Indiana State University Library

Indiana State University Library Blog

Archive for January, 2012

January 31: Library Hosting Teleconference: Achieving Tenure Without Losing Your Soul: Insights for African American Faculty

Posted by isulib on January 31, 2012

Teleconference:  Achieving Tenure Without Losing Your Soul: Insights for African American Faculty ( is (January 31) from 3 – 4:30.

Indiana State University is pleased to partner with Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Ph.D., and Director of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, on this free national teleconference for African American pre-tenure faculty. Moderated by Dan Bradley, President of Indiana State University, the teleconference will focus on: (1) demystifying the tenure process, (2) identifying the unique challenges that African American faculty face on predominately white campuses, and (3) providing strategies for achieving success while remaining true to yourself.

Meeting room 028 will be set up with our new conference phone for anyone who would like to sit in 028 instead of their office and listen to the teleconference.

Posted in Community Service, Events, News | Leave a Comment »

Carlos Alzugaray Treto Presentation (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm) January 31

Posted by isulib on January 31, 2012

Presentation in Library Events is open to all.

Carlos Alzugaray Treto (PhD, Historical Sciences, University of Havana) is a Professor at the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies, University of Havana. He served in the Cuban Foreign Service from 1961-1996. His last diplomatic post was Ambassador Head of Mission to the European Union. He has written 3 books and more than 60 academic essays. He has received several awards for his writing and teaching. In 2010 he was selected Outstanding Researcher of the Year, the highest distinction in this category from the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. He has been a Visiting Professor at Universities in Spain, Canada, the United States, Italy, and Mexico. He is a Member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and Member of the Executive Committee of the Cuba Section, Latin American Studies Association.

Posted in Events, News | Leave a Comment »

Library’s Eugene Debs Collection Acquires New Letters

Posted by isulib on January 26, 2012

January 25 2012 – article reprinted from ISU Today

Cinda May sat with the phone to her ear listening as the auctioneer in New York City said “Holding, holding.”

“I’m thinking, ‘yes, yes,’ then a third bidder came in,” May said.

May continued bidding and bought 20 letters that union organizer, presidential candidate and Terre Haute-native Eugene Debs wrote to his nephew, Robert Heinl, from 1893 to 1925.

“I felt very strongly that they really needed to be here,” said May, special collections chair at Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library.

In the handwritten and typed letters, which join about 6,000 other items in the library’s Debs Collection, Debs wrote personal and political news to his favorite nephew, as Heinl grew up to become a newspaper columnist and editor in New York and Washington.

In one of the more important letters dated Sept. 26, 1918, two weeks after Debs was found guilty of sedition, he tells his nephew that such a verdict was “inevitable.”

“If my position is right nothing else matters, and I am absolutely sure that it is, as sure as I am of my own soul. What the world in its present madness says or thinks or does is nothing to me,” Debs wrote in the letter. He also alluded to a difference of opinion between the uncle and nephew, “I know my position from your point of view is indefensible and it would be a sheer waste of time to argue about it…We may be very widely separated in our views but our hearts toward each other will remain unchanged.”

Such letters provide an important link to Debs during a 30-year period when he worked to organize unions, found the International Workers of the World, lead the Socialist Party and run for president five times, according to May. Debs made his last presidential run, in 1920, from prison and received 913,664 votes.

The collection also includes a letter to Heinl from his uncle, Theodore Debs, brother of Eugene Debs, who served as secretary to his brother. In the March 13, 1921, letter, Theodore wrote, “The Boss is still animated with the old spirit and you can gamble your last dollar that he will not allow these p—ants to humiliate him or put anything over without a vigorous come-back, even if he is in prison.”

President Warren Harding commuted Debs’ prison sentence to time served and he was released on Dec. 23, 1921.
“They do contain information about what is going on in his life. It shows his human side,” May said. “They provide a window into the family.”

Letters provide an important link to influential figures and allow historians to study a period and a person, according to May.

“It may be the only place to find certain kinds of information,” she said. “There’s a comfort zone that you’re in when you’re communicating with kin.”

In a letter in August 1914, Debs writes to his nephew about presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, “Strange how many people here seem to think of him almost as a god. In the final searching analysis of history he will almost if not entirely disappear from view.”

In another letter written in Cleveland in September 1914, Debs wrote about World War I, “These are stirring days and it sometimes seems as if the world were stark mad and our so-called civilization bent upon destroying itself from the face of the earth. The carnival of blood and iron in Europe is frightful and enough to fill me with pity and horror. But if it will finally make for the overthrow of such savages as William and Nicholas and the vampires they represent, it will at least make some atonement for its awful cost of humanity.”

The letters will be stored in ISU Special Collections and available for researchers to view. Special Collections is located on the third floor of the library and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cinda May shows a few of letters that Eugene Debs wrote to his nephew. ISU Photo/Tony Campbell

Letters from Eugene Debs to his nephew. ISU Photo/Tony Campbell

Contact: Cinda May, Indiana State University, Special Collections chair at 812-237-2534 or

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, associate director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or

Posted in News, Research & Library Use, Scholarship | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

3 library search committees for tenure-track positions

Posted by isulib on January 17, 2012

Find job information and application process at

Search Committees

The library has three searches for faculty positions in process simultaneously.  The search chairs and members are listed below. Thank you to all who are serving on these important committees.

Reference/Instruction Department Chair

  • Susan Frey, chair
  • Alberta Comer, ex officio
  • Cheryl Blevens
  • Rolland McGiverin
  • Nicole Bailey
  • Dennis Vetrovec
  • Kandace Hinton, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership Program, BCOE

 Emerging Technology Librarian

  • Marsha Miller, chair
  • Tim Gritten, ex officio
  • George Stachokas
  • Lucy Wang
  • Ali Moorhead
  • Debra Taylor
  • Pei-Yi Hu, Educational Technology Services Assistant Director, Office of Information Technology
  • Santhana Naidu, Web Services Director, Communications and Marketing

Special Collections Catalog Librarian

  • Valentine Muyumba, chair
  • Cinda May, ex officio
  • Natalie Bulick
  • Steve Hardin
  • Carol Vanatti
  • Christi Reinig
  • Kit Kincade, Associate Professor, English Department


Three students have been recommended to the library by the president of SGA to serve on these search committees and their names will be added to the appropriate rosters once their participation has been confirmed.

Posted in Library information, News, Staff News | Leave a Comment »

Article on War of 1812 Bicentennial published

Posted by isulib on January 17, 2012

Susan Frey, Circulation Librarian, has an article published entitled, The War of 1812 Bicentennial: A Guide to Online Information Resources, appearing in the January 2012, issue of College & Research Libraries News.

Posted in Journals, Library Scholarship, Staff News | Leave a Comment »

Dictionary article published

Posted by isulib on January 17, 2012

David Vancil’s “Seven North American Dictionary Collections” was published in Dictionaries 32 (2011), 111-28.

Posted in Journals, Library Scholarship, Staff News | Leave a Comment »

Media coverage of Civil War archival project

Posted by isulib on January 16, 2012

See this WTHI coverage of  “Civil War Records going online”

Posted in Community Service, News, Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project | Leave a Comment »

EndNote Workshops – Manage your citations!! and more

Posted by isulib on January 10, 2012

EndNote Workshop: Introduction

Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00-3:00 PM

Library room 230

EndNote is an application designed to store, organize, manage, and format your citations into the appropriate citation style. EndNote can also search and download records automatically form a database and even insert the citation into your document for you. However, it can take time to learn so come to the workshop for an introduction and overview of EndNote. Proof of attendance will be provided so please send your students.

If attendees wish to use their own laptops, please install EndNote on the laptop prior to the session. No time will be available for installation during the session. Download and installation instructions are available at  This can take time so please do not wait until the last minute to install.


Additional EndNote Workshops will be offered on

EndNote Workshop: Introduction, Tuesday, February 7 at 11:00 AM

EndNote Workshop: Advanced Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 AM

EndNote Workshop: Advanced Thursday, April 5 at 2:00 PM


Posted in Research & Library Use, Scholarship | Leave a Comment »

Time for Submissions of Undergraduate & Graduate Papers for the Bakerman Award!

Posted by isulib on January 6, 2012

The ISU Library’s Bakerman Research Awards deadline for academic year 2011 submissions will be 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2011. Faculty are invited to nominate student papers that were completed and submitted for a course grade during 2011 (spring, summer or fall semesters). The award recognizes papers that both incorporate extraordinary skill and creativity in the application of the services, resources and collections of the ISU Library and clearly demonstrate the use of good information literacy-based research skills. The winning undergraduate author will receive an award of $1,000, and the winning graduate author will receive $1,500. Faculty members nominating the winning papers will receive an award of $250. Recognition for the Bakerman will be included in the Library’s annual Authors & Artists program on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Find complete guidelines and downloadable application forms for both student and faculty member at

Bakerman Student Research Awards

Demonstrate excellence in library research skills and writing

Posted in Library Scholarship, Research & Library Use, Scholarship | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Library Hours, week of January 3

Posted by isulib on January 3, 2012

We’re open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through Friday.

Saturday, January 7: CLOSED

Sunday, January 8: open noon – 5pm

Regular hours begin Monday, January 9

Posted in Library information | Leave a Comment »