Giving Tuesday: Support our Summer Digital Humanities Fellowship!

IWU Giving Tuesday 2023Today is Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving where philanthropic-minded individuals give back to the causes most near and dear to them. Today, we’re paying homage to IWU’s 17th president, Minor Myers jr., who encouraged all Titans to “Go into the world and Do Well. But more importantly, go into the world and Do Good.” 

This Giving Tuesday, we ask for your support to keep the Do Well, Do Good legacy alive by making a gift to Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship Program Restricted Fund!  (NOTE: Be sure to select “write in my designation” on the giving form and type in “Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship Program Restricted Fund”)

Our goal is to raise $4,000 to fund two students’ participation in our
successful Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship Program

What are the Digital Humanities, and why is the library leading this program? Digital Humanities (DH) combines digital tools and humanities approaches to ask new questions of traditional and new data. If you’d like to see examples, visit our website to view projects from past cohorts. The Ames Library is leading this program because we are perfectly positioned to provide strong connections between technology and soft skills, between students and faculty, and between asking great questions and exploring the abundance of information online and in print.

Students who participated in last year’s program noted the ways that the experience reinforced the liberal arts education they were receiving. “DH… made us really consider how the values we wanted to inform our work were actually reflected in it,” wrote one student:  “because of this we learned to constantly be taking a step back and looking for the best possible approach and solution to our problems in order to maintain those values and achieve our goals.” 

Another student noted “For me I think just an awareness of the existence of DH and the possibilities that come with it…are what’s going to benefit me the most. I think DH gives a great approach to different humanities topics that could bring new approaches to questions people have been struggling with for a long time.” The same student also noted the soft skills they developed through the program: “I think in class and in my future career I’m going to need to effectively collaborate and I think DH has given me the skills to do that.”  

Your contribution to the Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship Program Restricted Fund is supporting the best of IWU: thoughtful, engaged research that prepares students to do well in future jobs and do good in the world.

This Giving Tuesday, we ask for your support to keep the Do Well, Do Good legacy alive by making a gift to Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship Program Restricted Fund!  (NOTE: Be sure to select “write in my designation” on the giving form and type in “Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship Program Restricted Fund”)

Give $50 or more and you’ll get a custom Minor Myers jr. sticker for your water bottle, laptop, etc.!

Visit to make your gift, check out volunteer opportunities, and follow along with the day’s live progress. 

Every gift makes a difference in the lives of current and future Titans. Thank you so much for helping us Do Good today!

Stephanie Davis-Kahl
University Librarian & Professor, The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Finals Toolkit #1

Finals week is right around the corner, and The Ames Library is here to help you finish the semester strong! We’ll be sharing resources for planning study sessions and finishing assignments, taking care of yourself (and getting plenty of sleep!), and finding ways to unwind.

The end of the semester goes by fast. Take some time now to prepare for the next few weeks with these tools, which can help you plan ahead for exams and final projects. Your future self will thank you!

Next week, we’ll be sharing strategies for taking care of yourself!

ILLiad interlibrary loan updates complete

Update 10/25/23: The ILLiad updates are now complete. When signing into ILLiad, you will be asked to login with your full IWU email address and password (if you have already logged into a service like your IWU email, MyIWU, MegaSearch, etc., you should be automatically signed in). Please update any bookmarks to ILLiad you may have saved on your computer to: If you have any questions or problems accessing ILLiad, please contact Thank you!


Posted 10/23/23: ILLiad interlibrary loan will be down for updates on Wednesday, October 25, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 11 a.m. Access to ILLiad accounts may not be available and new requests may not be made during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Thank you for understanding!

University of Illinois Press Journals

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Illinois Press and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), IWU now has access to 39 journals covering a wide range of subjects such as music, philosophy, and cultural studies. Journals will be available in digital formats from July 2023 to June 2028 during the pilot project. You can now access these titles by searching MegaSearch – if you need assistance, please contact a librarian.














Celebrating Banned Books Week

banned books week

Interested in learning more about banned books and how to advocate for the freedom to read? Here are some great starting points!

The First Amendment and Censorship (Office of Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association)

Supporting Library Workers: Specific Actions to take to support your local library

How to Write a Letter of Support (Unite Against Book Bans)

And here are just a few resources from The Ames Library collection:

PBS Newshour: The Top Library Books People Tried To Ban Or Censor Last Year (interview with Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom)

Free Speech Under Attack: Book Bans and Academic Censorship: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, Second Session (transcript of hearing)

knox book
Available online as an ebook as well as in print
(call number Z711.4 .K65 2015, 4th floor)
“Requests for the removal, relocation, and restriction of books–also known as challenges–occur with some frequency in the United States. Book Banning in 21st-Century American Libraries, based on thirteen contemporary book challenge cases in schools and public libraries across the United States argues that understanding contemporary reading practices, especially interpretive strategies, is vital to understanding why people attempt to censor books in schools and public libraries.”



beyond banned books
Available online as an ebook.
“This resource from Pekoll, Assistant Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), uses specific case studies to offer practical guidance on safeguarding intellectual freedom related to library displays, programming, and other librarian-created content. Beyond Banned Books spotlights case studies drawn from public libraries, schools, universities, and government agencies dealing with library displays, artwork, programs, bookmarks and reading lists, social media, and databases; summarizes possible complaints and controversies related to each area; draws connections between the intellectual freedom principles involved and associated legal issues, with relevant court opinions when possible; shares questions to consider when strengthening a library’s defenses against censorship; discusses the importance of reporting challenges to OIF, and the professional and institutional support that OIF can provide when challenges arise; and includes key ALA policies on intellectual freedom as appendices.”

New Resources to Explore!

We’re happy to announce new resources for reading and research at The Ames Library! 
Comics Plus

Comics Plus is an online collection of over 25,000 digital comics, manga, and graphic novels, including new and popular titles. First-time users must create an account using your email address. After registering, users can access Comics Plus via web browser or by downloading the LibraryPass Android or iOS app. The LibraryPass app will provide access to Comics Plus.


Docuseek - streaming filmsDocuseek provides access to streaming films from renowned documentary film distributors, including Icarus Films, Bullfrog Films, and First Run Features. To request a film, contact with the title of the film and the relevant course number. We will follow up with you via email.

Drama Online logo

Two new resources Bloomsbury’s Drama Online:
Asian Theatre Video Collection, featuring interviews with leading performers and practitioners and as well as filmed performances, documentaries, rehearsal footage, and training videos from Butoh to Bollywood, Bunraku to Topeng.

Theatre Communications Group Collection, which provides online access to 200 plays from TCG Books, showcasing diverse voices in contemporary American theatre, including 18 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, works in translation, adaptations and new versions of classic plays.

Exploring Race in Society, provided free to IWU by EBSCO, provides online access to essays, photographs, graphs and charts, government agency reports, and articles on topics associated with race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Topics include Black Lives Matter, environmental racism and environmental justice, food insecurity, school-to-prison pipeline, voting rights and voter suppression, and more.

Oxford English Dictionary: Off Campus Access Issue

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is experiencing intermittent access issues when being used off campus. Oxford is aware of the issue and working to resolve the problem. If you cannot access OED and are being asked to pay for a subscription, please clear your browser’s cache, close the window, and try accessing OED again. If the problem persists after clearing the cache, please submit a Report a Problem form, and we will follow up with you via email. Thanks for your patience!

Library Electronic Resource Downtime – July 29, 10-11 p.m.

Due to necessary testing, library electronic resources will be down Saturday, July 29, from 10-11 p.m. Library electronic resources, including databases, journals, and ebooks, may not be available during this time. Thank you for understanding!

If you encounter an error with library electronic resources once testing is complete, please submit a Report a Problem form, and library staff will get back to you via email.

News & New Books from The Ames Library

The Ames Library has resources to help IWU students, staff, and faculty stay informed and entertained this summer:

New York Times Audio:

As part of the library’s digital subscription to The New York Times, you also have access to New York Times Audio, a new app that NYT describes as the “audio front page.” Before using the app, be sure you have created an NYT account via The Ames Library by visiting this link and signing up with your email address (find more registration details here). You can then download and log into the NYT Audio app as well as NYT News app.

The Economist app:

IWU students, staff, and faculty have access to The Economist via The Ames Library, and that includes The Economist app. To use the app, make sure you have signed up for an account on using your email address, then download the app from your preferred app store. Login to the app with your email address and the password you created for The Economist.

Popular Reading Collection:

There are over 300 print books in The Ames Library’s Popular Reading Collection–a great place to find a good summer read! The collection is located on the first floor of the library, and thanks to a new feature in MegaSearch, you can also browse the collection online. Visit the Collections Discovery page to see what is available, then stop by the library to check it out. Be sure to browse the fantastic titles found in the Diverse Book Awards collections and Minor Myers, jr. Honors Collection as well.

Finals Toolkit

You’re almost there, Titans! We’re getting close to the finish line for the spring semester. Check out our Finals Toolkit blog posts to help you prepare for finals and take care of yourself in the process.

Be sure to stop by the Self-Care Station on the first floor of The Ames Library for a mindful study break!