Last reviewed: 02/2017
Housed in the Schurz Library, the Archives is the campus repository for papers, photographs, recordings, and memorabilia that document the history of IU South Bend as well as provide a glimpse into the history of the greater Michiana area. Visitors to the Archives can, with the assistance of archives staff, explore the donated collections of notable community leaders, learn about South Bend’s Civil Rights movement, listen to oral histories, or examine a large collection of photographs. Also stored here are copies of faculty and student publications and student masters’ theses. In addition, the Archives office maintains the library’s rare materials collection.
The library collects a sample of books written for children to support the curriculum. Approval plans are in place to collect award-winning and special-merit books such as Caldecott and Newbery award books. Children’s literature is located in both the Schurz Library and the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons and may be identified through IUCAT.
The reference collection supports IU South Bend academic programs. The collection contains electronic and print resources such as abstracts and indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, statistical resources, and handbooks. Reference materials are located on the first floor of the library in the Hammes Information Commons, and may not be checked-out. Electronic resources are accessible from the Library’s Website.
The Schurz Library is a federal depository, housing selected government documents based on an area profile that reflects the academic emphases of the campus as well as the needs of the congressional district. Print and microfilm government publications are located on the ground floor of the library and many may be checked out. Cataloged electronic government publications may be identified through IUCAT.
The Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons is the educational curriculum library for the campus and is located in the Education and Arts Building. The WERC collection contains K-12 materials to support the education of teachers.
The purpose of the reserve collection is to provide central access to materials in high demand. Placement is determined by the Director of Collection Services in consultation with Librarians and/or Faculty. Items on general reserve are available at the circulation desk and have a shortened loan period.
The library houses materials placed on reserve at the request of faculty to support coursework. Many of the items placed on reserve are the property of the faculty. Faculty may request that books and videos be placed on course reserve by completing the reserve form. Reserve materials are available from the circulation desk, and may have a shortened loan period.
The Schurz Library acquires DVDs and streaming media to support the curriculum. Streaming media is available from the Library’s website. Most DVDs are findable through IUCAT and available from the circulation desk. Popular or feature film DVDs are available in the Media Room on the first floor of the library.
The IU South Bend Schurz Library subscribes to continuing resources to support the curriculum. The collection contains print periodicals, electronic periodicals, electronic databases and indexes, reference titles, and standing orders. Requests for new subscriptions are reviewed in the spring. Access to serials is through the Library’s A to Z list of electronic resources, the Journal Titles List, or IUCAT.
The Scholarly Communications program at the Franklin D. Schurz Library utilizes the IU ScholarWorks suite to engage in library publishing through the university's scholarly repository and Open Access journal publishing. The repository currently collects and provides online open access to all possible appropriate faculty and student publications and conference presentations and student master's theses. Using Open Journal Systems, the library is also responsible for the online versions of all student peer reviewed journals as well as two faculty peer-reviewed journals. The program is also available as a copyright consultation resource for students and faculty.
Rare Books are a part of special collections and may include, but are not limited to: autographed first editions, some leather-bound books, special format books, books which typify a particular type or process of bookmaking and materials which require supervision for use. Collecting rare books is not a primary goal of the Library.
The IU South Bend Archives has partnered with the Archives of Institutional Memory (AIM), a digital repository for disseminating and preserving official Indiana University records with long-term, indefinite administrative, legal, fiscal or historical value. IUSB campus materials that fit these criteria are stored in AIM.
The Christianson Lincoln Collection is maintained by the Library’s department of Archives/Special Collections and houses memorabilia and materials related to Abraham Lincoln which were donated by Robert Christianson, a local businessman. The chair located to the right of the door is one that Mary Todd Lincoln purchased for the State Dining Room. Access to this room is by appointment only.
The campus Archives and Special Collections maintains a selective archive of faculty authored and faculty edited publications (monographs, articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, recordings, film). Copies of articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, performance recordings, and film are primarily obtained from the annual faculty publication reception or through requested donation and housed in Archives and Special Collections. This collection does not circulate, but can be accessed by contacting the University Archivist. With the availability of an institutional repository, faculty are encouraged to deposit their scholarship into IU ScholarWorks, in lieu of a physical copy in Archives, to preserve their work and enable access to the wider community of researchers. To learn more about depositing scholarly research, contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian.
Beginning in 2015, faculty authored/edited monographs will be purchased by the Library, funds permitting, and added to the general collection, rather than Archives and Special Collections. This allows broader access to these works.
The Schurz Library maintains a collection of student theses. Theses are given to the library by the individual graduate programs. One copy is maintained in the Archives and is available upon request to the Campus Archivist. Circulating copies of student thesis are shelved on the fifth floor. Theses can be identified through IUCAT. Electronic copies are being placed in IU ScholarWorks.