September Events in the Library – Heads up! Mark your calendars! Add to your syllabi!

09/12/2018 –  Center for Student Research & Creativity’s Exposium (8:00am-5:00pm) Library Events Area 

09/12/2018 – Taboo Topics (5:00pm-7:00pm) Room 028

Taboo Talks programming aims to create well-rounded and informed discussions on relevant socially charged topics. The program targets all students who wish to increase their social consciousness, and wish to say abreast hot topics. Programing provided by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs [complete schedule of all 2018-2019 events]

 09/15/2018 – 10/15/2018 Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 – Exhibit – outside Library Events Area

This exhibition of six posters is based on the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) traveling exhibition, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Project 1942-1964.  It represents a time in U.S. history when Mexican labor was commissioned to bolster the work force during and after World War II.  Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All photographs by Leonard Nadal.

09/17/2018 – The Supreme Court: Looking Back and What’s To Come (11:00am-12:15pm) Library Events Area

In celebration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, political scientist Dr. Robert Van Sickel will present on contemporary cases before, and the political context of the Supreme Court. This event is free and open to all in the community. Pizza, cookies, and pocket U.S. Constitutions provided. 

09/17/2018 – “14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark, & Vanessa Lopez” (6:00-8:00pm) Library Events Area

In celebration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, this documentary film “explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen.” A discussion will follow the documentary viewing. This event is free and open to all in the community. Refreshments and pocket U.S. Constitutions provided.

09/25/2018 – State Legislative Candidate Forum (7:00-8:30pm) Library Events Area

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and express their views to the candidates running in Indiana’s 43rd House district and Indiana’s 38th Senate district. This event is free and open to all I.S.U. students. Refreshments provided.

9/26/2018    “Frases De Latinoamerica: Explaining a few Things”/“Latin American Phrases: EXPLICO Frases De Latinamerica ALGUNAS COSAS” 6-7:30 pm; Library Events Area

The first annual “Frases De Latinamerica” will be an interactive celebration of poems and poetry written by Latin Americans. The event is themed “Let Me Explain a Few Things” inspired by the poem “I’m Explaining a Few Things” by Pablo Neruda.  The Library Events Area will be transformed into a makerspace for this event that will be held on Wednesday 26 Sept from 6-7:30 pm; Library’s Events Area.

Events will include:

  • Magnetic poetry in English and Spanish
  • Typewriter poetry
  • Interactive Listening Station
  • Blackout poetry using pages from the English and Spanish editions of Open Veins of Latin America

Attendees will be encouraged to share the poems they create at the various stations by taking photos and posting them on Facebook or Twitter (and tagging the library) or in the library with #ISUletmeexplain. Those who share items will receive an entry into a drawing for items that have been donated by the Margarita Engle, the US Young People’s Poet Laureate.

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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.

Cinda May to participate in unique conference on Catholic Religious Archives

Cinda May, Chair of the Special Collections Department, will participate by invitation in the “Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives: A Working Conference” to be held at Boston College, July 11-13, 2018.

 The working conference is “a ground-breaking effort by religious leaders, archivists and historians to address preservation and access issues, to identify possible solutions and to be part of developing a national strategic plan to confront the challenge.”

The conference will consist small group activities designed to feed into a scalable national strategy to address the needs of Catholic Religious Archives.

One of the conference chairs invited Ms. May to submit an application because of her work InDiPres and digital preservation.

Special Collections Summer Exhibit: “The Study and Appreciation of the Natural World

Voyages of Discovery that circumnavigated the world during the 15th-17th centuries, established trade routes and brought Europeans into contact with cultures and environments of faraway lands. While early voyages frequently served colonial and political agendas, the maritime and land explorations of the 18th and 19th centuries focused more on scientific discoveries. The crews included naturalists, botanists, zoologists, geologists, mineralogists, artists and illustrators, as well as astronomers, cartographers and surgeons. … Specialized natural history collections date back to 16th century Europe.

 Referred to as “cabinets,” these collections feature examples of mineral, plant, and animal life accumulated and displayed often with some sort of classification system. … Here at Indiana State University the tradition of scientific collection, preservation, and study continues. We invite you to view specimens from the cabinets maintained by the Departments of Biology, Earth and Environmental Systems, and Special Collections. Here is an opportunity for you to explore and appreciate the natural world.

Welcome to a world of wonders! Glimpse a few pieces when you enter the Library, then move on to the 3rd floor for more! The 1st floor exhibits allow you to experience the excitement of discovery as you meet Bill Cain, a private collector, who offers examples from his personal cabinet of fossils for your contemplation.