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Need Research Help? Book a Librarian!

 

7 Simple Steps to Make a Research Appointment

Infographic created by Kelley Plass

It’s crunch time, Flyers! Are you working on a final paper, capstone project, or other research assignment? Would a one-on-one meeting with a research librarian help you get moving on your research?

Book a librarian for a research consultation!

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian. Ideal for in-depth research 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 new Research Consultation Station, you’ll have the librarian’s undivided attention.

To schedule a research consultation, visit lewisu.libcal.com/appointments 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, De La Salle Hall’s Courtyard Cafe, or at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus.

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

Where Are All the Books Going? “Weeding” Explained.

What does "weeding" mean?

Comic strip created by Kelley Plass

You may have noticed some changes in the circulating collection on the second floor of the Library. Empty spaces on the shelves, white “weed me” slips in the books, even discarded books in the recycling bins. What’s going on?

The Library is in the middle of an ongoing collection assessment project. In library speak, deselection (also called weeding) is a process in which we review the resources in a given subject area based on criteria such as physical condition, relevance to the curriculum, duplication in an electronic format, and circulation statistics (a.k.a. checkouts). It’s part of our collection development policy, which you can read here.

This process is a joint effort with the faculty in the various academic departments, who review the librarians’ recommendations and provide feedback based on their subject expertise. For example, the Philosophy librarian’s recommendations will be provided to the Philosophy department faculty for review and comment before any final decisions are made. Last semester, librarians and faculty reviewed the Business collection, and the materials that were weeded from that section are currently being removed and discarded.

Whenever possible, books that are deselected are sent to Better World Books, a company that collects and sells used books online and returns a portion of the net proceeds to support literacy and libraries. However, they don’t accept everything, and the books that are not accepted are discarded.

While no one likes to see books being discarded (including librarians!), anything you see in the recycling bins was placed there after a multi-step process that involved subject librarians, faculty, and others. It’s not a decision we make lightly, and we do it as part of our ongoing commitment to making sure the Library’s collections are as timely, relevant, accessible, and in good physical condition as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to ask a library staff member or contact us via phone, email, chat, or text.

Study like a VIP this Super Study

study like a VIP

***And the VIP is … Margaret Capalbo! ***

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 (plus a gift basket of swag, snacks, and study supplies).

Beginning Monday (4/9), 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 (4/12). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Friday, 4/13 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, 4/16 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 4/29 and Friday, 5/4).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting Monday, 4/9: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Spring 2018, that’s Sunday, 4/29 through Friday, 5/4) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit the CASE webpage.

Meet the Library Staff: Gina Sopko

Gina SopkoGina Sopko is the Secretary to the Library Director. She manages the day-to-day operational activities of the Library, ensuring that the Library is an inviting place for our community members. You can reach her by email at gsopko(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Gina! What aspects of your position as Secretary to the Library Director are you most excited about?
What I am most excited about being the new Secretary to the Library Director is that I get to meet so many new people. I am also excited to be part of the Library and seeing it grow and succeed.

What attracted you to Lewis University? What do you like most about it so far?
What attracted me to Lewis University was friends, family, and colleagues have said many great things about working here, like that the staff and faculty are so friendly. What I like most so far in my position is that I really feel like I am able to help with the day-to-day functions of the Library.

You are active in the local community, including the Romeoville Citizens Police Academy. Can you tell us a little about those activities?
I absolutely love this community. I have worked in this community for more than 10 years and through this time I was invited to take a free class that gives the community a basic understanding of police practices in a wide range of areas and it is hoped that this program will allow participants to get to know the members of the Police Department better. I have been given the great opportunity sit on the Board of Directors as treasurer beginning this year.

What are you passionate about?
What I feel I am passionate about is flowers. In my spare time I surround myself in flowers, and enjoy making flower arrangements. I love making a particular day in someone’s life that much brighter because of the flowers I put together for them.

If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?
I think if I had a year off with pay I would travel to Italy and explore where my ancestors came from.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?
A book I am reading at the present time is Some like it Witchy by Heather Blake, which is book 5 out of 7 in her Wishcraft Mystery series. Heather has a great way of blending crime, magic and romance, which is a perfect blend for my taste in books.

Library to Host Workshop Series for Celebration of Scholarship Presenters

Workshops for accepted Celebration of Scholarship student presenters

Students who are preparing to present their research at this year’s Celebration of Scholarship are invited to attend a series of informational workshops. All sessions will be held in the Library Media Classroom and will last approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Student presenters can attend any or all three sessions. To register, visit: http://bit.ly/CoSWorkshop.

SESSION #1: DESIGNING YOUR POSTER AND PRESENTATION
Presented by Lindsay Harmon, Lewis University Library 
Your proposal was accepted…Now what? In this session, we’ll examine what makes an effective academic poster and presentation, including tips for organizing information, presenting it visually, and translating it into an “elevator pitch.” We’ll look at some example posters from various academic disciplines and share additional resources.

Wednesday, 3/21/18 9:30a.m. or 1:30p.m.
Thursday, 3/22/18 10:30a.m. or 2:30p.m.

SESSION #2: EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF YOUR RESEARCH PRESENTATION
Presented by Dr. Emily Normand, Lewis University Speech & Presentation Lab
Feeling a little anxious about your Celebration of Scholarship presentation? Ensure your delivery of information matches the excellent quality of your project with tips about appropriate audience analysis, effective verbal and nonverbal delivery, and overcoming speaking anxiety. Information about the Speech and Presentation Lab as a Celebration of Scholarship resource will also be discussed.

Wednesday, 3/21/18 9:00a.m. or 2:00p.m.
Thursday, 3/22/18 11:00a.m. or 2:00p.m.

SESSION #3: PROFESSIONALISM: ATTIRE, INTRODUCTIONS & ADDING YOUR RESEARCH TO YOUR RESUME
Presented by Chris Breier, Lewis University Career Services Office
Attend this session to learn how to shine as a new professional including professional attire and how to introduce yourself. This session will conclude with how to add your research/presentation to your professional resume for graduate school or employment opportunities.

Wednesday, 3/21/18 8:30a.m. or 12:00p.m.
Thursday, 3/22/18 10:00a.m. or 1:00p.m.

Additional resources for Celebration of Scholarship presenters can be found on the Library’s Celebration of Scholarship guide.

Roving Librarians Bring Research Help Outside the Library

Need research help? The Librarian is IN at St. Charles Borromeo, Oak Brook, De La Salle, Benilde, and the Arts & Sciences Building.

Need research help, but can’t make it to the Library during regular hours? Never fear: the roving librarians are here!

You can meet with a research librarian at the following locations:

St. Charles Borromeo

Lewis’ business librarian, Lindsay Harmon, provides on-site research assistance for CoB/GSM students (and others) in the Stahl Center (SB 132A, right by the Sodexo food cart) during the following hours:

  • Mondays from 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 12-2 p.m.

Research assistance is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment at lewisu.libguides.com/harmonli.

De La Salle Hall/Courtyard Cafe
Benilde Hall
Arts & Sciences Building

Education and social sciences librarian Kelley Plass meets with students by appointment at several different locations on the main campus. Students requesting an appointment can specify the location that’s most convenient for them.

To make an appointment with Kelley, visit lewisu.libguides.com/plasske.

Oak Brook Campus

STEM and nursing librarian Betsy Sterner is available to meet with students at the Oak Brook campus by appointment on Mondays from 4-6 p.m.

To make an appointment with Betsy, visit lewisu.libguides.com/esterner.

In addition, you can always meet with a librarian in the Library whenever we’re open. For a complete list of appointment options, visit lewisu.libcal/appointments.

De-stress with Tippi Tuesdays

Tippi Tuesdays

Lewis University’s favorite therapy dog is back for another semester of providing stress relief to students.

Tippi the Norwegian Elkhound will be in the Library on the first and third Tuesday of every month when classes are in session. Mark your calendar for these dates:

  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 3
  • April 17
  • May 1

You can find her on the first floor of the Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact Lindsay Harmon.

Library Launches New Drop-In D.I.Y. Event

Flying Needles stitching group / Friday, Feb. 2, 2-3pm, Library Glass Conference Room

Our occasional Library D.I.Y. series continues with a new, monthly event for Lewis students, faculty and staff who are interested in needlework, knitting, and other handicrafts.

The Flying Needles group will meet the first Friday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Glass Conference Room. Bring your own project, or make and take one of ours, and get to know other crafty Flyers while enjoying some light refreshments. Participants of all ability levels are welcome.

The fun starts this Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli(at)lewisu(dot)edu or Alice Creason at creasoal(at)lewisu(dot)edu.

Get Informed (and Win $60K) with WSJ

Free access to WSJ.com.

Free access to Wall Street Journal content is now available to all Lewis students, faculty, and staff through a partnership with the College of Business.

With access to the world’s latest news, business insight, and expert commentary, every student has the power to fuel their ambition with The Wall Street Journal. Each activated account comes with access to WSJ.com, the WSJ mobile app, and curated newsletters.
Students, faculty and staff can activate their school-sponsored memberships by:

Emails will be sent periodically to users to confirm their current enrollment at/affiliation with Lewis.

Student members of The Wall Street Journal access the same content C-suite executives, business leaders, and other influencers use to make global business decisions on a daily basis.

In addition to real news and ground-breaking journalism, The Wall Street Journal offers insight into career development, college rankings, politics, technology, real estate, and the arts, fueling the ambition of its readers with thought-provoking content.

For more information and sign-up assistance (plus some WSJ swag), watch for WSJ information tables on campus this month.

Sign up by March 31, and you’ll automatically be entered to win $60,000 that you can use toward your tuition! Visit wsj.com/studentsweepstakes for more information.

Meet the Library Staff: Liping Qin

LQ photo

Liping Qin is the Library’s Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian. Her duties include managing the Library’s database and electronic resource subscriptions. She also coordinates the content review process. You can reach her by email at lqin(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

What aspects of your position as Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian
are you most excited about?

I am most excited to offer diverse resources and collections and make them accessible in a timely manner for the Lewis community.

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

I love reading books, and I like the atmosphere of academic libraries. My favorite part of the job is monitoring and analyzing the acquisition of all library materials.

How has the role of the acquisitions librarian changed as more and more information is available in electronic formats?

With the ongoing shift from print to electronic formats for library resources, the role of the acquisitions librarian has been evolving. In the digital era, the acquisitions librarian plays five new key roles: advocate, liaison, license negotiator, data analyst, and collection manager.

What are you passionate about?

Reading, jogging, and gardening.

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

I would travel around the world to experience other cultures.

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

I am reading Adventure Capitalist: the Ultimate Road Trip by Jim Rogers.

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