Monthly Archives: September 2017

Book a Librarian for Research Help

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!**

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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!