Category Archives: New in the Library

New Look for I-Share, Library Catalog

New library catalog interface

Requesting books from other local libraries via I-Share just got even easier. Lewis students, faculty and staff no longer need to create an I-Share account or remember a separate username and password. Instead, all I-Share users will now log in with the same information: their library barcode and last name.

Your library barcode is just 24311 + your Lewis ID number. (So if your student ID is L10012345, your barcode number is 24311L10012345.)

New I-Share login screen

Once you log into your account, you’ll find the same information in a cleaner, more user-friendly format. You can still check the status of your requests, search for items in the Lewis and I-Share catalogs, and request items for delivery to the Lewis Library.

New look for Your Account

In addition, catalog search results include additional options, as well as suggestions for similar items.

New layout for catalog search results

New layout and features for item records

If you have questions about the new interface or need help logging in or navigating it, just contact the Library staff. You can reach us by phone, email, chat, or text–or just stop by!

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.

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.

Get Your Research Off to a Good Start with Credo

Credo collage

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.

topic page example

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 search.credoreference.com

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

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

back to the books bash (3)

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!

 

Library Announces “Create Your Own Graphic Novel” Contest

Create your own diverse superhero origin story--enter our graphic novel contest!

Ms. Marvel. Black Panther. Iceman. Who will be the next diverse superhero?

The Lewis University Library invites all current students, faculty, and staff to add a character to the rapidly expanding universe of superheroes from diverse backgrounds. Submit your diverse superhero origin story to our contest and your work could be digitized and added to the Library’s new graphic novels collection.

What makes a diverse superhero? As defined by the American Library Association, diverse content includes the following:

  • Non-white main and/or secondary characters
  • LGBT main and/or secondary characters
  • Disabled main and/or secondary characters
  • Issues about race or racism
  • LGBT issues
  • Issues about religion
  • Issues about disability and/or mental illness
  • Non-western settings

Submissions should be emailed to Maria Emerson (emersoma@lewisu.edu) by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 14 and should conform to the following specifications:

  • 1 to 5 pages in length (may be an entire work or an excerpt from a longer work)
  • Original artwork (hand-drawn or digital) and text
  • PDF or JPG format
  • Created by an individual or a group of no more than two people
  • One entry per person/group

Submissions will be reviewed during Lewis University’s Diversity Week (April 24 through 28) by a panel of Lewis faculty and staff and staff from local comic book stores.

A grand prize and honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winners will be announced via social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and displayed in the Library’s first-floor art gallery area. Winning submissions will be published as an eBook and added to the Library’s graphic novels collection and institutional repository.

For more information, contact Maria Emerson or Kelley Plass.

“The Librarian is in” at New Research Consultation Station

research consultation station

Are you a commuter student who wants to make the most of the time you spend on campus?

Have you been out of school for awhile and could use a refresher on the ins and outs of library research, especially the databases?

Are you doing in-depth research for a capstone, Celebration of Scholarship, or Scholars Academy project?

Are you taking a research methods course for a major such as Nursing, History, Theology, JLPSS, Political Science, or Organizational Leadership?

Are you a graduate student researching a thesis, dissertation, or project?

Are you a lifelong learner looking for more effective ways to find information for your job, career, or personal life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Library’s Research Consultation service is perfect for you!

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.

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