Private Academic Library News

Cornell College, Mount Vernon

The Cornell College Writing Studio (part of the Center for Teaching and Learning in Cole Library) is now offering video-conferencing for students who are studying off-campus. By utilizing Google Hangout, Studio Consultants are able to see the student and the paper at the same time, making personalized revision sessions possible despite the distance. With a number of courses being taught at the new McLennan Center in Chicago, as well as a number of students studying abroad, this latest development ensures that Cornellians can receive help on their writing no matter where their education takes them.


Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport

Dennis Peterson, director of the library at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, passed away on August 14 after a long illness. He received his MA in Library & Information Science from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science in 1976. Dennis joined the faculty of Palmer College of Chiropractic as an instructor and public services librarian in March 1978, and was promoted to director in 1988. He was also responsible for the libraries on the Palmer campuses in Florida and California. Dennis authored and edited books and book chapters including: Chiropractic: An Illustrated History, published in 1994 by Mosby, in collaboration with the 1995 Chiropractic Centennial Celebration; Streams from the Fountainhead, an illustrated history of Palmer College of Chiropractic's Centennial Celebration, published in 1997; and his research project, Index to Chiropractic Literature 1970-1979, published in 1986. His leadership and vast knowledge of chiropractic and librarianship will be greatly missed at Palmer and in the chiropractic and library communities at large.


St. Ambrose University Library, Davenport

After completion of a four-month-long renovation, the Information Resources and Technology Department was relocated into the library's lower level in May. The integration of services provides additional evening and weekend information technology help desk hours for students and the library's mini-lab clusters of computer workstations. August brought staff changes to the reference and instruction team; Katy Morgan and Barb Kuttler each resigned to follow her bliss. With diligence and a dose of luck, two librarians have been hired to fill those vacancies. Conrad Bendixen comes to St. Ambrose University (SAU) from Kirkwood Community College in September, and Anita Niemczyk assumes her role as the library's evening and weekend reference and instruction librarian in early October. Heather Lovewell, SAU Library archivist, is undertaking the digitization of the University's Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award documents.


University of Dubuque

The biggest news at the Charles C. Myers Library at University of Dubuque (UD) is that Anne Marie Gruber (Assistant Director for Library Instruction & Public Services) and Nate Gruber (Acquisitions Assistant) welcomed Amelia Jo Gruber into the world on July 27. Mom, Dad, and Amelia all seem to be very pleased with each other. Amelia's first trip after coming home was to the library, of course.

The Library staff has been doing lots of presentations lately.

We had two presentations at the Library Technology Conference at Macalester College in St. Paul on March 14. Becky Canovan, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and her sister, Amanda Canovan, Teen and Adult Services Librarian at Ripon Public Library, presented "Prezi Beyond Its Intended Use: Exploiting the Potential." Jonathan Helmke, Assistant Director for Library Technology & Technical Services, Nathan Gruber, Acquisitions Assistant, and Jim Taylor, founder of JTacq, presented "Through JTacq-Colored Glasses: Streamlining the Acquisitions Process."

We had two presentations at the Iowa Private Academic Libraries spring meeting at Wartburg on April 20. Anne Marie Gruber and Marta Abele, Professor of Education, presented "From Cover to Cover: Library-Campus Collaboration to Support At-Risk Students." Jonathan Helmke and Chaminda Prelis, Assistant Professor of Aviation, presented "Collaborating from a Distance: Using Skype to Help Achieve Student and Faculty Goals."

At the National LOEX Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on May 3-5, Becky Canovan presented "Homegrown Ingredients: Creating Tools When Information Literacy Supermarket Fails You."

At Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium on August 3, in New Albany, Indiana, Becky Canovan and Cara Stone, Faculty Development and Instruction Librarian at Grand View College, presented "Bringing Reality TV to Library Instruction: Non-traditional Activities for Teaching Traditional Library Concepts."

Mary Anne Knefel led a faculty session at Fall Faculty Days (August 22) about best practices in creating effective reading assignments for college students.

We have two presentations at the upcoming Iowa Library Association conference in Dubuque. Becky Canovan and Diana Newman will present "Going Clubbing: Spicing Up Your Book Club." Jonathan Helmke, Nathan Gruber, and Jim Taylor will reprieve their Macalester presentation: "Through JTacq-Colored Glasses: Streamlining the Acquisitions Process." Both presentations will be given on the Thursday of the conference

Other news: Meghann Toohey, Archives Assistant, is compiling materials for the upcoming "African Americans and the University of Dubuque" exhibit, which will include print documents and oral histories. She and Jon Helmke now have a column in the UD newspaper, the Belltower, about UD history. Our favorite item recently found in the Archives is "Coed Cues" from 1943, about how first-year women should behave on campus. If anyone has similar documents in their Archives, would you consider sharing?


Wartburg College, Waverly

Vogel Library is in the middle of a search process for a new Scientific Literacy Librarian. The library's redesigned website features the new discovery tool, Encore Synergy, which was launched this fall. The winning entry in a student contest to name the library catalog was the "Searching Squirrel." Vogel Library is branding the Searching Squirrel on our search page as well as on T-shirts and other items around the library.


Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque

Reu Memorial Library at Wartburg Theological Seminary has done some rearranging on the first floor. We've moved our media collection to the second floor since most of the items are old. We then put up a white board near a large table. Students have already started using the white board while studying. We put on a table near the entrance all our periodicals after they arrive. They spend a couple of weeks there before being shelved in the normal area. Students and faculty are more aware of what we receive. We got this idea from another library.