Library Director Vicki Bloom gives Library Prize for Undergraduate Research plaque to Lexi Millard (center). Lexi won for her paper "'The Long Misery' - Troubled Masculinity in Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome" from Jake Mattox's (right) English L352 course, American Literature 1865-1914: National Identities 
(photo: Julie Elliott)
Jasmine Allen (center), winner of Michele C. Russo Library Student Worker Scholarship, posing with former Library Dean Michele Russo (left) and Dean Vicki Bloom (right). Allen works in circulation and is planning to graduate with a degree in elementary education in 2016. Not pictured, winner Brianna Hensley
(photo: Julie Elliott)

Library Celebrates Russo Student Worker Scholarship & Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Winners
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Jasmine Allen and Brianna Hensley, recipients of the Michele C. Russo Library Student Worker Scholarship; and Lexi Millard, winner of the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, were honored at a reception on Friday, April 18 at the Schurz Library.

Millard won the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research for her paper, "'The Long Misery' - Troubled Masculinity in Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome" from Jake Mattox's English L352 course, American Literature 1865-1914: National Identities.

"We are very proud of the Library's role in fostering student success at IU South Bend," said Dean of Libraries Vicki Bloom. "Preparing students to be information literate and research savvy remains at the center of what we do. That's why it is so exciting to be able to recognize and reward an undergraduate student who demonstrates sophisticated research skills and the adept use and integration of resources into original scholarship."

In her essay application for the award, Millard shared how this project shaped her future research experiences, "Papers only become stronger when fed on a variety of strong resources, and this research project helped me learn ways to efficiently find and incorporate those very resources."

Dean Bloom, in her introduction for Allen, noted how essential student workers are to the Library. "These dedicated and hardworking students are the unsung heroes of the library," she said. "The libraries simply could not operate without them." 

Scholarship winner Jasmine Allen has worked at the Circulation Desk for five years. She is hoping to graduate with a degree in elementary education in the spring of 2016.

Scholarship winner Brianna Hensley works as an assistant in Government Publications. She is a dental hygiene major and will graduate in May 2015.


Library Looking for Student Musicians for Tiny Shelves Concerts
Librarians Craig Finlay and Julie Elliott are part of Vision 20/20 grant project to increase student extracurricular interaction with the University

Student performers are needed for the 2014-2015 Tiny Shelves Concert Series, to be held in the Library's fifth floor atrium on the second Thursday of each month, 12:30 p.m.


Modeled after NPR's Tiny Desks concert series, these concerts will feature mostly acoustic 5-song concerts by IU South Bend performers and bands. These concerts will be filmed and then placed on the campus' and library's YouTube sites.


The concerts have been made possible by a Vision 20/20 grant by Schurz Librarians Craig Finlay & Julie Elliott, Joel Langston in Information Technologies and Scott Strittmatter in Student Life.  The goals for the concerts are to increase a sense of campus community among students, to increase the use of the Library's and campus' social media sites (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter), and to visibly promote creative extracurricular student interaction with the university.


Performers at the Tiny Shelves Concerts will also be invited to perform at the 2015 RiverFest. At least one member of any group should be a student at IU South Bend. Students interested in performing should contact Craig Finlay at 



Library is heading up effort to respond to President McRobbie's Indiana University Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative

By Dean Vicki Bloom & Alison Stankrauff

The Schurz Library is heading up an effort for the IU South Bend campus to respond to President McRobbie's Indiana University Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. In his October Presidential speech, he made a call for the preservation of - and efforts to make accessible - time-based media objects on all campuses by IU's Bicentenary. At this time the initiative does not include film.   


President McRobbie has pledged $15 million toward this effort over the next five years. For more information, see:


The Library is making a call for content across the campus. We are asking departments and faculty to complete a "media census" by May 15.   This census should identify and quantify valuable non-commercial media that needs to be preserved. Included would be video, videocassettes, 8-track tapes, audiotapes, microcassettes, slides and photographs.   Please note if items do not have IRB approval.   


A media census form is available here.


If you have questions, please contact  


Alison Stankrauff at 574-520-4392




Vicki Bloom at or 574-520-4448



Book Donations Needed
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Got Books?  Are you working to unclutter your home or office?  

The Franklin D. Schurz Library will gladly accept your gently used books, graphic novels, as well as unwanted DVDs.  Your donations help build the Library's collection and raise funds for new materials through a partnership with Better World Books.  The Schurz Library also accepts and greatly appreciates donations of current textbooks (2010-present).   Please contact Susan Thomas, Head of Collection Services for more information at or 574-520-5500.  Donations to the Library are tax-deductible.

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