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January 2014 Volume 6 Issue 6
Muslim Journeys Book Discussion, February 21 


You are invited to the first of the three 2014 Muslim Journeys book groups on Friday, February 21, 2014, 6-8pm, IPFW Learning Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

February's book is Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel;  expert speaker Dr. Michael Spath (IPFW) will lead the discussion.

Read discussion questions and more about the books in the American Stories theme at http://www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys/mj-themes/mj-american-stories.html.


The complete list of 2014 book events (February, March and April) is available at http://library.ipfw.edu/about/muslim-journeys.html.

Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium Preparation Workshops (and Free Pizza)! 


Faculty in all disciplines are asked to encourage graduate and undergraduate students to submit proposals and to mentor interested students. Last year, 54 students representing 19 departments participated in the Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium.

Students may submit a proposal online by February 28th for the March 28th Symposium. RESP generously will cover all printing expenses for the posters.

Faculty and librarians are offering a series of coaching workshops to assist students in translating research or creative projects to a poster.

A workshop on developing content appropriate for a poster presentation will be offered twice in the next two weeks; no registration is required. Free pizza for attendees! 

  • Thursday, January 30, 2:00 pm in LB275 with Drs. Punya Nachappa and Ryan Yoder
  • Wednesday, February 5, 12 noon in the Learning Commons with Drs. Mohammad Alhassan and Steven Stevenson 

The next set of workshops to be scheduled in March in Studio M will cover the technical aspects of designing a poster.

Questions? Contact Heidi Sandquist.

Library Renovation Update 


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.  Students and others will still be welcome to congregate and work in the Learning Commons, but group study spaces and activities such as IPSGA weekly meetings will be relocated temporarily.  The Learning Commons Council and IPSGA are in the process of finding alternative group study spaces on campus and will publicize alternative locations.

Renovation of the library is still on schedule to begin late fall 2014.  Watch for updates in future Helmke Highlights

Open Access and Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research

Not surprisingly, science, technology, and medical research is significantly better funded and highly recognized for its contributions to society than arts, humanities and social science (AHSS) research.  Fortunately, the trend is shifting to include a bigger share of research dollars for the humanities and social sciences.  In the United Kingdom, agencies are recognizing the impact of social science and humanities research on society and have committed significant funding to support AHSS research.  At a recent conference, the UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Council claimed that every euro invested in arts and humanities generated 10 euro for the wider economy in the short-term and 15-20 euro in the longer term. 

As a corollary, AHSS scholars and societies are becoming part of the Open Access movement that the sciences have spearheaded as they recognize the need to share research results quickly and broadly for the benefit of society.  The Modern Language Association is working on developing best practices, the American Anthropological Association is experimenting with making journals fully open, and historians are discussing going open access with longer embargo periods.  (For more discussion, See Scholarly Kitchen's, A Brighter Future for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences? 1/2/2014)  

Apps-olutely: SaneBox

Touted by tech gurus as one of the best email management tools available, SaneBox works behind the scenes of your inbox, filtering away unimportant messages and summarizing them in a single daily digest. It also lets you defer an email until tomorrow or next week, when SaneBox will slip it back into your inbox. With SaneBox, you also gain reminders when someone hasn't replied to an important message, single-click unsubscribe capabilities for spam, and automatic copying of attachments into your Box or Dropbox folders, too.

SaneBox claims to save the average user 8 hours every month. At the least it's an interesting experiment for productivity geeks, and at the best it will revolutionize your love-hate relationship with email. Since it works directly in your email, it works with any device and does not require any separate app purchase. SaneBox is a service with a free 14-day trial and a subscription price as low as $2.04/month. Sign up at SaneBox.com, or subscribe at https://www.sanebox.com/signup/a637196a69 for a $5 affiliate discount.

If you want to try SaneBox with your IPFW email, enter "gwimap.ipfw.edu" on the sign in page. If you don't like the trial or choose not to subscribe, SaneBox puts everything back the way it was before deleting your account.

Want more? Learn 100 email hacks to increase your productivity at http://www.sanebox.com/l/100-email-hacks.

The Eagle: The CIA World Factbook


If the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is good at one thing, it's keeping tabs on other countries. Even though the United States has collected information on foreign powers since before the American Revolution, there was little effort to record the information into a single usable resource. With the creation of the CIA in 1947, the government had an agency willing and able to pull these resources together. The first classified World Factbook was published in 1962 and the first unclassified version was made available in 1971. Beginning in 1975, the general public could  purchase copies through the Government Printing Office.

The World Factbook is an excellent resource for researchers or casual readers. Do you need to find out what the crown on the Tajikistan flag stands for? The Flags of the World resource has you covered. How about a map showing which countries hold political claims to Antarctica? Yes, there's one in the Regional and World Maps. Besides these tools, the Factbook also provides a detailed Country Profile, with information not only on the military and government, but also energy consumption, economics, communication, and society and more. The World Factbook includes information for many disciplines from politics and the humanities to business and international studies. It is a useful and interesting tool for the modern researcher.

Happy searching!

New Resources
Indiana University (Bloomington) has added the following resources for all IU campus libraries.  Enjoy these great collections of films, documentaries, interviews and newsreels:
Find them in the Databases A-Z list - - the green button on the Library's homepage.



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