April 2016 Volume 8 Issue 8
Follow the renovation @ ipfw.edu/libraryrefresh 
  
24-hour study space, computer lab, and activities for Finals Week, May 1-6, 2016
The Library Building is off-line but thanks to partners Student Life, IPSGA and the Library staff, there will be a 24-hour study space for Finals week Spring 2016! Worth watching for:  activity and snack breaks, too!

Where:     The Walb Classic Ballroom 24-hour study space  
When:      12:00 noon, Sunday, May 1 - 6:00 PM, Friday, May 6

The large computer lab in Walb Union 221 will also be open 24 hours for finals week.

Quiet Study Zone 
By popular demand, the first floor entrance to bridge near the library has been designated a Quiet Study Zone. Nice tables and chairs, comfy furniture and lots of windows.  
 
Reminder: Campus Student Computer Labs
We miss the convenience of the library computer labs, too, and they will be coming back in the renovated Library in January. In the meantime, there is a 24/7 computer lab in Neff 113 and lots of other student computer labs around campus.

We're working here and the numbers show it!
Almost four full months into the library renovation, our system to deliver services even while the building is closed seems to be working.

Circulation statistics are down this semester, the first semester of the renovation, but most users know that they can still get materials from Helmke's collection or beyond.

                                                                Jan-Mar 2015                    Jan-Mar 2016
Items checked out                                       3,209                                  2,391

For a refresher on how to request materials, and why planning ahead is especially important during the renovation, check out http://guides.library.ipfw.edu/refreshaccess

Library Staff
Roger Ellert, Library Technical Services Clerk, has added "courier" to his job responsibilities during the renovation. With staff and librarians in offices around campus (Library Services Center, KT, ET, NF, LA, LB276, WU, SB and Dolnick), Roger moves books and other materials from processing by Technical Services staff in KT to the library for shelving or check-out and then carries special mail or journals to offices. During the renovation, the Tech Services' staff is living up to their motto "We deliver around the river"; Roger has logged more than 400 miles total walking on campus with 235 miles between Kettler and Helmke alone.  This level of activity is not new for Roger; he's a past winner of the IPFW Step-Up-for-Fitness logging 32,000 flights.

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Questions, comments, compliments or complaints?
Contact Cheryl Truesdell at 260.481.6506 
Senate Holds Hearings on Carla Hayden Appointment as the Next Librarian of Congress
  
It is a rare occasion for the nation to consider a new Librarian of Congress.  Since 1802, there have been only thirteen Librarians of Congress and the most recent appointment, James Billington, a historian not a librarian, served since 1987 for a total of 28 years.  This year, with gridlock in Congress and the Supreme Court nomination process at a standstill, it is notable that the Senate has moved forward with Obama's nominee for the next Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.   

The April 20, 2016 Senate Confirmation Hearing on Dr. Carla Hayden's nomination and her testimony were historic.  If confirmed, Hayden will become the first African American and the first woman to lead the Library of Congress, which serves as the nation's library and the country's oldest cultural institution. Dr. Hayden responded to the Committee's questions, moderated by Senator Roy Blunt, about issues including the Copyright Office, access to Congressional Research Service reports, initiatives of the recently formed National and International Outreach Office, the Library's technology infrastructure, and rural access to historical artifacts.  Dr. Hayden was also asked about her 2003-2004 term as president of the American Library Association at a time when legislation about both internet filters in public libraries and the Patriot Act were national policy issues.  Dr. Hayden commented on the advancement of internet filter technology over the last decade and remarked on the importance of balancing "security and personal rights."  The Enoch Pratt Free Library, where Dr. Hayden has served as CEO since 1993, garnered praise for its decision to keep its doors open during the unrest in Baltimore in 2015.

The Senate Rules and Administration Committee is expected to vote on Hayden's nomination in the upcoming weeks and, if recommended for appointment, her nomination could be voted on by the full Senate before the summer recess.  If confirmed, Dr. Hayden would serve a 10-year term, with an option for reappointment, as the result of new legislation, the Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act, passed by Congress in 2015.  
National Student Employee Appreciation Week 2016 

Helmke Library joined the rest of IPFW in observing National Student Employee Appreciation Week, April 10-15.  The Library's student employees were treated to snacks each day, courtesy of the library staff.

There are 701 student employees working for IPFW.  Fourteen work in the library and/or Learning Commons.  This year, five of our student employees were nominated by library staff for the IPFW Student Employee of the Year Award: Paige Hill, Tim Leonard, Bonnie Miller, Abbie Meek, and Eric Olsen. None won the campus award but they are all winners in the hearts of the library staff who know they and the other student employees keep the library running.
Congratulations to our Graduating Student Employees
  
Tim Leonard has completed his IPFW master's degree in English.  He will pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University.

Luisa Pires Luciano will be moving to Washington DC to attend graduate school at Georgetown University.  She will be studying for a Masters in Conflict Resolution.

Bonnie Miller plans to pursue an online double masters in Clinical Therapy and Sex Therapy from Capella University.

Zach Harants will be attending graduate school at Georgia State University.  He will be pursuing a Masters in Economics. 

Kayla Minnich will complete one online class in summer to complete her bachelor's degree and is job hunting.
Library Services Center Interim and Summer Hours
  
Interim
May 7 - 15
Saturday, May 7:  8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 8:  Closed
Monday, May 9 - Friday, May 13:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15:  Closed

Summer

May 16 - August 7
Monday - Thursday:  8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday:  Closed

Closed Monday, May 30, Memorial Day
Closed Monday, July 4, Independence Day
Library People and Accomplishments 
  
Beth Boatright has been elected vice-chair/chair-elect of RUSA's Emerging Technologies Section.  RUSA is a section of the American Library Association.




David Dunham, Scholarly Communications and liaison Librarian to Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Math and Physics, is Vice Chair of the Academic Libraries of Indiana Scholarly Communications Committee. He helped organize and lead a THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology) mini-conference on April 22nd at Notre Dame University where he presented on using Opus to showcase faculty awards, grants, and fellowships.  The conference was attended by academic librarians, professors, university technology specialists, and graduate students in the digital humanities who discussed scholarly communications, copyright, digital humanities, and other aspects of academic librarianship.

David is an inaugural member of the IPFW Alliance for Teaching Enrichment. During an organizational retreat April 1-2 at Pokagon State Park, the group discussed providing opportunities for faculty to share their collective skills and experience and to promote and recognize teaching excellence at IPFW.

Daniel Lin, Library Computer Technician, his wife Christy and their son Samuel welcomed a second boy to the family on March 17, 2016. Elijah Lin was 19" long and weighed 6 lbs., 12 ounces.  Parents, brother and baby Elijah are doing well. Congratulations!



Bonnie Miller is the April Library/Learning Commons Student Employee of the Month. With good humor, Bonnie dons a hard-hat and orange vest to retrieve books tucked under plastic on the very dusty third and fourth floors.

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