Monday, September 30, 2013

Spotlight on... Linda Lapp

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library.  Today we introduce you to a person you've probably seen before.

What is your name?  Linda Lapp

What is your title?   Stacks Maintenance Supervisor

What kinds of things are you responsible for in the library?   I am responsible for the stacks [library term for shelves] upstairs to make sure things are shelved properly and in a timely manner.  I oversee shifting projects, shelf reading assignments.  Main duty is assisting patrons at the Circulation Desk.

How did you come to work in the library?  I started at the University in 1999 in Development.  In 2003, I came to the library.  I wanted to work more closely with students and I enjoy helping them excel at BU.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  I love to read and I am a voracious reader.  I enjoy seeing what the students are reading and/or researching.  I enjoy the interaction with our students and the energy they bring to the library.  The relationships that are developed are very enriching.

What else do you want people to know about you?  I love to make people laugh.  We need to have more humor in our lives since the times we live in are somewhat trying.

How can people get in touch with you? 
email:; phone: 570-389-5166

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Library Staff Welcomes Patrons at 15th Anniversary Event


   Greeted by sunshine, music and sweet treats, staff and students were welcomed to Bloomsburg University's campus for the fall semester by the Harvey A. Andruss Library staff on Sept. 9th, marking 15 years since the library building was first dedicated in Sept. of 1998.
   A newly formed Community Connections Group at the library presented an outdoor welcoming event to meet and greet passersby, while offering snacks, giveaway items, and even a chance to win some nice prizes*. Live music was provided by John Faus, (Library Custodian), who played the fiddle while Christian Tloczynski, (Student Assistant), played guitar. Those curious about the building’s beginnings were able to view a pictorial display assembled by Robert Dunkelberger (Archivist).
   Thanks to all who made the 15th Anniversary an event to remember!
* Prizes awarded:
·         $25 Gift Card (compliments of Aramark Dining Service)- Jessica Berstler
·         BU Stadium Blanket (compliments of The University Bookstore)- Krista Zecher
·         Library Themed T-Shirts- Sharif Hassan, Elaine McCauley, Nicole Lanier
·         Library Logo Insulated Travel Mugs- 10 Winners

For more information on the Andruss library, click here.
Linda Lapp (left), Library Assistant,
and Sara Spock (right), Student Library Assistant,
enjoy their time greeting students.
John Faus (left),Library Custodian, and
Christian Tloczynski (right), Student Library Assistant, 
entertain with their musical talent.
Dan Walz, Library Assistant, and
Katie Yelinek, Associate Professor, Library-Reference Services,
look forward to handing out snacks.
Charlotte Droll, Director of Library Services,
stands ready to greet patrons.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Spotlight on... Jamar Smack

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library. Today we introduce you to one of our student workers.

What is your name?  Jamar "Mar" Smack

What is your major?  Communication Studies

What do you do in the library?  I work with the Reference Section, and in the reference section I help reshelf books, I restock printing paper, check the library database weekly and well as shelf read on the second floor.  I also help “Shift” books when it is needed.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Interaction with the library staff. 

What’s the best class you’ve taken at BU?  Anatomy and Walter Howard’s classes. 

What else do you want people to know about you?  I was born on the same day as Carmelo Anthony and J.F. Kennedy.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

GRE Preparation

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Happy 15th Anniversary to the Andruss Library!

The faculty and staff of the Harvey A. Andruss Library will hold a welcoming event to commemorate the 15th anniversary of its building dedication.  This casual celebration is set for Monday, Sept. 9th, from 11 AM-3 PM in front of the library. (If it rains, join us inside the lobby area instead.)
Please stop by during your daily travels as we welcome everyone to Bloomsburg University for the fall semester.  Meet library staff and enjoy some treats, giveaways, and live music along the way.  In conjunction with the building anniversary, photos of the construction and dedication of the Andruss Library will also be on   display.

Hope to see you Monday at the library!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Statistical Abstract of the United States: New Database!

We are happy to announce that Andruss Library has acquired access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States.  This new database provides access to authoritative and comprehensive statistics about the United States.  Topics range from population, health, and education to recreation and the arts. 

The Census Bureau used to produce the Statistical Abstract of United States but ceased doing so in 2012.  This new online version is from ProQuest. 

Click here to take a look.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spotlight on... Linda Neyer

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library.  Today we introduce you to one of our Reference Librarians, who you probably have seen before.

What is your name? Linda Neyer

What is your title? Science/Health Sciences Librarian & Database Coordinator

What is a typical day like for you? I fall back on the cliche: there is no typical day. It's why I love being a librarian. A big part of my time is spent helping students think about, find, and select the information they need for their research projects and class assignments. I’m the librarian for the departments of audiology/speech language pathology, biology, chemistry, nursing, and physics & engineering technology. Students can find me at the Research Center or in my office in the Library. I also come to the classroom, at the invitation of professors, to instruct students on utilizing research strategies and resources for specific assignments. For these sessions, I usually develop web-based research guides, too. The other ‘hats’ I wear include that of co-webmaster of the Library website (this summer the Library Webteam completely redesigned the Library website) and that of database coordinator for our subscribed electronic library databases.  In that role, I implemented a new ‘discovery layer’ on our website, called 'Search Everything.' Users can simultaneously search our catalog for books, media, gov docs, etc. and almost all of our databases for articles through a single, unified search. We hope the discovery layer will improve the users' experiences finding high quality, scholarly information.

What else should people know about you?    My undergraduate degree was in occupational therapy, and I in fact worked for several years as an OTR in inpatient psychiatry, adolescent chemical dependency, and geriatrics. Even though I completely changed careers, my education was not ‘wasted’ as I use the knowledge and skills I learned as an OT every day.

How can people get in contact with you? email:,  Office:  AL 222,  Phone: 570-389-4801