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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.

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

Staff News

We are happy to announce that Jacqueline Cushman has accepted the position of Advancement Associate, effective January 2, 2013.  She will work for the office on an hourly basis beginning October 8, 2012.  Jackie joins us from the President's Office, here at IU.  Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and currently working on a Master's of Science in Adult Education from Indiana University, Jackie brings a wide range of experience in event planning and project management to the Libraries.  Please join us in welcoming Jackie!

Submitted by: Helene O'Leary, Assistant Dean for Advancement, IUB

 I am very pleased to announce that Michelle Botek is the new Electronic Services Librarian at the Law Library, effective October 1.  Michelle has a JD from Washington & Lee School of Law and an MLIS from the the University of Washington.  She replaces Peter Hook, who left the Law Library to complete his Ph.D. and teach courses at SLIS.

Submitted by: Linda K. Fariss, Director of the Law Library, IUB

October is American Archives Month!  Archives month, started by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is a way to raise awareness about the existence and importance of archives and archivists.  2012 marks the third year of SAA's ongoing campaign to raise public awareness of archives -- I Found it In the Archives!  This campaign encourages archives users to share stories about discoveries they have made in the archives that has left a lasting impact on their lives.  Use American Archives Month as a perfect excuse to use an archive  for a personal research project.  At the very least, check out the IU Archives frequently updated blog!

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