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Free Exhibit Highlights the Use of Big Data in Chicago

A special exhibit titled Chicago: City of Big Data and presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation is currently on view downtown. Big data in the urban context encompasses everything from data collected by environmental sensors to messages on social media. This new exhibition explores the use of urban data for planning, architecture and services. You can explore interactive displays, recreated sections of the city and even get views into your own personal data. The exhibit features a number of interactive data-based activities using various large sets of data about Chicago’s urban environment and people. The centerpiece of the exhibit, located in CAF’s atrium, is the Chicago Model. It is the only accurate and up-to-date 3-D depiction of Chicago’s downtown. For the exhibit, the Chicago Model will be enhanced with new touch-screens, a colorful light installation, and an interactive digital model of the city.

Free to the public
Open 9am – 6:30pm daily
CAF Atrium Gallery
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago IL 60604

[Thanks to Andrea Twiss-Brooks for providing this information!]

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Dine-Around Chicago!

MLA conference attendees who will be arriving in Chicago on Thursday, May 15 or Friday, May 16 are invited to join us for a Dine-Around. A Dine-Around is a casual dining experience with fellow MLA Conference attendees who want to enjoy a nice meal and interesting conversation. We have made reservations for groups of 8 (including the host) at several local restaurants. To sign up for a Dine-Around, visit the Hospitality Booth (across from the registration desk in the Hyatt). Hospitality Booth hours are 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday and 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Friday. Signup sheets with the restaurant and the assigned host’s name will be available there.

All reservations are for 7:00 PM. Restaurants are within walking distance of the Hyatt, except for Greek Islands which is a short cab ride away. Diners should meet the hosts in the Hospitality Booth area at 6:30 PM; groups will walk/cab together to the restaurants. For more information on the menus and locations, please consult the list below.

For other dining options, don’t forget to consult the MLA ’14 Restaurant Guide:
https://www.mlanet.org/am/am2014/sites/default/files/am2014/mla14_restaurantguide_web.pdf

Thursday Dine-Arounds

Friday Dine-Arounds:

[Thanks to Andrea Twiss-Brooks for providing this information!]

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Highlights from the History of the Health Sciences Section

HHSS Pre-Meeting Tour – Friday, May 16
The History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA is sponsoring a pre-meeting tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Friday, May 16th. They are meeting at 9:20am at the conference hotel (Hyatt) main entrance and will take public transportation to the museum which opens at 10:00. The tour cost is $10.00 each and will probably be 2 to 2 ½ hours long. Please contact Joan Stoddart (joan.stoddart@utah.edu) by May 9th if you are interested.

Section Poster
Join us! Come talk to members of HHSS, the Section that stimulates and supports interest and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied health fields. We will display our poster on Sunday, May 18 from 3:30-4:30 in the Columbus Foyer, Gold Level, East Tower. Meet up at our poster after the session at 4:30 PM, and we’ll find a place to dine together. We look forward to seeing you!

History of the Health Sciences Section Sponsored Program
Celebrating Our Information Future Using the Treasures of the Past
Sponsor: History of the Health Sciences Section
Cosponsors: Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Corporate Information Services Section, Health Association Libraries Section, Technical Services Section, and Osteopathic Libraries SIG
Monday, May 19, @ 2-3:30, Regency B, Gold Level, West Tower
Description: The time to collect and preserve your archival, historical, and special collections is today. Come learn how libraries and associations have collected, preserved (both physically and digitally), and used their treasures to celebrate the past and prepare for the future. Treasures such as archives and special collections, whether in physical or digital format, can help the library provide information about their institutions’ histories. They are useful in physical and virtual exhibits. They can celebrate events such as 10th, 25th, and 100th anniversaries and begin or end friends and fund-raising campaigns. Rather than waiting for a last minute request, attend this session and start planning for your organization’s future by celebrating its past.

Presentations:
Megan Rosenbloom, University of Southern California, “Branching out of the Rare Book Room: Expanding the Role and Reach of the Health Sciences Special Collections Librarian”

Polina E. Illieva & Karen Butter, University of California, San Francisco, “Preserving the Past for the Future: University of California-San Francisco Library Recipe for Success”

Sarah McCord, Joanne Doucette, Paul Kiritsy, Kathy Krathwohl, & Greg Martin, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, “The New England Prescription Images Database: Building a Strong Foundation for Future Research”

Martha E. Meacham, University of Massachusetts Medical School, “Collaborative Connection to the Past and Future: Introducing an Archival Program and Creating a History and Image Web Exhibit”

Judit Ward and Bill Bejarano, Rutgers University, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Celebrating Seventy-Five Years of Alcohol Studies”

HHSS Business Meeting
History of the Health Sciences Section will hold its business meeting on Tuesday, May 20 from 7:00-9:00 AM in the San Francisco Room, Gold Level, West Tower of the Hyatt Regency. We would love to have you join us. Bring a beverage, and we will have some breakfast items. We look forward to seeing you!

[Thank you to Susan Sanders for providing this information!]

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Guest Post by Gail Hendler – Chicago on a Shoestring

Thank you to Gail Hendler, Chair, Publicity and Promotion Committee and Associate Provost and Library director of Loyola University Health Sciences Library, for contributing this great post! 

Chicago on a Shoestring
Chicago is a beautiful, diverse, and exciting city with world- class shopping, music, dance, and theater for every taste and every budget. The frugal librarian’s guide to experiencing the best for less offers recommendations for visiting must-see attractions a budget.

Theater and Entertainment
The Second City offers first-rate theater downtown (the Loop) and in various locations around the Chicagoland area. The League of Chicago Theaters offers half-price tickets for same-day performance at three locations in town and online via Hot Tix www.hottix.org . For those who prefer advance planning, Goldstar www.goldstar.com offers deep discounts on plays and other attractions including dance, concerts, comedy clubs, and walking and architecture tours. Check Goldstar for tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet. Other hot ticket recommendations for May include a visit to Chicago’s most famous and oldest theater, the Goodman, to see White Snake, and a trip uptown to catch Russian Transport at the Steppenwolf. If you’ve never attended a staged reading, come to Shaw Chicago to see it done right. The superb cast will read Man and Superman from April 26 – May 19, 2014. Round out your theater experience with a trip to Chicago’s waterside entertainment hub, Navy Pier. After taking in the Ferris wheel and free admission to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows be sure to catch Henry V at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Attractions
Chicago’s Miracle Mile offers some of the best shopping in the city world, but bargain hunters will appreciate a trip to State and Lake in the heart of the Loop to spy sales in the stores where natives go to shop. State Street is lined with historic buildings, vibrant art installations, and hosts the annual Spring Flower Show. Macy’s on State Street is the former home of Marshall Fields and is the second largest department store in the world and offers a 10% discount pass to visitors that can be applied to a purchase of Frangos mints – a must-have souvenir and a tradition continued from the Marshall Field days

Lincoln Park Zoo is always free and is a quick bus or subway (“L”) ride uptown from the Hotel. Meet hundreds of species from around the world, visit the beautiful gardens, and enjoy beer or wine while taking in spectacular views of the Chicago skyline.

Back downtown, Millennium Park and nearby Grant Park offer visitors an urban sanctuary that combines green space with art and architecture. You must see and be photographed in front of the “Bean” or Cloud Gate.

For librarians that love to discover new neighborhoods on foot, the Chicago Greeter Program offers free walking tours by knowledgeable, native guides: http://chicagogreeter.com/ Tours are scheduled by location or by interest. Walkers can explore Chicago’s incredible art and architecture in Wicker Park, Hyde Park or Ukrainian Village. Foodies can tour the Logan Square, West Loop, Albany Park or Lincoln Square neighborhoods. History buffs can learn about Bronzeville, Lincoln Park, and Old Town. All this and more and for free!

Chicago beaches are staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but open all year round. Jog, walk or stroll up to Oak Street Beach (Lakeshore Drive and Oak) to visit the Lake that resembles an ocean.

Museums
Some of Chicago’s museums offer free admission days. The Art Institute of Chicago is free on Thursday evenings and the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Tuesdays. The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art charges no admission to view works of visionary art by self-taught artists and the National Museum of Mexican Art is also free. The Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium do offer resident discounts and free admission to select exhibits. If you’d like to visit many of Chicago’s world-famous museums, then the official City Pass will provide significant savings: www.citypass.com.

Explore, enjoy and save. Chicago offers visitors substantial savings on so many attractions you will have to return again and again. Welcome to the Windy City, home of great art, architecture, entertainment and hospitable Chicagoans.

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Reminder: Sign Up By Monday for Chicago Library Tours!

The organizers of the MLA ’14 meeting in Chicago invite you to join one of three library tours that have been organized for MLA participants. Details for each tour are given.

PLEASE SIGN UP BY Monday, May 12th.

Tour of Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
May 17th 1:00-2:00 PM
303 E. Chicago Avenue
http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/

Meet at the Galter Health Sciences Library, 303 E. Chicago Avenue. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $10 from downtown. Public transportation options can be found at:
http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/commuter/public-transit.html
Please note, Galter Health Sciences Library is located on the CHICAGO campus.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to bkern@uchicago.edu with the subject line “MLA TOUR – GALTER” (please note space is limited).

Tour of the Newberry Library
May 17th 10:30 AM
60 West Walton Street
http://www.newberry.org/

“A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries.”
http://www.newberry.org/about

Meet at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $10 from downtown.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to bkern@uchicago.edu with the subject line “MLA TOUR – NEWBERRY” (please note space is limited).

Tour of the University of Chicago Library
May 15th 1:00-4:30 PM
1100 East 57th Street

The tour includes the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library (including a demonstration of the automatic book retrieval system), the University of Chicago Library Preservation Department, the Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation Exhibit in Special Collections Research Center and the John Crerar Library.

[Thanks to Barbara Kern for providing this information!]

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LGBT Chicago – Guest Post by Tiffany Tawzer and Jacqueline Leskovec

Thank you to Tiffany Tawzer and Jacqueline Leskovec from NN/LM Greater Midwest Region for their great guest post on LGBT Chicago!

LGBT Chicago 

The Windy City has been a welcoming place for the LGBT community for many years, and Illinois passed marriage equality just last year in 2013. Here are a few places you may wish to put on your itinerary during your stay. Most places are easily accessible by the CTA, so get a several day bus/train pass at one of the CTA kiosks and partake of what Chicago has to offer.

Boystown, the first officially-recognized gay village in the United States, is located in the East Lakeview neighborhood. The area is bordered by Lake Michigan, Clark Street, Irving Park Road and Diversey Avenue, but the streets of North Halsted (“Northalsted”) and Broadway are its commercial heart. With its rainbow pylons and flags dotting the streets, Boystown is home to numerous shops and restaurants run by (and for) members of the LGBTQ community and is at the heart of many of the festivities during Chicago Pride Week every June. Boystown sports a lively nightlife. Dance the night away at Roscoe’s or take in the view at Sidetrack, which has been Chicago’s premiere video bar for 30 years.

Boystown is home to the Center on Halsted, the most prominent LGBTQ organization in the city and the largest in the Midwest. The Center provides a safe space for individuals and organizes a large range of programs and events designed to meet the social, cultural, health, and legal needs of the community. The Center is open to the public from 8am-9pm daily. A Whole Foods Market anchors the Center, where visitors can pick up a bite and settle in the large seating area on the first floor for conversation and people watching.

Just outside of Boystown, the Howard Brown Health Center exists to “eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.” Though visitors might not require their services, the Health Center operates three Brown Elephant resale shops around the city, which fund services more than 50% of their under- or uninsured patients. These eclectic shops are located in Boystown (across from the Center on Halsted), Andersonville, and Oak Park, and are open from 11am-6pm daily.

To the north, the Andersonville neighborhood (unofficially known as “Girls Town”) is also home to a number of LGBTQ stores and restaurants, and is known for its commitment to independently-run businesses. Among these is the Women and Children First bookstore, one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country. They specialize in books by and about women as well as LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. Like Boystown, restaurants in Andersonville are plenty and provide a variety of tasty fares.

If you need a place to work out or relax, the Cheetah Gym on Clark in Andersonville is “Where the boys and girls come to get pumped up”. For women looking for a unique spa experience, Thousand Waves Spa provides a woman-only space and is located just west of Boystown on Belmont Avenue.

If you are looking for a place to worship while in the city, the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches maintains a list of welcoming congregations across a variety of denominations. If you want to venture outside the city, the near western suburb of Oak Park (which is LGBTQ-friendly in its own right) is home to nine welcoming congregations. Of special note is the Unity Temple, a historic landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that houses a welcoming Universal Unitarian congregation.

For more news, events, places of interest, and more, the Windy City Times is Chicago’s premier LGBTQ media outlet. Enjoy your meeting, and see you in Chicago!

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Parks and Gardens in Chicago

A Colorful Evening by Sandeep Pawar. This photo is licensed under creative commons (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

A Colorful Evening by Sandeep Pawar. This photo is licensed under creative commons (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

May is a great time to take advantage of Chicago’s parks and gardens.

 

Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/) maintains parks throughout the Chicago area. Take in some natural beauty in busy downtown by visiting any of the Chicago Park District’s parks and facilities. Some of the closest green areas to the Hyatt include the Lake Shore East Park, which is east of the hotel toward the lake. Grant Park is also a short walk away, located on the south side of the Chicago River. A walk through Grant Park includes Millennium Park, the Lurie Gardens, and a large variety sculptural art.

North of the Hyatt is another large park, Lincoln Park, which includes the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a truly unique destination. The Conservatory is home to tropical plants, such as palms and orchids, as well as grows thousands of local plants for Chicago parks. The Conservatory borders on the Lincoln Park Zoo, so make that your next stop. Also make a point to visit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (http://www.naturemuseum.org/), which is located practically across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo. While this museum is most known for its unique butterfly collection, it is dedicated to providing experiences that expand our knowledge of nature and science.

 

Museum Campus

The Museum Campus, located at Lake Shore Drive and Roosevelt, is connected to a beautiful lakefront walk. Take a long stroll south to wander among the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field. You are welcome to explore any of the museums, but the campus itself is an invigorating walk with beautiful views of Lake Michigan.

 

Chicago Botanic Gardens

The Chicago Botanic Gardens (http://www.chicagobotanic.org/) are located in a northern suburb of Chicago. The Botanic Gardens include 26 unique gardens, 4 natural areas and 6 miles of lake shore line for you to explore. You can see what’s in bloom in May by checking out their “In Bloom” page at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/inbloom. The greenhouses will be full of exotic tropical plants regardless of the time of year.  Directions to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, by car or public transportation, are available on their website at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/visit/directions.

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Sign Up for One of These Chicago Library Tours!

The organizers of the MLA ’14 meeting in Chicago invite you to join one of three library tours that have been organized for MLA participants. Details for each tour are given.

Tour of Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
May 17th 1:00-2:00 PM
303 E. Chicago Avenue
http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/

Meet at the Galter Health Sciences Library, 303 E. Chicago Avenue. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $10 from downtown. Public transportation options can be found at:
http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/transportation/commuter/public-transit.html
Please note, Galter Health Sciences Library is located on the CHICAGO campus.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to bkern@uchicago.edu with the subject line “MLA TOUR – GALTER” (please note space is limited).

Tour of the Newberry Library
May 17th 10:30 AM
60 West Walton Street
http://www.newberry.org/

“A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries.” http://www.newberry.org/about

Meet at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $10 from downtown.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to bkern@uchicago.edu with the subject line “MLA TOUR – NEWBERRY” (please note space is limited).

Tour of the University of Chicago Library
May 15th 1:00-4:30 PM
1100 East 57th Street

The tour includes the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library (including a demonstration of the automatic book retrieval system), the University of Chicago Library Preservation Department, the Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation Exhibit in Special Collections Research Center and the John Crerar Library.

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library
http://mansueto.lib.uchicago.edu/
Imaging/Imagining the Human Body in Anatomical Representation Exhibit in Special Collections Research Center
http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/03/11/imagingimagining-the-human-body-in-anatomical-representation/
John Crerar Library
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/about.html
Meet at the Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street. Transportation is not provided. Cab fare is approximately $25.00 from downtown. Public transportation options can be found at: https://maps.uchicago.edu/directions/masstransit.shtml

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please sign up by sending an email to bkern@uchicago.edu with the subject line “MLA TOUR – UCHICAGO” (please note space is limited).

[Thanks to Andrea Twiss-Brooks for providing this post!]

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MLA Tour of International Museum of Surgical Science

The History of the Health Sciences Section of MLA is sponsoring a pre-meeting tour of the International Museum of Surgical Science at 1524 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The group plans to meet on Friday, May 16th at 9:30am at the conference hotel (Hyatt) main entrance and take public transportation to the museum which opens at 10:00. The group will receive a tour discount price of $8.00 each and tours are usually 2 to 2 ½ hours long. Some of those attending will plan to stop for lunch (on your own) somewhere along Michigan Avenue on the way back to the hotel. The Newberry Library is very close to the IMSS and is open to the public, so some may want to stop in there instead of heading back.

Please contact Joan M. Stoddart (joan.stoddart@utah.edu), Past Chair of the History of the Health Sciences Section, by April 15th if you are interested in joining the tour.

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Spring in Chicago!

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by JoeyBLS Photography via Flickr

The average temperatures range from 50 to 70. After a cold winter throughout the US, spring weather will be arriving in Chicago just in time for the MLA conference. However, when it comes to deciding what to pack for your Chicago adventure, we have some tips. The hotel is incredibly close to Lake Michigan so make sure to bring a warm coat for the wind off the lake. Layers are the perfect solution for embracing Chicago throughout the day: refreshing mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings. Finally, add your favorite pair of walking shoes to your “must bring” list. Regardless of weather or your transportation plans, a good pair of weather friendly walking shoes are life-savers in Chicago. With these tips in mind, you will have a great time in Chicago this spring.

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