This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • Proposals for Librarians' Day Due TODAY
  • April 30 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • New InULA Staff Professional Development Award: Applications Due May 1
  • Register Now for Spring IOLUG Program
  • IUCAT: Switch to New Interface on May 5
  • Apply Now for 2013 Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy
  • Indians Game at Victory Field
  • Staff News

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Librarians' Day 2013

Proposals for Librarians' Day Due TODAY

Reminder: Proposals for Librarians' Day are due TODAY, April 26. Librarians' Day is a great opportunity to share your new ideas and projects with your IU colleagues from around the state. Submitting a proposal is quick and easy. You can submit a proposal for a poster, lightning talk, breakout or a roundtable session at:

The Librarians' Day committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 2013 Librarians' Day on Friday, June 7 at IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis, IN.  In line with the ACRL 2013 conference theme of "Imagine, Invigorate, Inspire," the theme for this year's event is "(Re)Imagine. (Re)Invent. (Re)Invigorate: Transforming IU Libraries."

All proposals are welcome.  However, the committee encourages posters, presentations, and sessions related to the conference theme.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-- Information Literacy, Information Literacy Assessment
-- Digital Literacy
-- Re-purposing Space
-- Emerging Technologies
-- Special Collections
-- User Experience
-- Digital Scholarship
-- Scholarly Communication
-- Serving dual credit students
-- Lessons learned - Projects that did not go as planned
-- Big Data and Libraries; New ways of collecting or using data
-- Mobile Technology
-- E-books:
       -- Collection Development
       -- Acquisition strategies such as Patron Driven Acquisition or Demand Driven
       -- Challenges with implementing e-books
-- Institutional Repositories
-- Research Excursion: Share your on-going research projects with colleagues
-- Next Generation Library Catalogs
-- The Semantic Web
-- Transitioning to RDA

We look forward to hearing from you! Again, proposals must be submitted online by TODAY, April 26.

Submitted by Chanitra Bishop, Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies Librarian, 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: 9:30am - 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

IOLUG Spring 2013
Register Now for Spring IOLUG Program

Time is running out to register for the Spring IOLUG Program: The Many Faces of Library Technology.  Early registration closes on Thursday, May 2.  The program will take place at Indiana Wesleyan University North campus in Indianapolis, IN on Friday, May 3.  Register online at

Why should you register?
  • You can enter into a raffle for the basic Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, or a Microsoft Surface tablet!  
  • You will have access to all the great presentation materials online to share with your colleagues after the program.
  • It's inexpensive at only $35 for IOLUG members.
We have an exciting program for you filled with tips and tricks for using the latest technologies in your libraries. Session topics include e-books, open source OPACS and training library staff, and patrons on new web 2.0 technologies, as well as HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. The program is designed to introduce you to new technologies and update you on what is new and innovative in libraries.

DATE:    Friday, May 3
PLACE: Indiana Wesleyan University North, Indianapolis
               3777 Priority Way South Drive
               Indianapolis, IN 46240

View the Preliminary Program.

A sample of scheduled sessions:

Thriving Without (Much) Print
Lauren Magnuson

In 2009 Trine University Library underwent an extensive weeding project in which the total print collection size was reduced from around 50,000 volumes to less than 25,000. We increased e-book acquisition and rearranged our space to foster collaboration, use of specialized software, and lending of equipment like iPads, cameras, and e-readers.  This presentation will discuss our experiences with PDA (Patron Driven Acquisition) through various vendors and how we saw significant increases in both in-person and online library traffic (and increases in print circulation) during the shift to a (mostly) digital collection, as well as some future plans for our continuing transformation.

DIY Web Development: Free Tools and Strategies for Library Instruction & DIY Web Development: Hand Code Your Own Page (For Free!)
Bryan Brown

Presentation & Workshop
"DIY Web Development" will focus on strategies for teaching patrons the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using free online resources and tools. Discussion will include understanding the beginner's mindset, resources for learning about web languages (such as W3Schools, Codecademy, and HTML Dog), text editors for writing code (such as platform-native text editors, Notepad++, and TextWrangler), and free hosting methods (such as Dropbox and Site44).

This workshop will follow up on the concepts introduced in the earlier "DIY Web Development" presentation by allowing participants to create their own personal page using free tools and services with beginner-friendly teaching strategies. Participants will gain a contextual understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that will facilitate future self-study. No prior coding experience required.

Submitted by Chanitra Bishop, Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies Librarian, IUB
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The State of America's Library Report was released last week.  This ALA report highlights the trends that were found in libraries across the country throughout the previous year.  This year's report focuses on libraries' role during these tough economic times, noting that a library often offers resources that simply are not available elsewhere.  The report also discusses e-books and the continuing struggles to negotiate license agreements with publishers.  Additionally, the write up also includes the list of the most banned books of 2012.  To read more about these topics and more, check out the full report, available online.
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IUCAT: Switch to New Interface on May 5

Following our public beta this spring semester, we will be transitioning to the new discovery interface as the primary entry point to IUCAT on Sunday, May 5.

Important information: More information about this transition and about the new IUCAT interface is available at

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

ILLA 2013

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 Sunday, 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

Victory Field
Indians Game at Victory Field

Last year on June 1 at our annual IU Libraries group outing to Victory Field 40 folks from the Libraries enjoyed an Indians win.

Let's do it again this year!  Here are the particulars:

EVENT: Indianapolis Indians vs. Durham Bulls
DATE: Friday, June 7
TIME: 7:15pm
PLACE: Victory Field, Indianapolis
COST: $12 per person

This year the Indians have reserved 40 seats for our group.  They are good seats in section 118 near first base and very close to the field.  If you are interested, please contact Tim Larson ( and indicate how many tickets you want.  Family and friends are welcome.  All reservations should be made by Friday, May 24.

Submitted by: Tim Larson, CONSER/NACO Serials Cataloger, IUB

Staff News

Vanessa French has accepted the position of Serials Binding and Bibliographic Control Coordinator in Serials Acquisitions effective Monday, May 6. Vanessa most recently worked as the Kent Cooper Room Student Coordinator in Serials Receiving here at the Wells Library.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will graduate in May with dual Master degrees in Library Science and Information Science here at Indiana University.  Please join me in welcoming Vanessa to the Libraries!

Jillian Hinchliffe has resigned her position as Curator of Puzzles in the Lilly Library effective Tuesday, April 30.  Jillian will be moving to Switzerland in the near future.

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

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