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Library Newsletter Valparaiso & Michigan City - Ivy Tech Community College - Summer 2023

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

The campus libraries are open during the summer

Valparaiso: Monday - Thursday: 7:45am -7:00pm & Friday: 8am-4pm

Michigan City: Monday - Thursday: 8am-5pm & Friday: 8am-4pm

What was happening in the library during the Spring 2023 semester?

We've been busy!

886 computer lab users - 747 study room users - 763 people used the library spaces for quiet study - 14 campus library instruction sessions with 240 attendees - 702 questions asked and answered - 245 items circulated - 294+ new items purchased for the campus collections this fiscal year - 8,397 library website visitors - 45,270 library guide views

Relax & Reflect Room - Now Open

Located in room C-247 inside the Valparaiso Campus Library, the relaxation/reflection room is an inclusive and welcoming space for students, staff, and faculty. The room is intended for contemplation, meditation, prayer, and reflection. The goals of the room are stress reducation, resilience, personal development, and increased focus.

The Room is open the same hours as the library and reservations are not required. Stop by and check it out for yourself.

New Additions to Faculty Resources on the Library Website

The Faculty Resources page of the library website provides information on how the library can support your courses. In addition to forms to request instruction and request purchases, this page has library orientation videos, professional development resources, ChatGPT & AI resources, and information on copyright.

Online Library Sessions - Open to All

The Statewide 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. 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.

View the current Current Schedule  and RSVP.

Summer Music Playlist

Visit the whiteboard outside the library to add your 'song of the summer' to our playlist. New songs added daily.

Summer Reading

The campus libraries have a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books for your fun summer reading! Stop by and check out what's new and talk to the library staff and get a recommendation.

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