Purdue and IU Fort Wayne Students Now Eligible for Library Cards at Allen County Public Library

As of January 1, 2023, students who attend schools located in Allen County, including Purdue and IU Fort Wayne, can secure library cards for the Allen County Public Library system, even if the students live outside of Allen County. ACPL collections complement those at Helmke Library with more robust popular fiction and local history resources. ACPL cards will also allow students the opportunity to use digital resources such as an index to The Journal-Gazette, a full-text Consumer Reports database, digitized local collections, a database for grant and funding opportunities, and more.

ACPL services, including Maker Labs and Access Fort Wayne – which includes TV studios, radio studios and production support – also are open to students with an ACPL card, as well as the many programs and events offered by various ACPL locations.

We at Helmke Library look forward to continuing to collaborate with ACPL to best support students and our community.


Helmke Library Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, on September 20-21, 1972, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and campus and community organizations carried all the books from the old library in Kettler Hall to the brand-new Helmke Library in an event now known as the Book Walk. The procession included a marching band, cheerleaders, and even a rolling bathtub. By the end, more than 100,000 books were moved over 11,000 trips from Kettler to Helmke.

Help us celebrate fifty years by stopping into the library to see our digital archive presentation with images from the Book Walk and images showing the evolution of the library over the last half century.

2022 Day of Giving

As part of the Day of Giving, the library is offering an opportunity to have your very own piece of “Helmke History.” For a donation of $20.22, you can take home an item from our Helmke History cart – whether it’s an “historic” book from our collection or a memento of a special occasion. And the more times you give $20.22, the more items you can take!

Curious about “Electronic Mail” and how it fits into the workplace circa 1985? We’ve got a book for that! What about “Soviet Agriculture Today”? We’ve got a resource that’s perfect for you!

Are you missing the IPFW logo and want a nostalgic paperweight? We’ve got you covered!

Do you remember the Helmke renovation in 2016-2017? We do, and you can too with a commemorative hard hat!

Don’t miss this chance to grab a piece of Helmke History while helping us build Helmke’s future. Your gift will go toward updating our collections with current resources on impactful global issues, upgrading our technology for innovative research and creation far beyond email, and maintaining our building’s environment to foster study and collaboration. Information needs and resources are constantly changing, and the library continually adapts to meet these needs. We appreciate your generous donation to help us meet critical needs and facilitate the success of our students. Make your gift at: https://dayofgiving.pfw.edu/organizations/helmke-library.

PurdueBorrow Is Here!

Purdue Fort Wayne faculty, staff, and students are now able to search for and easily request materials from all Purdue Libraries, including those at Purdue West Lafayette and Purdue Northwest, with the new PurdueBorrow system, available through the library’s catalog.

You will need to start by signing into your account with your PFW credentials.

Then check to make sure the search scope (found in the drop-down list to the right of the search box) is set to “PurdueBorrow and Everything.” This will allow you to see the materials available at PFW’s Helmke Library as well as the other Purdue libraries.

Once you get the results for your search, check below the titles to see if the material is available online or at the PFW library, or if you need to request the item. Items not available online or in the PFW library will have a link to “Check request options.”

After clicking on the request options link, you will see a link to request the item through Document Delivery (for items not available in any Purdue libraries) and/or information to “Get it from Other Purdue Libraries” with links to request the item from Purdue West Lafayette or Purdue Northwest. After clicking on the green link to “Check request options,” you will see additional information about the availability in other Purdue libraries of the item and, if the item is loanable and available, a “Request Hold” link to request the item.

You will then be given an option to select the Pickup Campus (the default is set to PFW) and indicate a “not needed after” date if you have a time-sensitive request.

You will receive an email when your item arrives, and you can check it out at the Service Desk on the first floor of the library. You can track your checked out and requested materials on the “My Library Card” dashboard, where you will options to select the different Purdue libraries to see all of your loans, requests, and fees. You can also renew your materials from this dashboard. You may return PurdueBorrow materials at any Purdue library.

Access to The New York Times Online

Access to The New York Times online, including The New York Times in Education site and the Cooking and Games sections, is now available to Purdue University Fort Wayne faculty, staff, and students at no cost, provided by Purdue University Libraries. Learn how to sign up for an account (or transfer, for those already subscribing to the NYTimes) using your PFW email and more information about this subscription by going to The New York Times Access guide on the library’s website at: https://library.pfw.edu/NYTimesAccess. Questions? See the NYTimes Access FAQs page.

Introducing LibKey, BrowZine, and Nomad: Easier Access to Full-Text Scholarly Articles

The Library is excited to announce a new suite of tools from Third Iron that will make accessing PDFs and other scholarly full-text content easier and quicker.

Libkey Discovery and LibKey Link: Integrated into our existing catalog, these two tools connect you to full-text articles with fewer clicks and less confusion. When you conduct an “Everything” search, you will see links to “read article” (for articles available online in HTML format) or “download PDF,” opening the full-text with one click.

LibKey Discovery in Primo preview

BrowZine: Also integrated into our “Everything” search are links to browse full-text journal content. When available, clicking on “view issue contents” will take you to a page with a browsable list of a journal’s issues, with links to full-text articles. You can also view the BrowZine Library to browse journals by subject, title, or ISSN through a user-friendly interface.

LibKey.io interface example

LibKey.io DOI or PMID Search: Now available via a link in our E-Journals search tab is LibKey.io, an  interface that will allow you to search across all of the library’s electronic database subscriptions as well as open access sources to find a scholarly article by it’s DOI or PMID number in a simple search – without needing to know which journal or database carries the article. If the library has access to the article, you will be provided with different choices with how to access, including through BrowZine. Also, clicking on “See all content access options” or “Library Access Options” will take you to other access options, like non-scholarly article indexes and databases and the document delivery request form.

LibKey Nomad: Nomad, a free browser extension*, connects you to PFW-subscribed content on publishers’ sites and scholarly web databases, like Google Scholar. Simply download Nomad for your browser and choose “Purdue University Fort Wayne” from the drop-down menu. If the library has access to the full-text PDF of the article or citation you are viewing on one of these sites, a button to download the PDF will appear on the bottom, left-hand corner of your browser. Or an “Access Options” button may appear, clicking on which will take you to a catalog search with any PFW access options, including document delivery. Without Nomad, publishers’ sites may require you purchase the article to view or download it, regardless if the library has access to it or not.

LibKey Nomad preview

*Nomad is available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi. It is not yet available for Safari.

Update on Elsevier Subscription

Purdue University has renegotiated the multi-campus subscription deal with the large publisher Elsevier. Here at Purdue Fort Wayne, we will maintain access to journal content representing 85% of the usage we currently see on a regular basis, which includes all the high-use titles for our research areas. Journal content representing the other 15% of usage will be available through Document Delivery Services (DDS) at no additional cost to PFW students, faculty, and staff. This change will have minimal impact on day-to-day access. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your liaison librarian for more information.

Library Catalog Update May 11

Helmke Library’s catalog is getting an upgrade. Not only will the upgrade help with showing newly acquired material faster in the catalog, but it also will prepare the library for a system (starting in Spring 2022) that makes borrowing and returning materials from the other two Purdue campuses easier.

On May 11, the library will migrate to the new catalog. This means that the “search everything,” catalog, and e-journal searches (including the alphabetical list of electronic journals) will be down for that day. But patrons still can check out materials and access other digital services, like our article databases. Full access to the upgraded catalog will be available by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

Please note: If you have created and saved searches in your account on the library catalog, you’ll need to view and note down what they are by May 9, so you can recreate them in the upgraded library catalog when it goes live on May 12.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Countering Propaganda and Supporting Inclusion

As we take today to remember the Holocaust – an event that encompassed countless acts of hate and cruelty – we also need to remember that these acts aren’t relegated to the past. The appearance of white supremacy propaganda on campus this past weekend is evidence that the need for intentional inclusion and work for equity and diversity are as important as ever.

Libraries, including Helmke Library, have long been advocates for inclusion, striving to provide access for all to resources and information. But countering the growing spread of misinformation and hate speech takes more than that advocacy – it takes education and action. Information literacy is a vital and powerful tool in combating misinformation and the very real damage it has caused.

Propaganda employs a number of methods to appeal to its audience and hide the identity of the author/organization and its true ideologies. But there many resources to help counter those tactics, particularly in identifying information sources and evaluating them for accuracy and credibility. This is just as relevant to a social media post as it is to a research paper. As Jill Long Thompson discussed in her recent op-ed in the Journal Gazette, advances in technology have opened many more avenues in which we receive information, increasing the need for all of us to be more able to evaluate the credibility of that information and its source, particularly with avenues like social media that often don’t require the review and transparency that traditional media sources do.

Promoting inclusion also involves consulting the departments, institutes, and offices on campus who provide resources and other support related to diversity and equity, like the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Resource Center, and the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs.

Spring 2021 at Helmke Library

The past year brought a number of changes and challenges, but as we look forward in 2021, Helmke Library is confident in our continued ability to serve faculty, student, and staff needs on campus.

As we start the new semester, we want you to be aware of what’s new at the library:

  • Due to COVID’s ongoing impact on staffing, the library temporarily will be closed on the weekends and will close at 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. on Fridays, with virtual reference available until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. on Fridays. Most of our resources are available at any time through our website. We will return to weekend and additional evening hours as soon as our staff levels will allow. Updates to our hours will be posted on our website. If you require a study space after hours, the bridge to Walb and the 24-Hour lounge in Neff are available.  If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to the library management team at lmt@pfw.edu.
  • The new Digital Arts + Humanities Lab and Digital Initiatives webpages help support digital resource and digital scholarship needs. Explore the mDON digital archives, learn more about the DA+H Lab and its available technologies, reserve a DA+H workstation, access digital humanities tools and help documentation, schedule a consultation or instruction, and more.
  • Faculty can visit our Library Teaching Services guide for a full list of and access to our information literacy and writing online tutorials. These modules and videos can be embedded into Brightspace courses.

We are still offering our full range of services:

The library continues to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including requiring mask-wearing and social distancing and closing study rooms, to help keep our PFW community safe and healthy in 2021.