Beth South, Assistant Librarian-Access and Technical Services

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Beth South is the Assistant Librarian for Access and Technical Services at the Campus Library. She earned her dual master’s in library and information science (MLS and MIS) in 2012 from Indiana University and her BA in history and English from Purdue University in 2010. Beth currently manages the IU East Campus Library’s electronic resources, technical services operations, collection development and acquisitions. Beth is also active in committees at IU East and across Indiana, focusing on communication, outreach, and mentorship.

Her current research interests are campus sustainability, library assessment, and open educational resources (OER). 

Library/Service philosophy

As an academic librarian, it is my goal to create a welcoming and inclusive environment within the library for students, faculty, and staff, to provide access to diverse collections and services, and to encourage life-long learning and education. I am devoted to collaborating with our campus and local community to meet the unique needs of our patrons and to promote social responsibility by showing a commitment to sustainability, intellectual freedom, diversity, and acts of service.


Recent Submissions

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    Where to Start? Laying the groundwork for an OER program at a regional campus
    (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2023-11) South, Beth
    This chapter focuses on an evidence-based approach to developing and accessing faculty outreach of open educational resources at Indiana University East (IU East). Open educational resources (OER) are described as any teaching or learning materials (i.e., courseware, textbooks, PowerPoint slides, syllabi, lesson plans, images, etc.) that are openly licensed, allowing individuals to retain, reuse, redistribute, remix, and revise the material to suit their needs. Indiana University East is a regional campus of Indiana University (IU) and is the regional leader in public higher education for eastern Indiana and western Ohio, offering over 60 programs and serving an estimated 3,200 students, and employs 300 full-time and adjunct faculty members. The IU East Campus Library is the only library on campus, located in Hayes Hall. The library employs two professional staff members, three librarians, and the director.
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    The OER Awareness Campaign: Small Steps in OER Programming
    (Indiana University East, 2022) South, Beth
    This presentation provides ideas to support campus awareness of the growing benefits of OER in small steps and related programming
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    Strategic Planning for Improving Awareness & Adoption of Open Educational Resources
    (IU East, Academic Affairs Office, 2021) South, Beth; Whitehead, Stephanie; Rivard, TJ; Shao, Zihang
    Small steps to spread OER awareness to faculty to begin a practice of OER awareness and usage. Reasonable actions to start. It takes planning and building skills.
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    Faculty Fellowship in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2021
    (IU East, Academic Affairs Office, 2021) South, Beth
    What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? What do IU East faculty think about OERs and is training important?
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    Getting Started with Kanopy: From Trial to PDA Implementation
    (American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, ANSS Currents,, 2020-10) Elizabeth (Beth), South
    This overview shares the steps involved in implementing Kanopy’s Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) model for streaming films. Please see the ANSS Currents Spring 2017 issue by Carolyn McCallum and Jeff Eller for a review of Kanopy’s film content for Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice
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    eTexts and Ham: The Scholar’s Book Fair
    (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2021-10-28) South, Beth; McFadden, Sue; Shao, Zihang
    Nutrition Information: Similar to Scholastic Book Fairs, which were carnival-like events that created an exciting environment for children to engage with books and reading, the Scholar’s Book Fair is designed to do the same with getting faculty excited about affordable content and digital technologies such as eTexts, OERs, Pressbooks, virtual reality, and underutilized library resources. Faculty are able to drop in to the event at any time, visit the different stations devoted to a certain platform, and collect “scholar dollars” from each station, which they then exchange for prizes and a raffle drawing.
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    Expanding Boundaries: Creating an Online History Course.
    (Indiana University East & Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, 2018-04) South, Beth
    The IU East Archives discussed the creation, the tools, and the challenges it encountered in creating an online campus history course featuring archival materials. With a small, relatively unknown collection at a school with many online students, the archives faced an engagement challenge. They set out to make the archives interesting to students, reach out to those who are strictly online, and to extend their presence further into the community and engage with the alumni population.
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    The Online, Interactive Exhibit Book: Using Scalar to Highlight Faculty Content in the Archives.
    (Indiana University East & Kentucky Council on Archives Annual Meeting, Frankfurt, KY., 2019-05) South, Beth
    Scalar, a project of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (ANVC), is an open source authoring and publishing platform that allows archives, museums, and libraries to bring media from multiple sources togethe create long-form, born-digital content. As part of the Indiana University Bicentennial, the IU East Archives sought a way to showcase content so that it could be accessible to online students and researchers. Scalar allowed the archivist to create a digital book containing photos, oral histories, news articles, and research. This talk will provide an overview of Scalar, a rationale for the project, and the challenges and benefits of using the platform.
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    The Rainbow in Rose City: Documenting, Engaging, and Celebrating the Richmond, Indiana LGBTQ Community
    (2019-11-09) South, Beth; Rountree, PhD, Travis
    The idea for this collaborative project, featuring a mix of student research and primary source gathering, grew from the Indiana University Primary Source Immersion Program that we both attended in the summer of 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana. This program connected faculty with special collection librarians and archivists in order to incorporate more primary source research into the classroom. Archivist Beth South was interested in adding more student research and diverse collections to the IU East Archives and Dr. Travis Rountree wanted his Eng-W270 argumentative writing course to address rhetorical constructions of LGBTQ identities in the Richmond, IN area and to have his students establish an LGBTQ archive collection. As Richmond or Wayne County didn’t have any type of LGBTQ collection available anywhere and the LGBTQ community has been mostly closeted, the course was adapted to have the students build and contribute to the first LGBTQ archive collection for Richmond and the surrounding areas. See more about the collection at:

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