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August 2014 Volume 7 Issue 1
Welcome Back!

 

Welcome back - we wish you an exciting and productive semester!  The library and the liaison librarians are here to support your students AND you, the faculty and staff.  Ask us about resources for teaching, such as our Information Literacy Tool Kits and resources for research, such as choosing the best journals to publish in, copyright, author's contracts, tracking the impact of your publications, setting up alerts to follow your research interests in the literature or on the web, IPFW's scholarly repository Opus and the assistance we can offer in entering your publications and more.  We're here to help! 


It's been a busy summer in and outside the library.  Here is what's in store for fall 2014. 

Foundation Work Outside the Library 
You can't help but notice the mounds of dirt and fencing around the south side of the library and blocking the campus main corridor, but you may not have noticed the new concrete and brick plaza with new seating outside the front of the library.  Work to waterproof the library basement will continue until the end of October.  When the foundation work is completed in October, there will be new landscaping, a walking and biking path, and bike parking on the south side of the library.  And, we hope, a dry basement!

Honors Program Center 
The new Honors Program Center, located on the 2nd floor of Helmke Library, is now open.  The Center includes a student lounge and computer lab, as well as classrooms where Honors classes are already being held.  Any students interested in the Honors Program should stop by or contact the Honors Program by phone 260-481-6924 or email ipfw-honors-program@ipfw.edu

Sprinklers 
The ceiling tiles in the Learning Commons on the second floor have been removed and a new sprinkler system has been installed.  Ceiling tiles and lighting will be replaced as part of the library renovation scheduled to begin summer 2015. 

Library Renovation Forums 
The architect for the library renovation will begin meeting with library staff, students and faculty this fall to develop design plans for the library interior.  While most of the renovation funding is designated for infrastructure needs (HVAC, plumbing, power, and network), we are cautiously optimistic that some funds will be available to realign space and upgrade library furniture, equipment, and finishings to accommodate student and faculty needs.
Introducing Express Search!

 

The librarians at Helmke Library are committed to teaching students how to find, evaluate, and use information.  Google and Wikipedia have their place in the search process, but we believe that scholarly information is more appropriate for most of our students' inquiries.


This semester we are pleased to introduce Express Search, a new tool to help IPFW discover scholarly information.  Express Search searches our entire catalog, our journals, and most of our databases - all from a single search box. 


By default, every result can be accessed immediately online or found in Helmke Library.  Users can limit their results to books, ebooks, journal articles, peer-reviewed items, or specific publications, among other options.  Book results include a direct link into IUCAT for those who prefer to use our Request Delivery service, and every journal result includes access to the FIND IT button and our Document Delivery service.  Every results page also
 includes immediate access to Helmke Library staff through an "Ask Us" chat box, as well as a direct link into our Topic Guides.


Your subject librarian is available to teach you and your students about the benefits and limitations of Express Search.  While it is a very convenient tool, it will not replace the many library databases that provide sophisticated, precise searching.  It is still critical for upper-level students to learn about specialized research tools in their field of stud
y.  Don't hesitate to call your librarian for individual, departmental, or class instruction sessions.  We're here to help! 

Helmke Library's Got Game!

Join us for a night of gaming!  Helmke Library is hosting a welcome back game night on Thursday, September 4th, from 4:00-9:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Helmke Library.  You will find Catan, Dominion, Munchkin, and more from the classics to the new and most popular games!  Bring your own game and add to the event!  Follow the smell of free popcorn and sounds of laughter!  For more information and to sign up for time slots click Library Game Night.
Helmke Library and IPFW's 50th Anniversary

 

Complete the Picture - An IPFW 50th Anniversary Event, Sunday, October 12, 2014

Since 1964, IPFW's history has been captured in photographs.  Over the years, names and dates have been forgotten, labels have faded and fallen away, and the people who knew the photos' subjects have gone.  The library is hosting "Complete the Picture," an opportunity for anyone with an IPFW connection to browse unidentified photographs, reminisce, and hopefully provide information on the people, places, and activities in the photos.  The event will be held in the Walb Classic Ballroom on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and will include the presentation of a plaque honoring IPFW founding faculty at 3:00.  For those who can't make the event, the photographs are also online in mDON's Complete the Picture Collection.  Identifying information can be shared by clicking on the comment link above or below each photo.

 

Faculty Publications Display
Later in the fall semester, the library will feature a display of faculty publications over the past 50 years.

 

Helmke History Briefs
When Indiana University and Purdue University at Fort Wayne moved to the present campus site in 1964, the two libraries were merged into one collection of 35,000 books and 600 periodical subscriptions.  It was located in a second floor wing of Kettler Hall.  In 1969, funds were appropriated for a new building and groundbreaking took place on November 11, 1970.  On September 20 and 21, 1972 the campus and community hand-carried 100,000 volumes from Kettler Hall to the present building, Helmke Library. 
Digital Initiative News

 

mDON

The IPFW Communicator digital collection of IPFW's weekly spanning 1969 through 2009-2010, and earlier student publications pre-dating The Communicator, has been downloaded over 65,000 times in the last three years.  The most downloaded issue to date is the October 29, 2003 edition.  It's hard to guess why, could it be the lengthy article on The Haunting Truth of the IPFW Campus concerning the Indiana Ghost Tracker's investigation into the haunted Studio Theatre?  The collection is a cooperative effort of IPSN, Inc., Walter E. Helmke Library, and IPFW alumnus David Donovan.

 Opus

 

2013 Faculty Accomplishments Report Deadline September 12, 2014

Every year the Office of Research, Engagement and Sponsored Programs publishes the Faculty Accomplishment Report; since 2009 information for this report has come from Opus.  The deadline for entering your 2013 research, scholarship and creative achievements in Opus for inclusion in the annual 2013 Faculty Accomplishments report is Friday, September 12, 2014.  Library staff will enter citations in Opus for you; contact Cheryl Truesdell.
 

Education Master's Degree Projects added to Opus

This summer the library worked with the graduate faculty in the Department of Professional Studies to digitize and load 29 projects from 2010-2014 graduate student special projects into Opus.  Graduate students seeking an M.S. in Education with a major in Special Education must complete a research sequence and thesis or Special Project.  The program based on the scholar-practitioner model is designed to produce teacher candidates who are able to read, interpret, and apply research in the special education classroom.  All of these projects required IRB approval and were rigorously monitored and evaluated by IPFW graduate faculty.  

Websites for Scholars: Subject Librarian Picks

These websites have been reviewed by Choice, the major reviewing source for academic libraries. Associate Librarian Sue Skekloff selected these for this month's column:

Indiana Authors and Their Books "provides educators, researchers, and general readers in Indiana or elsewhere with a reference tool drawing from unique state resources, linking biographical sketches of famous Hoosier authors to full-text books.  The encyclopedia's content covers almost 175 years of Indiana's literary history (1816-1980).  The site offers some 7,000 author entries, with biographical sketches and bibliographies, that link to selected monographs from the bibliographies encoded so far (about 400 digitized titles to date).  Other title searches route to external services such as Google Books and IUCAT, Indiana University's online library catalog, to facilitate access. Included are authors with national reputations from Indiana's first 100 years, such as Theodore Dreiser, Gene Stratton-Porter, Kurt Vonnegut, and Booth Tarkington, along with others born, raised, or educated in Indiana or who lived in the state for a major portion of their lives." --E. L. Bagley, Agnes Scott College. Copyright 2013 American Library Association

Open Humanities Press "is an online, open-access publishing collective aimed at providing exposure to and dissemination of interdisciplinary books and journals devoted to critical thought.  All material published via OHP is open access, and a board of international scholars provides editorial oversight across the content life-cycle process... OHP journals and books represent a spectrum of content including philosophic thought, networked media, climate change, economics, theory, history, commentary, and more...Full text may be downloaded directly from the website as PDF files or via a linked website...Faculty may also be interested in the publishing opportunities for themselves or for their graduate students." --J. Porciello, Cornell University.  Copyright 2014 American Library Association

Pew Research Global Attitudes Project provides public opinion surveys and dataset analyses about attitudes and trends concerning important global topics, especially those impacting the US. Survey topics include a wide range of issues, including foreign affairs, national security, terrorism, the global image of the US, and globalization and trade. This website is well designed; narrative analyses and graphical data (e.g., bar graphs, charts, longitudinal displays, and pie charts) are presented on nearly every page... Select video summaries are integrated throughout the site...--C. E. Geck, independent scholar.  Copyright 2014 American Library Association
Library People and Accomplishments

Denise Buhr, Information Services and Instruction Librarian, was awarded tenure with promotion to Associate Librarian.
 
Deborah Kelley, one of IPFW's biggest fans is retiring.  Deb Kelley's last day will be August 29.  As a life-long learner, Deb has taken classes at IPFW most of her life.  Before working at the library, she had temporary positions in Development, the Alumni Office, Sociology and Psychology.  As a returning adult student, Deb worked at the library's Circulation Desk.  Little did anyone know then that she would return to the library as a full time Information Assistant on September 2, 1997.  Holding a full time job did not stop Deb from taking classes, though.  While working at the library's Service Desk, she started grad school and obtained a Masters in Liberal Studies.  Deb has always put students' needs first, and the BigHeart Club acknowledged this by giving her the 2011-2012 BigHeart Award.  One of Deb's favorite assignments has been working with Better World Books.  By sending discarded books to Better World Books, hundreds of trees have been saved.  Please join us in sending best wishes to Deb as she starts her retirement.
Christine Smith, manager of the library's stellar Document Delivery Services and world traveler extraordinaire retired August 8, 2014.  Chris is a graduate of IPFW with a degree in Music Therapy. She worked for IPFW and the library for over twenty years.  Chris's excellent management of DDS emphasized customer service, quick turnarounds and elimination of barriers to materials sought by IPFW faculty, students and staff.  Chris plans to continue her travels around the world, beginning with a trip across India in October.  She will be greatly missed.

Presentations and Publications

Shannon F. Johnson, Tiff Adkins, and Lisa Jarrell (2014). Dual Credit Programs: Challenges for Academic Librarianship in the Sciences. Presented at 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference, Science and Technology Section Poster Reception Forum, Las Vegas, NV.

Florence Mugambi (2014). Opportunity to Read, Opportunity to Succeed: Building a Village Library in Kenya. Presented at 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Florence Mugambi (2014). Digitizing Engineering Senior Design Project Reports. Presented at 2014 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. 

Honors Program Center and Writing Center News


Honors Program Center

In August, 43 incoming Honors-eligible freshmen took part in a week-long Honors Freshmen seminar.  The goal of this one credit course is to introduce the students to the Honors program, the campus, various faculty and programs on campus, and each other, in an intellectually stimulating environment. Two Librarians--Tiff Adkins and Shannon Johnson--took part as guest faculty in the course, as part of the "Versioning of International Events: An Informational Literacy Project" activity.  

 

IPFW Writing Center 

The Writing Center has a new supervisor, Kristine Frye.  Her office and the Writing Center are located on the first floor of the Helmke Library.  Their new hours are: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. After- hours and weekends by appointment only. Information about Writing Center appointments can be found on the IPFW website at: http://www.ipfw.edu/offices/casa/writing/appointments.html. Faculty and students can contact the Writing Center by phone: 260-481-5740 or e-mail: writingcenter@ipfw.edu.


Call for Proposals


The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Fall 2014 IOLUG program: "Library Hacks: New Roles, New Tech, New Spaces" on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, IN. The deadline for proposals is Friday, September 5th, 2014 Get some inspiration from previous years' sessions on the IOLUG Website. 


Whether it be changes to our roles as librarians, changes in the technology we use to perform our jobs and that we teach our patrons how to use, or changes to our very library environments, the Library is a constantly changing and evolving entity. Our Fall Program theme is "Library Hacks: New Roles, New Tech, New Spaces," and the IOLUG Program Committee is interested in hearing about ways that you "hack" the way you perform your role, how you design your spaces, or how you find and utilize emerging technologies. What new ideas are you implementing to make you or your library more relevant and engaging to those you serve?

Submit your proposal using the online form by Friday, September 5th.
 

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