Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

November 2011   Volume 4 Issue 5 

Helmke Banner Header
In This Issue
Student Services and Library Complex Dedicated
Library Open 24 Hours Last Two Weeks of Semester
Library Receives Grants
Digital Initiative News
New Resources
Library People and Accomplishments
Library Calendar of Events
November 24 and 25
Library closed for Thanksgiving

December 4-December 16
Library open 24 hours for finals

December 11-14, 5-8pm
Coffee & Healthy Snack Study Break, Learning Commons

December 17
Library hours: 8:30am-12:30pm

December 18
Library closed

December 19-29
Library hours 8:00am-5:00pm

December 23-26
Library closed

December 30-January 2
Library closed

Quick Links

Ask a Librarian

Find us on Facebook

Join Our Mailing List

Student Services ComplexStudent Services and Library Complex Dedicated
The new Student Services and Library Complex was officially dedicated and opened for business on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.  The $42.4 million addition and renovation includes a new sky bridge that links the Helmke Library with the Walb Student Union.  The skywalk, so dubbed by students, is divided into seven beautifully furnished study bays equipped with wireless, electrical outlets and white boards.  The sky bridge is magnificent, spanning over 260 feet in length and providing views of the southeast and southwest campus grounds through floor to ceiling glass walls. 

The sky bridge opens into the second floor Learning Commons.  The Learning Commons has been open since August and currently provides librarian research consultation, writing assistance and peer-to-peer student assistance by the Writing Center, group study rooms, tables, chairs and soft furniture. Planning for Phase Two of the Learning Commons is underway.

Library Open 24 Hours Last Two Weeks of Semester
The IPFW Helmke Library will be open 24 hours the last two weeks of the fall semester, December 4th through December 16th, thanks to funding from IPSGA.  The IPSGA project will provide funding to staff the library 24 hours during dead week and finals week for three academic years at which time the demand for this service will be evaluated and permanent funding requested from the administration.  During the extended hours, library staff will be available at the first floor Service Desk to checkout and check-in library materials, group study rooms, and laptops, and provide minimal service on student access computer lab printers, including adding paper, replacing cartridges, and fixing paper jams.  Learning Commons services will not be available.   All floors of the library will be accessible but the skybridge will be closed during the extended hours.

Coffee tableHealthy study break snacks and coffee will be offered Sunday, December 11th through Wednesday, December 14th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by Helmke Library's Dean and IPFW's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Snack Table is staffed by volunteers. Contact Tiff Adkins, Information Services and Instruction librarian, if you're interested in volunteering.

Library Receives Grants
IPSGAThe library has received a $1,000 grant from IPSGA to purchase office utility items for students working in the student access computer lab and other areas of the library.  Items include staplers, hole punchers, tape and tape dispensers, pencils, pens, whiteboard markers and erasers, pencil sharpeners, etc.

IPFW's Information Technology Services department has agreed to fund a pilot mobile monitoring system. Using an iPod Touch to connect to a Web site, student lab consultants can access up-to-date information on equipment, outstanding lab issues, laptop checkouts, work schedules, and more in all four of the library's open-access student workstation locations (first, second, and fourth floors, and the 24-hour computer lab and snack lounge).   This will help ITS lab consultants work more efficiently to better serve the needs of students using open-access lab computers. If the pilot is successful, it could be used by other ITS student lab consultants who have labs on multiple floors or in multiple buildings.


Helmke Highlights Introduces New Column

Beth Overhauser one of Helmke's Information and Instructional Services librarians and the library's coordinator for emerging technology, will provide a monthly review of selected apps for the iPad and other mobile devices.  Watch for Apps-olutely!


For browsing Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and the news, there is no app like Flipboard.  And it's free from the App Store! Available for the iPad, Flipboard transforms your reading lists into a stylish spread.  Entries and feeds are gathered into clutter-free sections; browse them with a swipe of your finger. The original web pages are just a touch away, but Facebook, Twitter and other social sites are integrated right into Flipboard itself.  
Looking to innovate? Use Flip board's picks to identify new voices - and publishing venues - in the topics you're passionate about. 

Digital Initiatives News

Student Art in the Library

The student artists' submissions for the Fall 2011 Student Art in the Library exhibition are now available for viewing on the first floor of the library and are preserved digitally in mDON.  This is the twelfth exhibition in this popular student competition. Fall 2011's winners are:

Student Art 1st place 

First Place:  Ayna Wagenfeld, IPFW Reflection (pictured)

Second Place: Daniel P. Dyar, NBC

Third Place:   Nicholas Klein, Warped World #28 


New Resources

Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, has purchased access to three titles within the Gale Directory Library for all IU campus libraries.  These include: 
* Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
* Research Centers Directory
* Market Share Reporter

Gale Directory Library allows researchers to search by keyword, name, or place, sort and export data, print, e-mail or download individual entries, generate custom results from marked items, and link to related Web sites.

These electronic resources are accessible through IUCAT. 

Library People and Accomplishments  

Shannon F. Johnson and Tammy Toscos (2011). Before You Write: Six Keys to Success - Creating Self-Contained Information Literacy Modules. Paper presented at Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, November 16, 2011.


Florence MugambiShannonFlorence Mugambi and Shannon F. Johnson. (2011). Establishing a community library in Ontulili village, Kenya. Poster awarded 2nd prize at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, November 15, 2011. (Second-place winner)


Susan M. Frey, Valentine Muyumba, and Margit Codispoti. (2011). The 21st Century Curriculum: Librarians Partnering with Faculty in the Design of General Education Programs. Paper presented at Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, November 16, 2011.


Susan Skekloff and Margit Codispoti. (2011). Back to the Future, 1981-2011: Thirty Years in the Life of a Librarian (or Two). Paper presented at Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, November 16, 2011. 


Helmke Bottom Banner

Visit the Helmke Highlights archives 

2011 Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard, Walter E. Helmke Library Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499 260-481-6512 Comments:  All rights reserved.


IPFW is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity University.