April: National Poetry Month – guest blog entry with Amy Ash

Dr. Amy Ash is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing in ISU’s Department of English

She has contributed this Library blog entry especially in celebration of National Poetry Month!

Scroll down for information on the Thursday, April 8 Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series appearance of internationally-acclaimed poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

At the inauguration of President Biden this January, Amanda Gorman reminded our nation of our love for poetry. Her inaugural poem was so powerful, so perfect for the moment. Afterward, social media exploded with the beauty, the energy of her poem and her performance.

As a poet, I’ve always known the magic, the power a poem can offer. As a teacher, I love to introduce students to the world of contemporary poetry that is very much alive and thriving. This is an exciting time—the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which has grown to become an annual celebration of poetry in schools, in libraries, in statehouses, throughout our streets, and on television and radio programs nationwide.

Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, reminds us that “poetry has a vital role to play as a counterweight to the struggles we’ve all endured this past year.” I couldn’t agree more. In the darkness and distance of this pandemic, we are continually reminded how essential poetry is in creating community and crafting new possibilities for our world. Though not surprised, exactly, I was still stunned (and so very thankful) by how the poetry community has answered the call for community, as the internet flourished with countless online reading and events throughout the pandemic.

Here at ISU, we are so thankful to be able to continue the Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series this year, offering the experience in a virtual format, which has allowed for unexpected connections and opportunities. The Theodore Dreiser Visiting Writers Series is made possible by grant funding from the Indiana Arts Commission and our regional affiliate, Arts Illiana. We appreciate their continued commitment to and support of the literary arts.

Many thanks also to the Indiana State University College of Arts and Sciences, the Distance Education Program, and the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies for their generous support of this series, which offers invaluable community engagement and experiential learning opportunities.

Help us celebrate National Poetry Month this Thursday, April 8th at 6pm by logging in to see internationally-acclaimed poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil, whose work is infused with discovery, wonder, and joy.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of a book of nature essays, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishmentswhich was chosen as Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Year, and four award-winning poetry collections, most recently, Oceanic (2018). Awards for her writing include fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Council, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her writing has appeared in NYTimes Magazine, ESPN, and Best American Poetry. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

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JOBS! Two Part Time Positions in Public Services

AVAILABLE: two part-time, temporary Staff positions, Public Services Assistant – Part Time, No Benefits, to the ISU hiring site. Two people will be hired from this posting to fill two different schedules. Applications will be accepted until November 5, 2020 at this direct link: https://jobs.indstate.edu/hr/postings/32548

Social distancing markers have been replaced
Circulation Desk staff await you behind acrylics; warren of Circulation staff cubicles behind desk

Public Services Assistant – Part Time, No Benefits:

  • Supervises Public Services area per schedule; conveys factual information in response to inquiries made by students, faculty, staff, nonaffiliated patrons, other ISU units, and other institutions.
  • Responds to emergencies calmly and efficiently, exercises considerable judgment within established procedures and guidelines.
  • Uses discretion, independent action and judgment to analyze facts, make decisions, and take action to maintain a safe library environment.
  • In cooperation with other staff members, supervises and trains student staff, directs student assistants in tasks that support daily operations.
  • Performs specialized library work in one or more library functions.

Duties of this position are related to daily operations and include all aspects of public services tasks.

  • Develops an increased knowledge of the library’s integrated online catalog.
  • Seeks opportunities to enhance job skills.
  • Communicates well in person, over the phone and via email.
  • Possesses good interpersonal skills, including tact, courtesy and civility, in accordance with the library’s mission, vision and values.
  • Interprets library policies and procedures and is able to communicate them to internal and external patrons.
  • All activities of the position performed in support of the Circulation Unit in consultation with and under the supervision of the Access Services Manager, Public Services Department.

Work Schedules:

  • 8:00AM-1:00PM Monday-Friday (one position)
  • 2:00PM-7:00PM Sunday-Thursday (one position)

Pay Rate:  $11.00 per hour, no benefits, no overtime.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins September 15

September 15 –October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, why the mid-month dates? Read more about the unique date designation and the supporting federal government documentation here .  The month is meant to celebrate a deep and diverse community and there is continuing debate as to how to do so in an inclusive and constructive way.  The New York Times el space column discusses the divisive history of labeling and framing “Hispanic Heritage Month” and suggests ways to move forward

Throughout the month we will be highlighted resources and ideas both in and outside of our collections that highlight the depth and breadth that make up the Latinx community through art, music, science and more. To begin let’s look at a snapshot of the Latinx population in the United States today from NBC News.  In July, 2020, the Pew Research Center released some recent stats on the community.

Hispanics By the Numbers
Hispanics By the Numbers

Finally we’d like to suggest you take a deeper dive into the rich and varied contributions of Latinx Americans in this nation’s history by watching episodes of PBS’s The Latino Americans.  Available from Films on Demand.

Keep your eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter presence for more resources this month.

Virtual Student Poster Exhibit: African-American Women in Indiana History: Finding Their Voices

Dr. Kim Stanley, Assistant Professor, History: 

Spring 2020:  Black Women’s History {HIST 213}: In honor of Women’s History Month,  students embarked on locating the voices of African American women in Indiana’s history. The historical record is often silent or only provides fragments on the lives of black women.  Because of this, we often do not know their experiences—and, if we do, it is often through the voice of someone else. Using Indiana State University Library’s Special Collections, students were tasked with placing and centering the voices and lives of black women within the history of Indiana.

>>African-American Women: Indiana State University {Vigo County}
>>African-American Women: Boone and Putnam Counties
>>African-American Women: Cass County
>>African-American Women: Clark County
>>African-American Women: Delaware and Randolph Counties
>>African-American Women: Greene and Vigo Counties
>>African-American Women: Hamilton and Madison Counties
>>African-American Women: Hendricks and Morgan Counties
>>African-American Women: Howard and Miami Counties
>>African-American Women: Johnson and Marion Counties
>>African-American Women: Lake County
>>African-American Women: Marion and Rush Counties
>>African-American Women: Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties
>>African-American Women: Orange and Washington Counties