August 2015 Volume 8 Issue 1
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Yes, you've heard it!  The Helmke Library will be undergoing a major renovation beginning December 20, 2015 and ending December 2016.  The 43-year old building, built before personal computers and the Internet, will receive expanded power and network capacity, new HVAC, energy-efficient lighting, fire suppression system, and an interior architectural facelift.  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.

Helmke Library Refresh Fact Sheet
New, convenient temporary Library locations:
  • Library Services Center:  Inside the library's front doors 
  • Library Information Desk:  Learning Commons Skybridge, south end
Same services and resources:
  • The 24/7 virtual library is still 24/7. Opus, databases, e-books and journals are at 
  • 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 first-floor Library Services Center. 
  • We will still be providing our fast-turnaround Document Delivery Services. 
  • We will still be accepting Reserves for Spring 2016 through Fall 2016. (


Access to research consultations with librarians:

The librarians will be working from offices around campus and in the temporary library services center.  In addition, you can drop in, or contact us by IM, email, and phone.  An online calendar is available for scheduling in-person consultations.  We are happy to meet with you and your students on campus or for classroom library instruction sessions.
Many of the liaison librarians have already relocated to offices in their liaison areas:  
Tiff Adkins, NF 258
Susan Anderson (relocating 12/15), LB275
Denise Buhr (relocating 12/15), Walb G25
Beth Boatright, NF 328
David Dunham, SB491
Shannon Johnson, LA303
Ann Marshall (relocating 12/15),Walb G25
Florence Mugambi, ET 221M
Sue Skekloff (relocating 12/15), Walb G25
We've got your students covered for computer lab spaces, study spaces, access to consultations with the Writing Center and Tutoring services: 
  • A list of Student Computer Access Labs with over 175 dedicated network computers is available from the ITS website.
  • 24/7 computing and study area will be available in 1st floor Neff lounge
  • Writing Center, Tutoring have relocated to Kettler G19
  • Access to Honors Center and CATV will remain open but restricted
Important dates to remember:
  • December 20, 2015: Helmke Library main facility closes to the public for major renovation
  • December 20, 2015 - January 3, 2016:  No library service while Helmke Library staff move to first and second floor service centers 
  • January 4, 2016 - December 2016:  Helmke Library services available from Library Services Center, first floor library entrance and Library Information Desk on second floor Skybridge south end 
Follow renovation updates at: 
Questions? Contact Cheryl Truesdell at 260-481-6506
Library Game Night, Wednesday, September 2
Get your game on at Helmke Library's Game Night! 

Join us for a night of gaming! Helmke Library is hosting a welcome back game night on Wednesday, September 2nd, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons on the second floor of Helmke Library.  Put your skills to the test with Jeopardy, Giant Jenga, Munchkin, and more! From the classics to the new and most popular games or bring your own game and add to the event! Follow the smell of free popcorn and sounds of laughter!!! 
Library Hours
The library will be closed Monday, September 7, 2015 for Labor Day.
Monday - Thursday8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Noon - 11:00 pm
New e-Resources

Th is includes the following journals:
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • New England Medical Review and Journal
  • New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery
  • Boston Medical and Surgical Journal

Our resources also provide access to the New England Journal of Medicine from 1990 - present.

Digital Collections from the Vatican to IPFW

The Vatican Apostolic Library's digitization projects mean free access for the public to ancient religious manuscripts. Historical treaties, manuscripts and letters from important historical figures as well as drawings and notes by artists and scientists such as Michelangelo and Galileo are available.

Closer to home you can enjoy the growing digital collections in mDON which include theater performance memorabilia, History Center materials, historical photos gathered for IPFW's 50th anniversary and more.

Workshops for EndnoteWeb and PubMed
September - October, 2015
Library People and Accomplishments
Tiff Adkins, Susan M. Anderson, Beth Boatright, and Sue Skekloff (2015). Statewide Transfer General Education Core: Librarian and Faculty Collaboration on Information Literacy. Presented at 2015 Area Dean's Teaching Conference, Fort Wayne, IN.

Denise Buhr and Jennifer Leone (2015). Crowdsourcing History: Identifying Mystery Photographs. Presented at Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

David C. Dunham (2015). Undergraduates Do Real Research? Using an Institutional Repository to Showcase and Promote Undergraduate Research, Creative Endeavor, and Undergraduate/ Faculty Collaborations. Presented at THATCamp Indiana 2015, IUPU, Indianapolis, IN.

Shannon F. Johnson and Ludwika Goodson (2015). Faculty Development Centers and Libraries: United We Stand, Divided We Fall. ACRL 2015 Proceedings. Presented at ACRL, Portland, OR.

Shannon F. Johnson, Lisa Jarrell, and Tiff Adkins (2015). Dual Credit Programs and Impact on IL Instruction. Presented at ACRL, Portland, OR.

Beth Boatright, member of the 2015 class of the American Library Association Emerging Leaders, presented with her team members their final project at a poster session during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The emerging leaders were divided into groups to explore issues related to a sponsoring ALA division, committee or round table.  Beth's team represented the Reference and User Services Association.  They analyzed library publisher services and concluded that a need exists for such services beyond academic libraries. They recommended building an online space for library publishing resources and initiating a discussion or interest group to investigate their findings further.
Joyce Saltsman honored with Virginia Willig Award

At the library's staff retreat in August 2015, Joyce Saltsman, Service Desk Manager, was awarded the Virginia Willig Award for excellence in service at the Helmke Library.
Joyce has been serving students for over 30 years.  During that time she has been responsible for making major changes in check-out procedures, reserves, hold requests, and service points, all accomplished as seamlessly as possible for our students.  She insures that materials are returned to the shelves in a timely manner and in call number order.  When our collection needs to be shifted, she makes sure that it is done as quickly, quietly, and accurately as humanly possible.  She coordinates the Library staff education program on suicide prevention and insures the Library's adherence with ADA. She makes sure that the Service Desk and Learning Commons Desks are always staffed (a heroic feat) and that the staff is trained to handle anything that comes up - well, almost anything.  She has also served many students by teaching them by word and by example to be excellent employees.   In fact, she has propelled many students to gainful employment after graduation.  Many of the current library staff are here because she first hired them, some as green freshmen.  Congratulations to Joyce for a well-deserved award!
IPFW Summerfest

The 2015 Summerfest College Challenge Trivia featured two library teams.  Team One, Joyce Saltsman, Deb Haley, Tim Leonard, and Adam Coffman, won the first round of Jeopardy with 25,700 points.  The runner-up team from this match also advanced to the final round.

The second library team, Shannon Johnson, David Dunham, Chris Smith and Graham Fredrick, won their round with 31,000 points.  Kirk Tolliver then had a moment of silence for the absent accounting/business professors who hadn't registered.

The final round featured the 2 library teams against the runner-up team from the first round.  All 3 teams guessed incorrectly on the final Jeopardy question, so the Shannon/David/Chris/Graham team survived with 21,300 points while the other teams bet & lost everything.
The final answer was: Under FDA rules, only these two minerals are required to be disclosed on all food labels.  Do you know the question?

Farewell, Deanna!

Deanna Schumm, Information Assistant, accepted a new position in Ohio.  Her last day at Helmke Library was August 14.  Before coming to IPFW, Deanna had been a public school librarian in Sandusky.  Her new position is also as a school librarian--we wish Deanna all the best and thank her for her many contributions to Helmke Library.

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