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Association of College and Research Libraries: 2010

Posted by isulib on January 31, 2011

Many Academic librarians belong to the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Here are a few items from ACRL’s 2009-2010 annual report, printed with the December 2010 C&RL News issue:

Two important reports came out in 2010:

1)      Value of Academic Libraries multi-year Initiative: Megan Oakleaf, an assistant professor at the Syracuse University iSchool, completed The Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Research Review and Report (September). The report, with supplemental materials, is available at The main objective was to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance.

2)      Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025. Written by David J. Staley (Ohio State University) and Kara Malenfant (ACRL scholarly communications and government relations specialist), librarians can examine 26 possible scenarios. The report includes a process for doing scenario thinking in individual libraries. Available at .

Also available: Top 10 Trends in Academic Libraries (ACRL Research, Planning, and Review Committee) at

Scholarly Communication Toolkit: “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics”, was hosted by five sites around the US. Materials have been added to the toolkit, available at A  related resource are videocasts of forums co-sponsored by ACRL and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) at  

New in 2010: Choose Privacy Week Springboard Event (May, 2010). See the webcast at

New Information Literacy standards: Psychology Information Literacy Standards – in addition, more than 1,300 print copies of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000) were distributed. Available online:

Librarians and interested others can utilize ACRL’s Instruction Section’s wiki, Information Literacy in the Disciplines – it identifies information literacy standards created by many different entities, and also disciplines for which no known information literacy standards exist, as well as associations and bibliographies, teaching materials and search tips.

Another new online resource is ACRL TechConnect, to identify all ACRL technology-related events, professional development opportunities, articles, podcasts, etc.

Choice has long been a pre-imminent source for book and other library materials reviews. Its website offers 6 free- newsletters that anyone can sign up for. Go to and look for the “Sign up for our Email Newsletters” link. Also, look for Choice’s Facebook page: . To be published in 2011, with Bowker: Resources for College Libraries 2.0

Indiana University – Bloomington received the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, university category!

While ACRL membership declined slightly, there are still over 11,000 personal members of the parent group. Members also have the option of joining different topic-focused Sections such as Instruction, Women and Gender Studies Studies, University Libraries.

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Take Survey: Federal Depository Libraries

Posted by isulib on January 29, 2011

The ISU Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1906. Our collection is still jammed packed with wonderful resources, and of course, we have links to the many online government publications now available, via our online catalog. If you have used government documents, you may be interested in a survey the US Government Printing Office is offering, throught February 28. The information you provide will be confidential and will be shared with the GPO and the Library in an anonymous and aggregated format.

Find the survey at

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Book: “The Third Miracle” about Saint Mother Guerin

Posted by isulib on January 20, 2011

Read this article by columnist Mark Bennett  from the Terre Haute Tribune-Star about “The Third Miracle”, by Phil McCord, and the role his eyes/heading played in the recognition of Mother Guerin as the 8th American saint.

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E-books at Vigo County Public Library

Posted by isulib on January 20, 2011

Great column by Terre Haute Tribune-Star columnist Mark Bennett – remember, ISU card holders can go to Vigo County Public Library – Main branch just a few blocks south of campus at 7th and Walnut/Poplar.

Books are books – even if they eSmell differently

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Literary Conundrum: taking the n***** out of Twain

Posted by isulib on January 16, 2011

An interesting development in re-printing literary classics:

New South Books, publisher has several links to information and comments about its decision to reprint The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, replacing the ‘n-word’ with ‘slave’. There are hundreds of articles, blog posts, etc. that have been generated on this issue. Here are a few:

NBC Miami coverage, January 5, 2011

10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, New Haven Advocate, January 12, 2011

New York Times Op-Ed: Send Huck Finn to College, January 15, 2011 [144 comments as of this postings]

Paul Russell, National Post, January 16, 2011

Jon Stewart/Daily Show take on the situation, with Larry Wilmore, January 11, 2011  [usual warnings to the sensitive]

Check for more by doing a Google News search for “Mark Twain”

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Posted by isulib on January 13, 2011

Faculty who would like one of the writing consultants to come to their classroom and give a short presentation to students of the services offered within the Writing Center, please contact either Barb Austin at 237-2578 or Lynda Cox at 237-3274 to schedule a class visit.

See Writing Center website

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Academic Libraries of Indiana Conference, “Discovery to Delivery: Fundamentals and Frontiers”

Posted by isulib on January 11, 2011

The Academic Libraries of Indiana is proud to announce a one-day resource sharing conference,

Discovery to Delivery:  Fundamentals and Frontiers

 to be held on March 11, 2011 from 9 AM – 4 PM (registration 8:30 AM) at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Conference registration and parking are free, and the event is open to all Indiana libraries.  The morning session will focus on remote circulation and the future of resource sharing.  Other sessions will cover topics such as custom holdings, licensing, and open access.  Registration is coming soon, so please mark your calendars for this important event. 

For more information, visit  

 CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Submission Deadline:  12 PM (EST) 24 January 2011

We are pleased to issue a Call for Proposals for the Discovery to Delivery: Fundamentals and Frontiers conference. If you are interested in sharing a presentation or preparing a poster for a mini-poster session please complete the proposal form at

 Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes in length.  The conference schedule will allot an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion. 


Suggested Proposal Topics:

  • Custom Holdings
  • E-Resources Licensing
  • Open Access
  • Statistics
  • Copyright
  • Customer Service
  • Patron-Driven Acquisitions
  • Web 2.0 and Interlibrary Loan Service

Audience: The conference audience should include library administrators, interlibrary loan managers, coordinators, and paraprofessionals as well as technical staff who support resource sharing applications.

If you have questions, please contact:  Matthew Shaw, Resource Sharing Committee Chair, Head of Access Services
Ball State University LibrariesMuncie, IN 47306765.285.3330  |

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New Reading Opp: Bathroom Stalls

Posted by isulib on January 11, 2011

Stall Seat Journal – ISU Health Promotions is creating a 1 sheet publication to be placed in each bathroom stall across campus, including the Library!

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University Archives Hours

Posted by isulib on January 11, 2011

Starting Monday, January 10th, the Archives office on the 3rd floor of Cunningham Memorial Library will have limited open hours.  We will be open for Library users Monday through Friday, from 10am-12pm.  Please feel free to stop by and see what we have in our collection!

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PINs in Fusion Catalog

Posted by sarvin1 on January 4, 2011

Starting  Thursday, January 13th , 2011, ISU Library patrons will need to enter their library card number and a PIN before they access their personal records online.

The PIN must be at least a 4-digit number.

The first time patrons try to access their records, they will need to select “Create/Forgot your PIN?” on the login screen. If they correctly type their name and library card number, the library catalog will automatically email a URL to the Reset PIN form. The link will be valid for three hours from the time of the request.

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