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Pizza and Politics: The Cost of College

Posted by isulib on January 30, 2015

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Database unwell: Science Direct

Posted by isulib on January 30, 2015

Science Direct problems: we reported problems this morning – people were getting messages that the account had been disabled – and not just at ISU. The problem continues – from Elsevier: “ScienceDirect is currently experiencing a downtime with user registration. Our product team has already identified the issue and is working on the fix. We were informed that it will be early next week before it gets fixed. You may check back from time to time.”


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Indiana State library adds 15th century dictionary to collection

Posted by isulib on January 30, 2015

Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library has added another rare dictionary to its esteemed Cordell Collection.

One of the first known examples of a German-to-Latin dictionary, “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum” was published in 1495 by Johann Gruninger. The small quarto still bears its original binding and has few blemishes.

“The book itself is wonderful. It’s the only copy of this book in the United States,” said Cinda May, chair of the special collections department at the library.

The 382-page dictionary is unpaginated, but it was hand-numbered in ink, presumably by an owner. The incunable dictionary — a term referring to one printed before 1501 in Europe — is bound with a pigskin cover by the Augustinians at the Ulm monastery of St. Michaels. Its “pastedowns are as white as newly fallen snow,” with manuscript ink and rubrication “so pristine as if they were created in our own time,” said David Vancil, curator emeritus of the Cordell Collection.

Vancil saw “Vocabularius” for sale in a bookseller’s catalog and contacted May, who had overlooked the entry. May happened to have money in her acquisitions budget and made the purchase — an especially important one, considering the book’s rarity, May said.

“It surprised David, because he was joking,” she said.

The Cordell Collection of Dictionaries, Word Books and Philological Texts is open to the public and provides a unique opportunity for people to see artifacts from the first days of printing.

The bookseller, Bruce McKitterick, said he was pleased “Vocabularius” found a home in the Cordell Collection, as McKitterick’s father assisted Warren Cordell in its creation, May said. “Vocabularius” features a Gothic typeface but is considered to be visually plainer than many German books of the era — a quality that aids readability.

“This work is worthy of study by historians of the development of book production, including the creation of inks, paper and the printing itself — all coming a short 40 years after Gutenberg’s 1455 Bible,” Vancil said.

While the author of “Vocabularius” is anonymous, experts presume it was written by a teacher, likely affiliated with the church.

“Of course, one outcome of such a book would have been to help create dominant usages and spellings, so it’s likely that this dictionary exerted influence in both establishing dominant spellings for German words and in developing subsequent dictionaries, not only in German but in other languages,” Vancil said.

This specimen is also unique regarding the organization of words, as bilingual dictionaries of this time normally would have listed the Latin or Greek term first.

“With respect to the development of the English language and English lexicography, early dictionaries in Latin, Greek and continental languages can offer insight into borrowings, early definitions and usages and even modal shifts in vocabulary use and word meanings in English itself,” Vancil said. “Who knows if English bilingual Latin-to-English dictionaries, which developed somewhat later than this dictionary, might have been influenced in some way by this dictionary.”

The tome also provides some social context for the people of that era. For example, one unexpected definition is for pancakes fried in blood.

“This tidbit opens a small window on a food eaten by Germans at the time,” Vancil said. “Thus, word books can open a window, which otherwise might remain closed into the habits and interests of societies of bygone.”


Photos: — “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum,” a German-to-Latin dictionary published in 1495, is the only one of its kind in the United States. (Tony Campbell/Indiana State University Photography Services) — “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum,” a German-to-Latin dictionary published in 1495, is the latest addition to Cunningham Memorial Library’s Cordell Collection of dictionaries. (Tony Campbell/Indiana State University Photography Services) — “Vocabularius incipiens teutonicum ante latinum,” a German-to-Latin dictionary published in 1495, is the latest addition to Cunningham Memorial Library’s Cordell Collection of dictionaries. (Tony Campbell/Indiana State University Photography Services)

Contact: Cinda May, special collections chair at Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library, 812-237-2534 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or


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Feb. 5: English Department’s Schick Lecture Series on Thoreau

Posted by isulib on January 30, 2015

Twenty-six years after emeritus professor Joseph S. Schick endowed the Department of English at Indiana State University with the most generous gift from a former faculty member, the Schick Lectures series is as strong as ever and has an enlightening program planned this year.

In accordance with the endowment, the Schick series invites scholars from the United States and United Kingdom to lecture on literature and language topics before 1900. This year’s lineup starts with a talk on English poet John Milton and Italian scientist Galileo.

All lectures, which are free and open to the public, begin at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A264:

— Feb. 5: William Rossi, University of Oregon. Rossi is the editor of “Thoreau’s Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings,” “Wild Apples and Other Natural History Essays,” “Journal 6: 1853,” “Walden and Resistance to Civil Government,” “Journal 3: 1848-1851” and other works.

Schick taught at Indiana State, 1946-1976, and bequeathed $860,000 of his estate with his passing in 1988. The endowment is now valued at more than $1 million.

“While Professor Schick’s gift to the ISU Foundation to establish a lecture series was huge, his greater gift to Indiana State University was as a teacher, campus leader and scholar for 30 years,” said Ronald Baker, professor emeritus of English and Schick’s biographer. “As a teacher of Chaucer, the English language, research and bibliography and American literature, Schick always maintained high standards in the classroom and received several honors for his teaching.”

With this lecture series, Schick continues to enrich young minds. Each lecturer spends at least a day on campus — and as many as three days in Terre Haute — so students get the opportunity to interact with these eminent academics from Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Brown and beyond.

During a recent visit by Pulitzer-Prize winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, a graduate student who was studying Muldoon sat next to him at dinner — and benefitted from the interview of a lifetime, said Robert Perrin, English professor and department chair. Other students may meet a lecturer and then decide to conduct future graduate classwork at the lecturer’s university.

The English department also buys a copy of the in-print books written or edited by each author, who autographs them during his or her visit. The collection, now up to 1,200 books, is kept in the Schick Library for use by students and faculty.


Contact: Robert Perrin, professor and department chair of English, 812-237-3160 or

Reprinted from ISU Today

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Feb. 4: Health Scares in the Media: Everything Can Kill You So Tune In At 11

Posted by isulib on January 29, 2015

CommunitySemester-GraphicElementHealth Scares in the Media:  Everything Can Kill You So Tune In At 11

Catherine Steding (Department of Biology)

February 4, 5:30 p.m. Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area

In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and Social Media all vying for your attention, the news has become even more sensationalized and focused on catching your eye.   Learning to tell the difference between fact and perception is essential to understanding “risks” and maintaining health.   This interactive talk is designed to help you navigate these difficult topics and find useful information to be more informed about your health and safety.

Community people: remember, parking is free on campus after 5pm in any lot. Lot closest to library off of Tippecanoe, near Student Rec Center.

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ISU Difference Maker of the Month: Beverly Grubb

Posted by isulib on January 26, 2015

Congratulations to Beverly Grubb… this month’s ISU Difference Maker of the Month. Bev works in the Dean’s office of Cunningham Memorial Library and is a one-woman charitable queen…

Beverly Grubb - Difference Maker

Beverly Grubb – Difference Maker

She volunteers time to her church, every charitable event on campus and is constantly helping with the United Way. She is one of the few people that is always upbeat, always looks for the best in people and always helps anyone and everyone.

She’s a compassionate, caring person who spends her time spreading joy to everyone and is an excellent motivator to get others involved and make a difference. Congratulations, Beverly Grubb, January’s ISU Difference Maker of the Month.

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January 28: Information Literacy in the “Pathway to Success, guest speaker Sharon Weiner

Posted by isulib on January 26, 2015

  • (1:30 – 3:00 pm) Events Area
  • Library and Student Success Co-Sponsor Purdue Information Literacy Speaker

“The emergence of information literacy is a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education.” (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2014)

information-literacy-weinerIn the Fall 2014 State magazine article about the renovation of Normal Hall, Josh Powers and Linda Maule were quoted as saying that housing the Student Success Center in the building would allow it to serve as one of three anchors of a student success corridor, with the other anchors being Cunningham Memorial Library and the university’s Career Center. Information literacy is at the heart of Cunningham Memorial Library’s student success effort. The ISU community is invited to find out more about this vital component of higher education with a presentation, Information Literacy in the “Pathway to Success” with special guest speaker Sharon Weiner, Professor and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy at Purdue University. Dr. Weiner received her doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt and her MLS from the University at Buffalo.  She will explore how information literacy contributes to college student success.  She will give examples of how other universities coordinate information literacy initiatives and will illustrate with practical and effective strategies.  Finally, the speaker will suggest ways that information literacy can continue to bolster strategic initiatives at Indiana State University.

The presentation on Wednesday, January 28 will begin at 2:00 pm in the Events Area at Cunningham Memorial Library.  A reception, prior to the presentation, will begin at 1:30 in the same location.

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Karen Evans Contributes Book Chapters for Rowman & Littlefield

Posted by isulib on January 26, 2015

Reference/Instruction Librarian (Public Services) Karen Evans’ prolific research activity continues with two chapters in the Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons, soon to be published by Rowman & Littlefield.  Chapter titles are:   “Collection Development for Financial Literacy” and “United States Government Resources on Financial Literacy.”

Karen has also submitted an invited review on the Center for Jewish History to College and Research Libraries News.

Karen has been one of our most steady contributors to scholarship since she came to us in 2000. In addition to her other responsibilities, she is the Government Documents subject specialist. Search our blog for more entries.

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Jan. 29: Pizza & Politics: “The Cost of Education”

Posted by isulib on January 26, 2015

Are you concerned about the cost of education today? The American Democracy Project are sponsoring event discussions about the current cost of education, and what can be done to change the current educational system. Pizza and refreshments will be available at the event.

7-9pm, Library Events Area

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TONIGHT [Jan. 20] State of the Union tweet up

Posted by isulib on January 20, 2015

State of the Union tweet up

The American Democracy Project will be sponsoring a State of the Union Tweet up on 8:45 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area. The event will feature a live telecast of the President’s State of the Union address. In addition, students will be encouraged to join the national conversation on Twitter during the speech. Twitter will be streamed live at the event. Refreshments will also be available.

For more information, visit ADP’s website,or contact the ADP campus coordinator, Dr. Carly Schmitt (

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