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Deering Library to be renovated beginning June 2024

Deering Library, which has enchanted students, scholars, and visitors for more than 90 years, is slated for a major renovation that will markedly improve the facility while preserving its history. After years of planning, the renovation will begin in June, following commencement. The work will include the renovation of select prominent public spaces and upgrades to attendant infrastructure. There will be no public access to Deering Library during construction, which is expected to conclude in September 2025.
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The Block Museum and NU Libraries partner to improve research access to Northwestern’s art collection

Northwestern students and faculty now have one more research tool available at their fingertips. The Block Museum of Art and Northwestern University Libraries are pleased to announce the completion of a strategic project to integrate the museum’s collection records into the Libraries’ search database. The Block Museum of Art’s collection of over 6,000 artworks is now searchable through Northwestern Libraries’ online catalog via NUSearch.
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Transformative agreement with Association for Computing Machinery increases support for open access publishing

Northwestern Libraries are pleased to announce that Northwestern has entered another major transformative open access agreement with Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), effective January 1, 2024. The agreement covers a three-year term, until 2027. Under the terms of the agreement, Northwestern readers can access all ACM publications including journals, magazines, books, conference proceedings, and special interest group newsletters, and Northwestern corresponding authors will have their works published with open access licenses at no cost to the author.
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Kevin Leonard appointed University Historian

Dean of Libraries Xuemao Wang has appointed Kevin Leonard ’77, ’82 MS, the current University Archivist, to the new role of University Historian, effective January 1, 2024. In the new role of University Historian, Leonard will focus on outreach and alumni engagement.

Northwestern joins BTAA for open homework systems project

Northwestern Libraries is proud to announce our partnership with Penn State University Libraries and the University of Minnesota Libraries on a project for the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) to pilot a library-led service model for supporting hosted, open source, online homework delivery systems as supplemental resources for teaching with open educational resources (OER).
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Introducing the Libraries Faculty Advisory Committee

Northwestern Libraries are pleased to introduce the Faculty Advisory Committee. Though previously the Libraries had an advisory group that included both faculty and students, this new committee focuses specifically on faculty input and interests. As an advisory group for the Dean of Libraries, the committee will have a key role in making recommendations on policy matters, new initiatives, collections, and services.
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Agreement with Wiley expands open access options

A new agreement between the Big Ten and Wiley means that corresponding authors from Northwestern and other BTAA campuses will be able to publish their articles as open access in any journal under the Wiley umbrella at no charge, which includes Wiley hybrid and gold journals. Authors will retain their rights to their work under a Creative Commons license and their research will be immediately open and available to the public.
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New organization development head to take on DEI leadership

Victoria O. Akinde joined the Libraries in June in the new role of Director of Organizational Development and Diversity. As head of ODD, Akinde serves as the leader for the human resources office, with the added responsibility of coordinating all equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Libraries. She represents the Libraries in committees across campus, in the community, in consortia and with professional organizations.
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Multi-factor authentication required for electronic resources

Northwestern University Libraries, Pritzker Legal Research Center, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Qatar Library, and the Styberg Library are adding an extra layer of security for all electronic resources, including journals and databases. Beginning July 1, users accessing electronic resources will sign-on as usual using Online Passport and then be prompted to use Multi-factor Authentication (MFA).