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August 26 Library-based Events Commemorate 94th passage of 19th Amendment on Women’s Equality Day

Posted by isulib on August 21, 2014

Everyone is invited!

Women's Equality Day 2014

Women’s Equality Day 2014

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Login for Off Campus

Posted by sarvin1 on August 20, 2014

To login to library databases from off campus, we encourage you to use the link in the upper right corner of the Library homepage.

Off campus?
Log in first.

homepage header

You will be taken to the MyISU portal webpage. After logging into MyISU, you will be redirected back to the Library Web site to continue working.

If you click on this link while on campus, nothing will happen. You must be off campus to be asked to login.

The Library is still resolving some of the technical difficulties from other webpages, but the homepage link mentioned above is working.

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Technical Difficulties

Posted by sarvin1 on August 19, 2014

The ISU Library is experiencing access problems from off campus to online resources. We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Conference Proposal Reviewers Include Edith Campbell

Posted by isulib on August 12, 2014

Reviewer Selection

Reference/Instruction (Public Services) librarian, Edith Campbell,  has been selected to review proposals for the 60th Annual International Reading Association Conference

IRA 2015 Logo


[logo courtesy conference site]

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Associate Dean to Present at Library Research Seminar VI

Posted by isulib on August 12, 2014

Library Associate Dean Greg Youngen has a paper accepted for the Library Research Seminar VIThe Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community.  The conference is co- sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University Library, and the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association. It will be held in Urbana October 7-9.  The title of his presentation is “Identifying institutional trends in collaborative and interdisciplinary research.”

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English Professor Becomes National Author Winner for the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

Posted by isulib on August 5, 2014

Even a short conversation with Michael Shelden unearths a bevy of who’s who — whether you’re talking about his writing peers, his biographies’ subject matters or the reviewers of his work.

The Indiana State University English professor can add another accolade to the list: National Author Winner for the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Along with a $10,000 prize, Shelden will be recognized at the sixth annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner Oct. 25, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

It’s always nice to get recognized for something you’ve done that has a kind of official feel to it, that some group thinks your work is worthy of being singled out as good. I’ll take that every day,” Shelden said.

The annual National Author award is presented for an entire body of work. For Shelden, that collection consists of numerous feature articles for leading newspapers and five biographies, including

  • “Orwell: The Authorized Biography,”[ISU Library PR6029.R8 Z7817 1991]
  • “Mark Twain, Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years” [PS1331 .S45 2010]
  • “Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill.” [DA566.9.C5 S446 2013 ]

In his biographies, Shelden prefers to research and write about a pivotal slice of a person’s life to illuminate a greater truth.

I love the idea of finding out what individual people had to do to become great, what resources of character they had to have,” he said. “When you write about people who are that famous, it’s amazing to see how they created that person out of sometimes a wreckage of life — they fashion a character for themselves and that character becomes famous.

Nonfiction writing gives Shelden the opportunity to combine two of his loves — history and literature. Current events slip by too fast to fully process and appreciate, Shelden says, so he defines history as anything 20 years ago or earlier.

It’s exciting to me to think I have everything from 1994 backwards to dive back into,” he said.

Shelden’s latest project is on Herman Melville during the “Moby Dick” era.

The story of how he created the most famous American novel: It’s another slice of life, in other words. You look at how someone worked to create what turned out to be a masterpiece,” he said.

“Moby Dick” didn’t start out as a masterpiece, though; initially, it was a commercial and critical failure. “No one pays attention to Herman Melville for the next 70 years. How do you create a masterpiece, and no one pays attention to it for 70 years? That’s what I call delayed gratification,” Shelden said.

In this so-called Information Age, where every scandal, thought or meal is posted for the world to see, what will biographers of the future have to unearth and discover? Everything, Shelden said.

People might be in the public eye, but they’re not really telling you who they are,” he said. “They’ve created a public persona. Part of what a good biography does is getting behind that persona.”

People also change, Shelden says. Take President Barack Obama, for instance. He’s still a young man, and once his presidency is over, he could become a completely different man, Shelden said. “The same is true for Bill Clinton. His relationship with the public and our feelings about him have changed since he was president,” Shelden said. “Everyone has some secret or mystery to be revealed. It’s just who we are.”

With this most recent award, Shelden, who was a Pulitzer finalist in 1991, is reminded praise can be fleeting. It used to be only newspapers and magazines or few key groups recognized and reviewed literary work.

It’s a different world we live in, where you win an award and someone can say something else on a website. Now, you’re evaluated every day. It’s getting harder to please everyone,” he said. “Even plumbers on Angie’s list — we all get reviewed now.



Contact: Michael Shelden, professor of English, Indiana State University, 812-237-3261

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or


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Posted by isulib on July 29, 2014

Reference’s chat has been revived.

New Homepage Design: Location of Reference Chat

New Homepage Design: Location of Reference & Circ Chat

Chat is easier to find than ever – as we continue to upgrade all library website pages to the new look, you’ll see a chat window on right side of the pages, along with our news [blog], and hours links.

Plus, here’s a DIRECT LINK to the Chat page.



Chat Link - all pages

Chat Link – all pages

Back-ups: remember, you can always use our reference email service or call 812.237.2580.

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Chat is unwell

Posted by isulib on July 28, 2014

Reference’s chat seems to be very unhappy. Until we can figure out the problem, use our reference email service or call 812.237.2580.

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Going to Indianapolis? Check out new Browsing area at State Library

Posted by isulib on July 23, 2014

The Indiana State Library [no, not the ISU Library!] has recently renovated a space on the second floor of the library, and created a Browsing Collection. The collection contains some of the newest and most popular items from the closed stacks, for patrons and state employees to browse and check out.

The space is a great place to relax during the lunch hour or any free time.  Patrons can catch up on James Patterson’s books in our large print collection or read about the history of Indiana breweries, the Colts, and more local topics from items in our Indiana collection.  History buffs can find several new books of interest in our General Collection.

The Browsing Collection large print fiction is organized in alphabetical order by the author’s last name, the rest of the collection is arranged by the call number, subject-based sections.

There are many categories of books to choose from including: American History; American States and Local History; Geography, Business, Finance, and Commerce; Economics and Management; Law and Education; Literature and Science; Sociology, The Family, Social Issues; Politics and Government; Medicine; Philosophy and Religion; Sports and Recreation; Technology Economics and Management

Indiana residents can get their Free Indiana State Library card at the Circulation Desk located on the first floor of the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46202. All you need to obtain a library card is a picture ID, and proof of your current address. The borrowing period for this collection is 3 weeks. 

This collection will continue to grow in the future, so be sure to stop by on a regular basis. The library staff looks forward to seeing you soon.

~ from July 16 Indiana State Library Wednesday Word newsletter

315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 * (866) 683-0008

Indiana State Library Services for the Public

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Basement Student Printer moved

Posted by isulib on July 21, 2014

Where have all the printers gone, long time passing....

Where have all the printers gone, long time passing….

The student printer in the Basement has been moved to the 3rd floor.   Printers are now located on floors 1, 2, and 3.

The basement printer was not being used very much for a number of reasons.  We’re hoping the “higher” profile will take some of the burden off the first floor printers.



There will be signs in the basement indicating the new location, but library signs, web pages, etc. will be updated in the days to come.

Where once there was a printer... whoosh to the 3d floor!

Where once there was a printer… whoosh to the 3d floor!

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