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Happy National Library Week

Posted by isulib on April 16, 2013

Visit your local libraries this week and every week. Read the American Library Association’s State of American Libraries 2013!


Library Consortium of Vigo County Celebrates National Library Week 2013

Library Consortium of Vigo County Celebrates National Library Week 2013

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Library Extravaganza Report

Posted by isulib on September 20, 2012

Thousands attend 10th annual Extravaganza

By: Sarina Bayer, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
September 19, 2012

More than 5,000 students attended the 10th annual Cunningham Memorial Library’s Extravaganza at Indiana State University. Students were encouraged to attend and learn about the new services that the library has to offer as well as given lunch of pizza and soft drinks.

“I believe that students will benefit from attending the Extravaganza by learning about library resources and services as well as discovering what other groups across campus have to offer students. Since the atmosphere is lighthearted, hopefully, attending will also help alleviate any anxiety students might have about using a large academic library,” said Dean of Library Services Alberta Comer.

Students seemed to agree. “The Library Extravaganza was a great way to find different sources located throughout campus that would help benefits us,” said sophomore Samuel Spencer, who is majoring in exercise science and Spanish from Brazil, Ind.

Comer said that the library staff‘s number one goal is meeting the research needs of the students and faculty. The library is open from noon on Sunday to 7 p.m. on Friday; Saturday hours are noon-5 p.m.

“We offer places for quiet individual study as well as group study including the new media: scapes technology and seating arrangements and furniture,” she said, adding that the library also offers access to more than 50,000 electronic journals. The library also is partnering with the Office of Information Technology to create a space that is more accessible to students’ group study needs and that has electrical plugs for charging laptops.

“They draw you in at first with food and decorations but once you get here you can’t help but be informed about the different resources,” said Jacob Martin, a sophomore food service management major from Clinton, Ind.

Organizations and offices from across campus also provided information to students at the Extravaganza. “For one thing a lot of students don’t realize that the Career Center is a place that students can benefit from, starting their freshman year and use throughout their college career. Career exploration is available to help students decide what they can do with their major,” said Tracy Powers, executive director of the center, said about attending the Extravaganza.

From library resources to organizations, the Extravaganza tries to show the students all of the help available to them. “It’s beneficial, everything you need to know is all here,” said Tamara Davis, a junior criminal justice major from Indianapolis.

Photos: Alberta Comer, dean of the library, greets students as they enter the library for the Extravaganza. Students participate in an activity during the Extravaganza. Tom Steiger, director of Center for Student Research and Creativity, tells students about the center.

Contact: Alberta Comer, dean of library services, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University, at

Writer: Sarina Bayer, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3773

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Arthur Cunningham Society established to benefit ISU library, students

Posted by isulib on October 10, 2011

Arthur Cunningham

Arthur Cunningham

Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library and the ISU Foundation have announced the creation of the Arthur Cunningham Society.

Named for the then Indiana State Normal School’s first librarian, who served from 1890 to 1928, the society offers alumni and others the opportunity to help strengthen the library’s resources, services and facilities.

“Libraries are often called the ‘heart’ of campus, and while we want to be the heart of campus, we also want to serve as its ‘campus living room.’ Participation in the society will help students and faculty make use of this campus living room,” said Alberta Comer, dean of the library. “I think Mr. Cunningham would be truly proud to have the society named in his memory.”

Through the society’s support, the library can continue to offer such services as being open 24 hours per day during Finals Week; “Extravaganza,” its annual welcome back to campus event; and the Authors and Artists Reception that recognizes faculty research and creativity, Comer said.

Peggy Hazledine Apgar of Terre Haute, Cunningham’s granddaughter, said her grandfather loved knowledge and books and believed in a strong library program.

“His progressive accomplishments during his tenure included putting the library on a firm financial basis, increasing the library space, extending hours, expanding the collection and the reading room, and instituting the Dewey Decimal System and a card catalogue to make the collection more accessible. In fact his wife, Bess, once commented that he was criticized for providing too much access to the books,” Apgar said. “I imagine he would be pleased, honored and truly amazed that the library that bears his name has become such a dynamic and integral part of the university and the community.”

Cheryl Blevens, reference/instruction librarian, said the society has been in development for several months.

“We are so pleased that we’re finally going to be welcoming new members to the society who will join us in supporting the library and everything it does to support our students and the ISU community,” Blevens said. “We’re working on some very special events that will showcase the society and its members so we don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to become a charter member of this new organization.”

Steve Brown, vice president for development with the ISU Foundation, said donations to the Arthur Cunningham Society will directly help students by providing them with more access to the resources they need to be successful at Indiana State.

“The library is as important to today’s students as it was to students of Cunningham’s era,” he said.

Under Cunningham’s leadership, the ISU library became the largest normal school library in the country. Cunningham also brought the Dewey Decimal System to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and the city of Terre Haute’s Fairbanks Memorial Library. He also planned a library building at the Indiana State Normal School’s Eastern Division (now Ball State University).

Arthur Cunningham Society members will be recognized on the society’s website and will be invited to special events throughout the year including Arthur Cunningham Day. Donors of $10,000 or more will have their names inscribed on a plaque in the library.

Donations to the society should be made payable to the ISU Foundation and sent to 30 N. Fifth Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809. More information about Cunningham Memorial Library and the Arthur Cunningham Society is available at 812-237-8986 or

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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Tues Oct. 4: Visitors from China

Posted by isulib on October 4, 2011

Delegates from Liaoning Normal University in China will arrive at 2:30 to begin a tour of our building, guided by Dean Alberta Comer

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Banned Books Week

Posted by isulib on September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week LibGuide Available

We now have a Banned Books Week LibGuide at – note: several classes will be looking for a banned book (mostly Linda Maule’s classes).*

ALA banned books bookmarks have been localized with stickers and will be given to everyone who checks out a book this week. The 1st floor display area has 2 cases devoted to Banned Books Week.

Several classes will be meeting on Thursday, 11am-12:15 in the Events Area to discuss censorship and intellectual freedom; Library people are invited to attend.

*The Fall Read has been The Freedom Writers. Students have been asked to read an article which discusses the attempt to fire a Indiana high school teacher who assigned the Freedom Writer’s Diary  to her 11th grade class.

Teacher faces termination over controversial book—Updated: Mar 25, 2008 12:03 AM EDT:


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2011 National Library Week!

Posted by isulib on April 11, 2011

The American Library Association has some interesting treats in store this week, including a twitter poetry – twaiku – contest! Enter to win $50 Amazon gift certificate.

Celebrate these other special days this week:

  • Tuesday, April 12 National Library Workers Day
  • Wednesday, April 13 National Bookmobile Day
  • Thursday, April 14 Support Teen Literature Day
  • NLW 2011

    Visit your library and create your own story

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    Political message: Support the Museum and Library Services Act!

    Posted by isulib on December 9, 2010


    Please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your representative’s office.  Tell their staffs that passing S. 3984, the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), is imperative to ensuring libraries can continue providing critical resources to their constituents, particularly in this tough economy.  Specifically highlighting programs or resources your library provides to the member’s constituents will make your message stronger.

    The U.S. Senate passed MLSA Reauthorization under unanimous consent late Tuesday night, bringing the bill one step closer to reauthorization before the end of the 111th Congress. 

    MLSA will ensure that the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are secured and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is equipped to lead America’s libraries.  This bill received bipartisan support from both Senate Republicans and Democrats, especially Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who is a longtime supporter of libraries in this country.  Other Senate sponsors of this bill include Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT).  To access the full text of this bill, click here.

    MLSA has moved to the U.S. House of Representatives where it must receive a vote before the end of the calendar year.  Please call your representative and urge him or her to press House leadership for a vote on the Senate-passed version of MLSA and to support the bill. 


    Your calls are urgently needed TODAY.  If the House does not pass this legislation in the next two weeks, the whole reauthorization process will have to start over after the first of the year.

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