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March 2014 Volume 6 Issue 8
2014 Symposium Success! 
Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium

The 17th annual Symposium, held March 28 in the Learning Commons bridge, was a lively buzz of students, judges, visitors and even classes who came to view the record number of posters and student presenters. Over 100 students were involved in the 71 posters presented. Many thanks to our faculty judging teams and the faculty who led the workshops in the months leading up to the symposium. Congratulations to student winners and their faculty sponsors:

First Prize- three-way tie:
Chelsea Clyde-Brockway, Biology; Faculty sponsor: Frank Paladino, Biology
Christopher Culkin, Biology; Faculty sponsor: Punya Nachappa, Biology
Jennifer Swiggs, Biology; Faculty sponsor: Frank Paladino, Biology

Second Prize:
Sasha Tetzlaff, Biology; Faculty sponsor: Bruce Kingsbury, Biology

Third Prize:
Jacob Hill, Biology; Faculty sponsor: Frank Paladino, Biology 


First Prize:
Tina Gasnarez, Educational Studies; Faculty sponsor: Ann Livschiz, History


Second Prize:
Elizabeth Phillips, Hina Batool, Manaal Sajid, Ashlin Long, Psychology; Faculty sponsor: Elaine Blakemore, Psychology


Third Prize:
Christopher Watkins, Physics; Faculty sponsor: Mark Masters, Physics


Christopher Watkins, Physics; Faculty sponsor:  Mark Masters, Physics

Christopher Culkin, Biology; Faculty sponsor:  Punya Nachappa, Biology


Elizabeth Phillips, Hina Batool, Manaal Sajid, Ashlin Long, Psychology; Faculty sponsor:  Elaine Blakemore, Psychology


View the 2014 and past years' student posters in Opus.


Planning for the spring 2015 symposium is underway; contact Cheryl Truesdell if you would like to be involved in a workshop or judging team.

Academic Library Leaders' Survey Released

The 2013 Ithaka S+R survey of academic library deans and directors "examines how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations."  Interesting findings include:

  • Teaching undergraduate research skills and information literacy is principally the library's responsibility and one of its most important functions
  • With limited financial resources, most library leaders would invest money in staffing and more online or digital content
  • Emerging and growing areas in academic libraries are digital preservation, instruction, instructional design, and information literacy services
  • The shift to electronic journals is nearly complete, but the transition to ebooks is "more measured"
  • The vast majority, including doctoral institutions, see resource sharing as an important library function and believes that building local print collections has declined in importance
Muslim Journeys Book Discussion
Friday, April 25, 6:00 pm, Helmke Library 



The last meeting of the Helmke Library Muslim Journeys book group is Friday, April 25. The project familiarizes public audiences with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Read more about the books and the American Stories theme at: programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys/mj-themes/mj-american-stories.html


On April 25, 2014, 6-8pm in the Library, expert speaker Farah Combs will lead the discussion of The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson.

The Butterfly Mosque is the memoir of an American woman raised in a secular family who discovers the value of religion during her travels.  Interested in history, art, and literature, G. Willow Wilson takes a teaching job in Cairo.  She meets the sincere young friend of a friend assigned to show her the ropes in the city-a highly unconventional relationship that turns into love and marriage.  The book follows her encounter with Egyptian society and with her own spirituality as she converts to Islam, and about her developing relationship with her husband's family...  The book explores larger issues in both American and Egyptian Muslim society, and challenges the reader with observations about the way Americans and Muslims interact, examining the value of secular and religious perspectives, and about the complexity of living as a modern person.  Her own work as an essayist is woven into the memoir, taking her observations to the level of the global cultural encounter, discussing issues of gender in Islam, poverty's impact on cultural relations, and the consequences of perceptions across cultural and religious divides...  (New York: Grove Press, 2010)

The discussion group is free and open to the public.  Questions: Susan Anderson, Library.

Northeast Indiana Diversity Library Featured on 21 Country News

nidlRecently the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL) and its unique contribution to IPFW and the broader community was featured on Eric Olsen's 21 Country TV news.  NIDL's association with IPFW dates back to March 2009 when economic issues forced the closure of Indiana's oldest LGBT collection, the Up the Stairs Archive and Resource Library, and items were moved to a local storage facility.  Working with IPFW administration, the Helmke Library found space to house the library and resource center and welcomed the renamed Northeast Indiana Diversity Library to campus.  The library and archives have become an important resource for IPFW's Gender Studies program and others.  The archive has grown with the addition of the personal papers of IPFW's Larry Life and the initiation of a digitization project with Helmke Library of the local LGBT newsletter dating back to the mid-1980s.  NIDL's library collection consists of a large fiction and non-fiction book collection with an emphasis on counseling those who are struggling with their own sexual identity.  The archives is particularly significant for thousands of letters, articles, newspaper clippings and personal papers that chronicle the struggle for gay rights over the decades, as well as information about the contributions of local gay men and women to Fort Wayne's history.  More information about the collections and hours can be found on NIDL's website.  

mDON (mastodon DIGITAL OBJECT NETWORK) Moved to New URL - Update Your Bookmarks

The mDON repository has migrated from our library servers to a hosted platform offered by our software provider.  You will notice a change in the look and feel of the repository but the access to great digital collections ranging from the American Democracy Project to IPFW concert selections and the Omnibus Lecture Series is unchanged.  The homepage for mDON lists all of the collections with access by using the scroll bar adjacent to the collection thumbnail/descriptions.  All of the collections remain intact, but the individual collection pages and the customized search categories developed for some collections are now embedded in the advanced search option.  Please update bookmarks to: mdon.library.ipfw.edu and note that older version stable URLs assigned to specific collections are no longer valid.  For questions about mDON, contact Jennifer Leone, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Library.

Helmke Library Refresh: Library Renovation 


Helmke Library will be undergoing renovations from now through 2016, but the library and learning commons will be open and services provided during the entire renovation.  To keep everyone informed of the changes and schedules for renovations in the library building and library/learning commons services, we have developed a communication plan themed "Helmke Library Refresh."  While the Honors Program Center is under construction on the second floor, the blank wall space will begin filling up with updates, renderings, Q and As, and other surprises.  We will be launching a Helmke Library Refresh website, posting photos and updates to our Facebook page, and providing signage to alert users to current renovation projects and schedules. 

Helmke Library Refresh Updates:

  • March 2014 - August 2014:  Honors Program Center construction, Learning Commons, Library, 2nd floor
  • April 2014:  Sprinkler system installation in ceiling, Learning Commons, Library, 2nd floor
  • May 2014 - August 2014:  Foundation work, library entrance
Volunteer Now for Students' Coffee/Study Break Table During Finals Week 


Have you ever wanted to be a barista?  Now is your chance!  You can offer coffee, snacks, and words of encouragement to our students.  The Coffee/Study Break Table will be offered by Helmke Library and Student Affairs during finals week Monday, May 5, through Wednesday, May 7, from 5:00-8:00 pm each day. Faculty or staff who are interested in serving a shift at the coffee table should contact Tiff Adkins in the Library at 481-6708. Come in and join the fun in supporting our students!

Apps-olutely: Workflowy

Workflowy is the king of outlines. Whether you're organizing thoughts to write an article or just planning next weekend's spring cleaning, Workflowy can help. List an item, list sub-items, move them around, extend them, collapse them, and zoom in on the details you want to attend to next. A search bar allows for easy navigation.

I've used Workflowy to set goals, manage projects, brainstorm, and organize research. I've even used it as a stand-in for lecture slides, opening and closing sections of prepared outline and adding new sections for group brainstorming and discussion. With a Pro account ($5/month) I could invite collaborators to portions of my outlines, too.

Workflowy is free and can be accessed as an iOS app, a Google app, on workflowy.com, or in a desktop version; both the apps and desktop version can also be used offline. Workflowy won't do your project for you, but organizing your thoughts is a good start. 

The Eagle: US Government Accountability Office


The Government Accountability Office, created in 1921, is an objective, non-partisan body to oversee how taxpayer dollars are spent.  The GAO, originally named the General Accounting Office, was renamed in 2004 to better reflect the role and mission of the organization.  Though their main concern is examining government spending, they also investigate allegations of improper federal activities, report on how well programs meet their objectives, and provide Congress with unbiased reports.

The GAO website is easy to navigate. Bold tabs across the top allow researchers to browse reports and testimonies, legal decisions and bid protests, and key issues.  Each topic includes a summary, a list of key reports, related links, and any multimedia tools.  The site also integrates social networking and makes materials easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  The blue "Resources For" tab provides content tailored for Congress, the media, and the general researcher.  It's accessible and transparent- exactly how you want oversight to be.

Happy searching! 

New Databases Added
IU Bloomington has added access for IPFW to several new databases:
  • Silent Films Online
  • Sports Medicine & Exercise Science in Video
  • Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels
  • Women and Social Movements, International
These are linked in the alphabetical A-Z list of databases on the library website.  Ask your liaison librarian about identifying other databases in your specialty area or to add new database titles to the Topic Guides your liaison librarian has created for your classes. 



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