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INDIANA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY NEWS*****November 7, 2003, Vol. 30, Number 42



*Staff Updates, IUB

Effective November 3, Matt McGee accepted the position of Senior Circulation Assistant, Business/SPEA Library, Bloomington. Prior to accepting this position, Matt worked as Assistant Manager for Barnes and Noble Booksellers. He has a BA degree from Indiana University.

Effective November 3, Douglas Moore accepted the position of Electronic Resources Acquisitions Assistant, Technical Services/Acquisitions Division, Bloomington. Prior to accepting this position Douglas worked as Resource Sharing Specialist, Skillman Library, Lafayette College. He has a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.

Submitted by Barb McDonald, Libraries Human Resources, IUB.


*The Indiana University Libraries University Electronic Resources Administrator

The Indiana University Libraries are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic librarian for the position of University Electronic Resources Administrator for the Digital Library of Indiana University. This position will report to the Associate Vice President for Digital Library Development who is also the Ruth Lilly University Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University Bloomington. The incumbent will also work in consultation with the Council of Head Librarians, which includes the directors of libraries on the eight IU campuses.The University Electronic Resources Administrator is a senior level position responsible for coordinating efforts among the IU campuses (with the exception of medical library resources) to build a substantial body of shared electronic resources accessible system-wide in support of the University’s teaching and research mission and to broaden opportunities for distance and distributed education. For further information and/or a full description of this position, go to the Indiana University Libraries Human Resources page at http://www.indiana.edu/~libpers/ libjobs.html or contact Betty Davis in Libraries Human Resources at 855-8196 or e-mail her at betdavis@indiana.edu. For more information about Indiana University Libraries see: http://www. libraries.iub.edu/, or for information about Indiana University see http: //www.indiana.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2003. The position will remain open until filled.

Submitted by Betty Davis, Libraries Human Resources, IUB


*New Release of "Letopis' Zhurnal'nykh Statei (1956-1975)" Online

The Indiana University Digital Library Program has released a new online version of "Letopis' Zhurnal'nykh Statei (1956-1975)," searchable in Cyrillic, which is a comprehsensive periodical index. This project covers the portion of the index beginning with the period of the Khrushchev "Thaw" and continuing through the first half of the so-called Brezhnev "Period of Stagnation." The first verion of the online index has been accessible online since March 2003.

This project addresses two difficulties in using the index. First, it was published weekly, without cumulations, making use of it extremely cumbersome. Second, it was printed on extremely acidic paper and many of the volumes are already in poor physical condition.

Index functionality and the web site have been improved based upon extensive usability testing. The project team has made significant improvements to the virtual keyboard, the subject filtering, and the documentation, such as the help files.

In addition to the index, the site also includes the proposal, papers and presentations about various aspects of the project.

To search the index or learn more about the project, go to: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/reference/letopis. The project was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, through the Title VI program Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA).

Submitted by Kristine R. Brancolini, Director, Digital Library Program, IUB

*The Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection

The Indiana University Digital Library Program has launched a groundbreaking digital collection of 14,500 color images of everyday life in the middle of the twentieth century, "The Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection" (http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/cushman/). The collection is housed in the University Archives and they are a project partner.

Taken by amateur photographer Charles Weever Cushman between 1938 and 1969, the images document an amazing cross-section of American and international subjects, from inner-city storefronts and industrial landscapes to candid portraits.

"The richly saturated Kodachrome slides add color to an era primarily documented in black and whitea world that we had long since resigned ourselves to viewing only in shades of gray," writes Eric Sandweiss, the Carmony Associate Professor of History, in an essay that is part of the collections Web site. "In Cushman's work," he observes, "the past becomes, for an instant, impossibly present."

Deteriorating colors in some of the slides, however, led IU's image specialists to consult with experts at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who have researched fading patterns of film dyes. Technicians there recreated mathematically what the dyes on the slide might have looked like at the time of processing, and used this information to generate color-corrected versions of about 250 of Cushman's images in both film and digital formats.

Viewers may search the collection or browse the images by year, location, subject, and genre, a task possible only because the photographer, an IU alumnus, meticulously recorded notes about the thousands of images he shot over more than three decades. Mr. Cushman's descriptive information formed the basis of a database, which was later enhanced by image catalogers to provide subject access to the collection.

Charles Cushman, who graduated from Indiana University in 1917, bequeathed to the university some of his photographic equipment, his notebooks, and his entire collection of photographs. The slides were unknown until a university archivist discovered them in late 1999. They were found, neatly packed and labeled, still in the suitcases in which they were delivered in 1972.

"While one takes pleasure in examining these handsome images singly," Sandweiss concludes in his essay, "the greatest reward comes from assembling them as a group and discovering in their totality a clearer picture of a place that we thought we knew: the United States, c. 1938-1969, a place close enough to touch, but forever just out of reach."

The digitization and cataloging of the Charles W. Cushman Collection and the creation of the Web site were funded by Indiana University and by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (http://www.imls.gov).

Submitted by Kristine R. Brancolini, Director, Digital Library Program, IUB.


*Book Talk/Film Talk by Professor John A. McCluskey, Jr., IUB

"From Book to Screen: Walter Mosley's Cinematic Language in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned"
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
African American Cultural Center Library
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Room A113

(Sponsored by the African Amercian Cultural Center Library and The Black Film Center/Archive.)

Submitted by Marianna Brough, Campus Library Coordinator, African American Cultural Center Library, IUB.


*Calendar Week 11/10/03-11/14/03, IU-Bloomington

November 11, 2003 Senior Management Group 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Main Library E174., IUB
November 13, 2003 Resource Sub Committee Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Library Administration Conf., IUB
November 13, 2003 Excom Meeting 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Library Administration Conf., IUB


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