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Library Participates in Campus MAP-Works Survey
MAP-Works is a comprehensive student retention tool that provides information to identify and coordinate intervention with at-risk students. The survey asks students a variety of questions about their expectations and perceptions of college and directs them to campus resources that can help support and improve their success. Additionally, MAP-Works allows faculty and staff to connect with students by learning what challenges the students might be dealing with so they can intervene where appropriate and steer students on the road to graduation. In 2012-13, over 2,000 students were included in the MAP-Works program; over 60% of them were involved in at least one of the surveys.
Several Library-related questions on the Spring 2013 survey revealed that over 95% of student respondents had visited the Library; other responses were related to use of specific resources in the library and on the Web site, and use of the library for studying, meeting with librarians, and more. We are planning our next steps for follow-up with students and revising Library questions for upcoming surveys.
Home School Students Visit the Remnant Trust Display
On Monday, February 11 the Helmke Library hosted a diverse group of home school students and parents interested in experiencing the books of the Remnant Trust. The students, elementary- to high-school-aged, were interested in not only the history of the works, but also the impact they had on their time and the reactions to them by contemporary readers. With Brandon Bowen, liaison librarian to the History department, the visitors were allowed to examine, read and literally smell the history contained in the old works. This was so successful that after the meeting, some of the group returned later in the day to see and examine more works from the Remnant Trust!
The library has twenty-six books on loan from the Trust, with the oldest dating back to 1483. The Remnant Trust books make an excellent addition to any lesson on society, history, or literature. Anyone interested in handling a piece of history from the Remnant Trust can contact Dr. Jeff Malanson in the History department or Joyce Saltsman or Brandon Bowen in the Helmke Library. Come see how the past is still alive!
Your Copyright and Creative Commons
Under U.S. Copyright Law authors/creators of original works in a fixed medium of expression are granted exclusive rights to: reproduce, distribute, publicly display or perform their work, and prepare derivative works, such as a translation, dramatization, art reproduction, and fictionalization. Only the author/creator can transfer or grant permission for the use of their work in one or more of these ways.
Before the Internet age authors/creators often transferred all of their rights to a publisher or producer who had the means to copy, distribute, publicly display, perform, or prepare derivative works. Now the Internet provides authors/creators opportunities to reproduce, distribute, display or perform their work in a variety of ways and control how, when, with whom their work will be shared.
is a nonprofit organization that provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow authors/creators to keep their copyright, but grant the public permission to use their work. Creative Commons has worked with copyright experts around the world to make sure their licenses are legally solid and globally applicable.
Creative Commons offers six standardized licenses
which all require the user to credit the original author/creator for any use of the work. The variations in the licenses relate to permission for commercial and/or non-commercial use and permission to change the work or restrict use to the unchanged, original work. The most liberal license grants commercial and non-commercial use and allows users to "remix, tweak, and build upon the work." The most restrictive license allows non-commercial use only and no modification of the original work. Creative Commons also provides means for authors/creators to put their work in the public domain.
Creative Commons provides a symbol that can be attached to the work and a "machine readable" version of the license that software systems, search engines, and other kinds of technology can understand. This enables searching across the Internet for open content through Google, Flickr, Wikimedia, etc. A simple form to select a license and export the symbol and html code is available at: http://creativecommons.org/choose/
Digital Initiative News: Opus 2012
A preview of highlights from the Opus 2012 Annual Report:
Most Downloaded IPFW Opus Items in 2012
Most downloaded faculty publication - 670 downloads
Most downloaded faculty presentation - 304 downloads
Most downloaded master's thesis - 421 downloads
Most downloaded student research - 1,087 downloads
Apps-olutely: BrowZine is Here!
provides instantaneous, free, full-text access to scholarly journals right on your iPad. Browse journals in your subject area and collect your favorites on a bookshelf for easy access. Articles can be read in BrowZine or exported, and the app interfaces with Zotero for easy citation management.
Helmke Library is offering BrowZine to our faculty members and students on a trial basis through the end of February. Please send your comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eagle: African American History Month
African American History Month traces its origins
back to the early 20th century when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson established the first Negro History Week in 1926. He chose to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in February in order to honor both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays fall within the same week. In 1976 Gerald Ford became the first president to expand the week into a month long celebration, and in 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244
which designated February as "National Black (Afro-American) History Month." The law requires all Presidents to issue a proclamation recognizing February as African American History Month. On February 1, 2013, President Obama
, "call(ed) upon all public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities."
If you're up for a road trip, the Indiana Historical Bureau has a list of African-American Historical Markers
by county. Visit Fort Wayne
lists activities within the county, and IPFW
has performances and lectures that are open to the community. Finally, the Helmke Library's
collection contains books and materials related to African American History Month which can be used by students, faculty, and the community.
IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Poster Symposium, April 12
The 2013 Student Research and Creative Endeavor Poster Symposium will be held Friday, April 12, 2013, 9 am - 1 pm, in the IPFW Learning Commons, Helmke Library, Second Floor. The new format of poster presentations this year is an excellent way for students and their faculty mentors in all disciplines to highlight their research, scholarship, technology, service, fine or performing arts projects.
Monetary prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and People's Choice posters.
March 8, 2013, 3 pm: Deadline to register for the poster symposium
April 1, 2013, 3 pm: Deadline to submit electronic pdf file of poster Poster Guidelines and Suggestions
April 12, 2013: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Poster Symposium
For further information contact: Jane Markin, Office of Research, Engagement and Sponsored Programs, 260-481-4101 or email@example.com