New Trial Databases at the Library

From now until March 9th, The Ames Library is offering two new databases on trial, Periodicals Archive Online and Women’s Magazine Archive.

Periodicals Archive Online “makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.”


Women’s Magazine Archive is comprised of digitized “leading women’s interest consumer magazines” which are “scanned in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.”

Both trial databases will be available for the next 19 days and can be accessed through this link. (Trial databases are located on the right-hand sidebar.) If you are interested in seeing the library acquire either database on a more permanent basis, please share your thoughts with us in a comment here or email us at askames@iwu.edu.

A Fairy Tale Romance

“While the ceremony took place at Evelyn Chapel, the couple also visited several campus locations for photo opportunities, such as the Bates & Merwin Reading Room, also known as the ‘Beauty and the Beast Room’ because of its rolling ladder resembling the library featured in Disney’s animated classic.” (Source.)

Congratulations to Haley (Lower) Loyet ’16 and Cameron Loyet ’18!

Access to “The African American Experience” for a Limited Time

For a limited time, you can explore The African American Experience, a database ABC-CLIO, for free. The database will be open access until February 19th. It documents black history and black culture from the year 500 to the present day, and is divided by topics such as the Antebellum, Rise of Jim Crow, and Black Power Movement.

If you’re ever interested in recommending a certain database for our collections, just email us!

Native Voices: Native American Civil War Soldiers

Please join us tonight for a special program from IWU alum Quita Verban Shier (’60), who will be speaking about Company K of the 1st Regiment Michigan Volunteer Sharpshooters in the Civil War. This all-Native American company is the subject of Shier’s recent book Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War. Attendees will learn from the soldiers themselves as Shier reads from their letters home about the effects that the war and even the long absences from home had on their health and healing. The program will take place in Beckman Auditorium in The Ames Library from 6:00–7:00p.m, and is free and open to the public.

P.S. You can also check out Shier’s book from The Ames Library afterwards.

Image courtesy the National Park Service.

The Hate U Give Film Screening Tonight

Tonight, everyone! We’re hosting a screening of the 2018 film The Hate U Give with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The program will be held in Beckman Auditorium at the library at 6PM and will be preceded by a presentation of data about police shootings of black civilians and a discussion afterwards. Tell your friends, and we hope to see you all there.

“Based on the best-selling novel, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.” (Source: http://ow.ly/miBp50kn4oT)

The Hate U Give Film Screening Tomorrow

Don’t forget that tomorrow we’re hosting a screening of the 2018 film The Hate U Give with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion! The program will be held in Beckman Auditorium at the library at 6PM and will be preceded by a presentation of data about police shootings of black civilians and a discussion afterwards.

“Based on the best-selling novel, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.” (Source: http://ow.ly/miBp50kn4oT)

Happy 100th Birthday, Jackie Robinson!

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson, the first player to break the color barrier in baseball. His Major League debut occurred with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 and his career as a professional ballplayer lasted just over nine years.

Jackie’s tremendous accomplishments can only be fully understood if we are clear-eyed about the racism that white people, from fellow Dodgers to baseball spectators to the United States military, subjected him to throughout his life.

We invite you take to take a deeper look at Jackie’s life and career through our exhibit “Against the Most Tremendous Odds,” which will be up through February on The Ames Library main floor.

New University Librarian Named

The Ames Library is happy to announce that Dr. Scott Walter has been named University Librarian. Welcome to the Titan community, Scott!

Dr. Walter will join us on May 8th. You can read more about him here!

CANCELLED The Hate U Give Film Screening

Due to tonight’s extreme weather conditions, our screening of The Hate U Give is rescheduled for next Tuesday, February 5th. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Bundle up tonight, because we’re still holding a screening of the 2018 film The Hate U Give in Beckman Auditorium at the library starting at 6 p.m. The film will be preceded by a presentation of data about police shootings of black civilians and a discussion afterwards.

Based on the best-selling novel, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. (Source)

Native Voices: Medicine Wheel Teaching Event

Tonight, The Ames Library, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Sociology & Anthropology Department are co-sponsoring a medicine wheel teaching event conducted by Eliida Lakota Knoll and the Reverend Carol Lakota Eastin. Said Washington Post writer Evelyn Porreca Vuko in a 2001 article, “The medicine wheel symbolizes the circle of life in many different Native American cultures. Paths and circles outlined with stones mark passages and changes in people’s lives.”

The event, which consists of a station of activities in each of the four directions, will be held from 6:30–8:00 p.m. in the library’s entry level rotunda. Participants will be instructed to move sun-wise (a.k.a. clockwise) from station to station, and will be guided through a set of craft-making activities at each one creating a set of power-objects to put into a medicine bag.