Library Open House

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Helmke Library will host its annual Library Open House on September 13 and 14 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.  The Library Open House provides an opportunity for Purdue Fort Wayne students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the services and resources available to support their research and creative endeavors. The event is a partnership between multiple offices and organizations that are housed within the library.

Stop by the library and check in at the welcome desk located on the first floor, where you can obtain a bingo sheet, and then explore the library. Each participating library partner will have a representative available in their office or space to explain to attendees what services and resources that group offers the PFW community and stamp their bingo card. Attendees that visit all participating partners and fill their bingo card will be eligible for a prize drawing on September 14 at 3 p.m.

The following offices and organizations are participating in the Library Open House:

Professors and Pathways. A taste of college before you enter college. Lighting the Way: Toward Academic Preparedness and Financial Literacy.

University Research and Innovation. Student Research Hub – Purdue Fort Wayne’s Resource Center for Undergraduate and Graduate Researchers.

Writing Center. The Writing Center helps students improve their composition skills through one-on-one consultations to become more confident, clear, and purposeful in their writing and speaking assignments.

Digital Arts + Humanities Lab. An interdisciplinary and collaborative space to support digital scholarship and creative endeavors, connecting students and faculty to innovative technologies.

Honors Program. You are determined, brilliant, and looking to make the most of your college experience—use your enthusiasm for discovery to take on the Honors Program, where ambitious students and faculty become immersed in their studies and research.

Helmke Library. Helmke Library creates a virtual and physical environment that supports the Purdue University Fort Wayne community in discovering and accessing vital information by providing resources and services that facilitate learning, research, and creation.

Center for Collaborative Media and College TV. College TV offers professional grade video equipment and editing bay rentals to media production students as well as creating original programming for the College TV Public Access Channel.


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:

Re-cap of Rhetoric and Hate: What the Holocaust Should Have Taught Us


Over 70 people turned out last Thursday night for the panel discussion Rhetoric and Hate: What the Holocaust Should Have Taught Us, which was co-sponsored by the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Helmke Library.  The panel, consisting of Mike Wolf, Ann Livschiz, Ben Eisbart, and Wendy Soltz, discussed the legacy and historical context of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass”, and how this helps us understand and respond to recent anti-Semitic attacks.

A big thank-you goes out to the panelists and everyone who attended.

If you missed the event, a video of the panel (starting about 15 minutes into the discussion) is available here:


You are invited to a digital humanities and scholarship event at Helmke Library on October 5

The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata, social networking, data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, incorporating digital projects in classes and challenges of assessing digital scholarship. A presentation of note is on the Saint Giorgio’s Castle project. Associate Professor Andres Montenegro and Professor Audrey Ushenko are recreating Saint Giorgio’s Castle frescos in the lower level of Helmke and adding “trigger spots” that interact with mixed reality devices to show augmentation.

The event is FREE and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is online at:

Questions? Contact Erika Mann at


Join Us for an Open House

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Monday, August 13: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 14: 8:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 15: 8:00a.m, noon

Thursday, August 16: 8:00a.m, noon, 2:00p.m.

Friday, August 17: 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m., noon


Monday, August 20: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Tuesday, August 21: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Wednesday, August 22: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.

Thursday, August 23: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., noon, 3:00p.m., 6:00p.m.


For more information, visit our website at

Extended Hours and More!

The library will be open extended hours during study week and finals week!  We are grateful for IPSGA for their support. Here’s the schedule:

  • Open 8 AM until 2 AM from Monday, April 23 through Saturday April 28
  • Open 24 hours from 8 AM Sunday, April 29 through 6 PM Friday, May 4
  • Open 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Saturday, May 5
  • Closed Sunday, May 6

We’re pleased to offer coffee and snacks during finals week, as well! Join us Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5-8PM in the Learning Commons.

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What is Digital Humanities?

What happens when you apply computational methods and analysis to research questions in literature, history, philosophy, and other humanities fields?

Join Helmke Library next Tuesday as we kick off an exploration into Digital Humanities with a presentation by Dr. Troy Bassett, Associate Professor of English.

Bassett will survey a sample of projects, showing the wide range of subjects, formats, and purposes that digital humanities encompasses, and the ways in which these methods can enhance projects, research and teaching.

What: An Introduction to Digital Humanities

Where: Helmke Library media wall (2nd floor)

When: Tuesday, April 24 from Noon – 1 PM

This presentation will be the first in a series of events, continuing in Fall 2018, centered on digital humanities.  Questions? Contact Erika Mann at

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 ( or Sarah Wagner ( You can also check out our webpage for more information.

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 ( or Sarah Wagner (

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