January 26th, 2015

Here at IU East, you have no shortage of good, scholarly sources for every information need. But what do people use who are not in college? And what will you use when you graduate? The free web is an option, using tools like Google Scholar to navigate it, but you will quickly find that almost everything of value is only indexed – the full text access you rely on at IU just isn’t available to average citizens. And what is available on the free internet is often commercialized, self-published, or tabloid-level material. This type of resource is re-blogged and linked often, giving the impression of significant content, but instead being little more than an echo chamber of unreliable material.


Fortunately, if you are a resident of the state of Indiana, the Indiana State Library has purchased access to a number of high quality databases like those found at IU East – resources like Testing and Education Reference Center, Academic Search Premier, Biography in Context, and EBSCO E-Books. The ISL calls this resource INSPIRE, and anyone with an Indiana IP address can access them freely. It’s a mainstay of hundreds of public and school libraries, and the state’s significant negotiating power makes these databases cheaper for IU, as well. If you’ve ever used a database like Biomedical Reference Collection, Business Source Premier, Chronicle of Higher Education, CINAHL, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Contemporary Authors, Corporate ResourceNet, ERIC, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, GreenFILE, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Health Business FullTEXT, Health Source: Consumer Edition, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center, Humanities International Index, Indiana History Online, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, LitFinder, MAS Ultra – School Edition, MasterFILE Premier, McClatchy-Tribune Collection, MEDLINE, Middle Search Plus, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, Primary Search, Professional Development Collection, PsycINFO, Regional Business News, Science in Context, SocINDEX, or TOPICsearch, you’ve used a resource subsidized in whole or in part by INSPIRE.

INSPIRE is heavily used – there were 125 million searches done in it in 2014. And such a service is common – many states offer these types of tools to their citizens. For example, Ohio has the Ohio Public Library Information Network, which includes a similar slate of databases.

But there’s a problem – the current budget before the Indiana legislature eliminates funding for INSPIRE entirely. Soon, this tool could be gone. And the hundreds of libraries and the million or so K-12 students who rely on it will be left with nothing of comparable value. And you will be, too, as soon as you graduate.

So what can we do?

The proposed budget will come before the Indiana House of Representatives, and they can reinstate funding for INSPIRE. Contacting your representative, especially if he or she is on the Ways and Means committee, is a great strategy. The chair of the House Ways and Means committee is Timothy Brown, who can also be contacted by mail at 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. If you live in Richmond, your local representative is Dick Hamm, although he is not on the Ways and Means committee.

And fortuitously, IU East will be holding a free Legislative Forum here on campus on Friday, January 30th. Wayne County legislators Senator Jeff Raatz, Representative Tom Saunders, and Representative Dick Hamm will all be present, and will answer questions from the audience. It will be held from 8-9 a.m. in the Graf Center in Springwood Hall. Please come and talk with them. If you have any questions, please email us at

A Day On

January 19th, 2015

Most holidays are a great opportunity to relax and unwind; to spend time with family or recover from stress. But Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is frequently referred to as ‘a day on, not a day off’. Because King’s life was inextricably linked to equality and service, celebrating it involves these attributes, too.

That’s not to say it has to be active – a time of meditating on the meaning of sacrifice and service might be how you choose to mark the holiday. IU East has plenty of opportunities – inspirational speaker and CEO Gloria J. Burgess will speak here at 7:00 on January 22, in Vivian on “Martin Luther King Jr.: Legacy for Life in the 21st Century,” and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander, will discuss her book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness at 3:30 on January 27, livestreamed from IU Northwest in Springwood 202C. And outside of IU East, films like Selma can make King’s life more real for those of us who were born long after he died.

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But honoring King can be done through hands-on service, as well. Whether it’s in his name or not, or for his causes or not, doesn’t matter as much as following his example and helping others. And the IU East Center for Service-Learning has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. Service-learning needs include working with children or adults, building or teaching, feeding or mentoring. You can check out some of the many opportunities here, and can contact us to volunteer at

Plus, we have tons of academic sources if you want to explore King’s life or apply his principles in any class assignments. A small sampling of books we have include Becoming King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of a National Leader by Troy Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life, by Marshall Frady, Ring Out Freedom!: The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement by Fredrik Sunnemark, and April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and the Transformation of America by Michael Dyson. And there are many, many more like them.


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Lots of New Databases

January 12th, 2015

Thanks to being part of a large University, our IU East campus often has the opportunity to participate in group subscriptions that reduce our cost yet increases your access to a variety of databases.  It’s part of what makes IU East special – a lot of the benefits of a big university, but the familiarity and personal attention of a small campus.

This semester, we are adding several great new databases. One of the most interesting is the Loeb Classical Library, a digitization of hundreds of volumes of classical literature currently published by Harvard University. The print version of the Loeb Classical Library has been a mainstay in universities for decades, offering the original Greek or Latin text on one page and a literal English translation on the opposite page. Beginning language students would learn to read and translate from the portable, coat pocket-sized books – green covers were for Greek texts, and red for Latin. But now, with an iPad or tablet, the entire series can fit in a coat pocket. James Loeb would be proud!

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But we have many others. Take Women and Social Movements, International which includes almost 5,000 primary materials – the writings, letters, and diaries of female activists, as well as major conference proceedings where pivotal events in the women’s movement occurred. Or try Underground and Independent Comics, another primary source-driven database that looks at adult, non-mainstream comic literature including interviews, criticism, and journal articles that give context to the evolution of the comic strip. Or try Harper’s Weekly, which includes the full text of a leading newspaper in 19th Century America. You can search by topic or jump directly to a specific issue, to see what things were like at that time. It’s a great resource both for history students and writers of historical fiction.

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Additionally, we’re adding numerous Gale database titles, which mostly include the full text of significant British and American magazines, newspapers, and manuscripts. Collections include topics as broad-ranging as British Literary Manuscripts Online 1660-1900, Indigenous Peoples: North America, State Papers Online, Associated Press: US City Bureaus Collection, Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-Onwards, Smithsonian Collections Online, Chatham House Online Archive Module 1 1920-1979, and Liberty Magazine1924-50. Something to fit almost any history-based assignment!

And remember, we’re here for you if you have any questions. Ask us at!

2015 and we’re ready with new library staff, enhanced service-learning, and One Book choices!

January 5th, 2015

Library news you can use

KT Lowe

Welcome to our new Coordinator of Library Instruction and Service-Learning, Katherine (KT) Lowe! KT comes to IU East with work experience at a correctional facility, art gallery, and a variety of museums. Her skills include creating multimedia learning resources, lesson plan design, and legal research. KT earned several degrees at U. of Mich – Ann Arbor: a BA in Asian Studies, Graduate certificate in Museum Studies, and a Master of Science in Information. You can find KT in her library office (Hayes 140A), via phone at 765-973-8434 or email

A quick guide of who’s doing what in the library and how we can help:

Center for Service-Learning (CSL) updates

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There is a new registration process for all service-learning connected to IU East. If any student, whether on campus or online, is involved in service, it needs to be registered with the Center for Service-Learning. This includes for classes, clubs or independent projects. Campus/community service-learning liaison Ann Tobin will be glad to assist you. Please contact Ann with any questions about establishing new partnerships, general procedures or logistics: or 765-973-8411. If you have questions about ideas for integrating service-learning into your course, you are welcome to connect with Frances, who is faculty liaison for service-learning. Any questions about policy can be directed to Mary Blakefield. We appreciate your cooperation in this important initiative to have every student counted for the impact their service provides!

One Book 2015 contenders

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If anyone would like to provide input on the selection of One Book 2015, here are links to Google Books previews (not full-text) of potential One Book selections. They are not in ranked order. Please email anyone on the committee with your preferences or ideas. Committee members are Matt Dilworth, Sheila Armstead, Liz Johnson, Darla Lane, Denice Williams, Sarah Harris, Chris Snively, Kristan Kanorr, Gloria Dixon, Jack Haggenjos, Teresa Price, Steven Petersheim and Marisa Vanzant.

Military Matters

December 22nd, 2014

We count ourselves lucky to have almost 200 veterans as part of our student body. The life experiences of veterans add immeasurably to the discussion in any classroom. We try to cultivate this relationship – we are frequently named as a military-friendly school, and as a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, we offer online Bachelors and Masters programs targeted to help mobile service-members to complete their degrees. And Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute offers similar services to students enrolled at the Purdue Technology program on our campus.

In fact, our colleagues at Purdue are engaged in a project right now to honor our veterans, and you can help. The Purdue Student Veterans Organization has ‘adopted’ the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard. They are collecting donations in Tom Raper Hall, room 140 to send to the Airmen throughout their six-month deployment.

Indiana Air National Guard emergency operation after flooding in Fort Wayne Indiana by United States Air Force

Almost anything can be donated, but Purdue requests that items in cans or bottles be avoided since they are difficult to ship. Great suggestions include ready-to-eat snacks like bags of nuts or dried fruit, beef jerky, granola or power bars, fruit roll-ups, instant coffee or drink mixes; any personal hygiene item like soap, deodorant, wet wipes, razors, aftershave, toothpaste, or dryer sheets; gift cards for online shopping; or Hoosier-related items that can give Airmen a little piece of home while they are so far away. All donations are sincerely appreciated.

At the Campus Library we have resources to serve research interests about the military or materials for veterans returning to the civilian world, as well.  These include two major databases, the Military and Government Collection and ProQuest Military, and numerous books such as Military Assistance: An Operational Perspective by W. Scott Thompson, From Soldiers to Citizens by João Porto, Equipping Tomorrow’s Military Force: Integration of Commercial and Military Manufacturing in 2010 and Beyond, and Military Education Benefits for College: A Comprehensive Guide for Military Members, Veterans, and Their Dependents by David Renza.

Also at IU East, Dennis Hicks, a retired Navy warrant officer, advises the Student Veteran’s Organization. The SVO can help vets achieve academic success, transition into civilian life, and meet any continuing military obligations the might have.

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