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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Historic Newspaper Collections from Digital Media Repository Included in Hoosier State Chronicles

Browsing the Muncie Times via the  Hoosier State Chronicles The Muncie Post-Democrat and the Muncie Times are two of the latest collections of digitized historic newspapers to be added to the Hoosier State Chronicles, a digital repository operated by the Indiana State Library that provides full-text searchable online access to archives of newspapers published in the state of Indiana. Originally digitized and made available by Ball State University Libraries via the Digital Media Repository, these two archival collections, held in Ball State University Archives & Special Collections, will join over 220 other digitized historic newspaper titles in the state-wide research repository.

The Muncie Post-Democrat, a historic anti-Ku Klux Klan newspaper operated by Muncie newspaper editor and politician George Dale, was published from 1921 until Dale’s death in 1936 and continued as a local newspaper until the 1950s. The Muncie Times, a bi-weekly newspaper published by Bea Moten-Foster from 1991 to 2011, served the African American communities of Muncie, Indiana and neighboring cities including Richmond, Marion, New Castle, and Anderson.

June 2, 1927 edition of the Muncie Post-DemocratAll archival newspapers available through the Hoosier State Chronicles repository are browsable by title and date and are also accessible via full-text keyword searching. User-friendly features also enable visitors to this site to freely download entire editions of papers and to directly share archival assets via social media.

The addition of the Muncie Post-Democrat and the Muncie Timesarchival collections to this site has increased the repository’s size by over 1,400 items, providing researchers with valuable primary source material documenting Muncie and East Central Indiana history from diverse perspectives.


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Improved MultiLink Available for the Start of School

The University Libraries are constantly looking for services and solutions that improve discovery and access to rich scholarly content for teaching and entrepreneurial learning.  The updated version of MultiLink serves as a good example as an excellent resource becomes even more powerful.  MultiLink connects citations found in discovery platforms to full text scholarly content, many times with a single click.

The updated version of MultiLink provides new tools that improve the connection between search and discovery.  Index-Enhanced Direct Linking, an essential new component of the service, relies on indexed data to implement a more reliable and direct path to scholarly content.  This translates into quicker full-text access for researching, avoiding the need to study lists of provider options and ranges of full-text availability.

When a user arrives at the updated MultiLink page, the full citation is presented with links to check OneSearch for print availability, start an Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad request, and/or connect to Ask-a-Librarian. The new MultiLink sidebar allows the user to edit the citation and search again, report a problem with the MultiLink and discovery process, and find out more details about the journal.

In cases where full text is not available, MultiLink has always presented the user with next-step options. The updated MultiLink keeps this functionality, and also includes a sidebar helper to help students and faculty with options.

MultiLink is an essential tool connecting student scholars and faculty researchers to scholarly content provided by the University Libraries.  MultiLink is based on the 360 Link solution from ProQuest.


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