Author Archives: Stephanie Davis-Kahl

Plaza Construction – Summer 2022

Due to the construction on our front plaza, The Ames Library will be accessible by appointment only starting late May/early June. Please contact the Library Services Desk (309-556-3350) to set up an appointment. Entrance to the library will be via the loading dock on the west side of the building; parking is available on N. East Street. Materials can be returned using the book drop on the west side of the building, in the traffic circle near the School of Art.

Over the summer months, librarians and staff can be contacted by the usual means, via email or phone. We will continue to provide consultations, provide interlibrary loan service, loan materials, and will be hosting scheduled events such as campus tours, the inaugural Digital Humanities Fellowship Program, and second language placement testing during Rising Titan advising. We are happy to host additional activities, if needed, with notice. Our summer hours remain the same as in previous years, 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. 

Many thanks to our colleagues in Physical Plant for their work on this project, and for installing a ramp and lighting outside our west entrance!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact University Librarian Stephanie Davis-Kahl.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration as our plaza is improved.

The Minor Myers, jr statue is in storage during the duration of the project.
We’re working with Physical Plant to recreate the “What’s Your Passion?” inscription post-construction.

Updated: Kanopy Off-Campus Access Issues

Off-campus access has been restored to Kanopy. After you login through the proxy server with your NetID and password, please click the “skip” button to access IWU-licensed films.

If you have any questions, please contact the University Librarian.

Thank you for your patience!
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I-Share Request Issues

After the I-Share update on Sunday, April 3, a few I-Share libraries have reported that the I-Share request form is no longer pre-populating bibliographic data like the title and the author for some requests placed by users. This error has been reported to our vendor and they are working to resolve the issue.

Until the issue is resolved, please copy/paste title, author, date, etc. into the I-Share request form and submit as usual.

If you need any assistance, please contact your liaison librarian for assistance.

Welcome to Fall Semester, 2021!

Abby Mann, Online Learning Librarian

Welcome to our new students, Class of 2025, and welcome back to our returning Titans! We have news to share!

Our most exciting news is that we have a new library faculty colleague, Professor Abby Mann, who joins us as our new Online Learning Librarian. Abby will be working with the departments of English, Women’s and Gender Studies, World Languages & Cultures, and the School of Art, School of Music, School of Theatre Arts. She joins us from UNC-Pembroke, where she was an associate professor of English. Welcome, Abby!

Another welcome addition to the library is several of our colleagues from Information Technology Services, including our new CIO Leon Lewis, have moved into the library’s lower level offices. More to come about the location of the ITS Help Desk!

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made over the past year on the entry level to establish the Center for Engaged Learning on the east side of the entry level. New paint and new carpet were installed in early summer, and new furniture is in the process of being installed as I type. To highlight student art, we’ve moved several works of art from our Art Purchase Award collection to the entry level as well. I am hopeful we can have a celebration for the space later in September, when the furniture installation is complete.It’s been repainted and new carpet installed, and the library acquired “The Corner Office” from Lizette Toto, ’21 for the west side of the entry level. It is gorgeous, and complements the space perfectly.

We’ve enjoyed two events welcoming faculty back to campus – the Scholarship & Creative Work Celebration, and the New Faculty Orientation. It was great to see our colleagues, catch up, and not say “You’re on mute” during our conversations. We’re also planning a faculty panel that will feature the faculty who received Open Educational Resources (OER) Exploration Grants last summer, and the reports detailing their work will be available on Digital Commons soon.

A few services have returned to pre-COVID operations – print reserves are available again, we are open our regular hours, and we no longer quarantine materials after they are returned. We chose to retain access to several ebook and streaming video resources acquired through our consortium since they proved to be useful and valuable additions to our suite of resources.

Upgrades to System for Accessing Resources Off Campus

IT Services and the Ames Library will be upgrading the EZProxy system in the coming weeks. This is the system that allows the Illinois Wesleyan community to connect to library resources and “intra” web pages from off campus.

After the EZProxy upgrade you will still be able to search databases and click links to Ames Library resources from any location. However, if you connect from off campus you’ll notice a new campus login page:

This represents more than just a new design. You may notice a new web address (https://login.iwu.edu). There’s also a different technology under the hood which paves the way for other important improvements such as multi-factor authentication.

We’ll be rolling out the new login for other campus services throughout the summer. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns at https://help.iwu.edu/.

Ebook Central Downtime

Ebook Central will be down for planned maintenance from 9 am – 5 pm CST on Saturday, June 26. Titles from the Academic Complete ebook collection will not be available during this time.

Ames Awards Announcement

 

Serenade by Jazalyn Belz

“Serenade” by Jazalyn Belz

Congratulations to Jazalyn Belz, ’24, the 2021 recipient of The Ames Library Art Purchase Award! Jazalyn’s print, titled “Serenade,” will be displayed in the library soon. The Art Purchase Award is a long-standing tradition at the library, and you can view more student art in our digital collection.

Congratulations to Katie Fata, ’22, the 2021 recipient of The Ames Library Scholarly and Artistic Research Proposal Award! Katie’s research project, “__Plath: Confronting the Tone Policing of Sylvia Plath,” will take her to explore the archives at Indiana University, and she will be sharing her progress via a blog this summer. Her final project will reside in Digital Commons @ IWU when complete.

 

 

The Ames Library is Open!

 

The library is now open!

Thanks to Physical Plant staff for keeping our building safe and beautiful!

Black History Month Resources

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ll be sharing resources from our collection as well as sites from around the internet:

screenshot of The Star of ZionOur subscription to the African American Historical Serials Collection provides access to “an archive of periodicals that document the history of African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. It includes newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies. Now compiled and accessible to researchers in one digital collection, this unique resource documents the history of African American life and religious organizations from 1829 and 1922. Content features multiple religious denominations, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Zion Church and many Baptist churches.”

University Council on Diversity Alumni interviewsIn 2010, the University Council on Diversity invited alumni to participate in interviews addressing diversity. This collection, stewarded by Meg Miner, our University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, will be added to as more interviews are done with alumni in the future.

 

 

 

 

UGA NewsThe University of Georgia’s Brown Media Archives recently discovered footage from the area’s African American community in a home movie. Read the press release, or visit the Brown Media Archives page for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

JSTOR Companion to Schomburg's reading list JSTOR, one of our favorite organizations, recently created a companion to the renowned Schomburg Center’s for Research in Black Culture‘s Black Liberation Reading List. For more information about the reading list, see the JSTOR Daily, which also links to Black Liberation Lists for teens and children.

 

 

 

 

 

Historymakers From the Library of Congress, The HistoryMakers collects oral histories from notables in the African American community, across the United States. Artists, sports figures, lawmakers, and scientists are just a few of the groups represented.

 

Call for Scholarly and Artistic Research Award Proposals!

The Ames Library Scholarly and Artistic Research Proposal Award provides one $500 award for an IWU student, under the supervision of a faculty sponsor, to propose a significant research or creative project in their specific fields of study. More details and application instructions are available online, and the deadline is March 8.

We can’t wait to read about your ideas for your research!