Monthly Archives: April 2018

Need Research Help? Book a Librarian!


7 Simple Steps to Make a Research Appointment

Infographic created by Kelley Plass

It’s crunch time, Flyers! Are you working on a final paper, capstone project, or other research assignment? Would a one-on-one meeting with a research librarian help you get moving on your research?

Book a librarian for a research consultation!

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 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.

Where Are All the Books Going? “Weeding” Explained.

What does "weeding" mean?

Comic strip created by Kelley Plass

You may have noticed some changes in the circulating collection on the second floor of the Library. Empty spaces on the shelves, white “weed me” slips in the books, even discarded books in the recycling bins. What’s going on?

The Library is in the middle of an ongoing collection assessment project. In library speak, deselection (also called weeding) is a process in which we review the resources in a given subject area based on criteria such as physical condition, relevance to the curriculum, duplication in an electronic format, and circulation statistics (a.k.a. checkouts). It’s part of our collection development policy, which you can read here.

This process is a joint effort with the faculty in the various academic departments, who review the librarians’ recommendations and provide feedback based on their subject expertise. For example, the Philosophy librarian’s recommendations will be provided to the Philosophy department faculty for review and comment before any final decisions are made. Last semester, librarians and faculty reviewed the Business collection, and the materials that were weeded from that section are currently being removed and discarded.

Whenever possible, books that are deselected are sent to Better World Books, a company that collects and sells used books online and returns a portion of the net proceeds to support literacy and libraries. However, they don’t accept everything, and the books that are not accepted are discarded.

While no one likes to see books being discarded (including librarians!), anything you see in the recycling bins was placed there after a multi-step process that involved subject librarians, faculty, and others. It’s not a decision we make lightly, and we do it as part of our ongoing commitment to making sure the Library’s collections are as timely, relevant, accessible, and in good physical condition as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to ask a library staff member or contact us via phone, email, chat, or text.

Study like a VIP this Super Study

study like a VIP

***And the VIP is … Margaret Capalbo! ***

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 (plus a gift basket of swag, snacks, and study supplies).

Beginning Monday (4/9), 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 (4/12). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Friday, 4/13 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, 4/16 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 4/29 and Friday, 5/4).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting Monday, 4/9: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Spring 2018, that’s Sunday, 4/29 through Friday, 5/4) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit the CASE webpage.