Danielle Trierweiler

Library Interview: Danielle Trierweiler

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be presenting short interviews with Schewe personnel.  The second in our series is our Digital Services Librarian, Danielle Trierweiler.

DanielleSelfie_02042016Who are you, what is your title, and how do I get in contact with you?

My name is Danielle Trierweiler and I am the Digital Services Librarian at IC’s Schewe Library.

My desk is located in the far back of library, behind the display case. I can be reached in-person during standard business hours (9-5 M-F), by phone (217) 291-1660, and, my favorite, by e-mail at danielle.trierweiler@mail.ic.edu

What do you do at Schewe?

I service things digital while I librarian:

“Things digital”: I administer the library’s digital resources including all fifty-something databases, e-journals, and our new Ebsco Discovery layer. I monitor electronic resource usage statistics, troubleshoot access problems, investigate digital tools and relevant initiatives (such as GIS and data management) and also oversee the library’s circulation software, Voyager.

“Librarian”: I am collaborating with faculty, students, and staff on a variety of special projects including grant work, state consortium participation, individual research consultations, teaching the EN 121 library sessions and single session support.

How long have you been at IC, and what led you here?

I have been at IC for just over a year now. I was led here by the opportunity to practice librarianship in a dynamic and community-based academic environment without having to sacrifice my geeky passions for books and technology. Coming from a liberal arts environment myself, (Kalamazoo College) I have a soft-spot for small Midwest campuses like IC’s.

Any exciting initiatives you’ve got planned in the next little while?

I’m working with one of the library vendors, OCLC, to implement a shiny, new authentication service model! Exciting, I know. The hope is that not only will IC be able to seamlessly access digital library resources from anywhere, but going forward, hours upon hours of library personnel time (a precious commodity) will be freed up from this specialized maintenance to better serve IC.

Tell our readers something interesting/exciting/unusual about you…

I came from Seattle where there are two things sorely lacking that I am living up in Jacksonville: sunshine and fast food. 15+ years a Michigander, I do not understand life without fast food and blasting music out of my car on a sunny day. This is the responsibility (or lack thereof) of my ‘90s childhood and neither driving, nor Taco Bell, nor sunny days were characteristic of my Seattle experience.


What is a GIS Lab and Why is it in My Library?

By Guest Blogger Danielle Trierweiler

Sometime between the Spring Semester and Fall, a new space worked its way into the Hilltop’s beloved Schewe Library: enter the Geospatial Information Systems or GIS Lab.

The GIS Lab arrives at the library in pursuit of the same mission that the Digital Learning Center or DLC initiated roughly a year ago: get students and faculty access to the digital tools and software they need to explore, interrogate, and produce digital projects. As the Digital Services Librarian, I am biased, but these 4 seats to Esri ArcGIS Desktop 10.3 , an industrial-strength mapping tool, are pretty exciting. Here’s why:

Newly finished GIS Lab April 2015

Newly finished GIS Lab @ Illinois College Schewe Library April,  2015

  • Visualizing and sharing data such as population distribution or regional income
  • Mapping definitive routes (such as a river or highway) or more rapidly changing phenomena (like cloud cover or water toxicity)
  • Collaborating with other GIS data producers, analysts, and curators to reveal findings otherwise impossible to view
  • Data management is a large part of GIS, since the attractive map visualizations are comprised of an aggregation of one or more data sources.
  • Using GIS will boost your vocabulary (raster data anyone?) and technical awareness (I get .PDF, but what exactly is a .shp- shapefile?!)

Understanding what GIS is broadly and being able using it the way you want to use it does take some time. Like any skill or sport, it is what you put into it- practice (and time) makes perfect. I can verify that in only a few months of viewing online videos and using textbooks and courses that provide dummy-data to complete basic exercises, I am fascinated by GIS and enjoy looking for new open data sources to map.

About a year ago, Outreach Librarian, Luke Beatty mused on the then-prospect GIS in Schewe back when it was only a sparkle in the Library Director’s eye: “Personally, I’d like to see a GIS-lite tool with a focus on demographic, business, or social data.” he wrote. Sorry Luke! ArcGIS can handle spatial analysis for all of these, but it is strictly BYOD (Bring [downloand] Your Own Data!) Not necessarily a bad thing, but ArcGIS users, especially ArcGIS desktop users should be up for the management challenges that comes with freedom to structure and customize your data.

To help get you started understanding and using the GIS Resources available to the IC campus, check out the *NEW* GIS page on the Schewe Library website or visit the lab next time you’re in the library to see for yourself.

I’d like to close this entry with one of my personal favorite video Overviews of GIS  *not* found on the library website: a rather long but solid overview published, created, and produced by Mr. Jere Folgert, owner and trainer of an online professional GIS training firm, http://www.KnowGIS.com: here is his Introduction to Cartography and Making Maps with ArcGIS Desktop 10X

June Celebrates LGBTQ Month

by Guest Blogger: Danielle Trierweiler

June commemorates LGBT Month (also known as LGBTQ or simply “Pride” or “Gay Pride” month), honoring the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and, depending on the individual or organization,  queer communities of the United States and Internationally. For the purpose of inclusivity, I am including the “Q” in writing this blog entry just know that the meaning behind the acronyms is often a work-in-progress.

June/LGBTQ Month Showcase Display

June/LGBTQ  Showcase Display

Celebrated since 1994, when a high school teacher coordinated the event in October to converge with National Coming Out day, (October 11th) but is now celebrated in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan New York, associated with the “beginning” of the LGBTQ movement and socio-political watershed moment for the community.

LGBTQ month has gained prominence in both the individual and national consciousness through a combination of court cases, activism, art and filmmaking, popular culture, professional career role models and mentorship, education, and private conversations to name just a few. Dialogues on what it means to be a community member, advocate, or ally are constantly shaping daily realities and the future of the movement.

Festivities include parades, public concerts, barbeques, poetry readings, pool parties, and other often public activities.  Many US Cities hold major a city-wide event. Pride Seattle for example, is a big deal!

Illinois College is home to its own student LGBT advocacy group SAGE (Straight and Gays for Equality) if you are interested in becoming involved on campus.


Relevant Resources:

Reads: The American Library Association (affectionately known as ALA to those of us in the library) supports a GLBT Roundtable appointed to present the 2015 Stonewall Book Awards List

Lambda Literary.org, also presents a literary award organization for excellence in LQBTQ literature. Of course, Schewe’s display case offers some excellent titles at IC but if you are reading this from a distant land or simply not here in the library, Schewe Librarians (me!) are happy to connect you to our display reading list.

Research: The Library of Congress  has prepared a list of secondary and primary resources on LGBTQ authors, composers, archivists, poets, and more!

On May 29th 2015, President Obama issued his most recent Whitehouse proclamation acknowledging the month.


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Welcome Schewe’s Newest Librarian: Danielle Trierweiler


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.

 I also:

  • 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!