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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
Snowbound

Snowbound

Snowbound, what to do now?  Read an actual, physical book! Imagine there is a snowstorm and electricity is out…but you have one of those “snuggles” blankies so you’re not worried about the cold.  Also, you were prepared enough to have batteries in a big flashlight, so you’re all set to ….read a book! As library director, I am surrounded daily by books, and I teach a course at IU East focused on children’s books, and I really DO read books…but sometimes it takes a weather-enforced break to do the proverbial curling up with a good book (and in my case, also with a good cat).  Norah the cat actually appreciated this book because it featured a very clever cat like … Continued
A Different Kind of Mobile Book

A Different Kind of Mobile Book

By Juli Stout, Coordinator of Circulation and Marketing  I grew up on a farm across the field from the Wilbur Wright Memorial Birthplace during the 1950s and 1960s.  Children’s books in rural Henry County didn’t look much like today’s do.  I remember books with very little color – the drawings were in black and white.  And the books that I borrowed from the county bookmobile always had a funny “bookish” smell that I couldn’t quite identify. The bookmobile came to our house every two weeks and if the neighbors wanted any books, they parked in our lower lot.  (I thought that the bookmobile came just for us, but I do remember members of the Wilmont family crowding in before I … 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