Library staff have had fun looking at the ISU yearbooks we have for sale for Homecoming this week. They are on the first floor lobby. Dates range from 1923 through the 1976/77. The fashions. The hairstyles. The cars. Other changes came up in our conversations. Some of us on staff remember the transitions from typewriters and card catalogs to OPACs – online public access computers- it started in the early 1980s and we’ve been trying to keep up with technology ever since!
It was interesting to come across the article, The 1940s: a time of trial and triumph by Jill Sodt in the September 2014 issue of American College & Research Libraries News this week:
During this decade, academic libraries were evolving from centers of print. Libraries were starting to include audiovisual aids, music listening labs, remedial reading education, and instruction for students on how to use the library. More publications were being converted to microfilm in order to preserve print copies and provide better access for researchers.
Public services were expanding to provide more assistance to students, faculty, and researchers beyond checking out books, including finding ways to assist academic faculty by developing collections related to particular subject areas and providing library services in nontraditional settings, like the college dormitory.
Today we have Moodle, YouTube and JSTOR. Our newest resource, OneSearch searches across many of the Library’s resources at one time, allowing for one quick, fairly comprehensive search. Results can include books, magazine, journal, newspaper articles, videos, government documents, ebooks, audio and more. Take a few moments between classes and let us show you how to use OneSearch along with our LibGuides and A-Z Journal List. Learn about the Library of Congress Classification system and browse your subject area. Reserve a study room, or relax and read a newspaper or the latest issue of Time magazine in our Current Display area.
And don’t forget to enter your poem in our Banned Book Title Poetry contest. Entry deadline is September 27th!