Celebrate Black History Month with Artstor

The ARTstor Digital Library includes a wide variety of Black History collections that cover African art and cultures, as well as resources that focus on the lives and achievements of African Americans.  Here are some wonderful examples:

Veterans Book Club Celebrating Women’s History Month with a Discussion of Soldier Girls

The Veterans Book Club will meet on Wednesday March 22 at 5:00 in Fireside Room B to discuss, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War.

Vicki Bloom, the Dean of Libraries at IU South Bend selected this book because, “With more women enlisting in today’s armed forces, I thought it would be interesting to read about the military experience from a female perspective . . . Soldier Girls follows three women from small towns in Indiana over a 12 year period. . . I liked the fact that these women were members of the National Guard. They had different expectations, motivations, and family responsibilities when they signed up.”

Book club members were enthusiastic when they heard about the next selection. Several had already read the book, and thought it was an engrossing story with an interesting local angle. According to the Indianapolis Star, The 2008 deployment was the largest for Indiana since World War II, and in 2009 Indiana deployed more members of its National Guard than any other state.

The author, Helen Thorpe, is a journalist who has written for a number of national publications including, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. The book was selected as a best book of the year by Publisher’s Weekly, and as an Editor’s Pick in the New York Times. Time magazine named it one of the top-ten non-fiction books of 2014.

The book follows the story of three very different women. A New York Times article describes the main characters:

Michelle Fischer who thought of herself as a ”music-loving, pot-smoking, left-leaning hippie,” signed up because it would pay for college and enable her to live on campus.

Debbie Helton, a beauty salon manager, signed up in the 1980s because she wanted to emulate her father, who had been an Army drill sergeant . . . at 49, she had become a cherished den mother to the men, and growing number of women, there.

Desma Brooks signed up in 1996 on what she calls a dare. . . [W]ith a cratering marriage and three children, she also found herself dependent on the paychecks, which supplemented her factory job.

None of them expected to be deployed oversees until after 9/11.

Ultimately, this is a story of unlikely friendship forged in dramatic and traumatic experience. Bloom finds hope in that, “Despite their many differences, the three women accepted and supported each other.”

The book club is open to veterans, their families and others in the campus and community interested in veteran’s experiences. Copies of the book are available for check-out in the Schurz library or by contacting the library director Vicki Bloom at vdbloom@iusb.edu

“Utterly absorbing, gorgeously written, and unforgettable” – Boston Globe

“Raises important questions about how men and women serve together and the differences in how they experience war, enabling us to see the subtle challenges female soldiers face — the hardships that don’t make easy headlines.” – The Washington Post

New Films on Demand Titles: Over 200 Documentaries Added in January

Films on Demand is a streaming video service that makes it easy for you to embed documentary clips or even entire films into Canvas. New content is being added monthly. In January, nearly 200 films were added to the database. Below is a small sampling of some of the new titles added to the database.

The Radical Gardener
While No One Is Watching
Witness to Auschwitz
A Nation Divided: The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath
The Dark Energy Mystery

3D Printing available at the WERC!

From Ryan Weber, Assistant Supervisor of the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons:

Now at the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons, printing in the third dimension!
No matter your major, 3D printing can be applied to nearly any field of study. 3D printing has already found its place in the fields of science and medicine with the creation of customized prosthetics, personalization of medical products, and pharmaceutical research to name a few. It has widely been used by the manufacturing industry for decades to produce prototypes, models, and molds. Now, 3D printing technology is gaining in popularity and becoming increasingly affordable for consumer uses as well. Thousands of premade 3D items are available for download, many of them for FREE!

What does this mean for you? You can check out any of several popular 3D printing services online or create something of your own design and get it printed right here at IU South Bend. The Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons (on the second floor of the Education and Arts building) encourages anyone on campus to stop in for a free 3D print consultation. Want to know more about 3D printing at IU South Bend? Click the link below.
https://www.iusb.edu/erc/3D Printing.php

Veterans Book Club: Thursday, 1/26, 5 p.m.

The Veterans Book Club will meet on Thursday January 26, at 5:00 in the Fireside room of the Administration Building. Please put it on your calendar if you are able to join us!

We will be discussing, The White Donkey: Terminal Lance, a graphic novel featuring characters from the military comic, Terminal Lance, penned by Max Uriarte. Mr. Uriarte brings his personal perspective as a combat veteran and military artist to vivid life in this New-York Times best-selling novel. It was praised in the Washington Post, as capturing “the singular moments that, like a rock cast into a pond, send their ripples out almost infinitely – altering lives and ending others.​” The White Donkey has been on several lists of top book of 2016 including the The New York Times and NPR.

The book club is open to campus and community veterans, their families and others interested in the vet experience. If you can come to campus, copies of the book are available for check-out, (call number PN6727.U74 W55 2016​) Otherwise, please get in touch Vicki Bloom, (vdbloom@iusb.edu) for a copy. RSVP rculbert@iusb.edu or https://www.facebook.com/events/1465091690175509/​

For additional information please visit, IUSB Veterans Book Club blog at: https://vetsbookclub.wordpress.com/

Veterans Day

Veteraveterans-day-2016ns Day, November 11  is intended to thank all those who honorably served in the military – in war time or peace time.

The theme of the 2016 Veterans Day poster is “Courage – Honoring All Who Served. ”

Veterans Day Facts

  • November 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as “Armistice Day”.
  • May 13, 1938 November 11th Veterans Day became a National Holiday honoring Veterans of WWI.
  • Raymond Weeks led a parade on November 11th, 1947 honoring Veterans of all wars.
  • World War I fighting stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
  • In 1954 “Armistice Day” was renamed “Veterans Day” to honor American Veterans of all wars.


Food for Fines, Oct. 31 to Nov. 12: Pay off your fines and help fellow Titans in need

Pay off your library overdue fines with non-perishable food!

Food for Fines runs from October 31 through November 12.

For every item you donate, we’ll forgive $1 in outstanding library fines. There’s no limit on the amount you may donate! Don’t have a fine … we’re still happy to accept your donations. The proceeds will go to Titans Feeding Titans and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

Food for Fines applies to IU South Bend Libraries fines only. It may not be applied to replacement or damage fees or charges from other IU or campus entities.