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Books Back Where They Belong, Less than 1 month after

Posted by isulib on August 30, 2010

So, Remember This?

shelf bracing glitch causes a mess

History Books All Fall Down

Dean Albert Comer to Library Staff today: The “getting books back to their home” project, which involved creating a project plan, moving 25,000 books to the lower level, putting the books back in call number order, replacing the shelving on the second floor, and moving the books back to the second level, is completed. This project involved many people from across the library. Everyone helped by either sorting/moving/shelving or staffing areas. Alberta sends a sincere thank you to all. This was a large task and the library staff carried it off magnificently.

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Kyle Ward’s book talk “Not Written in Stone” – on C-SPAN 2

Posted by isulib on August 29, 2010

The Book TV program is scheduled to air that talk Sunday, Aug. 29 at 6:15 p.m. on
. (Channel 65 on Terre Haute’s Time Warner Cable. We are VERY EXCITED about this event. Many of us attended the July 21 taping. But even more, Kyle, an ISU alumnus, conducted much of the research for both of his books [see below] using the Floyd and Walker Family’s collections of 19th Century Textbooks in Cunningham Memorial Library’s Special Collections Department.

Not Written in Stone: Learning and Unlearning American History through 200 Years of Textbooks

History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 200 Years.

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Huffington Post’s Literary-related Slideshows & Articles

Posted by isulib on August 28, 2010

Some recent entries for your enjoyment:

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Women’s Equality Day Observance – Two Events

Posted by isulib on August 24, 2010

August 26 marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. The Women’s Studies Program and Interdisciplinary Programs invites everyone to attend a celebration of this event on Thursday, beginning at 4pm in the Library’s Events area. This program and reception will also celebrate the 2010 Awardees of the Charlotte Zietlow Women Faculty Research Grant. Dr. Zietlow, recognizing the gender gap in tenure, determined to do something about it, and created the endowment that funds grants to support pre-tenure women faculty. For more information about this grant (application process for the next round will be Spring 2011), please visit

Following the reception, consider staying on for a showing of a powerful movie, Iron-Jawed Angels, 6:15-8pm. Please urge your students to attend this film. Starring Hilary Swank as Alice Paul and Angelica Houston as Carrie Chapman Catt, this 2004 film forcefully portrays how many women put their lives at risk to give women what is now often taken for granted: the right to vote. Students are also welcome to attend the Women’s Equality Day/Zietlow function!

1848-1920: War of the Roses: a pdf of a PowerPoint presentation commemorating the 90th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment! and some reminders about why it is important to VOTE! – with a special focus on the “Night of Terror, November 15, 1917”

Iron-Jawed Angels from Time Classroom – many great links

Huge site, but a bit jumbled, from

And, of course, the National Women’s History Project

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Library Hosts Friday Night Fun Event for Incoming Freshmen

Posted by isulib on August 24, 2010

Friday night, August 20, we opened especially, from 8pm until midnight to hold: Wii Welcome You to the Library. More than 500 students came for gaming, music, dancing, some popcorn and lemonade.

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JSTOR database platform update

Posted by isulib on August 20, 2010

JSTOR, a fantastic full-text retrospective database, has made some changes. JSTOR put together this video and posted to their facebook page. Hopefully this link will take you there:

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Library Well-Represented at Fall Frenzy Welcome Back Celebration

Posted by isulib on August 20, 2010

This year’s venue was the year-old Student Recreation Center. Following a lunch of hot dogs, chips, water and desserts, the ISU Marching Sycamores played and sang, the Sparkettes sparkled, and other festivities took place, including a series of silly games with teams from the different Deans.

Dean Alberta Comer does her bit for the Academic Affairs team event.

Library Dean Alberta Comer

The Balloon Competition

Reference/Instruction Librarian Marsha Miller (right) won the Show Your School Spirit award – ok, there were only 3 contestants. She received a Barnes and Noble gift certificate.

ISU Spirit

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Library Event for Freshmen

Posted by isulib on August 18, 2010


8/20 – “Wii Welcome you to the Library:  Games, Snacks and Fun” (8:00 PM – Midnight) on the first floor. Fall Welcome for incoming freshmen

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Writing Center Hours and Staffing Changes

Posted by isulib on August 18, 2010

The Library and Root Hall’s Writing Centers are closed until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 7. Writing Center Coordinator, Darla Crist, has left ISU for a position at Ivy Tech. Barb Austin, Library Instruction Scheduler, is currently coordinating day-to-day routines at the ISU Library location.

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Getting 25,000 Books Ready to Re-shelve ASAP!

Posted by isulib on August 17, 2010

Remember those 25,000 books that were knocked off the shelves during ‘the incident’ on August 4? For the Terre Haute Tribune Star’s article, see

Wonder what’s going on? Well, many many people are hard at work getting all those books back into call number order, on some empty shelves on our Lower Level, so they can return home to the 2nd floor. The call numbers affected are in History. Lots of folks helped work out a system for all of this, and it’s all coming together. Here is some informal footage, to give you an idea of what’s been going on:

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