April 7, 2014 Lecture- Celebrating Marriage in Jewish Art: Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives

The Honors College, in collaboration with The Friends of Bracken Library and The Zeigler Committee for Jewish Studies, invites you to attend an illustrated talk by Sharon Liberman Mintz. The lecture will be held in Arts & Journalism Room 175 on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. This lecture was previously scheduled for March 3 and cancelled due to weather.

Sharon Liberman Mintz is curator of graphics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and senior consultant on Judaica at Sotheby’s. Her lecture is titled Celebrating Marriage in Jewish Art: Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives. The celebration of Jewish marriage in the medieval period is visually recorded in a selection of magnificent Hebrew manuscripts which document the customs of European Jewry. Complementing the medieval perspective, in the Early Modern era, the practice of decorated and illustrated ketubbot (Jewish marriage contracts) provides a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. They offer a fascinating look at the lives of individual couples, varied marriage customs, and the spread of artistic styles through commerce and trade.

Free parking is available after 7:00 p.m. in the Emens parking Garage.

The Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Honors Memorial Lecture was first presented in 2002, funded by an endowment established in 1998 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Bruce F. Meyer and his wife, Ildiko. Dr. Meyer had been a member of the Ball State faculty since 1973 where he distinguished himself as a teacher, researcher, and architectural practitioner. In 1997 he was appointed Honors College Dean. As dean, he worked to increase quantity and quality of applicants for the four-year program through special courses, seminars and independent study for academically talented students. Dr. Meyer died in 1998. Ildiko B. Meyer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah and received her master’s degree in psychology from Ball State University; Ildiko, who died in 1999, had been a school psychologist for New Castle and Muncie Community Schools.

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University Libraries’ New Exhibit Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium

Arthur Fieldler with MSO 1977University Libraries invites you to come join the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Emens Auditorium as we present “The John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium, 1964-2014: 50 Years Of Arts, Culture, And Entertainment.”  The new exhibit is located in Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library and runs from March 10, 2014 to May 31, 2014.

The display highlights the history of Emens Auditorium from its initial construction to recent performances held there and draws from several collections housed in the Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections, with some materials also available on the University Libraries Digital Media Repository (http://libx.bsu.edu).  Featured collections are the Emens Auditorium Concert/Artist Series Programs and News Releases, Earl Williams Photograph Collection, Ball State University Subject Files, University Marketing and Communications Publications And Printed Ephemera, and many others.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or email libarchives@bsu.edu.

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Meyer Memorial Lecture Postponed

The 2014 Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Memorial Lecture, originally scheduled for tonight, Monday, March 3, 2014, has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The lecture, titled “Celebrating Marriage in Jewish Art: Medieval and Early Modern Perspectives” by Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Graphics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, will be rescheduled.

Please contact Frank Felsenstein,  Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor in Humanities and Professor of English, or John Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, for more information.

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University Libraries Mobile Services now on myBallState app

The University Libraries are now included in the myBallState app.With the newest versions of the myBallState mobile app, it’s now even easier for Ball State students, faculty, and staff to access resources and services from the University Libraries.

myBallState allows students to quickly access schedules, grades, academic notifications, information about campus events and transportation, and much more. Adding links to the Libraries’ most used services gives students a more complete Ball State app, and improves access to all the resources designed for academic success. Users are just a few taps away from launching mobile-friendly academic research sessions, their Libraries’ accounts, and reserving Bracken Library study rooms.

myBallState is available through iTunes and the Google Play stores. Please let us know what you think of the Libraries’ services included in the app!

For more information, contact Bradley D. Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services.

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University Libraries’ Exhibit Highlights History of the African-American Student Experience at Ball State

Miss Black Ball State PageantAfrican-American students at Ball State University have a rich history of campus involvement and activity.  As part of the celebration of Black History Month, University Libraries are proud to present “The Ball State University African-American Student Experience, 1970-2013: Activities, Organizations, and Programs,” our new exhibit in Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library from January 20, 2014 to February 28, 2014.

The display draws from several collections housed in the Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections, with some materials also available on the University Libraries Digital Media Repository.  Featured collections are Black Student Association Records, The Allen Williams Black Ball State Alumni Collection, the Robert Foster Papers, and the Marie Fraser Papers and Photographs.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or email libarchives@bsu.edu.

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Libraries to Discontinue Smartphone App

The University Libraries have decided to end our multi-platform mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices in November 2013. Increasing subscription costs, and the opportunity to become part of Ball State’s mobile app, currently in development, have influenced this decision.

The University Libraries continue to offer a mobile site, http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile/.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brad Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Technology Services.

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GIS Day 2013 Held in Bracken Library

GIS Day presentation at the Ball State University Libraries.by Angela S. Gibson, GIS Specialist

The Ball State GIS Knowledge Group hosted a GIS Day event in Bracken Library’s Schwartz Digital Complex on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  Over 100 attended the event with visitors ranging from Ball State University faculty, staff and students, to Burris high school students, to local GIS Professionals.

Twenty faculty, staff, students, and local GIS professionals gave brief presentations on their GIS research and projects in five-minute speed round presentations.  Eight departments were represented in the presentations including the Departments of Art, Biology, Geography, History, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, the University Libraries, University Technology Services, and the Delaware County GIS Department.

Ten posters showcasing GIS research methods and findings were entered in the GIS poster competition, and were on display in the Schwartz Center lobby for attendees to view and vote on their favorite poster.

Members of the GIS Day planning committee are:

  • Chris Baas-Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Lisa Dunaway- Instructor in the Department of Urban Planning
  • Angela Gibson -GIS Specialist in the University Libraries
  • Steve Radil -Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
  • Doug Seefeldt – Assistant Professor in the department of History
  • John Taylor- Land Manager for the Field Station and Environmental Education Center
  • Kevin Turcotte- Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Geography
  • Zaine Venter -Graduate Student in the Department Geography
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November 20: GIS Day 2013

GIS Day is Wednesday, November 20. To celebrate, the Ball State University GIS Knowledge Group will host an event in Bracken Library’s Schwartz Complex from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where everyone is invited to:

  • Learn about GIS resources on campus
  • Present your GIS project in five minutes
  • Show a poster of your GIS project
  • Win prizes!

We are looking for faculty, staff, and students to give brief five-minute overviews about class projects or research that incorporates GIS methods. Contact Angela Gibson at asgibson2@bsu.edu to reserve a five-minute block for your presentation.

There will also be a GIS poster competition for those who wish to showcase their GIS work. Posters can be printed for free in the Cooper GIS lab; contact Zaine Venter at zventer@bsu.edu to have your poster printed for the competition.

Awards will be presented for the best presentation and the best poster entered!

What: GIS Day 2013

Where: Schwartz Complex, first floor of Bracken Library (includes BL 104)

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – presentations
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – poster competition, Q&A with GIS Knowledge Group, browse info about GIS software and data resources on campus
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – presentations

Who: Everyone is invited to participate and encouraged to watch the presentations and vote for the best poster/presentation!

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International Games Day @ Bracken Library

Join the University Libraries for International Games Day @ Bracken Library from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 16. Our event – located in the Schwartz Digital Complex and BL 104 – will be primarily focused on tabletop games, but whether you’ve been settling Catan since you were 5 or just found out that “modern board game” isn’t an oxymoron, there’s something for you.

Settlers of Catan tournament (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Compete with other students to develop colonies on the fictional island of Catan in this quintessential modern board game. Establish settlements to gather resources that will allow you to build cities, roads, armies and other improvements. The player with the most victory points after four games will be crowned the winner.

Preregister for the tournament by emailing Joseph Roberts at jmroberts@bsu.edu.

Werewolf (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Each night under cover of darkness the werewolves strike, claiming another victim. Throughout the day, the fearful villagers argue and trade accusations, trying to determine which of their fellow townsfolk are wolves. In this game – described as an exercise in “social deduction” – the larger group of villagers seeks to identify members of a smaller secret group, the werewolves, while each group tries to eliminate the other one player at a time. Play as a villager and root out the lycanthropes in your midst, or conceal your nature as one of the beasts!

Open tabletop gaming (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Try a variety of tabletop games from the Libraries’ Educational Resources Collection. In addition to popular modern board games like Carcassonne, we will have war games, word games, urban planning games, strategy games, and a couple oddities. Build your own city! Shatter Napoleon’s fleet! Leave your friends breathless from laughter with your improv comedy stylings! 

International Games Day @ Bracken Library will be held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s International Games Day – a worldwide celebration of the social, educational, and recreational value of games of all types observed by libraries on all seven continents. (Yes, even Antarctica.)

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University Libraries’ New Exhibit Highlights Downtown Muncie Heydays

Stillmans Storefront in Muncie, IndianaMuncie’s downtown was once a place where you could always go to shop, get a bite to eat, or take in a show.  Come revisit those days of a vibrant Muncie downtown and see “Everything Is Waiting For You, Downtown”: Muncie Stores and Storefronts, 1920-1970, our new exhibit in Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library from October 28, 2013 to January 3, 2014.

The display draws from several prominent photograph collections housed in the Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections and also available on the University Libraries Digital Media Repository (http://libx.bsu.edu).  Featured
collections are Otto Sellers, Spurgeon Green, and W.A. Swift, as well as the Muncie and Delaware County Historic Photographs Collection.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or email libarchives@bsu.edu.

 

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