The Vinyl Collection: Rachmaninoff to Rock ‘n Roll


Listening to recorded music these days is as easy as powering up your mobile device, popping in some earbuds, and choosing your favorite audio stream. Before that, shiny compact discs were employed to hear one’s favorite music. The sounds delivered by these digital recording mediums are crisp and clear, but nothing matches the sound of analog.

If you want to have a new listening experience, try something old: vinyl records. You know; phonograph discs, LPs, plastic platters, those 12” analog storage devices of old. Visit Helmke Library’s Vinyl Collection on the fourth floor and experience sound recordings in a totally new way. With around 6,000 Long Play (LP) records, and 950 box sets, our collection has something for everyone.


Although the collection is not in IUCAT, our online catalog, they are grouped in broad categories for browsing. Mostly classical; also jazz, rock, musicals, Christmas, and unusual items like Mickey Mouse does Disco! You can even borrow our LPs – just bring the ones you want down to the first floor desk . Check out our vinyl records and experience your favorite music in a new way.


March Feature: Women’s History Month

womenshistoryMarch is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate the library has put together a small collection of works related to women’s history, feminism, and women’s studies.  The display is located on the first floor of the library and includes a variety of subjects from literature to medical sciences. Take a look and check some out!

Women’s History Month can trace its beginnings all the way back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911 and since has grown into an a celebration of the often overlooked history of women and girls in the United States and the World.  In addition to our library display, we recommend this photo collection from the Library of Congress:

Digital Initiatives Welcomes New Team Members

Helmke Library’s Digital Initiatives staff are pleased to have two great students as part of the DI team!

Hannah Bentz is a freshman Accounting major from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Hannah has been with Digital Initiatives since the fall of 2016.

David Rhoades is a freshman Biology major from Columbia City, Indiana.  David has also been with Digital Initiatives since the fall of 2016.

David and Hannah worked with Digital Initiatives in the Dolnick Center during the library renovation, and they have been a big help in our unit’s transition back to the library.  They assist with digitizing and preserving materials for the library’s mDON collections and digital university archive.

Helmke Library’s Grand Re-Opening

Welcome back to the new Library!

The library’s renovation wrapped up on schedule, a year after it started in December 2016. It looks great! Students and groups are streaming back in the building and have found great study, meeting and hang-out spaces on all 4 floors.

January 2017 was jam-packed with library events: the soft opening of the building on January 9 at the start of Spring semester, faculty and staff Preview Tours, the January 17 Library Grand Re-Opening party and ribbon-cutting with lots of great give-aways for students, and guided building tours through January.

The IPSGA Media Board group was on hand to capture the ceremony in this great video, and the ceremony was also streamed live on Facebook!

We’re happy to arrange tours for groups, classes or individuals. Contact your liaison librarian or call us at 260-481-6512 to schedule yours.

Welcome to the New Helmke Highlights!

January 2017 marks the reopening of the library after a year-long renovation which has brought refreshed lighting, increased electrical capacity, wireless and sprinklers, energy-efficient heating and cooling, a fortified foundation and new finishings throughout the building.

What’s next? Our staff is hard at work on additional building improvements, such as a high-tech classroom for exploring information and technology. We’re also working on a slate of new events, featured collections, and growing partnerships with our Learning Commons collaborators.

You’ll be able to follow all of our updates right here at the new Helmke Highlights! Simply subscribe via email or RSS on this page, or bookmark our blog to check back for the latest news. Of course, we’re also available on social media, and you can chat with us any time from the Helmke Library homepage!