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November 2014 Volume 7 Issue 4
Faculty Discuss IPFW's Draft Open Access Policy
The Senate Library Subcommittee sponsored a faculty forum on November 24, 2014 on IPFW's draft Open Access Policy.  The draft policy and FAQ are available online at: guides.library.ipfw.edu/open-access-policy.  The director of Purdue's Copyright Office and IUPUI's Scholarly Communication Librarian were invited to answer questions and provide feedback on Open Access policies at Purdue and IUPUI.  More information sessions and meetings with faculty are planned for the spring semester. For more information contact, Suzanne LaVere, Chair, Senate Library Subcommittee or Cheryl Truesdell.
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?


At 8:30 AM on November 5, the campus experienced a power outage that affected most of the buildings.  The library was in the unique position of having power for anything plugged into an outlet, but had no overhead lights.  Computers for staff and the public were in operation and the library stayed open.  However, riding the elevators or using a restroom in the dark was an adventure.  Several enterprising instructors brought their classes to the library to hold class in areas near windows.   Afternoon classes were cancelled in some buildings.  Power was completely restored to the library at 2:30 PM, much to the relief of the library staff.   


Reminder: Submit Departmental Book Orders by December 1

December 1, 2014 is the deadline for requesting book/DVD or any one-time purchases for the Library's collection.  Please send a prioritized list of all the titles your department faculty has requested to your departmental liaison librarian.  The primary purpose of the library collection is to serve the needs of our undergraduate students so any materials that you feel will benefit them directly in their course work should be given priority.

The Library has moved away from the allocation model for the departments and instead we are asking faculty and instructors to submit all requests, note the priorities and whether you prefer a print or e-book version...we will move down the list and buy starting with highest priority.


There are several tools for finding/reviewing books in your area.  Use the Choice cards and catalogs in your departments or use Choice online.  Choice provides reviews of academic books and electronic sources of interest to a wide variety of subject areas.  You are also welcome to use any publisher catalogs, listservs, or other sources of materials that you find most useful for your subjects, including Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 


Two other purchase request options will be available in spring 2015 - Special Needs Grants and serials (subscription) requests


Find more information on the Special Needs Grants at: http://library.ipfw.edu/about/policies/special-needs-grants.html

  • These 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 maximum amount per request is $3,000. 
  • All grant requests must be submitted to your liaison librarian, for initial consultation and approval. Grants are evaluated internally and forwarded to the Senate Library Subcommittee for a decision. 
  • Deadline: March 15, 2015 for Helmke Library Special Needs Grant applications.

Later in spring 2015, the library will complete its annual internal review of serial subscriptions. Please forward any serial subscription (journals, databases, indexes) requests to your liaison librarian. Depending on the library budget for recurring/subscription expenditures, the library considers new subscriptions balanced against our access/ownership model and on the ability to sustain subscription costs over time at approximately 5-7% price increases each year.


Library Open 24/7 Dead and Finals Week

The library will be open 24/7 for the last two weeks of the semester again this fall.  24/7 hours will begin at 8:00 am Monday, December 8, 2014 and end at 6:00 pm Friday, December 19, 2014.  The library will open again on Saturday, December 20,  from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and will be closed, Sunday, December 21st.


The extended hours are made possible by funding from IPSGA and IPFW administration. Thank you!


Liquid Study Buddy:  Coffee/Study Break Table
December 15-17, 5:00-8:00 pm 


For those who like caffeine in a cup, Helmke Library and Student Affairs will be serving up coffee and snacks at the Coffee/Study Break Table during the first three days of finals week.  Stop by between 5:00-8:00 each night from Monday, December 15, through Wednesday, December 17, for coffee, snacks, and words of encouragement.  Good luck with finals!



Faculty and staff who would like to serve at the coffee table are encouraged to contact Tiff Adkins in the Library (260-481-6708). Come and join the fun in supporting our students!


IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium
Friday, March 27, 2015
The 2015 Student Research and Creative Endeavor Poster Symposium will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Learning Commons bridge.  Registration for the symposium opens January 12, 2015 and closes February 2, 2015.  Undergraduate and graduate research and creative works from all disciplines are encouraged.  For more information about the Symposium, see the website at: http://www.ipfw.edu/offices/resp/students/symposium.html or contact Heidi Sandquist.
Library People and Accomplishments

Susan M. Anderson

Susan AndersonSusan M. Anderson, Matthew Shaw, Tina Baich, Elizabeth Whipple, Cheri Smith, Shayna Beth Pekala, Franny Gaede, David Scherer and Bradford Eden(2014). Promoting Open Access @ Your Library. Poster presented at Indiana Library Federation, Indianapolis, IN. http://opus.ipfw.edu/lib_facpres/59. The poster, from the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Scholarly Communication Committee, won first prize at the Conference. Prize money will be donated to ALI to help fund academic librarian attendance at future ILF conferences. A copy of the poster is available at: http://academiclibrariesofindiana.org/comm_scholcomm.


Susan M. Anderson, Brian Bunnett, Sally Neal, and William Weare Jr (2014). On the Same Page: Combining Service Desks for a Single Point of Contact. Presented at Indiana Library Federation, Indianapolis, IN. http://opus.ipfw.edu/lib_facpres/60.


Beth Boatright, assistant librarian at Helmke Library, was among only 50 people selected for the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders in the American Library Association.  This program enables new librarians to assume leadership positions at an early career stage, providing training, networking, and project management opportunities within the profession. The program kicks off during the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The program continues in an online learning and networking environment for six months, culminating with a poster session where the 2015 Emerging Leaders will showcase the results of their project planning work at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference.


Welcome, Kathleen!

Kathleen Burke has been hired as Helmke Library's new Information Assistant and will begin on Monday, December 1st.  Kathleen has worked at the Bellmont High School library for almost 14 years, and worked part time at the Decatur Public Library for three years.  Kathleen is an IPFW graduate.



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