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Library Newsletter Valparaiso & Michigan City - Ivy Tech Community College - Spring 2023, Issue 2

Welcome to the second Spring 2023 edition of the Valparaiso Service Area Library Newsletter.

Drift Magazine: First Issue Out Now!

The first issue of Drift: a poetry, prose, and art magazine was published on April 1st. This new online publication celebrates work from students, staff and faculty at Ivy Tech Community College's Valparaiso, Michigan City, and LaPorte locations. Thank you to our 19 contributors for their 30 entires; you all make the project a success!

The magazine will continue with a yearly publication each April. Submission for the next edition will begin in October 2023.

Relaxation/Reflection Room Now Open!

Room C247, inside the library, is now the Relax/Reflect Room. This room is available to all students, faculty, staff and is open the same hours as the library. You do not need to make a reservation to use the room. I encourage you to stop by to take a tour.

Thanks to Dean & Scott from Facilities for their work in preparing the room. And thanks to Kelly Daubek and the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Committee for supporting this effort.

There are tools and resources in the space to help with relaxation or reflection:

Happy Light - mimics sunlight to enhance mood, energy, sleep, and focus

Sound Machine - with white noise and nature sounds

Noise Cancelling Headphones, Yoga Mats, Beanbags, Floor Cushions

Other releaxation resources: coloring pages, fidget toys, lego, puzzles, zen sand garden, buddha board, mindfulness & meditation cards, and more.

Let the Library Do It: Supplemental Resource Creation

The campus librarians are available for supplemental resource creation. This can be anything from a list of books, articles, other reading from the library on a specific topic, a library guide that assists students in completing an assignment, or a video tutorial that show how to find and use library resources for the course, topic, or assignment. Let the library help you find and create resources for your courses.

If you are developing or re-working assignments for the Fall 2023 semester, now if a great time to work with the library to make sure the resources are available!

Contact Heather Ayres in Valparaso to discuss ways to incorporate library resources and services into your class.

Online Library Sessions - Open to All

In addition to library instruction at each campus, the Library Services Department works together statewide to provide library instruction for all students, staff and faculty. We provide course specific and general library instruction sessions online via Zoom. All sessions take place live at 1pm Central. All those that RSVP will get a recording the same day. Watch IvyLearn Announcements or the library website for updates. While some of these sessions below have already happened, you can still sign up for the ones in April!

Current Schedule:

HUMS 101: Literature Reivew Workshop - Thursday, March 30th

PSYCH 101 Workshop: Finding & Analyzing a Scholarly Article - Friday, March 31st

Workshop for Nursing & Allied Health Students - Tuesday, April 4th

Reseach Tips & Tricks for Students - Friday, April 7th

English 111: Annotated Bibliography Workshop - Tuesday, April 25th

Citations, References and Title Pages, oh my! - Friday, April 28th

Library Collections & Services

You can contact the library anytime with questions using the Ask-a-Librarian Service. Librarians 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)

Valpariso Campus Library Staff:

Evan Davis, Library Assistant

Nel Orgel, Library Assistant

Doris Morse, Library Clerk

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

Email: Valparaiso-Library@ivytech.edu