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This Week in IUL News

  • Research Design Methodology Talk
  • War of 1812 Talk
  • Canceled: December 4 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • William Evans Jenkins Award 2013: Last Call for Nominations

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InULA Publishing and Writing Committee Event: Research Design Methodology Talk

What: Research design methodology talk by Rachel Applegate, SLIS IUPUI professor & short brainstorming session on future committee activities
Who: InULA Publishing & Writing Committee
When: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Where: Wells Library, 043, or online at

Join the InULA Publishing & Writing Committee for a talk on research design methodology on December 11, 2012 at 11:00am in Wells Library, 043.  Rachel Applegate from IUPUI SLIS will discuss research methods.  Topics include:
  • Identifying a research question
  • Selecting a method
  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative research
  • Comparisons vs. Experiments
  • Gathering data
  • Understanding your constraints
Dr. Rachel Applegate had an eighteen-year career as a small college librarian and library director.  She is now at Indiana University, Indianapolis, teaching management, library evaluation, and online searching and serving as an institutional and professional accreditation site visitor.  Her research explores academic library characteristics and critiques a broad range of research techniques.  She is currently the interim Executive Associate Dean of the library school on the Indianapolis campus, and has been active is faculty governance.

The committee is very interested in creating programs based on the needs/interests of InULA members.  Following the talk there will be a short discussion on future activities for the group, i.e. creating writing groups, providing links to useful services, etc.

We hope you can join us!

Submitted by: Latrice Booker, Coordinator of Library Instruction, IU Northwest

Faking the War of 1812: A Talk by Lawrence Hott

War of 1812
Faking the War of 1812: A Talk by Lawrence Hott, producer/director of the documentary film, The War of 1812
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6:30pm, reception to follow
The Lilly Library

Lawrence Hott will discuss the problem of historical truth in documentary film, particularly in the context of the War of 1812, a period which presents a number of challenges to a documentary filmmaker.  Hott is producer/director of the documentary film, The War of 1812, broadcast on PBS in October 2011.  The War of 1812 film and bonus features can be viewed online, courtesy of PBS/WNED:

Lawrence Hott and his partner Diane Garey have been making documentary films since 1978 as part of Florentine Films, and later Hott Productions.  Their productions are among the most-watched broadcasts on public television.  Notable titles include John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature and Wild by Law, the story of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and three men responsible for its passage, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Hott's awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, and Fourteen CINE Golden Eagles.  He received the Humanities Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities in 1995; A Massachusetts Cultural Council/Boston Film and Video Foundation Fellowship in 2001; and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2001.  He has been on the board of non-fiction writers at Smith College and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.  He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hott is a former juvenile court investigator and a lawyer by training, who has said that the law and documentary filmmaking have more in common than one would think: "a lot of legal practice has to do with the presentation of arguments, working with people, and being clear in your correspondence.  I can't think of a better training for a filmmaker than three years of law school."

The talk will be followed by a reception.  Both the talk and the reception are sponsored by the Friends of the Lilly Library and take place in concert with the exhibition, The War of 1812 in the Collections of the Lilly Library, on view through December 15, 2012, in the Main Gallery of the Lilly Library.  An expanded version of the exhibition is available online at:

Submitted by: Erika Dowell, Public Services Librarian, Lilly Library, IUB

Canceled: December 4 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting

The December 4 Metadata Discussion Group meeting has been canceled.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8, from 9:30am - 10:30am in the Wells Library, Room 043.  The Metadata Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss metadata issues pertaining to libraries, archives, and museums.  The group has no formal membership.  Library staff, SLIS faculty and students, and those on campus interested in the topic are welcome to attend. 

DATE: Tuesday, January 8
TIME: 9:30am - 10:30am
PLACE: Wells Library 043
TOPIC: Preservation Metadata

Related resources will be distributed in mid-December. 

Learn more about the Metadata Discussion Group at our blog,, or join the group email list by sending the following in the subject line of the message (leave the body of the message blank) to

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Suggestions for future topics are welcome.  Please email with suggestions or questions. 

Submitted by: Jennifer Liss, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, IUB

William Evans Jenkins Award 2013: Final Call for Nominations

The William Evans Jenkins Award 2013 Committee hereby invites you to identify and nominate potential candidates for the 2013 award.

Named for William Evans Jenkins, former Chief Librarian of Indiana University, this award may be presented annually to a current or former librarian on the Bloomington campus, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Indiana University Libraries or to the library profession in general.  While eligibility for the award is limited to former and current Bloomington campus librarians, nominations may be made by any member of the Indiana University community.

Outstanding Bloomington Library Faculty colleagues deserve our recognition and appreciation.  William Evans Jenkins should be remembered for his vision for the Indiana University Libraries and his commitment to the profession as a whole.  By nominating a librarian you admire and respect, you are keeping the memory of William Evans Jenkins alive and inspiring others to perform at the highest level.  Nominations for this award may be submitted individually or jointly.

How to submit:

1. An "intent to nominate" message must be sent to Betty Davis ( by TODAY, November 30, 2012.

2. Documentation on the intranet: 3. Timetable:
  • November 30, 2012: Intent to nominate due
  • February 1, 2013: Jenkins Award nomination form due
  • March 1, 2013: Supporting letters due (minimum of three)

Submitted by: Betty Davis, Administrative Secretary, Libraries Human Resources, IUB


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