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.

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The Vinyl Collection: Rachmaninoff to Rock ‘n Roll

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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.

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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.

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!