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Writing Center Workshops Schedule

Posted by isulib on October 21, 2011

Be sure to check out these specialized workshops.

Writing Center Workshops Fall 2011

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Library Hours: Homecoming

Posted by isulib on October 13, 2011

Library will be open noon until 5pm on October 15.

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Alumnus pens children’s book about ‘Sycamore Sam’

Posted by isulib on October 13, 2011

Published by the Indiana State University Alumni Association, “The Story of Sycamore Sam” will be on sale Saturday outside Memorial Stadium during “Tent City” in conjunction with ISU’s homecoming football game.

Author Brian Hasler is a 1980 ISU graduate who currently serves as special assistant for external relations in the office of ISU President Dan Bradley.

The book will be available at Homecoming’s Tent City. Hasler and illustrator Angela M. Gouge will be available to sign copies. The book will also be available soon at the Barnes & Noble/ISU College Bookstore in Terre Haute. Book readings, live illustrations and signing events are also planned in the months to come.



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Cinda May participating in workshop (National Park Service and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park)

Posted by isulib on October 10, 2011

Workshop on Interpretive Needs for Historical Park

The National Park Service and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park staff have invited Cinda May, Chair of Special Collections and director of Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project, to participate in a two-day workshop to discuss long-term interpretive needs for the historical park and its resources.  The workshop, which is scheduled for October 19-20, 2011, will be an interactive discussion among a diverse group of stakeholders to determine the resources, interpretative themes and stories, and challenges and opportunities in the area of interpretation in order to prepare a Long Term Interpretive Plan. The plan will identify an effective and efficient interpretative program that achieves management goals, provides appropriate visitor opportunities, and facilitates desired visitor experiences. Congratulations, Cinda!

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Writing Center Workshop: MLA

Posted by isulib on October 10, 2011

The Writing Center will host a Writing Workshop this Thursday in the Library’s meeting room on the Lower Level (028) from 4-5 pm. The topic will be MLA citations and formatting. This presentation, like all the Writing Workshops, is open to anyone interested in improving his/her writing skills.

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New LibGuides

Posted by isulib on October 10, 2011

Rolland McGiverin has published LibGuides in the following areas:  Criminology, Psychology, Education, Interior Design, and Business/Economics. This brings our total up to 67.

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Arthur Cunningham Society established to benefit ISU library, students

Posted by isulib on October 10, 2011

Arthur Cunningham

Arthur Cunningham

Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library and the ISU Foundation have announced the creation of the Arthur Cunningham Society.

Named for the then Indiana State Normal School’s first librarian, who served from 1890 to 1928, the society offers alumni and others the opportunity to help strengthen the library’s resources, services and facilities.

“Libraries are often called the ‘heart’ of campus, and while we want to be the heart of campus, we also want to serve as its ‘campus living room.’ Participation in the society will help students and faculty make use of this campus living room,” said Alberta Comer, dean of the library. “I think Mr. Cunningham would be truly proud to have the society named in his memory.”

Through the society’s support, the library can continue to offer such services as being open 24 hours per day during Finals Week; “Extravaganza,” its annual welcome back to campus event; and the Authors and Artists Reception that recognizes faculty research and creativity, Comer said.

Peggy Hazledine Apgar of Terre Haute, Cunningham’s granddaughter, said her grandfather loved knowledge and books and believed in a strong library program.

“His progressive accomplishments during his tenure included putting the library on a firm financial basis, increasing the library space, extending hours, expanding the collection and the reading room, and instituting the Dewey Decimal System and a card catalogue to make the collection more accessible. In fact his wife, Bess, once commented that he was criticized for providing too much access to the books,” Apgar said. “I imagine he would be pleased, honored and truly amazed that the library that bears his name has become such a dynamic and integral part of the university and the community.”

Cheryl Blevens, reference/instruction librarian, said the society has been in development for several months.

“We are so pleased that we’re finally going to be welcoming new members to the society who will join us in supporting the library and everything it does to support our students and the ISU community,” Blevens said. “We’re working on some very special events that will showcase the society and its members so we don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to become a charter member of this new organization.”

Steve Brown, vice president for development with the ISU Foundation, said donations to the Arthur Cunningham Society will directly help students by providing them with more access to the resources they need to be successful at Indiana State.

“The library is as important to today’s students as it was to students of Cunningham’s era,” he said.

Under Cunningham’s leadership, the ISU library became the largest normal school library in the country. Cunningham also brought the Dewey Decimal System to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and the city of Terre Haute’s Fairbanks Memorial Library. He also planned a library building at the Indiana State Normal School’s Eastern Division (now Ball State University).

Arthur Cunningham Society members will be recognized on the society’s website and will be invited to special events throughout the year including Arthur Cunningham Day. Donors of $10,000 or more will have their names inscribed on a plaque in the library.

Donations to the society should be made payable to the ISU Foundation and sent to 30 N. Fifth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809. More information about Cunningham Memorial Library and the Arthur Cunningham Society is available at 812-237-8986 or

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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“Beyond Title IX”: Women in Sports Panel Discussion Wednesday October 12

Posted by isulib on October 5, 2011

What is the place of women in sports and what is the place of sports in women’s lives across their lifespan? Join us, and some ISU athletes, coaches and scholars for a panel discussion on a range of issues related to women and sports.  The program will be held Wednesday, October 12 from 6-7:30 in the Library Events Area. It is sponsored by Interdisciplinary Programs, Women’s Studies and the Cunningham Memorial Library.

Beyond Title IX panel discussion

Beyond Title IX panel discussion

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ISU people: EndNote X5 for Macintosh available

Posted by isulib on October 4, 2011

EndNote X5 for Macintosh is now available for our users to download:

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Tues Oct. 4: Visitors from China

Posted by isulib on October 4, 2011

Delegates from Liaoning Normal University in China will arrive at 2:30 to begin a tour of our building, guided by Dean Alberta Comer

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