Updated: Kanopy Off-Campus Access Issues

Off-campus access has been restored to Kanopy. After you login through the proxy server with your NetID and password, please click the “skip” button to access IWU-licensed films.

If you have any questions, please contact the University Librarian.

Thank you for your patience!
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I-Share Request Issues

After the I-Share update on Sunday, April 3, a few I-Share libraries have reported that the I-Share request form is no longer pre-populating bibliographic data like the title and the author for some requests placed by users. This error has been reported to our vendor and they are working to resolve the issue.

Until the issue is resolved, please copy/paste title, author, date, etc. into the I-Share request form and submit as usual.

If you need any assistance, please contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

Discover Collections on Black Experiences

Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) logo

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Archives Portal offers access by searching or browsing content that is freely available to you in libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations in the Chicago area.

Since its founding in 2006, the BMRC has completed two major archival management projects making previously “hidden” collections available for researchers, scholars, and artists. The Consortium believes that web-based research tools provide an excellent opportunity for broadening access to unique primary source materials held in its members’ collections.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary in 2021, the BMRC created this online exhibit that documents the origins of the BMRC, its efforts to aid discoverability and access to Black historical collections, and the consortium’s flagship Summer Short-term Fellowship and Archie Motley Archival Internship programs.

Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Reimagined

This guide is a comprehensive starting point for finding curated resources in the Library of Congress on the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen), the United States occupation of Haiti, and Black internationalism, as well as links to external websites that center important narratives in Haitian history. (“Ayiti” is the Creole spelling of Haiti.) Sections of the guide include Haitian History: Primary Resources; Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Secondary Sources; Celebrating Black Joy: Haitian & Haitian American Stories; Haitian Creole; and External Websites.

Patrons using The Ames Library will also find almost 2000 resources listed in the online catalog and thousands more in article databases and digital collections. For help exploring this topic and others, you can schedule an appointment with a librarian or stop by during office hours. 

A black man with handlebar mustache and goatee Faces te camer but is seated in three-quarter profile, left leg crossed over right. He is wearing a three-piece suit, bowtie and holds a pair of gloves in his left hand, resting on his leg. The caption in the source reads "Cincinnatus Leconte, President of Haiti. 1911-1912. Haitian Collection,1775-1950. Library of Congress Manuscript Division."
Cincinnatus Leconte, President of Haiti. 1911-1912. Haitian Collection,1775-1950. Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Get enlightened in the library this winter!

Counseling & Consultation Services placed two Sunbox lamps in the library to assist with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Both are in the East wing of the building in a room that’s a little hidden: it’s behind the book stacks in the center of the wing’s outer edge. There’s one on the 3rd floor and one on the 4th floor.

Just 20–30 minutes with the Sunbox can boost energy and improve your mood! They are available at any time the library is open on a first come, first served basis–no reservations are needed. Detailed information regarding the use of the Sunbox is posted by each lamp.

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Ames Library Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week (Oct. 25-31) is an opportunity for academic and research communities to continue to learn about the benefits of Open Access and Open Educational Resources. The Ames Library faculty are offering multiple educational opportunities during Open Access Week. These events are targeted towards faculty and staff, but interested students are also welcome! If you want to learn more about Open Access and Open Educational Resources in general, please visit the Ames Library’s Scholarly Communication Guide.

Exploring Open Educational Resources Faculty Panel
Following a brief introduction to OER, faculty members from Educational Studies, Psychology, Political Science, and Theatre Arts will briefly describe their experiences with exploring OER options to replace traditional course materials. Panelists will then take questions from the audience. This work was funded by small OER grants from the Ames Library.

Monday Oct. 25, 4:15-5:15PM
In-person in the Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library
or Zoom livestream:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86897572137?pwd=MmloMXY3MHRPZ0ZKRTFudUxteDU0UT09

Copyright Basics/Q&A
Stephanie Davis-Kahl, University Librarian & Copyright Officer, will review our Copyright guide with a focus on teaching and learning.  

Tuesday, October 26, 4:30–5PM
Zoom only: https://us02web.zoom.us/my/stephaniedk

Extending the Reach of Scholarly and Creative Works
DigitalCommons@IWU is one component of IWU’s own contribution to Open Access. In this session, Meg Miner will provide an overview of the ways DC@IWU and its companion platform Selected Works help expand the audiences for student and faculty work.

Wednesday Oct. 27, 12:10-12:40PM
Zoom only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82079824716?pwd=WmJobDV2djBRc2FmRm00Y25GSU5GZz09

Beyond the Book: OER Learning Objects
While textbooks may be the first open educational application that springs to mind, much of the OER movement has focused on open educational objects: discrete pieces of information that can be used in various contexts and combinations. This presentation will introduce you to several library-produced objects centering around fake news and plagiarism and allow you to have a voice in what other objects would best serve the IWU community. Presented by Abby Mann, Online Learning Librarian

Thursday, Oct 28, 4-430PM
Zoom only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4822493204?pwd=TGpialgxR1hRZFc1NUNMYjFhL3M5Zz09

For any questions about these events or OA / OER, please contact Chris Sweet, Scholarly Communications Librarian at csweet@iwu.edu

Welcome to Fall Semester, 2021!

Abby Mann, Online Learning Librarian

Welcome to our new students, Class of 2025, and welcome back to our returning Titans! We have news to share!

Our most exciting news is that we have a new library faculty colleague, Professor Abby Mann, who joins us as our new Online Learning Librarian. Abby will be working with the departments of English, Women’s and Gender Studies, World Languages & Cultures, and the School of Art, School of Music, School of Theatre Arts. She joins us from UNC-Pembroke, where she was an associate professor of English. Welcome, Abby!

Another welcome addition to the library is several of our colleagues from Information Technology Services, including our new CIO Leon Lewis, have moved into the library’s lower level offices. More to come about the location of the ITS Help Desk!

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made over the past year on the entry level to establish the Center for Engaged Learning on the east side of the entry level. New paint and new carpet were installed in early summer, and new furniture is in the process of being installed as I type. To highlight student art, we’ve moved several works of art from our Art Purchase Award collection to the entry level as well. I am hopeful we can have a celebration for the space later in September, when the furniture installation is complete.It’s been repainted and new carpet installed, and the library acquired “The Corner Office” from Lizette Toto, ’21 for the west side of the entry level. It is gorgeous, and complements the space perfectly.

We’ve enjoyed two events welcoming faculty back to campus – the Scholarship & Creative Work Celebration, and the New Faculty Orientation. It was great to see our colleagues, catch up, and not say “You’re on mute” during our conversations. We’re also planning a faculty panel that will feature the faculty who received Open Educational Resources (OER) Exploration Grants last summer, and the reports detailing their work will be available on Digital Commons soon.

A few services have returned to pre-COVID operations – print reserves are available again, we are open our regular hours, and we no longer quarantine materials after they are returned. We chose to retain access to several ebook and streaming video resources acquired through our consortium since they proved to be useful and valuable additions to our suite of resources.

Upgrades to System for Accessing Resources Off Campus

IT Services and the Ames Library will be upgrading the EZProxy system in the coming weeks. This is the system that allows the Illinois Wesleyan community to connect to library resources and “intra” web pages from off campus.

After the EZProxy upgrade you will still be able to search databases and click links to Ames Library resources from any location. However, if you connect from off campus you’ll notice a new campus login page:

This represents more than just a new design. You may notice a new web address (https://login.iwu.edu). There’s also a different technology under the hood which paves the way for other important improvements such as multi-factor authentication.

We’ll be rolling out the new login for other campus services throughout the summer. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns at https://help.iwu.edu/.

Ebook Central Downtime

Ebook Central will be down for planned maintenance from 9 am – 5 pm CST on Saturday, June 26. Titles from the Academic Complete ebook collection will not be available during this time.

Juneteenth book talk with Opal Lee

Opal Lee coverpage

The city of Boulder will sponsor a talk with Opal Lee–the Grand Mother of Juneteenth.
At 94 years young–Opal Lee leads a campaign with Carmelo Anthony, Sean Combs, and 
Pharrell to make Juneteenth a National Holiday.  

This virtual talk happens–Saturday (June 19th–!0:00).  
It will also be recorded and posted on youtube.
You can register for the program HERE.

Harpercollins will publish Opal Lee’s  poignant picture book biography soon.

Opal Lee coverpage

NYT artist–Keturah Bobo is the illustrator.  The pictures are stunning.  
The text is lyrical and engaging.  And it includes a a red Juneteenth punch recipe
from Texan and famous Diva Chef–Angela Medearis. 
Will you pre-order the book HERE?

RISE AND SHINE!
IT’S JUNETEENTH TIME!

LET THE JOY BEGIN!
JUNETEENTH IS FOR EVERYONE.
JUNETEENTH IS YOU AND ME!