Friends of Chicago River Build Maternity Nests for Native Bats

An experienced publications and marketing editorial coordinator, Jerome Eberle previously served as an editorial assistant for Booklist Magazine in Chicago, Illinois. Outside his professional life, Jerome Eberle demonstrates a commitment to his community’s ecological well-being through his support for the Friends of the Chicago River (Friends), which initiated a campaign to aid Chicago’s bat population in May 2015.

Due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and the spread of a lethal fungal disease, bat populations throughout the world have suffered losses. Decreases in their population can lead to severe disruptions in many ecosystems, as many bat species hold important roles as seed dispensers and pollinators. Brown bats and other bat species native to the Chicago area act as natural insect controllers; a single half-ounce little brown bat can consume half its body weight in insects within a single night. Nursing female bats may consume more than their body weight and form colonies comprised of hundreds of other nursing mothers during mating season.

As part of a grant program allowing Friends to help numerous other native Chicago wildlife, the organization began constructing six bat condos for placement along the Chicago River. Each condo will serve as nesting sites for maternity colonies and features enough space for up to 2,600 mother bats and their young. Friends expects little brown bats and big brown bats to make the most use of the condos, as these are the area’s most common colonial bats.

In order to ensure the best placement of each condo, the organization worked closely with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Sites selected for the placement of each condo consist of areas that provide everything bats need to thrive in their environment, which includes abundant sunlight for warmth and an open space distanced from regular human activity. Selected sites also feature close proximity to water, where insects are plentiful.

Friends and Forest Preserve finished the construction and placement of two condos in May. The organizations plan to install the remaining four within the next two years.


Chicago Riverwalk Slated for Spring Expansion

An editor in the Chicago area, Jerome Eberle is also an active volunteer in his community. One nonprofit Jerome Eberle supports is Friends of the Chicago River (Friends), an organization working to enhance the Chicago River area as an ecological space and as a center for community revitalization.

Friends recently published a press release to announce that the City of Chicago is searching for concessionaires to open along the Riverwalk and in the area between La Salle and State Street. According to the notice of availability, the city hopes to develop this area and other land into a unified, publicly accessible space supported by diverse retail, recreational, and entertainment enterprises. The city is seeking creative concession concepts that promote use of the Riverwalk and engagement with the Chicago River, such as food-and-beverage boats and educational facilities.

In the Friends press release, the organization also notes that the city wants to establish revenue streams to help pay down a $99 million federal loan and advance the Riverwalk into a “self-sustaining amenity.”

Friends of the Chicago River Joins Community River Planning Project

An experienced member of the publishing industry, Jerome Eberle spent a number of years as a publishing assistant with the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine. Jerome Eberle has also supported his community by volunteering with Friends of the Chicago River, which strives to improve the condition of the Chicago River so people and wildlife can enjoy the space.

In a recent press release, Friends of the Chicago River announced a partnership with community stakeholders, the City of Chicago, topical experts, and the Metropolitan Planning Council on a strategic planning project. The project will investigate all of the city’s waterways and work to generate a coordinated waterway improvement plan.

During the 15-month planning process, Friends of the Chicago River and the other facilitators will encourage business owners and residents to envision a future for the city’s Calumet, Des Plaines, and Chicago Rivers and riverfronts. Community members will be encouraged to share their opinions related to Chicago’s 100 miles of riverfront through various surveys and forums. The project will look for suggestions on a wide range of economic and environmental matters, including dining options, shipping, and water quality.

American Library Association Sponsors 2015 Midwinter Meeting

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Jerome Eberle works as the editorial coordinator for the American Academy of Periodontology. In this capacity, he works closely with the editorial coordinator within the publications and marketing department. Prior to joining the American Academy of Periodontology, Jerome Eberle was an editorial assistant to the adult books editor of Booklist Magazine. This publication is a twice-monthly journal of book reviews produced by the American Library Association (ALA).

As the oldest and largest library association in the world, the ALA was started in 1876. It provides leadership for the promotion, development, and improvement of library and information services. The organization offers support through events, publications, news, and advocacy resources.

One of the events hosted by the ALA is the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The 2015 event, which was held January 30 through February 3 in Chicago, Illinois, featured speakers including actors Jason Segel and LeVar Burton, cartoonist Jeff Smith, and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Attendees also took part in networking opportunities, visiting exhibits, and participating in discussion groups.

Tips for Writing an Effective Book Review

Between 2005 and 2010, Jerome Eberle served the American Library Association as a publishing assistant. In addition to his other professional pursuits, Jerome Eberle continues to serve the American Library Association as a book reviewer.

There are a few guidelines most writers follow when authoring a book review. All book reviews should feature a short synopsis of the story that helps readers get an idea of the book’s content while revealing as few specific plot points as possible. Reviewers should supplement their general summary with a more comprehensive analysis of thematic aspects and character development. Again, reviewers should refrain from writing too many details about character motivations and other information that might spoil the book for readers.

A book review should also comment on the author’s style, including comments on the use of imagery and approach to pacing. Comparing the author’s style to similar writers can be helpful for readers who are unsure if they will enjoy the book or not. Finally, the reviewer should include his or her personal reaction to the book. If the reviewer maintains a balance between technical evaluation and individual opinion, readers can get a good sense of whether or not the book is worth their time.

How To Write An Informative And Entertaining Book Review, By Jerome Eberle

When one is writing a book review, whether in response to an online purchase or in an academic context, it is important to keep in mind that the review will garner the most appreciation if it is both informative and entertaining. Before and while reading the book there are certain considerations that will help the review be successful. Some of these include: writing for the audience; focusing on main characters and themes of the book; and including a critical analysis. The general public, as an audience, will be receptive to a casual style of writing, while a more technical or academic audience will require more specialized language. It is a good idea to avoid subplots and minor characters and focus on detailing the core themes presented by the author. And, of course, while it is pleasant to give a plot synopsis, readers of the review are really looking for a critical analysis backed by detailed reasons and examples.

Jerome Eberle, a writing and editing professional based in Chicago, is a former Publishing Assistant at the American Library Association. He now works at the American Academy of Periodontology and still contributes book reviews to the ALA’s trade publication Booklist Magazine.

Jerome Eberle on the Editing Process

While the editing process is different at each publishing house, there are essentially three steps that are followed by most.

The first is typically the macro edit, during which the editor will give general notes to the author about the content and expect the author to use those to edit his or her manuscript.

Second is the line edit, during which the editor goes through content line by line, highlighting inconsistencies and anything else that may need changing. This is also when the editor must help the author align his or her writing to fit the house style guidelines.

Lastly, there is the copy edit, during which typos, spelling, and punctuation are corrected, and facts and permissions are verified.

As Editorial Coordinator in the publications and marketing departments of the American Academy of Periodontology, Jerome Eberle provides editorial support. He received his degree in English literature in 2000 and his certificate in editing in 2008.