Monthly Archives: January 2013

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage – Connectivity Issues

NetAdvantage from Standard & Poor’s is experiencing some connectivity issues. The company reports that half of their servers are in the Hurricane Sandy area and occasionally the S&P servers mirror data from these servers. When that happens, our database access is frozen. If you experience trouble accessing NetAdvantage, try again in a few minutes. S&P is aware of the problem and is working on it.

Exploring Open Access

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Henning Room, Memorial Center

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This forum will present an overview of how Open Access (OA) arose from significant disruptions to scholarly publishing, focusing on the current state of various advocacy efforts in the United States and globally. Opposing viewpoints to OA will also be discussed. Sponsored by the IWU Chapter of the AAUP and The Ames Library, this forum aims to start a conversation on campus about how IWU faculty, staff and students from all disciplines can contribute to the OA movement through individual and collective action and policy.

“A sneeze travels 20 feet!”

Don’t believe it? There are lots of gross-out videos on YouTube to illustrate…here’s just one (it’s actually kinda beautiful, too!)

The quote was spotted by one of our librarians in a local school and it seems like a helpful thing to remember since we’re all cooped up inside together. Then there’s the added joy that thoughts of the present flu season bring!

Not sure what to do? We made a resource guide with a collection of advice and links on the topic 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 thoroughly and 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!


Expansion of Wireless in Library

Over the holiday break, The Ames Library added 11 more wireless antennae to the building, significantly increasing wireless access on all floors. Our thanks for the Campus IT staff for their great work in expanding wireless capabilities. If you have feedback on this or any other library-related item, don’t hesitate to let us know. Our suggestion box on our web page is always open!

Put on a public display!

Does your RSO have guest speakers, events, achievements or other topics of interest you’d like to share with the campus community? Are you in a class with a displayable-project component? Is there a milestone to celebrate in your department or program? A topic you’d like to raise awareness about?

The Ames Library Exhibit Team invites the IWU community to contact us about utilizing display space in the library. There are several exhibit spaces in the library in a variety of sizes and locations.

If your group is interested in scheduling a display, please contact Meg Miner at or x1538.