Monthly Archives: September 2014

Monday Missive – 9/29

ames_fallWant to know what’s going on in the library each week? Every Monday we’ll highlight events related to The Ames Library and happening in/around the building. We’re calling it the Monday Missive…

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Beckman Auditorium

Are you in the Cold War Gateway? If so, your class will be meeting in the Beckman Auditorium from 6:30-8:30 on Monday. Nursing 217 students will be in Beckman on Tuesday from 6-9. PoliSci 104 has the Auditorium book from 7-9 on Wednesday.

The Internation Film Series will be screening “Cesar Chavez”, on Thursday, 10/2 from 7-10pm in the Beckman Auditorium. This 2014 film will be presented by Eileen Galvez, assistant director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. It is part of the 3D series.

Instruction Lab, room 129

  • Engl 220, Tuesday
  • Econ 401, Wednesday
  • Socl 290, Wednesday
  • Gateway (Roesner), Thursday
  • Gateway (Brennan), Thursday
  • Span 468, Friday
  • Nurs 214, Friday

Administrative Meetings

  • 9/29, Information Technology’s Network group is meeting in room 214 (it’s on the east side of the 2nd floor) from 9:30-11:30
  • 9/29 & 10/1, CUPP is meeting in room 214 from 3-5pm
  • 9/30, OU users will meet in room 129 (the instruction lab) from 3:30-4:30. Rumor has it there will be chocolate shortbread.
  • 10/2, Assessment Committee meeting is in room 214 from 11-noon
  • 10/2, the Web Redesign Workgroup is meeting in room 214 from 1-2pm

What’s Happening this Week?

Want to catch up on what’s happening in the library this week? It’s going to be a busy week.

Prof. Schmidt’s Gateway class, Banned & Burned, is installing three Banned Book Week displays on the first floor. Banned Book Week is celebrated every Septemeber to call attention to books that have been challenged, banned, and burned, both historically and currently. Read more about it by visiting the organization’s website.

IMG_20140922_083911[1]We’re also celebrating SophoM0RE week, September 21-26. On the East Wall of the first floor you’ll find a poster and orange stickies – fill out a card and post it to the wall to let everyone know what makes being a sophomore special!

Is your class 1 of 12 visiting the library for an instruction session? If so, you’ll be in room 129, which is in the southeast corner of the first floor, or in the Beckman Auditorium, which is on the lower level.

That’s only the beginning!

On Wednesday, 9/25, join fellow IWU student Tim McDunn in the Beckman Auditorium at 4:00pm for his talk, “Lost in Dante’s Forest.” In this lecture, we will explore the contemplative nature of forests in Dante’s Divine Comedy and ask how Dante was able to use Christian doctrine as a means of reorganizing ideas that had been passed down from before the Christian era. How did the Christian doctrine of Grace prevent Dante from being forever lost in a hypnotic state of contemplation? The research for this presentation was made possible by the 2014 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant: Re-centering the Humanities.

On Thursday, 9/26, join Dr. Ada Bieber of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, who will present, “Bridges into Holocaust Memory: Janusz Korczak’s Orphanage as a Subject of Two Contemporary Polish and German Picture Books.” This talk is sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Concentration of International Studies, the German, Russian and Asian Languages Department and the Isaac Funk Endowed Professorship Fund.

Stick around after Dr. Bieber’s talk for a screening of “Four Days in September,” 1997, Brazil/USA, presented by Professor of History Michael Weis as part of the International Film Series.

Finally, come join IWU Pride Alliance on Friday, 9/27, starting at 4:30pm in the Beckman Auditorium for a presentation on LGBT+ families raising children as a gay couple. There will also be discussions of the cross sections of sexuality and race as bilingual, multicultural, and multirace families.

It’s been 13 years…

9-11 at IWU (2)Thirteen years ago terrorists attacked the East Coast cities of New York and Washington, D.C. Thousands of people died.

The Argus and other IWU publications from those months are available, digitally, through the Tate Archives & Special Collections.

On the 10 year anniversary, the New York Public Library called for us to look back and remember; now, think about where we were and where we are now.

The following resources are taken directly from the NYPL’s blog.

Oral Histories and Archives

Personal Narratives in the NYPL Catalog

Rainy Day? Explore Ames!

Ames Plaza in the Rain

Ames Plaza in the Rain

It’s looking like it’s going to be a pretty rainy day, if you believe the weather forecasters. What to do then?

Spend some time exploring the library, of course!

The Ames Library has little treasures hidden on each floor. We’ve shown you where the most recent Student Art Purchase Award is kept, but did you know there’s student art throughout the library, with the most pieces on the second floor. This award goes back almost twenty years – see if you know any of the artists.

What other hidden treasures does Ames hold? We’ve got a globe from a former Illinois congressman featuring the USSR. Talk about historical! Can you figure out which floor it’s on?

Globe featuring USSR from former Illinois congressman

Globe featuring USSR from former Illinois congressman

Here’s a hint – it’s right next to some really comfortable rocking chairs. Want to learn about the congressman who donated the globe, talk to Meg Miner in the Tate Archives and Special Collections.

Historical objects aside, we’ve also got some great spaces for you to kick back in and watch the rain. Do you prefer to curl up? Try and find one of our Sumo chairs. Do you prefer to be surrounded by dark woods and award winning literature and scholarship? Check out the Bates & Merwin Reading Room.

Sumo Chairs - Great for Studying and Napping

Sumo Chairs – Great for Studying and Napping


Is it too early in the semester to be thinking about in-depth research assignments? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for that as well. There’s a Popular Reading Collection near the Circulation Desk that’s sure to have stress-free reading for everyone. Check one out, and go curl up in a Sumo chair or find the Bates & Merwin Reading Room. If you’re having any trouble finding anything, though, make sure you ask for help. Help@Ames and the Circulation Desk are both on the first floor.

Bates & Merwin Reading Room

Bates & Merwin Reading Room


Bikes in the Library!

Bike Rack Located on East Side of Ames Library Entrance

Bike Rack Located on East Side of Ames Library Entrance

If you’ve been around the Illinois Wesleyan campus in the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the rapid growth in the number of bikes on campus. For many students, the best way to get around town is by bike. Not owning a car means more flexibility with parking, much lower cost of repairs and insurance, and never needing to buy gas. For the university, bike racks are significantly more efficient – each bike parking space costs an order of magnitude less to create and maintain than each car parking space, and they can be placed much closer to building entrances, alleviating many concerns about lack of convenient parking.

Still, while almost all of our students know how to ride a bike and would gladly use one to get around town, only a small percent of students have their own bikes on campus. Queue Titan Free Ride, the Illinois Wesleyan bike share program. Much like books in a library, ten bikes are available for checkout for 24 hours at a time at the Help@Ames desk or the Hansen Student Center Information Desk by anyone with an Illinois Wesleyan ID card, free of charge. A few helmets are also available for checkout at the Hansen desk.
Questions about the program can be directed to Michael Gorman, IWU Bike Committee Chair, at or 309-556-3262.