Monthly Archives: August 2013

Blast Off!


In the hectic rush of these early school days, an oasis of calm awaits all who venture into the IRC to lose themselves in some stunning photographs of the world around us.

A new student photography exhibit will be on display in the IRC starting September 1st and running until October 15th, 2013. The theme of the exhibit is “Blast Off” and refers to the start of the new school year.

All the photographs on display were taken by students in Clay Sewell’s second semester photography class and represent samples from several of their assignments in the class. Approximately half of the student’s work is digital and half are photos developed in the class dark room from black and white film.

The winner of the IMSA Art Fund Award last year, senior Lael Costa, has a photo of graffiti in Chicago in this exhibit.  The purpose of the IMSA Art Fund Award is to celebrate and display outstanding student artistic creativity through a cash purchase award. Each year a student is selected based on their original artwork. For more information on the IMSA Art Fund Award, visit



As the new school year begins, the IRC welcomes our new Collection Development and Reference Librarian, Connie James-Jenkin (shown here helping IMSA student Anthony Marquez during Reference Desk hours).

Connie joins IMSA after thirteen years as a Faculty Reference and Instruction Librarian at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois.

One of Connie’s priorities is building the IRC collection and she will focus on getting feedback from IMSA faculty regarding  their book purchase recommendations.  Connie will also be helping with skills classes, and wants to get involved with courses in Moodle since she has experience in distance learning.

It’s never too soon to think about which reference services students will be using to help them with their homework, SIR or IMSALoquim presentations, and towards that end, Connie is setting up a pilot reference and research chat service for use online.

During the school day, Connie will be available at either the Reference Desk or in her office ready to assist students, faculty or staff.