Author Archives: Karen Schmidt

Earlier Opening Hours Sunday

On Sunday, April 27 the library will open at 10:00 a.m. to provide some additional study and prep time for exams and final papers.

On Wednesday (April 23,) Thursday (April 24,) Sunday (April 27,) and Monday (April 28) the library has coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available from 7:00 p.m. until these items run out.

ProQuest downtime for system enhancements

On February 15, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. This is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 at 10:00 p.m. for 8 hours.

Seasonal Affective Disorder got you down?

Thanks to the Counseling Center, the library has Sun Box lamps to assist with SAD.  One is installed on the 3rd floor west living room; another will soon be installed on the 4th floor east living room. Usually 20-30 minutes with the Sun Box will boost energy and improve your mood. Detailed information regarding the use of the Sun Box is posted by each lamp.

Sun Box

I-Share Voyager offline October 2, 2013, midnight-6am

The CARLI Voyager system, I-Share, will be taken offline for all libraries from midnight until 6am Wednesday, October 2, to apply an emergency fix to a database index. During the outage VuFind will be available for searching the local and union catalogs, but VuFind will not be able to display item status information, nor will it support access to patron account records or the placing of requests.

During the outage Voyager staff client access will be limited to the Offline Backup function of the circulation client only. CARLI’s batch jobs that run circulation notices and the Voyager request promotion service will not run tonight; those data will be picked up in the batch run the following night. Other services such as SFX and discovery services that query Voyager will also be affected by this outage.

While we have successfully applied the fix on our test server, there is a slight risk that our work tonight may fail to resolve the problem. If that is the case, downtime may extend into the day on Wednesday.

We will continue to keep everyone updated.

Banned Books Week @ The Ames Library

banned books

Read them if you dare! Banned Books Week is being marked at the library by an intriguing assortment of banned books that are hidden from view with covers that highlight why they have been     challenged.  Check these out on the cart across from the Circulation Desk. Just around the corner are 20 campus celebrities, each hugging their favorite banned book.

And join us on October 2 for a talk by Barbara Jones, “Censorship for Religious Reasons: From the Bible to Harry Potter.” Barbara is the Executive Director of the American Library Association’s     Office of Intellectual Freedom. Enjoy 2 short plays from forbidden works as well directed by IWU theatre students Hannah Dhue and Aaron Weinstein –  4:00 p.m. in the Evelyn Chapel

Digital Public Library of America Launched




Offering a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States, the Digital Public Library of America has officially launched. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.

For more information, please see the FAQ.

The DPLA joins the Internet Archive and HathiTrust in exponentially expanding our access to rich collections throughout the world. The Ames Library will be linking this new digital collection on our library home page.

L’Annee Philologique – online resource trial begins

L’Annee Philologique is now available for trial through March 5. Users can find it on the A-Z list; the direct url is:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=lnp

L’Année philologique, published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique,is a valuable research tool in the area of classical studies. The database covers a variety of subject matter pertaining to Greek and Roman civilization including: Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy.

More than 810,000 records are included in L’Année philologique, with more than 15,000 new records added every year. Abstracts of journal articles are in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian. Books entries often include tables of contents and book review information.

Feedback on this resource is due March 5 – please contact Karen Schmidt (; ext 3834) about L’Annee Philologique.

Peep Into Poetry Diorama Contest

Celebrate World Poetry Day (March 21) by entering the Peeps Diorama Contest. Sponsored by the IWU Classics Club and Eta Sigma Pi, the contest features handmade dioramas to depict a scene from Greek or Roman myth or poetry, using Peeps. For more information, and to register, check out the link below. To get you started, a box of 5 Peeps can be picked up in 201 Library. Great prizes, good fun – and if you don’t win, you can eat your evidence!

Peep Into Poetry Inspiration - Power to the Peeple!

Peep Into Poetry Inspiration – Power to the Peeple!

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.

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!