What’s New in the Library ? – Chester Fritz Library Updates

Welcome back to classes, everyone! The Chester Fritz Library has been busy updating different areas to provide more and varied study and gathering spaces. One of the first things you’ll probably notice is the updated signage around the library, thanks to one of our amazing student workers, Andrew. Each floor is now coded with a color and a symbol to help you more easily find your way around the library. In addition, the maps are oriented in the same direction that the viewer is already facing, which will make it much easier to know exactly which direction to turn when coming out of the stairwell or off the elevator when you’re trying to find a book or other item.

What’s New in the Library ? - Chester Fritz Library Updates

So what else is new? Let’s start with some of the new or updated study spaces on the first floor! Items have been shifted and shelving removed to allow for more study spaces by the fabulous windows on the east side of the first floor. The southeast corner updates have been arranged for maximum access to power outlets, allowing students to recharge devices easily while studying. New furniture and more spaces to study on the northeast side of the first floor. Removed shelving allowed much more furniture and better lighting from the windows on the southeast side of the first floor.

We originally opened the video room (Room 220) on the second floor last semester, but we’ve more recently updated the furniture in that room and hooked up the final components. Stop by to check out the smart blu-ray player and watch DVDs or blu-rays. You can also sign into your own video streaming accounts to watch movies. (Just be sure to log out of your account and off the computer when you’re done!). Video Viewing Room (Room 220) on the main floor of the library. Second-floor study areas have also seen some updates, with many study rooms receiving refreshed conference tables and chairs. Take a look at the updated rooms with collab stations for students and faculty to use:

Updated study space with refreshed furniture and a collab station. More refreshed furniture in a room with a collab station. New tables and chairs have now been placed in the newly created study space outside the Fishbowl, near the library administration offices: New tables and chairs in a newly opened space outside the Fishbowl. And we can’t forget the lounging spaces! Remember the floral-print chair that used to be on the first floor? We’ve replaced it with a sectional couch to allow for maximum lounging space: Remember the floral-print chair that was in this corner? Now there’s a couch for more lounging space ! Stop by the library to see what else is going on !

CFL Reference Intern: Susan Vandagriff

This past January, CFL’s Information Literacy Coordinator, Kristen Borysewicz, received an email from Susan Vandagriff, a student working on her Master of Library Science (MLS) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Susan was looking for an internship where she could work closely with library instruction and gain hands-on experience with instructional design and teaching. Susan explained, “When I looked at UND, I saw that CFL was doing a lot of the kinds of library instruction work that I was interested learning more about, such as instruction sessions, library research guides, and online tutorials. I reached out to Kristen about an internship, and she offered me the chance to do a lot of in-class teaching, which I hadn’t been able to find elsewhere. The amount and variety of experience I could get at CFL was what really sealed the deal for me.”

Kristen, Susan’s internship supervisor, was grateful that her own workload went more smoothly this summer, thanks to Susan’s hard work: “I always make long lists of projects to work on during the summer, and I have gotten much further along because of Susan’s internship this summer – it is priceless! We have repaid her in small measure by providing her a lot of experience with teaching, reference, collaborative projects and assessment of student attitudes towards library instruction”. Susan was just as grateful for her time and experiences in North Dakota as we were to have her for an intern: “I’ve had a fantastic time at UND CFL and in North Dakota, and I’m so grateful to the CFL staff for making my internship really great!”

Susan created tutorials, guides, and videos for students to learn more about how to start your research and how to best use library resources. Although Susan recently returned to Indiana to finish her final semester of graduate school, her goal is to end up in an academic library working with reference and instruction at the university level. Susan was excited about CFL’s ability to give her that primary involvement in the design process and firsthand teaching experiences with students at CFL. She emphasized that “this internship has allowed me to get experience doing all of the things an academic librarian does, such as teaching information literacy skills to classes of UND students, designing promotional materials for freshmen orientation, creating learning objects that can be used to increase students’ research skills, and answering reference questions.”

But everything doesn’t always go smoothly in education, so Susan was glad to have both successes and failures while interning this summer. She said that one of her most important learning outcomes from this experience was using these “failures” during the instructional design process to create better materials for students. “It’s pretty rare to be able to design something perfectly on the first try, and watching how a tutorial or research guide doesn’t work is actually more helpful for me to recognize what part of a concept or task students aren’t understanding.”

Kristen was delighted by the attention Susan gave to everything she worked on and the caliber of work that she returned while interning at CFL. “I told Susan that she has set a high bar for any future interns because of the quality of her work and the amount she has contributed to the Chester Fritz Library Reference Department and Instruction Program. For example, she can sit in a meeting, and hours later produce a handout that perfectly encapsulates what was discussed. Susan has also helped us incorporate active learning activities and ‘flipped classroom’ tools such as a hands-on tutorial and guide.”

Kristen and Susan both added an important point that can make or break an internship’s worth: the work that Susan completed include both experiences and examples of instructional materials that Susan herself can point to during upcoming job interviews. Susan stated that she has been “creating lots of supplementary materials that I can show to and talk about with future employers” in addition to her direct involvement with students and instructional design that many other internships couldn’t offer and that MLS classes often can’t allow time for. Summing up the internship experience and expected outcomes, Kristen said, “She will definitely be better positioned to land a job and will receive high recommendations from us.” We’d like to thank Susan for her time and exceptional efforts in helping to revamp our instructional materials and design. Kudos for the great work, Susan!

Weekend Projects ? | Chester Fritz Library Updates

Are you thinking about buying a new computer or phone? Do you want to find out more about your ancestors or local historical figures? Are you interested in information about health issues or prescription pharmaceuticals? Did you just finish a book and want to read something similar ? You’re in luck! There is a wonderful guide that details the “quality of life” resources available to you as a member of the University of North Dakota community (some available through UND and others accessible thanks to the North Dakota State Library).

– Consumer Reports is an independent, non-profit organization that speaks to consumer-related issues and trends and advocates for consumer rights. The magazine includes articles to help consumers learn more about products and other helpful information, and the organization tests various product types (such as cars, tires, laptops, cameras, dishwashers, and so on) and maintains ratings in these specific categories.

– Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) is a version of Ancestry.com that is available at many public libraries and can be used to search genealogical materials. Although some of the collaborative or personalized aspects of Ancestry.com are unavailable on this edition, users are still able to find many records in the more than 10,000 individual databases contained within ALE to help their genealogical or historical research. The guide includes an in-depth tutorial on research tips.

– Consumer Health Complete (CHC) offers health-related information to consumers that pulls data and articles from journals, magazines, reference books, health reports, pamphlets, and more. Created to make healthcare information more accessible and understandable, CHC allows users to search within document type by subject keywords.

– Other resources include access to TutorND for homework assistance and NoveList to help readers find new books to read that are similar to others that they’ve read and loved.

Check out the research guide today and keep checking back for new or updated resources. Additionally, head over to the ND State Library online resources page for even more great tools!

Dean’s Summer Update is here! 

Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries, has released her Summer Update 2017 for news and notes about Chester Fritz Library. Be sure to check it out to find out more about what has been happening (and what is coming up) at CFL! Highlights include the following:

– CFL’s role in Open Educational Resources’ adoption, Working Group, and events on UND’s campus;
– Congratulations for the Merrifield Award winner;
– News about the RFP (request for proposals) for the upcoming institutional repository;
– Staffing updates; and
– Library renovations and development of the library’s resources.

Do you follow the Chester Fritz Library on social media? We post updates for events and happenings in the library, around UND, and in the Grand Forks area community on Twitter and Facebook and keep you updated on fun or interesting things from around the library on Instagram. Want to know what everyone around CFL is reading this summer? Follow us and discover what we’re reading, which events will be happening soon, interesting facts about CFL and UND, and more!

Career Resources Guide

Graduation is right around the corner, which means many students’ thoughts have turned to starting new careers and job searches. Did you know that CFL has a career resources guide with helpful resources and tips to help you with networking and your job search? With links to both on-campus and off-site resources in addition to books and other sources, this guide can help you find your way through the sometimes murky path of job searching. The guide includes information on how to find professional organizations in your field, how to learn more about the companies you are interested in working for, and how to figure out appropriate salaries for your specific field and location. Take advantage of all the career guidance that UND has to offer, including this helpful guide. If you need more resources, don’t hesitate to Ask a Librarian at CFL!

Upcoming Library Events

Have you visited the Chester Fritz Library lately? Don’t miss all the fun! We have several ongoing or upcoming events that might pique your interest: Tabletop Day at the Library on April 28, 2017.

– International Tabletop Day (April 28). We’ll be celebrating International Tabletop Day a day early on April 28, 2017, so come to the library and get two days of gaming in! Broken Sentry Games will be bringing in games to supplement those already in the library’s collection, so drop in from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to play your favorite game or learn a completely new one.

– Merrifield Competition (deadline April 28). The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library and the Department of History will again sponsor the annual Merrifield Competition, which provides a $1000 UND scholarship in recognition of the most outstanding student research paper that uses primary source materials from Special Collections. All entries must be submitted to Special Collections by 5:00 pm on April 28. For more information, visit the Merrifield Competition page or contact Special Collections.

– “May the 4th be with you!” (May 4). May 4, 2017, is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! Come to the library (only on May 4, 2017) and say “May the 4th be with you” to Karlene Clark in Access Services from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. You will be granted a one-time waiver for any late returned items (even inter-library loan items)! This is a one-day only opportunity, and you must come to the desk.

A Costume Designer in the Library

Today’s guest post is courtesy of Jessica Ray, costume designer and instructor in the UND Department of Theatre Arts. Thanks, Jessica, for your insights into using the library in a unique and fascinating way. American Fabrics books include sample pieces of fabric. As a costume designer, one of the most important elements of my job is research. I spend weeks researching a production that I am working. This makes the library an incredibly valuable resource for my work. Not only for items that you would expect but for also the weird, old books that you come across and wonder who would ever look at. As you can probably guess, history research is a huge part of the research process for developing a costume design. Some examples of these can be books about the history of dress, shoes, accessories and hair or makeup. The less straight forward things I look for are the history of a culture, the aesthetics of beauty for that culture, and how they made the items that they wore. I look at a lot of art books, history books, fashion periodicals, tailoring books, and even books that have samples of fabrics (that we have buried deep in our library).

While these are all things that you might expect of my research, there can be things that might surprise you. For example, when working on a show that is placed in a setting that is made up, where do you start? Anything can inspire the creation of a costume. It can be a piece of music that captures the emotional feel of the show.  It could be an abstract piece of artwork. I think that many students underestimate the value of our library. With inter-library loan, you can have access to any book you could possibly want or desire. I know what you’re thinking, why not just go on the internet? Sometimes you can have to dig deep into the library and find that dusty old book that hasn’t been looked at in years, by an obscure author to find a hidden treasure. There is so much on the web and yet there is also so much that is not. Finding these treasures for my research makes my design all the stronger and unique for these sources.

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