Matt Dilworth

Matt Dilworth

Real Scholarship

Real Scholarship

This is Matt here again. So, I recently had a research question I’d like to share with you.  One of our excellent faculty had found a story in a blog online.  Apparently Sarnia, a town in Canada, is experiencing an abnormal shift in birth rates – today, there are two girls born for every boy.  It started changing in 1993, and there is no evidence that it’s going to stop.  It’s a part of Canada rife with industrial pollution, and the shift is blamed on contaminants. So that alone is interesting.  But the part that impressed me was not so much the question as the questioner.  Our faculty are thoughtful people, and don’t accept as true everything they read on … Continued
Eat a Book on April 1 (Not a Joke!)

Eat a Book on April 1 (Not a Joke!)

Hi, this is Matt again. Do you like to eat?  Boy, I do.  Plus I also like to read.  If only there was a way to combine those joys! And yet, like a miracle, there is a way!  On April 1st (I swear this is not an April Fools’ joke) the library will hold our second annual Edible Books contest.  Joining libraries all over the world, you can create a delectable treat inspired by your favorite book.  The best entries will get prizes – including a new prize this year!  Enter on behalf of a department or student organization and you could win a whole basket full of books! Then comes the best part; eating.  All those edible books get … Continued
Jargon Junction

Jargon Junction

This is Matt again. So, in case you hadn’t noticed, the library’s just launched a new web site.  And one big thing that’s changed was something that surprised me. A lot of the words I use all the time and think are obvious are instead off-putting jargon to people.  So while the old website was filled with ambiguous words like ‘databases’ and ‘reference’ and the like, words that could mean different things in different contexts, people wanted words that describe what they’re actually there to do.  Words like research. So our Aaron Hill and our other talented friends in marketing did a lot of reading and usability testing and put together a website that does just that.  Things are called … Continued
Would You Like to Take a Survey?

Would You Like to Take a Survey?

Hello, Matt here again. With IU East moving in so many new and exciting directions, we want to be sure that we keep up with what you actually need.  And because, despite all my effort to the contrary, I am not yet a mind reader, we need your feedback! So, we’ve got a user survey online.  It only takes about ten minutes to fill out.  The survey can be taken at http://www.iue.edu/ctl/survey/library/usersurvey.htm – just log in with your IU username and password.  Your answers will not be linked back to you. I can already hear some of you saying, “But what if I don’t like taking surveys?”  Don’t worry, this is the good kind of survey, because you get candy … Continued
Murder in the Stacks

Murder in the Stacks

A murder in the library!  And only you can solve the crime!  Or help commit it… The IU East Drama club, Humanities club, and the Friends of the Library will hold a Murder Mystery play on April 17th, and we’re looking for some enthusiastic actors to portray the characters! The play is set in the 1920s, and heavy on the dramatic mood of the time.  Anyone is welcome to audition – students, faculty, staff, community residents.  If you’ve had a dramatic itch, or want to try out being an actor, this is the perfect opportunity for you! You could be famed sleuth Sherlock Poems.  Or head librarian Noelle Ital.  Or the murderer… well, they didn’t tell me who the murderer … Continued