Christmastime at the Library!

Christmas is just around the corner! In the final push to winter break, many of us are probably feeling overwhelmed with final projects, papers, and exams, which can definitely put a damper on the holiday spirit. If you find yourself needing a study break, why not check out the many Christmas books, videos, and sound recordings that the library has to offer?

The Wells Library Folklore Collection houses many books on the history of Christmas. To find these books, simply search for “Christmas” in IUCAT and limit your search results to books located in the Wells Library.

Maybe you’ve had your fill of reading but still want to get in the holiday spirit. The Media and Reserve Services department offers many holiday movies for that perfect study break. To see what movies are available, search again for “Christmas” in IUCAT, but this time limit your results to videodiscs (or videocassettes, if you still have a VHS player!) in the Wells Library.

The Library also offers Christmas music, which is available to listen to online! To find these recordings, just search for “Christmas” in IUCAT and limit by “sound recording” and “Herman B. Wells Library.”


Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Wells Library!


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The Historic Wylie House

Wylie House
If you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit (and possibly take a break from final projects and exams), look no further than the Wylie House Museum. Located on Second Street at the very edge of campus, the museum is one of the IUB Libraries’ and Bloomington’s best-kept secrets. Originally the home of IU’s first president, Andrew Wylie, generations of the Wylie family actually inhabited the house until 1913. Today, it offers visitors a snapshot of nineteenth-century life and houses a number of historic artifacts from collections of family letters and photographs to antique furniture and other textiles.

The museum offers numerous opportunities for visitors interested in local history. Guided tours of the house are available March-November from friendly docents familiar with the house and family’s history. Classes from IU and local schools are welcome to visit for field trips and class projects. An outdoor interpreter, with the help of volunteers, maintains an heirloom garden on the grounds to promote seed saving–an activity in which visitors are welcome to support. Other activities include live music, exhibits, and even quilt shows.

Staff and volunteers at the Wylie House have been busy preparing for the holiday season. The current exhibit, located in the Wylie House Barn, is called “Christmas in the Nineteenth Century” and features excerpts from family letters and diaries, historic Christmas cards, and photographs to highlight holiday traditions at the Wylie House and in Bloomington during that time period.

Another tradition includes the annual holiday open house, “Wylie House by Candlelight” which will take place this Saturday, December 7 from 5:00-8:00 pm. The event will offer live music performed by IU affiliates, holiday crafts and period games, docents and volunteers dressed in period attire, and of course, refreshments! If you have a chance, stop by to take part in the holiday festivities.



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The Interesting Branches of Bloomington

When you think of the library does your first thought go to the Herman B Wells Library? Well it’s time you branch out and explore the multiple libraries spread throughout campus. Think of the library system as a tree, where the branches spread far and long. Some libraries you can explore include the Business/SPEA Information Commons, Education Library, and many more. Each library and its functions are different, but they are all the same in that they provide interesting and fun information.

Chem031Chemistry Library
The Chemistry Library is the information hut for all those involved in the Chemistry department and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department. This library is housed with reference librarians available to help you with your information needs and includes multiple science-based databases such as SciFinder, Web of Science, PubMed and more.

IUB_-_Fine_Arts_Library_-_P1100229Fine Arts Library
Do you want to explore the Arts? Why not travel to the Fine Arts Library located within the IU Art Museum? Here you can find material on topics such as the Visual Arts, Art History, Fashion and Design. The Fine Arts Library houses over 130,000 volumes, a reference collection and 323 periodicals.

Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library
The NMBCC Library is housed in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, which was named after Marcellus Neal and France Marshall, the first African American male (1895) and African American female (1919) to graduate from Indiana University. Inside the NMBCC Library you will find material that “promotes the awareness and understanding of the African American experience, history, and culture through Library collections, displays, exhibits, facilities and programs.”

For more information, check out this handy list of all the IUB branch libraries.

Have fun exploring!

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RPS Libraries: Getting to know your “in-home” library

Dying to watch the new Iron Man 3 movie or to read Veronica Roth’s popular new series Divergent? Or maybe you’re in your pajamas, and it’s just too cold outside to leave your residence hall. Alas, these information needs can easily be satisfied at the Residential Programs and Services (RPS) Libraries!

Here are some quick facts about this unique library system:

    The RPS Libraries are a system of 7 Libraries and 6 “Movies, Music, & More” (MMM).
    These libraries and MMMs are located within the residence halls as a place for IU residents to study or check out movies, TV series, CD, magazines, and some locations carry fiction and nonfiction books.
    During the school year, these locations are open every night from 5 p.m. to midnight (with the exception of the Apartment Housing Library in Campus View Apartments, which is open from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
    Borrowing materials from the libraries and MMMs is absolutely free to students living in RPS housing as long as you have your student ID.
    Note: Residents’ borrowing privileges are not restricted to just your residential library. For instance, if you live in Collins, you are not restricted from only borrowing titles from Collins Library, rather you may borrow titles from any of the 13 locations (materials must be returned to their specific location, however).
    Plus, RPS Libraries provide rewards for frequent renters: after 5 check outs, a patron earns a candy bar. That’s right, free books, movies, CDs, AND candy!

The RPS Libraries are separate from the IU Bloomington Libraries. However, materials located in RPS Libraries can be searched for specifically in IUCAT. You can simply change location to “RPS Libraries (Bloomington)” or select “Bloomington Residential Programs & Services Libraries” as your campus to search for titles held at any of the 13 locations. You can also search specifically for items held within in your residential library by selecting “Bloomington RPS Libraries – [location].”


If you don’t see a title you want in the RPS Libraries, you can make a suggestion that it be added to their collection; suggestions are welcome at any time and often materials in the MMMs and Libraries come from residents’ suggestions!

For a list of RPS Libraries’ location, Center Supervisors’ contact information, and further information, visit the RPS Libraries Services Page.


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Music Archives at IUB Libraries

From the ATM vault
In addition to the renowned Cook Music Library, two additional music facilities within the IUB libraries that you don’t want to miss are the Archives of Traditional Music and the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

One of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the world, the Archives of Traditional Music houses over 100,000 commercial and field recordings in addition to videotapes, linguistic materials, interviews, photographs, and manuscripts that span a wide range of geographic and cultural areas. Fully accessible to the public, ATM includes a listening library with equipment for listening to recordings and a quiet, comfortable area for research. ATM hosts a special event known as the Noon Concert and Lecture Series. This is an educational forum where various musicians and scholars from the community and around the globe come to perform and lecture. These events take place on select Fridays from noon to 1:00pm in the Hoagy Carmichael Room.


The Archives of African American Music and Culture holds historic materials centering on African American popular music genres, ranging from blues and gospel to contemporary hip hop. AAAMC’s collections not only include sound recordings, but videos, reference books, periodicals, and publicity photographs of various musicians. Like ATM, AAAMC is committed to public service and frequently sponsors educational events, such as concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and workshops that celebrate African American music.

As you can see, these are without a doubt two archives most worth a visit. Whether you are a serious music scholar or a mere music lover, you don’t want to miss out on witnessing for yourself the important work ATM and AAAMC are doing in preserving musical culture and heritage.


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Come Visit the Lilly Library

lilly-building_00080Are you interested in rare books and manuscripts? Do you like to see one-of-a-kind cultural treasures? Are you looking for more primary sources for your research? If so, the Lilly Library is a place you should not miss while at IU. Located in the Fine Arts Plaza on campus, the Lilly Library houses collections that attract scholars, students, and visitors from all over the world.

When entering the Lilly Library, the exhibitions will likely be one of the first things to catch your eye. The current main exhibition, Visualizing Disease, displays historical illustrations of the human body in an unhealthy state. Aside from the obvious value to medical studies and the history of disease treatment, the items on display are notable for their examples of various early illustration techniques in print, with and without color. Recently, Popular Science featured Visualizing Disease in a short write-up.

Other exhibitions currently featured at the Lilly Library include selections from the Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection; Literary Translation; Race, Filmmaking, and the Silent Screen; a Gutenberg Bible; Audubon’s Birds of America; and several student exhibits from a Department of Information and Library Science course on Manuscripts.

Exhibitions are only the tip of the iceberg, however. Almost all of the Lilly Library’s more than 400,000 rare books and 8,000,000 manuscripts can be viewed in the reading room. Highlights include Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the first laws of the US Congress, which contains the first printing of the Bill of Rights; a first printing of the Declaration of Independence; and an early printing of Christopher Columbus’s letter about his 1492 voyage. With research-level collections in over fifty subjects, the Lilly Library has something for everyone.

To learn more, feel free to visit the Lilly Library’s website and Facebook page.


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David Sedaris at IU Auditorium on November 7!


David Sedaris is an author, comedian, radio contributor, and playwright who is well known for his anecdotal humor. His work is largely autobiographical and he often writes about growing up in North Carolina as a gay man in a Greek middle-class family. Many of his works revolve around his relationships with family members, odd jobs he has had over the years, and his tendency towards self-deprecation.

He has authored several novels and short story collections, and has been a frequent contributor to This American Life, a program on NPR’s Chicago Public Radio, for over 20 years. He has also been published in The New Yorker, has won several awards, and was also nominated for a Grammy.

About the Event:

This event comes on the heels of the release of his latest book called Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, which was published on April 23, 2013. He will be at the Indiana University Auditorium on Thursday, November 7, at 8 pm, where he will do a book reading session, which will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing!

Tickets can be ordered at:
Tickets start at $25 for students and $35 for the general public.

Materials available around IU Bloomington Campus:

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

Holidays on Ice

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

The David Sedaris box set (sound recording)

Locate these materials using IUCat.

More information about Sedaris, including his influences and his suggested reading list, can be found at:


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Sylvia Plath @ the Wells Library

October is Sylvia Plath’s birthday month, and 2013 is the designated year for the unsealing of her two remaining unpublished journals. To commemorate the iconic American poet’s 81st birthday, and the one year anniversary since the Sylvia Plath Symposium: The October Poems was held at Indiana University Bloomington, browse the Sylvia Plath books in the undergraduate core collection and the graduate research stacks at the Herman B Wells Library.

While the Lilly Library has an extensive non-circulating collection of rare and valuable original and primary Plath materials for fans and researchers alike, these circulating Wells Library books are easily accessible, and will provide users with a good biographical and scholarly sense of the iconic Plath. Since publications related to Plath are extremely popular, now is the time to access them while they are neither checked out nor reported missing.


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Midterm Madness: Let Zotero Help!

Ugh, it’s that midterm time of the year. Outside, everything is happy crunchy leaves and
beautiful fall color, but inside everything is coffee and papers and stress. So, in an effort to help you manage that stress, I’d like to introduce you to the citation manager Zotero, since this resource is a surefire way to make that research paper a little easier to complete. So, without further ado, here are 3 reasons you should download this Firefox extension stat.

    1. Zotero is unique in that it not only creates a space where you can organize and store your citations, it automatically senses citable content in your browser and lets you add that content to your personal citation library with a single click. This means that when you are researching on, say, JSTOR, an icon will pop up on your search bar showing that Zotero has found citations on the page that you can choose to save to your citation library, as you can see in the picture below. It’s worth it to note Zotero is an extension for Firefox, which means you have to be using Firefox in order to use Zotero, but this seems like a small sacrifice to make for such a cool way to create and organize citations.


    2. This next image shows what happens when you click on the icons Zotero puts in the Firefox search bar that indicate that Zotero has found a citation on the page—different icons stand for different kind of citations, so you’ll get a little tiny book for a book, a piece of paper for a journal article, a rolled up newspaper for a newspaper article, or, if there are many citations on the webpage, a folder containing all of the citations Zotero finds on that page. As soon as you click on the icon, Zotero will save the citation to your library, and if there are multiple citations present, Zotero will bring up a box that allows you to choose which citations you want to save.


    3. Are you excited to research yet? Zotero’s got even more tricks up its sleeves: not only can you do normal organization techniques like create a hierarchy of folders, you can add notes to each citation you make, meaning you can do things like put an outline of the source into your notes so you’ll have it with your citation. So handy! Zotero also brings up a list of tags related to the topics of your citations, meaning you can further organize by these tags.


Now that you know about this handy little software (which, incidentally, can be downloaded for free), I hope you feel better about taking on the world of research papers this semester has presented to you. Go forth and conquer!


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Check This Out! Five Types of Materials Worth Borrowing

Think libraries only have print materials? Guess again! The IUB Libraries have a plethora of resources in all shapes and sizes for your leisurely and academic use. Here are five types of materials you may want to check out that can all be found on our new IUCAT.


IU Libraries has numerous kits for educational and hobby based needs. These kits contain various materials and tools that you’ll be sure to find useful.


This word literally translates into materials from everyday life, which probably accounts for the wide array of objects found under this category. It contains everything from card and board games to bubble machines! However, keep in mind, materials from RPS Libraries can only be checked out by on-campus residents.

CD-ROMs and Videodiscs

Videogame enthusiasts, you are in luck! Media and Reserve Services, located in Herman B Wells library, offers a number of videogames in numerous areas such as sports based videogames and even fitness videogames. They also have over 3,000 DVDs of movies, documentaries and much more! Keep in mind that Videos and DVDs can be checked out for seven days with a limit of one renewal. In addition, you can only check out three video recordings per visit. Don’t forget to return/renew! There is a $1.00 late fee per item per day.

Sound Recordings

Interested in hearing some of the latest music or classical compositions? IUB Libraries have you covered! Libraries all over campus carry some of the latest and some of the greatest musical recordings available. Whether you are looking for a classic symphony or the latest chart topping album, look no further than our own campus! Forgot your headphones? No problem! The circulation desk has headphones for you to check out and earbuds are for sale at the Herman B Wells East Tower Circulation Desk.

Digital Equipment

Media and Reserve Services has your back when it comes to recording, creating and making use of digital tools. You can check out iPod touches, sound recorders and even video recorders! However, make sure you review the check out policies for digital equipment on these items to avoid those late fees.

As you can tell, IUB Libraries are keepers of more than just printed materials. These five materials are just a small example of everything our libraries have to offer, so be sure to take advantage of all of our library resources. Happy searching!


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