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February 2014 Volume 6 Issue 7
IU Digitization Master Plan Forums
Monday, March 3 


In your busy life of teaching and conducting research or creative works, you may not have thought much about preservation, organization, and access to your scholarly and/or creative work. 

On Monday, March 3, in sessions offered at 10:00-11:30 am and again at 1:00-2:30 pm in Kettler G046, a team from IU will meet with faculty, graduate students, administrators, and librarians to determine what types of research and creative materials and data are being generated here, how they are currently being managed, and how they can be digitized or the born-digital be captured, preserved, and made accessible for future scholars and creators. The team is interested in hearing your thoughts on what infrastructure and services are needed but not currently available, and how IU's Digitization Master Plan should be implemented. All IU and Purdue mission faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.

Registration is NOT required, but it would be helpful to know if you plan to attend one of these focus group meetings. Contact Cheryl Truesdell, Dean, IPFW Helmke Library at 481-6506.

Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium Poster Creation Workshops
Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5 


Students and faculty mentors may have the content of the poster ready, but may be at a loss on how to present it in a meaningful and eye-catching manner.  John Nicklin, Academic Support Coordinator for Studio M, will host two free workshops on the technology and techniques of creating an informative and attractive poster.  The workshops are:

Tuesday, March 4th, 1:30-2:30 pm, Studio M, Walb Union 220
Wednesday, March 5th, 3:00-4:00 pm, Studio M, Walb Union 220

Registration is requested, as there are a limited number of sears in Studio M. Questions? Contact Heidi Sandquist at 481-4101.

Other Important Poster Symposium Dates:

February 28, 2014:  Deadline for submission of poster proposal
March 18, 2014:  Deadline for submission of poster pdf file for printing
March 26, 2014:  Deadline to pick up poster at RESP Office (KT252)
March 28, 2014:  Poster Symposium
Muslim Journeys Book Discussion
A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgency, from the Middle East to America
Friday, March 28 


On Friday, March 28, 2014, from 6-8pm at the Helmke Library, IPFW's expert speakers Dr. Noor Borbieva and Dr. Assem Nasr will lead a discussion of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed.

Amazon reviews state: "A Quiet Revolution is an exceptional study of women in Islam. Their story is a remarkable one, and Leila Ahmed tells it with grace and understanding." (Joseph Preville, Time Out) "...an acute study of how issues of political power and empire interact with women's own claims to autonomy within families and communities." (Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian) "clear and compelling" (Rachel Aspden, The Observer)."

The Helmke Library Muslim Journeys project familiarizes public audiences with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. All books and films from the Muslim Journeys project may be checked out from the Helmke Library or the Allen County Public Library. Read more about the books and the American Stories theme at: http://www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys/mj-themes/mj-american-stories.html.

The last discussion group in the Muslim Journeys series is scheduled for April 25, 2014 with a discussion of The Butterfly Mosque with expert speaker Farah Combs (IPFW).

Deadline: March 15 for Special Needs Grant Applications

Special Needs grants support the need for library materials for undergraduate and graduate education such as new courses or programs, to address collection deficiencies and to maintain existing collection strengths. One caveat is that materials are a one-time purchase only-no subscriptions or recurring costs can be funded with a Special Needs Grant.

The amount per request is $3,000 maximum.

All grant requests must be submitted to your liaison librarian for initial consultation and approval. Grants are then evaluated internally and forwarded to the Senate Library Subcommittee for a decision.
More information on the Special Needs Fund Grants Policy and the Form at http://library.ipfw.edu/about/policies/special-needs-grants.html.

Library Trivia

The library's FIND IT service provides links from databases to e-journals.  In 2013 through FIND IT we had 68,690 click-throughs and used 8,918 different journal titles. The top three titles viewed were:


New York Times
Arts in Psychotherapy
Sex Roles
Honors Program Center Construction Begins March 10

Construction will begin on the Honors Program space in the Learning Commons, 2nd floor of the Library, on March 10, 2014 and is expected to be complete by the end of August 2014.  In anticipation of construction noise and dust, research consultations with librarians and Writing Center consultations will move to the first floor of the library.  IPSGA will hold its Monday Senate meetings on the first floor of the library as well. Students and others will still be welcome to congregate and work in the Learning Commons.

While the library's three group study rooms will not be available after March 10th, the good news is that there are reserve-able group study rooms available in CASA in Kettler Hall. More information at http://schedule.library.ipfw.edu/booking/groupstudy.

Apps-olutely: Directr for Business

If you're interested in marketing, video creation, or just sharing your professional life with the web, Directr is a fantastic new addition to the video app market. Directr offers a selection of built-in storyboards such as "Profile Interview," "Business Day In The Life," and "How-To." Each storyboard has a sample video and a simple explanation of the video clips you need to customize the storyboard for your own purposes. Record video directly from your handheld device, edit it in Directr, add music and other effects, and publish your new video to YouTube or elsewhere with just a few gestures.

Directr for Business is free in iTunes and currently offers one free video per month, with subscriptions that offer additional storyboards and features. The original Directr app, with more casual storyboards like "Snowstorm" and "My Fashion Collection," is completely free.

Directr might be able to offer us an institutional subscription, so if you like the app, let us know!

The Eagle: Govtrack.us


In previous months we've talked about historical Congressional research, so this month we'll tackle finding and following current legislation. One tool for tracking the activity of Congress is Govtrack.us.  Part of the government transparency-minded Civic Impulse LLC, Govtrack.us is an excellent place to find information on Members of Congress, Bills and Resolutions, Voting Records, Committees, and even State Legislation.

Tracking bills and resolutions is a fairly easy and straightforward through the site. Under Bills and Resolutions, researchers have the option of searching for a bill by keyword or phrase (which also includes bill numbers and congressmen), browsing what's coming up for action, or searching by subject or status. The site provides information about legislation and legislators including bill text, summary, status, sponsors and related information.  Unique to this site is the ability to create an account and set up regular email notifications and RSS feeds on items of interest.  A fun feature is the Prognosis section, where Govtrack.us lets you know how likely the bill is to pass based on a variety of factors. For the modern citizen, following Congress has never been easier.

Happy searching! 

Four New Student Workers; Four Continents
kids_welcome.jpgIt is unusual to hire so many new students for the spring semester, but even more unusual to have them come from so many different places:  Asia, Africa, South America, and of course North America.

Luisa is from Brazil and is a Learning Commons Consultant.  She is a sophomore majoring in Political Science.
Dingding, Deborah and Kayla are all working at the Service Desk.

Dingding is from China and is a senior majoring in Computer Science.

Deborah, from Rwanda, is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering. 

Kayla is from the United States and is a senior.  She is an OLS major and is minoring in Fine Arts.

Welcome to the library!
New Journals
IPFW now has access to the following titles through Purdue Libraries' contract with Elsevier.  Access the journals through E-journal Finder on the Library's home page.
Cell Stem Cell
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice
Surgical Clinics of North America
Seminars in Oncology 



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