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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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