Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

February 2012   Volume 4 Issue 8 

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In This Issue
Special Needs Grants Due March 15
Faculty vs. Elsevier
IPFW Collegiate Connection Connect the Library to High Schools
Apps-olutely
Digital Initative News
Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting
New Resources
Reminder
  
The library and Learning Commons will be open regular hours during Spring Break (March 5-11)
Library Calendar of Events
  
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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Special Needs Grants Due March 15
All faculty are invited to submit an application for the library's annual Special Needs Grant awards.  Special Needs Grants are intended to support the acquisition of library materials for new courses or programs, to address collection deficiencies, and to maintain existing collection strengths.
 
The maximum amount for each grant proposal is $3,000. The Special Needs grant application must include a complete and prioritized list of titles with bibliographic information (author, title, publisher, date, and price for books; for audiovisual materials complete title, director/producer, distributor and ordering information). The application is due to your liaison librarian no later than March 15, 2012.
 
The Library Subcommittee evaluates applications using Special Needs Fund guidelines and recommends awards to the Library Dean. Materials will be ordered after July 1, 2012.
 
For more information, contact your liaison librarian.
Faculty vs. Elsevier
antiElsevierFaculty across the country have launched a protest against Elsevier, the world's largest scientific journal publisher.  Over 6,500 professors have signed an online pledge that they "will not support any Elsevier journal unless they radically change how they operate."  This includes not publishing or doing any editorial work for Elsevier, including refereeing papers.
 
The protest began with a January 21st blog post by Timothy Gowers, a distinguished mathematician at the University of Cambridge.  Gowers argued against Elsevier's ruthless business practices, exorbitantly high prices, and lobbying efforts against open access with its support of the Research Works Act which would prevent agencies like the National Institutes of Health from requiring open access to articles written by grant recipients.  More . . .

IPFW Collegiate Connection Connects the Helmke Library to High Schools
high schoolThe resources and services of the Walter E. Helmke Library are among the many IPFW resources available to IPFW's Collegiate Connection high school students, teachers and school media specialists. In the participating area high schools, the Media Specialists are the go-to professionals for information discovery and delivery and in that role, they use and demonstrate Helmke's online resources.
 
Tiff Adkins, the Liaison Librarian to the College of Education and Public Policy at IPFW and Susan Anderson, Head of Public Services, met with media specialists from area high-schools in Collegiate Connection for an orientation on Saturday, February 18.
 
Jennifer Mayhall, Director of Off-Campus, Weekend and Accelerated Programs of Collegiate Connection, from the Division of Continuing Studies, presented an overview of the Collegiate Connection program and the upcoming August orientation for teachers and media specialists. The library orientation focused on the array of online resources and services available to media specialists, students, teachers on-site at the Helmke Library or remotely from the high-school classrooms and libraries. 
 
Apps-olutely
 
iftttIf This, Then That
Having trouble with the cloud?  If you're overwhelmed by the numbers of accounts and passwords and by all the coordination involved in cloud computing on your iPad, try If This, Then That.  This web site lets you identify triggers and link them to specific actions.  For example, you can set an alert so that every time the weather forecast predicts rain, you get a text message reminder to take your umbrella.  

There are hundreds of triggers and actions, and If This, Then That can link them all.  Tell it to save every new email attachment in Evernote.  Have it archive all of your new Tweets on your Google calendar.  Have it call your phone when a specific stock reaches a certain price.  You can even send email to ifttt.com and have it add attached files to your Dropbox.  Cloud services like Instapaper, Tumblr, Youtube, Wordpress, and Delicious have channels on ifttt.com - link them together as you see fit to make the internet work for you.
 
Pro tip: If This, Then That is a web app - a web site that has been optimized for use on your mobile device.  You don't have to download this app from the App Store - just visit ifttt.com, touch the export icon (box with an arrow) and choose "add to home screen."  This is an option for any web page, so make as many one-touch bookmarks as you like! 
Digital Initiative News
IPFW Featured Faculty Lecture Series added to Opus
 
Through efforts of the library's digital initiatives staff and in cooperation with CATV and URC, the 2009 and 2011 Featured Faculty lectures will be available in their entirety via IPFW's institutional repository (Opus) in early March.  This Opus collection will grow annually, in conjunction with the Series production schedule.
  
Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting
girl scoutsMarch 12th is the 100th Anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Georgia.  In honor of this historic American organization's birthday, the library has prepared a display of Girl Scout memorabilia and uniforms that spans many years of Girl Scouting. Come to the first floor of the library to join our nostalgic journey and recall your own adventures as a Scout. The display consists of items from the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana - Michiana archives and the personal collections of Helmke staff who are proud Girl Scout alumna. 
  
Editorial comment: In response to the recent accusations against the Girl Scout organization by an Indiana legislator, a Journal Gazette editorial spotlights the importance of the work we do: "Amid all the misinformed, outrageous and outright false allegations State Rep. Bob Morris made in a letter to fellow lawmakers about the Girl Scouts, this is the statement that is probably most true of all: "I did a small amount of web-based research." (Journal Gazette 2/22/2012)
 
Is there any better proof that information literacy, including the ability to evaluate information objectively and critically, is a basic educational goal essential to a responsible, well-informed citizenry?
  
New Resources
project museIPFW subscribes to Project MUSE, a non-profit provider of digital humanities and social science content.  These titles have recently been added to the collection:

Hispanófila publishes essays on any literary, linguistic, or cultural topic dealing with the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds, and appears three times a year.  Articles may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.  Only work that has not been previously published is considered for publication with Hispanófila.

Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism publishes full-length articles that contribute to the varied conversations in dramatic theory and criticism, explore the relationship between theory and theatre practice, and/or examine the body of work by an individual author or a recent theoretical or critical trend.

Journal of Human Resources is among the leading journals in empirical microeconomics. Intended for scholars, policy makers, and practitioners, each issue examines research in a variety of fields including labor economics, development economics, health economics, and the economics of education, discrimination, and retirement.
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