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Library Hours for Summer 2015

May 18th, 2015 by John Jackson

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During the summer, we have limited hours and are only open during the weekdays from 10a – 4p after May 26.

May 12 — May 25: Closed

May 26 — August 14 (Monday – Friday): Library open 10 am to 4 pm (closed on weekends).

For an update on library hours after August 14, please check back later in the summer.

 

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Finals Week – Spring 2015

May 5th, 2015 by John Jackson

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It’s Spring Finals and you know what that means, Poets… Free coffee and food in Wardman Library! Just like the finals of years past, we will provide food, coffee, and stress-relieving activities throughout Finals Week. There will be coloring books, puzzles, and board games set up on the first floor (this year, we’ve added a Twister Board! Keep it clean, ya’ll). Plus, we have free postcards that you can send home to let your parents (or others) know that you’re doing OK. Best of all,  we will pay the postage and mail it for you! 

Oh, and just so you know: some time around midnight each evening there will be a mandatory 5-minute “get up and stretch” session (aka dance party). Consider yourself warned. =)

Wed., Thu., Fri., and Mon. @ 8:00 am: free coffee

Wed., Thu., Fri. @ 7:00 pm (-ish): free “brain food” (healthy beverages and snacks)

Wed. and Thu. @ 11:30 pm: free coffee, tea, and cocoa

Lastly, we want to give special thanks to the ASWC for providing fruit and beverage services throughout the week. Thanks, ASWC!

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Wardman Library Highlight: Joe Dmohowski

April 20th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Serials and E-resources Librarian, Joe Dmohowski.

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What is your job title?

Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian

What three words best describe you?

Discerning, Unruffled, Optimistic

What do you do at Whittier College?

I manage the online and print versions of our periodical subscriptions. I also oversee the administration and management of the online databases, such as JSTOR and PsycINFO. We significantly expanded our online holdings in 2015 by adding three new full text databases that cover business, economics, and kinesiology.

How would you describe your work space? 

My desk is slightly cluttered. I relish the scenic view I have of the Upper Quad from my office window.

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What’s your favorite book?

Unbroken (2009) by Laura Hillebrand was a terrific read. This biography of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini is a remarkable tale of resilience and the human spirit. Zamperini survived the crash of his B-24 in the Pacific during WWII and then endured 47 days on a tattered raft in shark-infested waters. After his “rescue” by the Japanese, Zamperini was brutalized in a prisoner of war camp until the war ended. Skip the movie and read this amazing book!

Longitude: the True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel (1998) is also one of my favorites. I think this would be a great choice for the First Year students reading selection. Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs (2011) is another outstanding biography.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I just finished reading a fascinating story: The Catcher Was a Spy: the Mysterious Life of Moe Berg (1995) by Nicholas Dawidoff. Berg was a former professional baseball player who also worked for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) in WWII. I am now reading Galadrielle Allman’s heartfelt “song for her father,” Please Be With Me (2014). She is the daughter of guitar virtuoso Duane Allman. He died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24 in 1971 when she was only two.

The Kinks’ Anthology 1964-71 is a superb five-CD box set that commemorates the English rock group’s fiftieth anniversary. This compilation truly does justice to one of the greatest “British Invasion” bands from the 1960’s.

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

1. Take advantage of the services that are offered to you.

2. If you are able to participate in a study abroad opportunity, don’t pass that up!

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

I believe that Interlibrary Loan is the most important service that we offer, though our librarians are often underutilized assets. We are ready to assist!

Thank you, Joe, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you our final interview of the semester: Reference & Instruction Librarian, John Jackson.

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Author Edan Lepucki will be on campus May 4 at 6:30 PM

April 17th, 2015 by John Jackson

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Garrett House presents author Edan Lepucki reading from and answering questions about her award-winning first novel, the post-apocalyptic thriller California.

This is the novel you heard about on The Colbert Report — check it out here, and here, and here!

So …

When: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 6:30 PM
Where: Garrett House
What: Edan Lepucki reading from California, answering your questions, and signing your copy!
Why: An awesome chance to interface with the celebrated author of one of last year’s most celebrated books. (PLUS there is no admission charge and coffee and cookies will be served!)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s and Narrative magazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind’s dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

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Wardman Library Highlight: Kathy Filatreau

April 14th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Instructional Technologist, Kathy Filatreau.

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What is your job title?

Instructional Technologist

What three words best describe you?

Persistent, Sincere, Fun-loving

What do you do at Whittier College?

The Wardman Library is service oriented and I take pride in being part of it and adding to the services provided. I oversee Moodle (our online course management system) and that puts me on the front line of services offered to students, staff, and faculty. I came aboard in 2008 specifically to increase Moodle usage and we’ve been very successful in making Moodle the standard for the majority of classes on campus (not to mention clubs, committees, Assessment, Orientation, and other creative uses of Moodle by various members on campus.) I also support Digital Storytelling with Sonia Chaidez, our Instructional Media Designer. Digital Storytelling allows me to follow my creative passion (obsession?) with stories and storytellers.

How would you describe your work space? 

I will defer to comments from observers. When people walk into my office they tell me that the space feels calm and welcoming. I have a statue of a Xian Terracotta Warrior standing guard as visitors enter… I’ll give full credit for any Zen aura to my terracotta sentinel.

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What’s your favorite book?

My all-time favorite book (it sits on my shelf as I write) is Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa. It speaks to an earlier time of great adventure, uncharted wild lands, and our place in and on this planet. (Isak Dinesen is the pen name of Karen von Blixen.)

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

Reading: I just finished The Wild Trees and it is a must read, a wild ride with the tree climbing heroes of today. They are out to document and preserve the forests, especially the redwood forests which pre-date us by over one hundred million years. I’m currently reading Flash Boys, an insider look at what is wrong on Wall Street and how it might be reformed. I’ll recommend (for obvious reasons) Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents.

Watching: The Goldbergs, the best depiction of a family in the eighties!

Listening: Currently I am listening to a CD by my son’s group Savannah Vader (highly recommended… metal, meditative, and mystic.)

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

Find what you are passionate about and incorporate it into whatever you do, read a lot, and never stop learning. Also, examine your life ( “An unexamined life is not worth living” comes from Plato’s Apology, which is a recollection of the speech Socrates gave at his trial.)

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

Link+… if we don’t carry the book you want in our catalog we are connected to 50+ participating academic and public libraries that may carry just the book you are looking for. And… if you have a Moodle question, or suggestion… stop by! My terracotta warrior will give you entry.

Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with Serials and E-Resources Librarian, Joe Dmohowski.

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Library Hours for Spring Finals 2015

April 14th, 2015 by John Jackson

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We don’t want to frighten you, Poets, but finals are coming. To help you prepare, the library will be open late starting May 6 and, as usual, we will have coffee, food, games, and stress-relieving activities available for you. More details on those events are coming, but in the meantime, here are the library hours for Finals Week.

Wednesday, May 6:     7 am to 3 am (ID required after midnight)
Thursday, May 7:         7 am to 3 am (ID required after midnight)
Friday, May 8:               7 am to midnight
Saturday, May 9:          7 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 10:          12 pm to midnight
Monday, May 11:          7 am to 5 pm

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Wardman Library Highlight: Sonia Chaidez

April 7th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Instructional Media Designer and Co-Coordinator of the Digital Liberal Arts Center, Sonia Chaidez.

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What is your job title?

Instructional Media Designer and Co-Coordinator of the Digital Liberal Arts Center

What three words best describe you?

zippy, devoted, creative

What do you do at Whittier College?

I work as part of the library and media services teams to explore ideas, challenges and solutions- this can include streaming media and copyright, digitizing projects and displays, or redesigning learning spaces.  Kathy Filatreau and I work on digital storytelling with faculty and students.  We do workshops on writing a narrative and converting it to a script that students record in their own voice.  We also help students edit their digital stories that are shown at the end of each semester.  As part of the DigLibArts team I work to promote and support digital scholarship and teaching with technology.  I work with students that are interested in or have a class assignment using mapping software, creating a social reading blog in Tumblr or perhaps building an exhibit with some augmented reality tools.  Anne Cong-Huyen and I coordinate the Student Technology Liaison program that gives students opportunities to learn how to research and exhibit their work in digital formats.

How would you describe your work space? 

Colorful and welcoming.  My office recently moved to the center of the main floor in the library where our new Digital Liberal Arts Center is located.  I love that my new office has windows with beautiful views of our campus but at times it feels like I’m in a fish bowl.  My desk is sometimes covered with sketches or drafts of projects I’m working on surrounded by trinkets or tchotchkes of my life.  There are ALWAYS cups of coffee or tea, a water bottle and packs of chewing gum on my desk. They are my requirements in having a productive work day!

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What’s your favorite book?

I’d say Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.  It was my introduction into magical realism and I read both Spanish and English copies.  I like novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  I also like to read about the history of California from authors like Carey McWilliams, Kevin Starr and Mike Davis. Gustavo Arellano’s books are also entertaining.  For a little wit I turn to short stories from Dorothy Parker.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I’m reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan with my children.  It’s a beautiful story about a girl growing up in Mexico during the 1930s after the Mexican Revolution.  It’s also bilingual which I love!  I recently read The Innovators by Walter Isaacson and The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  I joined Audible a few months ago and on deck I have Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  On my desk is John Berger’s book About Looking.  I met him once and took a museum tour with him.  He made such an impression on me that for inspiration or when I need a touch of creativity I reach for Ways of Seeing.

Wardman Library watercooler talk will sometimes involve shouting, “spoiler alert!”  The only thing we talk about more than books are the shows we’re watching.   I like period pieces like Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire- which have ended or will soon end so I’m constantly asking for new recommendations.  I recently binge watched House of Cards and The Fall on Netflix.  Finding Vivian Maier and Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory are documentaries I recently watched and enjoyed.

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

YOLO!  But do it responsibly. It’s difficult to go outside your comfort zone but worth the risk.  You discover things you didn’t know about yourself.  Take advantage of the many opportunities to travel or study abroad.  There are only so many things you can learn from books!

Join online communities that are related to your field of study and professional affiliations on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+.  Build a professional online profile and contribute to conversations in online learning communities.  Use the power of social networking to land your next job!

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

Have you heard of “DigLibArts?”  It’s our new Digital Liberal Arts Center or Collaboratory—a space to share your ideas, collaborate with others and display your work.   We have movable tables, chairs, white boards and display monitors to fit any group setting.  You can even write on our yellow columns!   Anne Cong-Huyen, our Student Technology Liaisons and I are available to bounce ideas and help support your digital projects.  Plus, we are located where you love to hang out —the library!

To learn about events and opportunities follow and join the conversation on Twitter: @DigLibArts. Join us on Facebook & Instagram!

Thank you, Sonia, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with Serials and E-Resources Librarian, Joe Dmohowski.

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Wardman Library Highlight: Chris Greenwood

March 30th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Club 88 Manager and Media Coordinator, Chris Greenwood.

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What is your job title?

Technical Coordinator

What three words best describe you?

Diligent, Approachable, Gregarious, Jovial. Chris cannot be contained by three words 😉

What do you do at Whittier College?

I assist the student body and departments on campus with events. I am in charge of all outdoor media and technology that we have on campus including, but not limited to, Club 88, Society dances and functions, festivals, convocation, commencement, baccalaureate,  etc.

How would you describe your work space? 

My work space is…… untidy.  :) Usually my desk is covered in papers, tools, clip boards, a calendar, and mail. My office is usually filled with random items ranging from speakers to propane tanks and it is usually inhabited by no less than 2 students at a time. Not that I’m complaining. I like my office.

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What’s your favorite book?

Ooh tough one.  I’d have to go with Count of Monte Cristo because it has everything in it.

Honorable mentions: Harry Potter, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Treasure Island.  I tend to favor young adult books because they let you use your imagination more. Some of the classics are not my style. They are more descriptive and longer winded. Keep it simple, and straight to the point. I don’t have the best attention span. Maybe I’m a product of my generation.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

Reading: The Stand by Stephan King (its taking me forever)

Watching: Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead (already read Walking Dead comics, and I plan to get GOT on audio book

Listening: Changes all the time. I just finished The Borne Series and Maze Runner. I’m going to get Game of Thrones next but I am currently reading Tale of Two Cities (Perfect example of “long winded”). I might have to be “recalled to life” after reading it :) (Bad joke). I listen to books more then I read. I love audio books. I have more audio books on my iPod then I do music.

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

Get good at something now, so you can get a job to pay off your huge amounts of debt you have. Don’t expect to leave college with a degree and have jobs thrown at you left and right. You have to put your time in. So, in the meantime, get good at something.

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

I would say, use the technology available and use the staff. We are here to help in anyway.

Thank you, Chris, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Later this week, we will bring you an interview with Instructional Media Designer and Co-Coordinator of the Digital Liberal Arts Center, Sonia Chaidez.

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Wardman Library Highlight: Anne Cong-Huyen

March 12th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Digital Scholar, Anne Cong-Huyen.

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What is your job title?

I’m the Digital Scholar and Co-coordinator of the Digital Liberal Arts Center.

What three words best describe you?

Feminist, silly, weird

What do you do at Whittier College?

I basically support digital scholarship on campus: I help faculty with digital research, both about digital topics like new media studies and digital research methods, and I work with them to incorporate digital assignments into their courses (digital books, blogs, Twitter, Wikipedia editing, etc.). I also work with Sonia Chaidez in coordinating the Student Technology Liaison program to train peer mentors who work with students to find innovative ways to do their research and present their work in digital or electronic means, such as digital posters, infographics, or video essays. We’ll actually be hosting a Research Slam as part of URSCA, and we really want students to apply and work with us to do digital presentations of their research!

How would you describe your work space? 

It’s a work in progress, but I like to call it “kawaii clutter.” I’ve been slowly moving my research books from my home office to work, so the bookshelves are a bit bare at the moment, but it’s getting there. My desk is a bit of a mess, but I’ve been bringing in some of my cute Asian American knick knacks, nerdy cartoon and movie paraphernalia, and posters, since those make me happy. Students are also sometimes surprised to see this stuff, and I think it gives me some nerd cred. 😉

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What’s your favorite book?

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (amazing gnarly, dark, feminist revisions of fairy tales).

The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata (intense hard nano punk sci-fi novel with a woman of color cyborg protagonist)

I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith (bittersweet bildungsroman about a young woman in Modernist England. One of my favorite narrators ever.)

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I’m finishing The Circle by Dave Eggers and I have How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel, by Mohsin Hamid, up next.

I’ve recently binge watched The Bletchley Circle on Netflix, a crime drama mini-series  England’s female human computers and code-breakers of WWII. Absolutely riveting. I’ve also been meaning to catch up with Jane the Virgin (ABC), a really cute, funny, smart, telenovela-esque series with a brilliant Latina lead actress, Gina Rodriguez, who I just adore. Best narrator on TV. I’ve also started watching the Asian American sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, based on the memoir of the same title by Eddie Huang. It’s quite different than the book, which I quite liked and hope to teach in a future Asian American literature or popular culture class, but it’s rather funny, though not unproblematic. It’s definitely not as angry as the book. Overall, it’s refreshing to see an Asian American family on TV that isn’t completely reductive or stereotypical. I’m probably most excited for Orphan Black to return next month. Absolutely one of the best sci-fi shows on right now. So fierce.

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

Be bold. Ask questions. Do your research. Make allies. Make friends.

Timidity won’t get you far very far, and putting yourself out there, as scary as it feels, is important for making your name and your work visible. I’m pretty shy and modest by nature, and every time I’ve given a presentation or a talk, I’m afraid about reactions and negative feedback. I’ve definitely gotten my fair share of backlash, but when I’ve been questioned, I just make sure I did the research so I can back up my arguments. People like numbers and statistics. Do the work, give it to them and make sure it’s irrefutable.

If that fails: have strong allies. These moments of distress have always proved fruitful for me because they’ve also helped me to identify my friends, supporters, and allies. It’s offered support, opened doors for me, and allowed me to do the same for others. We’ve all heard of the “old boy’s network,” and we know that if you’re a woman, a person of color, queer, or non-normative in any other way, you’re at a disadvantage. Knowing this, it’s so important for any of us who get a leg up to help make the way for others who follow a bit smoother. We’ve got to help each other to survive and flourish.

Oh, and never be afraid to ask questions! You’re surrounded by people with a range of life and professional experience who are willing to help you, to mentor you, and who are invested in your success. As your questions and learn from them!

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

Use our DigLibArts Collaboratory (main floor of Wardman Library with all the funky tables and screens) to collaborate and experiment! Consider encouraging faculty members allow you time to do group projects in there. We offer a flexible space and expertise (myself, Sonia, and our Student Tech Liaisons) to help you to develop your work. We can help you find ways to make interactive and critical projects that go beyond the essay, which is, of course, also very important.

Be a part of the conversation! Join our Facebook group, follow us on Twitter, and bookmark our blog! We announce a lot of really cool events like Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, games studies talks, film screenings, etc. that are of interest to students and it’s the best way to be in the know.

Thank you, Anne, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with the Club 88 Manager and Media Coordinator, Chris Greenwood.

Works mentioned above:

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Wardman Library Highlight: Cindy Bessler

March 6th, 2015 by John Jackson

This semester, we are highlighting the people that make Wardman Library possible. Each week, we will bring you an interview with one person who helps to support the mission of the library at Whittier College. You can find a list of past interviews in our blog archives. This week, we interviewed Library Technical Assistant, Cindy Bessler.

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What is your job title?

Library Technical Assistant

What three words best describe you?

Caring, Understanding, Logical

What do you do at Whittier College?

I am in charge of all overdues—billing to Business Office, credits, helping with lost or damaged books, etc. If you need any help with an overdue, please come see me ASAP, don’t wait until your final notice when you’ll be billed at the Business Office. I am also in charge of Link+ — training students for outgoing Link+ books, processing incoming books for our patrons, etc. I also process and return incoming ILL books. In addition I help in training new student employees and mend damaged library books.

How would you describe your work space? 

Cluttered, but I know where everything is! Some things just have to have to be out in the open.

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What’s your favorite book?

I don’t really have a favorite book. But I guess I’d say, To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve also read every Sue Grafton (woman detective mysteries) books to date. I also enjoy historical books and biographies.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I’ve been reading, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff and just finished, The House at Riverton. My next book will be Gateway to Freedom (off our new book shelf). I love watching Big Bang Theory, I also like shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NCIS, and Bones. I mostly listen to music in the car, classic rock like The Sound, Jack and KLOS mostly.

What advice do you have for Whittier College students?

I think you have to get involved in what you are interested in. Don’t let others make all your decisions. I would also say if you live on campus and don’t get along with your dorm mate, get another if possible. It’s not good for you to have to live with someone you can’t be friends with too. My kids both graduated a while ago (2001 & 2005), but still have good friends they made while here. Take college seriously, but also leave time to enjoy it too. If you’re having problems with a class, talk to your professor and/or get a tutor. There are other resources available too, so be sure to use them.

What Wardman Library resource/service would you recommend to students?

Most importantly, look at the library website. Here all library policies are explained along with how to access and use our different services. That way you’ll know how to access your library record, renew books, how much fines are, how to request Link+ & ILL materials & much more. Well, of course, I would recommend Link+ and ILL. It’s a great way to receive books or periodical articles we don’t have in our library or in the case of books may be checked out already. Also if you need help with an assignment, please ask the librarians for help. They can guide you in the right direction. Above all, if you aren’t sure about anything library related ask that’s what we’re here for. I promise you none of us bite, even if you have an overdue library book!!

Thank you, Cindy, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Next week, we will bring you an interview with our Digital Scholar, Anne Cong-Huyen.

Works mentioned above:

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