Oct. 31: English Department’s Schick Lecture Series: Jane Austen

Joseph S. Schick Lectures in Language, Literature and Lexicography: Dr. Devoney Looser

The lecture series welcomes Devoney Looser, Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University. She will present “Jane Austen’s Nineteenth-Century Afterlives” at 3:30 p.m Thursday, Oct. 31. This free event is open to the public. A reception will follow.

Location: Root Hall, A-264 (Schick Lecture Room)

Dr. Looser is a past ISU professor, in English and what is now Gender Studies. MORE INFO

Library Represented at International Conference

Natalie Bulick and Susan Frey recently presented a scientific poster, An ethnography of student behavior in secluded and open spaces: Preliminary findings and implications for library space planning, at the 2019 International Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries conference (QQML). 

Attendees assembling for the Opening Ceremony of QQML 2019, held in what had been the monks’ refectory (dining room) of the Badia Fiesolana (EUI)

Natalie and Susan’s poster can be viewed at ISU’s Sycamore Scholars. 

Abstract: The design of physical space in academic libraries has become an increasingly important focus of concern in serving the diverse needs of contemporary student populations. Responding to trends that shift the focus of library space away from collections-centered to more user-centered design, many are exploring ways of creating a better library user experience. To achieve this aim, valuable research has been conducted by directly asking students to articulate their wants and needs via surveys, and in some cases, interviews. However, little research has been devoted to the systematic field observation of how students’ use library spaces. Even less of this research has synthesized data findings with robust theoretical frameworks. This poster details the preliminary findings of an ethnographic study at a four-year, public university. Researchers designed a protocol to observe students in freely available secluded and non-secluded library spaces to examine behavior, communication, and social interaction within the context of proxemics theory. The anthropological study of proxemics is useful in evaluating how people behave within immediate organizations of space, and has been successfully applied to the design of public and semi-public spaces. Attendees will learn of study findings, and how these data can be applied to practical applications such as furniture composition and layout, lighting, and general space planning. Also addressed are details of the next phase of this study. Keywords: Space/Buildings; Organizational Change; Proxemics [from page 189 of the conference proceedings.

View of Florence from a second story window of the EUI. If you look carefully you can see the Duomo on the left

QQML, a division of the nonprofit International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, promotes the theory and practice of research in libraries, museums, and archives.  This year the European University Institute (EUI) in Italy hosted the conference.  The EUI is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institution established by the European Union (EU) and serves as the official archive of the EU.

                            One of several rooms exhibiting the conference posters

It is located at the Badia Fiesolana complex, a former monastery established in the 10th century and situated on the Tuscan hillside overlooking the city of Florence (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-bFgcQLhPU).

For this year’s conference over 300 social scientists and librarians from 62 countries assembled at the EUI for 5 days to discuss topics related to information culture and science. The QQML conference is hosted in a different country every year. The official language of the QQML is English.

The old monks’ cloister, which was used by conference attendees each mid-morning to take coffee breaks

Library-Hosted Journal “Clinical Practice in Athletic Training “: Video Content

This is an exciting time for the ISU Library!  To recap: This summer Clinical Practice in Athletic Training the scholarly open source journal hosted by the Library enters its second year of publication. 

In addition to hosting, the Library has also assumed responsibility for oversight of copyediting.  This past year CLIN-AT’s editorial board includes experts from ISU, Dartmouth, George Mason University, the University of South Carolina, St Luke’s Sport Medicine, Northwestern, Ball State, the University of Indianapolis, and Boston University. 

It has been blind peer reviewed by over thirty experts from a wide variety of educational, research, and practitioner institutions across the country such as the Steadman Clinic, the State University of New York, the University of Michigan, and the US Marine Corps. 

In the inaugural publication year, 3 separate issues featured a total of 18 articles which have been downloaded 4,200 times to date.

 CLIN-AT started out modestly, but continues to grow by featuring a new model of scholarly communication.  It now incorporates a video podcast series #ATAnswers that demonstrates the therapeutic techniques, issues, and research discussed in the articles.  Since CLIN-AT is an evidence-based publication, this video component is particularly relevant and elevates the journal to a new level of scholarship.  CLIN-AT’s social media presence is also steadily growing with 1000 followers across the journal’s Twitter feed, @ClinATJourn, and Instagram account, @clinatjournal

To see the new issue of CLIN-AT follow: http://clinat.indstate.edu

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The editorial board of Clinical Practice in Athletic Training is seeking manuscript submissions from athletic trainers, educators, students, and researchers focused on practice-based, outcomes, and action research within the field as it relates to clinician-friendly measures at the point-of-care. We are seeking submissions for Volume 2, Issue 1 of Clin AT expected to be published in February 2020.

March 8: documentary: RePlanted (focus on international students in Terre Haute)

11:30, Library Events Area

“Replanted” is a documentary focusing on international students living in Terre Haute. Half a world away from their home countries, they are replanted in a place completely new to them.

This documentary explores their struggles and challenges during their study in this small town, and their takes on social circle, cultural differences, and future uncertainties in the U.S.

This project is funded by the University Arts Endowment Committee and is created and directed by Dr. Haijing Tu. Info: haijing.tu@indstate.edu or (812) 237-4610(812) 237-4610.