Librarians Participate in ISU “Learning Connections Summit”

October 21 – 25

The first ISU Learning Connections Summit, a 5-day event scheduled in Dede I and various locations in HMSU, is organized by the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation. Programming  targets teaching, assessing, and learning on our campus. Library faculty will participate in several different types of activities. Poster session presentations, traditional lectures and moderation of a panel discussion are among the areas.


Monday, October 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Dede I, Poster Presentations:

>> “First Generation Students: 5 Things to Know,” Karen Evans
 >>”Assessment of Senior Student Works Using the AAC&U VALUE Rubric for Information Literacy,” Shelley Arvin, Cheryl Blevens, Brian Bunnett, Steve Hardin, Rolland McGiverin, & Marsha Miller
>> “Open Educational Resources: The ISU Textbook Affordability Initiative & Student Success,” Susan Frey & Melissa Gustafson

On Tuesday, Shelley Arvin moderates a Panel Talk:

2:00pm-3:30pm, HMSU 321, Excellence in Assessment:

“Assessment that Works: Faculty-Driven Advice for Making Program Assessment Matter to You.” Panelists: Carrie Ball, Nicole Heck, Nathan Myers, Dan Clark, & Randy Peters

On Wednesday, one librarian and our friends from the Mentoring Center {new; located on 2nd floor of Library} participate in lecture sessions:

9:00am-10:00am, Traditional Lecture Session Rotation – HMSU 227 – “Got Your Six: Academic Support for Veterans,” Karen Evans

 10:00am-11:00am Traditional Lecture Session Rotation – HMSU 316 – “Perceptions of Mentoring Across Campus,” Bailey Bridgewater, Aaron Slocum, Shay Phillips, & Britany Dean

On Friday, October 25, 2:00 – 3:30 in Dede I, a team of librarians will join other teams to present their recommendations for the Case Study. Brian Bunnett, Shelley Arvin, Cheryl Blevens, and Marsha Miller, all from Research and Instruction, will participate. Faculty-led teams from each college and the library present their solutions to a teaching case study challenge. A panel of expert judges and an audience vote will determine which team takes home the honor of first-ever Case Study Champion and the traveling trophy. Come watch the competition and cast your vote! 

Library Represented at International Conference

Natalie Bulick and Susan Frey recently presented a scientific poster, An ethnography of student behavior in secluded and open spaces: Preliminary findings and implications for library space planning, at the 2019 International Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries conference (QQML). 

Attendees assembling for the Opening Ceremony of QQML 2019, held in what had been the monks’ refectory (dining room) of the Badia Fiesolana (EUI)

Natalie and Susan’s poster can be viewed at ISU’s Sycamore Scholars. 

Abstract: The design of physical space in academic libraries has become an increasingly important focus of concern in serving the diverse needs of contemporary student populations. Responding to trends that shift the focus of library space away from collections-centered to more user-centered design, many are exploring ways of creating a better library user experience. To achieve this aim, valuable research has been conducted by directly asking students to articulate their wants and needs via surveys, and in some cases, interviews. However, little research has been devoted to the systematic field observation of how students’ use library spaces. Even less of this research has synthesized data findings with robust theoretical frameworks. This poster details the preliminary findings of an ethnographic study at a four-year, public university. Researchers designed a protocol to observe students in freely available secluded and non-secluded library spaces to examine behavior, communication, and social interaction within the context of proxemics theory. The anthropological study of proxemics is useful in evaluating how people behave within immediate organizations of space, and has been successfully applied to the design of public and semi-public spaces. Attendees will learn of study findings, and how these data can be applied to practical applications such as furniture composition and layout, lighting, and general space planning. Also addressed are details of the next phase of this study. Keywords: Space/Buildings; Organizational Change; Proxemics [from page 189 of the conference proceedings.

View of Florence from a second story window of the EUI. If you look carefully you can see the Duomo on the left

QQML, a division of the nonprofit International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, promotes the theory and practice of research in libraries, museums, and archives.  This year the European University Institute (EUI) in Italy hosted the conference.  The EUI is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institution established by the European Union (EU) and serves as the official archive of the EU.

                            One of several rooms exhibiting the conference posters

It is located at the Badia Fiesolana complex, a former monastery established in the 10th century and situated on the Tuscan hillside overlooking the city of Florence (see:

For this year’s conference over 300 social scientists and librarians from 62 countries assembled at the EUI for 5 days to discuss topics related to information culture and science. The QQML conference is hosted in a different country every year. The official language of the QQML is English.

The old monks’ cloister, which was used by conference attendees each mid-morning to take coffee breaks

Recent scholarly contributions: Edith Campbell

Edith Campbell (Education Librarian) recently wrote an article for School Library Journal (SLJ). It is in the online edition of the journal, with her byline dated December 19, 2018. This article also appears in SLJ’s, Be Teen.

Ms. Campbell also wrote one of SLJ’s most read articles for 2018:

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.

May 15: ISU Library to host Indiana Library Federation Regional Conference – Register now!


We are pleased to announce the content at regional conferences. Dr. Godwin Charles Ogbeide will offer the keynote on Exercising your Hospitality Intelligence at four regional conferences. Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud will offer a keynote on Implicit Bias and the Welcoming Library at the Northwest Regional Conference. All five regional conferences will feature hands-on skills training in computer labs and conversation among public library directors. Other sessions vary by region. 

With the exception of the directors’ session, all sessions are designed for and open to ALL staff of all types of libraries. Learn more and register today. Note that some sessions are being finalized. Group registration forms are posted. Members attend for $40; nonmembers may attend for $50.

·        Wed, 4/4 in Ft. Wayne, Allen County Public Library, main branch

·        Fri, 4/13 in Merrillville, Lake County Public Library

·        Fri, 4/20 in New Albany, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

·        Tues, 5/15 in Terre Haute, Indiana State University

·        Fri, 5/18 in Kokomo, Indiana University-Kokomo

 Tisa M. Davis,  Communications Manager,  Indiana Library Federation, 941 East 86th Street, Suite 260, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1853 – 317-257-2040, ext. 104