Oxford English Dictionary: Off Campus Access Issue

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is experiencing intermittent access issues when being used off campus. Oxford is aware of the issue and working to resolve the problem. If you cannot access OED and are being asked to pay for a subscription, please clear your browser’s cache, close the window, and try accessing OED again. If the problem persists after clearing the cache, please submit a Report a Problem form, and we will follow up with you via email. Thanks for your patience!

Library Electronic Resource Downtime – July 29, 10-11 p.m.

Due to necessary testing, library electronic resources will be down Saturday, July 29, from 10-11 p.m. Library electronic resources, including databases, journals, and ebooks, may not be available during this time. Thank you for understanding!

If you encounter an error with library electronic resources once testing is complete, please submit a Report a Problem form, and library staff will get back to you via email.

News & New Books from The Ames Library

The Ames Library has resources to help IWU students, staff, and faculty stay informed and entertained this summer:

New York Times Audio:

As part of the library’s digital subscription to The New York Times, you also have access to New York Times Audio, a new app that NYT describes as the “audio front page.” Before using the app, be sure you have created an NYT account via The Ames Library by visiting this link and signing up with your @iwu.edu email address (find more registration details here). You can then download and log into the NYT Audio app as well as NYT News app.

The Economist app:

IWU students, staff, and faculty have access to The Economist via The Ames Library, and that includes The Economist app. To use the app, make sure you have signed up for an account on economist.com using your @iwu.edu email address, then download the app from your preferred app store. Login to the app with your @iwu.edu email address and the password you created for The Economist.

Popular Reading Collection:

There are over 300 print books in The Ames Library’s Popular Reading Collection–a great place to find a good summer read! The collection is located on the first floor of the library, and thanks to a new feature in MegaSearch, you can also browse the collection online. Visit the Collections Discovery page to see what is available, then stop by the library to check it out. Be sure to browse the fantastic titles found in the Diverse Book Awards collections and Minor Myers, jr. Honors Collection as well.

Finals Toolkit

You’re almost there, Titans! We’re getting close to the finish line for the spring semester. Check out our Finals Toolkit blog posts to help you prepare for finals and take care of yourself in the process.

Be sure to stop by the Self-Care Station on the first floor of The Ames Library for a mindful study break!

Celebrate Open Education Week, March 6-10!

Open Education Week 2023 logo

Brought to you by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI)

CARLI’s Open Educational Resource Committee invites you to celebrate Open Education Week, March 6-10, by attending a series of free webinars, sharing your successes, and contributing your OER Aspirations and Takeaways during Open Education Week on our community padlet. Find all events and activities on the CARLI Open Education Week 2023 website.

Upcoming Webinars:

Making Sense of “Affordable” Course Materials Models

March 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time

Institutions are continuously hearing about new models and strategies for making course materials more affordable to students. The ever changing nature of technology and digital resources can make it hard to cut through the buzzwords and understand the real details of each “pitch” and the potential impact on students. Presenters Nicole Allen and Katie Steen-James, SPARC, will outline the facts and characteristics of common models to make course materials more affordable and untangle some of the arguments that come up in meetings with outside vendors. The goal is to help participants establish a deeper understanding of each model and develop effective strategies for engaging in discussions about these models on campus that center students and equity.

OER in Practice: A Faculty Discussion

March 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Central Time

Faculty members from College of DuPage, Columbia College Chicago, and Moraine Valley Community College share their experiences implementing Open Educational Resources in their courses. 

Panelists include Jeanne Petrolle, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago; Professor Joel Quam, chair of the Geography Department at College of DuPage; and Nicholas Hackett, associate professor of biology at Moraine Valley Community College.

Get to Know the New, Upcoming Illinois SCOERS Open Educational Resources

Please join CARLI and the Open Educational Resource Committee for a series of programs highlighting the upcoming publications of Illinois SCOERs Round One awardees. The Illinois SCOERs awards are made possible because of a generous grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the United States Department of Education’s Open Textbook Pilot Program. 

Program 1, March 6, 10:00-11:15 a.m. Central Time

Dr. Diana Zaleski from the University of Illinois Springfield discusses The Psychology of Exceptional Children, an OER textbook that will be used in undergraduate exceptional child courses. Ancillaries included with the textbook include a 3D printing assignment encouraging students to develop assistive devices and adaptive equipment.

Also, Dr. Karen Vuckovic from the University of Illinois Springfield with speak on Essentials of Pharmacology, an original open access textbook intended for nursing students using an innovative visual approach.

Program 2, March 7, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Central Time

Dr. Jacqueline Samuel from National Louis University will discuss her project Cultural Humility in Public Administration. The addition of Cultural Humility as lens for framing various approaches to Public Administration is what makes this text unique.

Health Sciences Librarian Amber Burtis, together with Professor Tim Davis from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will outline Davis’ Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Lonetta Oliver, Dean of Humanities at Illinois Central College will discuss Nurse Assistant Training. The OER focuses on nursing and elder care students, filling gaps that current texts do not address, such as life and soft skills.

Program 3, March 9, 12:00-1:15 p.m. Central Time

Barbara Anderson, the Head of the Instruction/Learning Library at Roosevelt University will elaborate on a collaborative project between Roosevelt University, DePaul University, and Harper College entitled Development and Implementation of Open-Access Problems and Activities for Health-Focused Chemistry Courses. The OER materials will be used for chemistry classes that are taught for nursing students as well as other health science majors.

Professor Juhelia Thompson from Morton College will elaborate on her work in the area of Diverse Approaches to Language Development, which educates students about the developmental stages of humans from a cognitive, physical, cultural, and biological perspective.

The Female Reproductive System and Women’s Health Through a Multidisciplinary Lens is a collaborative project between a Carle Illinois College of Medicine/ the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign team led by Dr. Samar Hegazy and Professor Judith Thorn, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment at Knox College. This OER will serve as a hub for learning about the conditions affecting the female reproductive system and women’s health throughout the lifespan from different perspectives.

Illinois SCOERs programs are made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

OER Success Stories

The CARLI OER Committee is gathering OER Success Stories to celebrate how CARLI members have furthered OER initiatives on your campuses! To add your success stories to this list, please send your description to CARLI Support!

OER Aspirations and Takeaways

Share on the OER Aspirations and Takeaways padlet what has inspired you during OpenEd Week! What have you learned? What great things are you planning?

More art in the library

By Way of Constantinople

We are pleased to announce an expansion of artwork on the entry level of the library. We received many comments about how bare the walls looked after last fall’s exhibition of works by Myanmar artists. Through another collaboration with School of Art faculty, 15 of the previously-stored works in the Campus Art Collection are now on public display. This is a teaching collection containing over 1,300 items.

The Thorpe Center on the library’s 3rd floor also has numerous selections from the larger collection, and all works contained within The Ames Library are available for public viewing.

Many of the new additions to the entry level are by Arrah Lee Gaul, a prolific artist of landscapes and portraits, who died in 1980 at the age of 92. Miss Gaul chose Illinois Wesleyan as a beneficiary in her estate because of her devotion to her father, a Methodist minister who served Philadelphia churches from 1883 until his retirement in 1931. The Rev. Christian Lee Gaul, was proud of the doctor of philosophy degree he was granted by IWU in 1899 after fulfilling requirements in the non-resident degree program.

To learn more about the Gauls and this donation, listen to this 1981 recording by Flora (Harris) Armstrong, Trustee and member of the Class of 1943. The Spring 1982 IWU Bulletin also covered the story.

Other new additions from the Campus Art Collection are prints by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. A recent addition to the works by Chinese artists is also on display. A new scroll was donated last year by Roger Sheldon, Class of 1964. Two scrolls are on display between the Ford Instruction Lab and the Social Justice & Diversity Room at all times but are rotated every six months to minimize light damage.

Resolved: Library Accounts Not Available

Update: The issue affecting library accounts has been resolved. You should now be able to login to your library account to renew or request items, view your loans, or save to your MegaSearch favorites.

Please contact circ@iwu.edu if you experience any problems when logging into your account. Thank you for your patience!


Due to an issue with our library systems, users cannot login to their library accounts. If you try to login to your library account to renew or request items, view your loans, or save to your MegaSearch favorites, you will see the error message, “The login process has failed. Please refer to the library for assistance.”

Please contact circ@iwu.edu for assistance with renewing or requesting items while accounts are inaccessible. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update this post as necessary. Thank you for your patience!

Winter Break I-Share & ILLiad Requests

The Ames Library will be closed from Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2.

You may continue to submit I-Share and ILLiad requests while the library is closed, but please note that requests placed during that time will be processed starting January 3. Requests submitted close to December 23 may not arrive until after January 3.

Remember, The Ames Library’s online journals, articles, media, ebooks, and databases remain available to you when the library is closed!

Finals Toolkit, Part 3 of 3: Finish Well

Happy Reading Day, Titans! We know this time of year can be stressful, so for the last installment of the Finals Toolkit, we’re sharing relaxing and stress-relieving activities. Taking breaks and moments to rest can help you return to your studying or writing feeling refreshed and revitalized. Don’t forget, you can also check out our earlier tools and tips from part 1 and part 2 of the Finals Toolkit!

Bonus finals week reminders: You can reserve a study or project room in the library and print your projects and papers using one of the library’s five printers.

We hope you’re able to finish well, take care of yourselves, and enjoy the upcoming break. Good luck during finals week–you can do this!

Finals Toolkit, Part 2 of 3: Finish Strong

We’re filling your Finals Toolkit with tips and resources to help you cross the fall semester finish line strong. This week, check out ways to take care of yourself as well as a few quick reminders as you put finishing touches on projects and papers:

  • Ask a Librarian Chat: Monday-Friday, from 1-4 pm, a librarian is online and ready to help answer your questions!

  • Citation refresher: Working on your citations page? Let MegaSearch help you! (Click image below to enlarge.)

Next week, visit the Finals Toolkit for relaxing activities and stress-busters!