Librarian Receives Grant to Explore Librarians’ Role in Disaster Management

Brian Bunnett (Chair, Public Services Department) has received a grant of $23,666 from the National Library of Medicine to examine the role of librarians in disaster management and emergency response. Brian will serve as the Principal Investigator of the grant and Dr. Dorene Hojnicki, Director of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, will act as the Investigator.

Brian has already begun attending meetings of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 7 Task Force and ISU’s Emergency Response Team, and will soon join other local cognate groups. At these meetings he will conduct surveys, focus groups, selective interviews, and critical incident analyses to determine the information and training needs of disaster management and emergency response personnel. Training sessions highlighting various National Library of Medicine resources are expected to follow.

The grant allocates $9,000 for the purchase of disaster management monographs and other resources that will be added to the collection of the CML and $3,000 for travel to the 2015 Preparedness, Emergency Response, and Recovery Consortium and Exhibition in Orlando most notably.

Librarian Position Available: Electronic Resources Librarian

Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library has an open Tenure Track Faculty position, Electronic Resources Librarian. Join an exciting campus community. Enrollments are up, we recently completed a successful comprehensive fundraising campaign, and we have been designated a “Best in the Midwest” for the eighth consecutive year 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 2010 “Indiana Community of the Year” award in 2010.

 And the Library is at the heart of this exciting campus of more than 12,000 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 more than 1.3 million items in our collection including 140,000 e-books and 71,000 e-journals/databases. Our Special Collections 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 and 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 122 events that attracted 14,000 attendees. The Library is committed to serving as the academic and research heart of Indiana State University.

 Electronic Resources Librarian – This 12-month, tenure-track position is responsible for all aspects of the Library’s electronic resources, including managing the purchasing, licensing/negotiation, assessment, and archiving of electronic materials from sources external to the University. Responsible for leading library-wide efforts to optimize technologies designed to help publicize e-collections and for providing user-centric services for information access and discovery. Serves as the sole liaison to vendors regarding electronic resource trials, acquisitions, licensing, pricing, and technical issues. The Electronic Resources Librarian works with database providers, vendors, publishers, consortium partners, and other personnel to resolve problems with accessing electronic resources, proactively manages technical changes to preempt resource access problems, and responds to end-users’ issues with electronic resources in a timely manner. This position also maintains accurate data about electronic resources in a variety of systems, such as our link resolver and discovery tool knowledge base (Serials Solutions), Must be intellectually curious with the aptitude to identify and track changes and trends in technology, business models, organizational structures and user culture that may impact the management of electronic resources at the ISU Library. Serves as the Libraries’ internal coordinator regarding the use, creation and dissemination of copyrighted works. Serves as a permanent member of the Library Collection Development Committee and Technology Committee. This position reports directly to the Chair of Library Systems Department.

ISU librarians are expected to participate in university and library governance and to engage in professional activities, including research and publication, in order to attain tenure and promotion. All library faculty are expected to meet promotion and tenure standards.

Indiana State University is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining minority faculty and staff. For more information and/or to apply for this position, please see

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Associate Dean to Present at Library Research Seminar VI

Library Associate Dean Greg Youngen has a paper accepted for the Library Research Seminar VIThe Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community.  The conference is co- sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University Library, and the Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association. It will be held in Urbana October 7-9.  The title of his presentation is “Identifying institutional trends in collaborative and interdisciplinary research.”

English Professor Becomes National Author Winner for the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

Even a short conversation with Michael Shelden unearths a bevy of who’s who — whether you’re talking about his writing peers, his biographies’ subject matters or the reviewers of his work.

The Indiana State University English professor can add another accolade to the list: National Author Winner for the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Along with a $10,000 prize, Shelden will be recognized at the sixth annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner Oct. 25, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

It’s always nice to get recognized for something you’ve done that has a kind of official feel to it, that some group thinks your work is worthy of being singled out as good. I’ll take that every day,” Shelden said.

The annual National Author award is presented for an entire body of work. For Shelden, that collection consists of numerous feature articles for leading newspapers and five biographies, including

  • “Orwell: The Authorized Biography,”[ISU Library PR6029.R8 Z7817 1991]
  • “Mark Twain, Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years” [PS1331 .S45 2010]
  • “Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill.” [DA566.9.C5 S446 2013 ]

In his biographies, Shelden prefers to research and write about a pivotal slice of a person’s life to illuminate a greater truth.

I love the idea of finding out what individual people had to do to become great, what resources of character they had to have,” he said. “When you write about people who are that famous, it’s amazing to see how they created that person out of sometimes a wreckage of life — they fashion a character for themselves and that character becomes famous.

Nonfiction writing gives Shelden the opportunity to combine two of his loves — history and literature. Current events slip by too fast to fully process and appreciate, Shelden says, so he defines history as anything 20 years ago or earlier.

It’s exciting to me to think I have everything from 1994 backwards to dive back into,” he said.

Shelden’s latest project is on Herman Melville during the “Moby Dick” era.

The story of how he created the most famous American novel: It’s another slice of life, in other words. You look at how someone worked to create what turned out to be a masterpiece,” he said.

“Moby Dick” didn’t start out as a masterpiece, though; initially, it was a commercial and critical failure. “No one pays attention to Herman Melville for the next 70 years. How do you create a masterpiece, and no one pays attention to it for 70 years? That’s what I call delayed gratification,” Shelden said.

In this so-called Information Age, where every scandal, thought or meal is posted for the world to see, what will biographers of the future have to unearth and discover? Everything, Shelden said.

People might be in the public eye, but they’re not really telling you who they are,” he said. “They’ve created a public persona. Part of what a good biography does is getting behind that persona.”

People also change, Shelden says. Take President Barack Obama, for instance. He’s still a young man, and once his presidency is over, he could become a completely different man, Shelden said. “The same is true for Bill Clinton. His relationship with the public and our feelings about him have changed since he was president,” Shelden said. “Everyone has some secret or mystery to be revealed. It’s just who we are.”

With this most recent award, Shelden, who was a Pulitzer finalist in 1991, is reminded praise can be fleeting. It used to be only newspapers and magazines or few key groups recognized and reviewed literary work.

It’s a different world we live in, where you win an award and someone can say something else on a website. Now, you’re evaluated every day. It’s getting harder to please everyone,” he said. “Even plumbers on Angie’s list — we all get reviewed now.



Contact: Michael Shelden, professor of English, Indiana State University, 812-237-3261

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or