Monthly Archives: September 2009

“A sneeze travels 20 feet”

That is a health-awareness slogan spotted by one of our librarians in a local school and a helpful thing to remember as we approach the time of year when we’re all cooped up inside. Then there’s the added joy that thoughts of the upcoming flu season bring!

Lots of flu news has been in the headlines this year, so we thought a collection of advice and links on the topic would be useful. We made a resource guide with lots of things to think about, but our take away message to all staff and visitors at The Ames Library is to consider your own health as well as the well-being of those around you by remembering these tips:

1. Sneeze into your elbow (kleenex can’t stand the pressure!)

2. Wash your hands frequently (there’s also a supply of alcohol wipes at the 1st floor information desk in the library if you want to wipe down a keyboard)

3. Go to IWU’s Arnold Health Service if you have a fever or need medical advice.

A visual representation of this message was designed by one of our talented Ames Library Student Assistants. Click on the image below to get a halfsheet-sized poster you can put in your room or office for others to see!

So take care of yourself and make sure you ask for help if you feel under the weather this winter!

“John Adams and the Origins of American Diplomacy”

Illinois Wesleyan University Professor of History W. Michael Weis will present “John Adams and the Origins of American Diplomacy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, in Beckman Auditorium in The Ames Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Weis will speak on the significance of Adams as a founder of the U.S. diplomatic efforts across the Atlantic, including his work developing treaties and keeping the country out of war in the aftermath of the French Revolution. A specialist in U.S. foreign relations, Weis has been a member of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty since 1988.

More information on this event is available in the full news release by University Communications.

Personal Research Assistance Available!

Let us help you learn how to go beyond Google™ and

earn better grades!

Librarians offer personal research assistance to all students.

We provide tips on how to:

Find the best scholarly resources

Develop a search strategy to save you time

Refine a topic

Cite your sources

And much more!

Have a question? AskAmes!

Get help the following ways:

• In person: Visit the Information Desk (Entry Level) to work with a librarian during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – noon, 1:00 – 5:00, & 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 – noon & 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 7:00– 9:00 pm

• Chat with a librarian: IM your questions to IWU librarians.

• Personal appointment: Each major has a librarian specifically assigned to work with students. Click on the AskAmes link on the library’s website to find contact information for your subject’s librarian. Feel free to stop by during office hours or schedule an appointment to work one-on-one with your Library Liaison.

• By phone: Call the Information Desk (309-556-3350). If you are in the library, help-phones at the Scholarly Workstations (located on each floor) connect directly to the Information Desk.

• Via email: Ask questions by email (

Author Louise Erdrich to visit IWU.

The Ames Library is pleased to announce that author Louise Erdrich has been selected for the 8th Annual Ames/Milner Visiting Author Program.

Ms. Erdrich will be on campus the evening of Thursday, October 22nd 2009.

3:00 – 4:00 Presentation and Q and A, Milner Library, Illinois State University

7:30 – 8:30 Presentation, Presser Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

8:30 Book signing, The Ames Library Illinois Wesleyan University

If you have questions or would like to reserve seats for your class, please contact

Louise Erdrich is the author of twelve novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her debut novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent novel, The Plague of Doves, a New York Times bestseller, received the highest praise from Philip Roth, who wrote, “Louise Erdrich’s imaginative freedom has reached its zenith—The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece.” Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

Display space available at Ames Library

Does your group have something to share?  A milestone to celebrate?  A topic you’d like to raise awareness about?

The Ames Library Exhibit Team would like to invite any group on campus to contact us about utilizing display space in the library.  Throughout the library, there are several exhibit spaces available to promote student work, class projects, guest speakers, organizations, events, achievements or any topic of interest you’d like to share with the campus community. If your group is interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at x1538.