LEEP Orientation

Updated 5/27/08

  If you have questions or concerns, please ask! The GSLIS faculty, staff, and students are ready and willing to assist in any way they can.


Welcome to LEEP!

We are looking forward to having you here to start your program in July. To help you prepare, we have compiled various items below to answer many of your questions. Please review all of the material carefully. If questions remain after you have reviewed this material, please do not hesitate to contact GSLIS. You may call the main office at 800.982.0914 or contact Assistant Dean Rae-Anne Montague (rae@uiuc.edu; 217.244.0577) directly. Questions about the technology used in LEEP should be addressed to the Information Technology & User Services Support Office (800.377.1892 or 217.244.4903 or help@support.lis.uiuc.edu).

Below you will find:

1. Course Information. You will be completing the required course LIS 502: Libraries, Information and Society during your 10-day stay. Professor Leigh Estabrook has provided some information on the course and how to prepare before you arrive.

2. Technology Information. Information about GSLIS technology is provided. A separate e-mail will be sent to incoming LEEP students with Moodle course space login details.

3. Summer 2008 Registration Information. This section includes information about registration and financial aid for Summer 2008 (including deadlines).

4. Housing Information. We are providing information about a nearby University dormitory and other housing options.

5. Bits & Pieces of Information and Parking on UI Campus. These cover tips for your stay on campus including advice on parking, the weather, phones, food, etc.

6. Fall 2008 Registration Information. This is a list of LEEP courses scheduled for Fall 2008. Plan to register for fall courses at the end of your summer on-campus session.

You will receive information about academic advising during orientation. During the session, faculty and staff will be glad to help you make decisions about courses for fall. At the end of your stay on campus, we will hold a session to offer additional guidance on academic program planning and more information about fall courses.

We expect that you will find the 10-day session an intense but worthwhile beginning to your time as a LEEP student. We look forward to seeing you on campus in July!

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Message from LIS 502 Professor


I am delighted you will be joining our program and that I will have the opportunity to work with you as your instructor for your first required course, LIS 502: Libraries, Information and Society, this summer. Joining us will be several teaching assistants.

The course asks a lot of learning in a short time, but we will pace the activities to make it work. By the end of the course, our goal is to give you a sense of the field as a whole and to introduce you to key historical, social, and ethical issues.

We will have multiple classes each day over this short period of time, so you should expect the time to be filled. (I say this on the recommendation of a student who said he wished he'd known this before promising his workplace that he could complete a project for them while he was beginning LEEP). 

Because our time is so short, please complete all the readings before you get to campus. Doing the basic reading before the class meetings is the only way we manage to teach the entire course in such a short time. It puts the class in the middle of the semester as we begin and provides a context to begin asking questions and thinking critically about our field from the first class. The reading list will be included in the full syllabus and schedule, which will be available from the Moodle (http://courses.lis.uiuc.edu/) by June 2.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely yours,

Leigh Estabrook (leighe@uiuc.edu

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Message about Technology

Dear Incoming LEEP Student:

Welcome to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science! My name is Jill Gengler and I am writing on behalf of the GSLIS technology support staff who will assist you during your time with GSLIS. This letter is an overview of some of the basics you'll need to prepare for your time on campus.

Our Philosophy of Instructional Technology

We know you are entering this program to earn a degree in library and information science: not computer science or instructional technology! We want to make the technology you use as simple and stable as possible so that you can focus on your studies. That being said, problems will occur and you may need support from time-to-time. We hope you will quickly discover that we are the friendliest support staff you have ever met, and that you can come to us with just about any question you can think to ask!

Getting Ready

At your earliest convenience, please go to http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/itd/welcome.html. We ask that you read that page and the linked information carefully and that you pay special attention to the page on accounts and passwords. As a member of the University of Illinois community, you have many new accounts, and we will assume that you have tested each account before you arrive on campus. As you setup and test these accounts, of course, please contact us if you have any problems or questions.

The information provided on the New Student Welcome page will be enhanced by technology training workshops that you will attend during your time on campus. We promise the workshops will be fun as well as informative!

Computer Access

While you are on campus, you will need access to computers and the Internet. There are different options for doing so, depending upon your particular needs.

1. Computer labs: Since a laptop is not required in our program, there are computer labs available. You will also need to use the computer labs to access printing services.

a. GSLIS runs its own computer lab in the basement of our building. You can learn more about the Learning Resources Lab (LRL) at http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/oitr/help/lrl/about.html.
b. The University of Illinois has other computer labs, but their availability during the summer is limited. Please refer to the schedule at http://www.cites.uiuc.edu/ics/special_hours.html.
c. While some housing options advertise computer labs on their websites, past LEEP students report that the facilities did not always meet their expectations.

2. Personal laptops: If you already own a laptop (again, not required!), we do recommend you bring it with you to campus. There are different options for connecting to the Internet.

a. Dial-up connection - You will need a modem, phone line and phone cord. Directions for dialing out of your dorm room or hotel will depend on where you are staying, so please contact your housing for directions. You will not be able to use a dial-up connection in the GSLIS building.

i. You can dial in to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) if they have a Champaign-Urbana phone number. The large ISPs (such as AOL) do have local numbers. Remember, if you try to call the number you normally use, it will most likely be a toll call and you will incur a large telephone bill! Please contact your ISP to find out the phone numbers you'll need.
ii. If your ISP does not have a Champaign-Urbana number, you can dial in to the University's network. You can learn more at http://www.cites.uiuc.edu/dialup/index_config.html.

b. "Wired" Ethernet connection - You will need an Ethernet card and RJ45 cord (a few cords will be available for loan from GSLIS).

i. You can access the University network at the "Walkup computing sites." See http://www.cites.uiuc.edu/walkup/config.html for more information.
ii. Your hotel or dorm room may have an Ethernet network. Please contact your housing for more information.

c. Wireless access - Your laptop must have a wireless card. There will be 5 cards available for loan on a first-come first-serve basis during your time on-campus (we are not taking reservations for the cards).

i. There is a wireless network in the GSLIS building (as well as some other UIUC buildings). You will need an 802.11b compatible wireless card. You can learn more about wireless in GSLIS at http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/oitr/help/wireless.html.
ii. Many local restaurants and cafes provide wireless access for their customers. You will need to get instructions from the restaurant in order to access their network.

This is a lot of information to digest! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us: help@support.lis.uiuc.edu or 800.377.1892. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you as you work on your degree.

Best Wishes,

Jill Gengler
Manager of Instructional Technologies

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LEEP registration for Summer 2008

Information about registration and financial aid for Summer 2008 can be found at

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Campus housing for 2008 LEEP Summer Sessions: Session 1 (13.1) and Session 2 (13.2)

Sherman Hall is the housing option arranged by GSLIS. If this does not suit your needs, you are welcome to arrange your own accommodations (see “Other Housing Options…” below).

909 S. Fifth Street, Champaign (across Fifth Street from the LIS Building)

Session 1:  July 10-19 (block for nights of July 9-19)
Session 2:  July 17-26 (block nights of July 16-26)
Rate:  $39.45 per person per night + tax. 

To reserve a room at Sherman Hall, complete the form at:

- In "What conference will you be attending on campus?" indicate either "LEEP Session 1 2008" or "LEEP Session 2 2008."
-  In  "Room type preference" indicate "single."
- In "Special Requests"indicate "Sherman Hall LEEP block." If there is a particular person (same gender) you would like to share the space with, both of you will need to indicate the other person in this section, otherwise Housing will assign the rooms.

Sherman Hall offers 2-person air-conditioned rooms consisting of two private bedrooms and a shared bathroom. (There could possibly be some 3-person rooms available--check with Housing.)  Each bedroom contains a microwave/refrigerator unit and Internet access.   Linens, including a blanket, are provided. [Rooms are air-conditioned. If you tend to get cold, you may consider bringing an extra blanket.]

Parking is available in Lot C-16 directly behind Sherman Hall on Daniel Street.  There is additional parking in Lot C-6 on the corner of Daniel Street and Fourth Street.  The Parking Division has not set the summer rates at this time; the current estimated daily rate is $10/day.  Parking arrangements and payment are made when you check in at the desk in Sherman Hall.

University Housing website:  http://www.housing.uiuc.edu/

If you have questions regarding Sherman Hall, please contact the University Housing office at conference@uiuc.edu

Other Housing Options

Of course, you are free to find your own accommodations.  Information for CU accommodations, transportation, and other services may be found at: http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/view_all/index.php

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Bits & Pieces of IMPORTANT Information for LEEP students

Be prepared to work -- hard!!

During this time on campus you will be taking a core course, LIS 502, and most of your time will be devoted to class work. We stress this because some students seem "surprised" by the amount of work required of them during the on-campus session.

Getting to campus

If you are flying into Willard Airport (http://www.flycmi.com/) and need transportation to campus, the contracted ground transportation service at the airport is Illini Limo. You may make an advance reservation by calling 217.384.5892.

The C-U Mass Transit District also operates an "Air Bus" with direct service from the airport to campus. The Air Bus runs hourly from 5am - 7pm Monday-Saturday and has a reduced schedule on Sundays. Cost is $1 each way or free with I-Card (note: you will not obtain your I-card until you get to campus.) Detailed schedule information is available at http://www.cumtd.com. There is also local taxi service that can be used as an alternative to the bus, since the bus does not run late in the evenings and only departs hourly. For information on alternative transportation visit http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/visitors/index.php.

If you are flying into Chicago or Indianapolis and need to get to Champaign-Urbana, there are various shuttle options available:

Chicago Shuttles
Lincolnland Express - Shuttles from O'Hare and Midway to Champaign-Urbana depart every 3 hours. Reservations need to be made 2 days in advance. Reservations not made before 2 days will be placed on available scheduled shuttles. For information on schedules and fares visit http://www.lincolnlandexpress.com or call 1.800.223.9313.

Suburban Express - Weekend shuttle service provided to and from the Chicago suburbs. For more information on schedules and fares visit http://www.suburbanexpress.com or call 217.344.5500.

Amtrak - There are three trains that run daily between Chicago and Champaign-Urbana. Specific information on fares and schedules can be found at http://www.amtrak.com or 1.800.872.7245.

Indianapolis Shuttle
Lincolnland Express - A shuttle from the Indianapolis airport to Champaign-Urbana is available every 3 hours. Reservations need to be made 2 days in advance. Reservations not made before 2 days will be placed on available scheduled shuttles. For information on schedules and fares visit http://www.lincolnlandexpress.com or call 1.800.223.9313.

Staying in touch with home

There will be a bulletin board next to the lecture hall of the GSLIS building to leave messages for students. If someone in your family or at work needs to contact you while you are in class, they can call the GSLIS Administrative Office between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday and someone will post a "While you were out" note to the bulletin board. You may give out these GSLIS numbers for leaving messages: 217.333.3280 or 800.982.0914--Monday-Friday and 800.377.1892--LEEP Technical Support Office on Saturdays and Sundays.


Weather in Champaign-Urbana can be quite hot (and sometimes rainy) in the summer. You'd be well advised to bring a combination of shorts and t-shirts plus maybe a few pairs of pants (jeans are okay) in case it cools off at night. Accommodations are air-conditioned. The LIS building is also air-conditioned.


In your welcoming packet, we will include city bus information/directions to nearby grocery stores where you can stock up on food and other supplies. An unofficial guide to restaurants, grocery stores, and other C-U hot spots near GSLIS is available at http://groups.lis.uiuc.edu/oncampus/restaurant_guide.htm.

Computer Use

Students will have access to the Learning Resources Lab (LRL) on the ground floor of GSLIS (Room 12A), as well as other computing sites available throughout the UIUC campus.

Students, staff and faculty at GSLIS all have assigned quotas for free printing to selected printers in the building. Each black-and-white page you print will deduct $.07 from your quota. Personal laptops can also have printers mounted to print against their quotas. Please read below for some of the specifics and useful links for mounting your printer; FAQ and checking your print quota. Details on printing are found at: http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/oitr/help/printing.html

If you have access to a laptop and are able to bring it along, please feel free to do so. The classrooms in the LIS Building are equipped with a wireless network. (See the message on technology for information on using the wireless network.)


There is a photocopy machine in the LRL (12A) for student use; copies are $.07 per copy.


The University requires immunizations for on-campus students. Immunizations are not required for online (LEEP) students. If you receive information regarding immunizations, please disregard the content, but let Assistant Dean Montague know so that she can follow-up on your behalf.

Visitor Information

For travel, campus and community information visit: http://www.uiuc.edu/usergroups/visitors.html.

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On-campus parking & maps

Campus maps and building information can be found at http://www.uiuc.edu/ricker/CampusMap.

Parking around GSLIS is extremely limited. Plan ahead if you bring a car!

University rental lots are available ONLY after 5:00 p.m. (until 2:00 a.m.) Monday-Friday, and beginning at 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (note that these lots are CLOSED to parking from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. every day). Some University rental lots have 10 hour meters at $.75 per hour. [NOTE: Does not apply to the Housing Lots if you have purchased a parking permit.]

Metered parking:

For more information and regulations for parking on the U of I campus visit http://www.parking.uiuc.edu.

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LEEP registration for Fall 2008

Information about registration for Fall 2008 can be found at

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