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Attention Faculty: Change in Library Reserves Policy

Posted by isulib on December 26, 2013

December 20, 2013

Due to a recent decision by the Controller’s Office, the library is no longer able to bill students for lost, stolen or damaged personal copies of material you place on course reserve.  Students who keep personal reserves past their due date will still be notified that the book is overdue, but we will not be able to place a fine on their account to prompt them to return the item.

As such, the library cannot reimburse instructors in any instance of an item becoming lost, stolen, or damaged.  Additionally, according to our current patron privacy policy we are not allow to disclose who is responsible for the incident.  If you would like to remove your items from reserve, please contact Carey Sturgeon.  If you agree to these new terms, we will keep your items on reserve for Spring.

~submitted by Andrea Boehme

This information was emailed directly to ISU faculty.

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ISU Library Blog Stats – 2008 to Dec. 26, 2013

Posted by isulib on December 26, 2013

In this poster’s opinion, we don’t do the greatest job of making sure ISU people even know about our blog, so it is heartening to see that we do get some good numbers, and that they have been increasing since we started in 2008!

Library Blog Statistics - Monthly

Library Blog Statistics – Monthly

Library Blot Stats - Daily Average

Library Blot Stats – Daily Average

 

 

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Recent Pew Research Report: Texting Generation More Likely To Read Books and Use the Library Than Older Americans

Posted by isulib on December 26, 2013

Excerpt reprinted from http://thejournal.com/Articles/2013/06/25/Texting-Generation-More-Likely-To-Read-Books-and-Use-the-Library-Than-Older-Americans.aspx?=THE21&p=1

FULL REPORT

Library Use
A significant 86 percent of younger Americans have visited a library in person at some point in their lives, 58 percent in the last year. (Sixty-five percent of young adults have library cards, the researchers found.) Almost half of the younger demographic (48 percent) have accessed a library Web site, 28 percent in the last year. And, according to the research, 18 percent have accessed a library Web site using a mobile device in the last year.

In the older age group, those figures vary. Among those aged 30 to 49, 87 percent have visited a library at some point in their lives, and 59 percent have done so in the last year. However, in the 50- to 64-year-od demographic, that falls to 82 percent who have ever visited a library and 51 percent who have done so in the last year. Among the 65-plus crowd, only 78 percent have ever visited a library, and only 40 percent have done so in the last year.

Younger people also tend to use their library facilities more fully, according to the research. All age groups tend to use the library for browsing and borrowing books about equally. A little less than three-quarters of all Americans who have been to the library in the last 12 months have done those activities…

Library Expectations
The researchers also asked younger Americans what they think libraries should definitely offer in terms of services.

The vast majority said libraries should coordinate with schools more and offer free literacy programs (87 percent in both cases).

Other services younger Americans said libraries should implement:

  • Have more comfortable spaces (64 percent);
  • Separate spaces for different services (57 percent);
  • Offer a broader selection of e-books (54 percent); and
  • Offer more interactive learning experiences (53 percent).

Only 44 percent said libraries should definitely move most of their services online, and 41 percent said libraries should make most services automated. Forty-one percent also said libraries should help users digitize materials.

 

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Position Open for University Archivist (Professional)

Posted by isulib on December 16, 2013

EAP Staff (Exempt, Professional level) position is now available to receive applications on the ISU hiring site: University Archivist (pay grade 10).

POSITION SUMMARY:

This 12-month, professional position administers and develops the various programs, and manages the daily operations of the University Archives; arranges and describes the permanent records in the Archives; works to identify, survey, appraise, store, access, preserve, and dispose of the records of Indiana State University; and provides assistance and advice to the ISU community regarding file management and records systems. The Archivist offers assistance in resolving problems related to the management of records; oversees the transfer of archival records from departmental offices to records storage areas and when necessary re-files, re-boxes, and labels incoming records; files departmental files and retrieves information from departmental files when requested develops and administers record retention policies; interacts with ISU administrators and departmental personnel, students, faculty  and other researchers to support their requests for records in the Archives and performs other services, such as providing reference assistance and other information management tasks.   The Archivist works with the Chair of Special Collections to plan for the deposit and preservation of electronic records and other born digital items (e.g. photographs, documents) deposited in the Archives.

The Archivist may plan, design, develop, and produce  displays and exhibits in conjunction with university offices, departments, and organizations, highlighting their events with historical photographs and documents and/or provide access to the archives for individuals to create their own exhibits or displays; develops finding aids; organizes and arranges collections to provide quick access for retrieving information; provides content for Library website development to enhance the visibility of the University Archives; participates in public programming and events promoting ISU as a representative of the ISU community; seeks out historically significant collections that help to document the history of the university; and guides and supervises staff and students in organizing and identifying information that will be researched, processed, or documented.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

The Archivist reports to the Chair of the Special Collections Department.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

The Archivist supervises one support staff and both undergraduate and graduate student employees assigned to projects.

MINIMAL ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

This position requires a Master’s degree with a concentration in archival administration plus one year of professional archival/records management experience; or, a Master’s degree without a concentration in archival administration plus two years of professional archival/records management experience.  The position requires familiarity with archival processes, records management, web design, and knowledge of issues pertaining to preservation, digitization and copyright. The Archivist must have demonstrated problem-solving ability; attention to details; effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to interact with culturally diverse individuals, both external and internal to the library; and experience creating EAD encoded finding aids with the DACS descriptive standard.

ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

Demonstrated understanding of the issues related to digital preservation and electronic records management, experience with CONTENTdm, DSpace, or other data management systems. Experience with open source archives content management systems such as Archon, Archivist’s Toolkit, or ArchivesSpace.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Arranges and describes the permanent university records housed in the Archives
  • Works to identify, survey, appraise, store, access, preserve, and dispose of university records
  • Oversees the transfer of archival records from departmental offices
  • Retrieves information from departmental files when requested
  • Develops and administers record retention policies
  • Interacts with ISU administrators and departmental personnel, students, faculty and other researchers to support their requests for records in the Archives
  • Assists with the planning for the preservation and access to born digital items and electronic records

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Plans, designs, develops, and produces displays and exhibits in conjunction with university offices, departments, and organizations and/or provides access to the archives for individuals to create their own exhibits or displays
  • Directs website development to enhance the visibility of the University Archives
  • Participates in public programming and events

 

For complete information on this position and to submit an application, go to the following location:  https://jobs.indstate.edu

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Criminal Justice Gets Boost from Karen Evans

Posted by isulib on December 16, 2013

Karen Evans’ (Reference/Instruction Librarian, Public Services) bibliographic essay, “Beauty and the Beast: Violence in the Lives of Women and Girls,” appeared as the lead article in the most recent issue of Choice (December 2013, 51(4): 583-591).  Karen also serves as the chair of the Criminal Justice Discussion Group for the American Library Association’s Anthropology and Sociology section.  In this capacity she has arranged for Dr. Larry Sullivan, chief librarian at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, to speak at the group’s meeting at the ALA midwinter conference in Philadelphia.  The College of Criminal Justice at John Jay has the world’s largest library of criminal justice items in the world.

Screen snapshot including Karen’s article

Choice Magazine Screenshot

Choice Magazine Screenshot

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Library Hours December 16, 2013 – January 6, 2014

Posted by isulib on December 16, 2013

December 16-20, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 21-22, Saturday-Sunday, CLOSED
December 23-January 1, Monday-Wednesday, CLOSED
January 2, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 2-3, Thursday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 4, Saturday, CLOSED
January 5, Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
January 6, Monday, Open at 7:00 a.m., Regular hours begin

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Dec. 6: Oscar Wilde Expert, Joan Navarre Tops Off Honors 301 Student Projects

Posted by isulib on December 3, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013 – Library Events Area

9am-Noon – GH 301 student project presentations

Noon – Joan Navarre

Oscar Wilde Presentations and Guest Speaker

Oscar Wilde Presentations and Guest Speaker

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December 5: Where is Asia Going?

Posted by isulib on December 2, 2013

Guest lecture hosted by the Center for Global Engagement, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Economics, the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence and the Cunningham Memorial Library on

Where is Asia Going?

 By Khun Korn Dabbaransi, Former Thai Vice Prime Minister

Leader of the National Development Party from 1998 to 2003

Chairman of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University

  Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

 Community Events Room, Cunningham Memorial Library

 Classes urged to attend!

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YALSA Research Committee Appointment

Posted by isulib on December 2, 2013

YALSA Research Committee Appointment

Shannon Peterson, President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has appointed by invitation Edith Campbell  (Public Services; Reference/Instruction) as Virtual Member of the Research Committee  for a term to begin 11/6/2013 and end 6/30/2015.  This group has been established by YALSA’s Board to stimulate, encourage, guide, and direct the research needs of the field of young adult library services, and to regularly compile abstracts, disseminate research findings, update YALSA’s Research Agenda as needed and to liaise with ALA’s Committee on Research & Statistics.

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