Category Archives: Announcements

It’s Super Sunday in the IRC on March 8, 2015!

The first Super Sunday of this semester will take place this Sunday, March 8th. The IRC will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to accommodate students who wish to study, research, print or check out library items.

IRC staff will be available to help with research and technical support. This is a great opportunity to work on a class project, study for midterms or work on your IMSAloquium project. Hope to see you there!

New book in IRC has IMSA staff and faculty contributions

Book imageThe IRC has received two copies of The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education, 2nd edition. This work, published in conjunction with the National Association for Gifted Children, has two chapters written by IMSA staff & faculty:
  • Technology Education for High-Ability Students by Carl Heine, James Gerry & Laurie Sutherland
  • Engineering Education for High-Ability Students by Branson Lawrence, Diane Hinterlong & Laurie Sutherland
One copy is for in library use only & is available at the circulation desk. The other copy is currently on the shelf (as of this writing) & available for two-week loan. (This text taken from an email message written by Connie James-Jenkin).

Super Sundays Return to the IRC


On Sunday, December 7, 2014, and Sunday, December 14, 2014, the IRC will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to accommodate students who wish to study, research, print or check out library items.

IRC staff will be available to help with research and technical support. This is a great opportunity to work on a class project or study for finals. Hope to see you there!


Two New Diversity Magazines in the IRC

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Two magazines dealing with diversity are now available in the IRC.The titles of the new magazines are: “Diverse Issues in Higher Ed” and “Journal of Diversity in Higher Ed.”

Stop by today and read an issue in the comfort of the library or check out an issue and peruse it at your leisure.


National Novel Writing Month is November!

November 1st is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and it’s the start of a month that focuses on writing an entire novel in 30 days. That’s write, er, right, the whole month of November is all about creating your opus from November 1st until midnight November 30th.

Adults have a word count goal of 50,000 words for the month, but the Young Writers Program allows 17 year olds and younger participants to set reasonable, challenging, individual word count goals.


The IRC is collaborating with the English Dept., which has set up this IMSA specific NaNoWriMo website to encourage participants. Here’s the link:

According to Tracy Townsend in the English Dept., there are 64 IMSA students and 3 faculty members signed up to do NaNoWriMo. It’s not too late to join in – visit our research guide for library and internet sources, and start writing! Here’s the link: Click on the “Books and Websites” tab to see the resources available in the IRC, which can be checked out.



“The Voice” is now available in the IRC


The IRC’s subscription to “The Voice,” a weekly community newspaper covering Aurora and Kane County has begun and we’ve received the first issue.

“The Voice” covers local news and has several columns by local writers. There are recipes, a “Pet of the Week” column, some comics and sports.

Local newspapers are doing well, and this is your chance to check out one that covers this area.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month – Celebrate in the IRC


Connie James-Jenkin has set up a display in the IRC Reference area celebrating Mathematics Awareness Month and Martin Gardner, known as the “Genius of Recreational Mathematics.”

Here is Connie’s email message about Mathematics Awareness Month:

“Did you know that April is Mathematics Awareness Month?
Sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, this years theme is “Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery” and is celebrating the works of Martin Gardner, known as the “Genius of Recreational Mathematics” and famous for his column that ran in Scientific American for many years.
Come to the IRC & browse the display of Martin Gardner’s books and visit the Mathematics Awareness Month page for a daily puzzle!

Have some fun with math!”

Research Help! Workshops in the IRC

Connie James-Jenkin, Collection Development and Reference Librarian, will hold workshops in the IRC to help students find the best research sources for their papers and projects.

Get to know more about the online databases available through the IRC and where to go when researching a topic. There are many resources available for student use in the IRC which will enhance their course work.

The Research: Help! Workshops will be held in the IRC on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, 4/22 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday, 4/23 @ 1:00 pm
Monday, 4/28 @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday, 4/30 @ 10:00 am
Wednesday, 4/30 @ 4:00 pm

Individual appointments for help can be made with Connie James-Jenkin. Just send her an email at or stop by the Reference Desk in the IRC.



IMG_0022This Sunday, March 2nd, will be a Super Sunday in the IRC, when the library is open from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and library staff will be available for technical or research assistance.

This is a good opportunity to work on papers, prepare for IMSALoquim, research class projects, prep for APs, or get ready for finals. If you’re looking to relax on a Sunday evening, stop by and check out a new book, DVD or music CD.

Library staff look forward to assisting anyone who stops by on Sunday. See you in the IRC!


Letras Libres – Spanish Language Magazine Now in IRC

IMG_0017Our new subscription to “Letras Libres,” a Spanish language magazine, has begun and the January and February issues are now available in the IRC.

This magazine replaces another subscription to a Spanish language magazine which stopped publication last year. Input from IMSA Spanish teachers helped us choose the best magazine as a replacement, so come check out “Letras Libres” – we think you’ll like it!