Category Archives: Library News

November’s Commemorations

The month of November seems especially rich in historical commemorations, starting on November 1st when Christians celebrate All Saints Day. Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th recalls England’s struggle for religious freedom, and November 19th is the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War. During this month we honor our Native American heritage, especially on Thanksgiving; hold elections; and honor our veterans. The Library of Congress has many resources for students of all ages to explore these topics.

A newly digitized collection of 14 historical newspapers published in Native communities is gathered in the database Chronicling America. These range from coast to coast and cover nearly a century: 1828 to 1922. Many include transcriptions in Native languages along with English language articles that reveal the points of view and concerns of their communities. Try reading the Cherokee writing that Sequoya invented!

Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, celebrating the end of the Great War, which later became known as World War I. November 11th, 2018 will mark 100 years since the cessation of hostilities.  Several divisions of the Library of Congress have contributed short introductions highlighting items from their collections relevant to this occasion.

One of the most moving eulogies to veterans is President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. View an autograph manuscript copy from the Library of Congress collections.

We have books on all these topics available for checkout. This month we are displaying children’s books on Native American heritage and Thanksgiving. As you enter the library, look over our showcase of Agriculture resources in the hallway. We hope to see you soon!

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Black Poetry Day

October 17th is Black Poetry Day, a celebration of the voices of African-American poets.

 

 

100BestThis date was chosen to honor Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to have a poem published (in 1760): he was born on this day. You can find more literary milestones in the encyclopedia Black Firsts.

 

 

AAPoets In 1773 an entire book of poems by Phillis Wheatley was published in Philadelphia – a reprint of the edition she had published in London. You can read the second American edition online from our Ebooks collection. Wheatley was a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, but died young.

 

 

Tupac We have quite a few books, ebooks, and audio books of poetry by African-American authors.  Here is a list from our catalog to start off with.

 

 

WordsWings Several of our books are for children, and some are song lyrics. My favorite way to absorb a poem is to listen to it read, or read it aloud myself. What is yours?

 

 

What are digital humanities? Find out at THATCamp!

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The Humanities And Technology = THATCamp

We are participating in THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue University Fort Wayne. It will take place Friday October 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed by optional discussion time. THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue Fort Wayne will function a bit differently than the usual THATCamp as there will be more focus on learning about digital humanities, which means we will have more structure and pre-scheduled sessions. It is perfect for faculty, staff, and students wishing to move into this field.

The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata tagging, social networking and data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, augmented reality, and incorporating digital projects in classes/programs. A preliminary schedule is posted here on the website, where you can also register to attend. We hope to see you there!

National Police Week May 13-19

This week we honor our law enforcement officers and take time to remember those who have fallen in the service of protecting us and keeping the public peace. The Library of Congress legal blog this week notes the many statutes and codes that are required to carry out police work. I recently completed a library research guide for our Public Affairs and Social Services programs that includes links to relevant local, state, and federal codes. This guide also organizes the many resources we have in the library and online for criminal justice, homeland security, public safety, and legal studies.

We’re moving from Books 24×7 to Skillsoft Books

Our database Books 24×7 has become Skillsoft Books, with a dramatically improved user interface. The collection behind that interface has expanded, and we are not aware of any popular titles being dropped.

Ivy Tech users can access Skillsoft Books immediately, and continue to access Books 24×7 until May 12th, to lessen impact on this semester. Changes will be made to our Library guides and website during this time, and Professors will need to change links to Books 24×7 in their course materials for future semesters.

Skillsoft books does not require a separate user account like Books 24×7. Instead, you  will be prompted to log in using your IvyTech username and password.

Users who have created Personal Folders in Books 24×7, for collections of frequently-used titles, will need to recreate these collections in the new Skillsoft portal. This is easy, but somewhat time-consuming as you must search each title and add it. Here’s how:

Log in to Books 24×7 and open your Personal Folders. On the toolbar, click the export button and in the dialog box choose the file format you prefer.

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You will be prompted to save the file to your device. Open the file on your device. The Excel file has the titles in one column; Word has them in a list. In either, the titles are hyperlinks back to Books 24×7.

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Searching these titles in Skillsoft is the easiest way to recreate your list. Open and log in to Skillsoft Books, and type your first title in the search box at the top. From the results list, click the Launch button next to your title and choose Save from the drop-down menu.

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You will be prompted where to save it; choose New Set, give it a title, and add any other information you want. Only the title is required.

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This Set will now appear when you click on the My Shelf icon at the top of the Skillsoft home page. Simply click on the title to open the list of saved titles, which can be books, videos, or presentations.

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From the My Shelf menu, you can also use Add Learning Event and save a group of resources to it.