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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to IPFW and the Walter E. Helmke Library, the only public university library in northeast Indiana. The library's services and facilities are available to IPFW students, faculty, and staff as well as to residents of Indiana and visitors. Our goal is to provide a virtual and physical environment that fully supports the educational goals of IPFW.

The library's mission of information literacy is based on the Association of College & Research Libraries competency standards. Simply stated, mastery of the competency standards will allow a student to Ask the Right Questions, Find the Best Resources, Consider the Quality of the Information, Complete a Project and Credit the Sources.

The partnership shared by librarians, students and faculty is designed to teach IPFW students how to become self-sufficient, life-long learners. This information literacy initiative, developed and continuously improved in partnership with colleagues in the Center for Academic Support and Advancement, supports student academic achievement and success within the Framework for the IPFW Baccalaureate Degree.

The library offers excellent services, quality collections, and inviting, high-tech facilities for study, research, and collaboration. Subject librarians provide research consulting on a walk-in basis and by appointment; information services are also available by IM, phone (260-481-6505), e-mail (ref@ipfw.edu), and Facebook.

The library's Web site is an environment designed for discovery.  IPFW students, faculty and staff have 24/7 access to thousands of electronic books, journals and databases, the IU and WorldCat catalogs, and a state-of-the-art document delivery service.  All Internet users have access to our course-related and subject-oriented online guides as well as specialized information centers populated with resources selected and reviewed for authenticity and reliability by IPFW librarians, such as the Government Gateway and Business Resource Center. Our mDON: mastodon Digital Object Network is a growing digital library of IPFW and local community resources, and Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW repository offers a portal on faculty and staff accomplishments.

The library building houses a print collection of nearly 1,000,000 items and picturesque, quiet spaces for reading and study. IPFW students, faculty and staff, as well as Indiana residents, are welcome to checkout items from the library's circulating collection. The Learning Commons on the second floor houses the Writing Center, research consulting, flexible group study areas and a laptop, iPad checkout service for IPFW students, faculty and staff. Our facilities offer four open-access student computer labs totaling more than 70 workstations all linked to the IPFW campus network.  Free wireless access is available to all library users.

We encourage you to visit the library, explore new ideas, ask questions, and study. Library staff members are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to help you succeed in all your information quests and requests.

Cheryl Truesdell
Dean, IPFW Walter E. Helmke Library

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