Staff Member of the Month — Library Director, Sharon Hultquist


Do you know how many books the Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Library has in its collection? The answer is around 20,000, not to mention thousands of videos, audio books, puppets, periodicals and much more.
Most of these 20,000 books and other materials, if not all, were carefully selected and are constantly updated by our Library Director, Sharon Hultquist. Sharon has worked for this library for 18 years. She is responsible for the operation and management of the library and its staff. In addition to purchasing and developing the library’s collections, she is also in charge of the budget, developing and implementing library instruction programs, library services, participating in various statewide college committees, and identifying new methods and trends in information technology to keep up with the mission and the goals of the College.
This list of Sharon’s duties barely covers everything she does in the library, but not many know about her unique talent to manage people. Everybody in the library would tell you that Sharon is an exceptional boss, both fair and professional, fostering talent and nurturing creativity in her staff, loved and respected by the staff and the patrons.
“Sharon has a lot of qualities that make her a great supervisor, but one that stands out to me is that she allows each of us to use our unique combination of skills and interests to come up with projects that improve Library services.  Working on projects that we really care about motivates us to go the extra mile, and Sharon does everything possible to support us along the way.  She also actively fosters collaboration, so we know that if we ever need help there are other people who will happily lend a hand.”
                                                                                                            (Library Staff)
Before coming to Ivy Tech, Sharon spent 20 years teaching in Fort Wayne area schools. She earned her Associate of Arts from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri; Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Library Sciences from Indiana University, and completed Ivy Tech Leadership Academy in 1998.  In 1996, soon after Sharon accepted the Library Director’s position at Ivy Tech she received The Outstanding New Librarian of the Year Award from the Indiana Library Federation for the exceptional contributions and commitment to the library and the community.
As a library patron, you will find Sharon irreplaceable when it comes to book knowledge and readers’ advisory. She is known for her curiosity and the love of reading. If you ever need a fiction review or recommendation — ask Sharon. She reads 3-4 new fiction books a week.

Sharon also knows everything about dog adoption, rescue and training. As a member of multiple dog rescue groups (all breads of setters, plus Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.)  Sharon has saved the lives of dozens of dogs, fostering and re-homing dogs over 13 years.

“Ivy Tech Community College is fortunate to have Sharon Hultquist as an employee, Ivy Tech students are lucky to have her as an advocate, and we library staff members are blessed to have her as our boss. The only thing greater than Sharon’s knowledge of available resources is her desire to make sure people get the materials they need to do their best.  Sharon is a dedicated and tireless champion of both humans and canines!”

(Library Staff)

Outside of the library Sharon loves reading, walking her three dogs (Fanny, Cam and Bop), chatting with friends, playing with her four-year-old twin granddaughters (Lilly and Isabella), travel (especially in the mountains) and flower gardening.  She also collects fairies and everything about setters.

“Sharon has a willingness to pursue options that are not normally associated with academic libraries but that better serve our students or faculty, such as our large children’s lit collection.”

                                                                                                                       (Library Staff)

Today Sharon wants to share with you the list of her favorite authors and interesting books:

C.J. Box David Baldacci Tim Green
Nevada Barr Maeve Binchy Craig Johnson
Luanne Rice Nora Roberts Dorothea Benton Frank
John Sandford Anne Rivers Siddons Michael Connelly
J.R.R Tolkien Dana Stabenow Catherine Coulter
Louis L’Amour Margaret Maron Lee Child
Sharyn McCrumb Suzanne Brockmann Robyn Carr

Sharon’s favorite YouTube videos for this month:

The Suicide Tourist DVD

Call number: 782 H

Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or we are terminally ill? With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die, filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at two couples facing the most difficult decision of their lives–and lets us see as one Chicago native makes the trip to Switzerland for what will become the last day of his life. (From PBS)

Post Mortem: The Death Investigation Crisis in America

Call number: RA 1063.4 .P67 2011

Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on CSI. But the reality is very different. In over 1,300 counties across America, elected coroners, many with no medical or scientific background, are in charge of death investigations. Nationwide there is a severe shortage of competent forensic pathologists to do autopsies. The rate of autopsies – the gold standard of death investigation – has plummeted over the decades. As a result, not only do murderers go free and innocent people go to jail, but the crisis in death investigation in America is also a threat to public health. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman reports the results of a joint investigation with ProPublica, NPR, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. (From PBS)

Engineering Ground Zero DVD

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
NOVA captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and highly secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient “green” architecture, and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. The program features interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, the Port Authority’s executive director; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9/11 Memorial. (From PBS)

WikiSecrets: Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and WikiLeaks DVD

Call number: 1192 GE
Behind the leaking of more than half-a-million classified documents on the Wikileaks website stand two very different men: Julian Assange, the Internet activist and hacker who published the documents, and an Army intelligence analyst named Bradley E. Manning. FRONTLINE tells the full story behind the leaks. It also reports on the U.S. government’s struggle to protect national security information in a post 9/11 world. (From PBS)


The Fabric of the Cosmos DVD

Call number: 1196 GE


Disc 1: What is Space? /The Illusion of Time
Disc 2: Quantum Leap/Universe or Multiverse
From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way. Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past? Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science’s new and deeper understanding of the universe. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe.

Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that “time’s arrow” is a relic of the universe’s condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional “multiverse,” pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, Brian Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world. (From Amazon)

Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People DVD

Call number: 1183 GE-1186GE

Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek narrates APPALACHIA: A HISTORY OF MOUNTAINS AND PEOPLE. The four-part PBS series weaves breathtaking scenes of the natural world together with compelling stories of human drama to create a deep and unprecedented look at America’s mountain home. The first environmental history of any region, APPALACHIA features interviews with Barbara Kingsolver, E.O. Wilson and many others including native Cherokees. Series include:


Part 1: Time and Terrain              1183 GE
Part 2: New Green World            1184 GE
Part 3: Mountain Revolutions       1185 GE
Part 4: Power and Place              1186 GE

 (From PBS)

Computer Basics Workshops provided by the Library

The Library is providing workshops to answer questions about the basics of using computers in an academic environment.  The workshops will be offered at the Rudisill, Coliseum, and North Campuses on the following days and times:
Computer Basics 1 – Logging-in, using the mouse, accessing the Internet, keyboard commands, organizing folders and files
Tuesday, January 17, 5:15 – 6:15, Harshman 1220
Monday, January 23, 11:30 – 12:30, Harshman 1220
Monday, March 19, 11:30 – 12:30, Harshman 1220
Tuesday, March 20, 12:30 – 1:30, Coliseum 2318
Computer Basics 2 – Using the mouse, keyboard shortcuts, creating and saving Word documents, using graphics
Wednesday, January 18, 5:15 – 6:15, Coliseum 2318
Tuesday, January 24, 12:30 – 1:30, Coliseum 2318
Tuesday, March 20, 5:15 – 6:15, Harshman 1220
Wednesday, March 21, 12:30 – 1:30, Coliseum 2318
Combined Computer Basics 1 and 2 – Covers topics in both Computer Basics 1 and 2
Monday, January 9, 5:00 – 6:15, Rudisill Computer Lab 1
Wednesday, January 11, 8:30 – 9:45 AM, Rudisill Computer Lab 1
Wednesday, January 18, 8:30 – 9:45 AM, Rudisill Computer Lab 1
Monday, January 23, 5:00 – 6:15, Rudisill Computer Lab 1
Wednesday, January 25, 8:30 – 9:45 AM, Rudisill Computer Lab 1
Campus Connect and Blackboard – Using Campus Connect for common tasks, using Blackboard and accessing Ivy Tech email
Wednesday, January 25, 12:30 – 1:30, Coliseum 2318
Wednesday, March 21, 5:15 – 6:15, Harshman 1220
Have any questions?  Please feel free to contact me at (260) 480-4195 or by replying to this email.

Molto Batali : simple family meals from my home to yours

Call number: TX723 .B3276 2011

The bestselling author of Molto Italiano and Molto Gusto shares 120 of his favorite seasonal recipes in month-by-month menus perfect for celebrating with family and friends
For Mario Batali, privilege is also a responsibility. Dedicated to giving back, the renowned chef believes that sharing is crucial to leading a fulfilling life—especially at the table. That spirit of togetherness is at the heart of Molto Batali, a collection of festive and delicious recipes meant for sharing with friends and family throughout the year.

From lush summer salads to hearty winter braises, the seasonal dishes in Molto Batali—all easy to prepare and made with simple ingredients—enliven any dinner table, from a weeknight meal to a holiday celebration. Better yet, the recipes are organized into perfectly paired combinations for stellar meals. Each month features a sumptuous main course such as Leg of Lamb in a Clementine Crust; three toothsome pastas such as Wine-Stained Gemelli with Sausage “Meatballs” and Eggplant; four delectable veggie sides such as SautÉed Rutabagas with Chile, Mint, and Maple; a rustic, flavorful soup such as Green Garlic Soup; and an indulgent dessert such as Nectarine and Black Pepper Cheesecake.
The tantalizing recipes in Molto Batali reflect Mario’s passion for food and family, his belief in the importance of eating together, and the joy that comes when we share lovingly made meals. This same spirit of community and family informs the charitable work of the Mario Batali Foundation, the mission of which is to feed, protect, educate, and empower children—encouraging them to dream big while providing them with the necessary tools to become an active force for change in today’s world.(From Google Books)


The 17 day diet : a doctor’s plan designed for rapid results / Mike Moreno

Call number: RM222.2 .M5684 2011

If you need to shed pounds fast and in a safe, effective, and lasting way, this is the book for you! Unlike many diet programs that starve you down to size, Dr. Mike Moreno’s 17 Day Diet relies on proven methods to help you take weight off and keep it off for good—whether you’ve got 10 pounds to lose or 100. His revolutionary program adjusts your body metabolically so that you burn fat day in and day out. The program is structured around four 17 day cycles:
Accelerate—the rapid weight loss portion that helps flush sugar and fat storage from your system

Activate—the metabolic restart portion with alternating low and high calorie days to help shed body fat

Achieve—this phase is about learning to control portions and introducing new fitness routines

Arrive—a combination of the first three cycles to keep good habits up for good. On weekends, enjoy your favorite foods!

Each cycle changes your calorie count and the food that you’re eating. The variation that Dr. Mike calls ‘body confusion’ keeps your metabolism guessing; this means that you can expect big changes in the first 17 days alone!(Google Books)