Two library student assistants received post-graduate degrees on Saturday, December 17th!
Samuel Komera, a Graduate Assistant in Special Collections, was supervised by Cinda May and Kendra McCrea and worked with them for about a year. Samuel received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science on Saturday, December 17th. He’s from Telanger, Hyderabad, India and his work in Special Collections was focused mostly on revamping the department’s web page.
Ramya Sree Matcha was a student assistant in the Interlibrary Loan unit of Technical Services. She worked in that area for the past 3 semesters under Holli Moseman’s supervision. Ramya, who is originally from Khaman, India, received her Master’s Degree in Electronics and Computer Technology.
First, an international conference will spend part of its time at the ISU Library:
July 14: The 8th International Conference on Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (ICHLL), held at IU-Bloomington July 12 – 15, 2016 will include a trip to the ISU Library! Arriving by bus, attendees will have a chance to visit Special Collections, highlighting the Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries. Conference sessions, lunch and an end-of-the-day reception will be offered. ICHLL is held every two years and was previously in Gargnano del Gardo, Italy; Leiden, The Netherlands; Edmonton, Canada; Oxford, UK; Jena, Germany; and Gran Canaria, Spain. ISU’s Office of the President and The Warren N. & Suzanne B. Cordell Collection are helping sponsor the conference.
Wednesday, July 20: Academic Libraries of Indiana’s INFORMATION LITERACY UNCONFERENCE
Sally Neal, Associate Dean for Instruction & User Services at Butler University Libraries is Chair of ALI’s Information Literacy Committee informs us that, as of this posting, registration is still open for this FREEconference (includes breakfast, hot lunch, snacks).
Time: 8:45am – 3:30pm (Opening Session begins at 9:30)
How does your institution partner with other campus departments, units, and disciplines in teaching information literacy? In addition to the traditional partnering we do with faculty and discipline departments and programs, we want to know how you are partnering with writing centers, learning resource centers, career services, student affairs, greek life, health & wellness, programs, diversity programs & services, campus publishing initiatives (undergraduate journals and manuscript publications), and teaching and learning centers. Partnering with curricular development committees and administrative units can also be discussed concerning developing programmatic information literacy. The goal is to highlight how “two or three can be better than one” when it comes to teaching the concepts of information literacy.
Via the unconference model, attendees will identify the topics to be discussed through the day and work together to share examples and discuss options.
UnConference Planning Commitee members are:
Sally Neal, Instruction & User Services Associate Dean, Butler Universitty
Brian Bunnett, Chair of Public Services, Indiana State University
Lisa Jarrell, Head of Educational Technology and Resources Collection, Ball State University
Michael Flierl, Assistant Professor of Library Science and Learning Design Specialist, Purdue University
Dara Middleton, Events, Marketing, and Mail Services Coordinator, Indiana State University
Special Collections‘ summer exhibit Greetings From…Travel through the Centuries is officially open. The exhibit explores how motivations for and experiences of travel have changed over time through personal accounts, photographs, art, and artifacts.
PARTICIPATE!!! ADD TO THE EXHIBIT!! You can also write about your own personal explorations on a postcard and “mail” it to Special Collections by putting it in the Special Collections mail boxlocated next to the bust of Eugene V. Debs (Library, 3rd floor).
Indiana State University honored seven educators during its annual Faculty Recognition Banquet Thursday.President Dan Bradley presented the President’s Medal— the university’s highest award for faculty — to Cinda May, chair of Special Collections at Indiana State’s Cunningham Memorial Library.
“It is such an honor to be selected as a recipient of the President’s Medal — and totally unexpected,” May said. “To be recognized for my accomplishments and contributions to ISU and librarianship is very gratifying. But I would be remiss not to acknowledge all of the people who have believed in me, encouraged me, and even challenged me throughout my career. Without them I would not have explored the range of my abilities, or plumbed the depths of my resourcefulness. From them I learned resilience, commitment and the importance of being true to oneself. Every day I aspire to pass these lessons on to others, especially students, who are just commencing their life journeys.”
May earned her bachelor’s in English from the University of New Orleans. She holds three master’s degrees — in English from the University of Texas at Austin, in information and library science from the University of Michigan and in history from Indiana University.
May joined the Indiana State faculty in 2006 as the coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives. She was appointed to her current role in 2010.
“Being the project director of Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project has been the most meaningful experience for me,” she said. “With 20-plus community partners across six counties in west central Indiana, the Visions Project has afforded me the opportunity to work with other cultural heritage professionals to document, preserve and provide access to the history and culture of the region. It has also given ISU students interested in pursuing careers in public history or special collections librarianship a chance to directly participate in the collection, creation and management of local history resources.”
Other awards and their recipients were:
• Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award: Keri Yousif, professor of French.
• Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award: Colleen Haas, instructor of African and African American Studies.
• Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award: Kevin Bolinskey, associate professor of psychology, Rusty Gonser, professor of biology, and Kit Kincade, professor of English.
• Faculty Distinguished Service Award: Richard Lotspeich, professor of economics.