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Big Read/Community Semester: “Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain’s Problem Child”

Posted by isulib on February 28, 2013

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain’s Problem Child
Library Events Area


ISU English Professor Dr. Michael Shelden is the author of five biographies, among them the best seller Mark Twain: The Grand Adventures of his Final Years, chosen as one of the best books of 2010. The Author’s Reception begins at 5:00 pm, with the program will begin at 5:30 pm

Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain's Problem Child - Library Events Area - Feb. 28

Tom Sawyer: Mark Twain’s Problem Child – Library Events Area – Feb. 28

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Environmental Economist Lea-Rachel Kosnik – Two Presentations – March 6

Posted by isulib on February 27, 2013

Wed. March 6, 2013 at the Library Events Area

Guest Speaker: Lea-Rachel Kosnik, Ph.D., Dept. of Economics, University of Missouri-St. Louis

[1] 10 – 10:50 am presentation: River Basin Regulation and Small-scale Hydropower

Abstract: Many demands are currently made on the United States’ limited water resources, including use for irrigation, recreation, hydropower, municipal use, and instream maintenance.  This large set of demands poses a problem because supply is essentially stagnant.  Looking forward, this situation of water resource scarcity is only projected to worsen as climate change effects and continued population growth are added to the mix.  Given this acute state of affairs, I conduct an assessment of river-basin water regulation in the United States in the hopes of shedding light on whether the current approach is adequate to changing circumstances, or if reform is needed.  Using small scale hydropower permitting as the context, this paper argues that reform is essential because river-basin water regulation in the United States today is subject to a decentralized and inefficient management style termed a “regulatory anticommons.”  Solutions to the anticommons problem are suggested, including structural, organizational, and legislative-based regulatory reform.”

 [2] Noon Brownbag: Determinants of Contract Completeness: A Renewable Energy Application

Abstract:  There is a tradeoff that must be addressed any time a contract is written; whether or not to make a contract flexible but incomplete or rigid but comprehensive.  This paper investigates the completeness of hydroelectric license contracts over a nearly three decade time span and finds that as environmental concerns increase, so does contract flexibility, ultimately confirming the predictions of transaction cost theory.  The paper offers an interesting historical look at the development of the U.S. hydroelectric dam license as it ages over time and responds to growing environmental concerns.  It also, in a novel empirical application, combines traditional regression analysis with insights from textual analysis and computational linguistics.

Bio: Professor Kosnik joined the Economics Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2004, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her main areas of expertise include environmental economics, energy economics, and behavioral economics. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Ankara, Turkey. Professor Kosnik has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses, and published in a wide range of both academic and non-academic journals.  She has an active research agenda which includes analysis of hydroelectric dam regulation, renewable energy and climate change, and decision-theory in the context of behavioral judgment heuristics. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the Midwest Economics Association, the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, and the Transportation and Public Utilities Group.

Thanks to Interdisciplinary Programs, the Department of Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Foundational Studies Program and Cunningham Memorial Library for their support of this programming. For further information contact

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Annual Authors and Artists program and reception February 27

Posted by isulib on February 26, 2013

28th Annual Event

28th Annual Event

Cunningham Memorial Library hosts Authors and Artists reception Wednesday

February 26 2013

Cunningham Memorial Library’s annual Authors and Artists program and reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Library Events Area.

The only campus event that honors the written or artistic material or performance of ISU’s faculty, staff and students, this year’s 28th annual event will feature 21 ISU faculty and emeriti who published or created artistic works in 2012. A reception will begin at 3 p.m. with light refreshments. A program featuring Dr. Christopher Olsen, Chair of the Department of History, as the keynote speaker will start at 3:30 p.m.

The occasion also serves as a place to recognize this year’s Graduate and Undergraduate recipients of the Library’s Bakerman Research Award.

More information




2013 ISU Authors

2013 ISU Authors

2013 ISU Authors

2013 ISU Authors

2013 ISU Authors

2013 ISU Authors

Library Liaisons

Library Liaisons

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Got a Research Question? Online chat room tonight [Feb. 12] 10pm-11pm

Posted by isulib on February 12, 2013

Find theReference/Instruction online chat room [Collaborate] link here – see also connection information for 1st-time visitors

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Got a Question? Visit the Reference chat room until 11pm EST

Posted by isulib on February 5, 2013

Follow the Collaborate link.

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Exciting event coming to Public Library: Chalos Archives Collection Reception

Posted by isulib on February 2, 2013

Mayor Pete Chalos
Archives Collection Reception
Main Library Lobby
Tuesday, February 12 • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Vigo County Public Library is proud to announce a reception to celebrate the donation of Pete Chalos’s mayoral papers. Please join us to commemorate Mayor Pete Chalos whose dedication to his community spanned decades of Terre Haute’s history.

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