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Hot time for reading – even Fahrenheit 451*

Hot time for reading – even Fahrenheit 451*

It’s 89 degrees Fahrenheit today and Spring has suddenly become Summer, despite the calendar indicating otherwise. Even though it seems this season isn’t as leisurely as in bygone years, I hope all of you will make time to read for pleasure in the next few weeks. I’m tempted to catch up on my professional reading, especially the e-newsletters that flood my Inbox in a never-ending deluge of timely information (that obviously becomes less urgent as time goes by). But just as I am determined to complete more steps each week as an enthusiastic member of the new IU East Walking Club, I am resolved to read one book for pleasure each week. I’m starting this week with The Frozen Rabbi … Continued
Have You Seen This Man?

Have You Seen This Man?

If you do, please stop and say, “hi.” My name is Joe Augustin and I’ll be working as an intern in IU East’s Campus Library this summer. While I’m here, I’ll be learning a lot about LibGuides; so if you have any questions about those, or what it is that I’ll be doing to them, please feel free to send an email to jcaugust@iupui.edu. I’m currently living in Richmond and working in Earlham’s library, while finishing my Library Science degree at IUPUI, in Indianapolis. I am now happily married to Susan Reynolds, of Fountain City, Indiana. We have two little dogs, named Ruby and Beatrice. I was born in Richmond, Indiana on March 19, 1983. After living a few years … Continued
A Collegial Meeting

A Collegial Meeting

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) annual conference in Indianapolis to present at the poster session.  There were many interesting exhibits there, on a number of hot topics in the library world. Ball State showcased a presentation on their evolving web interface.  Purdue University featured the results of embedding liaison librarians in their departments for regular office hours each week.  Notre Dame charted usage statistics from their experiments with mobile reference using an iPhone.  I gave a presentation on IU East’s action figure tour, online at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IENKivi3pEg There were more besides.  It struck me, as I interacted with attendees, how important collegiality and sharing are for librarians.  We can read articles … Continued
Dam Rumors

Dam Rumors

So, I was on vacation last week, and one of the things I saw on my trip was the Hoover Dam.  I was awed by the scale of the thing, and how much went into planning and creating it – and how much of Nevada, Arizona, and California can exist at all because of the clean water and hydroelectric power generated there.  When you’re looking straight down over a sheer wall of more than 700 feet of concrete, humility comes more easily.  Now, I’m not an architect or engineer (several of the friends I was traveling with are), so I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it thoroughly, but it was amazing to think of this massive project being done with the … Continued
What Juvie Can Offer to YOU!

What Juvie Can Offer to YOU!

So since I’ve been working at the library, I’ve had more than a handful of students tell me that they didn’t know there was a second floor to the library. I spend the majority of my time on the second floor, particularly in the “juvie section” (although other books that are available include teaching/education, music, and art), and I’ve realized that the juvenile books are just sitting there on display the majority of the week and basically going to waste!  For instance, most of the students that I do see on the second floor are not looking through or checking out juvie books, but instead they are on the computers or meeting with group members to work on a project.  … Continued