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Information on the Coronavirus

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Today, Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall and Interim Executive Director of Health/Counseling Vickie Folse distributed the message copied below about staying safe and healthy during Spring Break. You may also consult this resource guide on the Coronavirus for sources about this disease.

Click on the image below to get a halfsheet-sized poster you can put in your room or office for others to see!Covid-19_stop-spread

[copied message]

Students, faculty, and staff,
As we look forward to Spring Break which typically brings some travel, we want to remind you to stay healthy and take preventative precautions. Between flu season and ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus, we want to be mindful and vigilant about public health. We have many confirmed instances of flu on campus, but no cases of Coronavirus at IWU or in the Bloomington/Normal community. Our study abroad partners are monitoring the spread of Coronavirus in Italy and other areas of the world. If you are abroad now or scheduled to study abroad in May, summer or other international travel, you will receive a separate update from the International Office.

While we believe our campus risk remains low, we will continue to monitor this global health crisis. Please note the following preventative strategies:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use antibacterial hand solution when available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and avoid public contact.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • If you are traveling out of the US, research health advisories for your travel area. Review the ‘CDC Travelers’ Health website: (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) to learn how to stay healthy during your trip.
  • Monitor the CDC website for updated information.

We want to be mindful of our students from highly impacted areas around the world – our support and care go out to you as your home communities respond to the virus. We encourage all members of our campus community to be inclusive and respectful in supporting each other through this difficult global crisis.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we will continue to monitor updates from state, federal and international health organizations. Please contact Arnold Health Services with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Karla C. Carney-Hall, Dean of Students
Vickie Folse, Interim Executive Director of Health/Counseling

Celebrating CARLI!

If you’ve ever used I-Share (and if you haven’t, do it now) or searched our VuFind catalog for materials, you have CARLI to thank.

CARLI, which stands for Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, is one of our most fantastic resources. Through CARLI, IWU faculty and students have access to incredible databases like EBSCO as well as many collections, digital and otherwise. CARLI also maintains a Last Copy program, meaning that they work to ensure access to monographs that exist in only a single copy across academic and research libraries in Illinois. Their diverse membership includes large libraries like the University of Illinois and small libraries like the Carl Sandburg Community College. Together, the libraries in this partnership advocate for you, the library user! As their new infographics demonstrate, CARLI served 800,000 students, faculty, and staff and delivered $43.1 million worth of materials and services to member libraries in the past fiscal year alone. It goes without saying that The Ames Library couldn’t be happier to be a member.

Top Five Hidden Resources at The Ames Library: #1. Librarians

Contrary to popular belief, librarians don’t spend our 9 to 5 shelving books. Our main job is to help you succeed during your time here at IWU! We’ll help you find sources for your research papers and projects, manage those citations that you’re swimming in, and develop information-literacy skills. Studies from ACRL Assessment in Action (AiA) programs found that library use increases student success. A study at California State University, East Bay showed that “[s]tudents who participated in course integrated library instruction were much more likely to use library resources and were also more likely to have a higher GPA than students who did not receive the instruction.” (Source.)

Each of the librarians at The Ames Library is responsible for different subject areas, like biology or religion, meaning that we know all the best sources in those areas to make your life easier. And if you’re not sure which librarian to turn to? Not to worry, you can approach any of us with questions! Our email addresses, office locations, and phone numbers are all under our pictures on The Ames Library homepage.

Top Five Hidden Resources at The Ames Library: #3. Archives & Special Collections

#3. Archives and Special Collections

Did you know that the library owns a book printed in Nuremberg, Germany in 1482? A program signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Photos of School of Theatre Arts productions dating from 1916 to the present day? And that you can use them any time you want?

It’s just one of the many cool offerings at the Tate Archives & Special Collections on our fourth floor, which is devoted to rare, valuable, and fragile materials, as well as records of IWU’s history. You can also explore the mysteries of IWU’s history and many of these artifacts of human knowledge online.

Top Five Hidden Resources at The Ames Library: #4. One Button Studio

#4. One Button Studio

“One Button what?” you ask.

Located on the library’s third floor in the Thorpe Center, our new One Button Studio is designed for people who don’t have experience with video editing. All you need to record your presentation for class or that cool green-screen project is a USB flash drive. So far, students have use the One Button Studio to film themselves conducting choral arrangements, interviewing “patients” for our School of Nursing, and practicing mock interviews. No more fussing with lighting, camera, or mics–it’s all taken care of for you! Just be sure to give us a 24-hour notice before you book an appointment.

Top Five Hidden Resources at The Ames Library: #5. Technology and Equipment

This week, we’re doing a countdown of the top five hidden resources at The Ames Library! We’ll be highlighting cool things that you may not have been aware of which will help you excel during your time here at Illinois Wesleyan. Check back each day to learn about a new hidden resource.

#5. Technology and equipment for checkout

Did you know that you can check out a GoPro Hero5 Session at the Library Services Desk on our first floor? What about a MacBook? The Ames Library isn’t just about books; we also have a variety of digital equipment and accessories for checkout. You can check out laptops, audio-visual equipment, and even bikes and umbrellas at the Library Services desk. All you need is a library account and your student ID. You’ll find the borrowing periods for these items here.

 

Resources for National Park Week

Did you know that it’s National Park Week this week? In celebration, the Scout Report has put together a great list of online resources related to national parks in the United States and beyond. These include Rose Aguilar and Laura Flynn’s article “Your Call: The history of Native Americans and National Parks,” NASA’s National Parks from Space, and the Open Parks Network.

Photo courtesy of Dave Sizer.

You can start exploring all of these amazing resources here. And who knows? Maybe they’ll even lead you to explore a national park or two.