Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

May 2012   Volume 4 Issue 11 

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In This Issue
Library Web Site Migration Begins
Special Needs Grants Awarded
Open Access De-Mystified
Apps-olutely
Digital Initiative News
New Resources
Library People and Accomplishments

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Library Web Site Migration Begins

The library is preparing to unveil a newly designed Web site this summer. In preparation for this move, the library is creating redirect URLs from our existing site to new Web pages and LibGuides.

 

The new URL for the Library Guides (LibGuides) Web site is http://guides.library.ipfw.edu/.  Now is the time to update any links that may link to a LibGuide from your printed course materials, Blackboard content or departmental Web sites.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience as we upgrade our services; please ask your Subject Librarian if you have any problem finding a favorite link or resource. 

new Web site

Special Needs Grants Awarded
The 2011-2012 IPFW Senate Library Subcommittee met on April 25, 2012 to review nine special needs grant requests from faculty. The grant applications came from a variety of departments and included requests for books and DVDs to support new courses, address collection deficiencies, and strengthen existing collections.  All grant requests were awarded totaling $24,824. This year's Special Needs awards as well as previous awards are available on the library's Web site.
 
Sincere thanks to Senate Library Subcommittee members Prasad Bingi, Chao Chen, Adam Coffman, Barry Dupen, Gail Hickey, Linda Hite, Donald Linn, and Kathleen Murphey.
Open Access De-Mystified

 

This is part two of a four-part series on Open Access.  Open access seeks to provide scholarly literature online, free of charge, and free of most copyright restrictions. This month we look at Open Access journals. More . . .
Apps-olutely
 
You've been using your iPad for a while now, and you're a lot more comfortable with the device than you were at first. But have you gotten too comfortable? 

 

If you use a public "Wi-Fi hot spot" to connect to the internet, information that is sent can be seen by anyone with a little technological know-how. This means that your usernames, passwords, email content, and other sensitive information might be at risk.

 

Hot Spot ShieldYou can create your own secure internet connection even in a public Wi-Fi zone by creating a virtual private network, or VPN. The iPad lets you set up a VPN manually on the settings page, but as you might expect, there's an app for that! I use an app called Hotspot Shield VPN, which automatically creates a VPN for me whenever I connect to the internet. Hotspot Shield has a free trial, but I went ahead and paid a few bucks for a yearlong subscription - the peace of mind is worth it! (There are other free VPN apps out there - just take a look at the reviews before you download them.)

 

Jump DesktopA few things to note: Using a VPN can be a bit finicky, so use the settings to turn it off when you don't need it. If you're connected to IPFW's Wi-Fi, you're already using a very secure connection. Home Wi-Fi connections that have passwords are fairly secure, too. If you use your iPad to connect to your work computer with an app like Jump Desktop, that connection has a VPN in place already. And finally, if you're on a website that starts with "https" instead of "http," you're probably okay. But if you'd rather be safe than sorry, use a VPN.

 

Digital Initiative News 
 Communicator
IPFW's Student Newspaper, The Communicator
The latest mDON collection, The Communicator -- The Student Newspaper of IPFW 2010-11 and 2011-12 issues are now available.  The historical issues from 1969-2010 are also available through a link to the Internet Archive.

 

This digital collection will now also serve as the library's archived version of the print newspaper. The print issues will continue to be collected and maintained as part of the University Archives.

 

Anthropology  

Anthropology Club Luncheon Lecture Series

During the spring 2012 semester, IUPUI Library and Information Science graduate student, Cort Eyer, interned at Helmke Library to gain first-hand experience in managing a digital project.

 

Cort was involved with all aspects of digital collection development and creation, including project development, item procurement, metadata schema adaptation and creation, software utilization, and best practice documentation.

 

One of the long standing projects on the mDON wish list included digitizing taped lectures from the Anthropology Club weekly luncheon series. With Cort's background in anthropology and his interest in digital content, our focus was set and a new mDON collection was born.

 

The mDON Anthropology Club Lecture collection showcases 13 presentations from 2007 and 2008 covering topics from Aztec superglue to vocables.  We will add content and grow the collection as resources permit.

 

Access to both collections is also avaialble through the A-Z collection list.

 

New Resources 
IPFW subscribes to Project MUSE, a non-profit provider of digital humanities and social science content.  New titles added to the
atabase include:

Cultural Politics described as "broad and a bit quirky," leaps between the theoretical and the concrete.  It examines the political ramifications of global cultural productions across artistic and academic disciplines. The journal explores precisely what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture by bringing together text and visual art that offer diverse modes of engagement with theory, cultural production, and politics.
 
Journal of Korean Religions is the only English-language academic journal dedicated to the study of Korean religions. It aims to stimulate interest in and research on Korean religions across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It is peer-reviewed and published twice yearly.

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, of the interrelations and interactions between religion and religious expression and popular culture. The journal is based in Canada but is international in scope, and open to explorations of religion and popular culture in a variety of nationalities and cultures.

Mediaevalia is an annual journal on all aspects of medieval and early Renaissance culture. One of the first multidisciplinary journals in North America, Mediaevalia provides a forum for innovative scholarship across a variety of fields in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance.  
Library People and Accomplishments
Deb KelleyDeb Kelley was awarded the Annual Big Heart Award given by the Executives and Members of The Big Heart Club at IPFW. This service award is presented to a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond his or her academic duties to assist and empower the IPFW student body and Fort Wayne community.

Congratulations to Brandon Bowen and his wife, Britney, on the birth of their first child, Thomas Argyle, on Friday, May 4, 2012. Thomas weighed in at 6 lbs. 8 oz. and 20.5 inches.

Beth Overhauser has been appointed chair of the American Library Association's New Members Round Table Nominating Committee for 2012-2013.

In July 2011, two one-act melodramas authored by Denise Buhr were published by Pioneer Drama Service.  "Mine, All Mine" and "A Penny Saved" were originally performed at the Johnny Appleseed Festival and other outdoor events.  Denise just received her first (and hopefully not last!) royalty check.  Almost 100 copies of "Mine, All Mine" have sold with 15 performances.  Over 20 copies of "A Penny Saved" have sold with 1 performance. 

Service Desk Associate and Learning Commons Consultant Dima Almani
graduated from IPFW on May 9, 2012 with a bachelor's degree in General Studies.  She is applying to IPFW for the graduate program in Health Systems Administration.  She is also busy planning for her wedding in September. 

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