Staff News

It’s been a busy summer so far at Helmke Library! Here are a few items we’d like to share about our outstanding faculty and staff:

Deb Haley Reaches 38 Years of Service

Deb Haley, Service Desk Assistant Manager, celebrated 38 years at Helmke Library this June. Thousands of IPFW students, faculty members, and staff have benefited from her capable, knowledgeable assistance. Congratulations, Deb!

Helmke Library Welcomes Nathan Rupp

Nathan Rupp is the new Director of Technical Services and Information Technology at Helmke Library. Most recently the Head of Collection Development and Management at Yale’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Nathan brings more than twenty years of technical services experience to this position. In addition to providing administrative leadership to our technical services and IT staff, Nathan will also play a significant role in managing the transition of Helmke Library’s databases from IU to Purdue. Nathan began his appointment on July 17.

Head of Public Services to Retire

Susan Anderson, Helmke Library’s Head of Public Services, will retire from IPFW on August 4th. In her leadership of Helmke’s Information Services and Instruction team, Susan has overseen significant expansion of open access, outreach, web services, and curriculum development efforts. She has been a tireless champion of the library’s role in fostering student success, and a driving force behind the growth of IPFW’s annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Poster Symposium. We appreciate Susan’s excellent service to the IPFW community, and we wish her all the best.

Librarians Present at LOEX

Librarians Sarah Wagner and Ann Marshall collaborated with IPFW Writing Center coordinator Kristine Frye to present at the 45th Annual LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) 2017 National Conference in Lexington Kentucky in May. Their interactive session was called “Listening and Learning from Students: Interviewing Students about the Intersections of Research, Writing and Technology.” Congratulations!

Sarah Wagner Presents at ASEE Annual Conference

The 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference featured Sarah Wagner as a Lightning Round speaker on June 26. Sarah shared recommendations and lessons learned based on her work with undergraduate engineering students. Congratulations!

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!