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This Week in IUL News

  • Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Initiative Fund
  • Indiana Celebrates Information Literacy Week
  • Lorcan Dempsey to be Invited Speaker at David Kaser Lecture Series
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: Medievalists' Use of Digital Resources
  • Staff News

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Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Initiative 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. 

Please don't hesitate if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Catherine Lemmer, Chair, InULA Grants and Scholarship Committee

Indiana Celebrates Information Literacy Week
Celebrate Indiana Information Literacy Week!

-- October 1-7, 2012 --

On September 14, 2012. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proclaimed the first week of October, 2012, as Indiana Information Literacy Week.  Recognizing that "information literacy provides the knowledge and skills to find, evaluate, and use credible information from all sources in our constantly evolving world" and that it is a "key component to providing an education to all students in our state... by utilizing this constantly changing technology to navigate and evaluate our expanding information environment," Governor Daniels and the Department of Teaching & Learning, Indiana University Libraries, encourage you to embrace and celebrate information literacy efforts across the state.  As Governor Daniels expressed in his proclamation, we would like to remind our Hoosier community of "the benefits information literacy makes available socially, economically, and culturally for the State of Indiana from the rich resources of librarians."

Please join us in recognizing all of our combined efforts within the Indiana University Libraries community that serve to advance and inform information literacy initiatives throughout the state of Indiana. 

Submitted by: Department of Teaching & Learning, Indiana University Libraries

Lorcan Dempsey to Be Invited Speaker at David Kaser Lecture Series: 10/5/2012
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2012 SLIS David Kaser Lecture Series.  The invited speaker this year is Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President and Chief Strategist.

The lecture will take place:

DATE: Friday, October 5
TIME: 4:00pm
PLACE: School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) Informatics East, Room 130.  Reception will follow lecture in Lobby of Informatics East, IUB
TOPIC: The Research Library: Scalable Efficiency and Scalable Learning

Profile information and abstract of lecture can be found at:

The Kaser Lecture Series is named in honor of SLIS Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Kaser, who studied, wrote, and taught extensively in the areas of academic libraries, library history, library buildings, and printing.  Professor Kaser retired in 1991 after 18 years at SLIS. 

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

Digital Library Brown Bag: Medievalists' Use of Digital Resources: 10/3/2012
Please join us Wednesday, October 3 for a digital library brown bag presentation by Dot Porter.  The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm -1:00pm. 

Medievalists' Use of Digital Resources and the Development of MESA 
Dot Porter, Associate Director for Digital Content and Services Digital Library Program
Wells Library, Room E174

The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is a federated international community of scholars, projects, institutions, and organizations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies.  Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MESA seeks both to provide a community for those engaged in digital medieval studies and to meet emerging needs of this community, including making recommendations on technological and scholarly standards for electronic scholarship, the aggregation of data, and the ability to discover and repurpose this data.

This presentation will focus on the discovery aspect of MESA, and how it might serve the non-digital medievalist who may nevertheless be interested in finding and using digital resources.  Starting with a history of medievalists and their interactions with digital technology as told through three data sets (the International Congress on Medieval Studies (first held in 1962), (a digital project database in the UK, sponsored by JISC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council), and two surveys, from 2002 and 2011, that looked specifically at medievalists' use of digital resources), I will draw out some potential issues that this history has for the current developers of digital resources for medievalists, and investigate how MESA might serve to address these issues.

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


Staff News

Kori Newboles has accepted the position of Retrospective Conversion Cataloger in the Lilly Library effective October 1, 2012.  Kori has worked at the Thomas J. Watson Library within the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has a great deal of library experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with Art History and Philosophy minors from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.  Please join me in welcoming Kori to the libraries!

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

Next week (September 30 - October 6) is the 30th annual Banned Books Week!  Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by Judith Krug, a librarian and first amendment activist.  Many groups sponsor Banned Books Week, including the ALA.  Each year, different groups and libraries put on events to bring awareness to and to help end censorship of books.  To demonstrate the various reasons books are challenged or restricted, the ALA comes out with a list of the top ten most challenged books of the previous year.  For more information about Banned Books week, check out the ALA's official website.


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