IU South Bend Alert:St. Joe County:SEEK SHELTER NOW. Tornado Warning issued July 15 at 11:35PM EDT until July 16 at 12:30AM EDT by NWS Northern Indiana

July 15, 2024, 11:36 PM EST

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

21st Century

Schurz Library, Reference Room, circa early 2000s

The 21st century has seen important developments at the Schurz Library and Learning Resource Center. A required information literacy course, Q110, was added to the General Education curriculum. This course continues to be taught by librarians both in person and online. Greater emphasis was placed on programming and outreach, with the addition of a Schurz Library Speaker Series, the One Book/One Campus program and Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. The Learning Resource Center actively reached out to the campus and public by offering workshops, tours, and open houses to showcase its many services and collections. Examples include the Early Childhood Conference held on the IUSB campus from 1999 to 2011 and elementary student math camps held in conjunction with South Bend School Corporation from 2013 to 2017. In 2007, the Learning Resource Commons became the Educational Resource Commons to better reflect the increasingly broad range of its activities and offerings.

Also in 2009, Michele Russo became the first library director of any IU regional campus to receive the title of Dean. She was succeeded by Dean Vicki Bloom in 2010. Under Dean Bloom’s leadership (2010-2020), the Schurz Library celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014; began several digitization initiatives; ushered in a Scholarly Communications program; and expanded its assessment activities. (For more information, view the presentation “Franklin D. Schurz Library: 25 Years of Student Engagement” at The Schurz Library also received an endowed gift from emeritus professor of music David Barton and his wife, Evelyne “Evie” Barton, in 2017. The donation honors David’s late mother, who was a librarian.

Dean Vicki Bloom (right) with Kayla Sweet, winner of the 2018 Library Prize