Nexis Uni Replaces LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic has a new name and a new look!  Nexis Uni contains more than 17,000 full-text news, business, and legal sources from LexisNexis in an easy-to-navigate search environment.


Some features of the redesigned interface include:

  • New discipline pages where you can discover news and other sources related to a topic
  • The ability to search across all content types, and improved result filtering
  • New organizational features such as saved searches, folders, and alerts
  • Collaborative workspace for group projects
  • No limits on document retrieval

Learn more from this vendor-provided resource overview [PDF].

Nexis Uni is currently available on campus, and will be accessible off-campus in early 2018. Try it here, and feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions!


In Memoriam: Tiff Adkins

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It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of our beloved colleague, Tiff Adkins, who died suddenly on Saturday, December 16, 2017.  Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 11:00 until 1:00 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home in Richmond, Indiana. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM. More details and an obituary are available here.

Tiff will be remembered for his passionate commitment to student success.  Tiff received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Technology Education from Ball State and then spent 6 years teaching at Salem Middle School in Salem, Indiana.  After earning his Master’s in Library Science at Indiana University, Tiff served as a librarian at Ball State and IU East. Tiff joined the Helmke Library faculty in 2001 and earned promotion to Associate Librarian and tenure in 2007.

Tiff’s personal goal was to identify ways to improve the IPFW community’s experience of the people, services, and resources at Helmke Library. He immersed himself in campus life, promoting the library to students and representing the library in faculty governance and leadership. Tiff was an active, thoughtful, and respected Faculty Senator for the library (2012-2017), Chair of ACITAS, and a member of the inaugural IPFW Leadership Academy.  He continually sought ways to help students develop a sense of belonging and pioneered the library’s involvement in STARS, SOAR, Summer Bridge, First Year Experience, and Collegiate Connection. He also led many of Helmke Library’s other outreach initiatives for students, including our welcome tent in the fall and coffee table during finals.  From making personal connections with high school teachers to enhance IPFW’s dual credit program to developing orientation programs for new students and graduate teaching assistants, Tiff’s work impacted every member of the IPFW community.

Because of Tiff’s commitment to IPFW students and to student success, he encouraged new teaching initiatives in the library and fostered a high quality of teaching among his fellow librarians. His expertise in technology and education kept Helmke Library on the forefront of educational technology. He led the development of the library’s Electronic Information Training Center and the campus-wide use of NetOP School software in computer teaching labs.  He wrote and directed an innovative nine-minute television program called “Making the Grade” that aired on local cable television to help students feel comfortable about asking for assistance in the library.  Tiff served as a liaison to the faculty members and students in the College of Education and Public Policy, where his expertise and engaging teaching supported the success of thousands of students. Tiff’s passion of excellence in teaching impacted the entire library team, from encouraging development of peer-reviews of teaching, chairing the Library Faculty Council, and mentoring junior librarians and staff.

Tiff was frequently recognized for his stellar contributions.  He was selected for the highly-competitive Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion program in 2002 and was inducted into Indiana University’s Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) in 2006.  He was often commended in letters and Ripples Awards for his willingness to give of his time even in difficult circumstances.  As noted by one of his library colleagues, “We can always count on you to step up and help out.  You are always the first one to pitch in when there is a need.” Another faculty member’s praise of Tiff’s above-and-beyond effort during a student orientation program, saying “I appreciate your presentation – and your willingness to do so on a Saturday during a snow storm!”  This dedication and generosity of spirit characterized all of Tiff’s work.

The staff and faculty of Helmke Library will remember Tiff as a mentor, a listener, a team leader, an encourager (“Come on team, we’re almost there.”), and someone with a sense of humor who was always ready to be delighted.  Having Tiff as a colleague has been a blessing and privilege.  He will be missed.

If you would like to share memories of Tiff, please send them to Amy Harrison ( by January 17, 2018.


Getting Items You Need: Alternatives to Request Delivery

As of today, the “Request Delivery” function in IUCAT is no longer be available to the IPFW community. For more information about this change, see our previous post and this announcement from Indiana University Libraries.

Don’t be alarmed!  Even without the Request Delivery function, IPFW faculty, staff, and students can still request materials from Indiana University – or from any other library.  Look at our simple instructions below, or watch our quick video tutorial.

Search for materials in Worldcat:

Worldcat is a catalog of library collections from across the USA and beyond. If you use the link on the Helmke Library homepage, you’ll see which books are in our collection and which ones are not.


If you want a book that we don’t have, just use the “Request Item Through Document Delivery” button and log in.


Our system will fill out the request form for you, so all you need to do is click “Submit”!


Don’t see the Interlibrary Loan button? Look for “Find a library” and choose the “INDIANA UNIV, PURDUE UNIV, FT network”.  The result list will also show whether items are available in nearby libraries.

Order books through Document Delivery Services:

Order any item of interest by using the Document Delivery icon on our homepage.


After logging in, simply select what type of material you want on the “New Request” menu (left side), then fill out the form  and click “Submit”!



Questions or concerns? Just ask a librarian!

5 Things to Know about the Library’s Transition to Purdue

The faculty and staff at Helmke Library are pleased to share new information about our transition to Purdue. We’re committed to making sure that you have the resources you need throughout the transition process. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Reserves, Document Delivery, and loans from the Helmke Library collection will remain available throughout our transition.
  2.  Items you have checked out from IU Libraries other than Helmke Library will be due on or before March 2, 2018.
    • You may renew these items, but the new due date will not extend beyond March 2. Items from Helmke Library will renew as usual.
    • IU may charge a replacement fee for these books if they are overdue at the end of the semester.
    • Not sure if you have items from other IU Libraries? The library associated with each book is listed in IUCAT. Here’s how to check:
      • Log in to IUCAT and select “My Account.”
      • Look for the library name and due date for each item.bookcapture
  3. If you need materials from other IU Libraries beyond the March 2 due date, contact your librarian as soon as possible.
    • The library has a plan in place to purchase copies of needed materials whenever possible.
    • Document Delivery is available for items we are unable to add to our collection.
    • The request delivery feature in IUCAT will be turned off after December 18.
  4. If there are any materials you need the library to purchase for spring or summer classes, contact your librarian.
    • The library will accept purchase requests until March 2, 2018.
    • Items requested for purchase after March 2 may be delayed until mid-summer when the new system is up and running.
  5. We look forward to the debut of a new catalog and discovery system next summer!

 Questions? Ask a librarian or contact Alexis Macklin, Dean of Helmke Library.


Healing Words Book Launch – You’re Invited!

Helmke Library is proud to invite you to the book launch for Healing Words, an anthology of creative writing by IPFW students, faculty, and staff.

hwcoverHealing Words is based on the work of IPFW’s Ladder Upp Creative Writing Group. Sponsored by IPFW Military Student Services, the group focuses on assisting veterans, military members and other survivors tell their personal stories as they heal from Post Traumatic Stress.

Join contributing authors Denise Buhr, Dawn Cunningham, John Hannigan, J. Vaughan, and ML Wissing at the Healing Words Book Launch on Tuesday, November 7, from 4-5 PM in Helmke Library room 112 on the IPFW campus. Refreshments will be provided.

Healing Words is available for purchase in paperback or Kindle format on Amazon, and copies will also be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact

Meet Sue Skekloff

This is the sixth part in a series that will help you get to know your Helmke librarians. View previous posts in this series here. Do you have a question for us? Visit our Ask-A-Librarian page and be in touch!

Which departments do you work with on campus?

Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Sociology, Women’s Studies, and English

What are your other major duties?

Training Coordinator, Writing Program Liaison, and joining library resources with new courses and programs as a member of the Curriculum Review Committee.

What parts of being a librarian do you enjoy the most?

Great detective work! I love students and the academic setting.

What are some of your research interests?

I research library instruction and I’m working on documenting the life of an early Fort Wayne surgeon. I’m interested in both biography and genealogy.

Is there any resource that you particularly love? Why?

I love PsycINFO! It’s a great resource, consistently indexed,  and has great history behind it–its structure actually reflects the discipline of psychology!

What do you like most about libraries in general?

Free books!


Sue’s cat, Abigail.

Do you have any hobbies?

Observing, reading, and watching anything about wild or domestic animals. I also hike, do some birding, and have volunteered in several therapeutic riding programs.

Any fun travel stories you’d like to share?

I love Yellowstone – I once took a picture of a grizzly at way too close of a range! I visited Chaco Canyon, too. The history of the place is fascinating and I narrowly escaped a flood on the way out.

Learn more about Sue and her favorite resources on our Facebook  page this week!

Meet Denise Buhr

This is the fifth part in a series that will help you get to know your Helmke librarians. View previous posts in this series here. Do you have a question for us? Visit our Ask-A-Librarian page and be in touch!

DeniseWhich departments do you work with on campus?

Communication and Journalism, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Communication and Design

What are your other major duties?

ARCHIVES!; Military Science, and Military Student Services; Children’s Literature

What parts of being a librarian do you enjoy the most?

I learn new things all the time, from the questions students ask, from book reviews, from higher ed blogs and newsletters. There’s always something I didn’t know about before and now I do. Sometimes it makes me want to know more and I work at a place where I can find out what I don’t know.

What are some of your research interests?

I don’t have “research” interests in the usual sense but I do have creative research areas for new plays, currently the Civil War and how people in Indiana responded; and one set in the Vietnam era. (Not that I’m a war-minded person usually but I am a veteran so maybe that isn’t so weird.)

What are some of your favorite books? Is there one you particularly recommend for students?

Almost anything by Agatha Christie. Yes, I have read EVERYTHING (more than once) but she’s my go-to for relaxation.

Is there any resource that you particularly love? Why?

Academic Search Premier is my favorite starting point because it covers almost anything and I’m often looking for almost anything. I also love the Historical New York Times. I do a lot of historical research for my plays and it’s the best for point-in-time information.

Do you have any hobbies?

Baking and baking and baking! And I love sharing what I bake with others.  That’s really why I do it.

Any fun travel stories you’d like to share?

I went to Oberammergau, Germany for the Passion Play in 1990. And to England in 2002.  I felt like I was in a Christie novel.  Besides seeing all the sights in London, we went to Oxford and Cambridge, saw “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Stratford, another play on the West End, ate at the Cheshire Cheese (which is mentioned in a Christie book), and drank sherry at a village pub.

Learn more about Denise and her favorite resources on our Facebook  page this week!

Meet Shannon Johnson

This is the fourth part in a series that will help you get to know your Helmke librarians. View previous posts in this series here. Do you have a question for us? Visit our Ask-A-Librarian page and be in touch!

ShannonWhich departments do you work with on campus?

Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Dental, Hospitality, and Human Services

What are your other major duties?

  • Working with campus partners and the community to advocate for inclusive education for people with disabilities.
  • Partnering with CELT on plagiarism prevention workshops to help faculty design assignments that reduce the likelihood of plagiarism.
  • Training faculty and graduate students on citation management software and helping to identify quality publication outlets.  One of the original members of the IPFW faculty writing circle.

What parts of being a librarian do you enjoy the most?

Helping people  – it’s as simple as that. I enjoy that moment when people ‘get’ something, figure it out.  We get to see that daily.  Being a librarian means you get the best of both worlds – I get to help students grow and learn, and I get to practice all the OCD organizational skills a person could want.

What are some of your research interests?

Folksonomies in fandom – specifically how fanfiction sites have grown and organized information, utilizing conventions taken from print zine days and adapting as technology grows. The way the language of the fandom has developed is fascinating.  I am also the volunteer archivist for the local Girl Scout council, and I work on preserving the 100 years of women’s history contained in our collection.

Is there any resource that you particularly love? Why?

Cinahl rarely fails me. It’s well organized and has wide coverage.

Do you have any hobbies?

  • I have two cats, Slyther and Gryfin – yes I did that on purpose.
  • I enjoy gardening in the summer and baking in the winter.  I volunteer with the Girl Scouts as an Adult Learning Facilitator and volunteer archivist, but I specialize in outdoor training.  I love sharing my passion for nature with leaders who can take what they learn back to their girls.
  • I am also a Board Member for League for the Blind and Disabled which helps to keep me up to date on disability advocacy and keeps me connected to the community.
  • In my spare time I am Fan fiction author. I have stories in Star Trek, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, and a few other fandoms.  I started writing in 2001 and while I don’t have nearly as much time these days I still post regularly.


Learn more about Shannon and her favorite resources on our Facebook page this week!



Fall Break Hours and More

Happy Fall Break!

Here’s a friendly reminder about Fall Break hours:

  • The library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8.
  • We’ll be open Monday and Tuesday, October 9-10, from 8 AM until 5 PM.
  • Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, October 11!

Additionally, library and campus IT personnel will be completing updates to our catalog this weekend. We expect that IUCAT will experience some downtime. Here are some alternative places to search:

Need some help? Stop in next Monday or Tuesday, or email!

From all of us at Helmke Library, have a wonderful break!

Banned Book Week: By the Numbers

It’s Banned Book Week, and Helmke Library is still celebrating our freedom to read all kinds of books – even those that have been challenged or banned.

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Click to enlarge image. Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

What’s the difference between a challenged book and a banned book?

According to the American Library Association:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

Helmke Library provides access to books and information regardless of an item’s status as “challenged” or “banned.” Of course, our librarians are always happy to discuss how to evaluate books and to recommend the best sources for your needs. However, we will staunchly support your intellectual freedom and your right to read without censorship.

Join us this week on the library’s first floor to have your own “Blind Date with a Banned Book.”