This is the DAY! We turn off the old library catalog [ goodbye]  and do the final switchovers necessary for our users to see the NEW CATALOG, powered by Millennium/Innovative Interfaces, Inc.  [HELLO Fusion and FusionPlus]. Combined under the newly formed Library Consortium of Vigo County, you’ll be able to search ISU, Rose-Hulman and St. Mary-of-the-Woods, as before, JOINED by Vigo County Public Library. ALL 4 LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED AUGUST 16 FOR THE BIG MIGRATION

Accompanying this will be a re-designed home page for the Library.


Online Catalog: from LUIS to ‘online catalog’ to Innovative Interfaces, Inc.’s Millennium/Encore!

Coming soon! No more “LUIS”. The ISU Library is moving forward with the creation of its first ILS {Integrated Library System}, and we’re not alone! With the formation of Library Consortium of Vigo County = not just Library holdings at ISU, Rose-Hulman and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods [our arrangement for many years], but also Vigo County Public Library. As far as we can tell, this is “the first academic and public consortium in Indiana”. For more information, see ‘Libraries Sign Memorandum of Understanding” [January 29, 2010].

Note: The ISU Library continues to show its innovative side; we were the FIRST university library in Indiana to get its online catalog {NOTIS} up and running way back in March, 1985, so here we are, 25 years later, still out there on the techno-edge! [posted by MM]

ISU’s New Student Orientation: Debriefing

Well, in late May, I posted the ‘here comes New Student Orientation’. We all survived! This posting will give you an idea of the kind of support such an undertaking needs: June’s New Student Orientation has finished – what a way to make a month fly by! Karen Evans and Marsha Miller hosted the Open Preference Students in Library Events and interacted with many parents and family members at the Parents & Staff Open Houses in the ISU Bookstore. They loved those whistle/light/key chains!! Carol Lunce bore the brunt of staffing the Resource Table for the AOPs in Gillum Hall, with appearances as well by Steve Hardin, Shelley Arvin, Anthony Kaiser, and Susan Frey. Barb Austin passed out 1,528 of the “Student Guide to the Library” booklets at the Resource Fairs in HMSU. Some of the materials prepared for NSO will be kept on hand to distribute if other newly admitted students come through between now and the start of the Fall semester. Special thanks to Admin Office students, VK & Karthik, for pencil sharpening and pen & key chain gathering, Ref/Instruction students, Allison Flurry & Daniela Baez, for counting out packs of 50 – ad nauseum – of last year’s Extravaganza handouts, Dara, for setting up the Events OP corner, David & Kevin for bringing down tables from 230, and to Bev for the candy supply and some pink paper. Thanks also to Darla for the continuing supply of Writing Center brochures and to Cheryl/Circ for the Community Borrowers info we used at the Parents Social Hour. Additional special thanks to the Admin photocopier for never breaking down! At the RefDesk, we noticed LOTS of groups coming through the Library on the campus tours, so I think we definitely got some notice. If I missed thanking someone, sorry! Oh yes, I think Wilma assisted with some desk coverage for people who were going over to Gillum.

  • Parents & Staff Social Hour [resource table & brief orientation], in ISU Bookstore: 14 sessions
  • Open Preference students [resource packet & brief orientation with PowerPoint], in Library: 10 sessions
  • Academic Open Preference [staffed resource table], in Student Academic Services Center: 10 sessions

2008-09 Instruction Statistics

It is that time of year that we spend a lot of time counting! The 9 Reference/Instruction librarians had the usual busy year.

Number of sessions: 319
No. of patrons: 5,785
Hours of instruction: 400:02
Hrs of Online [support] work: 74:02

Distance Learners: 15
Undergrad: 203
Grad: 51
Faculty: 11
Staff: 0
Other [non-ISU]: 38
Individual Instruction [reported if more than 15 min. spent in consultation, off refdesk]: 34

New Online Catalog interface: 1 week and counting

Last week the online catalog changed its look for the first time in about 9 years. The direct URL remains, and you can still access it under Find>>Books from the library’s home page. The opening screen combines the old Keyword and Set More Limits page. You can now enter your terms, choose a specific location, item type [e.g., book], range of dates, etc. Your search terms will be highlighted in each result. Using the online catalog interface is similar to using the Ebscohost database interface. You can mark results and then email them, print, etc. Since this is a whole new system, let us know if you have ANY questions or if you run into ANY problems. Use our Live Chat, or Email a Librarian, or call the reference desk during business hours at 812.237.2580. Stay tuned for tutorials, handouts, etc.