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Shelley Arvin receives national award for work

Posted by isulib on July 27, 2012

An Indiana State University assistant librarian was named the winner of the Winifred Sewell Award at the Special Libraries Association‘s annual convention in Chicago. The BioMedical and Life Sciences Division (DBIO) selected Reference/Instruction librarian, Shelley Arvin, as the recipient of the award for “the innovative use of technology in promoting biological and medical information.” The DBIO is a 77-year old division with more than 550 subject specialist librarians in more than a dozen countries with an emphasis on the major life sciences.

“I was flattered,” Arvin said. “I thought it was funny because I tend to always be critical of the work I do…it was a nice reality check that they like it.”

Arvin emerged as “a clear winner” from amongst the five, semi-finalists’ LibGuides. One of the main goals of LibGuides is to develop specialized, in-depth databases to aid students and researchers in acquiring the information they need on a subject matter in a particular field of study. The DBIO believed that Arvin’s work stood out as “it combined biologically – themed online games with solid scientific information.” They added that with such a design had the potential of attracting and retaining beginning college biologists.

Arvin said some concepts in science can be very complicated to understand and it takes some time to learn and understand them while others can be tedious to students. By combining education material with a gaming environment, Arvin said it gives students the chance to learn these concepts in a fun way. In doing this Arvin added she aimed for education and fun as she researched and posted links to free online games.

In her search Arvin researched and tested different games that incorporated science and fun. These games included following the evolution from a single celled organism to a complex organism to players simulating health professionals in diagnosis and treatment of patients in a hospital wing.

“Good games kind of mirror those scientific principles but have a little bit of fun,” Arvin said. Arvin said she awaits the feedback from students to get an idea of how effective the database is, however, some professors are already giving positive feedback. “When they take time from their workload to contact me, I know they really liked it,” Arvin said.

Writer: Ernest Rollins, Indiana State University, media relations assistant, 812-237-3773

Reprinted from ISU Newsroom


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Watch the Olympics at Your Indiana State University Library

Posted by isulib on July 25, 2012

Olympics - London - 2012

Olympics – London – 2012

During regular library hours, drop by and find our large screen television tuned to the Olympics, near the Library Events Area. Bring your lunch or buy a snack in the Cup and Chaucer, relax and watch for a while.






2012 Olympics Viewing Area - Near Library Events

2012 Olympics Viewing Area – Near Library Events


Library's Books on Olympics: Browse while watching or Check One Out!

Library’s Books on Olympics: Browse while watching or Check One Out!


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History professor publishes new book on the Civil War and Reconstruction

Posted by isulib on July 25, 2012

Reprinted from ISU News story

For many the Civil War conjures up images of generals and soldiers marching onto battlefields with poised muskets, the dull roar of cannons, and the smell of gunpowder. However, Richard Schneriov and John Jentz paint a different view of the impact the Civil War had on our country’s history against the canvas of Chicago during the mid-nineteenth century.

Bookjacket Image from

Bookjacket Image from

The book, “Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class ,Politics and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction,” argues that civil war’s impact extended beyond that of military conquests in the South to social, political and democratic change in the North.

Following the Civil War capitalism began to emerge as a dominant mode of production within the United States, Schneriov and Jentz argue. Second, the north underwent a revolutionary upheaval comparable to that of the one in the South, as newly formed social movements began to find their footing within U.S. politics. These movements had a profound impact on the nation’s democratic process. Third, within the U.S. class awareness began to emerge among the capitalist and labor classes and reshape politics.

Schneriov said the book was written mainly for other academics and graduate students but some advanced undergraduates may be interested in the book. “People who know a lot about the Civil War era and are interested in the issues of that era may want to read it to broaden their understanding,” Schneriov said. “A lot of people are interested in the military aspects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This [the book] talks about the social, political and economic aspects.”

Research on the book began in 1986, two years after Schneriov received his Ph.D. at the Northern Illinois University. Schneriov said the authors placed the book on hold before picking it up again in 2004. Jentz and Schneriov worked together closely at the The Newberry Research Library in Chicago. The authors used data from old newspapers, raw census data and other published manuscripts and works at the time to compile a coherent story in support of their arguments.

Schneirov has published three other books, edited three collections, and is a member of the editorial boards of three journals. In 1998, Schneriov’s book “Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago, 1864-97” [AVAILABLE IN THE ISU LIBRARY AT F 548.42 .S35 1998] was awarded the Urban History Association’s prize for Best Book in North American Urban History. Schneirov has taught history at Indiana State University since 1989.

Writer: Ernest Rollins, Indiana State University, media relations assistant, at 812-237-3773



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EndNote version 6 coming soon – ISU’s citation management software

Posted by isulib on July 23, 2012

EndNote is free to all ISU persons. For more information generally, visit our LibGuide. Meanwhile, here is a chart outlining features of all versions of EndNote, including version 6, due out in August! YouTube video on EndNote6


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Got an Hour? Visit Our Current Issues of Magazines in Browsing

Posted by isulib on July 22, 2012

A perfect way to spend an hour out of the hot, hot sun. Come into the Library’s Browsing area.

Browsing - Current Issues of Popular Magazines

Browsing – Current Issues of Popular Magazines


Browsing - Current Issues of Popular Magazines

Browsing – Current Issues of Popular Magazines


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New DVDs Coming to Browsing

Posted by isulib on July 22, 2012

Don’t forget to check out the New Arrivals shelves when you come to the Library to get your DVDs [ISU students, faculty, staff]. Remember: ISU people can check out a total of 6 Browsing DVDs/CDs/Computer Games at one time for one week (no renewals).

New DVD Arrivals

New DVD Arrivals

More New DVDs

More New DVDs

More New DVDs

More New DVDs









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Open Access Research Movement at Princeton

Posted by isulib on July 20, 2012

Open Access to research, scholarly articles, etc. is an ongoing ‘hot’ topic. At ISU, Sycamore Scholars is playing a vital role in the process.

Here is a recent article about open access at Princeton:

The movement to make research freely available got a high-profile boost this week with the news that Princeton University’s faculty has unanimously adopted an open-access policy. “The principle of open access is consistent with the fundamental purposes of scholarship,” said the faculty advisory committee that proposed the resolution.

The decision puts the university in line with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a growing number of other institutions with policies that encourage or require researchers to post open copies of their articles, usually in an institutional repository. Unpublished drafts, books, lecture notes, etc., are not included in the Princeton policy, which gives the university a “nonexclusive right” to make copies of its faculty’s scholarly journal articles publicly available.

“Both the library and members of the faculty, principally in the sciences, have been thinking for some time that we would like to take a concrete step toward making the publications of our extraordinary faculty freely available to a much larger audience and not restricted to those who can afford to pay journal subscription fees,” said Karin Trainer, Princeton’s university librarian. She said they had encountered “no resistance at all” to the idea among faculty members.

The new mandate permits professors to post copies of articles online in “not-for-a-fee venues,” including personal and university Web sites. The faculty advisory committee that recommended the policy said that it will keep faculty members “from giving away all their rights when they publish in a journal.”

Authors may request a waiver for particular articles. Addressing fears that the waiver proviso would render the policy “completely toothless in practice,” the committee said that other universities’ experiences showed that journal publishers will often adjust their contracts when an author’s university has an open-access policy. Ms. Trainer said that the policy does not suggest any penalties for authors who do not comply with it.

Career pressure on junior scholars as well as differences in publishing practices among disciplines”mean that some faculty are not in fact going to be in a position to comply with the new policy without asking for a waiver,” Ms. Trainer said. “And we know that.” She added that even faculty members likely to ask for waivers “understood that it was in the overall university’s best interests to have such a policy in place.”

Unlike Harvard, which has established a repository and an upload procedure for researchers to follow, Princeton does not yet have a system in place to help faculty members make their work available. The faculty committee that recommended the policy encouraged the university to establish an open-access repository. “An open-access policy without a ready means for faculty to post their scholarly articles and an equally ready means of retrieval would be of very limited value,” it said. But it also acknowledged that “there are many issues of implementation and resources to be considered.”

Princeton already has a public data-storage archive, DataSpace, but there’s not a lot of material in it yet. The faculty committee said it thought DSpace could be adapted to serve the open-access mandate. “We are still sorting out our options here,” Ms. Trainer said.

Open-access advocates welcomed Princeton’s decision. Lorraine Haricombe, the university librarian at the University of Kansas, said she was delighted by the news. She helped put together the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi, to share experiences and open-access strategies. She said the group would invite Princeton to join its discussions. “This shows strong support for what universities do, and that is share their scholarship for the support of the cause and as a public good,” Ms. Haricombe said.

Reposted from Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus RSS feed (9/29/11)

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Posted by isulib on July 19, 2012

The new date is Wednesday, September 12.

Times are the same: 10am – 3pm

The plan is the same: drop in to learn about new resources and services that the Library has to offer. Get your card stamped for prizes. Eat some pizza & popcorn. Listen to the DJ/band outside the Library entrance! Join 5,000 of your closest friends for the biggest new semester kick-off around!

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Vigo County Public Library News: Vigo library renovations continue to take shape

Posted by isulib on July 17, 2012

Reprinted from Tribune-Star article July 17:

The Vigo County Public Library continues working toward a massive renovation of its downtown branch that will include new security and an automated checkout system. The library board chose Monday night to further investigate bids it received from several vendors seeking to install new floor covering, new surveillance cameras and do other work toward the renovations. Wide differences in some of the bid prices led the board to suspect some of the bids may have included additional work or been incomplete.

Renovations at the downtown branch will include new floor covering in the lobby, meeting rooms and computer lab. The renovations will also include demolition of an interior wall, installing security cameras and a paging system. The cost for that work is expected to be around $200,000, said Nancy Dowell, library director.

If all goes according to plan, the library should be ready to launch its new, automated charging and returning system before the end of this year. The system will allow patrons to check out and return materials without the help of a librarian. It will also include improved security, including new anti-theft gates at the public exits and entrances to the building. The board voted in January to order the new equipment from 3M Library Systems of St. Paul, Minn., at a cost of $187,000.

• Meanwhile, the library board voted Monday night to purchase scrolling electronic signs to be placed on the face of the two existing signs outside the library – one at the Poplar Street entrance and the other at Seventh and Walnut streets. The digital signs, which will be in color, will announce library events, hours and other information and will cost about $25,900, Dowell said.

• Also Monday, Dowell announced that the Wiley High School Class of 1962, under the leadership of Frank Volkers, has raised more than $3,000 to maintain the former high school’s cupola, which is located on South Seventh Street near the library’s Walnut Street entrance. Wiley High School, which closed in 1971, was located where the library stands today, and the cupola remains a reminder of the former school.

• Dowell told the board that the library received a $11,200 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to pay for the March 2013 “Big Read.” The book chosen for the next “big read” is Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer.” The Big Read planning committee chose the book to coincide with 2013 being dubbed “the year of the river” in Terre Haute. The book selected for the 2012 Big Read was Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” No grants were received for the 2012 Big Read program. “We’re very pleased that we received a grant this year,” Dowell told the board. The grant will help pay for program materials and free copies of the book, she said. “It goes a long way.”

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at (812) 231-4232 or


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Vigo County Public Library News: New library phone system gives patrons direct access

Posted by isulib on July 17, 2012

Reprinted from Tribune-Star article July 16:

The Vigo County Public Library has upgraded its telephone system to better serve library patrons by moving to a direct dialing system. Patrons can now call a library department directly without having to go through an automated attendant or a switchboard operator. The Vigo County Public Library’s primary number, which directs callers to an automated attendant, will remain the same at 232-1113.

Patrons can:

• Contact the Reference Department at 232-1110

• Renew library materials or check on holds at 232-1114

• Contact the Young Peoples Department at 232-1115

• Book a meeting room at 232-1116

• Contact the LifeLong Learning Center at 232-1117

• Contact Outreach at 232-1118

• Contact Special Collections at 232-1119

For a complete list of the new direct dial numbers, please visit the Library website at or call the Community Services Department at 232.1116.

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