What’s Going On?!: The Summer of Violence



Welcome, Titans!


Welcome to the first day of the Fall 2016 semester! It’s going to be a great year. The Ames Library is open normal hours starting today. With a few exceptions (found here) we’ll be open the following hours until the end of exams.

Fall & Spring Semester

  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:45 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Women’s Power | Women’s Justice



The annual theme of the 2016-2017 academic year is Women’s Power | Women’s Justice. A shared intellectual theme encourages classes to come together to explore a nuanced, intersectional concept. The Ames Library is happy to support faculty and students with diverse collections and access to materials from across the globe. Each Thursday, we’ll feature one title from our collection, which can be checked out by anyone from IWU. Think there’s something we should have, but don’t? Let your librarian know and we’ll work with you to make our collection as representative as possible.

Read the full description of the IWU annual theme here.

Our first featured book was read by all incoming first year: The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg.

From the book cover: “In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – 51V1VJKXHKL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.

The Underground Girls of Kabul
is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents’ attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults.

At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America’s longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.”

It’s Summer!


Congratulations, Titans! Academic Year 2015-16 is officially over.

Ames Library will be open this summer, 8-4 Mondays thru Fridays. We’ll be closed Memorial Day and July 4th & 5th.

We’ll continue to post important updates on services when necessary, but we’ll be a little quieter than normal on Facebook and Instagram. As always, feel free to get in touch with the Library at 309-556-3350 or contact any of your library liaisons.

Have a safe and happy summer!olaf-in-summer

Library Summer Hours


May Term

  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours, starting May 26, 2016

  • Saturdays & Sundays: closed
  • Mondays – Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fall & Spring Semester

  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:45 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tate Archives & Special Collections

Home of the University’s Archives, located on the library’s 4th floor

May Term & Summer 2016 hours

Library Annual Hours 

Catalog Unavailable, 5/21 Morning

Don't Panic - Ames is here to help.

On Saturday, May 21st from about 4am til noon, most library catalogs and certain databases will be unavailable. Due to scheduled maintenance at the University of Illinois, the following services will not be available: VuFind catalog (looking for books and media), the I-Share catalog, CARLI Digital Collections (CONTENTdm), and SFX (how we connect from some articles in MegaSearch to other databases).

To report a problem connecting to a CARLI-supported system after noon onSaturday, May 21, please call 866-904-5873 and follow the directions to page a technician. To report a problem during regular business hours, please call the number above or emailsupport@carli.illinois.edu.

Open Source – Mexican & Mex-American Press


From Remezcla: “In 2013, University of Arizona Libraries made 150 years of regionally published newspapers chronicling Mexican and Mexican-American history available online for the first time. Librarians and archivists curated, researched, and digitized the database, which includes 20 different publications. “Throughout history, Spanish-language reporting has preserved the Mexican cultural narrative in written form,” said Assistant Professor Roberto Cintli Rodriguez. And the collection is useful to “anyone interested in the Mexican cultural narrative and the Mexican voice – the fight for their land, language, and rights.””

1The Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press collection documents and showcases historic Mexican and Mexican American publications published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s. The collection covers important periods in Mexican-American history, from the Mexican Revolution to the Bracero Program to the Chicano Movement. There are about 1,900,000 Latino and Hispanic population in Arizona and more than 50 million in the United States. Having this collection available to the public through digitization of these materials, will raise awareness to issues that advance the image and identity of Latinos in American politics and media and their contributions to the United States.

The idea for this collection originated with an exhibit created by students of the History of Red-Brown Journalism and Communication course, taught by Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona. The course examined early civil and human rights struggles from the 19th and 20th century and Mexican-American journalism in the United States. The exhibit shared the students’ research with the community on the history of journalism and communication of Latino and indigenous populations.

SAGE Video Trial


The Ames Library now has a 30 day  trial for SAGE Videos, available at http://sk.sagepub.com.proxy.iwu.edu/video.

SAGE Video hosts streaming video collections created to support a range of levels, from reference content for research, to pedagogical content for undergraduate teaching, to higher- level academic interest material.

If you have any questions about using SAGE Video, contact your librarian.

Ames Student Art Award


13051555_999564073467036_800724834578975250_nThe Ames Library is pleased to present senior BFA art major Justice Macklin with the 2016 Ames Library Art Purchase Award. The prize winning photos will be displayed on the entry level of Ames Library throughout the 2016/17 academic year. Congratulations Justice!

Since 1996, The Ames Library has purchased a piece of artwork every year from a collection of work done by a senior BFA art student. The chosen piece is displayed on the entry level of The Ames Library for one academic year, after which it is moved to the permanent collection of student artwork on the second floor.

For additional information, contact Robert Delvin, fine arts librarian for The Ames Library, at (309) 556-3003.

To view images of past Art Purchase Award winners, please visit our online collection.12670370_999564070133703_2091142230505509159_n

Celebrate Scholarship: Student Research Conferences


On November 16, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011 as “Undergraduate Research Week”. Since that time, each year CUR has designated a week in April as “Undergraduate Research Week”. While we celebrate, take a look at some of the research venues in which Titans share their work.


Human Rights Undergraduate Research Workshop

The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at Illinois Wesleyan sponsored its fourth annual Human Right Undergraduate Research Workshop on Feb. 26-27, 2016. The theme for the workshop was Inequality and Inequity – emphasizing on the economic, social, and political aspects of those issues. Undergraduate students from liberal arts institutions across the country came together for two days, presenting their independent research that relates to this year’s theme. It is a workshop setting, so the presentations were informal and there was room for dialogue among participants. Not only students, but also faculty mentors are invited to attend. During just two days, there is beneficial interaction and considerable bonding between students from different institutions.

src-logo-2016John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

The John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference was established as an annual event in 1990. Held in April each year, the conference provides an opportunity for students who are pursuing individual research projects to present those projects in a public forum. Research projects pursued by students at any level – freshman through senior – and in any academic program throughout the university, are eligible to participate. Research can be presented either in a poster session format, or in a (15-min) oral presentation.

The conference typically attracts more than 100 undergraduates, who showcase research projects from a variety of University departments and programs, including: psychology, economics, political science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, English, theatre, and history.

ae4b1f12e7e8319222b35360f0da9a26German Undergraduate Research Conference

The German Program at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) in Bloomington, IL hosted its fourth undergraduate research conference on April 11-12, 2015. The purpose of this German-language conference is to provide an outlet for students engaging with any area of German Studies to present their research to their peers and to receive feedback in an academic setting. Since this conference is open to all advanced-level undergraduate students at any university in the United States, it will afford those attending an opportunity not only to network with others researching in German Studies, but also to discuss their own academic and study abroad experiences with students from different universities. Presenting at this conference will provide students with valuable experience that will be relevant to any field of work or study being considered after graduation. This year’s conference is organized by Professors Sonja Fritzsche and Adam Woodis, IWU. For more information, please visit the conference website.