The INHS Library News blog is to inform users of new resources, library events, library systems downtime, and library schedule changes.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit

The new Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators is an updated and expanded version of the Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters first published in 2001.

The new kit is designed for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., and is aimed at the middle school grade level. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with six other federal agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USDA/Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management), developed the kit to aid educators in teaching how climate change is affecting our nation’s wildlife and public lands, and how everyone can become “climate stewards.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

RefWorks training opportunity

Laura Barnes has arranged for a RefWorks training session at ISTC Thursday June 18 from 2-4pm in the Steven J. Warner Conference Room. INHS Staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Laura ( by Wednesday, June 17 so she knows how many people will be attending. Cookies will be provided.

RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Instruction will be provided by Melissa Bowles-Terry, a graduate assistant in the UIUC Library's Instructional Services group.

2009 National Wildlife Photo Contest

Celebrate nature by photographing it wherever you are. Then, enter the best of your photos in the National Wildlife Federation’s 39th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. $25,000 in cash, including two Grand Prizes of $5,000 each, and other prizes will be awarded to the winners in three separate divisions: Professional, Amateur and Youth.

Award-winning entries will be published in the 2009 December/January issue of National Wildlife® magazine, and all winners will be featured in the magazine’s online PhotoZone. In return for your $15 entry fee, you will receive a one-year membership to National Wildlife Federation, including a subscription to the magazine (current NWF members excluded). You can submit as many as 20 images in any combination in seven categories. For more details about how to submit your photos and other information, read the official rules. Deadline is July 20.

Friday, June 05, 2009

June-July New Books

The latest batch of new books is now on display through July 17, 2009.

Reserve items for checkout from the New Book Shelf either by placing a blue streamer with your name on it in the book or by emailing your request to

Can't get to the library? Try a virtual browse:

Books added to the INHS Library collection in the last 60 days
Create your own report of new titles from the UIUC Libraries.
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Have a purchase suggestion for the INHS Library? Use our online form.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Library catalog to be upgraded June 14-16.

Starting Sunday, June 14, at 3am the online catalog will be upgraded to a newer version. This process should take up to 3 or 4 days, but hopefully the new updated catalog will be in place Tuesday morning June 16th. During this period the online catalog will be available but you will not be able to request, renew or access “My Account”. You will still be able to check out books in libraries across the campus.

After the upgrade the catalog will need a lot of fine tuning for the following few weeks so please be patient. If you would like to see what the new interface will look like please see the following links. The INHS library staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

Basic Search

Advanced Search

INHS Publications Soon to be Available Online

The INHS Bulletin, Circular, Biological Notes, and Reports are in the process of being digitized by the University Library’s Digital Content Creation Dept. When finished they will be available in the Illinois Harvest Database.

We have slowly been sending other resources to be digitized such as the CTAP Reports, INHS Manual vols.1-4, Forbe’s Fishes of Illinois and Atlas, Ornithology of Illinois by Robert Ridgeway, and the 1978 Illinois Natural Areas Inventory Technical Report. The INHS library also participated in the digitization of the Illinois Biological Monographs, and the Field Museum’s Fieldiana Series.

Also a reminder that you can find full text copies of most of the INHS Technical Reports in the IDEALS University repository ( Susan Braxton developed an Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability community to help locate Institute materials.

IDEALS is the digital repository for research and scholarship - including published and unpublished papers, datasets, video and audio - produced at the University of Illinois. All faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit into IDEALS. Please contact the library staff if you have any questions at 333-6892 or