A Decade of Blogging In Our Library






Today marks the 10th anniversary since our library’s first blog posts WAY back in 2004.

We started learning about and implementing our blogs in 2003 when few people even knew what a blog was all about. Now, a decade later, blogs a common part of media and social media. Today, our blogs feed content to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts.

Over the years, many of our librarians have written for our blogs. We have written about library services, topics in the news, paper topics, campus events, and many other items. Our blogs are a history of our library and our history. Sometimes questions at the reference desk or questions that student ask us in classes become blog posts.

Read our first posts to our Search Tips Blog here. 

Read our first posts to our Search Tips Blog here. 

Some of Our Most Popular Blog Posts: 

Is there a Salt Mine Under Lake Michigan?  (2012)

Grant Park, Yesterday & Tonight (2008)

Abuse At Abu Ghraib: Selected Sources (2004)

Chicago White Sox History (2005)

What is it like to be Young and Arab in America? (2013)

The anime encyclopedia (2009)

Rosa Parks, 1913-2005 (2005)

Thundersnow is real. Did you hear it? (2011)

Finding Help for Hungry Students (2012)



Local News and The Future of the Patch

We have been keeping an eye on the health and future of local news. Is local news dying? Are we going to be reliant on social media and gossip for local information? In the past we have had local reporters in the library to talk about the issue (listen here: Online Audio: Hyperlocal or Just Hyper? Future of Journalism). We have also posted about the future of the local news website The Patch (see What Does the End of the Patch Mean for Our Area?).

Local news (more specifically, local reporting) matters and has a great deal of value in how we run local government, schools, and community organizations. Understanding the “truth” that is based in sources beyond simple gossip matters.

Recently, the Patch (which has become a local source of information was sold by AOL (see Chicago Tribune: AOL surrenders control of Patch in joint venture). It is still not clear that the local Patch can earn enough money to stay around into the future.

With all this being said, I wanted to share this On the Media piece about the future of Hyperlocal media. Great thinking here about how local media is changing.


Here’s a list of the local Patch sites.

Palos Patch (Twitter: @PalosPatch)
Orland Patch (Twitter: @OrlandPatch)
Tinley Park Patch (Twitter: @TinleyParkPatch)

Inspiring Designs: Our Herman Miller Chairs


“Inspiring designs help people do great things.” (check out the cool video at the bottom of this post)

This quote is from the video below, and it refers to the design work of the Herman Miller company. Our library staff members have long believed that our spaces matter and that having a comfortable environment matters. We hope that our study spaces, lounge areas, and other public spaces offer places to work, to contemplate, and to find inspiration.

Along these lines, we have two flavors of chairs that have won design awards. The first chair pictured here are the Herman Miller Aeron Chairs that are at our computer work stations. The second image is of the classic Herman Miller Chairs that have been in our library since the 1970s.

Both chairs are designed for comfort and to enhance our space. We hope that you take the time to visit us and to have a seat and enjoy the design!  (See video below for a short history of Herman Miller.)











108 years of Herman Miller in 108 seconds

108 years of Herman Miller in 108 seconds from Christian Borstlap on Vimeo.