We are pleased to bring our patrons a brand new database: Safari. You now have access to over 40,000 e-books, tutorials, videos, and more! Keep them for as long as you like, and make notes and even highlight sections. This database allows multiple users to access the same item, so you don’t need to worry about your classmate or coworker trying to access the same item as you!
Category Archives: New in the Library
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.)
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.
In addition, catalog search results include additional options, as well as suggestions for similar items.
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!
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.
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.
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:
- visiting wsj.com/lewisu and
- logging in via the My Lewis portal.
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.
The Library has declared the week of Oct. 24 to be Zombie Week. Join us nightly from 7-9 for zombie movies and board games. It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Brains), but we’ll supply the popcorn and candy.
Questions? Contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli(at)lewisu(dot)edu or Kristin Anderson at kanderson12(at)lewisu(dot)edu.
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.
Topic Pages: Find suggested resources on common topics, all collected in one place.
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.
For more help with research topic development, schedule an appointment with a research librarian.
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!
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!
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!
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 (email@example.com) 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.