Library Getting Ready for New Student Orientation

Starting this week, and continuing thru June, ISU will be running its New Student Orientation Program. Running from noon until noon, with an overnight stay, incoming students and their parents will have a whirlwind orientation stay, ending with students getting advised and registered for Fall classes. Participants will have several opportunities to interact with the Library:

  1. Resource Fair: as parents & students arrive, before the big program begins, they can visit a resource fair with tables representing many campus areas, including the Library.
  2. Parents will have an opportunity to interact with librarians during a Social Hour preceding dinner. Hosted by the ISU Bookstore, librarians will give parents/family membersĀ an idea of the sorts of things they can do to help their student get ready for the world of academic research.
  3. During the morning advising and registration process, parents may take a campus tour and stop by the library. A librarian met with the student orientation leaders who will be conducting the tours, and has given them lots of information to share with the parents.
  4. Student Academic Services Center staff will be advising and registering students in two programs: Academic Open Preference and Open Preference. AOP students can stop by a Library display table, visit with librarians, and receive information after they have finished registering. OP students have the option of an informal orientation session, in the Library, after they have completed their registration, which takes place in the Library’s Instruction area.
  5. The Parent/Family member schedule ends around 6:30. The Library is open until 10pm. People who live nearby can actually get a Community Borrower’s card and use the same library their student will!

New Online Catalog interface: 1 week and counting

Last week the online catalog changed its look for the first time in about 9 years. The direct URL remains luis.indstate.edu, and you can still access it under Find>>Books from the library’s home page. The opening screen combines the old Keyword and Set More Limits page. You can now enter your terms, choose a specific location, item type [e.g., book], range of dates, etc. Your search terms will be highlighted in each result. Using the online catalog interface is similar to using the Ebscohost database interface. You can mark results and then email them, print, etc. Since this is a whole new system, let us know if you have ANY questions or if you run into ANY problems. Use our Live Chat, or Email a Librarian, or call the reference desk during business hoursĀ at 812.237.2580. Stay tuned for tutorials, handouts, etc.

Review: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

When a busy academic librarian actually finishes a book, I think it’s important to annotate it in some way. Hmm, how about a review via our blog? So, do you like to read short stories? By a variety of authors? With a general theme of horror? Mixed in with Christmas? How do you feel about werewolves? Well have I got a book for you! WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE; subtitled, ‘hair-raising holiday tales’, currently located in Browsing PS 648 .W37 W65 2008. Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have put together a 2nd-themed book that was more of a delight to read than I imagined. The collection of original stories fill the need for whatever werewolf ‘canon’ you like, and then some – do you like your weres to only change during the full moon? To have control of when and how they change? Do you like them working in full disclosure or hidden away and trying to blend in? There is not a bad story in the group; there was one towards the end that I initially didn’t like the direction it seemed to be headed for, but then I read a little more, and a little more, and of course, it didn’t go where I thought it was at all. Many of the writers have written in the mystery, thriller or horror genre and none of them were overly familiar to me, but they all did a great job! As always, check our online catalog for availability.

What to do first? Ideas for getting acquainted with your ISU Library.

While the ISU Library is, by official standards, a good medium-sized library, for many new students, it is by far the largest library they have come into contact with. Some students may not have had a school library/media center or a school media specialist or an enlightened classroom teacher to guide them in using library resources before they came to college. For many international students, just the fact that our library collections are open to them [they don’t have to ask for an item but can go to the stacks and get it themselves] is a new experience. There is the physical library and the virtual library. We have 2 million books and numerous non-print and online items. How to start sorting it all out? First, just spend some time in the Library — in our comfy chairs, in the Cup and Chaucer Cafe, coming to a live or TV event in our Events area. Find your favorite quiet or out-of-the-way place to study when you need to leave your home or residence hall or meet a study group. Try it, you’ll like it!

For a more organized approach, download our new list, Library Readiness for Research & Recreation, print off a copy, and work your way through the items there. Make a connection with a librarian. Check out a book!

Marsha Miller, Reference/Instruction Librarian