This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive Fund
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: April 17
  • Free Webinar: Common Core Standards and Academic Libraries
  • New InULA Staff Professional Development Award: Applications Due May 1
  • Staff News

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Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive 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 Monday, 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 to contact me if you have any questions.

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

Digital Library Brown Bag: April 17

Please join us this coming Wednesday, April 17 for the final digital library brown bag presentation of the Spring 2013 series by Inna Kouper.  The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room 043, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.  The presentation will also be broadcasted.

SEAD Virtual Archive: Thin Layer for Scientific Discovery and Long-Term Preservation
Inna Kouper, CLIR/DLF Data Curation Postdoctoral Fellow to Insight Center, Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute

Major research universities are grappling with their response to the deluge of scientific data in its big data and long tail forms.  The latter consist of many diverse and heterogeneous sets, the data are collected via diverse and specialized methods, and are stored in a variety of formats and places.  University libraries and their institutional repositories have traditionally been able to handle scientific output.  But long-tail scientific data introduce substantial challenges to a traditional document-based repository through its vast heterogeneity, size, and its demands for meaningful discovery and in the case of large data sets, place-based use.

In this presentation we will provide a brief overview of the NSF-funded project "Sustainable Environment - Actionable Data" (SEAD), which addresses the challenges of long-tail scientific data with the focus on sustainability science.  We will provide an overview of this project and of its discovery and preservation component, called SEAD Virtual Archive.  This component is being developed by the Data to Insight Center team at Indiana University in collaboration with IU and UIUC libraries.  We will describe main features and our ongoing work on SEAD Virtual Archive and discuss the value and importance of partnerships between data research centers, such as D21, and the libraries.

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.

You can also follow and contribute to the presentation and discussion on twitter: #dlbbspring2013.

The Digital Library Brown Bag series will commence with a new program in the Fall 2013 semester.  Stay tuned for the Fall schedule by checking out our web site,, or joining our listserv.

To receive a reminder and an abstract for each presentation, send an email to with the message body:

sub dl brownbag-l Your Full Name

Submitted by: Michelle Dalmau, Digital Projects Librarian, IUB

Free Webinar: Common Core Standards and Academic Libraries

TOPIC: Common Core Standards and Academic Libraries
DATE: Thursday, April 25
TIME: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PLACE: Webinar, Live Online:

Hosted by Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) HAIL (Hoosiers and Information Literacy) group, College Ready, College Bound is a multi-year project examining the role of high school media specialists and library curriculum in student learning, preparation, and transition to college. As part of College Ready, College Bound, area high school media specialists give a standard information literacy assessment to their students. Assessment scores will eventually be compared to scores of students who do not receive library instruction as part of their curriculum. Throughout the process, school media specialists are being interviewed about their experiences and asked to participate in focus groups to help identify common challenges and best practices. The primary investigator on the project, Rhonda Huisman, will share her information about her research and insights she has gained regarding the transition from high school to college.

Speaker Biography: Rhonda Huisman is the Education Librarian at IUPUI, and lead researcher on the College Ready, College Bound project. She has a Masters in Education from Briar Cliff University, and a Masters in Information Science and Learning Technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has published, presented, and taught on information literacy, assessment, instructional technology, first year seminars, and faculty-librarian relationships.

More information about ALI's Hoosiers and Information Literacy (HAIL) is available here:

Submitted by: Christina C. Wray, Librarian, Center for Disability Information and Referral, IUB

New InULA Staff Professional Development Award:
Applications Due May 1

The InULA Professional Development Award is intended to assist staff in their professional development by providing competitive financial aid, up to $500.  All full-time library staff on all IU campuses in clerical, service, support, technical, and PA positions who are InULA members are eligible to apply for this award, which can be used for research and research-related activities, attendance at conferences, seminars, workshops, and other educational activities, sponsored by a professional association or organization, and/or other professional development activities.

The guidelines, application, and other information may be found at:

Applications for the InULA Staff Professional Development Award are due on Wednesday, May 1.  Applications will be reviewed after the deadline by the InULA Executive Board. Notice of award will be made by May 31.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Submitted by: Kate Moore, InULA President, IU Southeast

Staff News

Thomas Whittaker has accepted the Head of Media Cataloging position effective June 17.  Thomas received his MLS from the University of Maryland and his bachelor's degree in Communication from DePauw University.  Currently, Thomas is the Metadata Librarian and Audiovisual Cataloger for the University of Maryland.  Prior to that, he held the positions of Broadcasting Archives Cataloger and Project Manager for Special Collections in Performing Arts, both at the University of Maryland.

We are very excited Thomas is joining us.  His experience, skills, and abilities will make him an outstanding member of our team.  Please join me in welcoming Thomas to the IUB Libraries!

Submitted by: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Libraries Human Resources, IUB
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Next week is National Library Week!  This year's theme is "Communities Matter," and the Honorary Chair is Caroline Kennedy.  Sponsored by the ALA, National Library Week has been observed since 1966.  This year, National Library Week starts off on April 15, with the release of the 2013 State of America's Libraries Report.  Other events include National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Support Teen Literature Day.  To begin the celebration early, you can spend today participating in National D.E.A.R. Day -- Drop Everything and Read Day!  For more information on National Library Week, check out the ALA website.
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