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News From Your Library: Spring 2018

Phone Charging Station

You probably saw or read about the new phone charging station that we set up in the University Library this past fall. We are thrilled by this new development, which was made possible by Chris Beach of the Community Education Coalition. Not only does the charging station have standard phone charging cables, but it has a wireless charging ledge as well. If your phone is about to die and you forgot to bring your USB cable, stop by the Dancing Goat to pick up a coffee and then swing on by our space to charge your device! We are a great outlet away from the distractions of the office!

Bestseller Collection

The University Library of Columbus currently has 117+ titles in our bestseller collection, which we started construction on during May 2017. The collection has taken off in terms of checkouts. We felt the campus was ripe for this new addition and we're excited to find new ways to serve you!

Here are some new additions that we'd like to highlight!

American Radical by Tamer Elnoury & Kevin Maurer

Ash & Quill by Rachel Caine

Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos

God's Wisdom for Navigating Life by Timothy Keller

Grant by Ron Chernow

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World's Bestselling Devotional by Michelle Duval Ule

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

For a complete list of our bestseller titles, please visit our website!

Upcoming Programs

Columbus Present 

We're excited to announce the second event in our Columbus series. On January 25, 2018 at 7 PM, we will co-sponsor Columbus Present with Phi Theta Kappa in the CLC Lecture Hall. We'll be hosting a panel discussion comprised of some outstanding public figures in our local community!

  • Brian Payne, Airport Director, Columbus Municipal Airport
  • Jim Lienhoop, Mayor, City of Columbus
  • Kathy Oren, Executive Director, Community Education Coalition
  • Rick Scalf, Member, Black Lives Matter

We're excited to announce that Lucabe Coffee Co. will be providing dessert!

Open Education Resources Panel

On March 7, 2018, the University Library will host an Open Education Resources panel in the Summerville Room across from the library space. We're excited to announce some great panelists who will be joining us for a discussion of utilizing free resources in the classroom! 

  • Mark Goodner, Principal Business Analyst and Faculty Consultant - IU eTexts at Indiana University Bloomington
  • Lidiya Grote, Librarian at IUPUC
  • Pam Schmelz, Associate Director/Department Chair Cyber Security, Info-Assurance at Ivy Tech Columbus
  • Heather Wilson, Assistant Professor, English/General Studies at Ivy Tech Marion

For more background on OER use at Ivy Tech, listen to the discussion with Kara Monroe, Milan Andrejevich and our very own James Boldman who published a recording on Youtube on October 17, 2017.

Columbus Future

Join us on March 29, 2018 at 7 PM in the CLC Lecture Hall for panelist projections on what's in store for the future of Columbus. This is the last event in our Columbus series, so you won't want to miss it. Our panelists include: 

  • David Harrell, Assistant Professor of Crop Production, Ivy Tech Columbus
  • Richard McCoy, Director, Landmark Columbus
  • Mary Ferdon, Executive Director of Administration and Community Development, Columbus
  • Cindy Frey, President, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Andy Pajakowski, Director of Business Development and Electrification, Cummins
  • Columbus High School Students

Enjoy dessert by Oh Sweetie Specialty Treats!

University Library of Columbus Comic Con

We're thrilled to announce our second University Library of Columbus ComicCon. Last year we experimented to see if our campus community was ripe for such entertainment and were encouraged that it was well-received!

The event will take place on April 5, 2018 from 10-4 in the CLC. We'll have vendors set up inside/outside the library, as well as in the CLC Commons. This year we're partnering with Lloyd Brooks and his students in Visual Communication to take this event to the next level!

We're still finalizing details, but here are some of the vendors you can look forward to seeing this year!

General Vendors

  • Yukimi Wintel, Graphic Artist
  • Mikinna Jo, Graphic Artist & Tattoo Artist
  • Comic Book University
  • Game Preserve
  • Gavin Smith, Comic Book Artist
  • Candy Crum, Author
  • Amanda Browning, Author
  • Bryanna Mellencamp, Arts & Crafts
  • Superhero Makeup Artist 

Food Vendors

  • BoxTruck Food Truck (Burgers & Fries!) 
  • Special Dogs & More (Ice Cream) 
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels 

TED Talks

IUPUC library faculty launched TED Talk Tuesdays last semester and we will continue to co-host this event from 12:00-12:30 PM during the spring 2018 semester, starting January 16 and spanning through April 23. During this 30-minute session, faculty, staff and students are welcome to join us for a video presentation and a post-TED Talk discussion. Snacks and drinks will be provided! The location is TBD.

Finals Week Spring 2018

Our finals week events have met with great success over the past year. That being the case, we are bringing back these fun festivities! Here's what you can count on!

  • Massages
  • Pet Therapy 
  • Popcorn
  • DIY Trail Mix (2 days) 
  • Puzzles
  • Giant Jenga Game
  • Coloring Pages

If you have any recommendations for new things you'd like to see us offer over the last week of the semester, please feel free to contact Bethany!

Weekend Hours

We will resume Saturday hours on January 13, 2018. We're open from 10-5 those days, so please share this with your students so they can take full advantage of our group and individual study spaces.


​We are making progress on each of the areas below. This fall we began throwing around a bunch of slogans that we felt embodied our desired brand. We will be finalizing our slogan in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Our Fall 2017 intern designed a rough sketch of a logo that we'd like to develop further. Lloyd Brooks will be working with him to that end.

Signage is something that we've wanted to improve for quite some time - especially signage in Poling Hall directing students to the University Library. We have designed some rough sketches for this in the past, but need to make modifications before the pop-up signage is moved to Poling. 

  • Slogan
  • Logo
  • New Signage

If you have any creative suggestions as to how we might increase brand recognition for the University Library, please contact Bethany Messersmith

Food Policy

It has come to our attention that students have asked you about our food policy in the University Library. We would like to debunk the no food and drink myth that is currently circulating. We allow students to order in pizza, eat popcorn and other snacks in our space. In fact, we highly encourage it. They may also bring in covered beverages. Thanks for passing this information on. If you/they have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us directly!  


ARC Hours

We are thrilled that the CLC is not only home to the University Library, but the Academic Resource Center (ARC) as well.  ​Remember that they provide tutoring in the following subject areas - math, English, sign language, and science. Their services are walk-in only and are available to Ivy Tech, Purdue Polytechnic, and IUPUC students. Their hours for the spring 2018 semester are as follows: 

  • Mondays & Wednesdays - 9-8
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays - 9-6
  • Fridays - 9-5



During the fall 2017 semester, Abby and I had the privilege of visiting several classes to provide instructional support on library resources and services to students in the following subject areas: 

  • Communication - Gary Holley
  • IVYT - Heather Baker, Pam Schmelz
  • Biology - Tom Sobat
  • Technology - Steven Combs
  • Visual Communication - Allison Horner
  • English - Howard Wills, Candy Knight, Sally Pankratz
  • Psychology - Rich Lamborn
  • Nursing - General Orientation for Program
  • Economics -David Fluharty

We customized our learning outcomes to the course content. We focused on research heavy articles in the biology field and statistics databases for students in economics.

We provide 45-60-minute sessions to support student learning at your request. Please let us know how we can serve you! For an overview of our offerings or to schedule an instruction session, please complete this electronic form!


Forthcoming Developments

During the next 3-5 years the University Library of Columbus is looking to secure grants to cover programming, new resources and space renovation opportunities. Right now we are looking into grants to cover the following projects: 

  • Kindles - We hope to receive funds for the purchase of 4-5 Kindles which we'd circulate to students, faculty, staff and the general public!
  • Furniture - We're looking into furniture pods that are sound proof. Our study rooms are in high-demand and we'd like to form additional rooms without adding on to the building, as that is not feasible at this time.
  • As we look for new ways to engage the respective institutions on our campus as well as the community, we recognize that this will involve the introduction of new and innovative programming, which we'll need to secure funds for! 

Strategic Plan

We're continuing to fine-tune our strategic plan for the next five years. This will be reviewed by our IUPUC colleagues and a few trusted others before going public. We look forward to sharing it with you this semester! Thank you for continuing to impact our mission and vision!​

Course Reserves

Do you have a textbook for your course that you'd like students to have wide access to? If so, we can put those items on course reserve in the library so that your students have access to them for a few hours per day. This cuts down on the amount resources you need to manage! So, let us do the heavy lifting. Just supply our staff with the textbook and fill out some paperwork! Here's the necessary form and course reserve policy!