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Chapter 5

How to impress weekend visitors


Now that you’re in college, you might want the folks back home to believe you’re actually learning something. Good thing we have some resources to help you convince them.


1)      Visit the Lilly Library, located on Seventh Street across from Showalter Fountain. It has cool things such as:

·         an Oscar (presented to John Ford in 1941 for best director)                          

·         letter from George Washington accepting the presidency of the United States

·         Gutenberg Bible

·         Orson Welles scripts

·         world’s largest collection of mechanical puzzles


2)      Brush up on slang terms in foreign languages. Media & Reserve Services in the Wells Library houses a variety of popular films and videos, including many foreign films, and films are also available in your dorm library. Turn on the subtitles to get the full effect.


3)   Visit the Wylie House Museum, located at 307 E. Second Street in downtown Bloomington. This home was built in 1835 by IU’s first president, Andrew Wylie. From March through November, you can take a free guided tour through the house and gardens on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


4)   At the very least, spout off facts about the IUB Libraries. A few you might mention:

·   There are 16 libraries on the Bloomington campus;

·   We are the 13th largest research library in North America;

·   We are among the top 25 research libraries in the country and named #1 in the country in 2010;

·   And our folklore collection is the largest of its kind in the world.


      For more facts to impress your guests, read up on the Wells Library (scroll to the bottom of this page).

How to stretch a dollar


You don’t have a major source of income right now, and what you do have you’re probably going to have to pay back, interest included. By using library resources, you can spend more of your borrowed money on important things, like a replacement flash drive.


1)      Don’t buy what you can borrow. Through the IUB Libraries you can check out:

·         books (paperbacks in the IC will fuel your Danielle Steel fix)

·         movies

·         digital cameras

·         video recorders

·         laptops


You can also pick up free copies of The New York Times, USA Today, or The Indianapolis Star at one of the newspaper stands located in the basement of Wells Library or just inside the gates of the West Tower. Provided courtesy of Indiana University Student Association.


2)      Don’t want to buy a manual every time you install a new computer program? Then don’t. Use the online database Books 24x7 ITPro, which contains electronic full-text versions of over 2,000 of the most up-to-date IT professional and technical books. You can access the database through the Resource Gateway on the IU Libraries’ Web site.


3)      Make inexpensive posters with the resources available in Wells Library. The multimedia station in the Information Commons allows you to create professional-looking posters or presentation materials at a fraction of commercial rates.  


4)      Take advantage of the student discount you receive for events at the IU Auditorium or the Jacobs School of Music. You can also check out lectures, panel discussions, and the occasional film series sponsored by the Libraries. Educational, inspirational, and free. What’s not to love?




Support network / Food chain / Pecking order



The campus is filled with people to help you. True, you maynot want their help, or you may not feel comfortable asking for it, but sometimes you just have to reach out. The below figure shows the order of relative comfort for most help-seeking undergraduates.


How to choose your major


One of the great benefits of attending a large university like IU is that it has tons of interesting programs. One of the great challenges is choosing one. How do you decide what you want to do for the rest of your life?  


1)      Ask yourself the following questions:

What do you enjoy doing?

What are your goals?

What are the job prospects of various career paths?

Is finding a job important to you?


2)      Take courses to see what interests you.


3)      Talk to someone you think does something interesting and find out what they studied. A lot of times you’ll find their livelihood or job has little to do with their major. Just knowing that can reduce some of the anxiety of making a decision.


4)      Browse through the Career Reference Collection in the Wells Library. It’s located in the southwest corner of the IC. Sit in a comfortable chair and map out your future. What else have you got to do?  



How to save the planet


By working together we can all work to make things a bit better.



1)      Reduce. Try to limit the amount of pages you print, perhaps by setting your printing preferences to print on both sides of the sheet. Take only one napkin in the cafeteria. Walk or take the bus occasionally if you usually drive to campus.


2)      Reuse. Think about it: Libraries are the original recyclers—we’ve been recirculating books for decades. By using library books, you are part of a long cycle of people who benefit from sharing valuable resources.  


3)      Recycle. Take advantage of the many recycling bins located throughout the libraries. Don’t trash those unwanted printouts or copies of the IDS when you can just as easily drop them in a recycling container.


A collaboration of student groups, IU management, and diligent employees have made Indiana University's Bloomington Campus's recycling program one of the best in the nation. Internally, the Physical Plant recycles tires, automotive batteries, all metals, refrigerant CFCs, anti-freeze, motor oil, wooden pallets, and most organic materials.

This highly cooperative effort currently recycles over 150 tons per month (25 to 30 percent of total campus waste).


How to find your way around campus without looking lost


No one wants to be that guy or girl, the one walking around campus, nose buried in a map, looking like they got separated from their college-visit tour group.


1)      If time permits, use campus maps to plan your route before you venture out into the maze of IU Bloomington. The most important key to using a map is first to identify where you are.


2)      Walk with a purpose. Even if all the limestone buildings look the same and you have no idea where you’re going, act as if you do. And if you have an iPod, keep those ear buds in to appear more confident. Nine times out of 10, everyone will believe you. Why? Because they are doing the same thing.


3)      Check out our campus maps and floor plans of the Wells Library in the appendix to this Survival Guide. For extra cover, hide this book inside another one and pretend to study while you’re actually figuring out how to get to Jordan Hall.



 How to make friends in a class of 200 people


On a campus of nearly 40,000 potential friends, you might find it hard to make even one. But don’t let the swarm of fellow students prevent you from finding your crowd.  


1)      Sit in about the same spot every day. Because others tend to do the same, this increases the odds that you’ll interact by virtue of your location.


2)      When you become familiar, make the first move. Joke about the professor. Complain about the weather. Introduce yourself in a casual way.


3)      As the instructor assigns readings, offer to help your new acquaintance figure out how to use e-reserves. It’s not difficult but for new students can seem impressive.


How to clone yourself



You’re busy. You’ve got so many places to be and people to see that you wish you had a clone. Here’s the next best thing.

1)      Check out a digital camera from Media & Reserve Services in the Wells Library. Ask someone to take your picture.


2)      Take the camera to the multimedia center towards the far west end of the Information Commons.


3)      Ask one of the assistants sitting at the information desk located near the multimedia center to show you how to use the plotter.


4)   Print out a life-size representation of yourself.


5)   Attach print-out to cardboard or other sturdy material, and cut out the shape of your image


6)   Use new “clone” to fill in for you at lectures, dorm meetings, or sketchy dates.   Don’t be surprised if you earn a reputation for “not saying much.”


Wells Library: Fact and Fiction


FACT: Herman B Wells, for whom the main library on campus is named, was president of Indiana University from 1938 to 1962 and university chancellor from 1962 to 2000. A beloved leader, he is credited with establishing IU as one of the nation’s leading public universities. The B in his name is not followed by a period because it doesn’t stand for a longer name.

FICTION: The Wells Library is not sinking, though a persistent urban legend says otherwise. An unknowing architect, the myth goes, didn’t account for the weight of the books in his original 1969 design. In truth, the library is situated a few feet higher than the architect planned. “Five feet below the Bloomington campus is a 330-million-year-old, 94-foot-thick layer of limestone,” says current University Architect Robert Meadows. “When the library was constructed, the upper layer of this rock was found to be harder than expected. Rather than blast, we raised the lowest level of the building.” So, again, the Wells Library is not sinking.  

FACT: In December 2006, several staff members working on the third floor of the Wells Library noticed that two limestone panels on the exterior of the building had come loose. (It was an extremely blustery day.) A project to repair the limestone is now under way. Crews are replacing the smooth border stones on the two towers, and joints on the towers will be cut out, cleaned, and caulked or tuckpointed. Workers will also inspect all mosaic stones and repair them as needed.


last updated: 7/12/2010