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CCB Newsletter

May and June 2016


In this Newsletter…

  • News and Updates
  • Calendar
  • New Bibliographies on the CCB Website: Females in Flight: Stories of Amazing Women Aviators
  • Our Affiliates Out and About
  • Feature: Changing It Up in the CCB
  • New Books We Just Had to Read: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
  • Highlighted Book from Our Wish List: Five Flavors of Dumb



News and Updates


Spring Galley Giveaway


The CCB will host our final galley giveaway of the school year on Friday, May 6 from 9-5pm or until galleys are gone. Come see us in room 24 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (501 E. Daniel in Champaign) in order to get your hands on free pre-publication copies of children and young adults.


Finals Week and Summer Hours


The CCB will open for reduced hours during finals week and both summer sessions. From May 9 to June 10, the CCB will be closed Mondays, open Tuesdays 10am to 3pm, Wednesdays 1pm to 6pm, and Thursdays 9am-2pm, and closed on Fridays. The Summer II schedule is currently under construction; please check our website and our Facebook page for up-to-date information about hours.



May Calendar


Friday, May 6: Galley Giveaway, 9 am - 5 pm

Come to the CCB to grab free pre-publication copies of new books for kids and teens at the last Galley Giveaway of the school year. Open at regular CCB hours until galleys are gone.



Tuesday, May 10-Thursday, May 12: CCB Reduced Hours—Finals Week

The CCB will operate on reduced hours during finals week. Tuesday, the CCB will be open from 10am to 3pm, Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm, and Thursday from 9am to 2pm. The CCB will be closed Monday and Friday.



Monday, May 16: CCB Closed & Reduced Summer Schedule Begins


Monday, May 16: Summer Session I Begins


Monday, May 30: CCB Closed—Memorial Day


Monday, June 16: Summer Session II Begins



New Bibliographies on the CCB Website


Females in Flight: Stories of Amazing Women Aviators

Created by Michelle Biwer, CCB GA



Our Affiliates Out and About


Carol Tilley, CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor, will be giving a talk, “The Psychopathology of Comics Reading: The Troubled Legacy of Fredric Wertham’s Public Health Campaign,” at Penn State on May 6.

She will also be giving a talk entitled “Beyond Reading: Comics, Kids, and Participatory Culture” at the 2016 Children’s Literature Association conference, which takes place in Columbus, OH. Tilley has also been elected second vice president of the Comics Studies Society, congratulations Professor Tilley!


If you are planning on attending ALA in Orland, FL this June, stop by the GSLIS booth and say hello to Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Kate McDowell!



Feature: Changing It Up in the CCB: An Interview with Michelle Biwer


What physical changes have come to the CCB in your time as a GA?

The physical space is very important to me, especially in a very small library where we don’t have a lot of room so one of my goals here was to maximize that space by thinking about what patrons really need.

Our staff only book sale sorting corner used to house the copy machine, so patrons would have to walk through a staff area to use the machine. I changed the bookshelf configuration of the book sale corner so that it was closed off from the rest of the library, and moved the copy machine to the front of the library. The storytelling corner was reorganized to be more of an open space and so was the entire back of the library. Some bookcases were added and some were shifted, which was done to make sure we had enough room for all the books but also to ensure that everything was as accessible as possible and ADA compliant.

When considering accessibility you’re always learning, but I have been trying very hard to make everything as accessible as possible by trying to look at space in a flexible way. We have a new table that can be adjusted in height so people with different needs can change the level of the tabletop. I also consolidated a lot of staff files in order to remove as many file cabinets as possible. Cabinets are lovely, but they take up valuable space and by organizing and labeling the remaining cabinets I made them more accessible to staff.

Also-this is exciting! We recently pulled oversized books so that they are not poking out of bookshelves so that if you do have a wheelchair or are generally clumsy like me, you won’t hit one or get a cart caught in the aisles. Those are in a separate section now.

The last thing is signs. I like labels – not for people’s identities, because that is the worst; however, labels for physical things are the best, especially in a space like this which can be a little confusing until you get to know it – I’ve made sure that everything has signs and the signs are consistent in color, font, and size so that it is easier for people to get around.

Are there any ongoing projects that are happening in the CCB?

Funny you should ask, today I started weeding nonfiction, which has not been done in a while. This is important in order for the collection to be browsed easily, you can’t have outdated material mixed in with everything else. We had a weeding party Thursday, April 28th from 10-5. Volunteers came to help us weed and to enter things into a database so that it goes more quickly. We have been weeding reference for about a year but it keeps going. That collection had never really been deselected and while there are a lot of useful older reference books, it was time for that part of the collection to be refreshed.

We are also combining fiction and nonfiction. This decision was made with the community we serve in mind; we think most people that use the CCB collection search by author last name, due to the prominence of the Bulletin and author based research at GSLIS. 

How do you decide where to make changes? What factors do you consider?

The number one concern is ‘how long is it going to take and how many volunteers will a project need?’ We have to balance that time with the issue going out every month and cataloging the corresponding new books– we won’t compromise that in order to adjust things.

A second question is ‘will it solve more than one problem?’ For example, integrating fiction and nonfiction solves the problem of people not being able to find things but it also makes weeding nonfiction easier. Those kind of things are put at the top of the list.

You always need to think about patron needs. Sometimes I will ask patrons in the space what they think about an idea for a change. Most of the time they are supportive, but if someone ever expresses uncertainty I would take a step back because the changes are for them and if people do not think something will help then there is no point in doing it.



New Books We Just Had to Read

Every month, the CCB and BCCB Graduate Assistants highlight books reviewed in the most recent issue of the Bulletin that we were excited to read. These decisions are based on personal preference, but all books listed are Recommended by the Bulletin. For complete reviews, visit the Bulletin website ( to learn how to subscribe.


Michelle’s Choice: The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson

Reading Level: Gr. 9-12

Pages: 352

Publisher and Year: St Martin’s Griffin, 2016

ISBN: 9781250079091

Price: $18.99


As a senior at the prestigious Messina Academy for the Gifted, Trixie has no free time. If she is not hardcore studying to keep her enviable 4th place academic ranking, she is stealing some precious minutes to read the latest Marvel releases or engaged in a never-ending war of insults with her nemesis, Ben West. Recently forced by their mutual friends to tolerate each other’s presence, Trixie discovers Ben is no fake geek boy. Shockingly, he may even be worthy of her time. Not only does he hold the precious 3rd place ranking at school, he loves all the same nerdy things Trixie does (from Veronica Mars to Alexander Hamilton, this book references a huge swath of geekdom). Their palpable animosity gives way to acceptance and then maybe something even more as they team up to investigate the suspicious cheating scandal that rocks the school and implicates their mutual friends. Sassy and saturated in the best of cult and comics culture, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You is a witty rom-com with a sharp tongue worthy of its inspiration, Much Ado About Nothing.



Highlighted Book from Our Wish List


John, Anthony.            Five Flavors of Dumb. New York: Dial, 2010. ISBN 978-0803734333


For more book selections or to order this one, visit the CCB’s Amazon Wish List.



CCB Spring Hours and General Information


The CCB will be open at reduced hours during both summer sessions. The final schedule will be available shortly—check the CCB website for the latest updates.


Finals Week and Summer Session I

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10am-3pm

Wednesday: 1pm-6pm

Thursday: 9am-2pm

Friday: Closed


Summer Session II

TBD, check our website for updates!



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