February 2015 Volume 7 Issue 7
Follow the renovation @ ipfw.edu/libraryrefresh
After 43 years, it's time to install updates at Helmke Library. While the building goes through its 12-month reboot, our services and resources will remain accessible online and in-person. Check out the 5 things you need to know about Helmke Library's Refresh, including when, where, and how our faculty, students, and staff will be supported. 
5 things you need to know
about the Helmke Library refresh/renovation

1.  Same services and resources; only our temporary location(s) will be new. Stop at a service point near the first and second floor entrances to talk with us or request services.
  • The 24/7 virtual library is still 24/7. Opus, databases, e-books and journals are at library.ipfw.edu
  • Ask us to retrieve books, print journals, albums or any physical object from the library, University Archives, or from the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library (NIDL). 
  • We will still be loaning iPads and laptops from our temporary Service Desk.
  • We will still be providing our fast-turnaround Document Delivery Services. 
  • We will still be accepting Reserves for Fall and Spring 2015-2016. (http://library.ipfw.edu/find/reservesexpress/)
  • Access to Honors Center and CATV will remain open but restricted; details to follow.
2.  We've got your students covered for computer lab space, study spaces, access to consultations with librarians and the Writing Center. Details to follow as we identify the best campus spaces. 
3.  The librarians will be working from offices around campus and within the temporary library annex-contact us by IM, email, phone or in-person. We're happy, as always, to meet with you and your students on campus or for classroom library instruction sessions.

4.  The computer classroom (LB 440) will be offline but other campus labs can be used for library instruction sessions.

5.  Follow renovation updates at:

Questions? Contact Cheryl Truesdell at 481-6506


IPFW Open Access Policy
IPFW Open Access Policy Resolution Passed by URPC

The Senate Library Subcommittee submitted an IPFW Open Access Policy resolution to the University Resource Policy Committee on Monday, February 23rd. The resolution was passed unanimously and will now be sent to the full Senate for a vote. 

The Serials Crisis, Open Access, and Publisher Pushback
By David Dunham

The term "serials crisis" has become common parlance for the exponential rise in the price of academic journals, while library budgets remain static or increase at a much slower rate. According to a 2005 white paper published for the UNC-Chapel Hill Scholarly Communications Convocation, "Among ARL member libraries in the period 1986-2003, the price per subscription of serials rose by 215%," while "the Consumer Price Index rose by only 68% during the same period." This trend has continued even though new technologies and increasing moves to digital formats have actually lowered the production costs for most publishers. While a challenge to even large state universities, such increases in cost prove an almost insurmountable barrier for smaller institutions and for researchers and institutions in the developing world.

Many librarians see open access publishing and archiving as a step toward making scholarship freely available. Scholars can provide open access to their work through "gold" open access (publishing in an open access journal), "hybrid" open access (paying the publisher to provide your article open access within a journal that is only available to subscribers), and "green" open access (publishing or archiving in an open access institutional repository). If you have uploaded a work to OPUS, IPFW's institutional repository, you have participated in green open access publishing. 

The Open Access movement is not without its critics, primarily publishers and scholars who fear that it threatens the peer-review process that helps to maintain the standards of quality in academic publishing. One of the ways publishers fight open access is with stringent copyright policies, demanding exclusive rights to scholars' works, and denying them the right to share their works in an open access institutional repository. University-wide open access policies can protect scholars from having to give away all rights to their works, retaining non-exclusive rights for the university, and thus making the grant of exclusive rights to a publisher impossible. This, in turn, gives scholars greater bargaining power when negotiating the rights to their works with potential publishers. The IPFW Senate will be considering and voting on such a policy soon. The IPFW Open Access Policy and a FAQ are online at: http://guides.library.ipfw.edu/open-access-policy 


Next month: Predatory Journals 


Friday, March 27, 9am-3pm--The Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium

The Helmke-Walb skybridge is the place to be on March 27 to see the outstanding accomplishments of over 90 undergraduate and graduate students who will be exhibiting their posters and talking about their projects at the 18th annual symposium. The three top departments represented are Biology, Geosciences and Physics but there is student representation from almost every school on campus. Thanks to all faculty who have encouraged student participation and mentored their students' research projects.

Consider these opportunities the Symposium offers:
  • If you are interested in being considered as a faculty judge for the symposium (short time blocks for judging to be assigned), please contact Heidi Sandquist, RESP.
  • Consider bringing a class to view and discuss the posters from your discipline or learn from those outside your discipline; it's a great opportunity to have students participate in peer review and critiques. 
Questions? Contact Cheryl Truesdell, Library Dean and member of the Symposium Planning Committee.

The Writing Research Process Webinar
Thursday, March 5, 2:00-3:00 pm in LB 440A
Facilitators: Shannon Johnson, Library and Ludy Goodson, CELT


The IPFW Faculty Writing Circle invites you to the ALI Information Literacy Committee's webinar on the convergence of the writing and research process. Professor Susan Ariew, Academic Services Librarian for Education at the University of South Florida, will be sharing her experience and insights to identify the parallels between the writing and research process and discuss teaching strategies that marry the research process with the writing process. This session is co-sponsored by Helmke Library and CELT. Registration is required.

Special Needs Grants due March 15, 2015 to your Liaison Librarian


The Library Special Needs 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 amount per request is $3,000 maximum. 
  • Materials are a one-time purchase only; no subscriptions or recurring costs can be funded with a Special Needs Grant.
  • All grant requests must be submitted to your liaison librarian for initial consultation and approval. Grants are then evaluated internally and forwarded to the Senate Library Subcommittee for a decision. 
  • Deadline: March 15, 2015 for Special Needs Grant applications
More information on the Special Needs Grants Policy and the Form at: http://library.ipfw.edu/about/policies/special-needs-grants.html



Indiana librarians might be a quiet group, but they can make noise when necessary. Their complaints about budget cuts proposed by Gov. Mike Pence drew a quick response from House budget-writers, who have restored all but $150,000 of the money for state library services. (Make Book on Librarians Making More Noise. Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Editorials, February 28, 2015).
The INSPIRE collection of databases and online resources ("Indiana's Virtual Library") is in the Ways and Means Committee budget at $2,764,500 for the biennium. This is slightly more than what was in the state appropriation in the current biennium. The budget is now in the Senate where it is hoped that INSPIRE will remain fully funded. 

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