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Want Your Own Study Room During Super Study? Enter Our Contest!

Who will be the VIP

*** And the winner is … Vivica Phillips! ***

This semester during Super Study*, get the VIP treatment from the Lewis University Library: win your own study room on the day of your choice!

Beginning Monday (11/13), follow us @lewisulibrary on Instagram and Twitter and watch for our official contest announcement. There are two ways to enter:

  • Retweet the official contest announcement (Twitter)
  • Like the official contest announcement photo (Instagram)

Do both to increase your chances of winning!

We will randomly select one winner from all entries received by midnight on Thursday (11/16). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Friday, 11/17 and must respond by 5:00 p.m. that day. If they do not respond, a new winner will be selected.

The winning student will have until midnight on Monday, 11/20 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 12/3 and Friday, 12/15).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting Monday, 11/13: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Fall 2017, that’s Sunday, 12/3 through Friday, 12/15) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit the CASE webpage.

Meet the (New) Librarian: Kristin Anderson

Kristin smallThe Library’s newest staff member is Public Services Librarian Kristin Anderson. Kristin’s responsibilities include providing evening and late-night research assistance to Lewis students, faculty and staff. She is also responsible for evening and weekend programming such as the recent Zombie Week and International Games Week events. You can reach her by email at kanderson12(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi! 

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Kristin!  What aspects of your new position as Public Services Librarian (Evenings and Weekends) are you most excited about? 

I’m super excited to work late, since I am NOT a morning person. There isn’t enough coffee in the world for that. I’m also looking forward to working with an “older” population. My previous position was as a children’s librarian, so it will be fun to field more research-based questions. (Although I do miss doing storytimes and crafts…unless you guys want to do that, too? Ha.)

What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?  

I have wanted to be a librarian since I was little. My grandmother took me to the library nearly every day, and being here kind of reminds me of her. I’ve always been drawn to books, too. My same grandmother liked to tell the story of one time when she had to spend the night at my house. She came to check on me only to find that I was asleep surrounded by more books than stuffed animals in my bed.

My favorite part of the job is helping students. I was always told to find a job that has a high satisfaction level, and when I can help students find what they’re looking for… that’s the best feeling in the world.

Your background includes experience as a children’s librarian as well as an academic librarian. What are the similarities and differences between these two types of libraries?

I do have an equal amount of experience working in both public libraries and academic libraries, which some people find odd. They are actually easy to transition between. You are still finding information for people, and helping them find the sources that they need. The tools you use to find those sources are a little different, but the skills are relatively the same.

The clientele is probably the biggest difference. In academic libraries, the information is way more scholarly in nature, and there is a lot more instruction on how to find the best information. In the children’s library, the patrons are usually looking for more entertainment-based information, although I did help people find sources for homework there, too, so that is absolutely the same.

What are you passionate about?

In libraries I am extremely passionate about intellectual freedom. It really makes me angry when people try to censor things or get things banned from libraries. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and discourse creates better ideas, which can help people learn to separate the bad from the good.

Outside of libraries (I know this is going to make me look like a stereotypical librarian, but) I REALLY like cats … like A LOT. I find them delightful, and I’ve liked them since before I could walk.

If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?

I would probably just read a lot and play Skyrim every day. But if this year off included a lump sum of $fun$, then I would probably either explore the English Isles/Europe or drive all over the US to see weird roadside attractions like the biggest ball of twine.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

Strange Weather by Joe Hill … one of my favorite genres is Horror, and Stephen King and his sons definitely serve up what I like. I also really like sci-fi and graphic novels, and since I came from a children’s library, I read a lot of children’s fiction and young adult fiction.

Get Your Research Off to a Good Start with Credo

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Are you having trouble getting started on your research project?

Has your professor rejected your topic for being too broad or too narrow?

Do you feel like you need a translator just to read scholarly journal articles on your topic?

Credo can help!

The Library’s newest research tool is a great place to start when developing or refining a research topic. A scholarly alternative to Wikipedia or Google, Credo is a searchable collection of information from reputable sources such as subject-specific encyclopedias and reference books. It also has some special features designed to help you get started with a research project:

Mind Maps: Brainstorm topic ideas, explore connections, and narrow (or broaden) your focus.

mind map example

Topic Pages: Find suggested resources on common topics, all collected in one place.

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Links to Other Library Resources: College-level research requires going beyond the encyclopedia. Credo bridges that gap by linking directly to relevant articles from scholarly journals in the Library’s other databases.

credo explore example

You can access Credo from the Library’s Online Database A to Z page or by going to

For more help with research topic development, schedule an appointment with a research librarian.

Book a Librarian for Research Help

Research consultations

As midterm approaches, so do the deadlines for those first research assignments in many courses. If you’re having trouble finding sources, choosing databases, or even figuring out where to start, the Library can help!

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian. Ideal for in-depth projects, these 30- to 60-minute sessions allow you to discuss your research topic with the librarian and determine the resources and search strategies that will achieve the best results. And because the consultations take place away from the main service desks at our Research Consultation Station, you’ll have the librarian’s undivided attention.

To schedule a research consultation, visit or go to the Library homepage and click on Make an Appointment. You can select the liaison librarian in your subject area or choose “no preference” for the largest selection of appointment times.

In addition, while most research consultations take place in the Library, you can also meet with a librarian at St. Charles Borromeo (Lindsay Harmon), De La Salle Hall’s Courtyard Café (Kelley Plass), or at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus (Betsy Sterner).

For more information about the Research Consultation service, contact Andrew Lenaghan, Head of Library Instruction and Research Services.

Participants Needed for Banned Books Read-Out

Banned Books Read-OutThe Lewis University Library and the Office of Multicultural Student Services invite you to join us in celebrating the freedom to read!


What: Banned Books Read-Out

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Where: Student Union Commons

**Arts & Ideas Credit!**

Sign up here to be a reader!


Banned Books Week is an annual, nationwide event celebrating the freedom to read, and this year’s theme is diversity. Books with diverse content (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities) are generally overrepresented among banned and challenged books; in fact, in 2016, the five most-challenged books all fell into this category.

To bring awareness to this national week of advocacy, and to commemorate Latino/a Heritage Month, we are hosting a “read-out” featuring banned and challenged books, and we’d love for you to participate!


A continuous public (or virtual) reading of a single or multiple banned books. (Check out these examples on YouTube.)


Select your favorite Banned Book (get ideas here!); either bring your own copy or borrow one of ours; and read aloud from it for 5-10 minutes.


Check out this list of Banned Books with diverse content. We’re confident you’ll find something that resonates with you!

Sign up here to read at the Read-Out!

Questions? Contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli(at)lewisu(dot)edu or (815) 836-5672.

Meet the (New) Librarian: Betsy Sterner

The Library’s newest staff member is Research and Instruction Librarian Betsy Sterner. Betsy is the liaison librarian for the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, and Sport and Exercise Science. You can reach her by email at esterner(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

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Welcome to Lewis University Library, Betsy!  What aspects of your new position as Research and Instruction Librarian (Nursing and STEM) are you most excited about? 

I am most excited to get to know the students and faculty!

What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?  

I became an academic research librarian because I wanted a position in which I could integrate my interest in information science with my background in STEM and still work with faculty and students. My favorite part of the job is helping people discover information!

Before becoming a librarian, you were a high-school biology and German teacher. How has your teaching background informed your work as a librarian?

As a librarian, I have a lot of contact with students, faculty, and staff. My background in teaching has given me years of experience helping people.

What are you passionate about?

I love to travel.  I’ve traveled throughout the US, Europe, southern Africa, and Asia. I also enjoy learning natural and programming languages.

If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?

I’d travel! My first destination would be Iceland. After that, I’d want to travel to many new destinations.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

Rick Steves’ Croatia and Slovenia. Trip preparation is a requirement!

Kick Off the School Year at Back to the Books Bash

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Looking for a way to celebrate (almost) making it through your first week of the new semester? Mark your calendars for the Lewis University Library’s first annual Back to the Books Bash, coming up on Thursday, August 31 from noon to 3 p.m.

Join us on the Library Veranda for free food and games of every kind–board games, lawn games, giant games, and more. We will also be firing up the button maker if you’re feeling crafty.

(If the weather is bad, look for us in the Library Media Classroom.)

For more information about the Back to the Books Bash, contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli (at) lewisu (dot) edu or ext. 5672.

We hope to see you there!


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