March 2015 Volume 7 Issue 8
Follow the renovation @
The library has launched the Helmke Library Refresh website which will be updated regularly with information about the renovation and library services, resources and programs. Currently you can find floor plans, the project timeline and information about library, computing and student study services during the year of the Refresh. 
Questions?  Contact Cheryl Truesdell at 260-481-6506.
Opus 2014 Annual Report
The Opus 2014 annual report will be released soon and will be available on the Opus site.  Some highlights of the report, for the period ending 12/31/14, include:
  • Total downloads in 2014:   70,784
  • Items in Opus:   9,662
  • Faculty Scholarly and Creative Works in Opus:   7,950
  • Graduate Research in Opus:   65
  • Undergraduate works:   1,647

The complete Opus Annual Report will include information on country visits, referrals by domain, social network activity, items added by department and top 10 downloads of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate works.


  • You can track information on your own works in Opus through monthly emails with links to your Opus Author Dashboard. Your liaison librarian can help you set up these reports.
  • The Library can help you with your Opus presence by entering work into Opus for you.  Send your CV or link to your online presence on other websites such as or ResearchGate to David Dunham and we will make sure your Opus research and creative profile is up-to-date.
Review: 18th Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium
The Library skybridge was the scene of the 18th Annual Symposium on Friday, March 27. In the largest Symposium to date, 85 students representing almost every department on campus presented posters. The Office for Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs, the Helmke Library, the Honors Program, and the Office of Graduate Studies sponsor this important symposium.

The Top Five Departments with the most presenters were Psychology, Biology, Geosciences, Physics and Chemistry. Psychology, Biology and Geosciences each boasted over 20 student presenters.  Posters will be available soon in Opus.

Other departments' faculty --45 in all--responded with their time and effort to serve as judges. In addition, every student presenter had at least one faculty member as mentor.

The Symposium reflects one of the exemplary aspects of an IPFW education--the opportunity to be engaged in research as an undergraduate or as a graduate student. Congratulations to all the student participants and a sincere thank you to all the faculty mentors, judges, and staff who made this a successful event.

Student participant winners are listed on the RESP website.  A second set of awards was given by Sigma Xi IPFW chapter, the multidisciplinary honor research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.
Harry Potter's World


The library is hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine" through April 25th in the Learning Commons on the library's second floor.
"The magic in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.  Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine explores the intersection of these worlds, featuring highlights from the collections of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine. It explores the link between Harry Potter and the history of science using materials from the National Library of Medicine." (From NLM exhibit page)

A website with additional materials including educational and teaching resources for higher education complements the exhibit.

Come over and check us out!
Admitted Student Reception


On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Rhinehart Music Center was abuzz with activity as nearly 300 students and their parents and quests learned all about IPFW and what they can look forward to during the next school year.  Helmke Library was there along with many other campus groups to let all the eager new students know they have lots of support to help them meet their educational goals. The most asked about topic of the day for the Helmke Library Librarian was, of course, about the Helmke Library Refresh project going on during the 2015-2016 school year.  All were relieved to hear that our books, librarians, and all our valued services will be available to them, just in new temporary locations.   

Trivia Pursuit, Irish Style

It was Helmke Library's Pot O'Gold Game Night, co-sponsored with IPFW's International English Honor Society, that brought them.  On Wednesday, March 25th, Lads and Lasses came from hither and yon to the fair land of the Helmke Library Learning Commons for the games.  In particular, the Shillelagh Pursuit Trivia Game.  Five teams of three worked together to answer questions about Irish literature and culture. Onlookers were impressed with how well each team bonded to answer the questions.  One could have heard a Shepherd's Pie hit the ground as teams waited to hear the correct answers at the end of each round.  First, second, and third place teams walked away with the pots o' gold. For a few hours, the second floor of Helmke Library was part of the Emerald Isle.  A fitting quote from William Butler Yeats, speaks of this great event, "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met."
IPFW Writing Program Showcase, April 13

The Writing Program Writing Showcase will be held in the Learning Commons on Monday, April 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Showcase is sponsored by the Department of English and Linguistics.  It provides an opportunity for students who have taken writing courses in the Department to display their writing and research endeavors.  The presentations are judged and winners earn monetary awards.
Library People and Accomplishments

The Library Legends stair climbing team recently won the employee portion of the eight-week Step This Weigh challenge by climbing a total of 13,043 flights of stairs.  Team member Roger Ellert was the campus individual champion with a grand total of 8,838 flights.  Other members of the team included Amy Harrison, Barbara Lloyd, Brandy Valentine, Cheryl Truesdell, Denise Buhr, Ellen Clark, Karen Parkison, and Kathleen Burke.

Congratulations to Tim Leonard, Learning Commons student consultant, who has been selected by the National Board of Directors of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society to serve a two-year term as one of two Student Advisors.  Student Advisors represent the student voice to the Board of Directors and serve as voting members of the Board.
Congratulations to three library staff members who will be honored at the IPFW Staff Recognition Luncheon for their years of service - Graham Fredrick, Document Delivery Services Coordinator, 10 years; Jennifer Leone, Digital Projects Coordinator, 15 years; and Karen Parkison, Cataloger and Serials Controller, 25 years.


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