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September 30: OCLC Member Forum

Posted by isulib on June 29, 2015

OCLCMemberForumThe OCLC Member Forum at Indiana State University is in Terre Haute, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 9am-4pm

Register now!

Free lunch on OCLC and a chance to get together to talk with catalogers, E-resources, systems, archives, and more. And it’s here!

Together, we will discuss the OCLC services you use, share best practices with colleagues, and invite your ideas and thoughts about how you work with OCLC, what you need and how we can help.

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Library ‘front yard’ Getting Attention

Posted by isulib on June 26, 2015

The lawn between the library entrance and 7th Street is criss-crossed with cement and asphalt sidewalks. Work has commenced to replace the asphalt with cement and put in new cement.

Yard-1 Yard-2 Yard-3

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State of Indiana’s INSPIRE launches new version

Posted by isulib on June 10, 2015

While ISU people have access to the world of information thru a variety of databases, all Indiana taxpayers not associated with colleges and universities have access to some of the same or similar resources thru INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library. For a list of the databases, from the opening screen, click Help and scroll down or do a search and look thru the resulting facets.

A message from State Librarian Jacob Speer:

A new version of INSPIRE ( has launched. The overall user experience has improved with better search results and new features. This is a ‘soft launch’ and ISL staff are testing the site and fixing a few issues. Within the next week a brief tutorial of the changes will be sent to the listservs. Please tryout the new INSPIRE and send any comments or questions to

Users are not currently able to search some Gale resources, including TERC (Testing Education Resource Center), but the issue will be resolved shortly.

Note from ISU Library Blogger: the new image will look familiar to ISU people who use Ebscohost databases and/or the Discovery research approach via SycaMORE Research:


INSPIRE has been around since 1998! Be sure to try it out if you haven’t already. During 2014 INSPIRE statistics were performed!

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Staff Vacancy: Special Collections

Posted by isulib on June 8, 2015

Open Staff Position: Library Associate I – Special Collections Associate

The library has posted a Non-Exempt (bi-weekly) Staff position to the ISU hiring site for Library Associate I – Special Collections Associate. The posting is now active and electronic applications are being received.

Excerpt from position description: Library Associate I – Special Collections

Serves as the copy cataloger for Special Collections materials in all formats and furnishes metadata support for the department’s digitization projects.

Preferred Experience: 

Experience working in a special collections department and/or experience with handling rare materials. Experience with word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Previous supervisory experience.

For a complete position description, including qualifications, and to apply see

Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2015.

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Indiana librarians advocate for library funding at National Library Legislative Day

Posted by isulib on June 2, 2015

Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, Indiana State University), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director) and Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian) met with members of Congress from May 4–5, 2015, to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 41st annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. The Indiana library VoteForLibraries-2015-NLLDadvocates joined several hundred librarians and library supporters to support federal funding for our nation’s libraries.

Former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) jumpstarted the event by discussing the importance of constituent advocacy at an opening briefing. Additional speakers included ALA President Courtney Young; John Carlo Bertot, co-director of the University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC); and Patrice McDermott, director of

During legislative meetings, supporters discussed the need to level-fund the Library Services and Technology Act, continue funding for the school library initiative Innovative Approaches to Literacy and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Library supporters who could not attend the Washington meetings connected virtually with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.

“National Library Legislative Day advocates are true ‘nation builders,’ and we are appreciative of their commitment to supporting the country’s builders, innovators and dreamers,” said Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association.


Picture above features, left to right: Kathy Hicks-Brooks (Ben Davis High School Librarian), Devin Benavidez, Sen. Joe Donnelly’s Legislative aide, Terri Rheinheimer (Middlebury Public Library Director), Robin Crumrin (Dean of Library Services, ISU), Gigi Shook (Center Grove School Librarian), Lissa Krull (Nappanee Public Library Director).

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Library Plays Role in June New Student Orientation

Posted by isulib on June 2, 2015

The Library will again play host to several New Student Orientation events during June. In particular, on Day Two, EVERY STUDENT will attend their Academic Advising Appointments in the 1st floor Library Events Area.

Also on Day Two, between 8:15 and 12:30 some student groups will meet with the Office of Information Technology in the Library’s Instruction Classroom, Room 230. Some may also be spotted during the optional campus tours. Find some starting info about the Library on page 32 of the NSO Resource Guide/Calendar, too.


We hope students and their family members will take a chance to check out the Library and maybe chat with some of the friendly and helpful librarians and library staff!

See you:

  • June 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30
  • July 1, 8, 9

ISU’s NSO site

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