There’s a friendly, new face in the library. Jennifer Nelson, our Electronic Services and Instruction Librarian, was welcomed to the library this month. Formerly of Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, Jennifer will be spotted at the reference desk and leading instruction sessions. She’ll also be in charge of organizing our databases. Please stop by to say hello!


Getting quick answers is easier than ever with Meebo, the library’s new reference chat tool. Available from our library webpage, Meebo is available whenever the light glows green. Give it a try and tell us what you think.

Coming soon… a new webpage design. Features include simplified searching from the homepage, a quick chat box for instant help, and a streamlined look.

2010-2011 Theme: Tools for Advancing Scholarship

Share good ideas and good fellowship with your colleagues at a series of interactive sessions. Library staff and other experts will help you research faster, organize your work, and access the wealth of resources at your fingertips.

All sessions will include 20 minutes of presentation and 40 minutes of networking with faculty colleagues. Snacks provided; feel free to bring a bag lunch to noon sessions.

Please view the PDF flyer for more details: Learning and Fellowship Fall 2010 Series


Full time, 12 month administrative position in the Todd Wehr Memorial Library at Viterbo University.  Responsibilities: management of the library’s electronic services, including library website, electronic resources, integrated library system, and other online tools; instruction and outreach to faculty and graduate students.  Liaison, reference, instruction, regional travel and weekend/evening duties in rotation are also required. 

Qualifications: Masters degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution required. Three years academic library experience preferred. Experience with web design tools, teaching and/or library instruction including working knowledge in electronic resources. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and collegially in a rapidly changing environment; excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.  Full position description is available on request. Salary: low 40’s plus benefits.  Deadline: September 6th, 2010 with an anticipated start date January 3rd, 2011.

Email Viterbo Application (, cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references to

Human Resources link:

On March 29, 2010, we welcomed our new director, Gretel Stock-Kupperman.

Gretel Stock-Kupperman

Q: Congratulations on your new role as library director here at Viterbo University. Please tell us about your past experience in libraries.

A: I’ve been fortunate to have experience in multiple types of libraries. I started out as a corporate researcher finding information on everything from fuel cells to real estate executives. Following that, I was the Assistant Director for Public Services at Benedictine University, where I managed reference, instruction, access services, and service to off-campus programs. This job was a big challenge due to the numerous areas under me, but I enjoyed the diversity and opportunities for service that it provided. Most recently, I was the Director of Member Services for Metropolitan Library System, a regional association of Academic, Public, Special and School libraries in the metro-Chicago area. In this job, I was the “librarian’s librarian,” helping the membership with issues of library management, best practices, personnel issues, and more. I also had the opportunity to write several grants to provide additional services to the membership.

Q: What led you to Viterbo University?

A: Of all the work I’ve done in libraries, I feel that academic librarianship is my calling. I love working with students and faculty to support their learning and scholarship, as well as being part of a community of learners. Viterbo is the perfect size, where you can still see the impact of your work, but enjoy a broad range of programs and points of view. In addition to the size and academic setting, the values base at Viterbo University also drew me here. I’ve never witnessed such a warm community that lives its values. I’ve been looking for that in my working life and am honored to be part of that tradition at Viterbo. On a personal note, my family and I are from Wisconsin, and it’s great to be back in state.

Q: What do you like best about working in libraries?

A: My favorite part of libraries is the constant opportunity for learning and change. You have the perfect balance of a history of resources and amazing technology to take advantage of. I think those two traditions enhance each other and make for a rich experience on the part of the library user. To be a part of that in any type of library is wonderful, and in academia you can experiment even further.

Additionally, libraries are a perfect locus for collaboration. Here is a space, whether physical or virtual, that is set aside for learning, working together, and solving challenges. This collaborative spirit of ‘doing it together’ is at the core of libraries, and does nothing but strengthen the institution.

Q: We’ve been talking about libraries, so why not tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: I’m one of those people who likes to do a little bit of everything. I have been a violinist for over 25 years and love all kinds of music. I like arts and crafting as well, and while I’ve done everything from stone lithography to set building to needlepoint, my favorites are quilting and knitting. My husband Jeffrey is a professor in comparative religion, and we have a very fiery three year old girl. We enjoy the outdoors, biking, hiking, and camping.

Q: What else should we know about Gretel Stock-Kupperman?

A: I’m a firm believer in the power of laughter and the capacity for humans to do great work in collaboration. Those two principles guide a lot of my personality.

If you would like to contact Gretel, please call her at ext. 3272 or e-mail her at

Franny's LogoAs part of our contest on St. Francis Day, October 5, we asked students and staff to write a little bit about their pets. Here are some of the responses:

Gayle K: “George is part Pomeranian, part Maltese. George is an excitable fella. Loves little kids–probably because they are his size.”

Janine E.: “We have two ‘pet’ steers, two horses, five cats, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and one mourning dove at our place.”

Amanda M.: “I have two dogs, Siberian Huskies. Mine is a great dog — he listens well and is full of love and energy. I’m so glad I’ve found a friend in him 🙂 .”

Lienna O.: “Two parakeets, Ralphy & Glady. They fly free in the house.”

Courtney L.: “I’ve had Fluffy for three years, and she’s the best! I take her to the mall so she can get those striped dog sweaters she loves. Pink is her fav color!”

Gabby H.: “My two dogs do everything with us. One is lazy and slow, the other is energetic and ready to go @ all times. They balance each other well.”

Kasie V.: “My dog is a 12 year old Black Labrador. I’ve had him since he was a puppy, and since I was in first grade. He’s the best dog in the world: he listens, does tricks, and stays in the yard. We can even walk him without a leash. We’ve been through a lot together–snowstorms, tornadoes, tears, and laughs. He’s a great companion and I miss him dearly 😦 .”

Rose T.: “I have a Basset Hound. We rescued her from a family that paid no attention to her. We’ve had her for seven years now and she follows me everywhere when I get home.”

Jackie D.: “I rescued one of my cats just before Christmas of 2008. She weighed four lbs. and was sick, starving, and frostbitten. She’s since filled out and she’s healthy and happy. She and Samantha love to chase and pounce on each other and run around my apartment. I call it ‘Kitty Nascar’.”

Sarah D.: “I had six chinchillas at one point. Favorite one was called Chico the Chinchilla. We would let them jump all over, on the walls and around the house! Very cute animals!!!”

Susan C.: “I have a five year old Labrador. She’s always in a good mood, always so happy to welcome me home; just being greeted by her is a mood lifter. 🙂 ”

Emily Z.: “I grew up on a farm, so I have had horses, cats, chickens, a goat, a guinea pig, and real pigs.”

Karen S.: “Hank & Keisha. Cute!”

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