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Ivy Tech Library Newsletter September/October 2021

Welcome Back Events

The Ivy Tech Lawrence Library welcomed students, faculty, and staff back to the library with treats and good reads the week of August 16th.

The student event was a "Pop into the Library" theme, encouraging students to come in and see us. Students had a wide variety of "pop" snacks to choose from, including popcorn, Tootsie Roll Pops, and popsicles. The turnout was great! We had well over 100 students "Pop in."

Faculty and staff were welcomed back with Books and Breakfast. There was a great turnout with more than thirty faculty and staff showing up to the event.

The library staff looks forward to seeing students, faculty, and staff throughout the semester! Visit the library website for more information on upcoming events.

Database Spotlight: Britannica Academic

The library offers many helpful online resources that students can take advantage of. One of those resources is Britannica Academic. While Britannica might not offer the abundance of scholarly articles as other databases, it is a good place to go to begin your research and get basic information on your topic. "Britannica’s editorial staff deliver authoritative, balanced, and trustworthy information in all knowledge areas. Our fresh, engaging content inspires curiosity." Students can access the Britannica database by visiting the library website.

Q&A With Heather King -- English 095 & 111 Professor

Tell us about your teaching schedule for fall semester: After so many months teaching only virtually, I am so excited to finally be back in the classroom! In addition to a couple of online classes, I will be teaching ENGL095 and ENGL111—both on the Lawrence campus. My class meeting times are both in the evening and mid-day, so I’ll be around a lot.

What are your office hours for fall? I’ll be on campus just about every day, but my office hours for students are Mondays from 9:00am – 11:00am, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm, and Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm.

What is your favorite part of teaching? Writing comes easier to some than it does to others, but for most of us—writing is hard. My favorite part of teaching is the moment when my students, who might come into the class only thinking about their deficits—the things they struggle with or believe they aren’t good at, begin seeing instead their assets—those traits and talents they bring to a classroom that can help others or inform their learning in ways they might not have expected. We all have assets and the moment a writer starts to see that they can write and they do have a voice and something to say…that’s my favorite part of teaching.

Your office is actually right across from the campus library in F157, how do you plan to make use of this proximity to the library? I have such plans! One of the first things I’m going to do is to bring my classes down to the library. I’m going to show them around, introduce them to the librarians and show them my office. From there I have some ideas for group projects and research activities that should take us to the library a fair bit throughout the semester. My hope is that once students get a little exposure to how helpful and welcoming the library can be, they won’t hesitate to visit and reach out when they need help in all their classes, and not just English.

What is your favorite thing about our campus library? How friendly and welcoming everyone is! The books and the virtual cadaver (Anatomage Table) are great too 😊.

What are you most looking forward to this fall? For several years now, I’ve split my attention between teaching and acting as a member of our English department’s leadership team, but this semester I am moving into a 100% faculty role, and I am really looking forward to putting everything I have into teaching. I am so excited to see what my students are able to do this year and explore how I might challenge them and myself to try new things. I’m hopeful that this is going to be a great year!

Banned Books Week: September 26 - October 2

Every year books are challenged in schools and libraries in attempts to censor or remove them from collections. These efforts would seek to limit the free and open access to information. Come to the NMC and Lawrence libraries, and celebrate your freedom to read by checking-out a commonly challenged title!

For more information, visit bannedbooksweek.org.