New Printing Service in the University Libraries

Print Smart for StudentsThe University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology updated to a new printing solution for Ball State students in August 2016.  The Student Print Smart service will be available at 20 locations in Bracken Library and computer spaces in the Robert Bell Building and the Student Center. The new service will be in place when students return for Fall Semester. Student Print Smart, using the Pharos UniPrint print management system, will replace the printing services currently offered by the University Libraries.

Print Smart will offer several new features that have been requested by students:

  • Secure print release stations: students can view and release only their own print jobs
  • Print jobs sent from library workstations can be released at any of the 14 Print Smart release locations in Bracken Library, the Science-Health Science Library (CN16), and the Architecture Library
  • Student print allowances will be 600 impressions per academic session
  • After reaching the print allowance for the academic session, students can use Cardinal Cash for additional printing
  • Using the new Mobile Print feature will allow students to print from personal devices to any of 20 print release locations on campus.

The University Libraries will maintain 14 print release stations, and UTS will offer an additional 6 across campus, offering convenient places to release print jobs.

Visitors to Bracken Library who acquire a computer guest account will have 20 print impressions.

The new Student Print Smart system will manage black and white printing. The University Libraries will continue to offer color printing using the existing color printing solution.

For more information, consult the University Libraries Printing FAQ web page, or search the Technology Helpdesk Knowledge Base for student printing.


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Ball State University Libraries Exhibits the B-Western Collection of Dr. Ray White

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans 45 coverBaby Boomers and others who recall the golden age of Western movies and television shows will be saying “Yippee-yi-yo-ki-yay” when they see the new Ball State Archives and Special Collections exhibit featuring the former Ball State professor Ray White’s collection of  B-Western materials. “Many Happy Trails:” An Exhibit of Dr. Ray White’s B-Western Collection runs from July 15, 2016 to September 5, 2016 on the second floor of Bracken Library.

Dr. Raymond E. White is a former professor of United States History at Ball State University from 1967 to 1996.  He was the chair of the history department from 1992 to 1996.  During his time at Ball State University, Dr. White focused on the American West and the cultural significance of B-Western movies.

The Raymond E. White western collection contains research notes, documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, realia, audio recordings, and videos dating from 1864-2013.  The collection primarily focuses on Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, but includes other B-Western actors and actresses.

The exhibit features mini-adventure and comic books, Tex Terry’s spinning rope, photographs and movie posters, and B-Western collectibles and paraphernalia.

For more information about this collection, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at libarchives@bsu.edu or 765-285-5078.


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Finals Week “No Work Zone” @ Bracken Library

De-stress during finals week and take a study break with Ball State University Libraries at our “No Work Zone” @ Bracken Library!

The “No Work Zone” @ Bracken Library will take place Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Digital Complex on Bracken Library 1 West. The zone will feature relaxing activities and quiet spaces to help you rest and recharge in between studying for final exams. No schoolwork is allowed in the “No Work Zone”! We will offer:

  • Puzzles and simple board games
  • A LEGO® playset
  • Coloring supplies
  • Relaxing music
  • Meditation space
  • Lowered lights and a quiet atmosphere

Registration is not required–just stop by, and bring your friends.


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Bracken Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Bracken_Library_dedicationThe Alexander M. Bracken Library is celebrating its 40th birthday! And the whole campus community is invited to the party. Come celebrate with cake and other goodies at the opening of the exhibit Bracken Library: 40 Years of Service, Innovation, and Growth on the second floor of Bracken Library on Friday, March 25, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks by University and Libraries administrators will begin at 1:30.

The dedication ceremony for Bracken Library, named for Ball State University trustee and benefactor Alexander M. Bracken, took place forty years ago on March 26, 1976. The 320,000 square foot building was planned with an eye toward the future, designed to support the academic needs of a growing student population by providing a central, flexible library space with ample resources for research and collaborative learning.

Today, the University Libraries serve over 1.4 million visitors annually and provides students, faculty, and researchers with access to a wealth of diverse print and electronic resources. In its transition to a predominantly digital environment, the University Libraries has created a globalized setting for learning and research through infrastructure enhancements that facilitate and promote access to services and collections on and off campus via mobile devices, social media, and collaborative platforms.UAP1-0578

The exhibit that runs through May 6 is organized into a timeline highlighting major developments throughout Bracken Library’s first 40 years, including the automation of the library’s card catalog to allow for online searching, the development of innovative classroom spaces for library instruction, and the acquisition and creation of signature research collections, online databases, and technologies. Examples of historical items on display include:

  • Original drawings and plans for Bracken Library
  • A 3-D print of the library using the architectural plans for the building
  • Historic photographs and digitized film from the library’s early years
  • The library’s one millionth addition, a jewel-covered book donated by the Bracken Family

For more information about this exhibit or the opening event, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at libarchives@bsu.edu or (765) 285-5078.


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2016 Copyright Conference

Ball State University Libraries are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 13th Annual Copyright Conference!

This year’s Copyright Conference, Copyright Twilight Zone, will be on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Ball State Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Conference approved for: 5.5 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLEs) and 5.5 Professional Growth Points (PGPs).

$65.00 registration for Ball State University faculty, staff, and professionals includes all conference materials, snacks, and a buffet lunch. The Ball State University registration fee is payable by journal voucher or personal check.

Ball State University Libraries’ copyright conference is the Midwest’s only annual copyright conference, and will feature both K-12 and Academic tracks with nationally recognized intellectual property experts presenting the sessions. For the full conference schedule, speakers, and registration information, please visit the Copyright Twilight Zone homepage.


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New area in Science-Health Science Library

SHSL Rolling Chairs BackWith smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other portable electronics everywhere, the demand for places to charge those devices is high.

The requests for more power outlets to the Science-Health Science Library (SHSL) have not gone unheard. New electrical outlets and tables have been added  to create additional and attractive study space in the quieter study area in the back of the library.

Along with this, comfy new rolling chairs were added throughout – the same kind you have seen at the public access computers in the SHSL and in Bracken – for user convenience and to help maximize space usage.

Come in and give them a try.


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Ball State University Libraries Exhibit Celebrates Black History Month

Unidentified family from the Other Side of Middletown Photographs Collection

Unidentified family from the Other Side of Middletown Photographs Collection

A new Archives and Special Collections exhibit entitled The Other Side of Middletown: Celebrating Muncie’s African American History celebrates Muncie’s African American history through the scope of a Ball State immersive learning project completed in 2004. The exhibit runs from January 18, 2016 to February 29, 2016 on the second floor of Bracken Library.


The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie’s African American Community
was a collaborative work, led by former Indiana state legislator Hurley Goodall, with a goal to conduct an ethnographic study that would fill the void left by the omission of African Americans in the original 1929 sociological study of Muncie by Robert and Helen Lynd. The team that worked on the project consisted of Eric Lassiter, Elizabeth Campbell, Michelle Natasya Johnson, and a group Ball State students, working with the local African American community. The six categories of the original study were retained: Getting a Living, Making a Home, Training the Young, Using Leisure, Engaging in Religious Practices, and Engaging in Community Activities.

The exhibit features many images from The Other Side of Middletown Photograph Collection, the result of a community project to preserve and illustrate the lives and achievements of African Americans in Muncie.

For more information, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at libarchives@bsu.edu or 765-285-5078.


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Be Aware of Suspicious Emails

A phishing email message encouraging users to reactivate their library accounts to be eligible for Document Delivery Service is circulating and is NOT from the University Libraries. Always check message sources and never click links to reset accounts in unsolicited email. The Office of Information Security Services provides advice for detecting phishing scams and tips for protecting yourself:

The Office of Information Security Services also provides a range of information and tips about phishing scams, including what to look for, practice tests and examples of current versions:


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Discover and Read e-Journals with expanded BrowZine app

BrowZine bookshelfThe University Libraries is currently evaluating BrowZine, developed by Third Iron. This free app allows the Ball State community to access and read e-Journal content on Apple mobile devices, Android tablets and smartphones, and Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Libraries previously evaluated BrowZine in 2013, and while feedback was overwhelmingly positive, users believed that the app would be more useful with an increased number of available journals.

Using Ball State credentials within the BrowZine app, users can find journals by subject or title, browse complete issues, and then start reading individual articles. BrowZine’s My Bookshelf feature allows users to save and organize favorite journals. Future plans for BrowZine include a “My Account” feature, allowing users to use a browser-based version BrowZine as well.

As with many other apps, users can perform additional tasks as they read articles in BrowZine, such as emailing or saving individual articles, sharing on Facebook and Twitter, and opening articles in other apps such as Adobe Reader, Kindle, Dropbox, Evernote, and many more. The app also features Bibliographic Management options at the article level, allowing users to easily save articles to Zotero and Mendeley. The Apple app offers EndNote integration, which will be added to the Android and Kindle versions in the future.

To try this new app, download BrowZine from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon appstore for Android. We’ll be evaluating this through December 6, 2015, and would welcome your feedback – email us at libemail@bsu.edu.


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Improved Laptop Printing Service

Improved Laptop Printing ServiceThe University Libraries rolled out an improved Laptop Printing service for students and faculty recently.  The Laptop Printing Service is a web based solution that allows students and faculty to send print jobs to 1 of 5 print release stations in the University Libraries.

Printouts made through this service count toward the 500 impression print allocation all Ball State students, faculty and staff receive from the University Libraries every academic session.

The new version of the Laptop Printing Service includes a cleaner, streamlined interface and is compatible with tablet and smartphone devices connected to the campus network.

From an on campus network connection, including the bsusecure wireless network, visit http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/laptopprint/ to print your research or course work.  Learn more about the service at http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/libraries/printing/printingfaq/wirelessfaqs.

For more information, contact Bradley Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services, at 765-285-8032 or BFaust@bsu.edu.


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