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Helmke Library Treasures on Display
While the Remnant Trust books are on summer hiatus until August, some of the Library's gems from across the ages are on display!
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Volumes 1 and 2
, 1755 (facsimile)The Laws of Contrast of Colour
, ca.1860The Raven
, 1884The Book of the Child
, 1903Mythological Papyri
, 1957The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms
, 1973Bronzino's Chapel of Eleonora in the Palazzo Vecchio
, 1993Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonne
Wonderful prints and maps from the US Congressional Serial Set:
"Argemone Munita," Botanical Report. Explorations and Surveys for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, War Department
"Falco Nigriceps," The U.S. Naval Astronomical Expedition to the Southern Hemisphere
"Locomotive Exhibited by the Theiss Railway Company of Hungary," Reports of the United States Commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition
, 1878, 1880
"Treaty of Kanagawa, 1854 (Japanese Facsimile)," United States Japan Expedition by Commodore M.C. Perry
"Water Line and Shores of the Ancient Lake (Colorado Desert)," Geology. Explorations and Surveys for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, War Department
From the University Archives:
IPFW scrapbook, 1964-1965
IPFW yearbook, Treatise, 1968 and 1969
PIT (Purdue-Indiana Theatre) sweatshirt
Decorative tray presented from the Russian Delegation at the USSR vs. IPFW volleyball game, April 21, 1983
Braille program from the Theatre production of Macbeth, 2002
Opus and Digital Commons Network IPFW's scholarship is a part of the new recently launched by bepress. Opus is one of almost 300 Digital Commons institutional repositories totaling over a million open access, full-text articles, PhD dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, research reports, and more. Think of DCN as a separate full-text database, similar to commercial aggregators such as PsycArticles, JSTOR, and ScienceDirect, except it is free, and any library can add it as a research tool for students, faculty, and the public to use. The benefits of the DCN for authors is that it is a one-stop collection of open-access scholarship displayed by discipline and in conjunction with other work across the country and the world.
The homepage of each DCN discipline area (called a Commons) page features at-a-glance statistics, including the number of institutions represented, full-text works available, authors, and downloads. Each month, the Commons' home page updates with a list of institutions and authors who have contributed the most downloaded papers that month.
The limitations of the DCN are that it only includes entries with full-text available, leaving out works that are not open access; and its indexing is based upon the bepress list of disciplines that faculty may or may not have completed. As the library works with faculty and students to add full-text, we will enhance the discipline metadata and recommend additions to the prescribed list. Suggestions for additional disciplines or sub-disciplines can be sent to Cheryl Truesdell, Library Dean.
IPFW authors that have been reported in the top ten downloads for a variety of disciplines since the DCN launched in November 2012.
The following works of IPFW faculty and students are among the top ten most downloaded this month within their discipline:
Developmental Psychology sub-discipline
Niser, John C. Young Adult Development in Hospitality Management Schools which Offer Craft Based Learning. PhD. Dissertation, 1999.
Odden, Harold L. The Impact of Primary Schools on the Differential Distribtuion of Samoan Adolescents' Competence with Honorific Language. Current Anthropology, 2011.
Health Communication sub-discipline
Toscos, Tammy R. Barriers to Physical Activity: A Study of Self-Revelation in an Online Community. Journal of Medical Systems, 2011.
Immunology and Infectious Disease subdiscipline
Okihiro, Alexandra (Faculty Advisor Elliott Blumenthal). Isolation and Characterization of Active Elderberry Fractions That Inhibit Melanoma Growth in Vitro and In Vivo. Master's theses, 2013.
Rizvi, Sahar (Faculty Advisor Elliott Blumenthal). Determination of the Active Components of Elderberry Extracts on Immune Function and Tumor Cell Growth. Master's Theses, 2012
Marine Biology subdiscipline
Backof, Thomas F., Stephen J. Morreale, Thomas E. Riggall (Faculty Advisor Frank Paladino). Thermal and Spatial Tracking of Inter-Nesting Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta Caretta) in Kyparissia Bay, Greece. IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium, 2013.
Clyde-Brockway, Chelsea (Faculty Advisor Frank Paladino). Preliminary Satellite Telemetry of Eastern Pacific Green Turtles Nesting on Playa. IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium, 2013.
Cyrus, Ariel, Samanatha Rupert, Amy Silva, Monika Graf, Jeremy Rappaport, Frank V. Paladino, and Winfried Peters. The Behavioral and Sensory Ecology of Agaronia Propatula (Caenogastropoda, Olivadae), a Swash-Surfing Predator on Sandy Beaches of the Panamic Faunal Province. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 2012.
Keene, Erin L. (Faculty Advisor Frank Paladino and Tanya Soule). Microorganisms from Sand, Cloacal Fluid, and Eggs of Lepidochelys Olivacca and Standard Testing of Cloacal Fluid Antimcirobial Properties. Master's Theses, 2012.
Paladino, Frank V. Identification of Distinct Movement Patterns in Pacific Leatherback Turtle Populations Influence by Ocean Conditions. PLoS ONE, 2012.
Paladino, Frank V. Climate Driving Egg and Hatchling Mortality Threatens survival of Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtles. Ecological Applications, 2012.
Peters, Winfried S. What Can we Learn from Confusing Olivella Columellaris and O. Semistriata, the two Key Species in Pamamic Sandy Beach Ecosystems? Biota Neotropica, 2012.
Other Physiology subdiscipline
Carter, Evin T. (Faculty Advisor Bruce Kingsbury) Impacts of Invasive Plants on Resource Selection and Thermoregulation by the Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen. Master's Theses, 2012.
Other Nursing subdiscipline
Jensen, Rebecca S. Evaluating Clinical Judgment in a Nursing Capstone Course, 2010 Assessment Institute.
Visual Studies subdiscipline
Montenegro, Andres R. New Aesthetics and Practical Venues for Rendered Cgi Images in Studio Art. International Journal of the Image, 2011.
Library Bids Farewell to Kevin Fredrick
Kevin Fredrick, Manager of Library Information Technology, has tendered his resignation as of June 30 to accept a position at IU Bloomington as part of the UITS Messaging team. Kevin began his employment with Helmke Library as a student worker in 1998 and then accepted a permanent position as a computer technician, eventually taking over as manager of library computer operations. Cheryl Truesdell, Library Dean, summed up Kevin's tenure with the library best:
"Kevin has been an integral part of IPFW Helmke Library and its achievements for many years. He made it possible for the library to move forward on many fronts and helped us to make the most effective use of our limited resources. He will be sorely missed. Kevin has always brought an innovative eye and initiative in showing us how we could do things better and that is a special quality that not every IT person has."
We wish Kevin all the very best as he takes on new and challenging IT adventures.
Apps-olutely: RemoteMouse and Fleksy
Ready for some game-changers? First,consider RemoteMouse ($2.99), which turns your iPad into a mobile keyboard and mouse for your computer. This is a great option if you need the power of a full computer but you want the freedom to roam the room as you teach. Pass around your iPad during class; your students can control your computer from their seats. Flip through (or edit) Powerpoint slides, surf the web, demonstrate software - the whole computer is at your fingertips. RemoteMouse works with Mac or PC, and is also available for iPhone and Android. Set up is quick: install a tiny piece of software on the computer you're using, open the app, and connect the devices. (On IPFW's network you'll need to type in the IP address of the computer into your iPad, but the software makes it easy.)
If you do a lot of typing on your iPad, consider Fleksy (free). This app takes auto-correct to a whole new level. Open Fleksy's keyboard and start typing - and don't bother being accurate! Fleksy will input the right words whether or not you tap the right keys. Some of Fleksy's nuances take some getting used to, like swiping to the right for a space or punctuation and swiping down to make a change. After a few minutes, though, you'll be typing faster and more accurately than you ever have before.
The Eagle: The Vault
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
investigates a broad range of illegal activities, such as terrorism, counterintelligence, civil rights violations, organized crime, and white collar crime. The reports from these investigations contain a wealth of primary source information. In response to repeated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on high profile issues, the FBI began digitizing the files and making them available to the public in an electronic reading room called The Vault
The Vault contains "over 6,700 documents and other media that has been scanned from paper into digital copies so that you can read them in the comfort of your home or office." Some interesting categories include the Gangster Era
with its infamous characters and the Unexplained Phenomenon
files which detail UFOs and other covert political actions. If you don't find what you're looking for, you can make a FOIA request directly from the site. It isn't always a quick turnaround, so be patient. As always, if you find yourself looking around for something hard to find, librarian Brandon Bowen is willing to help you get deep into these electronic documents.
Summer Reading Recommendations from Helmke Library Staff
Beth Boatright: A new favorite author of mine is Taylor Stevens, a mystery/thriller writer with her own interesting back story - she grew up in an international cult. I met Stevens at the American Library Association Conference last year after devouring her first novel, The Informationist. Her protagonist deals in information, using language, psychology, intuition, and combat training to get what her clients need. It's Stieg Larsson mixed with Harlan Coben, and it's addicting.
I highly recommend The Informationist and its sequel, The Innocent. The third book in the series, The Doll, came out a few weeks ago, and I couldn't put it down. Get in line, folks - I'll be returning it to the Allen County Public Library in the next few days.
I love to re-read Agatha Christie in the summer. I just read The Mirror Cracked
for the umpteenth time and it was still as enjoyable as the first. This is a late Miss Marple book and it's a pleasure to see the old girl's mind is as sharp as ever even if she isn't physically as strong as she used to be. Plus there's some nostalgia for the way St. Mary Mead used to be and a little Tennyson thrown in for good measure (the part of his poem quoted is an important clue).
Brandy Valance: I'm in the middle of reading Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes. It's a fun classic to read that is full of adventures to keep you on wondering what will happen on the next page!
I'm reading Calculated In Death
by J.D. Robb. It's the 36th full length novel in her In Death
series about homicide cop Eve Dallas. It's set in 2060 New York city and is a mixture of mystery, science fiction, and romance. What I like best about the series is the way Robb has developed her repeating characters. We learn the back story as well as the continuing story. To really appreciate the series you need to start with the first book Naked In Death and read them in order.
I have one just because it's fun and summer reading should include some pointless but enjoyable things "Archive of Our Own
: "... a fan-created, fan-run, non-profit, non-commercial archive for transformative fanworks." It's light reading, it's FREE, it's got something for just about everybody, and the quality of the writing is a little higher than some of the other sites like fanfiction.net
(Although ff.net has much better metadata and search options.). The organization behind it, Organization for Transformative Works
even has its own peer-reviewed academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures
, which covers more than one type of transformative work.
For more info on fanfiction and transformative works, check out this in-progress draft of a guide
I've been working on for the Indiana Library Federation conference this fall.
Cheryl Truesdell: I just finished Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. This is the second in a series about the life and times of Thomas Cromwell who served as Master Secretary (and other roles as well) in the court of Henry VIII. The first novel in this series is Wolf Hall. Both novels are an interesting examination of the acquisition and use of power. The machinations of the court portrayed in this series are not unlike today's power politics. While these are fiction, the historical background has been thoroughly researched. Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize for both books, the only woman to win the prize twice. In the third installment, Mirror and the Light, which is still being written, Thomas Cromwell's fall from power is as precipitous as his rise.