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:\\  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

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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, 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 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

A high level demonstration of how to use ArcPad for field inventory. The demo will involve:

  • Defining an item that a user would wish to go in the field and inventory
  • Setup a data file (shapefile) and related form
  • Setup a basic map for ArcPad
  • Collect data points
  • Finally bring the data back to ArcMap.

2:00 – 3:00  Advanced ArcPad  Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

This is a discussion on the more advance topics of ArcPad which will be more interactive with the audience to answer their questions.  Topics may include (depending on the audience questions):

  • Custom Form/Code development
  • Alternative data sources (ArcSDE, ArcServer, ArcGIS Online)
  • Integration of photos and related tables
  • Integration of various hardware options (GPS pucks, range finders, data collectors)
  • Real time or post processing GPS corrections
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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 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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University Libraries Rolls out New Version of OneSearch for Students and Faculty

OneSearchOn 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

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University Libraries Present Student’s Exhibit on The ABC’s Of Fashion


Ball State University graduate student Lauren Bronowski has created a unique exhibit, The ABC’s Of FASHION, for Archives and Special Collections from her final honor’s thesis submission.

The thesis abstract describes her project in this way: “Illuminated manuscripts, ornately illustrated texts, were popular in the Middle Ages.  The ABCs of Fashion is a modern take on illuminated manuscripts.  It combines the design of typography with fashion. Each letter of the alphabet represents a fashion-related term that is then illustrated and defined. Various media were used to complete the illustrations- markers, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and Adobe Illustrator, a computer aided design software.  The project was created to fuse passions and education while pushing the limits of ability.”

Lauren’s display can be viewed in the exhibit cases on the north side of Archives and Special Collections on the second floor of Bracken Library (BL210) from June 9, 2014 to July 5, 2014. For more information, call 285-5078 or email

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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 (  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

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