Expand your library horizons!

The end of the year is nigh…and there are so many campus libraries left to explore! The Kinsey Institute Library may be a sexy draw, but a lesser-known gem is the library at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, located in an old fraternity house at 513 N. Park Avenue–a 10-minute walk from the Wells Library.

Founded in 1973 by 2009 Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom and her husband Vincent Ostrom, the Workshop is a research center dedicated to the study of institutions, which the Workshop defines as the “structures of rules used to govern people and resources.” The faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who collaborate at the Workshop are an interdisciplinary bunch, ranging from economists and political scientists to scholars of forestry and sustainable development, and they tackle such topics as climate change, health care, self-governance, and collective action.

The Workshop library houses more than 30,000 items, including books, journals, and newsletters on a wide variety of topics. What is known as the “reprint files” section of the library holds thousands of published and unpublished manuscripts, reprint articles, and working papers. Many of these resources relate to the study of common pool resources (e.g., forests, fisheries, and grazing lands).

Three fishermen

Access to the library’s extensive database is currently only available on site at the Workshop. However, the library also hosts the Digital Library of the Commons (DLC), an open access site where scholars can post their work. The DLC includes articles, dissertations, conference papers, an image database, subject bibliographies, and a list of open access journals.

Start fresh next fall–make it a priority to visit the Workshop or another library on campus and explore the vast diversity of resources at your fingertips! You can find the full list of Bloomington libraries by clicking “Libraries & Hours” on the IUB Libraries’ home page.


What’s Cooking?

 As the semester begins to wind to a close, you may find yourself wistfully dreaming of the upcoming summer break. This year, why not use some of your time off to pick up a new hobby? Television programs, websites, and blogs have been featuring more and more of a culinary theme these days, but after using some of the resources at Indiana University Libraries, Top Chef contestants and James Beard award-winners will have nothing on you! 

You can begin your culinary training over at the HPER Library, where the Drake Cookbook Collection is housed. The collection consists more than150 cookbooks, featuring selections from Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Better Homes & Gardens magazine, Campbell’s Kitchen, and Julia Child, among many others. You can learn to bake homemade breads, create diverse cuisines ranging from Chinese to Cajun, or whip up a plate of hors d’oeuvres impressive enough for any Fourth of July picnic that comes your way.

Do you prefer restaurant dining or the convenience of fast food? The Herman B Wells Library offers selections that can convert a takeout junkie to a master chef.  For example, Indiana Cooks!: Great Restaurant Recipes for the Home Kitchen by Christine Barbour (TX714.B365 2005) offers a great selection of recipes from local restaurants, including Bloomington’s own Truffles, Restaurant Tallent, and Limestone Grill. 

In addition to cookbooks, the Wells Library also contains resources devoted to other aspects of cooking, eating, and general nutrition:

She Knows Cooking Smart“: An electronic journal devoted to cooking, nutrition, and consumer advice.

Guide to Cooking Schools“: Includes both recreational and professional programs for wine and food preparation education.

Leisure Tourism Database: “An index to over 400 publications in the field of travel and tourism, recreation, leisure studies, and the hospitality and culture industries.”

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America: “Covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.”

Finally, for those more interested in reading about cooking than actual food preparation, there is the Lilly Library Food and Drink Collection. This collection features historic cookbooks, including the earliest American cookbook (1796); more than 1,000 works from Britain and Europe (the earliest dating from Venice, 1475); and numerous items on the topic of wine and vineyards. 

 So, whether your summer plans include learning a new skill, impressing your family and friends, or just simply enjoying your free time, the Indiana University Libraries can assist you in turning your culinary cravings into reality!


Weathering April Showers!

Tired of walking halfway to class and getting caught in a downpour? Want to understand why Indiana weather can’t make up its mind? Maybe even impress your friends with the dead-eye accuracy of a meteorologist? Or are you just interested in weather and climatology? Then you should check out some of the great resources the Herman B Wells Library offers!

The Indiana University Bloomington Campus Weather page can give you up-to-date information about the current weather condition, including temperature, humidity, and precipitation. It even includes the wind speed if you are interested in flying a kite!


Reference Sources

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change

QC981.8.G56 2008 v. 1-3

Weather America: A Thirty-Year Summary of Statistical Weather Data and Rankings

QC983.W385 2001

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather

QC854.E523 1996


Meteorological Applications: “The aim of Meteorological Applications is to serve the needs of applied meteorologists, forecasters and users of meteorological services by publishing papers on all aspects of meteorological science”.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society: “The official organ of the society, devoted to editorials, topical reports to members, articles, professional and membership news, conference announcements, programs and summaries, book reviews, and society activities.”

Daily Weather Maps: Provides temperature, topographical, precipitation and surface weather maps of the United States from 2002 to the current date.

A further listing of meteorological and weather oriented journals can be found here: http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1001906


Usable Thoughts: Climate, Water and Weather in the Twenty-First Century by Michael H. Glantz

QC861.3.G53 2010

Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment by Donald Ahrens

QC861.3.A47 2007

The Weather Book by Jack Williams

QC983.W55 1992

For climate data, Government Information and Kent Cooper Services maintains a resource list encompassing major climate data sites, current weather maps, world climate data, and CD-ROM products for large quantities of data.


If these have sparked your interest, be sure to get in touch with the Reference Services Department for help locating more resources!


Breaking Away with Local History!

Bicycles and quarries! How better to sum up Bloomington, Indiana?

Check out a trailer for the movie here.

As affiliates of Indiana University, and citizens of Bloomington, it is my humble opinion that we have an obligation to watch the movie Breaking Away. It is a great movie: funny, sincere, feel-good without being saccharine, and filmed right here in Bloomington! It deals with the strange animal that is the college town, looking closely at campus culture and its oftentimes distant relationship to the surrounding townspeople (not so affectionately called “Cutters” in the movie because many of the working class male population in Bloomington worked at the quarries and cut stone for a living). The movie builds the tension between college and town, which comes to a head at the Little 500 race. I won’t tell you the rest, because you should just watch it yourself! It is available at Herman B Wells Library Media and Reserve Services for YOU to check out! (It’s also available streaming on Netflix.)

Even though it was filmed in 1979, it brings up some still-relevant themes of the Bloomington experience. (Besides, the jean silhouettes and cars are to die for.) One of them is Little 500, the epic bicycle race that has been a part of the IU experience for more than 60 years, and which is coming up just around the corner, this year on April 15 and 16.

Little 500 Resources

John Schwarb. The Little 500: the story of the world’s greatest college weekend. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1999.

And, just in case you want to know the repercussions of college partying, check out this dissertation written right here at IU:

Stupiansky, N. Alcohol use and sexual behavior during a college special event week: Utilizing Internet based daily diary methodology to analyze event-level data. Ph.D. diss., Indiana University, In Dissertations & Theses @ CIC Institutions [database on-line]; available from http://www.proquest.com/ (publication number AAT 3331274; accessed March 29, 2011).

Additionally, if you’d like some visuals, here are some photos from Flickr with the tag Little 500.

Limestone Resources

from "History of the IU Libraries Photo Gallery." http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gpd-web/iulibraryhistorysite/photos.php.

The other major theme that Breaking Away addresses is the limestone industry, which was such a major part of Bloomington during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Did you know that many of the buildings on campus are made of limestone quarried from this area? That many were designed and built by local architecture and building contract companies, and many of the carvings were made by local carvers?

In fact, limestone was one of the most utilized building materials in America for half a century, until steel and glass structures became more popular in the early to mid 20th century. Southern Indiana is distinctive not only because it is a rich source of limestone, but also because the limestone found here is particularly choice, in fact, one of the highest-quality limestone sources in America. Stone from Bloomington and surrounding counties is in the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York, the Pentagon, the National Cathedral, and parts of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the Biltmore estate in Asheville, N.C., among other important buildings. Here are some great places to check for local limestone history:

Follow the Limestone. This is a great brochure detailing historic limestone buildings on campus.

Indiana Bedrock. This is a digitized archive of photos related to the Bloomington limestone industry. Hosted by the Indiana Room of the Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington location, this resource will illuminate your questions about the limestone industry. Also, contact helpful librarians at the Indiana Room if you have any particular questions using this form.

Limestone in IUCAT

Indiana Geological Survey. Experience Indiana limestone! A visitor’s guide to southern Indiana’s limestone heritage trail. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana Geological Survey, 2010.

You’ll note that this book is located in the Indiana Collection of the East Tower of Wells Library, second floor. This floor also has our Government Information collection. Here’s a floor map on which I highlighted the area you’ll be looking for.

While you’re wandering around the library be sure to check out the IU Archives, located on the fourth floor of the East Tower. They have exhibitions for visitors to peruse, but you’ll have to make an appointment if you want to see something in particular. You can also chat with an archivist–during business hours, of course. And note that Wells has a collection of our yearbook, the Indiana University Arbutus, from 1895 to now (with a few small gaps). These are located in the northwest corner of the ground floor of the East Tower, so go ahead and peruse some inspiring fashion and strange facial hair!

You live in an amazing place, with totally unique and amazing history! Learn more about it and I guarantee you’ll feel more connected and more fulfilled by the place in which you spend so much time and energy.