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April 2014 Volume 6 Issue 9
Study and Finals Weeks Activities

Study Week in the Library, Monday, April 28 - Sunday, May 4, 2014
Library open 24/7, sponsored by IPSGA.

  • Study rooms reserved for students, 7:00 am - 11:00 pm in buildings across campus. For room details see tiny.cc/helmkerefresh

Finals Week in the Library, Sunday, May 4 - Thursday, May 8, 2014

Library open 24/7, sponsored by IPSGA.  The library will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 9th.

  • Study rooms have been reserved for students in buildings across campus.  For room details see tiny.cc/helmkerefresh.
  • Coffee, Snacks, and Study Break Monday - Wednesday, May 5-7 from 5:00-8:00 pm each day.  Sponsored by Helmke Library and Student Affairs.
  • Pet-a-Pup: Therapy Dogs are Back!  It's no secret that finals week is one of the most stressful times for students.  Papers and projects are due, exams are looming and groups need to put the final touches on important presentations.  To alleviate some of the stress associated with this time of year, the Helmke Library, with the generous help of Pets Assisting Well-Being and Success (PAWS) and Three Rivers Visiting Dogs, Inc., is happy to host trained therapy dogs in the Learning Commons from 11am-1pm Monday-Thursday, May 5-8. These dogs are specially trained to work well with all types of people.  Come and enjoy the companionship of furry, four-legged stress-busters!

Opus 2013 Annual Report - Number of Entries and Uses Increases
The Opus 2013 annual report will be released soon and will be available on the Opus site.  Some highlights of the report include:
  • Total downloads in 2013: 52,859
  • 23% increase in the number of entries added to Opus in 2013
  • 204% increase in number of full-text items added to Opus in 2013
  • Three new series added: CELT Presentations and Publications, Engineering Senior Design Projects, and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Presentations and Publications
  • One Gallery added: Haecceities Series, a Philosophy faculty Gallery 
See the complete Opus annual report for information on country visits, referrals by domain, social network activity, items added by department, and top 10 downloads of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student works.

Remember, you can track information on your own works in Opus through monthly emails with links to your author dashboard.
The Library can help you with your Opus presence by entering work into Opus which may be listed on your CV or on other websites, such as Academia.edu and ResearchGate.  Please send your CV, updated research/creative information, and questions to Cheryl Truesdell. We will be working on the updates during the summer so that the RESP 2013 report will be complete by early fall.  


March 2014 - August 2014:  Honors Program Center construction, Learning Commons, Library, 2nd floor

April 28 - May 9, 2014:  Construction crew will work 12 midnight to 7:00 am and concentrate on low noise tasks to provide more quiet study time for students during the day

May 2014:  Sprinkler system installation in ceiling, Learning Commons, Library, 2nd floor


May 2014 - October 2014:  Foundation work, library entrance and outside perimeter areas
Big Event 2014

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, the library team joined the IPFW community for the Big Event, a nationwide day of service to the local community.  The library team, Brandon Bowen, Katie Dickinson, Karen Parkison, Chris Smith, and Cheryl Truesdell, set out on a snowy Saturday morning to serve The Rescue Mission.  This Fort Wayne institution is a not-for-profit group that runs a thrift shop, housing for homeless men, women, and children, and a soup kitchen that is wholly funded by community donations.

The team was given a tour of the Treasure House, their thrift store and donation hub, and worked to sort clothing donations and prepare jewelry for sale in the shop.  One interesting fact about the clothing donations is that every article of clothing is used no matter its condition.  Any items that are not able to be immediately sold are boxed up and given to other organizations.  Anything that is truly useless as clothing is recycled into bedding, carpet, and other household goods.  After a great lunch, and new understanding of the work of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, the team headed back to campus, grateful for the help of so many caring people in our community.  Come out and join us next year- you won't be disappointed!

New Titles Enhance the Library's CTE & STEM Collections 


In collaboration with Christopher Riley, Assistant Director of Multicultural Services/CTE Coordinator for IPFW's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA),  Helmke librarians identified over 50 new resources for the Library's CTE (Career and Technical Education) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) collections.

Using grant money received from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Mr. Riley and the ODMA partnered with subject liaison librarians Tiff Adkins, Shannon Johnson, and Florence Mugambi to identify and purchase additional materials to support students enrolled in CTE and/or STEM related courses including Computer Science, Dental Hygiene, Electrical Engineering, Interior Design, Nursing, and Medical Imaging Technology.

One of the major goals of the Perkins grant is support for students acquiring academic and technical skills for academic success and career development.  The new titles added to our collection will certainly go a long way in support of this goal.  These new resources will be on the shelves and available for loan in the next few weeks.  Use our online catalog, IUCAT, to find all our CTE & STEM related materials.

Apps-olutely: NYT Now: The Times, in Brief


The newest offering from the Times is an app called NYT Now.  A streamlined homepage offers a brief summary of the day's biggest stories, with links to more in-depth coverage of selected topics.  Updates occur multiple times each day, and stories can be saved for later reading.   The app also includes a curated list of interesting articles from around the web; it's less spammy than most lists of interesting "news."
Although I was skeptical at first, I have found NYT Now to be a great app for getting quick updates on the important news of the day.  I have trouble avoiding the hundreds of interesting articles and links on the Times website, so the relatively limited scope of this app is useful. 
Of course, the NY Times is also available in print around campus and through library databases for free - but for a quick news fix on your phone or tablet, NYT Now is worth a try.  It is available free for the first month and costs $1.50 each week thereafter. It is also included with every other digital subscription to the Times, all of which are 50% off for university faculty, staff, and students.  Try NYT Now here or check out all the digital Times subscriptions.

The Eagle: Recreation.gov


After one of the longest, coldest winters on record, the snow is finally gone and summer is right around the corner!  School will be ending soon for children, and families are summer vacation planning.  Recreation.gov, with twelve federal participating partners, is your one-stop shop for discovering parks, forest, lakes, and museums, trip planning, information sharing, and reservations.


Recreation.gov is easy and intuitive to use.  Displayed against a rotating backdrop of beautiful pictures, the main search box asks users two simple questions: where and what interests you and your family?  Once you decide where you want to go, camping, picnicking, tours, even "everything" are some of the many choices.  Travelers can also explore trip ideas suggested by the site.  One easy trip from Fort Wayne is Destination Chicago, which gives suggestions for short day trips, overnighters, and things to see in the city.


Hyperlinked destinations let you know which activities are available, entry fees, event schedules, and places to stay.  Recreation.gov is a go-to resource for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, appreciates a good road trip, or delights in amazing historical sites, museums, and beautiful scenery.

Happy searching (and happy vacationing)!

Congratulations to Our Student Workers
Congratulations to our Helmke Library and Learning Commons student workers who are graduating May 2014 and who have received recognition, awards and scholarships!
Dingding Diao, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, May 2014
Rebecca Jacobs, Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology, May 2014 and recipient of a scholarship to attend a history convention
Alyssa Eichhorn, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2014
Paige Hill, president of the National Society of Leadership and Success
Eric Hoover, Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Associates Degree in Business, May 2014 and induction into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honors Society
Luisa Luciano, scholarship for studying abroad one month in South Korea
Linda Picklesimer, Bachelor of General Studies, May 2014
Sara Scritchfield, nominated for IPFW Student Employee of the Year
Aaron Witcher, Bachelor of Arts degree in French, May 2014 (his second Bachelor's degree) and a job offer to work for the Ministry of Education in France

Thank you for your work in the Library and the Learning Commons; we are proud of you and wish you the best of luck! 
Congratulations to Helmke Library Staff
Three library staff were honored at the Staff Recognition Luncheon for their many years of service to IPFW.  The library is grateful for the years of dedication and work accomplished on behalf of students, faculty, and community:

Debra Haley, 35 years
Judy Graf, 30 years
Brandy Valance, 15 years
New Information Assistant Joins Library Staff
Ellen Clark joined the Service Desk staff April 21, 2014.  Ellen is an IPFW graduate who was a student employee at the library's Service Desk.  She was also one of the first Learning Commons Consultants.  Ellen and her husband Cory have been married almost three years. An animal lover, Ellen has fish, rabbits and a cat.   Welcome, Ellen!



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