“Blind Date with a Book” Inaugurates Our New Display Site

Located within the Browsing section on the Library’s 1st floor, you can now find our new display site. Close to the Feature Film DVD section, on top of the Documentaries shelves, you’ll find:

BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK

This clever way to entice you to try reading a book has been used successfully by many libraries. We draw you in with books wrapped in brown paper, with some descriptive phrases designed to make you willing to take a chance. 

All the books on display are available for check-out.

Stay tuned for additional displays. 

Opening June 15: Cunningham Memorial Library Building – Details

Library building re-opens 8am Monday June 15 !!

Summer hours: Monday – Friday 8am-5pm 

First-floor access only! Circulation Desk staff will handle your resource needs. Reference and Research help is available in-person and virtually. Use the Meet with a Librarian form at http://library.indstate.edu/forms/liaison.asp  or via direct email http://library.indstate.edu/forms/liaison.asp. Online course and research support continues (visit http://libguides.indstate.edu/ResearchAssistance), and Reference/Research Chat with library staff is available during all library open hours and is linked in Blackboard.

Tour of the First Floor under Covid-19 Guidelines

Welcome back !! We are requiring masks and social distancing!
Mask and social distancing. See Circ Desk for assistance
View Library guidelines and Special Collections procedures
Bring your ID; Visiting the FCTE?
Please note the social distancing spacing i.e. the tape lines on the floor
Swipe your own ISU ID for entry
Circulation Desk staff await you behind acrylics
Note social distancing tape on floor
Study Rooms are not available at this time
Drinking fountains are not available at this time
No access to other floors at this time
Staff only on other floors. Thanks for your cooperation!
Social distancing at computers: Macs

Social distancing while awaiting your turn at the student printers: note floor tape

Social distancing at computers: PCs
Please observe social distancing at computer workstations
Browsing tables, chairs, and couches are available. Please follow social distancing guidelines
Browsing CDs: no self-service. Please go to Circ Desk for assistance
Browsing books and graphic novels: no self-service. Please go to Circ Desk
Feature Film DVDs: no self-service. Please go to Circ Desk
TV DVDs: no self-service. Please go to Circ Desk
Browsing Documentaries: no self-service. Please go to Circ Desk
Please Exit Using the South Door – past the restrooms
Please use the South Exit door

Browsing Collections: minor moves

  1. Graphic novels are now on the south side of the browsing books.
  2. Video games are now where the graphic novels were housed.
  3. Documentaries are where the games were placed.
  4. Animation dvds are now where the documentaries were located.

The relocations were made to allow space for growth.

Question: Why do you shelve your DVDs that way?

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DVDs at the library

Recently, someone left us a comment:

Put your DVDs in a better order. Example: Horror, Action, Cartoons, Romance, Mystery, etc.

Let me begin by explaining how the DVDs are currently shelved. We have six main sections. First, are the new arrivals – things we recently purchased. Next are the feature films in alphabetical order. If you walk around the corner, you’ll find a section for TV Series, Documentaries, Animation, and Foreign Films also in alphabetical order.

So, why don’t we shelve them by genre? Well, the explanation is simple – alphabetical order and really broad categories make things easier to find. That’s the bottom line.

While shelving things by genre (romcom, action, western, scifi, etc.) can be helpful when you are browsing, it’s rather a nightmare to put things back in the right place, and to find things when someone wants a specific title.

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