Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

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Class of 2018, it has been our pleasure to work with you throughout your college career.

We wish you all the best today and always! 

From all of us at Helmke Library

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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 manne@pfw.edu.

Spring Highlights

Reminder: Helmke Library will be closed Sunday, April 1.

It’s been a busy spring semester at Helmke Library! Here are a couple highlights we’re particularly proud of!


The 21st Annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium was a fantastic success!

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This year more than 100 students shared their research at the symposium, and six teams won cash prizes for their stellar projects and presentations. Congratulations to all of our participants! Find more images from the Symposium on Facebook.


The library is celebrating Women’s History with a display of works by and about some of our favorite influential women. Stop by the library’s first floor to check out the display or to borrow any featured books!

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Keep up with Helmke Library every day on Facebook!

It’s Official: We’ll be Purdue Fort Wayne soon!

The Higher Learning Commission recently approved IPFW’s realignment!  In just a few short months, our transition to Purdue Fort Wayne will be complete.

What does that mean for the library?

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It means IPFW students and faculty have returned nearly 3,000 out of the 4,000 books we’ve borrowed from other IU libraries!

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It means other IU campuses have (so far) returned 6,000 out of the 10,000 books they borrowed from us!

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It means we’ve purchased hundreds and hundreds of new books to ensure our students and faculty have resources they need!

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And it means we’ve spent thousands of staff and faculty hours analyzing contracts, negotiating with partners, and ensuring PFW access to information resources across more than 450 databases!

Learn more about the Purdue Fort Wayne HLC approval here.

 

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

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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).

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.