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Library Newsletter Valparaiso & Michigan City - Ivy Tech Community College - Fall 2022

Welcome to the first edition of the Valparaiso Service Area Library Newsletter.

Many Ivy Tech Libraries applied for and recieved the Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development grant from Indiana Humanities. The Valparaiso & Michigan City libraries were awarded a small amount to add titles to their collections. The majority of the grant was spent on children's titles for the Michigan City campus. The goal of the grant is to assist libraries, schools, and community organizations in adding diverse materials to the ciruclating collections. Click on the button below to see items available for check out at both libraries.

Help make the library collection better!

As faculty, you are the subject matter experts, if you would like to see what the library has for your subjects, please stop in or contact the campus librarian. We encourge your involvement and welcome any recommendations for purchase. The Campus Library collections are always evolving. Click on the buttons below to see what's new or make a recommendation.

Free Candy!

There's just one catch, you have to have the best guess. The Valparaiso Campus Library has a contest open to all students, faculty, and staff. Come visit the library and make a guess! The winner gets the jar of candy and bragging rights. The contest is open until October 31st.

New Databases for FY 2022-2023

The library's E-Resources team has been hard at work over the past few years to make the collection of online databases equitable across the state. Their work has led to a number of new resources and significant savings to campus library budgets. The new resources for this fiscal year are:

JSTOR - Search full collections of back issues of scholarly journals in arts, humanities, education, social science, business, finance, mathematics, health science and more. Use the advanced search screen to see journals by discipline.

Newsbank: Access World News: Research diverse perspectives, topics and trends that align with areas of study such as Business, Health, Criminal Justice, Science, Humanities, Political Science and more. Features reliable, credible information from a wide variety of international, national and local news sources.

Newsbank: Black Life in America: This resource offers a window into African American history, culture and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent. This database is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications.

Oxford: Very Short Introductions: Very Short Introductions offer concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects. Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new insights, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable to develop your core knowledge.

Library Instruction

In addition to library instruction at each campus, the Library Services Department works together to provide library instruction for all students, staff and faculty. We provide course specific and general library instruction sessions online via Zoom. While some of the sessions below have already been offered, there is still time to sign up for sessions this term. Watch IvyLearn Announcements or the library website for updates.

HUMS 101 Workshop - Monday, August 29th

PSYCH 101 Workshop - Thursday, September 1st

Reseach Tips & Tricks for Students - Friday, September 16th

ENGL 111 Annotated Bibliography Workshop - Wednesday, September 28th

Library Workshop for Nursing & Allied Health Stucents - Thursday, September 29th

Citations, References, and Title Pages, Oh My! - Friday, September 30th

Library Tech Tip!

Make your own QR codes using Adobe Express. Sign in using your Ivy Tech credentials.

Look for the try a quick action section and click on QR Code to find the link to create your own QR code.

Enter the URL you want to direct people to with the QR code. You can chose a style, color, and file type and then download the QR code to use.

Valparaiso & Michigan City Libraries are Hiring!

Valparaiso is seeking a part-time library assistant. This position is perfect for someone interested in libraries as a career or someone currently in a library Master's Degree program looking to gain experience. Apply Here.

The Michigan City campus is seeking a Federal Work Study Library Assistant. Please contact Gayle Simpson-Kolwyck with any questions or recommendations.

Midterm Election season is coming up! Election day is Tuesday, November 8th. In-person early voting is available begining Wednesday, October 12th.

The library staff have put together a guide to help you register, find your polling place and make decisons on federal, state, and local elections.

Library Collections & Services

You can contact the library anytime with questions using the Ask-a-Librarian Service. Librarains are available via chat, email, phone, or make an in-person or online appointment.

Heather Ayres, MLIS, Director of Library Services (hayres3@ivytech.edu)

Gayle Simpson-Kolwyck, MLS, Librarian, Michigan City (gsimpson@ivytech.edu)

Have questions, comments, or feedback? Let us know!

Email: Valparaiso-Library@ivytech.edu