Yesterday, in honor of Deafness Awareness Week, Schewe hosted two students from the Illinois School for the Deaf. The two students were interested in library careers, and Schewe was happy to give them a taste of the library life (glamorous as it is). The two students were introduced to the staff, and our Circulation Manager, Sarah Snyder, gave them an opportunity to learn some of the ins-and-outs of library operation. This is the second year Schewe has participated in this event, and it highlights one of the less-appreciated functions of academic libraries: community outreach.
Though the academic library’s primary mandate is to serve its parent campus, there is also an obligation — usually written, occasionally not — to provide a minimal level of service and materials’ lending to non-campus communities. In a small city such as Jacksonville, this mandate is even more pronounced. In the past, Schewe has involved itself in the following community outreach activities:
Providing lending and computing services to Jacksonville residents.
In the past, directorial prerogative has kept Schewe from engaging more fully with the broader Jacksonville community. Our new Director, Jan Figa, has made it a priority to promote the Library and its services to both students and non-students, and this philosophy of openness has already resulted in more Librarian engagement with the larger community. During the summer, the Library plans to have a “strategy summit” wherein community engagement will be a hot topic of discussion. Hopefully, we can arrive at a plan to further engage our non-College patrons!
My name is Danielle Trierweiler and I am the new Digital Services Librarian at IC’s Schewe Library. In January 2015, I moved cross-country from Seattle, Washington, the land of coffee and moisture where I graduated from the Masters of Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington. I have a 7-month old miniature dachshund puppy, Monty, and when I’m not playing with him I enjoy running, cooking, listening to music, and reading.
I am still pretty new to the IC campus and the greater Jacksonville area- so far I am digging the newly re-opened Soap Co. Coffeehouse and its adjoining Our Town Bookstore! Seeing the sun during winter, somewhat of a rarity in the Pacific Northwest, is nice too 😉
What does a digital services librarian do?
To the untrained eye, I sit at a desk with headphones, staring at my computer while I chug coffee. True.
Offer information management consultation and project management as needed to students, faculty, and staff
Keep current on emerging trends in information and digital technology especially regarding libraries, higher education, and scholarly communications
Manage electronic databases, journals, and media (electronic/e-resources) to sustain digital access: this includes any digital scholarly content that might help you conduct research for classes
Assess how new e-resources, technologies, and digital content might best meet IC’s scholarly needs and advise in selection
Ensure the continuous development of the library’s digital initiatives by seeking grant funding sources
Participate in live, or view recorded instructional webinars on a variety of library tech and information literacy topics and attend relevant professional conferences
Collaborate with fellow library staff to prepare instructional materials and deliver the best possible library user experience…
and these are just a few aspects of my job! I am thrilled to be at Schewe.
Next time you are in at the library, take a moment to stop my first floor desk (behind the display case), and say hello 🙂 I look forward to seeing what kind of digital scholarship you are interested in, helping you troubleshoot, and most of all, meeting you!