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Library’s Civil War Event was top story in Thursday May 26 Tribune-Star

Posted by isulib on May 27, 2011

A great story by Sue Loughlin with some good photos!

Civil War Sesquicentennial Digitization Project puts records at Vigo residents’ fingertips

More than 1,200 items added to database

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Released today: US Census Report on Public Education Funding

Posted by isulib on May 25, 2011

Today, the Census Bureau is releasing new statistics on the finances of elementary and secondary public school systems from our Public Education Finances: 2009.

See the Census blog posting here:

See the Finance Data here [report and tables]:

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Weather Alert for Terre Haute

Posted by isulib on May 25, 2011

We usually don’t use this library blog to report on weather, but in terms of information, today’s report from one of our Reference/Instruction Librarians, Steve Hardin, who is a trained weather spotter, has already been told that ‘activation will be necessary today into tonight”. Here are some excerpts from the daily report he provides us:


Here in the library, of course, the best place to go is the Basement.  The Lower Level wouldn’t be too bad, either, but I’d prefer the
Basement.  Get as much metal and cinder block between you and the outside as possible.

Part of the reason for the special attention being paid to the weather today results from our being included in the “moderate risk”
area for severe storms
.  As I write (8:47 a.m.) it appears parts of IN, IL, TN, AR and MO will be upgraded to a “high risk.”  It may have already happened as you read this.  The folks in Indy have prepared a nice web briefing of the situation.  SPC has also issued a public severe weather outlook.  We’ve dodged the bullet a number of times, with the storms that leveled Joplin coming our way overnight, when they’d lost a lot of their energy.  Today’s storms won’t have that sort of restraint.

More storms killed at least nine persons yesterday and overnight, as this memorable spring continues.

The NWS forecast for Terre Haute:

Today…Breezy. Thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of thunderstorms 70 percent.

Tonight…Thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of thunderstorms 90 percent.

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Visions and Voices to unveil Vigo County Civil War Sesquicentennial project

Posted by isulib on May 24, 2011

Wabash Valley Visions and Voices (WV3) will reveal its Vigo County, Indiana, Civil War Sesquicentennial Digitization Project Wednesday evening during an event hosted by Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library.

The event will take place May 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Events Area. Light refreshments will be served. Being unveiled is the Vigo County Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Digitization Project, which focuses on the digitization of historical material relating to Vigo County’s role in the Civil War.

Celebrating the end of a one year Library Services Technology Act Digitization Grant (LSTA) to scan and make accessible Civil War material through the WV3 searchable online database, the program will feature three main parts:

  • a showcasing of the Civil War Collections by Project Director Cinda May;
  • a presentation titled “Paths From the Freedom Trail” by Marlene Lu, the West Central Region Coordinator for Indiana Freedom Trails, speaking about the Underground Railroad in Indiana ;
  •  and costumed interpreters from the Vigo County Historical Society reading Captain John Blinn’s letters home.

Through the LSTA grant, more than 1,200 historical items have been added to the WV3 searchable database, including letters, artifacts, medals, GAR membership applications and artwork. The Vigo County Civil War homepage also features a photo gallery, an interactive timeline, lesson plans for teachers and a contextual essay.

Four partners are providing a collaborative effort on the grant, including the Indiana State University Library, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, the Vigo County Public Library and the Vigo County Historical Society.

For more information, visit the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices website at


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Cup and Chaucer Hours for June 2011

Posted by isulib on May 23, 2011

The café will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday – Friday, from June 6 through June 30.

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Update: Bound Journals in Remote Storage

Posted by isulib on May 23, 2011

The status of journal titles in remote storage [currently Normal Hall] has been a topic of much discussion throughout this last year. Classroom faculty have been involved in the process to identify the need to keep print journal titles. The Library’s Library Collection Development Committee has this report from from a recent meeting:

Titles requested to be kept: 10 – Of these 10, 6 are easily acquired through Interlibrary Loan, while 3 are unique holdings. However, the volumes are NOT in good condition.

Tim Gritten, Associate Dean for Library Services, will notify faculty who requested that we keep the 6 about the ILL option and explain that the journals are in poor condition.

For the 3 unique titles, library staff will clean and repair the volumes and put them into the CML Bound Journal collection in the Basement. Classroom faculty will be notified.


  • Animal Behavior
  • Canadian Journal of Zoology
  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Journal of Morphology
  • Meyers Lexikon
  • The Woman’s Press


  • Appleton’s Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events
  • Association Monthly/Official Organ of Young Women’s Christian of The USA
  • Meyers Konversations-Lexikon Eine Encyklopadie des Allgemeinen Wissens

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Library Staff Publication: David Vancil

Posted by isulib on May 23, 2011

Dr. David Vancil has published “My Daughter and I Meet a Dolphin Named Atlas at the Atlantis Resort, Nassau, the Bahamas” in the current issue of Concho River Review, published in San Angelo, Texas. David is a founding member of TACWT (Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers) with long-standing ties to the state and many of its so-called little magazines. The CRR is one of his favorites. He has at least 6 poems in it.

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Book Signing by TH Olympian: The Longest Leap

Posted by isulib on May 20, 2011

Friday May 20, 5:30-7:30pm at Tippecanoe Place, 2149 Tippecanoe St, Terre Haute: Terre Haute author Greg Bell (born in Terre Haute, November 7, 1930) will be signing copies of his autobiography, “The Longest Leap“.  The title is perfect for someone who won a Gold Medal in the Long Jump at the 1956 Summer Olympics (Australia).

[announcement source: Tribune-Star, Wikipedia]

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New Library Items Feature Enhanced in Our 4-Library Online Catalog

Posted by isulib on May 19, 2011

hey! do you want to know ‘what’s new’ in the 4 libraries that make up the Library Consortium of the Wabash Valley – ISU, Rose-Hulman, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and Vigo County Public Library!

Now you can!
Look for the New Items link on the catalog opening page, or go directly to

Once there, you can look at a ‘rolling 30-day’ listing of new items. Limit by:

-Type of material: Printed, video, audio books, audio CDs, large print books, printed music, computer files
-Fiction or non-fiction: all, adult fiction, adult non-fiction, kids/young adult fiction, kids/young adult non-fiction
-long list of Subjects [will change constantly]

Sort by Title or Subject

Don’t forget – if you Login – you can use the Fusion ‘Lists’ feature to create as many lists of items as you like – gather them for a while and then print them and come to the library/libraries and check them out [don’t forget to check availability before you go! and: READ READ READ

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Book event at Public Library: Halibut Rodeo with author Mark Lewandowski

Posted by isulib on May 18, 2011

Mark Lewandowski, ISU associate professor of creative writing, will read from his short story collection, “Halibut Rodeo,” at the Vigo County Main Library at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Lewandowski’s essays and stories have appeared in many journals, including “The Best American Nonrequired Reading,” “The Best American Travel Writing,” and “The Best American Essays.” His short story collection, “Halibut Rodeo,” was published in April 2010 by All Things That Matter Press. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Professor Lewandowski was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Siauliai, Lithuania, and from 1991-1993, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland. Professor Lewandowski earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University in 1991. A book signing will follow the reading.


More on Mark Lewandowski

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