Message from the Library Director
The Lewis University Library continues its evolution into an active, collaborative, student-focused library of the 21st century. This transformation includes new staff, new services, and new ways of delivering these services to the university community. As the Spring 2016 semester begins, we pause to reflect on our successes and look ahead to a new year of helping students succeed in college and beyond.
The Library was a hub of activity this fall, with across-the-board increases in space usage and requests for library instruction, as well as new staff members.
As of the Fall semester, students were able to reserve the library’s group study rooms from 2 weeks to 12 hours in advance using our new online reservation system. More than 60 unique users booked study room time online. In addition, study rooms were still available on a drop-in basis. Overall, there were more than 1,100 study room checkouts during the Fall semester.
Librarians provided 120 instruction sessions this Fall (10 more than the total for the entire 2014-2015 academic year!). Librarians work with teaching faculty to develop these interactive sessions, which allow students to engage with library resources that are directly related to their course research. The instruction librarians also create course-specific online research guides to which students can refer after the session.
In addition to coming to specific classes, librarians were found at locations throughout campus. During the Fall semester, College of Business liaison Lindsay Harmon began holding biweekly office hours at St. Charles Borromeo to provide drop-in research help. College of Education liaison Kelley Plass met with students outside of their regular class session to assist with research and demonstrate the use of RefWorks. Additional “roving librarian” locations, including the Student Union, are planned for the Spring semester.
The Library welcomed four new staff members this year: Public Services Librarian Maria Emerson, Instruction and Outreach Librarian Lindsay Harmon, Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian Lesley Wolfgang, and Technical Services Assistant Sam Suber. In addition, Alice Creason was named Head of Library Technology and Technical Services, and Andrew Lenaghan became Head of Library Instruction and Research Services.
During Super Study, the Library expanded its services to include stress relief activities, as well as extended hours, research assistance, and free coffee and hot chocolate. Highlights included a designated Stress Relief Area with games, puzzles, and coloring; free popcorn; and a visit from Tippi the therapy dog.
The Library is committed to serving all Lewis students, no matter where they are located. Many of our resources can be accessed online, including journal articles, ebooks, and streaming video. Students and faculty can also contact a research librarian via phone, email, chat, and text any time the Library is open. For more information, visit https://lewisu.libanswers.com.
The Library staff and I look forward to many more exciting changes in 2016, and we wish you all great success in your future endeavors.
T. J. Urbanski
Lewis University Library