Welcome New and Returning Faculty

Welcome new and returning faculty to another exciting school year!

As you prepare for your classes, please know that Specker Library can help you in several ways. We offer the following services:

  • Blackboard Training- Assistance is available with Blackboard. One-on-one training sessions can be scheduled by calling Milan Kolundzija at 219-473-4376.
  • Library Instruction –  A librarian can work with you to develop a library session that is tailored to your assignment. We can provide a basic orientation session designed to introduce students to different tools and resources, or develop a session that covers a range of topics, including how to evaluate web resources, find peer-reviewed research articles, and more.
  • Equipment Rental –  Laptops, projectors and other equipment are available for you to checkout. Stop by the Circulation Desk to learn more.
  • Course Reserves – Instructors may place textbooks on reserve for students to use in the library. Stop by the Circulation Desk or call 219-473-4373 to learn more.
  • Interlibrary Loan –  Books and articles not available in our collection can be borrowed from other libraries. Learn more about this service by visiting https://goo.gl/mNYzXM

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our contact information is provided below.




Dr. Chen at the ALA Annual Conference

Dr. Qi Chen, CCSJ Library Director has returned from the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) and Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA).

Among many professional sessions and meetings, Qi has hosted CALA’s Board meeting and Annual Award Banquet. Qi has also attended the committee meetings and fundraising for the 3rd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), special events including Sarah Jessica Parker’s speech on the importance of book clubs for people of all walks and conference closing remarks delivered by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Qi was also invited to and recognized at new ALA President Dr. Jim Neal’s Inauguration Luncheon.

Serving now as the immediate past president of CALA, Qi will be a mentor for the new CALA President and continue to serve on CALA Executive Committee. In addition, as a representative of CALA, Qi is working with five other ALA Caucuses: American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), and serving on the Steering Committee for JCLC Annual Conference in 2018.

As former Secretary of State Ms. Clinton stated, libraries are more important than ever and that libraries transform lives, bring communities together and produce critical thinkers. CCSJ Specker Library will continue its mission to bring CCSJ community together to engage students, faculty, administrators and staff to teach and raise information literacy awareness and to support our academic and all programs.

– Dr. Qi Chen

New Display Features Recently Added Books

Come check out Specker Library’s new book display (located near the library entrance), which features the most recent books added to our collection. You will find books on a wide variety of subjects.  Some of these books include:

  1. The Airbnb story: how three ordinary guys disrupted an industry, made billions… and created plenty of controversy (2017) by Leigh Gallagher.
  2. The innovators: how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution (2014) by Walter Isaacson.
  3. Jackie and Campy: the untold story of their rocky relationship and the breaking of baseball’s color line (2014) by William C Kashatus.
  4. Days of fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House (2013) by Peter Baker.
  5. Why priests are happy: a study of the psychological and spiritual health of priests (2011) by Stephen J Rossetti.
  6. Stride toward freedom: the Montgomery story (2010) Martin Luther King.
  7. The priority of Christ: toward a postliberal Catholicism (2007) by Robert Barron.
  8. Born standing up: a comic’s life (2007) by Steve Martin.
  9. The truth about Hillary : what she knew, when she knew it, and how far she’ll go to become president (2005) by Edward Klein.


Celebrate May With Specker Library

Specker Library has curated a display of books related to historically significant events that occurred in the month of May.  The new display can be found near the entrance of the library.  Below are just a few of the books on display and the dates that correspond with them.

Date: May 14
Importance : On this day in 1804, Lewis and Clark departed St. Louis and began their expedition to explore the west.
Book:  Lewis and Clark: voyage of discovery by Stephen E. Ambrose

Date: May 20
Importance : The date in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh began his historic flight.
Book: We by Charles Lindbergh

Date: May 21
Importance :  The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton on this date in 1881.
Book:  The Red Cross; a history of this remarkable international movement in the interest of humanity by Clara Barton

Date: May 29
Importance:  The date John F. Kennedy was born in 1917.
Book:  Portrait: the emergence of John F. Kennedy by Jacques Lowe


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By Martin Martinez

Did You Know?

The Specker Library offers students, faculty, and staff the ability to borrow books and other materials that we do not have from other libraries through a process called “interlibrary loan.” Check out the video below to learn more!

Specker Library Celebrates National Library Week

Last week, in celebration of National Library Week,  Specker Library hosted a series of events on the main campus of Calumet College of Saint Joseph.

On Tuesday, Specker Library hosted an Easter egg hunt, where students were tasked with finding plastic eggs scattered throughout the library. Students who participated were given the opportunity to choose from one of the many prizes that were offered. Many students enjoyed this activity, with some thirty-five students in total participating throughout the day.

Another event hosted by Specker Library last week was “Smartboard Wednesday,” an activity designed to encourage students to share their thoughts with the library.  Students were asked to share how the library has helped them succeed academically, and what their favorite thing about the library is. Close to forty students responded to these two prompts.

In addition to the events above, Specker Library also conducted a survey during the week, to gauge student knowledge and attitudes about the library and the services it provides.  Overall, some one hundred students completed the survey.