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 and to residents of Indiana and visitors. Our goal is to provide a virtual and physical environment that fully supports IPFW's mission and goals.

A big change is underway in the library in 2015-2016; our physical environment is undergoing a transformation! The library renovation which started in late 2015 will continue through December 2016. The renovation will bring refreshed lighting, increased electrical capacity, wireless and sprinklers, energy-efficient heating and cooling, a fortified foundation and new finishings throughout the building. While the building is being renovated, our full services -- librarian consultation, the library website, databases and e-resources, document delivery, retrieving books or other items for checkouts, Ask a Librarian and more -- are still available. Learn more and follow the timeline in our Library Refresh news.

The library offers excellent services and quality collections 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 (chat), phone (260-481-6505), e-mail (ref@ipfw.edu) and Facebook.

The library's information literacy and library instruction mission reflects the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE rubric on Information Literacy. Simply stated, mastery of information literacy competency standards means that a student will 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 supports IPFW students in becoming self-sufficient, life-long learners and critical thinkers.

The library supports faculty and staff, too, in staying current with research and news in their discipline or business area, academic publishing, publishing contract negotiation, open access, copyright, citation tracking and more.

The library's Web site is 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 responsive and efficient document delivery service. Our online course-related and subject-oriented Topic Guides as well as specialized information centers are populated with resources selected and reviewed for authenticity and reliability by IPFW librarians, such as the Government Gateway and Business Resource Center. mDON: mastodon Digital Object Network is a growing digital library of IPFW and local community resources and Opus: Research & Creativity at IPFW repository digitally stores faculty, staff and student publications and accomplishments and makes them visible to the world.

The library building houses a print collection of nearly 1,000,000 items. Indiana residents as well as IPFW students, faculty and staff are welcome to check out items from the library's circulating collection. A laptop and iPad checkout service is available for IPFW students, faculty and staff. At the completion of the renovation, open-access student computers linked to the IPFW campus network and free wireless access will again be available to all library users.

Visit the Library Services Center at the first floor entrance to the Library during the renovation with questions or to request materials. Library staff members are knowledgeable, collaborative, and ready to help you succeed in all your information quests and requests.

Cheryl Truesdell
Dean, IPFW Walter E. Helmke Library