ITS Help Desk Moving to Thorpe Center


Help@Ames has been a great combination of library and IT services for the past three years, and now it’s adapting to better serve you.

You’ll now find ITS support on the third floor of The Ames Library. Come by and check out the new digs in the Thorpe Center. You can still call 3900 and enter your own call at, but you’ll want to email if you need help with technology.

Research support services can be found at the Library Service Desk on the entry level, previously known as the Circulation Desk. Have a question about renewing a book or getting started with research? Call us at 3053, email us at, or stop by. You can always email a librarian directly. We’re here from 8-4, Monday through Friday until classes start in August.

Abstract Art in Ames?

Abstract Art in Ames Library?

Abstract Art in Ames Library?

Has The Ames Library installed a new abstract art piece on the entry level? Maybe we should call it Thinking Outside the Chair.

This isn’t the only strange thing you’ll see in Ames Library this summer. Furniture will mysteriously relocate, shelves will disappear, project rooms will move…You just wait and see what we have in store for the fall.

If you’re around this summer, we’re open Monday – Friday, from 8am until 4pm. Come check out what we’re up to, or prepare to be surprised in the fall.

IDES Lecture – Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy


Erin Moodie, assistant professor in the Languages and Cultures Department at Purdue University, will present “Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy: Character, Context, and Content” on Tuesday, May 19th at 3pm in the Beckman Auditorium.

This talk will provide a broad introduction to the religious contexts of Greek and Roman comedy, as well as the comic genres’ depiction of deities and religious practices. From the Dionysia festival in Athens to Jupiter’s deus ex machina in Plautus’ Amphitryon, religion is central to ancient comedy, providing structure, atmosphere, and significance to events on and off the stage. Sponsored by Greek and Roman Studies.

History of Cycling in Illinois Focus of Lunch and Learn

A 10-man bicycle (circa 1900). Photo courtesy of

Bicycling was the most popular sport in America from 1890 until 1930, and cycling had a direct impact on social progress in race, class and gender.

Illinois Wesleyan University Information Literacy Librarian Chris Sweet will explore this largely forgotten history, particularly Illinois’ importance as home to several bicycle manufacturers. Sweet will present “The History of Cycling in Illinois” May 14 as part of the Lunch-and-Learn series offered in partnership by McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Wesleyan and Collaborative Solutions Institute.

Sweet is currently working on a scholarly history of cycling in Illinois and will discuss some of his preliminary findings during the presentation. In a blog post, Sweet writes that cycling’s popularity as a sport around 1900 was rivaled only by baseball. “Bicycle racers were well-paid celebrities and races routinely attracted thousands of spectators. The social elite were members of cycling clubs with private clubhouses.”

Yet cycling’s popularity cut across class lines. Sweet writes that the Memorial Day weekend Pullman Road Races in Chicago in the 1880s were reported to have attracted 100,000 spectators. And in terms of equality, the bicycle gave women “a greater measure of independence and contributed to important advances” in women’s rights. In addition, “a few great early bicycle racers were African Americans who advanced racial equality through sport,” Sweet writes.

The session begins at 12:10 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom, McLean County Museum of History. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch to the free event.


By Mallika Kavadi ’15

A 10-man bicycle (circa 1900). Photo courtesy of

A 10-man bicycle (circa 1900). Photo courtesy of

Intercultural Communication Workshops


stella_smOn Friday, May 8, Stella Ting-Toomey from California State University, Fullerton will be on campus to present and lead discussions on intercultural communication. Please see below for descriptions of the two sessions and access to related reading materials.

Ting-Toomey’s visit is sponsored by the Mellon Center, International Office, and Office of the Provost. Please direct any questions to Associate Dean of Curricular and Faculty Development Lynda Duke or Director of the International Office Stacey Shimizu.

Morning General Session
Open to staff and faculty
10-11 a.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

Understanding the Culture Shock Experience and Communication Style Patterns of International Students on Campus

This general session will introduce the key concepts related to the roller-coaster culture shock experience of international students in adjusting to the U.S. campus. Factors that shape the culture shock experience and the potential communication gaps among the international students, faculty, and staff will be highlighted. Suggestions for managing the culture shock experience of international students productively will be offered.

Afternoon Faculty Workshop Session
1-2:30 p.m., 201 State Farm Hall
(Please RSVP to by Wednesday, May 6 if you plan to attend)

Facilitating the Intercultural Adjustment Process of International Students with Enhanced Communication Style Strategies and Practices

This faculty workshop will examine the underlying cultural values that shape potential communication style differences in international students in the classroom. Interactive exercises will be used to deepen awareness, empathy, knowledge, and skill sets in faculty-international student interaction. Recommended practices for serving international students with enhanced communication competencies will be provided.

Suggested reading materials (3 chapters, listed below) areavailable on Moodle:

– Bennett, J. M., & Bennett, M. J. (2004). “Developing Intercultural Sensitivity: An Integrative Approach to Global and Domestic Diversity.” In D. Landis, J. Bennett, & M. Bennett (Eds.), Handbook of Intercultural Training (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
– Ting-Toomey, S., & Chung, L. (2012). “What Is the Connection Between Verbal Communication and Culture?” Understanding Intercultural Communication (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
– Ting-Toomey, S., & Chung, L. (2012). “What Are the Ways to Communicate Nonverbally Across Cultures?” Understanding Intercultural Communication (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

In addition, the Handbook of Intercultural Trainingand Understanding Intercultural Communication are both available on reserve in The Ames Library.

Class of 2015 – What You Need to Know


Congratulations on your pending graduation!

As you prepare for the big, wide world, here’s some things you should remember about what will change when you graduate.

Library Access

We are pleased to provide our IWU alumni with a variety of library services.  Alumni of IWU may request an IWU library courtesy card that allows for borrowing privileges, may request guest connection to the internet while visiting our campus, and receive professional assistance from our liaison librarians.

Due to licensing restrictions, alumni may not access our licensed electronic databases from off campus.  There are a growing number of openly accessible scholarly resources that are available to researchers, and library staff will be glad to assist our alumni in their discovery and use.

Interlibrary loan privileges are only available to current IWU students, faculty, and staff. This service can be provided by your local public library.

Information Technology

Upon graduation, you get to keep your NetID and password. This means you can still use your email account, and you can still log into computers on campus. That same NetID and password will not, however, work for the IllinoisWesleyan wireless network. You’ll need to request the guest wifi code from Help@Ames.

Almost There!

Nursing students, Jenna Kyhl and Giovani Rodriguez, both seniors, put in some serious study for finals in Ames Library, 2000.
Nursing students, Jenna Kyhl and Giovani Rodriguez, both seniors, put in some serious study for finals in Ames Library, 2000.

Nursing students, Jenna Kyhl and Giovani Rodriguez, both seniors, put in some serious study for finals in Ames Library, 2000.

Only two more days of finals! By the looks of things, studying for finals hasn’t changed too much since 2000. There are, maybe, a few more laptops and  mobile devices involved, but textbooks, notes, naps, and soda never seem to go out of sytle. Do you have a favorite picture of your group studying in Ames Library? Share it with us!

Other than studying, what’s going on in Ames this week? Our hours will be a little different.

Monday, 7:45am – 1:30am

Tuesday, 7:45am – 4:30pm

Wednesday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Saturday, Closed

Sunday, entry level open 11:30am – 1:30pm

Annual library hours can be found on the Ames website.

Instruction Lab, 129

  • Monday, 9:30am – Network Meeting
  • Monday, 10:30am – Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Monday, 10am – Italian Language Testing
  • Monday, 2:30pm – Gmail Apps Training
  • Thursday, 10am – Gmail Apps Training
  • Thursday, 1pm – Gmail Apps Training

Beckman Auditorium

  • Monday, 7pm – Course Performance

Meeting Room, 214

  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee
  • Tuesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Wednesday, 9:30am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 11:30am – Theatre Recruitment Meeting
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Friday, 2pm – Portal Meeting


Final Monday of Spring Semester!

Karen, fall 2008

Ames Library’s very own Karen Schmidt has been named the 2015 Multicultural Leadership Program Service Award Recipient! From the announcement: “You can often find this year’s MCLP Community Service Award recipient pedaling a bicycle around low-income neighborhoods, laden with an overflowing book box.

Karen, fall 2008That determined and personal effort exemplifies Karen Schmidt, who has helped initiate and maintain numerous community projects—including the Book Bike Program that brings free books into the homes of local residents. Karen gives her voice, time, leadership, and financial support to a myriad of causes—locally and on a state and national level.

Karen serves as alderman and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Bloomington. Professionally, as Illinois Wesleyan University Librarian, Karen is active in state and national library associations, strengthening campus ties between technology and library services. She also connects IWU students to service learning opportunities that benefit the local community, especially the older Bloomington west side and downtown.”

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Gmail Apps Training
  • Wednesday, 1pm – Stamp, French Proficiency Exam
  • Wednesday, 4pm – May Term Psychology Students Meeting
  • Thursday, 10am – Gmail Apps Training

Meeting Room, Room 214

  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9:30am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 12pm – Library Advisory Committee
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Thursday, 7pm – International Film Series

Beckman Auditorium, Lower Level

  • Monday, 2pm – Prof. Reissenweber’s Skype Session
  • Monday, 7:30pm – Nursing 218
  • Tuesday, 1:10pm – LC 116 Film Screenings
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Theatre History II
  • Wednesday, 4:30pm – May Term Travel Course Pre-Departure Meeting

Thorpe Tuesday!


Are you working on a multimedia project as part of your coursework? Are you filming and editing a video? Are you editing photographs for an excellent presentation? Ames has you covered!

The Thorpe Centerdigital_editing is a collaborative endeavor between Information Technology Services, the Mellon Center for Teaching & Learning, and The Ames Library that is located on the 3rd level of The Ames Library. The Thorpe Center welcomes faculty, staff, and students and provides support and technology in the following areas:

  • Opportunities to become acquainted with new technologies
  • Support for integrating standard & emerging technologies for use within & outside the classroom
  • Digital video editing for integrating audio and video into presentations and projects
  • Classroom and event support for technology & media

The Thorpe Center is also a sandbox for testing out new technologies and furniture. Please send any comments our suggestions that you may have for this space to our Suggestion Box.


▷ Import, edit and digitize video and audio

▷ Scan photographs or documents and integrate them into presentations

▷ Record a DVD-R of your video, audio, or an entire presentations

▷ Borrow a camcorder or digital camera from the Circulation Desk and shoot your video

Software Hardware
  • Adobe Design Standard CS5 – (Mac)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro – Create PDF’s (Windows & Mac)
  • iLife Series 11- iMovie, iPhoto,iTunes, iDVD (Mac)
  • Epson & HP Scan Pro – Scanning Software (Windows & Mac)
  • Adobe Premiere Elements – Video editing software (Windows)
  • 20″ iMacs and Lenovo Desktop Computers
  • Flatbed Image Scanners
  • Slide Film Scanners
  • Negative Film Scanners
  • Document Scanners
  • DVD Burners
  • USB/Firewire cables

National Library Week!



NLMDid you know that April 12-18 is National Library Week?! From the American Library Association: “First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.”

This week is also the last full week of classes at IWU, with the annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference starting Friday night, culminating in a full day of presentations on Saturday. Participating students can learn all about poster printing from the Ames website, and submit their finished products to be printed using this form. The deadline to submit posters for printing is TODAY (4/13) if you want it printed in time for Saturday. Remember that the foam board will be jwpprovided to you at CNS or SFH on Saturday morning.

Stephanie Davis-Kahl is one of the Ames librarians, and is the coordinator for Digital Commons@IWU, our online archive of exceptional student and faculty work. Our goal is to showcase the intellectual and creative work in our campus community. If you are presenting this weekend as part of the JWP Student Research Conference, you are invited to share your work via Digital Commons. You have a number of choices of what to share and how to share your research. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Stephanie by email or phone (309-556-3010).


Tuesday,4 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library – “Building Bulwarks: an ArcGIS Model of Roads, Campaigns, and Colonies in Republican Italy – Assistant Professor of History Amy Coles will present her preliminary, time-lapsed set of maps – created using ArcGIS (Global Information Systems) software – of Roman Republican military campaigns, road-building, and colonial foundations in ancient Italy. While military success enabled the building of roads and foundation of colonies, the map demonstrates that the relationship between these three was neither simply causal nor static over time. (This project was made possible by a Re-Centering the Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.)

Thursday, 7 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library –International Film Series – “Wadjda” (2012, Saudi Arabia), presented by Associate Professor of English Alison Sainsbury.

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Wednesday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120
  • Friday, 10am – Environmental Studies 120

Meeting Room, Room 214

  • Monday, 9:30am – Network Meeting
  • Monday, 10:30am – Disaster Recovery Meeting
  • Tuesday, 1pm – Assessment Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 11:30am – Theatre Recruitment
  • Wednesday, 2pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Friday, 10am – Campus Climate Assessment Meeting
  • Friday, 2pm – Portal Meeting

Beckman Auditorium, Lower Level

  • Tuesday, 9:30am – History 150
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Theatre History II
  • Tuesday, 4pm – “Building Bulwarks: an ArcGIS Model of Roads, Campaigns, and Colonies in Republican Italy”
  • Wednesday, 2pm – English Skype Session
  • Thursday, 1:10pm – LC 116 Film Showings
  • Thursday, 7pm – International Film Series


English as a Second Language Service

The new English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University’s international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. Our primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University’s community.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at or call (309) 556-3810.

We are now located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B.
Office hours are
Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.2 p.m.

The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at