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.
The 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.
- 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
A 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’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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 email@example.com 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
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
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.
On August 6, the OneSearch discovery interface was upgraded to version 2.0. This edition of OneSearch includes:
- Topic Explorer feature that provides background information on 50,000 topics including information from local subject guides,
- Improved facets for better search refinement,
- Automated query expansion, and
- FLOW which allows students and researchers to save, share, and access citations and full-text articles from OneSearch/Summon from any web browser.
OneSearch indexes records from CardCat, the Digital Media Repository, Cardinal Scholar, and all the major academic databases available from the University Libraries as well academic content from other quality sources.
– Bradley Faust, Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services