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2012 Library Extravaganza Participants

Posted by isulib on September 6, 2012

The 10th Annual Extravaganza, Wednesday, September 12, 10am – 3pm is coming! [Note: for 2013 we’ll be back to a Thursday]

Here is a list of participants – ISU students will need 10 stamps on their prize cards before they can turn them in. Remember, this is NOT just for students/new students; everyone can come and learn and enjoy!


  • EndNote (bibliographic management software)
  • ELibrary (one of our main e-book suppliers)
  • Media:Scape workstations
  • Academic OneFile database
  • Print Reference Collection/Library workshops
  • Distance Learning Extravaganza – in progress during Extravaganza: filming, twittering [Follow ‘isulib’]; blogging []
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Sycamore Scholars digital repository/Archives/Rare Books
  • Government Documents
  • Writing Center


  • Counseling Center
  • Commuter Services
  • Financial Aid
  • African-American Cultural Center
  • Dean of Students
  • Controller’s Office
  • Performing Arts/Speaker Series
  • Career Center
  • Recycling Center
  • Center for Student Research and Creativity
  • Student Academic Services Center
  • Office of Information Technology [ see the new OIT student Help Desk and discover where our 3 Print & Sprint printer locations are]
  • American Democracy Project
  • Centralized Scheduling


  • lamination center
  • Outside Library: DJ/Band
  • pizza
  • soft drinks
  • popcorn – maybe, if fixed

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New Collaborative Workspaces for Students Coming to Library – Perfect for GROUPWORK!

Posted by isulib on March 12, 2012

Finished media:scape set-up

Finished media:scape set-up

The media:scape is demo only through the Spring semester, but plans for permanent installations in the Library’s group study rooms and other suitable locations are planned for the near future.

Through the integration of furniture and technology, media:scape is reshaping the way people collaborate in a connected world.

Most collaborative work spaces today support leader-led presentations where information is controlled and shared by one person at a time. media:scape removes these barriers and democratizes how people access and share information by allowing all participants to contribute their ideas – equally, quickly and seamlessly.

How it works: media:scape was designed for a “walk-up and connect” experience. Open. Connect. Share.

  • Bring your laptop to the Library and bring it online. Working together? Everyone can connect – the demo model can hook up 6 laptops
  • Open the media well and remove a Puck
  • Connect the Puck to your laptop
  • Share what’s on your laptop by pressing the Puck

Your group/team members can do the same. Sharing made simple, quick and seamless … to increase productivity and innovation.

Photos of the Friday morning set-up:

The mysterious package arrives; librarian working the RefDesk, curious, starts snapping photos

The mysterious package arrives; librarian working the RefDesk, curious, starts snapping photos

Ooh! Dual monitors

Ooh! Dual monitors

Starting to look like a collaborative workstation

Starting to look like a collaborative workstation

Set-up crew looks satisfied with the final set-up

Set-up crew looks satisfied with the final set-up


A group of ISU students tries out the Media:Scape workstation

A group of ISU students tries out the Media:Scape workstation


A group of ISU students tries out the Media:Scape workstation

A group of ISU students tries out the Media:Scape workstation

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Cunningham Memorial Library’s Flickr

Posted by isulib on September 10, 2011

Browse some photos from the Library Extravaganza of previous years.

Lots of people learning about the library at Extravaganza 2010Dean welcomes students to the Library Extravaganza 2010Greetings for Extravaganza 2010Line coming in to Extravaganza 2010Ref Desk Looking EastRef Desk later on Extravaganza Day
Sycamore AdviceExtravaganza 2010 FoodExtravaganza 2010 Recycling CenterExtravaganza 2010 FoodExtravaganza 2010 Prize TableExtravaganza 2010 Interlibrary Loan
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Extravaganza 2010 Wabash Valley Visions & VoicesExtravaganza 2010 PopcornExtravaganza 2010 Commuter ServicesExtravaganza 2010 Commuter ServicesExtravaganza 2010 016Extravaganza 2010

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New functionality for OvidSP databases

Posted by isulib on April 20, 2011

OvidSP was upgraded today. This affects the following databases:

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • NASW Clinical Register
  • overall “Journals@Ovid” platform

According to the provider, the upgrades are as follows:

Updates Include:

  • Added functionality to hide older book editions when a new edition is subscribed to or purchased
  • Search term highlighting included in Print Preview
  • Exported items now support links via XLR tools

Additionally, you will see an overall improved performance around AutoAlert results, jumpstarts, My Projects, My Workspace, and deposit account access.

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February 16 in Events: International Gift Giving Customs!

Posted by isulib on February 15, 2011

Everyone is invited to this unique event

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Library closed Wed. Feb. 2

Posted by isulib on February 2, 2011

It is an historic occasion when ISU closes. It is legendary when it closes for 2 days in a row. Such is the case today. The entire campus, including the Library, is closed. For on-campus students, the Rec Center has been a haven, opening at noon yesterday. Haven’t heard if it will be open today. Some Reference/Instruction Librarians monitored Chat yesterday and we got a few folks needing our help. I assume we will be open for business tomorrow.

812.237.7777 university emergency information line

Ice Storm

Iced trees near 7th Street and New Theater

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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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Violence on Campus: Videos and Photos

Posted by isulib on November 29, 2010

Clips from today’s panel discussion.

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Writing Center Hours – Thanksgiving Week

Posted by isulib on November 16, 2010

Both locations CLOSED
Tuesday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, November 24-28 (Thanksgiving Break)


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Library’s Building Committee: Notes from October 13 Meeting

Posted by isulib on October 21, 2010

More computers will be added to the Basement level; however data drops are needed. These will be refurbished computers. In a meeting with Alberta, Student Government President Steven Flowers indicated that the campus really appreciates everything the library is doing to make it a comfortable place for students to study as well as just hang out. He had a request that we get more bean bag chairs for the 1st floor, and we will be selecting a variety very soon to add to the four that are already there. Reports are in from The Shelving Guys and the University’s structural engineer; major changes will have to be made that will include drilling and bracing, looking for shelves that are bowing down now and relieving them. This will be a large project, and the University will be providing funding to make everything safe and up to code. The replacement of the red laminate tops on the Circulation Desk [which had already become worn in just a few years], the Reference Desk, Writing Center, and Cup/Chaucer has been completed; numerous on-campus people have complimented the Library for this refreshing and reinvigorating change.  Next meeting: Wed. Nov. 10, 1:30

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