Perception event series. For more information, contact University Libraries’ administration office at (309) 298-2762.

Moby Dick in Pictures

March 20th, 2013


 University Libraries is pleased to present, Matt Kish, author and artist of Moby Dick in Pictures on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Leslie F. Malpass Library.

Inspired by a childhood love of Moby-Dick, in August 2009 Ohio librarian and self-taught artist Matt Kish decided almost on a whim to attempt one final creative endeavor – making one illustration per page, per day, for Herman Melville’s classic novel. Over the course of a year and a half, it grew from a personal obsession to a blog and eventually a nationally published art book, Moby-Dick in Pictures. Matt will discuss how this project came about, where the journey took him, and how it changed him and will share examples of his favorite and most personal images from the series. His blog can be found at