BioOne website maintenance

June 17th, 2014 by

bioOne_logoFYI: the BioOne website will be undergoing maintenance starting Friday, June 20. Scheduled downtime will begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time and may last up to 4 hours. During this time content and services on will be unavailable.

Library Website Redesign in Process

June 11th, 2014 by

In the coming weeks, we’ll be working to update our website to prepare for the launch of our redesigned campus website.  If you are looking for something and can’t find it, please call Help@Ames at x3900 or email Stephanie Davis-Kahl for assistance.

Thanks in advance for your patience!


CARLI Shared eBook Project

June 9th, 2014 by

Our academic library consortium CARLI has negotiated a multi-publisher program that allows e-books to be shared among all CARLI library users in Illinois. The program provides over 29,000 titles in all disciplines; the publisher list is included at the end of this message.

Catalog records for these titles are available in our local catalog and the I-Share catalog. You may also visit the CARLI eBook website to access the titles directly. You will be prompted to authenticate, whether or not you are on campus, to enable tracking of circulations. These e-books have a 7 day loan period and users can view content online, download and print. Once a title has been used 9 times, it is purchased by CARLI for permanent use by all libraries.

This pilot program comes as part of our CARLI governing library membership and follows months of negotiations by the CARLI staff. Shared consortial e-book programs are still quite unusual, as publishers are leery of this changing marketplace. The library faculty look forward to your feedback on this program.  If  you have comments to share, please contact Karen Schmidt, University Librarian.

Publishers include:

· Bloomsbury Academic
· Diplomica
· Edinburgh University Press
· Guilford Publications
· Indiana University Press
· Jessica Kingsley Publishers
· John Benjamins Publishing
· McGraw-Hill International UK
· Morgan & Claypool
· Princeton University Press
· Sage Publications
· University of California Press
· University of North Carolina Press
· Zed Books

Earlier Opening Hours Sunday

April 25th, 2014 by

On Sunday, April 27 the library will open at 10:00 a.m. to provide some additional study and prep time for exams and final papers.

On Wednesday (April 23,) Thursday (April 24,) Sunday (April 27,) and Monday (April 28) the library has coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available from 7:00 p.m. until these items run out.

Therapy Dogs at Ames – Reading Day

April 21st, 2014 by

5843023076_159ff65fda_zStressed out?  IWUF1RST is bringing therapy dogs to The Ames Library Patio on Wednesday, April 23 from 2 pm – 6 pm.  There will also be massage chairs and yoga, and we’re excited about those too, but mostly we’re looking forward to hanging out and snuggling with cute dogs.  Thanks to IWUF1RST for sponsoring this event! (“Black Labrador Lotte” by Andreas, CC-BY-NC-ND)

John Wesley Powell Conference, April 12

April 8th, 2014 by

John Wesley Powell Conference logo

You are invited to the 25th John Wesley Powell Undergraduate Research Conference beginning on Friday, April 11 with posters and presentations by students from Educational Studies in The Ames Library from 4 pm – 7 pm.  On Saturday, April 12, the conference begins at 9 am in the Center for Natural Sciences with posters and presentations from students in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Composition students will present their work during the luncheon, and students from the School of Art will present their work beginning at 1 pm in the Ames School of Art. Our keynote this year is Paul Black, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow from Wake Forest Baptist Health.  For the full schedule, please see the conference website.  For programs and presentations from past conferences, please visit the conference archive.

For presenters: If you are printing a poster at the library, you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk during regular library hours.  If you’d like to add your work (poster, presentation, art work, composition, photos) to the conference archive, please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl.

Congratulations to the Newly Tenured and Promoted!

February 18th, 2014 by

The IWU Board of Trustees recently approved tenure and promotions for nine faculty, including Ames’ own Meg Miner, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, and Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian!  Congratulations to Meg and Chris and to our faculty colleagues on this momentous achievement!

ProQuest downtime for system enhancements

February 14th, 2014 by

On February 15, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. This is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 at 10:00 p.m. for 8 hours.

Seasonal Affective Disorder got you down?

February 3rd, 2014 by

Thanks to the Counseling Center, the library has Sun Box lamps to assist with SAD.  One is installed on the 3rd floor west living room; another will soon be installed on the 4th floor east living room. Usually 20-30 minutes with the Sun Box will boost energy and improve your mood. Detailed information regarding the use of the Sun Box is posted by each lamp.

Sun Box

Holiday Break Hours

December 10th, 2013 by

Holidays Organized Neatly, by Lauren Manning, CC BY 2.0

Wishing all in our community a safe and happy holiday break!

Holiday Break Hours for The Ames Library:

Friday, December 13th:
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14th & Sunday, December 15th:
Monday, December 16th – Friday, December 20th :
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 21st – Wednesday, January 1st :
Thursday, January 2nd & Friday, January 3rd :
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 4th & Sunday, January 5th: :
Monday, January 6th & Tuesday, January 7th :
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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