While the ISU Library is, by official standards, a good medium-sized library, for many new students, it is by far the largest library they have come into contact with. Some students may not have had a school library/media center or a school media specialist or an enlightened classroom teacher to guide them in using library resources before they came to college. For many international students, just the fact that our library collections are open to them [they don’t have to ask for an item but can go to the stacks and get it themselves] is a new experience. There is the physical library and the virtual library. We have 2 million books and numerous non-print and online items. How to start sorting it all out? First, just spend some time in the Library — in our comfy chairs, in the Cup and Chaucer Cafe, coming to a live or TV event in our Events area. Find your favorite quiet or out-of-the-way place to study when you need to leave your home or residence hall or meet a study group. Try it, you’ll like it!
For a more organized approach, download our new list, Library Readiness for Research & Recreation, print off a copy, and work your way through the items there. Make a connection with a librarian. Check out a book!
Marsha Miller, Reference/Instruction Librarian