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.

What does IWU’s archives collect?

December 7th, 2013 by

This image is part of a brief overview on how you can help your archivist save your history for the future.

Follow the link or click on the image to read more about it!

portal to a brief slide show on what IWU's university archives collects


Thanksgiving Break Hours

November 22nd, 2013 by

The Ames Library will close at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday break, and re-open at 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 1.

 Tuesday, November 26th: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 Wednesday, November 27th – Saturday, November 30th: CLOSED

 Sunday, December 1st: 6:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Safe travels to all!

Gateway Essay Award Winners!

November 22nd, 2013 by

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012-13 Best Gateway Essay contest!

Hands Writing in Class by bgblogging (CC BY-NC-SA)

First: Christine Peterson, “Lost in Translation,” Instructor: Tina Isabelli
Runner-up: Lydia Rudd, “Down a Dusty Haitian Road,” Instructor: Kathy Zurkowski
Runner-up: Valerie Mack, “Reputation and Social Perfection: The Social Creation of Mr. Hyde.” Instructor: Adam Woodis

These students will have their achievements cited in the upcoming Honors Convocation program. They have also agreed to have their essays submitted to IWU’s Digital Commons, where they will be available to the IWU community.  Submissions, which were first nominated by Gateway faculty, were vetted by Writing Center tutors. The Writing Committee made the final decisions from a list of finalists.

Image credit: Hands Writing in Class by bgblogging (CC BY-NC-SA)



Open Access Week Events

October 21st, 2013 by

open access logoThe library is sponsoring three events to celebrate Open Access Week:

Open Access Exhibit – Definitions & Debates
All week, Circulation Desk
Thanks to Sciences Library Crystal Boyce for creating this exhibit!

Open Access, Social Justice and Information Literacy
Monday, October 21, 12:10 pm – 1 pm
Davidson Room

Please join Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Chris Sweet from the Ames Library for a presentation about the connections between open access, information literacy and social justice, and how these play out in the classroom, on campus, statewide and nationally.


Open Forum with Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research Coalition
Thursday, October 24, 4 pm
State Farm Hall Case Study Room

Nick Shockey is the Director of the Right to Research Coalition, an international network of undergraduate and graduate students working towards open access to research. Nick is a graduate of Trinity University in Texas, where he helped pass an open access policy for faculty. He is an experienced speaker on issues related to Open Access, including author rights and taxpayer access, and has been active in working with his SPARC colleagues in Washington, D.C. to advocate with House and Senate representatives for legislation and policy at the national level. Please join us for discussion and debate!

To learn more about Open Access, please watch this video from Ph.D. Comics, or read about it here or here.  We’ll be adding more information about how IWU promotes Open Access in the coming days!

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