Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Muncie Economic Development Oral Histories

The Muncie Economic Development Oral Histories (audios and transcripts) are now available in the Digital Media Repository. It includes interviews with 17 local civic and business leaders involved in efforts to address long-term economic change in Muncie and Delaware County. The interviews were conducted by Warren Vander Hill and Paul Mitchell in January and September 2008. For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078. You can find it directly at http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/MidOrHis11

Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter Break Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*

*Wednesday, December 24, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Closed Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26

*Wednesday, January 31, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*Closed Thursday, January 1

We would like to wish the Ball State community
and our Friends Best Wishes
for a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Libraries Update University Archives' Web Pages

Ball State University Libraries recently improved user discoverability of University records, images, ephemera, and publications by revising the University Archives’ Web site. The redesigned site features the following improvements to help students, faculty, staff, and community researchers have access to Ball State University historical information:

• Consistent site navigation and design
• Web 2.0 social bookmarking tools such as del.icio.us and digg
• W3C Web Standards compliance for improved searching and handicap accessibility
• New institutional historical narratives and timelines
• Updated records management directions and forms

Future improvements for the Web site include the creation of new timelines that visually illustrate Ball State University historical events and leaders in addition to the integration of a site-wide search tool. Visit the new home page at www.bsu.edu/libraries/archives/urecords. For more information, contact Carolyn F. Runyon, University Libraries’ Archivist for Digital Development and University Records, CFRunyon@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

Striving for Perfection: Cardinal Football through the Years on Exhibit in Bracken Library

Join the Ball State University Libraries in celebrating the Cardinal football team’s perfect 12-0 regular season by examining historical photos, yearbooks, and ephemera from the University Archives and Special Collections. These items will be on exhibit in the Bracken 1-East display cases beginning December 10, 2008. The display will focus on the history of football at Ball State, including the teams, the games, the marching band, the mascot, and homecoming celebrations.

Personnel Presentations and Publications

Maren L. Read, Archivist for Manuscript Collections, and Amanda A. Hurford, Digital Initiatives Multimedia Developer, presented Not Just Old News: Virtual Access to Historic Newspapers through Digitization. They discussed the steps to make the Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper Collection available to a global audience, including preparing the collection, digitization, Optical Character Recognition, metadata creation, and online display.
Maren was also published in the November 2008 issue of the Society of American Archivists Oral History Section Newsletter entitled, Ball State University Libraries Participate in New Oral History Grant Projects. www.archivists.org/saagroups/oralhist/newsletters.asp

Glimpse of History Found in Muncie Civic Theatre Programs Digital Collection

Students, faculty, and researchers can get a glimpse of the cultural history of Muncie through a digital collection of theatre programs now available in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, at http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/MunCiv.

The Muncie Civic Theatre Programs digital collection consists of 241 programs of plays presented between 1931 and 1986 and between 1996 and 2005. The programs are part of the Muncie Civic Theatre Collection housed in Archives and Special Collections that also contains photographs, scrapbooks, and other items that will be added to the digital collection in the near future.

The Muncie Civic Theatre was founded in May 1931 and funded by William H. Ball, a second generation member of the Ball Family and an avid theatre supporter. The first play presented was Dulcy and it premiered on December 15, 1931, at the Masonic Temple Auditorium. In 1961, the Muncie Civic Theatre moved to the Hoosier Theatre, also known as the Star Theatre.

Examples of play programs in the collection include Anastasia (1957 and 1982), Any Wednesday (1967), Bell, Book, and Candle (1953), Camelot (1979), The Late George Apley (1947), Meet the Wife (1933), Moonshine (1941), The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1958), and Showboat (1974).

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

University Libraries' Collections included in The Indianapolis Star Article

The Indianapolis Star’s December 5, 2008 issue featured an article about special collections in Indiana libraries in the Arts and Entertainment section. Entitled “Libraries Throughout Indiana Have Fascinating Special Collections,” the article included several items from the Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections unit, such as:

• The John Steinbeck Collection, the third largest in the country.
• The collection of more than 2,000 propaganda posters from World War I from the U.S. and Europe.
• The Middletown Studies project by Helen and Robert Lynd who engaged in an extensive study of Muncie called, Middletown: A Study in American Culture, as an ideal representative of a typical American small city.
• The Indiana history of the Ku Klux Klan.

Accompanying the article was a poster created to help build support for the war effort. A WWI doughboy machine gunner is shown in need of ammunition with the poster text stating, “And remember … Bonds buy Bullets!” The other poster shows support for the American Red Cross. View the article and images at http://www.indy.com/posts/libraries-throughout-indiana-have-fascinating-special-collections-fascinating-special-collections

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

Grant-Supported Projects Build Digital Resources

from the Library Insider, December 2008

The Ball State University Libraries have received several Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) digitization grants over the past five years to develop digital resources to support the academic pursuits of Ball State students and faculty. These grants have made it possible for the Libraries to provide 24/7 access to rich research materials for the citizens of Muncie, the state of Indiana, and scholars around the world.
As a result of the current LSTA digitization grant, the University Libraries have acquired a BookDrive DIY scanner that is being used to digitize deteriorating minute books of women’s organizations and diaries of local women as part of the Middletown Women’s History Digital Collection project.

This high performance book scanning platform allows personnel to scan the fragile pages of the volumes in a safe manner that protects the historical documents and provides a high quality digital image. The scanner is like a double copy stand with two digital cameras set at 90 degree angles so that books can be photographed in a cradle rather than laid flat like they would be with a traditional flatbed scanner. This “cradling” protects the spines of fragile books by putting less stress on them.

Items being digitized with the book scanner for the LSTA grant project include:
Muncie Business and Professional Women’s Club History, 1919-62, and scrapbook, 1919-36
Altrusa Club scrapbook, 1933-45
Story of the Life and Character of Lida A. Ryan, 1902 (book)
Mina McCormick diaries, 1933-34
Grace Arthur school memory book, 1926-32
McRae Club minutes, 1904-11
Riverside Culture Club minutes, 1913-28
• Women’s Universalist Missionary Association minutes,1923-42
Women’s Franchise League programs, 1914-17

The book scanner will be used for future digital projects to scan rare books, atlases, and other items in the University Libraries’ rich special collections that it would not be possible to scan without the benefit of this grant-funded equipment. As a result, look for many exciting new types of digital resources to be available in the Digital Media Repository.

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078