Librarian to Assist Creating Multicultural Curriculum Learning Community

Colleen Haas, a full-time instructor of African and African American Studies, has been chosen as a Faculty Fellow in the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence to develop and implement a Multicultural Curriculum Learning Community at Indiana State.

The Multicultural Curriculum Learning Community will offer the opportunity for faculty to transform existing courses or develop new course content relative to diversity, inclusiveness and global societal perspectives gained from the sessions provided. An announcement calling for participants will be coming soon.

Haas received her bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1983. She earned her master’s (2005) degree and doctorate (2010) in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. Haas spent 12 months researching in Brazil as a Fulbright scholar in 2006. She joined the Indiana State faculty in 2011. Last week, Haas was recognized with the Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award during Indiana State University’s Faculty Recognition Banquet.

Edith Campbell, an assistant reference and instruction librarian at Cunningham Memorial Library, will assist with the initiative. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and master’s degree from Indiana University. She will serve the initiative as a faculty affiliate via the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence.

Colleen brings an impressive depth of knowledge, experiences, and passion to this initiative,” said Beth Whitaker, director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence. “I am confident that her informed background and collaborative spirit will allow her to lead the new learning community in a highly productive fashion. Edi also comes to this initiative with expertise and energy. She will be assisting in research efforts and program coordination. Under the guidance of these two individuals, I am certain this learning community will afford participants a rewarding opportunity to grow and learn together as they explore the diverse aspects of multicultural curriculum.”


ISU Librarian interviewed by CBC Radio Canada

Edith Campbell (Reference/Instruction Librarian) was interviewed by CBC Radio-Canada after the children’s book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, was pulled by Scholastic Books.  The book has been criticized for its portrayal of slaves.  Hats off to Ms. Campbell!  You can read the interview at

YALSA Research Committee Appointment

YALSA Research Committee Appointment

Shannon Peterson, President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has appointed by invitation Edith Campbell  (Public Services; Reference/Instruction) as Virtual Member of the Research Committee  for a term to begin 11/6/2013 and end 6/30/2015.  This group has been established by YALSA’s Board to stimulate, encourage, guide, and direct the research needs of the field of young adult library services, and to regularly compile abstracts, disseminate research findings, update YALSA’s Research Agenda as needed and to liaise with ALA’s Committee on Research & Statistics.

Librarian Presenting at Indiana Council of Social Studies Conference

Edith Campbell (Reference/Instruction >> Public Services) will join two area librarians to present at the Indiana Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Indianapolis this Friday, Nov. 8. “Will your students be college ready?  They will be if you use subscription databases for academic research”.  In addition to Campbell, Leslie Morgan (University of Notre Dame) and Willie Miller (IUPUI) teach teachers how to use these resources to develop healthy, scholarly practices.

Librarians Appointed to Inaugural Advisory Board

Edith Campbell (Reference/Instruction, Public Services) and Susan Frey (Acting Associate Dean) have been invited to serve on the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Board (FCTE). The new FCTE Board is tasked with shaping the future of exemplary teaching and learning on the campus. During this semester the Board will meet every two weeks to lay important groundwork for the Center. Next semester the Board will meet monthly with subcommittees supporting specific goals and initiatives.

Note: The FCTE is housed in the Library, 1st floor, northeast corner, currently headed by Dr. Beth Whitaker (Bayh College of Education)