Monthly Archives: November 2017

Want Your Own Study Room During Super Study? Enter Our Contest!

Who will be the VIP

*** And the winner is … Vivica Phillips! ***

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!

Beginning Monday (11/13), 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 (11/16). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Friday, 11/17 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, 11/20 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 12/3 and Friday, 12/15).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting Monday, 11/13: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Fall 2017, that’s Sunday, 12/3 through Friday, 12/15) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit the CASE webpage.

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.

Get What You Need with I-Share

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There are more than 120,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other physical media in the Library’s collection. But what if none of them is what you’re looking for?

That’s where I-Share comes in.

I-Share is a consortium of 86 Illinois college and university libraries (including Lewis) that allow their students to borrow materials from each other. Our I-Share membership means that if Lewis doesn’t have the item you are looking for, you may be able to borrow it from another Illinois library that does. Even better, you, the student, control the request process. Here’s how:

  1. If you’re looking for a hard-copy resource like a book or DVD, you can check the Lewis University Library Catalog and see if we own it. (If we do, the catalog will tell you where in the Library to find it.)I-Share 1
  2. If Lewis doesn’t own a copy of the item you need, you can change the catalog search menu to All I-Share Libraries. That search will tell you what other college and university libraries have a copy, and whether or not it’s available to check out.I-Share 2
  3. If there is a copy available at another library, you can request that it be sent to Lewis by clicking the Request First Available tab. The system will automatically select a copy for you. I-Share3
  4. Clicking Request will tell that library to pull it from their shelves and send it to you. (Note: You will need to set up an I-Share account the first time. It’s quick and easy. This document tells you how.)I-Share 4
  5. I-Share items are picked up and delivered by van every weekday (other than holidays), so it can take a few days from request to delivery. We usually suggest allowing 3-5 days, depending on how far away it’s coming from. (You can also track its progress in your I-Share account.)I-Share 5
  6. When the item arrives at Lewis, you’ll get an email notifying you that it’s ready for pickup. You can check it out at the Library’s Service Desk, just like you would one of our resources. If you want to keep it beyond the due date, you can renew it online via your I-Share account.

It’s that simple!

Another fun fact: I-Share membership has in-person benefits as well. If the library that owns an item you need is nearby, you can go there and check it out with your Lewis ID. If you live near another I-Share institution, you can also return items there and even have your requests delivered there if you prefer.

For more information on setting up an I-Share account, requesting materials, and pretty much everything else you want to know about I-Share, visit our handy research guide and/or FAQ page. You can also stop by or call, email, text or chat with us for individual assistance.

One last thing: The I-Share system is used for borrowing physical resources like books and DVDs. Vendor restrictions do not allow us to share ebooks with each other. I-Share is also not the way to get copies of journal articles—but you can do that! Stay tuned for another blog post to find out how. (OK, if you want to know now, check out this page.)