Insight – New Blog by Library Director, Diane Randall

As you may have heard we have a new Library Director – Diane Randall. This month we are launching Diane’s blog – “Insight”. This will be a spot to learn more about Diane and Library happenings as well. In this blog Diane will be sharing her thought, ideas, and information, as well as encouraging dialog with the Ivy Tech community. Read her first post here or find it on the Library homepage monthly. Once you’ve read it please welcome Diane into the Ivy Tech family. Say “hi” in the comments section of her blog or drop by the Library in person to introduce yourself.


Try this Ultimate Guide to the World!

Global Road Warrior is a fantastic resource for getting all the information you would want about a country, but in an easily digestible form.  While there is plenty of useful information for those who plan on traveling to a foreign country, there are also a multitude of facts that can help in any paper or project.  Global Road Warrior lists everything from basic facts about a country’s geography, history, and demographics to more detailed sociological aspects such as the structure of their education system, common national recipes, religious beliefs, and how women are treated in business and culture.  For each of the over 150 countries listed, Global Road Warrior provides a snapshot of a foreign culture that helps to better understand life in that country.

Imagine for a moment that you wanted to write a paper that examines the way governments are structured in various Eastern European countries.  Taking Belarus for example, we can see a whole host of information including when the people achieved independence and drafted their constitution, what sort of legal system the government operates under, and what offices comprise the three branches of government, as well as the names of major representatives.

Perhaps you are a culinary student who wants to know what sort of Caribbean recipes you could add to your repertoire.  By looking into the Trinidad and Tobago page, you can get a quick description of which culinary traditions came to influence this country’s cuisine, as well as several recipes for how to prepare them.  You now have everything you need to fix a batch of accra, salted cod fritters seasoned with onion, hot peppers, and chives, or perhaps sancoche, a stew containing yams, tannia, eddoes, taro, cassava, bananas, potatoes, pumpkin, and plantains.

Maybe you find yourself working with a local organization that helps Burmese immigrants that have left Myanmar.  You want to get a better picture of their culture, specifically about how the culture views women.  The Global Road Warrior page for Myanmar gives details about marriage traditions, including the fact that family names are not common and that a married woman will keep her own surname.  You learn that women typically run the household, and they are able to choose who they marry as well as initiate divorce.  It is not uncommon for Burmese women to work, especially in the field of teaching or nursing, but if this is the case, she still maintains the household or the responsibility falls on the maternal grandmother.  You can see how knowing these dynamics could help when learning how to understand the day-to-day concerns of a Burmese family who has immigrated to the United States.

These are just a few examples, but you can see how Global Road Warrior surfaces droves of useful information about nearly anywhere in the world with just a few clicks.  It should also be noted that for anyone who plans on traveling, the sections that detail which immunizations get, general safety concerns, and contact information for embassies and consulates in foreign countries are a must-have for the prepared traveler.  Any time you have a project that involves another culture, country, or even our own demographics here in the U.S., remember that you can access Global Road Warrior through the Ivy Tech Northeast Library. (By Library Clerk, David Winn)

Edible Book Festival 2015 Report

Monday March 30th marked the occasion of the Edible Book Festival 2015, the library’s ninth annual celebration of the good food we enjoy, and the great books we enjoy even more. With a turnout of over 300 attendees, the festival was roaring success, with plenty of activities to be enjoyed by all ages. Children that attended were encouraged to make art with food, using slices of potatoes, mushrooms, and other fruits and veggies to decorate a large mural that will be hung for display in the library.

Several Ivy Tech administration and staff members including Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier, Board Chair of the Regional Board of Trustees Dr. Robert Dettmer, Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Cathy Maxwell, Dean of Liberal Arts and Science, Kim Barnett-Johnson, Instructor of General Studies, Anthony Conley, Assistant Professor/Assistant Chair: Liberal Arts and Sciences English Department, Therese Leone-Unger, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Administration, Jeff Albertson, and Vice Chair of the State Board of Trustees, Paula Hughes read excerpts from their favorite food-themed pieces of literature. Everyone got funky with the Ivy Tech House Band (Randy Kimball, Media Technician and Scott Wilson, Corporate College Executive) as they checked out the main event, dishes based on books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lorax, and even Fifty Shades of Grey. Attendees then voted on their favorite work of culinary and literary fusion.

Once everyone had a chance to view all of the entries, then came the most important moment of the festival—time to eat! Culinary student Jenna Hapner took first prize out of the 38 contestants with her Mad Hatter cake inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s never too late to start thinking about what you might be able to cook up for next year’s festival. If you need some ideas for good books or good food, why not stop by the library? (By Library Clerk, David Winn)