Ball State University Libraries Celebrate Muncie’s Sesquicentennial with Exhibits

Former Muncie mayors and political rivals, Dr. Rollin H. Bunch and George R. Dale, shaking hands, circa 1935-1936.

Former Muncie mayors and political rivals, Dr. Rollin H. Bunch and George R. Dale, shaking hands, circa 1935-1936.

A new Ball State University Archives and Special Collections exhibit celebrates Muncie’s 150 year history through the scope of the Middletown studies that were conducted in the early twentieth century. From Magic City to Middletown: 150 Years of Muncie’s History runs from July 6, 2015 to September 30, 2015 on the second floor of Bracken Library.

Though the industrial revolution is an era consistently associated with the late eighteen and early nineteen century, it took time for its concepts to spread to smaller cities. For Muncie, this came in 1886 with the beginning of the Gas Boom era. Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture (1929) was a study that examined sociological changes in Muncie from 1890 to 1925. “Middletown” was the descriptive pseudonym given to Muncie, suggesting its selection was due to its “normalcy” as a typical small city representative of “contemporary American life.”

The Congerville (Muncie) Flyers were an NFL football team from 1920-1924.

The Congerville (Muncie) Flyers were an NFL football team from 1920-1924.

The exhibit is organized into the six categories identified in the original study by authors Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd: Getting a Living; Making a Home; Training the Young; Using Leisure; Engaging in Religious Practices; Engaging in Community Activities.

The display highlights some of the more unique local history items in Archives and Special Collections, including:

  • Early diaries documenting life during the Gas Boom in Muncie
  • A pardon of former Muncie Mayor, George R. Dale, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • An 1859 deed that documents a sale between a Mary Jane Edmonds and George R. and Louisa Andrews for a parcel of land in Muncietown
  • An 1885 inventory for the Star Drug Store
  • Selections from the Marsh/Ryan family papers and photographs
Downtown Muncie, circa 1920s-1930s.

Downtown Muncie, circa 1920s-1930s.

The Muncie Sesquicentennial will be celebrated throughout Bracken Library. In addition to Archives and Special Collections’ exhibit, the GIS Research and Map Collection located on the second floor of Bracken Library will display historical Muncie maps. An animated Muncie map and also maps corresponding to the Thomas Neely diaries are being created especially for the exhibit. University Libraries’ Information Services will provide a display of local history books on the first floor of Bracken Library.

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

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Providing Easy Access to Power for Personal Devices

Most students visiting Bracken Library bring a device that requires power including iPhones, tablets, laptops and MacBooks.   The University Libraries recently raised power outlets near study tables and in student use areas to provide easy access to power for students while studying and working on research and group projects.

In various locations on the Bracken Library Lower Level, 2nd floor, and 4th floor power outlets were installed at tabletop level for convenient and safe access.  Locations for raised power outlets are selected by proximity to study tables, existing power outlets, and demand from students based on observations.

Earlier power access was expanded around the 2nd floor balcony where study tables are located.   In addition, the Educational Technology and Resources Collection area loans various laptop and smartphone power adapters to students who come to campus without one.

The University Libraries are interested in providing comfortable, functional work and study spaces in addition to information resources for students at Ball State University.   For more information contact Bradley Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services at BFaust@bsu.edu.

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5 Windows Logo Key Shortcuts to Improve Productivity

windows-logoThe University Libraries’ Desktop Support Specialist Matt Davis shares his 5 favorite Windows Logo Key shortcuts. When used alone, the Windows key will open up the Start menu, but when combined with other keys, it does so much more.

Below are 5 helpful Windows Logo key shortcuts that will make you more productive.

  1.  Windows Logo key + D
    • Minimize everything, showing you the desktop.
    • Bonus! Windows Logo key + Space
    • Allows you to preview your Desktop without actually minimizing any applications. Continue reading
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Ball State University Libraries Exhibits the Cartoons of Robert Cunningham

Cunningham photo 1A new Ball State Archives and Special Collections exhibit features the original drawings and cartoons of former Muncie mayor, businessman, and cartoonist Robert G. Cunningham. Drawing on Muncie: The Cartoons and the Civic and Cultural Contributions of Robert Cunningham runs from April 6, 2015 to May 30, 2015 on the second floor of Bracken Library.

In 2005, the obituaries, memorials and remembrances of Robert G. Cunningham reflected the extraordinary life of an impactful and respected Muncie citizen.  Cunningham has been described as a kind and generous man who always remained grounded in his values.  Each facet of his life displayed these remarkable qualities.

Cunningham photo 2Cunningham’s artistic abilities emerged while he was stationed with the Army in Germany in the late 1940s.  Upon returning, he attended the Washington School of Art.  Cunningham’s cartooning hobby was often juxtaposed with his professional career.  For instance, many of his grocery advertisements and political campaigns incorporated his drawings.  During his later years, he authored and illustrated a series of books, Growing Up in Middletown, U.S.A.: A Book About Those Wonderful Nostalgic Time of Days Gone By, and also made regular cartoon contributions to the Muncie Evening Press in a guest column titled “Cunningham’s Corner.” Continue reading

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Digital Media Repository System Upgrade

The University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository (DMR) system was upgraded to CONTENTdm 6.10 on March 4, 2015. The DMR is the foundation for the digital library program in the University Libraries. In addition to important system component updates, these other enhancements are part of CONTENTdm 6.10:

  • Improved facet searching for students and faculty.
  • Improved CSS to address browser caching issues.
  • Updated Project Client for digital library personnel.
  • Finding Aid (EAD) custom tags are preserved in the HTML header tag.

Visit the Digital Media Repository at http:\\libx.bsu.edu.  The Digital Media Repository is a project of the Ball State University Libraries.

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Ball State University Libraries Exhibit Highlights Prominent African American Lecturers and Performers at Ball State University

Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory campaigning for President at Ball State in 1968.

Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory campaigning for President at Ball State in 1968.

What do Coretta Scott King and Stevie Wonder have in common? Throughout its history, Ball State University has been fortunate to host many famous and influential speakers and performers such as King and Wonder.  Starting on February 9, Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections will present an exhibit entitled Presentations of Cultural Diversity: Prominent African American Lecturers & Performers at Ball State University, 1964-1983.

The exhibit in recognition of Black History Month highlights visits to Ball State by noted African-American politicians, civil rights activists, actors, authors, educators, and singers. The spread of the acceptance of cultural diversity that ignited America in the 1960s and continued to expand with each passing decade is reflected in these presentations and events held on Ball State’s campus.

Actress Ruby Dee and actor Ossie Davis with a group of Ball State students during a poetry reading and speaking engagement in 1978.

Actress Ruby Dee and actor Ossie Davis with a group of Ball State students during a poetry reading and speaking engagement in 1978.

Located on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library outside of Archives and Special Collections, the display will continue through March 27, 2015. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or libarchives@bsu.edu.

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Be Aware of Suspicious Emails

University Libraries was alerted that some members of the Ball State community received an email message stating their library account was soon to expire.  The email said to reactivate the account by clicking on a web address included in the message. This was a phishing scam and the campus Office of Information Security took steps block access to the phony site.

Sadly, scams are a daily part of life with the Internet.  This recent attempt serves as a reminder that one should always be suspicious of unsolicited email, especially when prompted to supply personal identity or financial information.   If you are in doubt about the authenticity of a message represented to be from University Libraries, please contact Access Services at 765-285-5143.

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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National GIS Day at the University Libraries

On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 the BSU GIS Knowledge Group, in collaboration with the University Libraries, will be hosting  GIS Workshops in honor of National GIS Day.

All workshops will be held in BL224 (the GIS Research and Map Collection), and will be open to students, faculty and staff.

Reservations aren’t required, but appreciated.  Please contact Angie Gibson at asgibson2@bsu.edu if you would like to register in advance.

11:00-11:45 ArcGIS Online  Instructor: Angie Gibson, Ball State University Libraries

This presentation will outline ArcGIS Online features are available to faculty, staff and students, and how to access them. During this session attendees will learn how to:

  • Obtain access to the BSU ArcGIS Online account and set up class groups
  • How to add and search for content.
  • How to use analysis tools within ArcGIS Online
  • What apps are available within ArcGIS Online (Business Analyst Online, ArcGIS Collector, Community Analyst, ArcGIS Pro)

1:00 – 2:00  ArcPad Basics Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana Continue reading

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New Platform for Cardinal Scholar

The Ball State University Libraries applied a major upgrade to the Cardinal Scholar institutional repository system on October 19.   Cardinal Scholar, a system providing access to scholarly works and institutional records for Ball State University, is a project of the University Libraries.

New features available in the updated version of Cardinal Scholar include:

  • Easier and improved deposit process
  • “Browse by” Department and Advisor for Thesis and Dissertations
  • Rotating images on the homepage
  • Improved authentication process
  • Record counts next to community and collection links
  • Breadcrumb trail at the top of the page
  • Improved record display design
  • And many others

Visit Cardinal Scholar at http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu today.   Cardinal Scholar is based on DSpace open source software.

– Bradley Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services

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Harnessing the Power of 3D Technologies for Library and Archives Collections

University Libraries personnel in the Architecture Library and Drawings + Documents Archives recently published an article in the Architecture Section of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) blog.

The piece focuses on use of 3D modeling and printing technology to augment collections, engage students, and raise the profile of these collections.

You can read more about these initiatives by viewing the article on the ARLIS/NA’s Architecture Section blog.

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