Staff Profile: Jean Adkins

Jean is one of the friendly faces at our Information desk during the afternoons. Her computer expertise is particularly valuable to us.

Jean and her dogs

What do you do at the Library?
I am a Library Assistant. I help patrons find the resources they need, or get them with a librarian for further assistance. I also assist patrons with the computers, software, and printers. My extra duties include working on the libraries financial accounts and maintaining usage statistics for our various databases.
How did you gain your expertise?
During my military career, I was exposed to various computer systems and a wide range of people. This background helps in my interactions with our patrons. Since my retirement from the Air Force, I have worked with maintaining computer systems and as support staff for a university’s online program, which gave me experience in the educational environment.
What is uniquely helpful to your work here? 
I attended college courses pretty much my entire military career. So, I can relate to students who are juggling work, school, and other responsibilities. This experience also taught me how important it is to keep the mind active and always learning.
What is your favorite thing to do outside the Library?
Outside the library, I enjoy playing with my dogs, reading, and getting involved with church activities.
What is a favorite book or website you would recommend?
I do not have a favorite book. I read a wide variety of books, but tend to like mysteries the most. Since I like needlework projects, I check out the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center website a lot.

“Happily Ever After” Birthday

IMG_3392The folk tales collected by the Grimm brothers in nineteenth-century Germany are still culturally influential. Their work also helped define scholarship in folklore throughout the world, and proved the importance of oral traditions.

In honor of Jakob Grimm’s birthday on January 4th, Library Assistant David Rudny Winn has put together a display of our books on folk tales and folklore, including collections, analysis, and the relatively new categories of urban legends and media memes. You can check any of these books out.

Spotlight on Criminal Justice, Public Safety, and Legal Studies

IMG_3393On display this semester are our resources for Criminal Justice, Public Safety, and Legal/Paralegal Studies. The bulletin board outside the library gives a hint of what is at your fingertips: government agency reports, scholarly analyses, commentary, professional manuals, test preparation for public safety officers and firefighters, and more. We provide access to all this through specialized databases as well as streaming video collections demonstrating techniques, discussing issues, and case studies. We have hundreds of eBooks in these areas which are constantly updated. All can be accessed at any time through the library home page; just log in with your Ivy Tech credentials.

This display was created by Cassondra Graves, our talented student assistant, who graduated in December 2017 with a degree in Visual Communication. Thank you and good luck, Cassondra!

Welcome to Spring term 2018!

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Yes, it is spring — in the academic calendar at least.

The Library’s mission is to help you have the most successful semester ever! We would like to extend a special invitation to Dual Credit students (and teachers) to use our resources. Research assistance is just part of what we offer:

Do you need computer access? Read more

Do you need help navigating IvyLearn or MyIvy? Our staff will guide you. We also assist with using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; using different browsers; email; printing and scanning documents.

Looking for a quiet place to read or study? Read more

Looking for a tutor? We host the CAE English and Math tutoring on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Waiting for your textbooks? You can read Reserve copies in the Library. If you don’t see yours listed, use the online form in the link above to request it be added. Professors can add books to course Reserves at any time during the semester. Having a reserve copy available means all students can do the assigned readings.

We have several dozen new books on current issues. Each is shelved in the area relevant to the issue covered, but you can search the series titles in IvyCat: Thinking Critically, Issues in Society, Digital Issues, Cell Phones and Society.

We have over 150 databases that our vendors update, so instructors should check the resources and links you have used in the past. Our librarians are skilled in searching and a consultation will save you time. If we don’t have a book or article, our Inter-Library Loan clerk will request a copy you can borrow.

Have time for some recreational reading? Browse our local and national newspapers, popular magazines, or new bestseller print books. This month’s titles include poetry, mysteries, and science fiction.