Interview with Aimee deChambeau

The Library Club: Who are you?

Aimee deChambeau: Well, I’m Aimee deChambeau, e-Resources Librarian in Melville library. I have a longer title, but I prefer this shortened version. I’m also the librarian for the School of Journalism. To some of my friends I’m also known as the Empress-Tsarina.

The Library Club: What do you do at the library?

Aimee deChambeau: I work with Nathan Baum to manage the library’s electronic resources – our online databases and journals. We work with outside vendors to ensure that access to the online resources is uninterrupted. I also select the books and other library resources that support teaching and research for journalism.

The Library Club: When did you start working here?

Aimee deChambeau: Sept 2005.

The Library Club: When did you first know you wanted to be a librarian?

 Aimee deChambeau: Well, this is actually a funny thing. I went through a number of different majors in college. I started out as a German major, thinking I’d be a translator. Then I switched to English, thinking I’d eventually go to law school. It was actually my Mom who thought I should try Library Science! She was *so* right (as Moms often are) – I loved my classes from the very beginning and have been doing library things ever since. Most librarians actually start their studies in Grad school. My undergrad and grad degrees are all in Library Science, so it’s really been my focus since I gave it a try and ended up loving it.

The Library Club: What is Galaxy and why should students use it?

Aimee deChambeau: Galaxy is a system that takes your search and passes it to a number of different library databases. By “database” I primarily mean the electronic literature indexes. Galaxy lets you search say 10 or 15 (or 50) databases at once rather than individually. It’s best for discovering which of the resources it searches will be most productive for your topic. The real nitty-gritty searches still need to be done in the individual database.

The Library Club: What is the best way to use library databases?

Aimee deChambeau: If you don’t know where to begin you should try searching a few terms in Galaxy and see which databases find the most hits. You can use the references Galaxy returns, and/or you can go into the individual databases and create more complex searches. I have to say, it never hurts to look at the Help files for any system you search so that you can learn the most effective techniques – this is true even for the internet search engines.

The Library Club: Why should I use databases instead of Google?

Aimee deChambeau: Ah, excellent question. Google does not include everything. As a matter of fact, many companies that index the research literature in specific subject areas will not allow Google or any online search engine to index their work – they’ve invested too much money in indexing it to allow somone else to make it available to you. The result is a vast sea of specialized information that you will never uncover unless you’re searching these specialized resources.

The Library Club: Do you envision yourself being able to improve SBU with your super awesome information retrieval skills?

Aimee deChambeau: Well, I certainly hope that when I help students and faculty figure out more efficient, effective, and productive ways to do their searching then yes, I am improving SBU. You don’t want a researcher replicating research that’s already been done just because s/he didn’t uncover that fact when doing the background literature review.

The Library Club: There are currently only humans in The Library Club.  Do you consent to your horse being an honorary LC member, thereby transcending the man/beast academic barrier?

Aimee deChambeau: Sally would be honored to be a member. She thinks it’s especially important to educate people about bibliomulas (book mules) and other animals involved the provision library resources and services. She’s also a strong advocate for library music CD collections – she’s a very big fan of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar music.



Interview by Lauren Guenveur.

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Books For Africa Thanks You

Recently The Library Club received a note of thanks from Books For Africa for the books they received from us. I would like to thank all the people involved on behalf of the club. Sending 640 pounds of books from SBU to St. Paul, Minnesota took efforts from many different parts of the library and I thank you all for working with the club to make this a success.

Role Call

Aimee deChambeau (and her office space)

Amelia Salinero

Beverly Lobb

Bob Lobou

Christian Filstrup

Godlind Johnson

Jeanne Horn

Joel Tornquist

Kathy W. Maxheimer

Kim Gauthier (Donated all the way from Michigan)

Leona Schenk (Donated all the way from Michigan)

Lorraine Giampaolo

Maryanne Vigneaux

Peggy Handle

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Going Global

Over the course of the past several months, the SBU Library Club has been working in conjunction with Frank Melville Library staff members Aimee de Chambeau, Joel Tornquist, and Maryanne Vigneaux to take part in a campaign designed to help end the book famine in many African universities. The club, comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, was led by its president, Lauren Guenvere, and its two staff advisors, Victor Santiago and Kristen Reynolds, as a goal of $450 was raised to send 17 boxes (roughly 640 pounds) of current textbooks to St. Paul, MN, where the books were sorted and shipped to the countries in need. Most of the books were obtained from donations to the library by patrons and local community members and had copyright dates of 1985 or later. The club was delighted to see that so many staff members empathized with this dilemma, and generously contributed, by means of cash donation, to this cause. It was a wonderful thing!

The Library Club plans to continue this project as long as interest remains. A fund has been established to receive donations to help cover the cost of shipping, which amounts to approximately $16 per box. All donations are tax exempt. Feel free to contact The Library Club at to see how you can help do your part to continue this campaign.


Taken from the annual SBU Library Newsletter, February 2008

Library Club Bookmark Tutorial

By Anuj Malhotra

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