Library Upgrades Coming!

Campus has allocated funding for several Library upgrades. The following equipment will soon be purchased with installation planned for this Spring and early Summer:

  • Wall mounted white boards [6] for the new Group Study Rooms in the basement
  • Additional rolling white boards [9] for use around the library [blog master’s  note: these have been one of our most popular additions to library spaces!]
  • New outdoor library book returns– replacements for the two old ones
  • New window shades for the first, potentially second floor- similar to those in the Special Collections Reading Room and Commuter Lounge
  • New library security gates– ours are nearing the end of their expected lifetime (nearly 17 years old)
  • Many thanks to Provost Licari and the Office of Academic Affairs for their continued support of the Cunningham Memorial Library.

~~per Greg Youngen, Associate Dean, Library Services

Library Building/Use changes for fall 2018

Cunningham Memorial Library announces changes for the 2018 Fall Semester.

Overnight admittance – A valid ISU Identification Card will be required to enter the library from midnight until 7 a.m. on days the library is open 24 hours. Everyone entering the library after midnight will be required to show their ISU ID card at the Circulation Desk.

Library basement no longer a quiet floor – Due to the group study areas and new Mac Computer Lab  classroom in the basement, this floor will no longer be considered a quiet zone. The library’s third floor will remain a quiet floor.

New Mac Computer lab – The labs/classrooms that previously existed in the Fine Arts Building and Dreiser Hall have been consolidated in the basement of the library. The new library Mac lab, located in the northwest corner of the basement, will be a scheduled classroom and will serve as an open lab when classes are not in session.

Lower Level Study Carrels open – The individual study carrels will remain open and unlocked for use as semi-private study space. There are 20 carrels lining the walls in the Teaching Materials Center on the lower level. These study rooms will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

New Group Study Rooms – The library will be converting 12 Faculty Study Carrels in the basement into six new group study rooms. This is a work-in-progress and the library plans to have the rooms available by mid-semester. Keys to these rooms will be available for check-out at the Circulation Desk. An announcement will be made when the remodeling is completed. In the meantime, please pardon the noise and dust in the basement.

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