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Reinventing the Library: Meeting Campus Needs in the 21st Century

Posted by Heather on November 15, 2012

Reinventing the Library - library of the past, and library of the futureDo you love hearing speculation about what the world of tomorrow will look like? Are you curious about how the 21st century campus will take shape?

The Cunningham Memorial Library is, too.

The Task Force

The Library is positioning ourselves to meet the research and teaching needs of the 21st century campus. A task force made up of faculty, staff, and students from across campus has been established to work with two outside consultants on a project called Reinventing the Library: Meeting Campus Needs in the 21st Century.

During the next few months, campus is encouraged to learn about both the challenges and the opportunities that face academic libraries today.

Panel Presentation on The Future of Libraries

Who’s invited: All faculty, students and staff

When: November 28, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. OR 3:00-4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.**

Where: the Library Events Area

The Panelists:

  • Provost Jack Maynard
  • Library Dean Alberta Comer.
  • Rick Anderson, Interim Library Dean at the University of Utah, who was named one of the “50 people shaping the future of libraries”
  • Joseph Lucia, University Librarian at Villanova University, whose background provides him with a rich technical and cultural perspective on the trends and forces reshaping the mission and character of academic libraries.

** The same panel presentation will be given twice to allow for more participation. A light lunch will be served at the first presentation and refreshments will be available as well at the second one.

We’d love to see you there.

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Lactation Room Now Available in Library

Posted by Heather on November 9, 2012

Breastfeeding Mother

The Cunningham Memorial Library now has a lactation room available for ISU students, faculty and staff.  The private space is equipped with comfortable seating and electrical outlets, if needed.

To use the room, check out a key from the Circulation Desk.

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Novelist Margaret McMullan to present on Nov. 6

Posted by isulib on November 5, 2012

]Novelist Margaret McMullan will be reading from her work on Tuesday, November 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A-264. Currently, McMullan teaches at the University of Evansville. The author of six award winning novels, including In My Mother’s House (available at PS3563.C3873 I6 2003) and Sources of Light (multiple copies in Children’s Books, Fiction, McMu), she has received fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Program. A book signing will follow the reading.

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Academic Authorship: Guide from Elsevier

Posted by isulib on November 2, 2012

Ways to Use Journal Articles Published by Elsevier: A Practical Guide

This popular Library Connect pamphlet was updated in 2011 and explains how authors and others can use journal articles published by Elsevier.
See also:

Helping you get published: Watch our informative webcasts

At Elsevier, we are committed to helping authors to submit their best possible paper. We therefore have developed a series of freely available training webcasts.

Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK)

The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) is an online resource to support journal editors in handling publishing ethics issues.

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Science Direct PPV currently unavailable

Posted by isulib on November 1, 2012

Science Direct PPV is currently unavailable. We have identified the issue, and have contacted Elsevier to correct it. However, their main office is on the East Coast.  We will update the blog as soon as we have confirmation of the fix.
3PM UPDATE: Science Direct PPV will be available again tomorrow morning.

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Professor publishes Book on Clarence Major

Posted by isulib on November 1, 2012

Professor publishes book on Clarence Major

By: Beth Pickerill, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
October 17, 2012

Indiana State University’s Keith Byerman has completed work on his seventh book titled “The Art and Life of Clarence Major.”

Byerman’s book focuses on the art, work and family of Clarence Major, an award-winning painter, writer and poet. The book was published by the University of Georgia Press. Support for printing art work came from the Sarah Hodge Mills Fund

Byerman started this project when another colleague wanted to do a series for the Pennsylvania State University Press about 10 male African Americans. The series fell apart but Byerman continued with his research into Major. Major’s work and his personal life with a mixed race Southern family fascinated Byerman. In Major, the professor found a willing collaborator, who also wanted to continue with the book.

“He was willing to participate and tell me information I would never have found. This project would not have worked without his help,” Byerman said. “Since Major was willing to cooperate, it helped me because I could not find many of the documents such as, birth certificates and marriage licenses.”

The book took 11 years to complete as Byerman had to track down letters, manuscripts and diaries buried in libraries for his book. Byerman searched for these documents through ISU library and traveled to the University of Minnesota to conduct research for the book since its library specializes in African-American culture.

“I will never forget the day I started the book, it was on 9/11. Major had his artwork at Michigan State and I drove up there. Every time before Major would talk he would ask the audience if there is anything else they would like to discuss,” said Byerman. “Then once everyone had finished he would move on, and I appreciated him for taking time to do that.”

Major has been drawing and writing poetry since he was 15. He won The National Council on the Arts Award in 1970 for his collection of poetry titled “Swallow the Lake.” He has received a bronze medal and a New York Cultural Foundation grant for his poetry.

As a child, students made fun of Major and his sister would beat up the students at school for him, Byerman said. Major went through three marriages which altogether lasted less than 10 years. Major’s first three marriages altogether lasted less than 10 years. His fourth marriage has lasted for more than over 30 years. He has six kids between two of his ex-wives.

“The more I learned about his life the stranger it got,” said Byerman.

When Byerman went to Major’s house for the first time, they discussed the artwork in the house. In the garage, Major showed Byerman racks full of his artwork, without titles or dates. When Byerman would ask him what was the name of a particular drawing Major responded, “Well what do you want to name it?”

“So, I got to name a few paintings, which was pretty cool,” said Byerman.

One unique aspect about Major is he would finish a piece of his artwork and then later would change something on it. The painting “Saturday Afternoon” has three different versions, said Byerman.

“Major believed in his own talent because of his mom and sister gave him so much support. He had no reason to think he would not become an artist,” Byerman said.

Byerman’s other books are: “Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction,” “Fingering the Jagged Grain,” “Seizing the Word,” “Seizing the Word: History, Art and Self in the Work of W. E. B. Dubois.” He recently completed a book on the life and work of novelist John Edgar Wideman, which will be published next year.

Photo: Keith Byerman “The Art and Life of Clarence Major”

Contact: Keith Byerman, professor of English, department of English, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3208 or

Writer: Beth Pickerill, media relations assistant, Office of Communication & Marketing, at or 812-237-3773

Reposted from ISU Comm/Marketing

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Posted by isulib on November 1, 2012

Pizza and Politics Election Returns Party set for Tuesday

The American Democracy Project is hosting a Pizza and Politics Election Returns Party Tuesday evening at Cunningham Memorial Library’s Events Area. Pizza will be served at 8 p.m. and at 8:15 p.m. Dr. Carl Klarner discusses his Election Day predictions. The event concludes with an evening of fun while watching the election returns come in.

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