Recent Accomplishments of Library Personnel

Promotion to  Full Librarian – Cinda May, Chair, Special Collections

  • Congratulations to our faculty colleague who was approved for promotion! Cinda May has been promoted to full librarian effective July 1.

Promotion to Associate Librarian with Tenure – Natalie Bulick, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

  • Congratulations to our faculty colleague who was approved for promotion and tenure. Natalie Bulick has been promoted to associate librarian and awarded tenure effective July 1.

Sabbatical Leave Approved – Susan Frey, Acting Supervisor in Special Collections/Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives

  • Provost Licari has granted approval for Susan’s sabbatical leave, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, for July 1-Dec. 31, 2017.

Articles Published – Steve Hardin, Reference/Instruction Librarian

  • Steve published two articles in the February/March issue of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology.  The first is titled “Bridging the Telepresence Valley: Greg Welch Speaks” pp.39-41.   ARTICLE LINK The second is titled “Text and Data Mining Meets the Pharmaceutical Industry: Markus Bundschus Speaks” pp. 42-44.  ARTICLE LINK

Article Published – Melissa Gustafson, Electronic Resources Librarian

  • Melissa published her article “Critical Pedagogy in Libraries: A Unified Approach” in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. ARTICLE LINK

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program  – Karen Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian

  • Karen has been selected to participate in the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Program this summer.  A highly competitive program, the Immersion complements the work we have undertaken as a library to incorporate information literacy in the curriculum.  Karen serves as co-chair of the ISU Foundational Studies task force Informed Learning across the Sycamore Community.

Campaign Captain ISU Faculty & Staff Campaign – Ali Moorhead, Budget Specialist (Library Administration)

  • This year’s faculty and staff fundraising campaign began March 1st and runs through April 7th.  Campaign captains help advocate for support for our students, programs and other important campus initiatives.  Ali Moorhead is one of the campaign captains this year.

Toys For Tots Gets Boost from Tech Services

For the second year, instead of exchanging gifts, Tech Services staff opted to buy toys for the “Toys for Tots” program. We were one of several drop-off site on campus and it was a huge success. We gathered 42 toys for the Marines’ annual toy drive. They came to pick them up on Dec. 9th.

They wanted to know if we wanted to be a collection site again next year and we told them YES!  They remembered us from last year!

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Many thanks to everyone who helped make the holidays brighter for children in our community!

Library Student Assistants Graduate in December

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.

 

Congratulations to both of these fine students!

Thanksgiving Baskets Donated

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The call went out from the Fundraising Committee to Library staff in early November to once again donate items for Thanksgiving baskets for the Foster Grandparents program.

“The Foster Grandparent Program is a nonprofit composed of low-income seniors who spend their weekdays at local schools and daycares.  They provide a positive influence on the children that they work with, oftentimes being rewarded with flowers by their classrooms as a “thank you” for doing such a good job.  These are not just normal volunteers.  These people want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They understand that some of these children do not have a role model at home, and these grandparents are there for them.  One of the biggest rewards these volunteers receive is just being called “Grandma” and “Grandpa.”  To someone who may not have grandchildren, this might just be the catalyst for them to keep helping out.” (Quote from the donation letter)

The standard basket list:

Item description Number needed
8 – 10 lb. Turkey 3
5 lb. Bag of potatoes 3
Box of Dressing 3
Can of Corn 6
Can of Green Beans 6
Packet of Gravy 6
Can of Cranberry Sauce 3
Package of Rolls or loaf of Bread 3
Jell-O Cheesecake Mix 3

Other items and cash were accepted as well. Our original goal was 3 baskets; however, we were able to fill and deliver 5 !  Included in the baskets were the baskets, turkey, rolls, potatoes, boxed dressing, green beans, corn, peas, cranberry sauce, carrots, gravy packets (turkey and Brown), cheese cake, sweet potatoes, pie crust, pumpkin, marshmallows, Swiss Miss, rice, mac & cheese, candy, and a tablecloth.