Research Review Sessions

Many faculty and staff members at Ivy Tech Northeast are currently working on their own college degrees. Next week the Ivy Tech Northeast Library will be holding two “Research Review Sessions” specifically tailored for our faculty and staff. It will be more than just reviewing database searching, presenting resources available outside of our library. Think of it as a refresher on the research practices that you already know and an opportunity to learn about tools or resources available to make your degree work easier. We would like to invite you to one of our first two  Research Review Sessions:

  • Thursday, February 13th at the Coliseum Campus Library at 3:30pm-5pm
  • Friday, February 14th at the Coliseum Campus Library at 9am-10am

If you have any questions about these review sessions, you may call or email Librarian Ward Price at 480-2033,

Spotlight on the Library Clerk: Monique Myers

Have you noticed the eye-catching displays in the Library? Have you ever stopped to appreciate the brilliant 3-D window scenes in the hallway? Allow us to introduce you to the creator of these amazing decorations – part-time Library Clerk, Monique Myers. Come and check out Monique’s most recent display in the Library: Blind Date with the Book, dedicated to the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Books on Monique’s display are wrapped in paper, so you don’t know anything about it,  just the genre. Pick a “single” book looking for a companion without knowing its title and, who knows, you may discover your new love!

What do you do at the library?

My job title is Circulation Clerk, which involves checking materials out to students and staff, and manning the circulation desk, assisting students needing help with library resources. I also discharge the returned materials and I am in charge of the displays and bulletin boards in and around the library.

Where does your expertise come from?
I have worked in a library from the time I was 16. I started at the Tecumseh branch of ACPL, and have also worked in Genealogy, Children’s Services, and the Shawnee branch. I worked in an academic library while attending college in Indianapolis and I worked in a library while I lived in Georgia for a few years. I have an Associate degree and I am currently working towards a Bachelor degree in general studies. From there I plan on continuing to get a Masters in Library Science.
With my art and displays, I am self-taught, and have no formal training. I draw inspiration from everywhere. My kids are a major influence. I have a passion for animals and cultural artwork, Dia de
los Muertos being my favorite.
What is unique about you that could be of service to the Ivy Tech community?
Having kids and also having experience working in Children’s Services at the Main Library, I have knowledge about juvenile books and authors. Working in so many different libraries, I have gained experience in searching the library collections for what you need.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the library?
Outside of the library, I love spending time with my kids whenever possible. We enjoy going to the zoo, bowling, putt-putt, parks, taking our dogs on a walk, going letterboxing, and having movie nights to name a few. Once the kids go to bed (and if I‘m not working on homework), I enjoy reading, playing video games, or working on whatever art project I am currently in the middle of.
Recommend a book to us that you enjoyed.
One of my favorite books is the fantasy novel Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I like the Harry Potter series and a lot of Chuck Palahniuk’s books like Fight Club and Invisible Monsters. The Elephant and Piggie books are a series of early readers by Mo Willems. It never get old and always bring giggles.
Share a website.
If you would like to learn more about one of my family’s favorite hobbies, this website explains letterboxing more. are so many good ideas on this site. I can only let myself look if I have at least an hour to waste.

Queen Sugar / Natalie Baszile

Call number: FIC BAS

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.

(From Barnes & Noble)

American Winter DVD

Call number: HC110.P6 A44 2013

Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Years after the recession began, millions of families are struggling to meet their basic needs, and many formerly middle class families are finding themselves in financial crisis, and needing assistance for the first time in their lives. Meanwhile, the social safety net that was created to help people in difficult times has been weakened by massive budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources to help families in trouble. Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, American Winter presents an intimate and emotionally evocative snapshot of the state of our economy as it is playing out in many American families.