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  • Staff News
  • Check Out the New IUCAT
  • IOLUG: Call for Proposals

Staff News

Sarah McAfoose has accepted the position of Senior Collections/Reference Assistant in Area Studies effective Monday, September 17.  Sarah most recently worked as an IT Training Classroom Assistant/Instructor for Indiana University IT Training and Education, as a Lab Consultant for the School of Library and Information Science, and as a Student Assistant for the Archives of Traditional Music.  Additionally, Sarah previously worked for the Cook Music Library as an Acquisitions and Collection Development Intern.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Women's Studies from Allegheny College, a Master of Arts in Music History and Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is completing a Master of Library Science with a Music Librarianship Specialization from Indiana University.  Please join me in welcoming Sarah to the Libraries!

Submitted by: Jen Geary, Human Resources and Staff Development Coordinator, IUB

Library News and Events

Check Out the New IUCAT
The new IUCAT is almost here!  The Discovery Layer Implementation Task Force is pleased to announce the release of the new interface for staff review, leading up to the public beta release scheduled for mid-October. 

Features and functionality we'd like to highlight:
  • Faceted searching
  • My Account: Patron services for request delivery and renewal
  • Campus Views: Customized interfaces which default to search items held at that campus; these campus views also enable users to easily expand their search to all of IUCAT within the campus view interface.
We're still hard at work on the new IUCAT, so bear with us while we continue development on all aspects of the interface, and in particular on:
  • Authentication to enable access to e-resources for off-campus users
  • Course reserves
  • Call number browse and enhancements to the granularity available through the call number facet
  • Compatibility with Zotero
  • Access to Ask a Librarian and other patron support within the interface
  • Data and Access: Currently the beta can be accessed only on-campus or via VPN; bibliographic data is updated approximately weekly; and checkout and request data is drawn from IUCAT test (sporadically refreshed)
Check out the new IUCAT at

Or, try a campus view:

Fort Wayne:
South Bend:

We encourage you to spend some time in the new interface, and to start using it whenever possible in lieu of the current interface.  Please send your feedback, comments, questions, and suggestions about this beta product to

Information to come about orientation sessions, the public beta, and more very soon!

Submitted by: Courtney Greene, Chair, Discovery Layer Implementation Task Force, IUB

Indiana Online Users Group: Call for Proposals
The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Fall 2012 IOLUG Prgram on November 2, 2012 at Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, IN.  The deadline for proposals is Friday, September 21.  The committee is particularly interested in proposals that address:
  • Mobile Applications: What free or inexpensive apps and tools are you using in your library?  How are you sharing/promoting these tools to your users (e.g. inclusion in standard build on circulating mobile devices)?
  • HTML 5 & CSS3: Using HTML5 & CSS3 to quickly and easily build a website, mobile or standard.
  • Discovery Layers/Discovery Interfaces: What discovery interface or discovery layer are you using?  How have you implemented discovery layers or discovery interfaces in your library?  How are you teaching your users about the new interfaces, and what kind of feedback have you received on your discovery layer?
  • Chat Reference: With the death of Meebo, what other free or inexpensive options are available?
  • E-Books: What is your collection development strategy regarding e-books?  Have you increased your e-book purchases?  Have you adopted new e-book acquisition strategies, such as PDA (Patron Driven Acquisition) or DDA (Demand Driven Acquisition)?  What are the challenges with implementing e-books (e.g. ILS integration, device selection, etc.)?
  • Outreach activities: How are you partnering with members of  your local community or campus to teach digital literacy to your library users?  Digital literacy may include instruction on how to use social media, e-readers, and tablets, as well as educating on online privacy concerns, Internet searching methods,  and website evaluation methods.  
Submit your proposal using the online form by Friday, September 21, 2012.

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

September is Disaster Preparedness Month!  Though we don't like to think about  it, libraries have a lot at stake when disaster strikes, so taking the time to learn or review strategies and procedures is never a bad idea.  Take a look at the IUL Disaster Response Plan, or check out the resources provided on the Lyrasis website.  From floods to freak accidents, with good background knowledge and resilience, we can tackle them all!


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