August 2016 Volume 9 Issue 1
Cheryl Truesdell
Welcome from Dean Cheryl Truesdell 
Welcome to the new semester - and the last semester of the library's renovation!
  • The library renovation which started in late 2015 is on track with our re-opening slated for January 2017. A massive infrastructure update includes a fortified foundation, energy-efficient heating and cooling, increased electrical and network capacity, refreshed LED lighting, upgraded plumbing and restrooms, additional wireless hubs, and new fire suppression system. Learn more in our Library Refresh news.
  • The renovation also includes updated facilities and improved services including easy access to librarians and CASA services such as the Writing Center and tutoring, as well as Studio M, the Honors Center, and IT help via a new stairway connecting the first and second floors, new group study rooms, a quiet study room, a new computer and teaching lab, and new furniture!
Until January 2017:
  • Many study spaces and student computer labs are available across campus, including a 24/7 lab in Neff 113.
  • The Honors Center and CATV are accessible even while the Library building is under renovation.
  • Our full services -- librarian consultation, the library website, databases and e-resources, document delivery, retrieving books or other items for checkouts, Ask a Librarian and more -- are still available in the Library Services Center at the first floor entrance to the Library.
  • For your students, the library offers excellent services and quality collections for study, research, and collaboration. Subject librarians provide research consulting on a walk-in basis and by appointment; information services are also available by IM (chat), phone (260-481-6505), e-mail and Facebook.
  • The library's information literacy and library instruction mission and teaching supports IPFW students in becoming self-sufficient, life-long learners and critical thinkers.
  • Ask your liaison librarian about our instructional services-from quick classroom pop-ins to longer, assignment-specific instruction. Complete the form at to request an librarian instruction session.
  • The library supports faculty and staff, too, in staying current with research and news in their discipline or business area, academic publishing, publishing contract negotiation, open access, copyright, citation tracking and more.Visit the Library Services Center at the first floor entrance to the Library during the renovation with questions or to request materials.

Hard hat tour with former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke, grandson of Walter E. Helmke.
Follow the renovation @ 
Watch for renovation updates
Questions, comments, compliments or complaints?
Contact Cheryl Truesdell at 260.481.6506  
More Books, Please! A New Way to Request Books!
On August 15, 2016, the Indiana State Library introduced the Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS).

The 52 academic libraries and 113 public libraries participating will provide Indiana residents access to over 30 million books (a larger collection than the Library of Congress or Harvard University Library).  To set up a free SRCS account and login, come to the Library Services Center with your Mastodon card.  Login to the SRCS system to search for materials, then click on an item to request it.  You'll receive an email when the item is ready for you to pick up from Helmke Library. Faculty and staff will receive books automatically through campus mail. Return materials at Helmke Library and we'll ship them back to the owning library, all at no charge to you.  Most books will be loaned for 21 days; renewals are at the discretion of the lending libraries.  Because of the short loan period, we suggest that SRCS be used primarily for leisure reading. For longer loans, use the Request Delivery option in IUCAT.  Books needed for research which are not available in IUCAT should be requested through Document Delivery Services.
Live Longer, Read a Book! 

A recent article in the journal of Social Science and Medicine reported on a study that "examined whether those who read books have a survival advantage over those who do not read books and over those who read other types of materials such as magazines and newspapers.  The study found that book readers experienced a 20% reduction in risk of mortality over the 12 years follow up compared to non-book readers. It also found that book reading contributed to a survival advantage that was significantly greater than that observed for reading newspapers or magazines.

The authors postulate that it is the greater cognitive process in book reading that increases life-span.  Book reading is a slow, immersive process that engages the reader's mind and promotes empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.  What a joy to discover that the pleasure of reading a book increases the number of years available to read more books! 

Source: Bavishi, A., Martin D. Slade, Becca R. Levy (2016)  
Social Sciences and Medicine 164:44-48.
IPFW Little Free Library   
Little Free Libraries, the small, free book exchanges, are a global phenomenon numbering over 40,000 in 70 countries.  Thanks to the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, there is a Little Free Library at IPFW at the entrance to Walter E. Helmke Library which was recently added to the world map of Little Free Libraries.

How does this Library work?
This Little Free Library offers a way to share favorite books and books that teach, intrigue and engage you. All of us can help by keeping this collection stocked with reading material.

Whose library is this?
It belongs to everybody. Anyone can use it. Take a book. Give books. Leave notes in them. We support reading for children, literacy for adults, and libraries around the world.

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association. Reader's Digest named them one of the "50 Surprising Things We Love about America." Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, visit
EndNote Workshops
September 16 and 19, 2016
The workshops cover both desktop and web version of EndNote, software which helps you organize, format and share bibliographies and reference lists. Open to all IPFW faculty, staff, and students.  Register at
Library Services Center's Fall Semester Hours
Watch for special holiday hours announcements

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 9:00 p.m.

The library will be CLOSED Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of Labor Day.

Questions? Call us at 260-481-6505
Library People and Accomplishments 
Jill Dunkel, former Digital Initiative Assistant, has been hired as the Digital University Archives Administrator. 


Low light, dust, dirt, and huge plastic sheets thrown over the book shelves did not stop our student staff from retrieving and shelving books during the spring semester and the summer sessions.  The following student employees are returning for another semester in the library.

Abbie Meek is the September Student Employee of the Month.  Abbie is one of the senior library Service Desk student assistants.  She began working in the library three years ago when she was a freshman.  The renovation dust and stress has not phased her.  She is still greeting visitors to the Library Services Center with a smile. She is a sophomore majoring in History.

Ashley Crill began working in the library in January 2015 at the beginning of the demolition stage of the library's renovation.  She is a sophomore majoring in Psychology.

Bonnie Miller will be graduating in December with a Psychology degree.  She is also getting married in October!

Carmen Hamilton is starting her third year as a Learning Commons Consultant.  She is a junior, majoring in History and minoring in Psychology.

Chat Gamba is starting her second year working in the library.  She is a junior, majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Elle Passwater is a junior majoring in elementary education and special education.  This is her second year working in the library.

Eric Olsen is starting his third year in the library.  He is a junior studying Computer Science.

Matt Wyss has been a Learning Commons Consultant for about a year and a half.  He is a junior, majoring in Philosophy.  He would like to teach Philosophy.

Two more students are joining our staff.

Joel Aung worked in the library when he was an undergraduate.  He has returned to IPFW for a Master's degree in Computer Science.

Maryann Beck is a freshman, majoring in Theatre.

Visit the Helmke Highlights archives 


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