Library Participating in Campus Menstrual Product Drive

From April 18 – 24: campus-wide collection of menstrual products to distribute to the Women’s Center and Food Pantry on ISU Campus. Find a collection bin in the Library’s Lobby. Info on the national organization.

And, because we’re a library:

A history of women’s menstruation from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century [electronic resource] : psychological, social, medical, religious, and educational issues. Glenda Lewin Hufnagel. 2012

Puberty is gross but also really awesome  by Gina Loveless ; illustrated by Lauri Johnston. 2021. Children’s Books [Lower Level] 612.661 Love

Go with the flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann. Children’s Materials (Lower Level)  741.5973 Will. Audience: 10+. Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen. Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs–or worse, squirms–at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change.

Period power : a manifesto for the menstrual movement by Nadya Okamoto. Children’s Materials (Lower Level) 612.662 Okam  – Ages 12+. PERIOD founder and Harvard student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation. Throughout history, periods have been taboo. They’re “embarrassing”. They’re “gross”. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex-ed program, they are misunderstood. And because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from a seat at the decision-making table, which leads to discrimination like the tampon tax and medications that favor male biology. Period Power explains who is hurt most by the status quo and gives us a strategy to prompt conversation and promote gender equality. Now

Periods gone public [electronic resource] : taking a stand for menstrual equity / Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. 2017

Periods in pop culture [electronic resource] : menstruation in film and television / Lauren Rosewarne. 2012

VIDEO: The Pad Piper. CINEFETE. 2013.  This is the story of a man who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin machine in India that brought about a remarkable change in menstrual hygiene for thousands of women. Most important, it also gave them dignity and helped many of them to create micro-businesses. 52 minutes.


April 14, 1828: Noah Webster and His Dictionary

On April 14, 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language” was published. Cunningham Memorial Library’s Cordell Dictionary Collection contains this volume.

Title Page of the Dictionary

Library’s copy, from the Warren N. and Suzanne B. Cordell Collection of Dictionaries

Who exactly was Noah Webster and Why did he want to write a dictionary??

October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843:

He studied law and wrote educational books. He edited a Federalist Party newspaper and served in the Connecticut House of Representatives. And that was just some of what he was up to BEFORE he started working on his first dictionary in 1806.

In the ISU Library – about the Dictionary:

Dr. Johnson and Noah Webster; two men & their dictionaries. Illustrated with a matched pair of original leaves from A dictionary of the English language by Samuel Johnson (1755) and An American dictionary of the English language by Noah Webster (1828) – in Special Collections

Johnson’s and Webster’s verbal examples : with special reference to exemplifying usage in dictionary entries / Kusujiro Miyoshi – in Special Collections and ebook

Two epistles of free stricture, on the American dictionary of Mr. Webster, on the Hebrew grammar and Hebrew chrestomathy of Mr. Stuart, and on the manual Hebrew lexicon of Mr. Gibbs: addressed to Rev. Eleazar T. Fitch, D.D., divinity professor in Yale College, by Mr. Judson. 1830 – in Special Collections

The development of American lexicography from its beginning through the Webster-Worcester dictionary war / by Joseph H. Friend – PE 1611 .F754 1963

In the ISU Library – About Noah Webster:

Noah Webster & his words / Jeri Chase Ferris ; illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch – Children’s Books

Noah Webster : man of many words / Catherine Reef – Children’s Books

W is for Webster : Noah Webster and his American dictionary / Tracey Fern ; pictures by Boris Kulikov – Children’s Books

The long journey of Noah Webster / Richard M. Rollins – PE64.W5 R6 [1980]

The forgotten founding father : Noah Webster’s obsession and the creation of an American culture / Joshua Kendall – in Special Collections

Three early champions of education : Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, and Noah Webster / by Abraham Blinderman – LA2311 .B57

Accessing Special Collections:

  • Classes in Session: Walk-ins Mon.-Thurs. 1-4 pm
  • Open other times by appointment. (Regular business hours)
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[photos courtesy of Katie Sutrina-Haney, Director, Special Collections and University Archivist]

Exposium Begins April 11: Four days celebrating undergraduate student research at ISU

ISU’s Exposium celebrates the outstanding academic work of Indiana State University undergraduate and graduate students with poster presentations and creative works.


Exposium is open in the Library Events Area from 10am to 4pm, Monday (April 11), Tuesday (April 12) and Thursday (April 14th). Titles of posters and hour when author(s) will be present are listed below.  Posters will displayed from 10am to 4pm.

On April 13th, Exposium focuses on the performing arts beginning at noon running until 2pm in the Recital Hall in the Landini Center for the Performing Arts.

<<Monday April 11


Should Instructors Adopt Digital Textbooks in Higher Education?    Jhansi Chagalakonda

Analysis of Mercury in Skeletal Remains of Vigo County Poor Asylum Residents: Emma Roberts

Bioavailable Lead from Two West Central Indiana Counties: Drake, Katya; Boillard, Brandie; Mudica, Kathryn; Latimer, Jenifer (advisor)


How Neoclassical Economic Theory Fails to Explain the Modern Industrial Food System: William Drappo

Unraveling Past Hydroclimate Dynamics In A Sierra Nevada Lake, California. Insights From Diatom Evolution And Community Assemblages: Laura Lopera Congote

Access to the General Education Curriculum for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Robin Thoma Jeffery Stone; Karlyn Westover;  Michael McGlue


The Proletariat in the Vending Machine: Marxism in Scud, The Disposable Assassin: Samuel Grant

Maple Hill Cemetery: Ashleigh Kehoe

Tool Use: Do the Great Apes Possess the Capability?  Arica Pate

The Vigo County Historical Museum’s Red Light District Exhibit in Website Based Virtual Reality: Angela LoCoco

Digitization and Publication in Irish Celtic Archaeology?  Seaonna Michaels

Ancient Egyptian Burial Methods and the Possible Explanation Behind Them: Cassie McClure

The Adaptations of Native Traditions: The Effects of Christianity on Indigenous American Practices: Iraina Clark

<<Tuesday April 12


Exploration of KIF14 within Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Keeley Cleghorn; Scott G. Canfield; Catherine E. Steding (Advisor)

A Novel Ion Torrent Metabarcoding Workflow Increases Experimental Efficacy and Efficiency: Nick Gabry; advisors: Jeff Kinne; Rusty Gonser

Metal Sculpture Studies of Repetition: The Interplay between Light, Shade and Contrast: Regan M. Zerwig


The Correlation Between Terrace Area and Elevation at Monte Alban: Alexis Grider

noon – 1pm

Analysis of Nicotine and Metabolites in Drosophila melanogaster Raised on Nicotine-Containing Media: Brianna Nirtaut; Callie Gernand; Tyler Douglas; Rebecca Tarvina; Richard Fitch (advisor)

Twin roles of the zinc-finger transcription factor Castor: specification of cardiac cell subtypes and regulation of cardiac progenitor cell division: Abbigaye J Gamble; Rajnandani Katariya; M. Rezaul Hasan; Amy A Kaur; Alishba Rizwan; Manoj Panta; Andrew J Kump; Shaad M Ahmad (advisor)


The New Trends and Careers in Criminal Justice:  An Exploratory Research on Cybersecurity: Suraj Sudhakar; Avdi Avdija; Robert Girod; Arif Akgul (Advisor)


A prioritized screen to identify downstream targets of the Forkhead/Fox transcription factor Jumeau that mediate cardiac progenitor cell divisions: Evelyn McGruire; advisors: Dr Andrew Krump; Dr. Shaad Ahmad

 <<Wednesday April 13

Performing Arts in the Landini Center for Performing Arts, noon to 2pm

1:15:    London Theatre presentation

2-2:30:  Music performances.

 <<Thursday April 13


Using archaeological methods to detect past tornadic activity: Robert Williams


Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Pain in Occupational Therapy Students and an Analysis of Associated Risk Factors: Payton Anderson; Leah Bunting; Shelshide Meurer; Ian Henne; Alexa Badon; Priya Bakshi (Advisor)

Factors Predicting Success of Occupational Therapy Students: Molly Pile; Alision Schien; Shawn Castle; Connor Barth; Brandi Andreae (Advisor)

Using an Occupational Therapy Sensory Motor Approach to Process Trauma: A Pilot Study of Collaboration with Behavioral Health in an Elementary School Setting. Autum Loughead; Bailie Brownstead; Josephine Compeau; Kelsey Phillips; Madeline Robison

More than Return-to-Play: Occupational Therapy Intervention Improves Quality of Life for Collegiate Athletes with Concussion:  Sara Buresh; Jordann Handy; Ella Hunsucker; Hannah Johanningsmeier; Lakshmi Madathil; Paula Jarrard (Advisor)

Practice Trends of Orthosis Fitting and Fabrication in Hand Therapy:  Lauren Paisley; Zoee Lagerhausen; Daisy Castillo; Heidi Mitchener; Amanda Quinlivan; Dr. Priya Bakshi (Advisor)

Child Caregiver Coping and Stress During COVID-19 Pandemic

 1-2 pm

To Forge an Identity: Social Constructions in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace: Alisha VanArsdale

An Interpretation of How the Public’s View of Medical Experimentation Changed During the 20th Century:  Kieya Vann


Join us at the Treehouse, second floor (7th and Elm) for readings by ISU creative writers.  It’s an open mic, so if you are a creative writer, come on out.  We begin at 8pm.  

Information also posted in the Treehouse