Purdue Transition Information

As many of you are already aware, due to the pending realignment, the Helmke Library will be transitioning from the Indiana University library system to the Purdue University library system. I wanted to take this time to share updated information and assure you that we are making every effort to maintain access to both Purdue and Indiana library resources.

At some point in the near future, our borrowed materials from Indiana University will move from intercampus to interlibrary loans as we will no longer be on the IUCAT system; however, we will still have access to IU resources, as they will have access to ours, via Interlibrary Loans.

The new online catalog will be ready to go by late spring 2018. We strongly encourage faculty to start familiarizing themselves with Purdue’s library catalog and also suggest faculty learn to use WorldCat as a comprehensive catalog. There are titles that Purdue West Lafayette won’t have that we will need to purchase and WorldCat can help us find those titles. We will host tutorials and workshops during the coming fall semester to assist in educating people on both the new catalog system and WorldCat.

For the future, e-resources – including journal databases – are currently being negotiated. We are working to ensure there is very little, if any, disruption to access and at the conclusion of these negotiations, we will have the same access as the main campus in West Lafayette. When the catalog goes live in January 2018, our faculty will be able to borrow any Purdue University book with the same rights and privileges as the faculty members on the main campus, allowing you to order directly and have the materials shipped to our campus library.

Key points to remember during the transition:

  • There will be no loss of access to resources.  Both Purdue and Indiana have been working with our campus to help find the best ways to accommodate our needs.
  • We are pro-actively buying books and ordering the titles our faculty currently have on loan from Indiana University for the Purdue Fort Wayne library. When they arrive, our faculty will be notified and we can exchange the Indiana University books for the Purdue Fort Wayne books.
  • Books that are being requested via interlibrary loan will be considered a high priority for purchase.

I thank you all for your patience during this time and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the library staff. We are here to serve as a resource to you and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have.

Alexis Macklin
Dean, Ph.D., Helmke Library

Heard on Campus!

Helmke Library’s Digital Initiatives Team is proud to announce our newest mDon collection: Heard on Campus.

Heard on Campus features newsletters and publications from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne departments and programs over the years, including the very early days of IPFW.

As we look ahead to our 2017 Commencement ceremony, enjoy these Heard on Campus documents that celebrate IPFW graduates from years past!

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Browse the collection to view all of the historical titles available in this collection. Each digitized item is from the IPFW University Archives, but the collection may not contain every issue of each publication.

Many thanks to Jill Dunkel and everyone on our Digital Initiatives team for making this physical collection a digital reality!

Additional content may be added to Heard on Campus in the future. What documents would you like to see?

Highlighting Research and Creativity at IPFW: 2016 Opus Report


Opus, IPFW’s institutional repository, provides students and scholars to share their work with the world in an open access environment. In 2016, Opus continued to grow in both content and global reach. Here are a few highlights from our 2016 Statistical Report:

Opus can also help faculty track the impact of their scholarly and creative work – please contact Scholarly Communications at the IPFW Helmke Library (opus@ipfw.edu) for more details.

Sex-Ed Ain’t What It Used to Be

IPFW’s Center for Healthy Living is having a Health Fair this Wednesday, so the library is taking some time to share excellent resources about health – specifically, Sex Ed.

On our Facebook page, we’ll be featuring websites, research institutes, local services, and more all week long. Interested? Here’s a sneak preview of two resources that might make you think twice about what Sex-Ed looked like in the past – and what new education is needed in our always-online, never-private world.

From Newsweek’s A Brief History of Sex Ed in America:

“To prevent the immense evils of self-pollution, therefore, in our boys and students … They should always subsist on a plain, simple, unstimulating, vegetable, and water diet; and care should be taken that they do not eat too fast, and are not excessive, in quantity. They should never be kept too long a time in a sitting, confined, or inactive posture. They should never sleep on feathers.”
—Sylvester Graham, Lectures on Chastity (1834)

America’s recent experience with abstinence-only sex education is merely the latest chapter in our long, sometimes ridiculous (to modern eyes, anyway) history of efforts to control humankind’s most basic drive.

From Amy Adele Hasinoff’s TED talk, “How to Practice Safe Sexting.”

Sexting is certainly risky, like anything that’s fun, but as long as you’re not sending an image to someone who doesn’t want to receive it, there’s no harm. What I do think is a serious problem is when people share private images of others without their permission. And instead of worrying about sexting, what I think we need to do is think a lot more about digital privacy.

Follow us on Facebook this week for more!


The Vinyl Collection: Rachmaninoff to Rock ‘n Roll


Listening to recorded music these days is as easy as powering up your mobile device, popping in some earbuds, and choosing your favorite audio stream. Before that, shiny compact discs were employed to hear one’s favorite music. The sounds delivered by these digital recording mediums are crisp and clear, but nothing matches the sound of analog.

If you want to have a new listening experience, try something old: vinyl records. You know; phonograph discs, LPs, plastic platters, those 12” analog storage devices of old. Visit Helmke Library’s Vinyl Collection on the fourth floor and experience sound recordings in a totally new way. With around 6,000 Long Play (LP) records, and 950 box sets, our collection has something for everyone.


Although the collection is not in IUCAT, our online catalog, they are grouped in broad categories for browsing. Mostly classical; also jazz, rock, musicals, Christmas, and unusual items like Mickey Mouse does Disco! You can even borrow our LPs – just bring the ones you want down to the first floor desk . Check out our vinyl records and experience your favorite music in a new way.

March Feature: Women’s History Month

womenshistoryMarch is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate the library has put together a small collection of works related to women’s history, feminism, and women’s studies.  The display is located on the first floor of the library and includes a variety of subjects from literature to medical sciences. Take a look and check some out!

Women’s History Month can trace its beginnings all the way back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911 and since has grown into an a celebration of the often overlooked history of women and girls in the United States and the World.  In addition to our library display, we recommend this photo collection from the Library of Congress: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

Helmke Library’s Grand Re-Opening

Welcome back to the new Library!

The library’s renovation wrapped up on schedule, a year after it started in December 2016. It looks great! Students and groups are streaming back in the building and have found great study, meeting and hang-out spaces on all 4 floors.

January 2017 was jam-packed with library events: the soft opening of the building on January 9 at the start of Spring semester, faculty and staff Preview Tours, the January 17 Library Grand Re-Opening party and ribbon-cutting with lots of great give-aways for students, and guided building tours through January.

The IPSGA Media Board group was on hand to capture the ceremony in this great video, and the ceremony was also streamed live on Facebook!

We’re happy to arrange tours for groups, classes or individuals. Contact your liaison librarian or call us at 260-481-6512 to schedule yours.

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!