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This Week in IUL News

  • Staff News
  • Fall Metadata Discussion Group Meeting Schedule
  • Upcoming InULA Research Incentive Fund Application Deadline
  • Updated Version of the Victorian Women Writers Project
  • Passphrase Expiration Notice

Staff News

We are thrilled to announce that Heather Edelblute has accepted the position of Director of Communications, effective August 14, 2012.  Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications with a major in Advertising and a minor in Business Marketing, Heather brings over 15 years of experience in marketing and project management to our offices.  As an IU graduate, Heather is thrilled to begin work for the university and more specifically, working with the talented staff of Libraries on the Bloomington campus.  Please join me in welcoming Heather to the Libraries!
Submitted by: Helene O'Leary, Assistant Dean for Advancement, IUB

Amy Tims accepted the position of Retrospective Conversion Cataloger in the Lilly Library and began on August 6, 2012.  Amy most recently worked as an hourly employee in the Lilly Library and the Kinsey Institute.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.  Please join me in welcoming Amy to the Libraries!

Rivkah Cooke has accepted the position of Accounting Associate in Technical Services effective August 20, 2012.  Rivkah most recently worked as an hourly Accounting Acquisitions Assistant in Technical Services.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington.  Please join we in welcoming Rivkah to the Libraries! 
Submitted by: Jen Geary, Human Resources and Staff Development Coordinator, IUB


Library News and Events

Fall Metadata Discussion Group Meeting Schedule
The Metadata Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss metadata issues pertaining to libraries, archives, and museums.  Library staff, SLIS faculty and students, and those on campus interested in the topic are welcome to attend.

All meetings are on Tuesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am in the Wells Library 043.  The fall 2012 meeting dates are:

September 4
October 2
October 30
December 4

The topic and a list of related resources will be distributed two weeks before each meeting.

To learn more about the group, please visit the Metadata Discussion Group blog:

Suggestions for topics are welcome!  Please email with suggestions or questions.
Submitted by: Jennifer Liss, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, IUB

Upcoming October 15 Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive Fund
The InULA Research Incentive Fund is intended to encourage and support research by providing funding for research projects of any size or scope.  All applications will be considered on their merits.  In the case of equally meritorious proposals, those of non-tenured librarians may be given priority, because it is often difficult for beginning researchers to obtain research grants.  The guidelines, application, and other information may be found at:

Applications for InULA Research Incentive funds to support research, professional development, or service are due on October 15.  Other deadlines for the funds are January 15 and April 15.  Applications are reviewed after the deadline by the InULA Grants and Scholarship Committee and recommendations made to the Executive Board for approval and funding.  Notice of awards is provided to the applicants as soon as possible.

Submitted by: Catherine Lemmer, Chair, InULA Grants and Scholarship Committee, Ruth Lilly Law Library

Announcing an Updated Verison of the Victorian Women Writers Project

The Indiana University Digital Library Program and Indiana University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of an updated version of the Victorian Women Writers Project:

The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) was begun in 1995 at Indiana University under the determined leadership and editorship of Perry Willett.  The VWWP was celebrated early on for exposing lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century, writers whose popularity did not make the transition into the twentieth century or inclusion in a literary canon.  Originally the VWWP focused on poetry, but soon Willett acknowledged the variety of genres in which women of that period were writing -- novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, and so on.  Thus the collection was expanded to include genres beyond poetry and so the VWWP grew until about the turn of the twenty-first century, ultimately including nearly two hundred texts as part of the corpus.

Quiet since 2003, the VWWP is pleased to be back with an expanded purview that includes women writing in the nineteenth century in English beyond Britain.  As before, the project will devote time and attention to the accuracy and completeness of the texts, as well as to their bibliographical descriptions.  New texts, encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 Guidelines, will adopt principles of scholarly encoding, facilitating more sophisticated retrieval and analysis.

Since 2010, the Victorian Women Writers Project has served as a pedagogical tool, imparting to English graduate and undergraduate students -- at Indiana University and beyond -- the critical and technical skills commonly employed by digital humanists.  It has also served as a significant research tool to which the graduate and undergraduate students directly contribute.  Their contributions include scholarly encoded texts, enhanced bibliographic access, and contextual materials such as scholarly annotations, introductions, and author biographies that shed further light on these little known women writers. 

New features that are part of this release include: genre browse based on the Modern Language Association Thesaurus, an interactive timeline situating authors, publications, and major events in historical context, and contextual materials authored by students.

Now available are approximately twenty encoded texts that were created as part of a new digital humanities seminar (ENG L501: Professional Scholarship in Literature: Digital Humanities Practicum) taught in the IU English department during the Fall 2010 semester under the fearless leadership of Professor Joss Marsh, also known as "the manager."  Monographs by Mrs. M. Alexander, Mary Cholmondeley, Juliana Ewing, Fanny Kemble, and Anne Thackeray Ritchie are now parts of the collection along with introduction to the these texts and biographies authored by the L501 graduate students.  Since then, the VWWP editors have partnered with Judson College and Texas A & M for additional contributions to the project as part of their respective English courses and curricula.  We look forward to establishing the VWWP as a reliable and respected pedagogical and scholarly online resource, and in turn growing and evolving the VWWP in the coming years. 

The learn more about the technical details surrounding the new web site, please visit the project information page (, where specifics about text encoding and technical implementation are provided.  Or skip the boring stuff and explore the new web site:

Stay tuned as we continue to add monographs and contextual materials over time! 

Submitted by: Michelle Dalmau, Co-Editor, VWWP, IUB

Passphrase Expiration Notice
IU will phase in expirations for any passphrase that is more than two years old, beginning on Monday, September 10.  Detailed information on this process can be found in the Knowledge Base (KB) at  This process will apply to all students, faculty, and staff at IU's eight campuses.  Users will begin getting warnings, months in advance of the expiration date.  Users who don't change their passphrases by this date will immediately lose access to CAS-supported resources such as Oncourse, OneStart, ePTO, OTP authentication and PeopleSoft.  Affected users will regain access after completing the passphrase reset, using the Self-Service Passphrase Reset tool ( 

Old passwords and passphrases can jeopardize the security of personal and university data.  Passphrase expirations help protect this data against hacking and misuse.

Passphrase expiration will only be enforced via CAS, IU's Central Authentication System.  Network IDs will not be locked or disable. This means you will still be able to log in to non-CAS services such as workstations, email, and VPN. 


Submitted by: Robert McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, IUB
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services (GLBTSSS) Library has recently announced that their catalog is now available online.  It is accessed through LibraryThing, a social cataloging web application.  The library has featured their new online catalog in a blog entry, which contains tips and tricks for navigating their catalog most efficiently and effectively.  The GLBTSSS library contains over 3,000 books, videos, cds, and periodicals.  Check out the GLBTSSS blog for more new and exciting things going on at their library! 


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