On-the-go learning: your digital life

February 10th, 2014

This last week featured Digital Learning Day, a time to learn about and use technology effectively to improve education at all levels – from grade school to college to your career.  Technology is all around us – so ubiquitous, in fact, that sometimes we don’t even notice it, or take full advantage of it.

smartboard teaching

At IU East, smart classrooms let our professors link us to all kinds of multimedia.  Computer labs reside in every building, some with specialized programs for math or art or video design.  You can connect to the wireless network anywhere on campus.  And IU offers you thousands of dollars worth of free software for your home computer.

Chances are you use the web and Wikipedia and Facebook far more than you ever have used a conventional encyclopedia or newspaper or phonebook.  But there’s much more to digital education than the free internet – and the library has the sources that matter for your research.  Need books?  We have around 150,000 from databases like eBrary, Books 24×7, EBSCO Ebooks, Brill, Wiley Online, and CredoRef.  Articles?  Our scholarly databases include millions of full text journal, newspaper, and magazine articles.  Or how about videos?  Kitten videos on YouTube are cute, but the 20,000 academic e-videos we subscribe to will actually make your papers and projects better.

collaboration station

Prefer to work in the library, rather than at home?  There’s more here to suit your needs.  Try our collaboration station, and link your laptops together on a big screen.  Or dictate your paper by using Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software, available in the study room.  And if you want tangible books and videos, you can even text the call numbers to yourself from our catalog.

However you learn, technology can help improve your work and research.  Let us help you – and send us your questions at iueref@iue.edu!

Up From Bondage

February 3rd, 2014


We work hard today to combat discrimination, promote equality, and protect human dignity.  It’s a task that is never truly done, and requires constant diligence.  But it is a task that has seen great successes, and our world has been strengthened and improved.  So, from our own experiences, it can be hard to comprehend a time in which the law of the land declared African Americans as only three fifths of a person, and a black person could be beaten or killed with impunity for disobedience.

At that time, an attempt at escape represented a risk almost unimaginable in our modern world.  Stories of the bravery of slaves risking their lives, and law-breaking abolitionists sheltering them on the ‘Underground Railroad’, are powerful reminders of what equality costs.

It is a story that people of all ages should hear and understand.  And we have many resources perfect for a college student – from general books such as Slave Narratives (E444 .S56 2000), Five Slave Narratives; A Compendium (E444 .F52), Slave Catchers: Enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law, 1850-1860 by Stanley Campbell, Flight to Freedom: African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas by Alvin Thompson, and On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870 by David G. Smith to books detailing the experiences of specific slaves in their quest to be free, including My Chains Fell Off: William Wells Brown, Fugitive Abolitionist by L.H. Whelchel (E450.B883 W44 1985), Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave by Walter McDonald, Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen by Gary Collison, Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac by Josephine Pacheco, and Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown by Henry Brown himself.

Our databases include articles, diaries, and other primary sources, as well – notably African American History Online, Black Thought and Culture, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, and Sabin America: 1500-1926

We also have materials more appropriate for sharing with children, both in our Children’s Book section, and as free gifts!  All through Black History Month, teachers can stop by the library to get a free copy of Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea and Brian Pinkney, to share with the children they instruct.  And if you know a teacher, pick up a copy to give to them.  Perfect for kids from kindergarten through the third grade, Step-Stomp Stride tells the story of the famous escaped slave and abolitionist in bold, alliterative prose.  It can help children understand what slavery meant, and how important it is to take a stand (or a stride) for equality.

And remember, if you have any questions, contact us at iueref@iue.edu!

step stomp stride cover

Art Resources

January 26th, 2014

This month, IU East has opened a brand new art center, Room 912, in downtown Richmond.  It’s a place for study, practice, and display – Room 912 includes classroom and studio space, as well as a gallery, for IU East and the local community.  It’s a great way to expand IU East’s rapidly growing fine arts program, and our presence in the community.


Of course the library stands ready to support this expanded art program!  We have plenty of online resources that can be fully explored on campus, at Room 912, or at home – books, articles, guides, and more.  Some of our databases include ProQuest Arts, Oxford Art Online, Humanities International Index, Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI), Wiley Online Library: Art and Photography, and Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.  General databases like JSTOR offer access to numerous art sources, as well, such as key periodicals like Woman’s Art Journal and The Art Bulletin.

And if books are what you want, our collection covers subjects like art history, aesthetics, art therapy, and practice.  Try titles like Art Spirit, Soul Making: Interweaving Art and Analysis, Art Therapy and Anger, Beauty and Art, But Is It Art?, or any of the titles in the Art of Century series.

Need any help?  Contact us at iueref@iue.edu!  And join in the celebration at the Room 912 ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, January 31st, at 6:00 pm at 912 East Main Street.

For the dead and for the living we must bear witness: A life spent in service above self

January 20th, 2014

“For the dead and for the living, we must bear witness.” – Elie Wiesel

Dr. Paul Kriese is a tenured Political Science professor at Indiana University East where he has taught since 1983. Dr. Kriese grew up as a Quaker within a diverse neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, where most of his neighbors were Catholic, Jewish, African American, American Indian, Asian, or Hispanic. It was a poor community and, while Paul was poor also, he always helped out his neighbors and was very active in the community. He learned early on the importance of diversity, respect, and community engagement and it was a major influence on his education.

It is because of the value one gains through community service that Dr. Paul Kriese has donated generously to the Library Foundation, in support of a $1500 per semester graduate scholarship for service engagement.  The Center for Service-Learning, located in the Campus Library, is strengthening IU East Campus-Community connections.  Current staffing includes part-time positions of campus-community liaison, coordinator, and work-study students.  This scholarship will enable service-learning to continue growing by involving a graduate student who will serve a key role in leading service projects. It will help build community while also garnering vital experience in civic responsibility for the student. The graduate student selected as a service engagement scholar would devote an average of 10 hours per week to developing and managing service projects.  IU East graduate students interested in applying for the scholarship, which will commence Fall 2014, can complete this application: http://iue.libguides.com/servicescholarshipgraduate

To highlight the range of Kriese’s work and to honor his contributions to education and community, the library has created an exhibit of some of his publications.  There are several articles and books addressing such topics as race, religion, and social justice in politics and government. Dr. Kriese has also served on many political committees, including the election committee for President Barack Obama. Dr. Kriese has donated his papers and publications to the IU East Archives. A finding aid for these resources is http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/822/372399/2011.002_Paul_Kriese_Collection.pdf


We Remember Four Little Girls

January 13th, 2014
Addie Mae Collins Cynthia Wesley Carole Robertson and Denise McNair

Addie Mae Collins Cynthia Wesley Carole Robertson and Denise McNair

In 1963, on September 15th, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by members of the Klu Klux Klan. Five young girls were preparing for church services in the basement when the bomb went off, killing four of them, and injuring many others of the congregation.

During the 1960’s Birmingham, Alabama was one of the nation’s most segregated cities and had one the strongest and most violent KKK chapters. Racial tension was extreme and because of this, several civil right leaders made Birmingham the focus of many efforts to desegregate the South. Unfortunately, these efforts made Birmingham a dangerous place, earning the nickname “Bomingham” for as many as 80 bombs had been set off within the city by 1963.

The 16th Street Baptist Church was home to a primarily black congregation and a meeting place for civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The church bombing, which killed Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, and Addie Mae Collins, and injuring others, was the third bomb that went off within 11 days. The deaths of the four girls were the last straw and angry protestors gathered at the site of the church bombing. The situation quickly escalated into violence when Governor Wallace sent the police and state troopers to break up the protest. Many protestors were arrested and two were killed before the National Guard was called in to restore order.

In 1977, some justice was achieved when Robert Edward Chambliss, a Ku Klux Klan member, was convicted of murder for the 1963 church bombing and sentenced to life in prison. In 2001, two other accused KKK members, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry, were also found guilty of murder for having participated in the church bombing.

The deaths of Cynthia, Carole, Denise, and Addie were terribly tragic. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave the eulogy at the girls’ funeral three days after the bombing, had even called them martyrs of the civil rights movement. It was a turning point and their deaths strengthened the cause for desegregation.

Indiana University East welcomes guest speaker Barbara Cross as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker. Cross, a survivor of the 1963 church bombing, is the daughter of the Rev. John Cross, pastor of the church when the bombing occurred. Cross will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University and retired from Bell South Services following more than 30 years in customer and network services

Cross and her father were in the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls,” which was nominated for an Oscar. The film will be shown on campus at noon on Jan. 21 in The Graf, and at 5:30 pm in the Community Room.

For more information about Barbara Cross or the 1963 church bombing, you can go to our libguide at http://iue.libguides.com/4littlegirls .


“Birmingham Church Bombing.” 2014. The History Channel website. Jan 8 2014, 3:22


Goldman, Russell. “House Honors Birmingham Church Bombing Victims.”  2013. ABC News website. April 25 2013.