J. Daley Library will host a ceremony to celebrate the acquisition
of its two-millionth volume -- a milestone for the library, which
opened in 1965.
number of volumes held is a widely used measure of the overall size
of research libraries; two million is the benchmark to classify a
library as large.
"This is a
major marker in the life of our library," said University Librarian
Sharon Hogan. "It means we've come a long way since the 60s. Though
it started out as a four-year undergraduate school, UIC has expanded
to a Carnegie Research I institution, and the library has met these
challenges and changes head on."
two-millionth volume is one of only 14 copies of "Freight," created
by renowned architect Bertrand Goldberg, designer of Marina City.
It is portfolio size, hand bound in green fiberglass and sealed with
a piano hinge. Printed in 1951, it's an exuberant urban book befitting
a young and ambitious urban library.
of Illinois at Chicago
J. Daley Library, Special Collections
801 S. Morgan St.
was selected as the two-millionth volume acquired by the library due
to its strong connection with Chicago. Not only was it designed and
printed by Bertrand Goldberg, a Chicago native, but also contains
poetry and illustration by Chicago artists.
The book includes
seven poems about trains written by John Frederick Nims. Nims, who
was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets in 1982,
received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University
of Chicago and taught poetry at both UIC and the University of Illinois
native Richard Florsheim, well known for his ability to link images
and text, illustrated "Freight."
Goldberg, son of Bertrand Goldberg and Bonnie Nims, wife of John
Frederick Nims, are scheduled to speak. Mayor Richard M. Daley, his
wife Maggie Daley and Secretary of State Jesse White are invited to