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No story too small! Library’s Spiffy New Soap Dispensers

Posted by isulib on July 24, 2015

Earlier this week our Facilities Management crew started mounting these classy new soap dispensers – with the ISU logo, too! I feel cleaner already!

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Jason Krueger Participates in Art Chatter: What Is So Special About Public Art?

Posted by isulib on July 23, 2015

On July 16, Susan Baley (Executive Director of the Swope Art Museum) and Jason Krueger (Director of the Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection) were at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Terre Haute to participate in Art Spaces, Inc. – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection Art Chatter series, within the topic of What Is So Special About Public Art?

Public art contributes to the economic vitality and livability of our community!  But what are some of the ways in which public sculpture may impact an individual life?

Susan and Jason discussed public works that were important to their own lives.  Everyone was invited to add to the discussion with stories and suggestions about public art that has lasting impact.

Jason provides the following report of this event:

Yesterday’s event went pretty much as what is described in the ArtSPaces blurb.  I talked about the Jardins D’Agua in Lisbon and the Freedom of Expression National Monument. The Jaridins D’Agua is somewhere I traveled in 1998 during the World’s Fair.  It makes connections between the public and the complex history of the relationship between Portugal and water of all kinds. One section contains volcano-shaped fountains made in colorful Portuguese polychromatic ceramic tiles. Water slowly trickles down its surface, making the tiles glow and appear to move until…. the pipes under a wooden walk way shake and the volcanoes erupt with a giant ball of water. The cycle is just long enough for one to let down one’s guard and is simply a lot of fun, especially in the hot Iberian sun.

Freedom of Expression National Monument began in 1984 by artists Erika Rothenberg, Laurie Hawkinson and John Malpede at Art on the Beach, a performance art and installation festival running from 1978 – 1985 at the Battery Park City Landfill that was created by the construction of the World Trade Center.  In 1984 during the summer a wide ranging group of speakers came to talk, sing, recite poetry or otherwise perform on issues like the AIDS epidemic, homelessness, poverty, the environment and more.  In 2003, architecture critic Herbert Muschamp proposed that it be reinstalled at the site of the twin towers, stating that “The need for such a public platform has never been greater than it is now.”   It was put up in Manhattan in the summer of 2004, taken down due to lack of permits. But the artists’ intent was for it to always be temporarily constructed, wherever the needs for freedom of expression demanded it.  It is not like other so called national monuments, it is at a completely tangible scale and meant for an individual to occupy and activate it.  Yet at the same time it is about this rather intangible concept of freedom. The Freedom of Expression National Monument, as a civic architectural artwork, requires this activation of concept, but it also requires the cooperation of others to give it space to operate.  If Freedom of Expression is the concept, than the Freedom of Expression National Monument has been the proof of concept.


In addition we are pleased to report that Jason’s work Drowning won an Award of Distinction at the Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition at the Swope Museum of Art.  Jason speaks: The work is about the relationship between someone drowning and someone trying to save them. The struggle emphasized in their gesture offers a metaphor for the human condition.  It is drawn in walnut ink of my own formula in a way that buckles, cracks and bubbles the surface in a way that gives the figures a fluid environment in which to interact and places the viewer below the water, with them. This work is from the same series as my Master’s Thesis. This work and a new work from my Idebtity ​series will be on view at the Swope through Aug. 8th.

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Night Owls! apply for our Public Services Overnight Assistant [Circulation/Public Services] job

Posted by isulib on July 21, 2015

The following Bi-Weekly Part-Time Temporary (NO BENEFITS) position is now available to receive applications on the ISU hiring site.

Public Services Overnight Assistant – TEMP (Renewable 9 month position, Fall/Spring only)

 Period of employment: Approx. July 27, 2015 to May 6, 2016;  38-40 weeks of employment

  • Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 2:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., 28 hours per week
  • Pay Rate:  $12.89 per hour, no benefits

Provides support for the Overnight Supervisor responsible for the library facility and services during the 11:00pm to 7:00am shift and provides backup for that staff person allowing the library to function effectively during overnight hours.

For complete information on this position go to the following location:

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2013-2014 Library Annual Report

Posted by isulib on July 10, 2015


Check out our 34 pages of accomplishments.

Kudos to Erin Harmon, Public Relations, for the formatting!

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Librarian Position Vacancy at Vigo County Public Library

Posted by isulib on July 4, 2015


The Vigo County Public Library currently has a full-time job available for the position of Reference Manager in the Reference Department of the Main Library.  This salaried non-exempt position offers 40 hours per week and a primary work schedule of 8:30 AM-5:30 PM.  Work schedule includes some evening and weekend hours to meet department needs and to represent the VCPL during special programs and community events.  This job requires an ALA accredited MLS degree and an Indiana Librarian Certification of LC4 or higher at the Department Head level.  For job functions and other details regarding this position click on the Job Vacancy Announcement.  To apply, click on the Application for Employment and download and complete the application form and email it to by 5:00PM, Sunday, July 19, 2015.  The Vigo County Public Library is an E-Verify employer.

Alternate Application Method:  Apply by 5:00PM, Sunday, July 19, 2015, online at powered by WorkOne.  The Vigo County Public Library is an E-Verify Employer.

The Vigo County Public Library provides equal opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religious belief, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry, or veteran status.

The Vigo County Public Library complies with all applicable federal state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every library location.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, training, hiring, termination, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, or any other personnel action.

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September 30: OCLC Member Forum

Posted by isulib on June 29, 2015

OCLCMemberForumThe OCLC Member Forum at Indiana State University is in Terre Haute, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 9am-4pm

Register now!

Free lunch on OCLC and a chance to get together to talk with catalogers, E-resources, systems, archives, and more. And it’s here!

Together, we will discuss the OCLC services you use, share best practices with colleagues, and invite your ideas and thoughts about how you work with OCLC, what you need and how we can help.

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Library ‘front yard’ Getting Attention

Posted by isulib on June 26, 2015

The lawn between the library entrance and 7th Street is criss-crossed with cement and asphalt sidewalks. Work has commenced to replace the asphalt with cement and put in new cement.

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State of Indiana’s INSPIRE launches new version

Posted by isulib on June 10, 2015

While ISU people have access to the world of information thru a variety of databases, all Indiana taxpayers not associated with colleges and universities have access to some of the same or similar resources thru INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library. For a list of the databases, from the opening screen, click Help and scroll down or do a search and look thru the resulting facets.

A message from State Librarian Jacob Speer:

A new version of INSPIRE ( has launched. The overall user experience has improved with better search results and new features. This is a ‘soft launch’ and ISL staff are testing the site and fixing a few issues. Within the next week a brief tutorial of the changes will be sent to the listservs. Please tryout the new INSPIRE and send any comments or questions to

Users are not currently able to search some Gale resources, including TERC (Testing Education Resource Center), but the issue will be resolved shortly.

Note from ISU Library Blogger: the new image will look familiar to ISU people who use Ebscohost databases and/or the Discovery research approach via SycaMORE Research:


INSPIRE has been around since 1998! Be sure to try it out if you haven’t already. During 2014 INSPIRE statistics were performed!

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Staff Vacancy: Special Collections

Posted by isulib on June 8, 2015

Open Staff Position: Library Associate I – Special Collections Associate

The library has posted a Non-Exempt (bi-weekly) Staff position to the ISU hiring site for Library Associate I – Special Collections Associate. The posting is now active and electronic applications are being received.

Excerpt from position description: Library Associate I – Special Collections

Serves as the copy cataloger for Special Collections materials in all formats and furnishes metadata support for the department’s digitization projects.

Preferred Experience: 

Experience working in a special collections department and/or experience with handling rare materials. Experience with word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Previous supervisory experience.

For a complete position description, including qualifications, and to apply see

Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2015.

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Indiana librarians advocate for library funding at National Library Legislative Day

Posted by isulib on June 2, 2015

Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, Indiana State University), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director) and Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian) met with members of Congress from May 4–5, 2015, to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. The Indiana library VoteForLibraries-2015-NLLDadvocates joined several hundred librarians and library supporters to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries.

Former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) jumpstarted the event by discussing the importance of constituent advocacy at an opening briefing. Additional speakers included ALA President Courtney Young; John Carlo Bertot, co-director of the University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC); and Patrice McDermott, director of

During legislative meetings, supporters discussed the need to level-fund the Library Services and Technology Act, continue funding for the school library initiative Innovative Approaches to Literacy and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Library supporters who could not attend the Washington meetings connected virtually with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

“National Library Legislative Day advocates are true ‘nation builders,’ and we are appreciative of their commitment to supporting the country’s builders, innovators and dreamers,” said Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association.


Picture above features, left to right: Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian), Devin Benavidez, Sen. Joe Donnelly’s Legislative aide, Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, ISU), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director).

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