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Why voting matters

Why voting matters

While the right to vote has been part of the US Constitution since the founding of this country. it was originally limited to white male landowners – a wealthy elite in many cases.  The right to vote, considered a cornerstone in the popular conception of democracy, is a hard-won right earned through centuries of war, civic strife, protest and direct petitioning.  In honor of the struggles of those who have come before, and to preserve the liberties that this nation holds dear, it is worth understanding what voting means and why voting is such an important act. The first amendment to the Constitution related to voting came in 1870, almost 100 years from the date of its ratification.  The 15th … Continued
A Month of Pride

A Month of Pride

June is the 50th anniversary of National LGBTQ Pride Month, originally organized by the ‘Mother of Pride’ Brenda Howard, who first scheduled it in 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall demonstrations the previous year.  While it is painful this year to have so many public celebrations of LGBTQ identity curtailed or cancelled for health reasons, a movement so dedicated to the incredible diversity in how people come together and love each other cannot truly be kept apart. The library offers many digital resources to inform and educate us all about sexual identity, from videos to books to databases and other educational materials.  Our Libguide is a great place to start, and databases like Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and … Continued
Resources to Support an Everyday Approach to Fighting Racism

Resources to Support an Everyday Approach to Fighting Racism

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”  This deeply racist phrase reentered the public conscience last week after a series of protests surrounding the tragic and brutal death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The phrase dates to 1967, when Miami, FL police chief Walter Headley used it as part of a series of instructions to the police force in his city.  Its return is unwelcome, and yet understanding why it was said and what makes it racist can help all of us start a meaningful conversation on race and racism.  Here are a host of resources to help you learn about, cope with and combat the events of the past week. First, it is helpful to know that racism … Continued
Accessibility for online content

Accessibility for online content

As courses and conferences continue to move online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, now is the time to ensure online content meets accessibility standards.  Whether creating a word document, PowerPoint presentation, digital exhibit, website, eBooks, etc., accessibility is essential. Accessibility design can be described as “focus[ing] on users with physical or invisible disabilities like low vision, blind, or ADHD,” and “on enabling users with disabilities to perceive, interact, understand, and navigate products” (Bruschi, para. 3). Other factors, such as age, language, or technological challenges are also things to consider.  Below are a few tips and tools to keep in mind when creating your next virtual presentation, online course, or research paper. Things to consider: A lot of the tips below … Continued
Sexual Assault Awareness and Children

Sexual Assault Awareness and Children

To create awareness and promote education about sexual assault and children, we have gathered these resources to share via the IU East Campus Library blog. This content is also available in a free, publicly accessible resource guide: https://iue.libguides.com/SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth/youth At any time if you know or believe that a child has been abused or neglected, please report the situation to the Department of Child Services Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800-800-5556. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Preventing Child Sexual Abuse https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/childsexualabuse.html Child sexual abuse is a significant but preventable public health problem. Many children wait to report or never report child sexual abuse. Although estimates vary across studies, the data shows that about 1 in 4 girls and … Continued