Special Collections Summer Exhibit: “The Study and Appreciation of the Natural World

Voyages of Discovery that circumnavigated the world during the 15th-17th centuries, established trade routes and brought Europeans into contact with cultures and environments of faraway lands. While early voyages frequently served colonial and political agendas, the maritime and land explorations of the 18th and 19th centuries focused more on scientific discoveries. The crews included naturalists, botanists, zoologists, geologists, mineralogists, artists and illustrators, as well as astronomers, cartographers and surgeons. … Specialized natural history collections date back to 16th century Europe.

 Referred to as “cabinets,” these collections feature examples of mineral, plant, and animal life accumulated and displayed often with some sort of classification system. … Here at Indiana State University the tradition of scientific collection, preservation, and study continues. We invite you to view specimens from the cabinets maintained by the Departments of Biology, Earth and Environmental Systems, and Special Collections. Here is an opportunity for you to explore and appreciate the natural world.

Welcome to a world of wonders! Glimpse a few pieces when you enter the Library, then move on to the 3rd floor for more! The 1st floor exhibits allow you to experience the excitement of discovery as you meet Bill Cain, a private collector, who offers examples from his personal cabinet of fossils for your contemplation.

LAUNCH OF A NEW LIBRARY-HOSTED SCHOLARLY JOURNAL in Athletic Training

In contributing to the development and delivery of scholarly communications programs and resources that impact the changing scholarly publishing landscape the ISU Library has played an important part in the launch of a new double-blind peer reviewed, open access journal called, Clinical Practice in Athletic Training: A Journal of Practice-based, Outcomes, and Action Research (Clin AT). Funded by a grant from the More to Blue Strategic Plan at ISU, and administered through the ISU Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation, the vision of Clin AT is to provide an outlet for practicing athletic trainers to share their stories, successes, failures, and research in terms of patient services and practice advancement. Currently the journal will be indexed in Sycamore Scholars and Google Scholar, but plans are underway to apply for inclusion in proprietary journal indices, such as those found in EBSCO and ProQuest, after the journal has published additional issues.

The launch of Clin AT marks an exciting new chapter in scholarly publishing at ISU. Through ISU Author Services the Library is providing administrative support for the journal’s platform, PKP Version3, which is a multi-university initiative of open source software used to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Since the spring semester the Library Systems Department has been working closely with the Doctorate in Athletic Training program in setting up the configuration requirements and online workflows for submission management to Clin AT. Library Systems will continue to assist in updating and troubleshooting the software, and in training new editors in PKP online workflows. 

Clin AT is the result of a strong and highly collegial partnership between the ISU Library and the ­College of Health and Human Services, and demonstrates ISU’s commitment in designing, maintaining, and promoting new forms of scholarly publishing and open access to information. To see the inaugural issue, please click on the link below:

Clinical Practice in Athletic Training: A Journal of Practice-Based Outcomes and Action Research (Clin Athl Train Pract)

ISSN: 2577-8188 ~ DOI: 10.31622 ~ http://clinat.indstate.edu

LIBRARY POSITION OPEN! APPLY NOW FOR OER and Emerging Technology Librarian

We want to fill this fast fast fast! so come and apply!

The library recently posted a tenure-track faculty position to the ISU hiring site for the OER and Emerging Technology Librarian in the Systems Department. The posting is active and electronic applications are being received.  For a complete position description, including qualifications, see http://jobs.indstate.edu

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received after June 20, 2018 cannot be ensured full consideration.

So, what are we up to in the OER movement? Visit our general LibGuide  and our OERs for Language Instruction

Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library has an open Tenure Track Faculty position, OER and Emerging Technology Librarian. Join an exciting campus community. Enrollments are up, we recently completed a successful comprehensive fundraising campaign, and we have been recognized among top universities by Forbes, the Princeton Review the Washington Monthly and U.S. News and World Report – designated a “Best in the Midwest” for fourteen consecutive years by Princeton Review. ISU has a strategic goal to employ and retain highly qualified staff and faculty from underrepresented groups. Our city, a regional hub for commerce, arts, sports, cultural events, and medical services, received the “Indiana Community of the Year” award.

The Library is at the heart of this exciting campus of more than 13,000 undergraduates and graduates. Our motto is “Your campus living room,” and that is what we strive to be—the gathering place for campus. We offer many resources for our users including about 1.5 million items in our collection including 300,000 e-books and 93,000 e-journals/databases. Our Special Collections hosts the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices Digital Memory Project, curates Sycamore Scholars, a digital archive of scholarly works created by students, staff, and faculty at Indiana State University, and houses the Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries, one of the largest such collections in the world. In addition, we offer many services including the Math and Writing Center, the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Commuter Lounge as well as excellent reference and instruction services, Interlibrary Loan, and e-Reserves.

Offering opportunities to attend unique and rewarding programs, last year the library hosted 125 events that attracted 26,000 attendees. The Library is committed to serving as the academic and research heart of Indiana State University.

OER and Emerging Technology Librarian: 12-month tenure-track position that designs and works with open educational resources (OER), web applications, social media, and mobile interfaces.

The OER and Emerging Technologies Librarian identifies, implements, and evaluates current and emerging technologies for the delivery of library services, with a special focus on social networking applications, mobile services, and instructional technologies; plans, develops and evaluates the Cunningham Memorial Library website; and works with the Reference/Instruction faculty to ensure that Library’s instructional resources are easy to use.

This librarian will provide leadership and responsibilities in the identification, assessment, and implementation of emerging technologies that further the library’s mission and increase and enhance access to library resources and services; work with users to improve access to Library technology services through outreach and instruction and make recommendations to improve online access; track changes in technology, resource platforms, and related tools that impact library users as well as use social media and other online communication tools to ensure that changes in technology are well advertised to the entire university community.

The OER and Emerging Technologies Librarian is responsible for college-wide administrative support of Indiana State University’s OER initiatives, with emphasis on professional development, identification of OER course content and overall support for adoption of OER. This librarian will charged with the creation and curation of OER content at ISU.

As part of the Systems department team, the person in this position will provide assistance to students and others in the wider community to ensure full access to library technology services, as well as coordinate work with other Library units to fulfill the mission of the Library and the University. T

his librarian will be expected to progress successfully along the tenure and promotion track and participate fully as a member of the library faculty.

Reports directly to the Chair of the Systems Department.

Indiana State University is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff. For more information, please see https://jobs.indstate.edu

 

Summer Hours for Special Collections

Special Collections Reading Room Summer Schedule

Starting May 14th the Special Collections Reading Room will be open by appointment only for the summer months. Researchers should contact 812-237-2610 to make an appointment.

The Special Collections Department of the Cunningham Memorial Library holds the University’s unique physical and digital collections. Special Collections consists of four units: Rare Books & Manuscripts, University Archives, Digital Initiatives, and the Permanent Art Collection. These four units hold, preserve, and make accessible art, University’s history, local history collections, the world-famous Cordell Dictionary Collection, Rare Book collections on a variety of subjects, and provide digitization and data management support for the University’s Institutional Repository, Sycamore Scholars, and the community digital memory project, Wabash Valley Visions and Voices.