Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

January 2012   Volume 4 Issue 7 

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Writing/Publishing Workshops for Faculty
Just a Bunch of Characters
Librarians with iPads
Digital Initiative News
Featured Faculty Lectures in the Library
A Library? What is That?
Student Art in the Library
Step Up to Fitness
Library Calendar of Events
February 3
Featured Faculty Lecture
noon - 1:00 p.m., 2nd floor

February 10
Featured Faculty Lecture
noon - 1:00 p.m., 2nd floor

February 17
Featured Faculty Lecture
noon - 1:00 p.m., 2nd floor

February 21
Writing Publishing Workshops
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., LB 440A

February 24
Featured Faculty Lecture
noon - 1:00 p.m., 2nd floor
Writing Publishing Workshop
12:30 - 2:30 p.m., LB 440A

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Writing/Publishing Workshops for Faculty
The librarians at Helmke are happy to be participating in writing/publishing workshops for faculty organized by Dr. Carol Sternberger.  The library sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, February 24,  12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library's 4th floor EITC (computer classroom).  Look for tips on identifying journals for publication, finding instructions to authors, setting up alert services on topics of interest from journals and databases, citation searching, and more.
The workshop series begins with presentations in KT 178 by Dr. Linda Finke, College of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, January 24, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday, January 27, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Seating is limited, please contact Sheila Chastine at 481-6795 or e-mail to reserve a spot. 
Just a Bunch of Characters 
King Lear IPFWThe library has a new resource to help acting students and others find characters in plays.  A searchable database, Guide to Characters in Plays, was created by librarians Denise Buhr and Mike Van Huisen, LITS manager Kevin Fredrick, and Josh Hatfield from ITS.  The database will assist students in finding individual characters by age and gender for monologue performances or to find plays with specific numbers of male and/or female characters for performing scenes, e.g. a monologue for a woman in her twenties in a tragedy or a dramatic scene for a man and woman.   The plays in the database are all in the Helmke Library collection.  Each database record includes the call number of the play or collection and a link to the catalog which shows immediately whether the play is available for check-out.  The database will be updated several times a year with prize-winning plays, plays by well-known authors, and plays that have been performed at IPFW.   Questions or comments can be directed to librarian Denise Buhr.

Librarians with iPads 
NoteshelfAll information services and instruction librarians now have iPads and are part of the campus iPad faculty cohort groups which began in Fall 2011.  Several librarians received their iPads through a successful Re-Imagining IPFW's Academic Future:  Mobile Technology Initiative grant application and others received theirs through a joint purchase collaboration between the library administration and the Deans or Department Chairs of the liaison librarians academic departments.  Librarians are actively engaged with faculty in exploring how the iPad can enhance, support and/or transform teaching, research, and scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration at IPFW.  As part of the mobile technology initiative, librarians are developing an online guide to the best educational apps for the iPad as identified by IPFW faculty.  The App-Ed guide covers apps from notetaking to citation management to GradebookPro as well as apps by discipline.   In addition, the library's Emerging Technology librarian, Beth Overhauser, will be providing reviews of helpful apps each month in Helmke Highlights' Apps-olutely column.
Like other cloud-based services, Evernote is an app that will help you access information from your computer, your mobile device, or any web browser.  On the surface, Evernote is a simple, clean app for taking notes.  However, the app can also store, search, and sync documents, photos, and other files.  Use it to organize projects, collect research, capture brainstorming or mind-mapping sessions, create to-do lists, or develop writing projects, then access your work from your office, from home, or on the go.  Evernote makes organizing and retrieving your ideas simple and convenient.  Best of all, it's free!
Digital Initiative News
IPFW Master's Theses added to Opus
IPFW grants both Indiana University and Purdue University graduate degrees.  The library has been working with IPFW graduate students in Purdue programs for years to help them format and submit their theses to West Lafayette, as well as uploading the content to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I.   Now that IPFW has its own electronic institutional repository, an additional procedure has been established to also load Purdue program master's theses earned at the IPFW campus on Opus.  The library is also hoping to add Indiana University program master's theses to Opus as well.  Three master's theses have been added to Opus to date: 
Bow, Mark (2011). Compact Co-location Pattern Mining. (Unpublished Masters Theses). IPFW Computer Science Department.
Donevska, Ivana. (2011) Measuring Word Similarity Using Natural Text Descriptions. (Unpublished Masters Theses). IPFW Department of Computer Science. 
Featured Faculty Lectures in the Library
The IPFW Featured Faculty lecture series will be held on the second floor of the Helmke Library again this year.  The lectures will be on Fridays in February from noon - 1:00 p.m.  The lectures are open to all at no charge and a simple lunch will be provided (no reservations necessary).
HrehovFebruary 3, 2012
John Hrehov, professor of fine art, will give the first lecture, "From Inspiration to Image: The Artwork of John Hrehov," on February 3, 2012.
February 10, 2012
Todor Cooklev, associate professors of wireless communication, "Modern Wireless Sytems"

BugelFebruary 17, 2012
Talia Bugel, assistant professor of Spanish, "Foreign Languages, What Can We Do With Them?"

February 24, 2012

Yifei Pan, professor of Mathematics, On Solvability of Partial Differential Equations" 
A Library? What is That?  The Ontulili Literacy Project
For the children of Ontulili, Kenya, merely getting a book to read is not easy; owning a book seems impossible.  I travelled to this village, situated on the northern slopes of the beautiful and snowcapped Mt. Kenya, to examine accessibility of reading materials by primary school students (grades 1 to 8).  The experience was very humbling.
The majority of students in Ontulili have never been to a library or know what a library is.  In addition, very few students own books and the majority of the books owned are textbooks and exercise books.  Nearly everyone reported that the family owned a bible. Schools continually perform very poorly in national exams attributable in part to a lack of reading materials.  Surprisingly, a good number of students recognized that reading story books would enable them to write better compositions.

It is probably not unusual even in our Fort Wayne community to find individuals and families that do not own reading materials.  The difference though is that there are public libraries, school libraries, church libraries, and university libraries, to name but a few institutions, that the individual can exploit for an essential or good read.  This photo of a reading collection in one of the primary schools clearly shows that reading materials in the Ontulili community are very scarce and in poor condition.

The Ontulili Literacy Project, a joint effort by several Helmke library staff and other individuals outside of Helmke library, is spearheading an initiative to build and equip a library in the Ontulili community.  We hope we can celebrate every reader his [or her] book and every book its reader (Ranganathan, 1931) with the children of Ontulili in the very near future.  If you would like more information about this project, contact Florence Mugambi or find us on the Web and on Facebook.
Student Art in the Library - Submission Deadline April 6
Entry deadline for Student Art in the Library for Spring 2012 is April 6, 2012.  ALL students are invited (encouraged!) to enter, so spread the word.  For more information, guidelines and a submission form, visit About Student Art in the Library.
Step Up to Fitness:  Beat the Library Team if You Can!
Library staff will be participating in the Step Up to Fitness Stair Challenge and we have a great place to climb!  The south stairwell in the library has 10 flights total and has some great artwork to view along the way.  So come on over, if you dare...
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