Condemning Racism & Violence: Libraries Respond

Library Dean Robin Crumrin to ISU Library staff, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:42pm:

Our students are returning next week. The reprehensible events in Charlottesville, Virginia may be a part of the conversations they will want to have with faculty and staff. The statement I am including from Jim Neal, American Library Association President, represents my feelings on those inexcusable events. As Jim says, as a library community, ‘we must continue to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society.’ I am proud to be part of that library community.

STATEMENT FROM ALA PRESIDENT, JIM NEAL:

Dear Members:
The American Library Association expresses our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost and injured during this weekend’s protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. We will not forget their efforts to enlighten and safeguard their communities from bigotry while opposing racist, anti-immigrant, anti-GLBTQ, and anti-Semitic violence. We stand in solidarity with the people of Virginia as well as anyone who protests hate and fights for equity, diversity and inclusion.

The vile and racist actions and messages of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville are in stark opposition to the ALA’s core values. No matter the venue or the circumstance, we condemn any form of intimidation or discrimination based on culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Our differences should be celebrated, and mutual respect and understanding should serve as the norms within our society.

The ALA supports voices of hope as such actions mirror the library community’s efforts to abolish bigotry and cultural invisibility. As we recently stated, ‘we must continue to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society,’ and we will do this through the work of our members and through resources such as Libraries Respond. *

*The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has created Libraries Respond as a space for us to help keep current events in conversation with libraries’ ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This page will be a resource for the library community to share information, find resources, and connect as they serve their communities.

Link to ALA statement above  [with additional links to resources and organizations within ALA]

November 9: NPR’s Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette to Keynote Library Major Fundraising Event

Cunningham Memorial Library in conjunction with the ISU Sesquicentennial Committee has planned a special evening on November 9 paying tribute to Joseph Schick and the Schick Lecture Series and the Warren Cordell family and the Cordell Collection. Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, co-hosts of NPR’s popular lexicography show, “A Way with Words,” will provide the keynote.

Tickets for this fundraising event are $100 per person with proceeds going toward the acquisition of a rare dictionary for the Cordell Collection.

Payroll deduction is available to ISU faculty and staff who would like to attend the event.

Registration Information

Browsing Collections: minor moves

  1. Graphic novels are now on the south side of the browsing books.
  2. Video games are now where the graphic novels were housed.
  3. Documentaries are where the games were placed.
  4. Animation dvds are now where the documentaries were located.

The relocations were made to allow space for growth.

We are hiring! Library Resource Sharing Associate

Come work in the library! The library has posted a full-time, benefits-eligible Non-Exempt (bi-weekly) Staff position, Library Resource Sharing Associate, to the ISU hiring site.
 
Job Summary: Assists in all phases of the Interlibrary Loan Unit. Responsible for the appropriate sorting, distribution, and packaging of all Interlibrary Loan and Statewide Remote Circulation System incoming and outgoing mail. Implements and maintains procedures and policies. Ensures quality library services and resolves related problems. Serves as the Resource Sharing Associate and participates in the supervision of student assistants. Participates in goal setting and planning objectives.
 
The posting is now active and electronic applications are being received. For a complete position description, including qualifications, see http://jobs.indstate.edu.

EXTERIOR LIBRARY BUILDING PROJECT HAS BEGUN

The Library’s exterior building sealing project started May 17.  A perimeter fence has been set up around the library, but the entrance and exits will remain usable. The portico [covered walkway] is closed.

THE REGULAR LIBRARY ENTRANCE IS STILL ACCESSIBLE. At some point in the project, the entrance will be closed in order to do a total re-build, and people will enter/exit from the south door. We will make announcements when this begins.

The project completion date is August 11.  Staging areas for construction equipment include the front patio area. Work will begin on the front (East) side of the building.  This will include caulking removal, re-seal and cleaning.  This must be done before work on new curtain walls and storefront window can begin.

Walking south towards library from Rec Center area

Walking north towards the library portico/entrance

Regular Entrance still available