Discussion of the Diversity Progress Report


Members of the University Council on Diversity will discuss the IWU 2020: Diversity progress report on Wednesday, September 2 at 11am. This report outlines successes from 2014-15 and goals for 2015-16. The entire campus community is invited to review and discuss our campus diversity commitments and initiatives.3D-logo-color

Everybody wants to get the word out! (a note on posting flyers in the library)



Posters and flyers are a great way to share news of your activities, and good citizens of The Ames Library should know about our policy on posting so that your creativity and hard work will be seen by others (and your expenses won’t be wasted).

Our rules are tailored to the library specifically but we also ask that you follow the Dean of Students’ Office Campus Posting Policy. So no matter where you are advertising on campus, make sure to check them out, too!

holiday-kwanzaaIn brief, use the library bulletin boards NOT stairwells’ or other walls and elevators to promote activities of RSOs…Homecoming 2014

and campus offices that have clear dates of completion…



but postings for personal parties or community-sponsored activities that are not affiliated with campus are NOT permitted. In order to promote these kinds of events on library bulletin boards, the posting must be approved (and stamped) by the Dean of Students office.8198029058_71f1a6b326

For more information, or for clarification regarding any of the posting policies, please contact Meg Miner, Library Exhibits Team convener, x1538, room 401D, The Ames Library.


First Day of Classes!


11898545_712223035575865_8847991190543523312_nHello, Titans! This weekend the campus was shocked by intolerance, but together we will stand against it. As you transition back to campus, don’t hesitate to stand up for your peers,
call out poor behaviors, and to display respect for your colleagues and classmates.

As a reminder, Ames Library is open normal semester hours now, so come in whenever we’re open – take a break between classes, check out our photobooth, get IT help at the IT Help Desk, or hang out in some of our comfy seating.

We’ve got a new project room reservation system available, so you no longer have to call to make a reservation. Check it out at http://libcal.iwu.edu/booking/rooms. Call x3350 or visit the Library Services Desk (formerly known as Circulation) if you have any questions.

What’s going on in Ames this week?

Instruction Lab

  • Monday, 2pm – Economics 400
  • Wednesday, 8am – Spanish 201
  • Wednesday, 9am – Prof. Flores-Rodriguez’s Gateway
  • Wednesday, 10am – Spanish 201
  • Wednesday, 1pm – Spanish 201
  • Thursday, 8am (all day) – Spanish 201
  • Thursday, 7pm – Music 14x
  • Friday, 11am – Gateway

Meeting Room 214

  • Wednesday, 11am – Theatre Recruitment

Beckman Auditorium 

  • Tuesday, 8am (all day) – Nursing pre-clinicals
  • Thursday, 8am (all day) – Nursing pre-clinicals

Welcome, Titans!


Ames Library is excited to see all the new faces on campus this week. It was a quiet summer and we’re glad you’re joining the IWU family.

As you prepare for academic advising and registration, here are a few things you might need to know.

Titan Orientation Leaders (TOLs) will be in Ames 129 from 8:00am until 5:00pm on Thursday, to help out with the registration process. You just need your campus ID and password to log into the computers. Do not hesitate to ask these TOLs if you have any questions.

You can also ask the staff at the ITS Help Desk desk (309-556-1551 or walk-up, on the 3rd floor) if you have technical problems.

Don't Panic - Ames is here to help.

Don’t Panic – Ames is here to help.

DO NOT PANIC, someone will be able to help.

There are also drop-ins available at the ITS Help Desk this week as part of Turning Titan My Way. Learn more about it in the First Year Orientation Handbook and the Transfer Handbook.

Turning Titan Week

  • Monday, August 17th & Tuesday, August 18th: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19th – Friday, August 21st: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 22nd: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 23rd: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

ScienceDirect Down, Saturday Aug. 1


From Elsevier, provider of ScienceDirect:

Scheduled Service interruption for Elsevier Research Platforms,
Research Intelligence and R&D Solutions on August 1.

Dear Customer,

We would like to give you advance notice of an interruption of service for Elsevier platforms and solutions due to scheduled maintenance.

On Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT. Please check the World Clock Time Zone Converter to convert the time in your local time.

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

To stay up to date with any developments follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to update our products.

Elsevier Customer Service Team

Catalog Down Sunday Morning


Starting at 12:01AM this Sunday, July 19th the servers which provide access to the library catalog and I-Share catalog will be brought down so that their data can be transferred to a different storage array. The data transfer should take at least 10 hours.

Please check the CARLI website (http://www.carli.illinois.edu) for updates, including timing updates if it looks like the transfer is taking longer than anticipated.

What’s New in Ames this Summer?


Over the summer, the Library and Campus ITS are making some changes in The Ames Library that will affect service points and phone numbers. We want to be sure you are aware of these changes, so that you can update any internal phone rosters and find us when you need us:

  • The ITS Help Desk has moved to the 3rd floor of the library. ITS/computer help, along with service & repair of your personally-owned computers, is now located in room 301 in the Library (The Thorpe Center). Instructional technology, technology training, and classroom support will remain in 301. The ITS Help Desk number stays the same: x3900.
  • The Library Services Desk (formerly known as the Circulation Desk) is now the single service point on the entry level. All library services, including research support and basic circulation functions, can be found at this desk. This desk, along with poster printing, R25 reservations, and laptop and media equipment check-out, will be managed by Katy Ritter. The phone number for this desk has changed to x3350 (previously x3053). The previous Circulation Services Manager phone number, x3224, will no longer be in service. Please call Katy Ritter at x3172 for questions.
  • Tony Heaton has moved to room 070 but will continue to manage all of our ILL, Document Delivery, course packet requests along with other collection-related responsibilities. His phone is x1040.

Office Moves

  • Karen Schmidt has moved to room 117 (previously in room 201A). Her phone number remains x3834.
  • Marcia Thomas has moved to room 114 (previously in room 117). Her phone number remains x3808.
  • Katy Ritter has moved to the Library Services Desk (previously in room 201). Her phone number remains x3172.
  • Tony Heaton has moved to room 070 (previously at the Library Services Desk). His phone number has changed to x1040.
  • Kate Browne has moved to room 301B (previously in room 301D). Her phone number remains x3890.
  • Lisa Caughron has moved to room 301C (previously in room 133). Her phone number remains x3840.

Project Rooms

Our new configuration has provided us with the opportunity to add two additional Project Rooms for student, faculty and staff to use for group projects and meetings. These rooms will be equipped with computers, projection capabilities and webcams. In addition, some of the rooms will have DVD players and phones available for any audio needs. The Project Rooms will be located in rooms; 130, 133, 134, 201A, 201B, 201D and 214.

In August, there will be a system in place which will allow you to book these rooms online through our website. Our library website will have details regarding use of this system, beginning in August.

The Ames Library web page has the new numbers posted and is the best source of information:


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 help.iwu.edu, but you’ll want to email helpdesk@iwu.edu 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 circ@iwu.edu, 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.