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The Benedictine University Library is pleased to introduce two new additions to our team.
Silvia earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Dominican University in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor in Education from Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion-Chile and an M.A. Th. S. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In her role as Access Services Librarian, Silvia oversees daily circulation operations, interlibrary loan and course reserves. She specializes in getting you what you need as quickly as possible while adhering to copyright law and the doctrine of fair use. “The interest for me,” Silvia explained, “is to work and help people […] find what they are looking for.” To this end, you’ll often find Silvia verifying bibliographic information needed to fulfill your interlibrary loan requests or supervising her team of student workers to keep the print collection in correct Dewey Decimal order so you can quickly find what you’re looking for on the shelf. “We have a good group of student workers who are ready and willing to help,” Silvia observed.
As a self-described “people oriented” person, Silvia strives to cultivate a pleasant environment for students so they return to the Library again and again. “The idea is to attract more students to use the library, transform the library [into] a fun place to be to study or just come to relax and read something to wait for the next class,” she said.
After graduating from Benet Academy in Lisle and earning her B.A. in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame, Cynthia earned her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. She previously worked at Argonne National Library, the Rush University Medical Center and National Louis University.
According to Associate University Librarian Luann DeGreve, Cynthia’s enthusiasm for assisting students and faculty made her stand out during the interview process, as did her substantial experience. “After ten years working in the agricultural sales industry, Cynthia has a solid foundation for knowing what students will encounter when they leave the University,” Luann explained. “She is in a position not only to help them with their current research but also to show them how what they are learning will be important once they graduate.”
As Science Outreach Librarian, Cynthia works with College of Science faculty and students to provide specialized library instruction and embed into specific classes. “Knowing how to navigate the digital research landscape is a valuable skill for students and faculty alike,” Cynthia observed. “I want to help the Benedictine community understand how to use our resources for a lifetime of learning.” She is looking forward to working with Dr. Kari Stone’s Chemistry 292 class next semester. In addition to teaching, Cynthia enjoys playing the bassoon in the Naperville Municipal Band.