Library Resources

Library Resources

Historical Perspectives

Historical Perspectives

It is said that ‘victors write the history books’ – that the dominant group shapes the historical narrative and record, flattering itself and distorting or excluding (intentionally or otherwise) the perspectives of any other groups. And often, this is true. An excellent example is World War II – not only are there no significant advocates of the Nazi or Imperial Japanese causes, but the contributions of the United States have been made to eclipse or replace those of our allies. Recent films such as U-571 and Monuments Men replace heroic British figures with Americans, and American battles like the D-Day invasion are remembered while pivotal Soviet engagements like the battle of Stalingrad are ignored or downplayed. And while sometimes this … Continued
Asian Pacific American Heritage

Asian Pacific American Heritage

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, jointly sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to honor and showcase the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history. Lots of these institutions, and others, offer resources and activities online. The Library of Congress offers lesson plans and classroom activities, as well as an extensive video and multimedia collection. Websites like Asian Nation offer tools, statistics, infographics, and more. The IU East Campus Library offers a multitude of high-quality scholarly resources. Databases like the Asian Studies eBook Collection offer … Continued
IU East Faculty Publications

IU East Faculty Publications

IU East is proud of its faculty and their accomplishments. A display of many faculty writings, both books and articles, is being showcased at the library to celebrate these achievements. Come in and see how much your professors have done – or read some of their work! IU East professors publish in every major discipline. Some of their books include Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies by Award-Winning Teachers by Ange Cooksey, Anger Management in Schools: Alternatives to Student Violence by Jerry Wilde, Vikings Across the Atlantic: Emigration and the Building of a Greater Norway, 1860-1945 by Daron Olson, Social Justice, Poverty and Race by Paul Kriese, and Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel … Continued
Foster Care Month

Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, celebrated since 1988 in honor of people who care for orphaned and displaced children – from foster parents and their family members to child social workers to volunteers to mentors. In 2016, the theme of NFCM is family reunification – “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families.” Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, it highlights the needs of many children who, for whatever reason, do not have the security of a normal, loving family. A child might be in the foster system for many reasons – orphaned, abandoned, or their parents incapacitated in some way. Frequently, though, children entering the foster care system are victims of abuse or neglect, necessitating their separation … Continued
One People One Sky

One People One Sky

April is Global Astronomy Month, sponsored by Astronomers Without Borders, a group dedicated to strengthening the bonds between nations by looking outward together. Their motto is “One People, One Sky”, and they focus on practical astronomy that you can participate with in your back yard over more esoteric theories. Astronomy is one of the most viscerally compelling of the sciences, because any child can understand its scope and grandeur just by looking up at the night sky; of getting excited at being able to identify a constellation like the Big Dipper. Perhaps you were inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Maria Mitchell, or Stephen Hawking. Perhaps you took an astronomy class thinking it would be an easy grade, and were unexpectedly … Continued