Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Added to Archival Collection

Just in time for Halloween…

The IUP Special Collections and University Archives recently acquired Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).  This is part of the Rare Book Collection, which is funded by donations to the Bill LaFranchi Endowment.  This collection, although it does not circulate, is utilized for instruction and research purposes by our students, faculty, and visiting scholars.  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) is the first English edition of this title, although the first American edition was published less than a month earlier in 1885.  Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote Treasure Island and Kidnapped.  To learn more about the IUP Special Collections and University Archives, visit the department website, www.iup.edu/archives.

Keystone Library Network Catalogers and Archivists Conference Visits IUP

Over the past two days we’ve been hosting catalogers and archivists from the Keystone Library Network during their annual conference. Representatives from all libraries within the network attended sessions focusing on the Alma Primo system and what’s currently going on in the world of archives and special collections.


The conference began with tours of the library before the two groups went their separate ways to breakout sessions.


The first session for the archivists dealt with “Dismantling White Supremacy” in the archives, led by Janet Dotterer and Marilyn McKinley of Millersville University.



The catalogers first session was on the topic of Alma authority control, with discussion and demonstration led by Pat Newland of West Chester University. Alma Primo and e-resources was the topic for the second catalogers session.


The archivists were next taken to the library’s special collections area for a behind the scenes tour with our archivist, Harrison Wick. One of the items Wick had to show was a Torah, printed in 1566 and donated by the family of Fernand Fisel, a Holocaust survivor who taught French at IUP.

The conference fun continued today with catalogers continuing their discussions on Alma Primo and the archivists talking about digitization, among other topics. Before the conference came to an end, the two groups came together to discuss how the users, mainly students and faculty members, are adjusting when using the new system.

It was a pleasure having everyone here and we look forward to the next conference when we can gather together and learn from one another again.

10 Reasons Why IUP Libraries Is Part Of Your Path To Success

Whether you’re a first semester freshman or a semester away from graduating, being successful likely ranks high on your list of priorities.

(At least we hope it does.)

At IUP Libraries, we support your commitment to success in various ways. Studies have shown that using library resources can improve student retention, and raise your GPA!, which ultimately equals success not only for now, but for your future as well.

The following is a list of the many, but not all the ways, the library can be part of your success story. Throughout the year we’ll be highlighting and focusing on each of these areas. In the meantime, if you have any questions about something mentioned here, just ask us at the reference desk. We love reference questions!

1) Our dedicated library faculty, staff, and student workers.

Think of us as part of your personal support team. We want you to succeed not only at IUP, but when you leave our campus as well. Stuck on how to format a reference list in APA? We can help with that. Do you need to find resources that will take your assignment to the next level? We’ve got you covered. We’re always willing to help you, you’ve only got to ask.

2) Online resources, like databases and e-journals.

We provide access to over 63,000 journals, available on our on website, for your researching needs. These can be accessed directly by clicking on the e-journal tab or the library databases link. You can also find them using the library catalog, but if it’s all a little overwhelming at first, come by the reference desk and we’ll give you a brief tutorial.

We also have access to dissertations, written by former IUP students, as well as those from other institutions. In addition, students could also find dissertations in our Knowledge Repository, where scholarship by the IUP campus is housed. Access to these services can be found on the library’s homepage or clicking on the links above.

3) Books! But of course.

What kind of library would we be if we didn’t mention our books? We have a collection of 426,000 books AND 277,194 e-books on just about any subject you need to research. Use the library catalog feature on our home page to search and remember to use the refining tools on the right to narrow your search.However, we can’t hold everything, physically and electronically, so if there is something you’re looking for that we don’t have, use our interlibrary loan service and we’ll be happy to get you the materials you need. Request forms can be filled out online for both books and journal articles.

4) Media resources.

Some projects require more that just knowledge found inside a text. Sometimes you have to get creative, but you don’t have a camera or a projector. No worries! We’ve got you covered. Check out the various items we have to loan out at our Media Services Department.

5) Quiet study areas.

The first floor is a busy place and there are times when you’ll need somewhere that’s much more quiet. Visit our other floors for more quiet areas, the second floor is designated specifically as a quiet study space, not to mention our public study carrels, open on a first come first serve basis, and private study carrels for doctoral students. To get more information or ask any questions you have, stop by the circulation desk.

6) Studio 1b.

Did you know that with the push of just one button you can unleash your creativity and add an extra element to your projects? Yes, it’s really that easy. Located within the Stabley Library on the second floor, this production studio is limited only by your imagination. Wanna check it out? Simply reserve a time online and remember to bring a USB thumb drive.

7) Research guides.

Stuck on a project and don’t know where to turn for research? While you could come into the library, we aren’t going to be around at 1:00 in the morning, not that we know anything about writing research papers at 1:00 in the morning. 🙂 But, don’t let that stop you from succeeding! Check out our list of research guides, located on the home page, full of research tips and links to get you the help you need, whenever that may be.

8) Special collections and archives.

The image above is from our special collections from 1907 of Sutton Hall when it was the main dormitory on campus as part of the State Normal School. This is one of many items our archives and special collections hold. In addition to 600,000 images, the archives also contains 300,000 books, including a rare book collection, publications specific to the history of Pennsylvania, along with digital collections. More information on how to browse and use the collections can be found using this link.

9) The Orendorff Music Library.

Located in the Cogswell Music Building, the Orendorff Music Library is the place to begin your musical research. Headed by Dr. Carl Rahkonen, is home to 7,000 circulating books, 15,000 scores, 12,500 sound recordings, on both LP and compact disks. In addition, the library has access to various online resources and databases, which can be accessed on their home page.

10) Bring your assignment instruction services.

While you can always just drop by the reference desk, you can also make an appointment to work one-on-one with a librarian specializing in your assignment’s subject area. We can help you come up with search strategies, brainstorm keywords for your assignment, and identify the best resources to get the job done. Setting up an appointment is easy to do. Click on this link to find the librarian best suited to help you and you’ll find out the best way to get in touch with them.

*11) How could we forget one of the most essential elements to success? Caffeine. No matter your drink of choice, Java City, located on the first floor of the library, has you covered. Stop in for an early morning pick me up or a late night boost of energy and brilliance.

Check back on our blog and social media accounts as we’ll be continuing to explore these themes on student success throughout the year.

Privacy Presentations in the Library

This morning, visitors to the library were educated on a range of topics dealing with privacy. Dr. Perry’s Political Science 111 classes brought their classroom to the library, presenting posters on chosen topics.


Many of the posters dealt with the impact of the 4th Amendment in regards to privacy while online. One student described laws covering privacy online as, “something that was never stated, because who would have known that technology was going to be where it is today, but something we’ve come to expect.”

Social media, the usage of specific apps, and just how private we all are, or aren’t, made up the majority of the posters. According to a student who focused primarily on Snapchat, “There’s the idea that the photo you take on Snapchat will be gone after ten seconds, but actually it exists in a server and will eventually be deleted, but it’s more permanent than you may think.”

Other topics for consideration included the lack of privacy concerning what future employers have access to once it’s been posted online. “The expectation of having privacy concerning employer access is actually really low,” one student studying criminology stated.






So what do you think about privacy, or the lack thereof, while online? Does data collection stop you from posting or using any applications? Why or why not?

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We’re Back!

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Have you missed us? We’ve missed you.

And that’s why we’re back! Well, one of the reasons.

Our mission here is to provide the campus with outstanding resources in support of academic pursuits and student success while being an active member of our university community.

So, we decided we would start blogging again in order to achieve our mission.

This blog will be a living newsletter of sorts, full of posts updating IUP’s community on what we’re doing here to support the mission, along with activities and events going on in the library, and on occasion a place where we can have fun. (We’re suckers for personality quizzes, too.)

We hope you’ll join us by subscribing to our blog, by following us on social media, and of course by stopping in at the library to see us.

We’ll only shush you on the second floor.

One Final Post

Now that the end of the semester is upon us, my time as an intern at the IUP Libraries is almost over. I graduate from IUP at the end of next semester and there are many things that I think about. Most of all, I ask myself if I will be ready to be in the “real world” or not. I still do not have all the answers, but my time as an intern at the IUP Libraries has helped me develop skills that I can use towards my future career and endeavors. It has given me opportunities to work in a more professional setting than I have previously experienced, I learned how to write a blog and improved my writing and researching skills.

For my internship, I wrote a series of entries for the Library blog (Banned Book Week, IUP: A History, Pennsylvania and the Coal Mines, and Abraham Lincoln: A Wonderful Collection), I was allowed to choose the topic of each blog post, research the topic, and then compose each blog post and submit them for review prior to publication. I then create a Facebook post and tweet to announce the new post. For each blog post, I picked the topic from what is available in the IUP Libraries’ Special Collections. I also went to the Banned Book Week event and wrote a blog post on it before the event, to advertise the event and let people know a little more back story on the event and why it’s important to read banned books.

My time as an intern was very eye-opening. I learned how to write in a different style that I had no background with, and it solidified the fact that I wanted to work in a University setting. I am very excited to enter the next phase of my life, but I will always remember my time as an intern at the IUP Libraries.

Abraham Lincoln: A Wonderful Collection


Most people know who Abraham Lincoln was and know of the great things he accomplished during his lifetime. Of course, if you were not raised in the United States, you probably might only know that he was a President of the United States and wore a tall hat. For those who were raised here, or did more research on him, you know that he is one of our most famous Presidents, governing the country during the civil war and championing the ending of slavery in the United States.


Abraham Lincoln is one of the most interesting of the past Presidents of the United States as well as one of the most iconic. President Lincoln was a politician and lawyer before his time as the 16th President of the United States. He served as President from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. President Lincoln was the first United States President to be assassinated, and it was a very hard and terrible experience for our country. The country was still divided from the Civil War – a division that was only emphasized when a Confederate supporter, John Wilkes Booth, shot President Lincoln during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater. Though President Lincoln lived for a short while afterwards, Booth’s attack ultimately resulted in his death.


There are many people who love to collect memorabilia of past Presidents, especially President Lincoln. At Stapleton Library, thanks to the donations of Dr. Earl J. and Ann S. Hunt from Johnstown, PA, we have the Abraham Lincoln Collection at the IUP Special Collections and University Archives, Manuscript Group 136. Some of the items we have in our collection is: brochures, pamphlets, papers, coins, plates, busts of Abraham Lincoln, A Civil War presidential pardon (handwritten), and many more items!


If you want more information or would like to explore our special collections, come over to the library and check it out!

Pennsylvania and the Coal Mines

If you are from Pennsylvania, you probably have family members who were or are coal miners and depending on the area, may have once relied on the mines. If you aren’t from Pennsylvania, you’ve probably figured out that this state, at one point in time, had a lot of coal mines and produced a fair amount of coal.


Some mining companies even made small towns for their workers to live in. Ernest, which is only four miles out of Indiana, was a town like this which was founded in 1904. The workers and their families lived there and by 1916, Ernest was a thriving mining community with a school, two churches, a barbershop, and a large company store. Now, no one who lives in Ernest remembers what it was like before the mines were around.



Mining was once one of the most dangerous jobs that a man or child could have. Yes, children used to work in the mines before child labor laws. Small spaces that grown men couldn’t fit into but needed worked in, they would send children. These children were normally children of other miners who were too poor to afford not to send their children in. Many lives were lost in the mines because there were few, if any, laws in place to keep the miners safe.


Now there are many, many different laws. Each and every law that is connected to the coal mines has a reason behind it. Whether someone died, got injured, or something happened that endangered the workers, there is a law that was put into place to prevent this from happening. My great-grandfather Termin lost his arm in the coal mines after a spark ignited some dynamite by his arm. During the time that my grandfather worked in the mines (1888-1955, age 8-75) there were not many laws that kept him safe, not for the majority of when he worked anyway.



My family in previous generations were very active members in the coal mining industry. Both of my grandfather’s and my father all worked in the mines, though my father was only a miner for six short months before it closed for good. Now many other people are no longer able to work in the mines, as most of the mines in Pennsylvania are shutting down. The mines have a fascinating history, if you want to learn more come to the library and visit the archives section! We have a trove of information on the coal industry in Indiana county.

IUP: A History


Almost everyone who has gone on a tour at IUP knows that when we first started out, we were known as the Indiana Normal School. Above is a picture of the Normal School, which we know as Sutton Hall. To the right is a current map of the school grounds. A lot has changed over the years, as you can tell just from these two photos. The timeline below shows some highlights of IUP’s long history (click the image for a larger version).




We’ve also gone through a few mascot changes throughout the years. For the longest time we were known as the “Indians” of Indiana. This lasted all the way up until 1991! This was in reference to the names of both the town and the school. Our mascot was either called “Chief” or “Squaw” depending on which student played the part. In 1991 the mascot was changed due to movements to eliminate Native American related mascots, mainly because they were and still are seen as offensive to the culture.

Our new mascot from 1991-2006 was the American Black Bear. Despite the efforts to eliminate the Native American as our mascot, our new mascot was named Cherokee in honor of the current fight song and despite having the black bear as our mascot, we were still commonly known as the “Indians.”

IUP Fight Song – Cherokee performed by the 1999 IUP Marching Band



In 2006 we officially became known as the Crimson Hawks, and 2007 saw the revealing of our mascot Norm – an ode to the Indiana Normal School – whom we all know and love. Norm is a nod to where we started.

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Some statistics that you may find interesting:



Our students come from 41 different states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Palau, and 56 different countries.




Noteworthy People

Jane Leonard (December 27, 1840 – April 5, 1924) worked on campus for 46 years (1875-1921). Jane Leonard stood as a symbol of strength through the starting of our history. Leonard Hall was named in her honor.


Patricia Hilliard Robertson (March 12, 1963 – May 24, 2001) was IUP’s very own astronaut! A native of Homer City, Pennsylvania right down the road from Indiana, Robertson went to IUP for her bachelors in biology before going on to the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately she passed away in 2001 due to her injuries which she got from a plane crash.


Elinor Gordon Blair (June 29, 1913 – April 17, 2015) grew up on campus during the time of the Indiana Normal School and was known by most faculty and students. She was even in the 1916 yearbook. She wrote a memoir about her experience living on the campus.

Awards Received

2013- National recognition for community service with the “Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll”

2014- made one of the “top 100 public universities in the U.S.” according to U.S. News and World Report

If you want to know more, come see everything for yourself in the library archives! This is just a very tiny amount of all of the amazing information offered in our archives!

Banned Books Week

One thing many people have learned through their years of schooling is that at one point books have been banned. Whether it was for religious reasons, political movements, or overall fear, books were banned. Now for thirty-four years on the last week of September, the United States of America celebrates Banned Books Week.

But what really is Banned Book Week? Why should we celebrate this? One thing that the United States is known for is its freedom. Its freedom to let individuals speaks yet books are still being banned or censored. This week is meant to highlight that people should be allowed to read and explore the many books that wonderful authors have written. But instead, elementary and middle schools continue to take books off of their shelves and refuse to teach certain books because they contain “offensive” material. Parents sometimes are the cause of books being banned as they do not want their child being taught something that goes against what they would teach their child. Often, parents do not want their children reading something that has racism or sex in it without direct punishment as they feel that it teaches their children that they can do these things. Examples of such books are: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.


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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling has been challenged and banned in some schools due to its focus on witchcraft, dark storyline, and can set bad examples for children. This particular series of books has been a favorite of mine since I was four years old. My experience with these books is nothing short of amazing. It taught me that being a good friend and surrounding myself by good friends is what will help me in life, rather than being surrounded by the rich and “powerful” families. I learned that I needed friends who would stick with me through everything, no matter what was going on in my life, like Hermione and Ron do for Harry and vice versa. It also taught me that love is one of the most important things in life and that it can save you, whether figuratively or literally in a sense. I never once thought about rebelling against an evil teacher, unless I was completely correct in doing so. Nor did I ever think that it was okay to be racist like the Malfoy family. Overall, if you want to read about a boy wizard, do it. If you do not want to read it, obviously you have that choice.


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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a classic, yet schools and parents ban this book because it’s seen as racist and can make people uncomfortable. I can understand not wanting to teach children that it is okay to be racist because that is not okay. What I do not understand is why it is not allowed to be taught to teenagers who should be able to handle knowing that racism should not be tolerated.


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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a book that is banned because it mentions masturbation, profanity, racism and deals with very hard subject matters such as alcoholism and death. I just read this book in my English 418 class. Although it does deal with dark matters, there is nothing wrong with allowing a ninth grade student to read this book. I loved this book because even though it touched on dark matters, it made it very clear that alcoholism was never okay and there would always be negative consequences to go along with it. Alexie also made it very clear that Junior, the protagonist of the story, was never better than anyone else.

Those three books are only a very small examples of banned books. If you would like more information on which books are banned or challenged, you could go to http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.

If you would like to participate in Banned Books Week, Monday 9/26/2016 the six o’clock series in the HUB Ohio room is focusing on “What’s Pop Culture and Why Do Diverse Pop Culture Voices Get Challenged?” hosted by the Pop Culture Methodologies group. On Wednesday 9/28/2016 from 1-2PM in the HSS Atrium there will be a read-out. Come and listen to excerpts from banned books or if you’d like to read something yourself you can sign up to do so! There will be refreshments, prizes and vouchers at this event. Hope to see everyone there!