Category Archives: Meet the Library Staff

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.

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 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 (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.

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!

Meet the (New) Library Staff: Ariana Lim

Ariana Lim

The Library’s newest staff member is Technical Services Assistant Ariana Lim. Ariana’s duties include cataloging and processing new library resources and scanning materials for our digital collections. You can reach her by email at alim@lewisu.edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Ariana!  What aspects of your new position as Technical Services Assistant are you most excited about? 

I am most excited about all the aspects of my job: getting to see the new books that the library is acquiring, digitizing and preserving different library materials, and getting to know the Lewis University community when staffing the research desk.

What made you decide to become a librarian?  What do you like most about it?

I decided to become a librarian after I was a student worker in a public library. During my time there not only did I shelve books, but I also had the opportunity to interact with people and help them find what they were looking for.

Overall, my favorite part about being a librarian is the versatility. Librarianship encompasses everything having to do with information management. Because of this, librarianship includes web design, coding, outreach activities such as scavenger hunts, and archives (information preservation), to name a few.

Word on the street is that the Internet has made libraries obsolete. What do you think?

That concern definitely exists. At the same time, I think about how much exists on the Internet and the need for someone to organize what is out there. Additionally, there is a need for someone who is able to effectively search and sort out true and false information. That someone, or rather someones, are librarians.

What are you passionate about?

Helping people find the information they need, swimming, biking, science, and the continuation of cultural institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums.

If you had a year off without pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?

I definitely would travel.

What are you reading?

Right now I am doing a reading challenge called Read Harder. One of the categories is “Read a book about sports.” Because of this I am reading Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games by Lizzie Stark. The book covers the origins and modern day practice of LARPing (Live Action Role Playing).

“Roving Librarians” Offer Research Help Around Campus

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You don’t need to come to the Library to get research help from a librarian! In addition to our Ask-a-Librarian, email, chat, text, and telephone research help, now you can also consult with a librarian at several locations around campus.

At St. Charles Borromeo

Instruction and Outreach Librarian Lindsay Harmon is holding twice weekly office hours at St. Charles Borromeo again this semester, providing research assistance to students in the College of Business and the Graduate School of Management and others. You can find her in SB 115-N (in the College of Business faculty offices area) on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Thursdays from 12 to 2 p.m.

In the Flyers Den

Public Services Librarian Maria Emerson can be found in the Student Union, offering research help to students at the Flyers Den. Look for her “The Librarian Is In” sign on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

And Ready to Visit Other Locations Near You

Where would you like to see your librarians? Connect with us on Facebook or email Lindsay Harmon with your suggestions.

On-site librarian office hours are available to any academic departments or colleges; faculty and administrators may contact Andrew Lenaghan, Head of Instruction and Research Services, for more information.

Meet the (New) Librarian: Maria Emerson

Maria Emerson

The Library’s newest staff member is Public Services Librarian Maria Emerson. Maria’s duties include outreach to student organizations. You can reach her by email at emersonma@lewisu.edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Maria! What aspects of your new position as Public Services Librarian are you most excited about?
I’m really excited about getting to know the students and the different groups on campus. I want to find new ways the library can help and reach out, either through new resources or programs!

What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?
I grew up in a very academic family, so going to the library once (or more) a week was normal and a place I was very comfortable in. When I was a freshman in college, I started working at the college library and ended up really liking it and feeling like this was the career for me. I love that libraries can be a safe haven for people, and they hold resources that people seek for things ranging from homework to finding information for a personal issue in their life. My favorite part of my job is seeing all different types of people from all backgrounds and ages come to the library, and helping them find what they need.

In addition to your MLS, you have a degree in Spanish and International Studies. How does this background influence your work as a librarian?
There is nothing quite like finding yourself in another country, culture, or language to make you realize that the world is much bigger than yourself. Studying another language and learning about different places and lifestyles in college has really made me more aware that people view and learn things in different ways. I have also learned that it can be really comforting and welcoming to see someone make an effort to get to know you and your background. One of my particular interests as a librarian is reaching out to underserved populations and making the library a more diverse place. People are more likely to return when they feel that their culture, language, or needs are being acknowledged and validated.

What are you passionate about?
I really love to travel to new places, read, run, and play with my dog, Storm. As you can probably tell from my dog’s name, I am also passionate about superheroes, and I always enjoy a good comic book to read!

If you had a year off without pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?
My husband and I are slightly obsessed with “The Amazing Race,” so I think I would try very hard to get us on that. If that didn’t happen, I still would want to travel a lot (especially to Barcelona, Spain, and Vienna, Austria). I’ve been wanting to learn another language like French or Portuguese, so I would start that. I also have a rather large soft spot for animals, so I think I would volunteer at a local animal shelter and spend time with the dogs and other animals there (and try not to adopt each one).

What are you reading?
Lately, I’ve only been able to read children’s books to my 9-month old daughter (who is particularly fond of Goodnight Gorilla and Goodnight Moon). I am a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird (I even named my daughter Scout after the main character), so I recently read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. The last book I read, though, was a graphic novel called The Shadow Hero, featuring the first Asian-American superhero, the Green Turtle. I love fiction in general, and I have Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon waiting to be read next!

Meet the (new) librarian: Lesley Wolfgang

Lesley Wolfgang

The Library’s newest staff member is Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian Lesley Wolfgang. Lesley’s subject specialties are psychology, sociology, and social work. You can reach her by email at wolfgale@lewisu.edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Lesley! What aspects of your new position as Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian are you most excited about?

I’m looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues to bring new services and materials to the students, faculty, and staff at Lewis.

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

My original plan was to become a German professor, but when I came across a university job posting for a librarian specializing in German, I realized there were other ways I could use my language proficiency. I worked in libraries while putting myself through library school and soon realized there are a wide variety of jobs in different types of libraries. I have made an effort in every library I’ve worked in to learn something about every different unit in the library, and I’ve been able to expand my skill set and stretch myself in every job I’ve had to date. It never has to be the same thing every day if you don’t want it to be.

Word on the street is that the Internet has made libraries obsolete. What do you think?

While it’s true that people have greater access to information than ever before, the sheer amount of that information can be overwhelming. Now more than ever, researchers of all stripes are realizing at some point that they require an information professional to help navigate the depths and pinpoint where to go to find what they need. Where academic research is concerned, the library is still the most convenient and cost-effective resource for gaining access to the peer-reviewed information that they need and that is simply not freely available on the regular ol’ Internet. And public libraries are constantly adjusting to the changing needs of the communities they serve, offering reading materials in a variety of formats and providing non-traditional materials for checkout, like fishing poles, cookware and novelty cake pans, gaming systems, and gardening tools.

What are you passionate about?

Swimming. Dogs. Reading. University of Kentucky basketball.

If you had a year off without pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?

I think maybe I’d train for a triathlon. It would take at least that long for me to overcome my fear of open water swimming. And I’d take a nap every day.

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

I’m currently reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Before that I read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. (I highly recommend another of her books, The Secret History, as well.) Next on my list is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

Meet the (new) librarian: Lindsay Harmon

Harmon

The Library’s newest staff member is Instruction & Outreach Librarian Lindsay Harmon. Lindsay’s subject specialties are business and communication. She is also responsible for the Library’s social media, events, and marketing. You can reach her by email at harmonli@lewisu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Lindsay!  In your new position as Instruction and Outreach Librarian, what aspects are you most excited about? 

I’m looking forward to getting out on campus and talking to students and faculty about what the library can do for them. I believe a library should be where its users are—people shouldn’t have to come in to the building to take advantage of all it has to offer. If I’m doing my job well, you’ll see me outside of the library more than in it. I’m also looking forward to engaging with the Lewis community through social media and expanding our social media presence. I’d love to hear from students about where you’d like to see us and what information would be most useful for us to provide.

Can you tell us about your past work and how you chose to become a librarian; what is your favorite part about being a librarian?  

In high school I worked at my local public library and the librarians there encouraged me to go to library school, which I thought was a ridiculous idea. I went to college planning to become the next great American novelist and graduated planning to edit the next great American novel. I ended up editing pharmacy, business, and finally dental textbooks before I broke down and became a librarian. I guess I should have listened to my coworkers in the first place! After I got my master’s in library science I worked as a librarian at two art schools in downtown Chicago, the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lewis might not seem to have a lot in common with a college like SAIC, but students at both places are looking for information for their assignments and projects, and that’s where I come in. I love helping to connect people with the information that they need, and I always learn a lot in the process.

How has the role of marketing in Libraries (any type) changed in the 21st century? 

I think the biggest change is that we are more willing to admit that we do it. Libraries have always promoted their resources and services, but no one wanted to call it marketing for fear of sounding too corporate. The web, and especially social media, have made it easier to bring the library to its users in ways that go beyond traditional advertising. Libraries have a lot to offer, and we need to be more aggressive about getting the word out.

What are you passionate about?

I’m a voracious reader of contemporary fiction and I love discovering new writers. While everyone else is creating their basketball brackets during March Madness, a group of my book-nerd friends and I participate in the Morning News Tournament of Books, in which works of fiction published in the past year go head to head. At the risk of further outing myself as a nerd, I’m also passionate about grammar—once an editor, always an editor, I guess.

Now, the customary questions that everyone asks a librarian; what are your favorite foods? 

Chocolate anything—I have a terrible sweet tooth. I also love sushi. And coffee.

What are you reading/ last book read?

I have a giant stack of books about marketing and social media strategy on my desk, but the book I just finished is the latest edition of the Best American Travel Writing series. As a parent of two small kids, I don’t tend to take many exotic vacations, so I like to live vicariously through people who can.