Spring Break Hours and More

Helmke Library will be open during spring break, but with reduced hours as follows:

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4: Closed
  • Monday – Friday, March 5-9: Open 8AM – 5PM
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11: Closed

We hope you enjoy your break!

Looking for things to read? Book orders for the rest of the semester are due BEFORE break, but consider picking up The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie, the first title in our new book club!


Join us for our new Book Club!

Interested in reading more for fun this year?   Join our new book club and unravel a few of the library-themed mysteries we have selected for the semester. bookclub1.png

Our first book is The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie & we’ll be discussing the book on March 28th at noon in Library Room 112.

Our April selection will be Murder Past Due by Miranda James.

A few copies of each title will be available soon at the first floor Helmke Library service desk.  The copies will be available on a first-come first-serve basis for a limited checkout period.

Questions?  Please contact Shannon Johnson (johnsons@ipfw.edu) or Sarah Wagner (wagners@ipfw.edu). You can also check out our webpage for more information.

Check your account: All IU books due soon!

Helmke Library needs your help!

As part of the ongoing campus transition, all books that are owned by other IU libraries must be returned by March 2nd – that’s the FRIDAY BEFORE SPRING BREAK!

If you haven’t already, please check your account to see if you have books owned by libraries other than Helmke Library:

  • Log in to IUCAT and select “My Account.”
  • Look for the library name and due date for each item.bookcapture

As a reminder, we will happily offer to exchange your borrowed copy for a new Helmke-owned copy whenever possible.  If you need any replacement books or if you have any other book requests for the rest of spring or summer, please contact your librarian ASAP. ALL book orders must be completed by March 2nd! Items requested for purchase after March 2 may be delayed until mid-summer when our new library system is up and running.

As always, we’re committed to making sure that you have the resources you need throughout the transition process. Reserves, Document Delivery, and loans from the Helmke Library collection will remain available throughout our transition.

 Questions? Ask a librarian, email ref@ipfw.edu, or contact Alexis Macklin, Dean of Helmke Library.

You’re Invited to a Helmke Library Tea Party


Go down the rabbit hole with your friendly librarians this Valentine’s Day! We’ll be hosting an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party this Wednesday, February 14. Tea, snacks, and good company will abound. Everyone is welcome to join us! The fun and frivolity will begin at 2 PM on the library’s first floor.  Join us!

Questions?  Please contact Shannon Johnson (johnsons@ipfw.edu) or Sarah Wagner (wagners@ipfw.edu).

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 (harrisoa@ipfw.edu) by January 17, 2018.


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.


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 ref@ipfw.edu!

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

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!