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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Archivist Carol Street Wins Prestigious Publication Award

Carol Street, Archivist for Architectural Records in the Ball State University Libraries, has been awarded the Margaret Cross Norton Award from the Midwest Archives Conference for her article “Indiana Architecture X 3D: Archival Encounters of the 3-D Kind” published in the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Archival Issues. The award recognizes the best article published in the previous two years of the journal.

The announcement of the award stated that Street’s work “is a well-written and exceptionally thoughtful article that documents her repository’s innovative use of computer 3D printing technology, coupled with public engagement, identifying users’ needs and working to fulfill them, as well as anticipating future research methodologies and interests associated with this technology.”

According to the award committee, the article “also pushes the concept of archival engagement to an entirely different level that has not been part of archives’ traditional outreach methodologies.”

Carol will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $250. The article was published in volume 36, number 2 (2015) of Archival Issues.


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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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