Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Students & Faculty on Immersive Learning Project

Student and Faculty Comments about the Summer 2007 Educational Foundations 420 Immersive Learning Project and the Role of the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections

The Library Insider, June 2007, Volume 5, Issue 6

The comments and observations that follow are those of faculty or students who are participating in Educational Foundations, EDFON 420, a course offered during Summer Session 2007 by Ball State University’s Teachers College, Department of Educational Studies.

Dr. Mark Malaby, Assistant Professor
“The support of the Libraries’ staff, the Archives, and the Center for Middletown Studies has been tremendous, especially considering that we only began course development in mid-April. In a very short period, the Archives staff were able to research an enormous amount of data on Garfield School District and have it ready for our students on the first day of class. The Archives has also been the class meeting place since the first week. This project, which provides an immersive foundational experience for pre-service teachers, has benefited greatly from our partnership with the library, which in turn has allowed us to better serve Muncie Community Schools.”

Dr. Jon M. Clausen, Assistant Professor
“Dr. Mark Malaby and I have been involved in an ongoing conversation regarding how teacher education students were using technology. Spurred on by recent research and popular press articles highlighting inappropriate technology use by students and the reaction of faculty, like banning laptops from the classroom, Mark and I began a conversation about technology’s role on the college campus, in teaching, and student learning. “That conversation has developed into a restructuring of this Educational Foundations course. Our goal is to model technology use as a learning tool throughout the summer session. Two beliefs drive this goal. First, that technology integration and curriculum must be linked, and without explicit connections between them, technology is often misused. Second, effective technology use for learning facilitates changes in instructional practice. “In the restructuring of the course, we have moved from a traditional lecture/discussion format to one in which students are constructing their own knowledge about educational foundations. To construct that knowledge, students are using technology to conduct research, problem solve, and develop products that represent their understanding of the school community. We also hope that our work can serve as a model for others who would like to integrate technology in their courses.”

Erica B. Coleman, Senior Student
“I believe this class has been very eye opening, as far as the Muncie community. I have learned how important it is to take a deeper look at a community before judging it. This class is set up in a very constructive manner, meaning that we learn by doing. It is much more exciting to branch out on our own and explore than it is to be lectured in a classroom. This has been a great experience so far, and I look forward to our final product.”

Sarah Taylor, Senior Student
“The Archives was very organized and enthusiastic in helping with our research. This enthusiasm was contagious as we traveled back in time to learn about a community that I have been part of for four yearsand knew nothing about. Because of this project, I am looking at my career from a very different perspective. It has really opened my eyes to what the job of a ‘teacher’ really encompasses.”

Special Collections and Digital Projects News

Ball State University Libraries Collaborate on Immersive Learning Experience for Students

by John B. Straw, Director for Archives and Special Collections and Director, Digital Media Repository

The development of University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections as a teaching archive continues to expand, providing a new partnership opportunity for an immersive learning experience for 24 students from the Teachers College. Archives’ personnel are working with Dr. Mark Malaby, Dr. Jon M. Clausen, and graduate student Mr. Chia-Kun Lee on a new and exciting way to prepare pre-service teachers to enter the profession with a broader understanding of factors that affect schools, teachers, and students. Students in the Educational Foundations, EDFON 420, class being taught by Professors Malaby and Clausen, and Mr. Lee are taking part in this new immersive concept for the course during the first summer session. The professors intend to continue the concept with two more sections in the fall.

The Class’ Learning Objectives Involve Muncie’s Community Schools
In addition to Archives and Special Collections, the Center for Middletown Studies and the Muncie Community School system are partners in the endeavor. Dr. Marlin B. Creasy, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools, and the assistant superintendents for instruction and elementary education are enthusiastic in their support of the project. Data from the research conducted by the students will be used for staff training, to satisfy certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind program, and to recruit teachers. The goals established by the professors for the class are:

•To help understand the social, historical, and philosophical perspectives of people who live and work within the Muncie Community School district.

•To provide students an immersive experience, offering a model for actions they should take into their future teaching

•To increase teacher education students’ understanding of the potential for meaningful teaching and community engagement.

•To inspire more Ball State University students to apply for jobs within the Muncie Community School district.

•To model and use technology effectively in both the teaching of the course and the artifacts developed by the students The school chosen for the summer class is Garfield Elementary School. Course activities include researching materials in the Archives and Special Collections to understand ways in which the neighborhood and school district has been constructed, a school tour, interviews with school personnel and community members, exploring the neighborhood, and guest speakers including the Director of the Center for Middletown Studies and the Director for Archives and Special Collections.

Students Use Digital Resources as Part of Learning

The students are utilizing digital resources from the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, a project of the University Libraries, They are producing digital stories about the school and neighborhood and creating a multimedia artifact that will incorporate archival data, photographs, audio, interview data, and secondary textual sources. In addition to interacting with Archives and Special Collections personnel and using archival and digital resources, the students are able to take advantage of many other services and resources of the University Libraries to make their projects successful. These include:

• Geospatial Resources and Map Collection personnel who are helping them with neighborhood
information and mapping.

• Library Information Technology Services personnel who are providing students with access to external hard drives and server space for working on their projects.

• Metadata and Digital Initiatives personnel who provided forms for compiling metadata so that the student products will be searchable in the Digital Media Repository. The role of the Archives and Special Collections and other units of the University Libraries in this innovative, immersive class is an example of a holistic approach to the educational experience, where the convergence of the traditional archives, the teaching archives, and the digital archives is a key element.

Dr. Malaby and Dr. Clausen are to be applauded for their vision in providing this experience to their students. Archives and Special Collections and the University Libraries are pleased to be a part of the experience.

New Personnel

Philip J. Deloria began June 5, 2007 in the Archives and Special Collections as Assistant Archivist for Digital Projects and University Records. He recently completed his Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan. You can contact Phil at

Hannah D. Cox began working on June 11, 2007 as the Archives and Special Collections Supervisor. She is currently completing her Masters degree thesis in anthropology at Ball State University. Hannah can be contacted at

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Summer Hours

The Archive & Special Collections summer hours begin Monday, May 7, 2007 and end Monday, August 20, 2007.

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We will be closed on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2007.

Salvador Dali An Archives Favorite

Ball State Students and Faculty Enjoy Seeing Salvador Dali’s Illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the Archives and Special Collections

The University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections contains many treasures for research and learning. One of them is a limited edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with drawings signed by artist Salvador Dali.

This work contains 12 illustrations with original woodcuts and an original etching by Spanish artist Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali Domènech (1904-1989), recognized as one of the most important painters of the 20th century for his striking, unusual, and beautiful images in his surrealistic work.

The Special Collections has number 615 of the 2,500 numbered portfolios printed on Mandeure paper and published by Maecenas Press, Random House in 1969. The portfolio is signed on the frontispiece by Dali. The original colored etching signed in the plate is opposite the frontispiece.

The etching and remarques were printed by Ateliers Rital, and the 12 illustrations were printed by M. Nourisson. The portfolios were created by Cartonnages Adine. This rare and valuable item is a favorite of students who visit the Archives and Special Collections for classroom instruction. The illustration shown here is the last one in the portfolio, and it is entitled Alice’s Evidence.

Special Collections News

Historic Anti-Klan Newspaper to be Available in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, a Project of the University Libraries

The announcement that the Ball State University Libraries have received a Library Services and Technology Act digitization mini-grant for 2007-2008 in the amount of $23,041 means that an historically significant newspaper will soon be available globally for research, learning, and teaching. The grant funds will be used to digitize the Muncie Post-Democrat and provide access to it through the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, a project of the University Libraries.

The Muncie Post- Democrat was published by former Muncie mayor George Dale from 1921 through 1936, and continued after his death until 1950. During Dale’s tenure, the newspaper was a strong voice against the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, especially the Muncie Klan. Dale was nationally prominent for his fight against the Klan. He was beaten, shot, and even spent time in prison because of his strong anti-Klan position.

Dale used the newspaper as a weapon against the Klan and its many prominent local members, including Muncie’s mayor, chief of police, lawyers, judges, and other politicians. The newspaper is a unique historical artifact that is extremely valuable for researchers on the Klan in Indiana during the 1920s and 1930s.

After Dale’s death, the newspaper continued, although the battle with the Klan was basically over. The later issues provide a pro-Democratic Party, pro-labor viewpoint. While the anti- Klan years may be of the greatest historical interest to researchers, the entire run of the newspaper has educational and research value.

The newspaper is used by students, faculty, historians, and the general public. Digitizing this rich resource will make it available 24/7/365 to a vastly increased number of users globally through the Internet.

The digitization of the Muncie Post-Democrat will also serve as a key element in another project. Ball State University’s Center for Middletown Studies, in collaboration with Archives and Special Collections, has begun to work to develop an online teaching archive to explore the impact of the Great Depression on Muncie, the site of the seminal Middletown research. Writing in support of the grant application, Dr. James J. Connolly, Director of the Center for Middletown Studies, said that the digital archive will permit students, researchers, and the general public to investigate the ways the Great Depression changed (or did not change) the experiences of Middletown residents in the six areas identified by sociologists Robert and Helen Lynd in their original 1920s study.

The original newspapers are quickly deteriorating. A vast majority of them are very fragile, brittle, and virtually falling apart when handled. For the project, the paper copies will be encapsulated so that they can be scanned without harming them. Digitizing them will help preserve the originals as well as make the newspaper more accessible. Optical Character Recognition will be done to make the text of the newspapers searchable. The grant project begins in July, with 1,198 issues and 4,924 pages to be digitized and made available through the Digital Media Repository by mid-2008.

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Ball State University Libraries’ Director for Archives and Special Collections,, (765) 285-5078.

LSTA Grant Received

University Libraries Receive LSTA Grant to Digitize the Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper

The Ball State University Libraries have received notification that they have been awarded a $23,041 Library Services and Technology (LSTA) Digitization Mini-Grant for 2007-2008 to digitize the Muncie Post-Democrat. This grant support will result in the creation of the Munice Post- Democrat Newspaper Collection. John Straw, Director for Archives and Special Collections and Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, are co-Principal Investigators. LSTA digitization grants are supported by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Indiana State Library. The 2007-2008 grant will be the third consecutive LSTA digitization grant awarded to the University Libraries. The two previous grants have resulted in the Digital Repository of U. S. Civil War Resources for East Central
Indiana and the Middletown Digital Oral History Collection, both of which are available in the Digital Media Repository.

Personnel Changes

Jane E. Gastineau has resigned as Archives and Special Collections Supervisor effective May 25, 2007. She has accepted the position of Collections Manager at The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne.

Sarah E. Duncan has resigned as Assistant Archivist for University Records and Digital Projects, effective June 4, 2007. She will pursue a Ph.D. degree in history at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in U. S. environmental history.

May Donations


Stoeckel Archives of Local History

Muncie Symphony Orchestra, 2006-2007 Programs, Season 58, (0.1 cu. ft.)

Scrapbook, date unknown, (0.5 cu. ft.)

Otis Bowen artifacts, (1.0 cu. ft.)

Mary Woods Papers, (5.0 cu. ft.)

University Archives

Ball State Marching Band photos, 1984 (0.1 cu. ft.)