This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • Information Fluency Grants: Panel Session and Info-Share
  • Free Webinar: Common Core Standards and Academic Libraries
  • April 30 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • New InULA Staff Professional Development Award: Applications Due May 1
  • Apply Now for 2013 Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy

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Information Fluency Grants: Panel Session and Info-Share

What are some creative and engaging ways to teach the research process? How do students learn to find, evaluate, and use information? To what extent can undergraduates be expected to incorporate scholarly sources into course assignments?

In order to begin to address these questions, the IU Libraries, along with The College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, awarded instructional grants of $1500 to faculty toward the design or revision of undergraduate courses to incorporate information fluency. As a result of these grants, faculty and librarians have worked together to re-energize courses that teach students how to do scholarly research. During this panel session, the grant participants will share their experiences in integrating information fluency outcomes, assignments, and assessments into courses in a variety of disciplines.

EVENT: Information Fluency Grants: Panel Session & Info Share
DATE:  Wednesday, April 24
TIME:  10:00am - 11:00am
PLACE: IMU Maple Room

Keith Dayton (Kelley School of Business)
Mary Embry (Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design)
David Kehoe (Biology)
Marla Sandys (Criminal Justice)

Submitted by: Carrie Donovan, Head of Teaching & Learning, 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

April 30 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting

The Metadata Discussion Group will meet once more before the summer break on Tuesday, April 30 from 9:30am - 10:30am in the Wells Library, Room 043. All are welcome to participate!

In the last few meetings, a recurring theme emerged regarding the relationship between metadata quality and discovery tool functionality. How do the capabilities of metadata creation tools such as SirsiDynix Symphony, Kuali OLE, DSpace, Oxygen XML Editor, and PhotoCat aid in the creation of consistent, standards-compliant metadata? How do discovery tools like IUCAT, IUScholarWorks, Image Collections Online, Archives Online, electronic text projects, Variations, dozens of stand-alone digital projects, and (eventually) the Avalon Media System leverage metadata produced by metadata creation tools?

At this meeting, we will demonstrate a few tools for metadata creation and discuss the use of metadata in resource discovery interfaces.

TOPIC:  Tools for Metadata Creation and Discovery
DATE: Tuesday, April 30
TIME: 9:30an - 10:30am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043

For a list of recommended resources on the topic, please see the full meeting announcement.

Learn more about the Metadata Discussion Group at our blog,, or join the group email list by sending the following in the subject line of the message (leave the body of the message blank) to

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Suggestions for future topics are welcome. Please email with suggestions or questions.

Submitted by Jennifer Liss, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, 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 Friday, May 31.

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

Submitted by: Kate Moore, InULA President, IU Southeast

Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy

Apply Now for 2013 Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy

The Indiana State Library and its Professional Development Committee are now accepting applications for the 2013 Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy. The Professional Development Committee established the Academy to prepare emerging library leaders for 21st-Century challenges.  Library leaders of all backgrounds, will all kinds of experience, and in all types of libraries are encouraged to apply for the 2nd-annual program.

Members of the Indiana State Library Professional Development Committee will review all applications as part of a competitive selection process. Only applications completed by the deadline, including all letters of reference, and that meet the following criteria will be considered.
  • Any applicants who are currently employed must obtain permission from their employer to participate.

  • Participants are expected to contribute in each meeting, workshop, or seminar, in addition to being a leader in their community or in the greater library community through the capstone project. Each participant is expected to continue to participate in the program as a mentor and a guest speaker in subsequent years of the program.

  • Cohorts are expected to pay Academy tuition of $150.  The Indiana State Library will subsidize the rest of the program costs (approximately $2,000 per cohort).  Cohorts may seek local grant or scholarship funding to cover their portion of the costs.

  • Each participant may apply for up to $160 reimbursement to cover travel to face-to-face meetings.  Mileage will be reimbursed at the State rate (currently $0.44/mile from city to city.)
The deadline to submit the online application is Friday, May 12.  Please contact Emily Schaber, Certification Program Consultant, at 317-234-6217 or for more information.

Submitted by: Catherine Lemmer, Chair of the Indiana State Library Professional Development Committee and Head of Information Services, Ruth Lilly Law Library
Preservation Week

Next week is Preservation Week!  Preservation Week is a relatively new celebration, created in 2010 by the ALA.  This year's theme is "Pass it On," and the 2012-2013 National Spokesperson is author Steve Berry.  This year focuses on the importance of protecting documents and artifacts against natural disasters, with the goal of sharing knowledge to ensure further damage is prevented. In the past few years, natural disasters have brought to light how ill prepared and poorly protected many institutions are from such unexpected events. For more information, check out the ALA website.
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