Last Chance – Meet the Bibliophiles!

October 24th, 2014 by

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The legacy of William Morris, a leading member of the Artsand Crafts Movement, has been the subject of four public events, with the last events today, Oct. 24.

IMG_20141024_073635The program brings together the disciplines of art, economics, history and politics as represented through the life of one transformative individual, according to Meg Miner, University Archivist and Special Collections IMG_20141024_073555Librarian and associate professor. Morris was a 19th-century English designer, writer, philosopher and founder of the Kelmscott Press, a publisher influencing the revival of the private press.

Morris was also an influential figure for Elbert Hubbard, a native of McLean County. Hubbard founded the Roycrofters (in East Aurora, N.Y.) inspired by Morris’ Kelmscott Press.

“Both WIMG_20141024_073610alsdorf and Boos have written books on Morris from different perspectives,” said University Librarian Karen Schmidt. “Jack’s focus has been on Morris from the point of a collector, while Florence has written about Morris as a poet, utopian writer, and social reformer.”

Walsdorf has loanded several Morris-related items from his personal collection for exhibit at The Ames Library through Nov. 14. Walsdorf will discuss Hubbard’s connection to Morris Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the McLean County MuIMG_20141024_073803seum of History. Miner said attendees are invited to bring one or two books from their collections for an “Antiques Road Show” type of assessment with Walsdorf narrating.

The program is made possible by a Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

 

 

What’s New? – eBooks!

October 22nd, 2014 by

E-books are pretty awesome. You get the same content as a physical volume, but you can read it anywhere you can access the Internet. Which means, 9 times out of 10, all you need is your phone or laptop (which you’re carrying around anyway). You can find hundreds of e-books in The Ames Library catalog – just search like you normally would for a specific title.

Normally, e-books are just as expensive as physical volumes, because you’re purchasing the rights to view them. These costs can add up quickly. But wait, you’re in luck! 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.

Still not sure? Here’s one e-book brought to you through this program.

not like im poorIt’s Not Like I’m Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

Connect to the e-book!

From the publisher’s website: “The world of welfare has changed radically. As the poor trade welfare checks for low-wage jobs, their low earnings qualify them for a hefty check come tax time—a combination of the earned income tax credit and other refunds. For many working parents this one check is like hitting the lottery, offering several months’ wages as well as the hope of investing in a better future. Drawing on interviews with 115 families, the authors look at how parents plan to use this annual cash windfall to build up savings, go back to school, and send their kids to college. However, these dreams of upward mobility are often dashed by the difficulty of trying to get by on meager wages. In accessible and engaging prose, It’s Not Like I’m Poor examines the costs and benefits of the new work-based safety net, suggesting ways to augment its strengths so that more of the working poor can realize the promise of a middle-class life.”

William Morris – Arts and Crafts Movement Leader

October 21st, 2014 by

Article reposted from IWU News:

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The legacy of William Morris, a leading member of the Arts and Crafts Movement, will be the subject of four public events Oct. 22-24 on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

The program brings together the disciplines of art, economics, history and politics as represented through the life of one transformative individual, according to Meg Miner, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian and associate professor. Morris was a 19th-century English designer, writer, philosopher and founder of the Kelmscott Press, a publisher influencing the revival of the private press.

“At a time when the Industrial Revolution in Britain and elsewhere had reduced workers to mechanized toil, Morris argued for the importance of creative labor,” said Miner. “As a founder of the Arts and Crafts movement and Britain’s first historical preservation society, he wrote and lectured on the vital connections between society and art, as embodied in his beautiful book and textile designs, stood for issues of equality and social justice, and became a crusading Socialist.”

Morris was also an influential figure for Elbert Hubbard, a native of McLean County. Hubbard founded the Roycrofters (in East Aurora, N.Y.) inspired by Morris’ Kelmscott Press.

Two Morris scholars will present an opening convocation Oct. 22. Jack Walsdorf, a book collector, author and president of the William Morris Society in the U.S., and Florence Boos, author and former president of the William Morris Society in the U.S., will speak at 11 a.m. at Evelyn Chapel.

“Both Walsdorf and Boos have written books on Morris from different perspectives,” said University Librarian Karen Schmidt. “Jack’s focus has been on Morris from the point of a collector, while Florence has written about Morris as a poet, utopian writer, and social reformer.”

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A leaf from The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, published by Kelmscott in 1896, will be one of the items on loan to The Ames Library through Nov. 14 .


A resident of Portland, Ore., Walsdorf estimates he has collected more than 9,000 books in his nearly 50-year odyssey as a collector. He is the author of On Collecting William Morris: A Memoir. Walsdorf is also lending several Morris-related items from his personal collection for exhibit at The Ames Library through Nov. 14. Walsdorf will narrate highlights of the exhibit Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.

A professor of English at the University of Iowa, Boos is the author of The Artist & The Capitalist: William Morris & Richard Marsden. She will present a lecture Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. on Morris’ relation to the Garden City Movement, a mixed-use urban planning design theory that developed in response to poor living conditions in cities during the Industrial Revolution.

Walsdorf will discuss Hubbard’s connection to Morris Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. at the McLean County Museum of History. Miner said attendees are invited to bring one or two books from their collections for an “Antiques Road Show” type of assessment with Walsdorf narrating.

Schmidt said she believes these events are particularly relevant for Illinois Wesleyan because the program brings together several disciplines. “Through the lens of Morris, we can reflect on how the many threads of the liberal arts connect with one another through an individual whose influence is present in contemporary society,” said Schmidt.

The program is made possible by a Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Monday Missive – 10/20

October 20th, 2014 by

In case you missed it, “the annual Homecoming football game at Illinois Wesleyan was spoiled with a 7-2 loss to Augustana.” While we lost the game, there was plenty of fun had throughout the rest of the weekend, so we’re all waking up a bit more slowly this morning. Need a little extra pick-me-up? Check out photos from around campus from this weekend.

We’re officially half way through the fall semester, and things are starting to get busy. There are still study spaces to be found in Ames in the evenings, but make sure you’re getting here early to get your preferred space. Remember you can reserve a project room through the Help@Ames desk for up to 4 hours at a time. Make your reservation now!

Speaking of getting started, do you know what’s going on in Ames this week? Read on to find out.

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Today, Monday 10/20, the Writing Center is hosting an Open House to celebrate the National Day on Writing. Did you know the Writing Center recently moved into the library? It’s on the first floor near the Circulation Desk. Make your appointment today!

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 1pm, Prof. Coleman’s Gateway
  • Monday, 3pm, Prof. Coleman’s other Gateway
  • Tuesday, 9:25pm, Prof. Sibley’s Spanish 102
  • Tuesday, 10:50am, Prof. Ferradan’s Spanish 280
  • Tuesday, 1pm, Prof. Hoyt’s Business 490
  • Wednesday, 1pm, Prof. Coleman’s Gateway
  • Wednesday, 2pm, Prof. Harper’s Biology 217
  • Thursday, 9:25pm, Prof. Nillas’s Gateway
  • Thursday, 2:35pm, Prof. Nadeau’s Spanish 280
  • Friday, 10am, Prof. Connelley’s Gateway
  • Friday, 2pm, Prof. Isabelli’s Spanish 303
  • Friday, 3pm, Prof. Coleman’s Gateway

Room 214

  • Monday, 3pm, CUPP
  • Tuesday, noon, Library Advisory Committee
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm, Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 3pm, CUPP
  • Thursday, 11am, Assessment Committee
  • Thursday, 1pm, IT Sharepoint
  • Thursday, 4:30pm, Star Literacy
  • Friday, 8am, IT Sharepoint

Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 7pm, Vanishing of the Bees
  • Tuesday, 1:10pm, Battle of Ideas
  • Tuesday, 7pm, Food, Inc. – Food, Inc. is the perplexing documentary on America’s food. Delving into various issues such as safety, health, rights, law and business, this film covers how factory farms fit into the American culture. This film is presented by VVV, (Vegetarians, Vegans, Victorious).
  • Wednesday, 5:30pm, Boundless Spirit: William Morris for the 21st Century – A public evening event focused on the Garden City Movement and its influence on Morris.
  • Wednesday, 7pm, Psychology 369
  • Thursday, 7pm, Baron von Munchhausen (1943) – A fantasy comedy of a German folktale about a man who never grows old. This version was filmed under the National Socialists as a distraction. Sponsor: International Film Series
  • Friday, 9pm, Nursing 400 Exam

#TBT – Student Scholarship

October 16th, 2014 by

Ever wonder about the point of Gateway and writing intensive courses? Not sure how struggling to write at a collegiate level will pay off?

Well, The Ames Library is here to tell you that exemplary student works are highlighted in campus’s Digital Commons. This is an institutional repository where we collect scholarly works of faculty and students, as well as keep publications and meeting notes of campus organizations and meetings. The Digital Commons is a great place to learn about what your fellow students are doing in upper-level research classes, for the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference, and how they’re being published before they graduate.

Yes, you too can contribute to completely undergraduate, peer-reviewed journals.

True story – one student published a senior paper in Digital Commons and graduated, not thinking any more about it. Since those papers can be discovered through Google, a book publisher found that paper and was able to make contact with the student for her paper to be published as a chapter in their forthcoming book! Cool, right?

UERThere’s a new “Paper of the Day” every day, so check the site daily to see what’s new, what’s old, what’s trending, and what’s useful.

Today’s paper was written by Cody Bryant in 2013 – “Impact of the Bakken Oil Boom on Employment and Wages in North Dakota.” Here’s the paper’s abstract:  A difference-in-difference methodology is used to examine the impact of the 2008 oil boom on employment and wages in North Dakota. Finding show an 8.68 percent increase in employment and 4.85 percent increase in wages in counties producing Bakken oil relative to the rest of North Dakota. In addition, a modified Difference- in-Difference is used to examine the rate of growth in employment and wages. Results show a 0.271 percent increase in quarterly job growth in Bakken oil producing counties relative to the rest of North Dakota. No significant impact is observed in the growth of wages.

Want to read the whole paper? Visit Digital Commons!

If you use the library, we need your help!

October 14th, 2014 by

The Ames Library is conducting a study to investigate how satisfied you are with services provided at the Help@Ames and Circulation Desks. We need students, staff, and faculty to help us! As part of the study, you’ll ask each desk one question over the course of a week. Each question might take as little as 5 minutes to answer, or as long at 30 minutes.

If you’d like to participate, please contact Crystal Boyce (cboyce@iwu.edu) to set up a time to learn more about the study.

 

Rainy Mondays – 10/13

October 13th, 2014 by

So we’re all back from Fall Break and now it’s raining. But…we’ve got Homecoming to look forward to this weekend! To get ready for this weekend’s festivities, let’s review what’s happening in Ames this week.

Jack Furlong of the Philosophy Department at Transylvania University will present “Reorienting the Question of What We Owe Nonhumans: Beyond Rights Talk Toward Capability Discourse” on Monday at 4pm in the Beckman Auditorium.

On Tuesday, at 4pm, Jennifer McCoy, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University and director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta, will speak on Venezuelan political culture and the neo-Bolivarian perspective that is spreading throughout the hemisphere. This event is sponsored by a “Recentering the Humanities” grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Latin American Studies team of International Studies, and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

On Wednesday, at 4pm, Dr. Caroline Bishoip of Indiana University will present “How to make a Roman Demosthenes: Cicero and the constrcution of a tradition” as part of the IDES Lecture. In both technology and culture, the Romans were great bridge-builders, and borrowed liberally from ancient Greece. The Roman politician Cicero (106-43 BC) was no exception. When Roman democracy ended with the dictatorship of Julius Caesar, Cicero turned to Greece for an explanation, particularly Demosthenes, the democratic opponent of
King Philip of Macedon. In this talk, I will explore the links Cicero drew between himself and Demosthenes, and explain how they still influence the way we think about the bridges between their civilizations.

On Thursday, at 4pm, Associate Professor of English Joanne Diaz will read from her new book, “My Favorite Tyrants,” which was named the winner of the 2014 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. This event is sponsored by Tributaries, IWU’s creative arts journal.

Homecoming 2014Homecoming Events in Ames

  • Friday – 1-1:50 – Kris Condon ’84 – 2014 Loyalty Award Winner – “Order in the Court! Or, How I Spent my Summer Vacation at the US Supreme Court”
  • Friday – 2-2:50 – Robert Bray – R. Forest Colwell Professor of English – “Making Abraham Lincoln Ours”
  • Friday – 3-3:50 – Kyle Pfortmiller ’92 – 2014 Distinguished Alumnus – “Journey to the Met: More than Practice, Practice, Practice!”
  • Friday – 4-4:50 – William Jaeckle – Associate Professor of Biology and Student Senate 2014 Professor of the Year – “Living in a bowl of soup and lacking utensils: The many ways that aquatic invertebrates catch their food”
  • Friday – around 4:00 p.m., the small tree that sits between the two bays of car spaces in our back parking lot will be dedicated to the memory of Jim McGowan. A space on either side of this tree will be cordoned off around 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 8:30-9:20 – Mark Israel ’91 – Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon – “Mergers and Acquisitions”
  • Saturday – 9:30-10:20 – Dr. Sean Parsons ’02 – 2014 Rober M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus – “1959 in Jazz…It Was a Very Good Year”
  • Saturday – 10:30-11:20 – Robert Delvin – Fine Arts Librarian and Professor – “Moments Musicaux: Episodes from 150 Years of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University”

Instruction in 129

  • Monday, Prof. Bushman’s Gateway course
  • Tuesday, German 101 lab
  • Tuesday, Prof. Schwartz’s course
  • Wednesday, Prof. Burke’s Socl 230
  • Thursday, Prof. Hoyt’s Bus 490

Administrative meetings in 214

  • Monday, 9:30am, Network Group
  • Monday, 3pm, CUPP
  • Wednesday, 3pm, CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm, Web Redesign Workgroup

Events in the Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 11-3:30, Admissions Open House
  • Monday, 4pm, Philosophy film screening
  • Monday, 7pm, Prof. Haefner’s Gateway film screening
  • Tuesday, 4pm, RcCentering the Humanities speaker event
  • Wednesday, 4pm, IDES Lecture
  • Thursday, 4pm, “My Favorite Tyrants”

What’s Popular This Week?

October 8th, 2014 by

Did you know Ames Library has a Popular Reading Collection? It’s located right next to the Circulation Desk and has dozens of titles from which to choose. Grab one of these for some light weekend reading or just to take a break from all that scholarly work yangry optimistou’ve been doing.

Some of our recent additions to the collection include:

ANGRY OPTIMIST : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JON STEWART – Lisa Rogak

THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER : STORIES – Hilary Mantel

THE BONE CLOCKS – David Mitchell

BURN – James Patterson

THE CHILDREN ACT – Ian McEwan

DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS – Julie Schumacher

AN EVENT IN AUTUMN – Henning Mankell

PERFIDIA – James Ellroy

PERSONAL: A JACK REACHER NOVEL – Lee Child

this is where i leave youTHIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU – Jonathan Tropper

To see the entire list of Popular Reading titles, click here.

 

Not a fan of the physical book? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with various Kindle titles (you can borrow a Kindle from Circulation). A selection of new titles available on Kindles includes:

All the Light We Cannot See   – Anthony Doerr

Bones Never Lie – Kathy Reichs

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

The Headmaster’s Wife – Thomas C. Greene

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State – Glenn Greenwald

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell – Nadia Nashimi

Click here, if you’d like to Suggest a Purchase (ebook, Kindle or print).

Monday Missive – October 6th

October 6th, 2014 by

Want to catch up on what’s happening in The Ames Library this week? No need to look any further. Remember – if you ever have any questions, all you need to do is call extension 3900 or stop by the Help@Ames Desk on the entry level of the library.

ILLiad – the program used to lend and borrow items from other libraries – is up and running again. Tony Heaton is working through all the requests; if you have any questions or concerns about items you have requested, please contact Tony at x3224, theaton@iwu.edu

Thank you to Kerri McKeown for all her help!

Humans vs. Zombies Safe ZoneHumans vs. Zombies – are you going to be a Zombie, scavenging for human meat? Or are you going to be a Human, desperately trying to survive the IWU Zombie Apocalypse? Either way, remeber that Ames Library is a Safe Zone, which means no attacks can happen within the building. Humans beware, however, it’s a long walk (or run) from the front of Ames to the next safe zone. Make sure you’re carrying plenty of ammo (socks)!

The International Film Series will be screening “Everything is Illuminated,” from 7-10pm on Monday evening as part of the Iron Curtain Symposium. The Mellon Center is also sponsoring a movie screening from 7-10pm on Thursday evening for the Cold War Gateway.

 

This week in The Ames Library:

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Tuesday, 9:25-10:40am, Prof. Nielsen’s Art 490
  • Thursday, 1:10-2:25, English

Meeting Room 214

  • Monday, 3-4pm, CUPP meeting
  • Wednesday, 3-5pm, CUPP meeting
  • Thursday, 11-noon, Assessment Committee

Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 9-11am, Nursing 217
  • Tuesday, 9:25-10:40am, International Politics, Road to 9/11
  • Tuesday, 4-5:30pm, International Studies, Fall of the Iron Curtain, 25 Years After
  • Wednesday, 2-4pm, Nursing 385, Exam #1
  • Wednesday, 6-8:30pm, Gateway – Utopianism
  • Thursday, 9:25-10:40am, Political Science, Terrorism
  • Thursday, 10:50-12:05pm, Political Science, Japan’s About Face

Finally, Peoria Christian High School students will be visiting campus on Friday. They’ll be hanging out in the library at different times during the day.

Remembering Jim McGowan

A bur oak has been planted on the Illinois Wesleyan campus near The Ames Library in memory of Emeritus Professor of English James D. McGowan, who died July 20.

As part of the English Department’s Homecoming Reception, onFriday, Oct. 17 at 3:45 p.m., a plaque and the tree commemorating his presence will be dedicated. If you would like to attend this short ceremony, meet at the English House, 1101 N. Main St., at 3:30 p.m. and Anne McGowan will lead us to the McGowan Bur Oak.

URGENT: ILLiad down

October 3rd, 2014 by

10/3 11:00am – We are continuing to experience technical difficulties. ILLiad will be down until Monday. Please contact Tony Heaton, Circulation Manager, at 309-556-3224 if you have any questions.

10/3 8:30am – Due to technical difficulties, Interlibrary Loan services are not available. Do not try to log-in to submit new requests or to access previously received electronically items. If you have any questions, please contact Tony Heaton at 309-556-3224.

 

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