“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:


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. 

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.



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

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

Instructional Activity & Reference Questions Stats (July – October 2016)

The Reference/Instruction librarians are busy year-round providing instruction sessions to undergrads, grads, and faculty, as well as high school groups. Online work includes building online research guides (libguides.indstate.edu) or working in course Blackboard sites.


The library provides many ways to get research help and reference questions asked, as well as questions about checked out items, overdue bills, printing, and just helping people find library materials.




Find out more about reference and instruction services