Instructional Activity & Reference Questions Stats (July – October 2016)

The Reference/Instruction librarians are busy year-round providing instruction sessions to undergrads, grads, and faculty, as well as high school groups. Online work includes building online research guides (libguides.indstate.edu) or working in course Blackboard sites.

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The library provides many ways to get research help and reference questions asked, as well as questions about checked out items, overdue bills, printing, and just helping people find library materials.

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Librarian Chosen for ACRL Mentoring Program

Karen Evans (Reference/Instruction librarian, Public Services Department) has been selected to participate in ALA’s Association of College & Research Libraries’ Instruction Section Mentoring Program.   As a mentor Karen will be matched up with a librarian who is new to instruction or to the ACRL’s Instruction Section so that the neophyte can improve his or her teaching skills and confidence in the classroom.  Mentors for the program are chosen for their experience and passion for teaching.

Karen is one of the library’s most active instructors.  Among her current teaching projects is “Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem.”  The twice weekly, 75 minute University 101 class will consist of equal parts of information literacy and criminal justice.

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 Receives New Editorial Appointment

Reference/Instruction (Public Services) librarian Cheryl Blevens has accepted an appointment to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, a Taylor & Francis Imprint of Routledge Publishing. JLISDL is a refereed journal that addresses the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists in the rapidly growing field of Distance Education. Her position will begin with the issues for volume 8 (2014).