Inside the Librarians Studio, part1

Welcome to part 1 in a 6-part series.


Heather Parisi is the Technical Services Librarian at Dominican University. Her main responsibilities when not giving candid interviews are cataloging, I-Share liaison and supervising acquisitions, periodicals and reserves. Ms. Parisi has been a librarian for over 15 years. She received her MLIS from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After working for a time at a public library in southeastern Wisconsin, she joined our team in 1998 and was awarded tenure in 2004. Heather is currently performing as a reference librarian on Wednesday afternoons or you can catch her act for a limited time in the Library Access Workshops offered throughout the semester.

1. What is your favorite word?

“Boolean”, it’s just fun to say

2. What is your least favorite word?

It’s a toss up between “interlocutor” and “signage”

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

A room full of books

4. What turns you off?

Hypocrisy and duplicity

5. What is your favorite curse word?

Answer omitted for PG rating

6. What sound or noise do you love?

The turning of a page

7. What sound or noise do you hate?


8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Photographer for National Geographic

9. What profession would you not like to do?


10. If Heaven exists, what do you think God would say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Finally, someone with a sense of humor. Oh, by the way… the copier needs paper.”


African American History Month

African American Month Theme

February is African American History Month, so check out some of the great resources available that help celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans throughout history.

Here’s just a sample of books available in the Crown Library:

  • 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about African American History by Jeffrey C. Stewart (2006). Call number: E185.S798 2006
  • The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons, and Speech by Shane White and Graham White (2005). Call number: E443.W59 2005
  • The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s by James Edward Smethurst (2005). Call number: PS153.N5 S56 2005

And here’s some great online resources to check out:

Children, the Internet, and Libraries Event on Wed. February 27th at 4:00 p.m.

Rebecca Crown Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Crown Library Assistantship Symposium Series (CLASS)

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Censorship, and the Selection of Library Materials for Children and Young Adults

February 27th, 2008
4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Lewis Lounge

Do you believe that CIPA challenges the First Amendment and our Intellectual Freedom? Does that freedom extend to minors? Who is responsible for keeping tabs on what children are viewing on public computers? Do librarians inadvertently censor materials in their selection process for library materials for children and young adults? Please join us for a discussion on how CIPA and censorship affects what we read and what we may be able view on any public or school computer.

The discussion panel will include:
Deirdre Brennan, Director, Oak Park Public Library
Janice Del Negro, Assistant Professor, Dominican University
Andrew Medlar, Youth Materials Specialist, Chicago Public Library

Please click on the link below for background information to supplement the discussion

Crown Library Wiki

Refreshments will be served.

About the Series:

CLASS features a panel representing different viewpoints on the topic. We invite you to come and share your opinions and ask questions of our panel. For each discussion, we suggest that you review the materials posted on the Crown Library Wiki at’s+Internet+Protection+Act for background information on the topic.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at