November/December 2016 Volume 9 Issue 3
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5 Things You Need to Know About the Helmke Library Reopening

It's around the corner! The library re-opens Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Come in to scout your favorite new study and meeting spot
  • Watch for details of the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting and activities January 17-20, 2017
We'll have dozens of student computers and great study spaces!  
  • New groups study rooms will be open in the Learning Commons (second floor), and a dedicated quiet study room (fourth floor)
  • A student computer lab returns to the first floor-with new computers!
All the people and equipment you need for academic success will be in one place:
Writing Center, Studio M2, Library help and IT consultants will all be available in the Learning Commons

Of course, you will also have access to the Honors Center (Learning Commons, 2nd floor), College TV (basement) and the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library/NIDL (basement)

Did we mention there will be comfy, cool new furniture, hundreds of new electrical outlets, a media wall and new restrooms?!

Watch for additional reopening updates:
  • Our dedicated renovation website
  • Our Facebook page
  • Helmke Highlights, our monthly newsletter (Sign up here)
  • Other campus news venues
Finals Week Activities
December 11-16, 2016

While final touches are being completed to the Helmke Library renovations, you will be able put the final touches on your studying for finals in the Classic Ballroom. Student Life, IPSGA and the Library faculty and staff have collaborated to offer an alternative 24-hour study space for Finals week 2016.

The Classic Ballroom will be open 24-hours a day starting 12:00 PM (noon), Sunday, December 11, until 5:00 PM, Friday, December 16, 2016.

The Coffee/Study Break Table returns! FREE coffee and snacks will be served between 5 -8 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12-14.

Look for details about the 24-hour Study Lounge and additional stress-relieving activities on the Library and IPSGA Facebook pages, on fliers at the Service Desk and in other campus publicity venues.

Library Services Center Hours for Finals Week and Winter Break

December 11  Open Noon - 9:00 pm 
December 12-15 Open 8:00am - 11:00 pm  
December 16 Open 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
December 17 Open 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
December 18  Closed
December 19-22 Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
December 23 - Jan 2  Closed  
January 3 - 6  Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
January 7 - 8  Closed 
Regular semester hours resume January 9, 2017. 
Cheryl Truesdell Receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award 

Dean Truesdell received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Indiana Governor Mike Pence at her retirement celebration on December 2. In addition, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry proclaimed the day to be "Cheryl B. Truesdell Day."

Dean Truesdell is an IPFW alumna and has worked at IPFW since 1983 in positions of increasing responsibility. She has served as dean of the library since 2008. Throughout her career, Dean Truesdell championed the expansion of resource sharing between Indiana libraries, adopting new technologies as they became available. The result has been not only to ensure ease of access for identifying and using information for IPFW users, but for all Indiana citizens. "Patron empowerment" is a guiding principle and a hallmark of all her efforts.

Dean Truesdell's service in the library spans over half of the 52-year history of IPFW. Her influence on access, resources, innovative services, staff, the strategic direction of the library, and the library building itself will be a lasting legacy to her tenure at IPFW.

Learn more about the Sagamore of the Wabash award here.
Introducing Alexis Macklin, Helmke Library's New Dean
Alexis Smith Macklin, Ph.D. will join IPFW as the Dean of the Helmke Library effective January 3, 2017.

Professor Macklin is currently Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has previously served as Director of the Library and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, in Pittsburgh.   She was also a User Instruction Librarian/Associate Professor at Purdue University. She brings experience in metadata services, scholarly communications, acquisitions, circulation, strategic communication and change management, and special collections and archives.

Professor Macklin earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and B.A. from Chatham College, Pittsburgh.

Alexis Macklin succeeds Cheryl Truesdell who served as Library Dean since 2008 and who will retire on December 31, 2016 after 33 years of service to IPFW and the Helmke Library. Both librarians will participate in the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting and festivities January 17-20, 2017.
Helmke Library Honors Retirees  
We are saying goodbye to three key library staff retiring at the end of 2016. Whether in a very public role (Dean Truesdell) or in a job out of the public eye which kept the library databases, website and collections current, organized and available 24/7 (Marla and Barbara), these delightful colleagues helped to make the Library the efficient and friendly place that it is. They will be sorely missed!

After 33 years of service to Helmke Library, most recently as dean, Cheryl Truesdell will retire on December 31, 2016.

We asked:
What was your favorite part of your job?
Working with the students and faculty on their research needs.
What are you looking forward to after December 31?
Spending more time with my grandchildren, gardening, and traveling
Do you have any parting thoughts?
I will miss IPFW very much. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of this wonderful institution. I wish the best for its future.

After 17 years of service to Helmke Library, most recently as Director of Technical Services & Library Information Technology Services; Collection Development Coordinator; and Collection Developer for Serials, Marla Baden will retire on December 31, 2016. We are grateful for Marla's tireless dedication to keeping the library running smoothly for so many years!

We asked:
What was your favorite part of your job?  
All the nitty-gritty little details of making collections accessible no matter the format for faculty and student use.
What are you looking forward to after December 31?  
Doing pretty much anything I want when I want!
Do you have any parting thoughts?  
I wish the library in particular and the campus all the very best as they tackle the new challenges coming in the next years.

After 25 years at Helmke Library (and 5 at Purdue), Serials Cataloger, Bindery Coordinator and Departmental Thesis Format Advisor for Purdue programs, Barbara Lloyd will retire on December 31, 2016.

We asked:
What was your favorite part of your job?  
The moment when a particularly difficult cataloging problem has been successfully resolved.
What are you looking forward to after December 31?  
Free time: whether traveling, playing my flute, or spending time with my family and friends.
Do you have any parting thoughts?  
All best wishes to the folks at Helmke Library and IPFW - it has been wonderful working with each of you!
Spring Reserves   
The library's Service Desk is now accepting requests for Spring 2017 reserves.  The online request form may be found at
Opus Updates    
Several exciting enhancements have been made to Opus, the IPFW institutional repository, over the last few months.  A few of these include:
  • The URL of both the university and a faculty member's department will now be stamped on PDF cover pages automatically generated by Opus.  This additional linkage will increase search engine discoverability for the individual work, the specific academic program, and IPFW.
  • A "Contact Author" button now appears in Opus records for works without PDFs, allowing users to request a copy of the work by emailing the author directly.  This enhancement aligns OPUS with options that are available in ResearchGate and
  • A new "IPFW eBooks" category will provide a highly visible location for all eBooks published by IPFW faculty.  
Please contact Scholarly Communications Librarian David Dunham ( for more information about OPUS and hosting Open Educational Resources on campus.  

Thank you again to the IPFW faculty for all you do to make our institutional repository a success.
Library People and Accomplishments 
Helmke Library welcomes student workers Devon Black and Andy Sterneman. Devon is a transfer student, majoring in medieval history. She is a freshman this semester but will be a sophomore this coming spring semester. Andy is a graduate student, working towards an OLS masters. He received his bachelor's degree from IU, Bloomington. He also teaches ballroom dancing!

Our Student Employees of the Month this semester were Abbie Meek and Eric Olsen. Congratulations, Abbie and Eric!

Congratulations to Information Assistant Ellen Clark and her husband Cory Ellison on the birth of their first child, Gwendolyn Fay.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Helmke Library!

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