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  • From Trash to Treasure: Introducing the libros cartoneros from Latin America and Spain, A Multimedia Exhibition
  • Registration for the Fall 2012 IOLUG Conference: The Evolving Librarian is Now Open!
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: IUScholarWorks Repository Update

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From Trash to Treasure: Introducing the libros cartoneros from Latin America and Spain, A Multimedia Exhibition

Since emerging in Argentina in 2003, the libros cartoneros have flourished throughout Latin America and Spain.  Bound in recycled cardboard, these distinctive handmade books are published by small independent presses with noble aspirations: to promote writing and make literature more accessible to the people. 

The exhibition features a selection of the nearly 500 cardboard books from 22 publishers collected by the IU Libraries.  The Latin American Studies collection holds one of the strongest library collections of these unique artifacts in North America.  The physical exhibition is arranged into eight displays, covering topics as diverse as emerging writers, social issues, children's literature, and rediscovered works of literature.  Posters provide more information about the small independent cartonera publishers, their origins, their publishing philosophy, the innovative activities they use to disseminate their works, and the growing international recognition they are attaining as a valuable social and cultural initiative.  A digital companion exhibition can be seen on the new visualization screen (IQ-Wall) adjacent to the main exhibition area.  Finally, a poster exhibition further complements the displays in the lobby of the Wells Library.

The co-curators of this exhibition are Luis A. González (Librarian for Latin American, Spanish & Portuguese, and Latino Studies) and Denise Stuempfle (Cataloger of Latin American Studies). 

Interested visitors will also have the opportunity to make their own libros cartoneros in a workshop led by Jim Canary, Head Conservator of the Lilly Library.  The accompanying workshop will take place at the IU Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts (Room 221) on Friday, October 26 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  For more information about the workshop, please contact Denise Stuempfle at

The exhibition "From Trash to Treasure" will be on display on the main floor of the East Tower of the Herman B Wells Library through November 9, 2012.

Come to explore the contours of this inspiring cultural initiative!  Check us out on Facebook:

Submitted by: Luis A. Gonzalez, Librarian for Latin American, Spanish & Portuguese, and Latino Studies, IUB

Registration for the Fall 2012 IOLUG Conference: The Evolving Librarian is Now Open!

Registration for the fall 2012 IOLUG Conference: The Evolving Librarian is now open!

Come learn how technology is changing the role of libraries and librarians.  You will hear presentations on how libraries are redesigning their physical and online spaces to better meet the needs of users.  Whether you want to know more about virtual reference, social media, or mobile apps, there will be sessions of interest to you.  You'll be sure to have tons of great ideas to take back to you library and implement right away!

When: November 2, 2012

Where: Indiana Wesleyan University North, Indianapolis
                            3777 Priority Way South Drive
                                 Indianapolis, IN, 46240

A sample of the scheduled sessions:

Beyond Meebo: Virtual Reference Options for Your Library
The end of Meebo has left many libraries scrambling to find alternatives for providing virtual reference services.  While there are several chat software programs available, choosing the right software for your library can be challenging.  The members of this panel have all taken different approaches to virtual reference service.  They will share their experiences in selecting a program and implementing virtual reference.

User Behavior and Website/Discovery Layer Design
Our presentation describes the implementation process of Primo at Franklin College to date.  In the spring of 2011, the initial implementation phase consisted of interface design and functionality through informal usability studies.  In addition, our presentation focuses on the continuous use of Primo in instructional sessions and the evaluation of the Primo as it is used by students.

Designing Library Spaces
What does in mean to Evolve?  Why do libraries need to Evolve?  This presentation will cover what Dave and Brian have dubbed the Evolve Project; changing the way people see libraries.  They recently underwent a seismic change that radically reshaped the Children's Area in the library.  Utilizing new innovative technologies such as interactive book ends, ebars, story hour all day, and creation areas to build interactive legos; all within an exciting environment with vibrant colors and a modern feel to appeal to youths and teens.  Learn what it is to be innovative and how to become more than just books.  In today's times, libraries must become the frontier for interaction and engagement while embedding their environments to include new technology, open spaces, and unique programs to pull in patrons.

Going Beyond GMail: Evolving Productivity Through the Use of Google Apps
In March 2012, the Tipton County Public Library made an abrupt switch from Microsoft Exchange to GMail for their e-mail system.  But what about the other Google Apps available? What are they, and how can the library use them to their full advantage?  Come to this session for a glimpse into how the staff of TCPL is making plans to evolve their productivity by going beyond GMail.

For more information, take a look at the full preliminary program.

To register, go to the following link:

Submitted by: Chanitra Bishop, Chair, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian, IUB

Digital Library Brown Bag: IUScholarWorks Repository Update: 10/17/2012

Please join us Wednesday, October 17th for a digital library brown bag presentation by Jim Halliday, Stacy Konkiel & Jennifer Laherty. The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

IUScholarWorks Repository: DSpace Software Upgrade and Services Update
Jim Halliday, Programmer/Analyst, Digital Library Program
Stacy Konkiel, E-Science Librarian, Scholarly Communication
Jennifer Laherty, Digital Publishing Librarian and Head of IUScholarWorks Services, Scholarly Communication
Wells Library, Room E174

The IU ScholarWorks team has successfully completed a major upgrade of the IUScholarWorks Repository software to the latest stable release, 1.8.2. Some of the new features gained in this upgrade include: a statistics module which keeps track of how many times items in the repository are accessed; more curation tools; a configurable workflow for the user interface; richer RSS feeds; easier selection of Creative Commons Licenses; automatic virus checking of items submitted; enhanced batch metadata editing tools; and a better embargo system.

Jim will discuss the process of upgrading the existing repository and discuss some of the challenges in adapting the new DSpace codebase to our specific needs. Jen and Stacy will highlight new and existing services which include: data curation and management with connections to the UITS Scholarly Data Archive; an embargoes policy; and new theses collections from the Jacobs School of Music and the School of Education.

Presentation slides and audio will be available via the Connect Meeting Service (formerly known as "Breeze"). Go to to view and listen to the presentation. If you are not a registered user for Connect Meeting/Breeze, select the "Enter as a Guest" option.

The Digital Library Brown Bag series is held most Wednesdays this Fall 2012 semester.  All presentations are in the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm unless otherwise noted.  The complete schedule, including abstracts, is available on the Digital Library Program web site:

To receive a reminder and an abstract of each presentation, send an email to with the message body:
sub dl-brownbag-l Your Full Name

Submitted by: Michelle Dalmau, Digital Projects & Usability Librarian, IUB

Did you know the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in April, 2013 takes place in Indianapolis?  With the event so close, it's quite tempting to participate!  The theme of this year's conference is Imagine, Innovate, Inspire.  Early bird registration  is already open and the deadline for proposals of cyber zed shed presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and virtual conference Webcasts is not until November 9!  A number of scholarships are available for librarians, support staff and students.  Looks like a great conference!


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