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Library Student Assistants Graduate in December

Posted by isulib on December 19, 2016

Two library student assistants received post-graduate degrees on Saturday, December 17th!

  • Samuel Komera, a Graduate Assistant in Special Collections, was supervised by Cinda May and Kendra McCrea and worked with them for about a year.  Samuel received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science on Saturday, December 17th.  He’s from Telanger, Hyderabad, India and his work in Special Collections was focused mostly on revamping the department’s web page.
  • Ramya Sree Matcha was a student assistant in the Interlibrary Loan unit of Technical Services. She worked in that area for the past 3 semesters under Holli Moseman’s supervision.  Ramya, who is originally from Khaman, India, received her Master’s Degree in Electronics and Computer Technology.


Congratulations to both of these fine students!

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Library hosting 2 conferences in July: ICHLL & ALI-ILC

Posted by isulib on July 6, 2016

yes, it’s all about the acronyms in library land!

First, an international conference will spend part of its time at the ISU Library:

July 14: The 8th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ICHLL), held at IU-Bloomington July 12 – 15, 2016 will include a trip to the ISU Library! Arriving by bus, attendees will have a chance to visit Special Collections, highlighting the Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries. Conference sessions, lunch and an end-of-the-day reception will be offered. ICHLL is held every two years and was previously in Gargnano del Gardo, Italy; Leiden, The Netherlands; Edmonton, Canada; Oxford, UK; Jena, Germany; and Gran Canaria, Spain. ISU’s Office of the President and The Warren N. & Suzanne B. Cordell Collection are helping sponsor the conference.

For more on this conference, visit


Wednesday, July 20: Academic Libraries of Indiana’s INFORMATION LITERACY UNCONFERENCE

Sally Neal, Associate Dean for Instruction & User Services at Butler University Libraries is Chair of ALI’s Information Literacy Committee informs us that, as of this posting, registration is still open for this FREE conference (includes breakfast, hot lunch, snacks).

Time: 8:45am – 3:30pm (Opening Session begins at 9:30)

from the Conference website:

How does your institution partner with other campus departments, units, and disciplines in teaching information literacy?  In addition to the traditional partnering we do with faculty and discipline departments and programs, we want to know how you are partnering with writing centers, learning resource centers, career services, student affairs, greek life, health & wellness, programs, diversity programs & services, campus publishing initiatives (undergraduate journals and manuscript publications), and teaching and learning centers. Partnering with curricular development committees and administrative units can also be discussed concerning developing programmatic information literacy.  The goal is to highlight how “two or three can be better than one” when it comes to teaching the concepts of information literacy.

Via the unconference model, attendees will identify the topics to be discussed through the day and work together to share examples and discuss options.

UnConference Planning Commitee members are:

  • Sally Neal, Instruction & User Services Associate Dean, Butler Universitty
  • Brian Bunnett, Chair of Public Services, Indiana State University
  • Lisa Jarrell, Head of Educational Technology and Resources Collection, Ball State University
  • Michael Flierl, Assistant Professor of Library Science and Learning Design Specialist, Purdue University
  • Dara Middleton, Events, Marketing, and Mail Services Coordinator, Indiana State University


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Greetings From…Travel through the Centuries – Summer Exhibit Opens

Posted by isulib on June 18, 2016


Special Collections‘ summer exhibit Greetings From…Travel through the Centuries is officially open. The exhibit explores how motivations for and experiences of travel have changed over time through personal accounts, photographs, art, and artifacts.

PARTICIPATE!!! ADD TO THE EXHIBIT!! You can also write about your own personal explorations on a postcard and “mail” it to Special Collections by putting it in the Special Collections mail box located next to the bust of Eugene V. Debs (Library, 3rd floor).

The exhibit will be open through August 8th and the online exhibit is available here

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President’s Medal Awarded to Cinda May

Posted by isulib on April 15, 2016

Indiana State University honored seven educators during its annual Faculty Recognition Banquet Thursday.President Dan Bradley presented the President’s Medal — the university’s highest award for faculty — to Cinda May, chair of Special Collections at Indiana State’s Cunningham Memorial Library.


Left to right: Library Dean Robin Crumrin, Cinda May, Provost Mike Licari, ISU President Dan Bradley

It is such an honor to be selected as a recipient of the President’s Medal — and totally unexpected,” May said. “To be recognized for my accomplishments and contributions to ISU and librarianship is very gratifying. But I would be remiss not to acknowledge all of the people who have believed in me, encouraged me, and even challenged me throughout my career. Without them I would not have explored the range of my abilities, or plumbed the depths of my resourcefulness. From them I learned resilience, commitment and the importance of being true to oneself. Every day I aspire to pass these lessons on to others, especially students, who are just commencing their life journeys.

May earned her bachelor’s in English from the University of New Orleans. She holds three master’s degrees — in English from the University of Texas at Austin, in information and library science from the University of Michigan and in history from Indiana University.

May joined the Indiana State faculty in 2006 as the coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives. She was appointed to her current role in 2010.

While she has led and planned numerous initiatives, projects and events, May said serving as project director for Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project — now in its 12th year — is one of the most rewarding experiences of her career at Indiana State.

Being the project director of Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project has been the most meaningful experience for me,” she said. “With 20-plus community partners across six counties in west central Indiana, the Visions Project has afforded me the opportunity to work with other cultural heritage professionals to document, preserve and provide access to the history and culture of the region. It has also given ISU students interested in pursuing careers in public history or special collections librarianship a chance to directly participate in the collection, creation and management of local history resources.

Other awards and their recipients were:

• Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award: Keri Yousif, professor of French.

• Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award: Colleen Haas, instructor of African and African American Studies.

• Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award: Kevin Bolinskey, associate professor of psychology, Rusty Gonser, professor of biology, and Kit Kincade, professor of English.

• Faculty Distinguished Service Award: Richard Lotspeich, professor of economics.


Photos: — Cinda May

Media Contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

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Special Collections Exhibit: “Ask the Same Questions: Stories Connecting Art & Science”

Posted by isulib on February 8, 2016

Stories connecting science and art - 2

Link to Digital Exhibit


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Library-based New Faculty Orientation Electives now open to all Faculty and Staff

Posted by isulib on February 4, 2016

The New Faculty Orientation (NFO) this year includes a series of electives open to all faculty and staff interested in learning more about the services and resources available to them at ISU.

The electives usually last one hour and are on a variety of topics including academic advising, data management, information literacy, EndNote, fair use, research, and Turnitin.

To view the descriptions of the electives and to register online, click on following link: .

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Jan. 28: Opening Reception for Special Collections Exhibit: “Ask the Same Questions: Stories Connecting Art & Science”

Posted by isulib on January 25, 2016

The Cunningham Memorial Library Special Collections Department would like to extend a special invitation to attend the Opening Reception for our next exhibit, “Ask the Same Questions: Stories Connecting Art & Science.”

The exhibit explores connections between the arts and sciences found within Special Collections at the Cunningham Memorial Library.

The exhibit will also include a science experiment where we will be growing bacteria.

The reception will be on January 28th from 3 pm – 5 pm on the Third Floor of the Library.

Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend. The exhibit will run through the end of the semester.

– Jason Krueger

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Special Collections Gets a Sesquicentennial Grant!

Posted by isulib on January 25, 2016

The University awarded the Special Collections Department a Sesquicentennial grant to create a transportable oral history tent.  This transportable tent will allow Special Collections to conduct high quality oral histories of students, faculty, staff, and alumni just about anywhere!

– Katie Sutrina-Haney

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Special Collections Reading Room Hours

Posted by isulib on December 17, 2015

  • By Appointment Only : December 14-17, 2015; and January 4-8, 2016
  • Closed: December 18, 2015 through January 3, 2016
  • Regular hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. resume January 11, 2016

Special Collections

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Sesquicentennial Oral History Project and ISU Alums (Tribune-Star story)

Posted by isulib on October 29, 2015

Featured article in October 29, 2015 Tribune-Star:

Two families — linked for decades by Indiana State — recall courtships, athletic successes

See link for complete article and more photos


excerpted/reprinted from Tribune-Star

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