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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!

Holiday Break & Beyond

 

 

 

 

The Ames Library will be closed from Saturday, November 21 – Sunday, November 29 for the holiday break.

From Monday, November 30 2020 – Sunday, January 3 2021, the building will be closed. Please see our updated FAQ for more information about requesting library materials, access to the Thorpe Center, and contacting your liaison librarian. All staff will be on break between December 24 2020 – January 3 2021.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season, and looking forward to the new year!

Native American Heritage Month

Banner for Native American Heritage Month To learn more about Native American Heritage Month…

Visit our book exhibit on the entry level of The Ames Library, curated by Meg Miner, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, and learn more about the John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery.

Visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov for exhibits, audio, and video.

Participate in the Native Cinema Showcase, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7 – 11 PM (available on demand until November 23)

Watch these and other PBS documentaries online:
Standing Bear’s Footsteps: The story of an Indian chief who redefined what it means to be an American
Urban Rez: How do Native Americans maintain their culture in a dominant society?
Kind Hearted Woman Part One: An unforgettable portrait of a single mother living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation

Learn more about Indigenous Land Acknowledgements, and learn what native land you live on.

Finally, check out IWU Writing Center’s Twitter for reading suggestions!

Congratulations to Chris Sweet!

Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian

Congratulations to Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian, for completing the Open Education Network’s Certificate in Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarianship! Funded with a grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois, this highly competitive program aims to develop leaders within academic librarianship to aid in the creation and implementation of OERs at participants’ institutions. Chris has also been appointed to CARLI’s OER Committee, which will create a plan for supporting OERs across the consortium.

To learn more about OERs, please check out our guide.