November 2015 Volume 8 Issue 4
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Library Hours Update
Open 8:00 am Monday, December 7, 2015 through 6:00 pm Friday, December 18, 2015
Open Saturday, December 19, 2015, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Closed Sunday, December 20, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Renovation begins December 21, 2015!
New Library Services Center opens on first floor, January 4 - 8, 2016, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. 
Closed Saturday and Sunday, January 9-10, 2016

Spring semester hours start January 11, 2016
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday: Noon - 9:00 pm
Syllabus updates for 2016
If you are preparing a syllabus for spring classes, please include up-to-date language about Helmke Library and the Writing Center:

Visit the Library Services Center for research assistance, laptops and iPads checkout, and help accessing library materials. Librarians are available in-person and via the online Ask-A-Librarian service. Learn how to request books and access our online resources 24/7 at
Rethink Research Assignments during the Refresh
Although physical resources will still be available during the Library's Refresh, the library's stacks will be closed to the public. We recommend adjusting your assignments to take this restriction into account.  Online journal articles, reference books, and e-books, are excellent options for research! Consult with your librarian about designing research assignments for the spring semester.  Librarians are experts in information literacy and library resources; we can even teach your students in person or online about:
  • How to evaluate online resources
  • The difference between scholarly and popular resources
  • Where to look for resources appropriate to the class/topic
  • How to access resources during the Library Refresh
  • Information ethics, plagiarism, and citation tracking
Other questions?
The library's renovation will start December 21, 2015. Watch for more updates on our Refresh website, the library's Facebook page, Helmke Highlights, and other campus news venues. 
You're invited
Helmke Library De-Construction Party
Thursday, December 10, 2015, noon-2:00 pm
Helmke Library First Floor
Library Open 24/7 Dead and Finals Week
The library will be open 24/7 beginning Monday, December 7, 2015 through 6:00 pm Friday, December 18, 2015. These extended hours are brought to you again by IPSGA, University Administration, University Police, and the library's staff.
Other Finals Week Activities
Pet-a-Pup and Relax
Therapy Dogs will be onsite!  To alleviate some of the stress associated with this time of year, the Helmke Library, with the generous help of Pets Assisting Well-Being and Success (PAWS), is happy to host trained therapy dogs in the Learning Commons from 11am-1pm, Monday-Wednesday, December 14-16, 2015. Take a furry furlough from your studies.

Coloring Your Way to Zen
Coloring is not just for kids anymore.  It has become one of the newest ways to de-stress. According to psychologists such as Gary Fitzgibbon: "When people are under stress, they want to put their head in a place that reminds them of a time they had no pressures and an environment in which everything was provided for them. For the majority of people, that place is their childhood."  "The new relaxation craze: Can staying between the lines keep us on track?" The Telegraph, 4 June 2014. Studies have found that coloring can relieve stress, calm nerves, produce peacefulness, and create a quiet zen experience.  (See Adult coloring books topping bestseller lists,, 24 April 2015.)

The library will host a table in the Learning Commons with a variety of intricate coloring designs and colored pencils during study (dead) and finals week. Check it out.

Get a Java Jumpstart!
Give your brain a jumpstart by stopping by the Coffee/Study Break Table in the Helmke Library Learning Commons. Helmke Library and Student Affairs will be serving up FREE coffee and snacks between 5:00-8:00 p.m. each night from Monday, December 14, through Wednesday, December 16. 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 (481-6708 or Come and join the fun in supporting our students!
Pssssssst, the Ps are on the Move 
When the library opened in 1972, reference books were on first floor.  Periodicals and government documents were on second.  Books with call numbers A - L were on third and books with call numbers M - Z were on fourth.  In the late 1990s, a decision was made that the periodicals should be interfiled with the books and that third floor would be for humanities and fourth floor would be for the sciences.  This massive shifting was done in stages.  The science periodicals went to fourth floor.  The empty second floor shelves where they had been were filled with P (literature) books.  The music and art books went to third floor.  It took until 2011, but eventually call numbers A - P ended up on third floor.  Call numbers Q - Z and the government documents were on fourth floor.

We are shifting books again, this time because of the building renovation.  Once again the P books will be on fourth floor, right back where they were originally shelved.
If you visit the library and cannot find a book, talk to the people at the Service Desk on the first floor.  We'll help you find it.
Think Spring!  Spring Reserves, that is 
Instructors may begin to fill out requests for spring course reserves.  During the renovation year of 2016, students may check out reserve material in the Library Services Center.  Due to the limited seating in this room, the "Not to Leave Library" option will not be available during 2016. 

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