This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • Reorganization of the Western European Cataloging Section in Technical Services at IUB
  • ILS/SoIC Alumni Reception
  • Call for Proposals: "Digital Libraries: Live Spaces, Learning Places"
  • Save the Date: "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success"

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Reorganization of the Western European Cataloging Section in Technical Services at IUB

The Western European Cataloging Section (WECS) has been reorganized, with the final step going into effect on Thursday, August 1.  Here is the new arrangement:

Monographic Cataloging: Text - Catalogers in this unit will primarily perform cataloging (copy, derived, original) of text-based monographs.  Staff assigned to the Text are Carol Sulanke, John Cash, Ruth Tucker, plus two vacant support staff positions.  Andrea Morrison will manage this unit.  Andrea brings a strong resume of cataloging expertise, most recently as one of our RDA trainers and revisers.  In her previous position in Government Documents, Andrea supervised technical services operations.  Andrea will retain her responsibilities for government document work.

Monographic Cataloging: Image - Each cataloger in this unit performs some cataloging with a fixed-image component: cartographic materials, posters, photographs, and artists' books.  Staff assigned to Image are Heiko Mühr, Marcia Corner, Shelly Couvrette, Colleen Talty, and Emily Tenney.  All catalogers will continue to be responsible for some text-based cataloging assignments.  Jennifer Liss will supervise the Image unit.  Jennifer has led our implementation and development of non-MARC metadata work through the Cataloging Division.  She has a scholarly interest in visual literacy and a strong background in cataloging images and text.  Jennifer will continue in her role as metadata/cataloging librarian.

The above described units replace the Monographic Original Cataloging Unit (MOCU) and Monographic Copy Cataloging Unit (MCCU) in WECS.  My thanks to James Castrataro for his interim role as co-supervisor of MCCU with me.  The new units will join the following extant units in WECS:

Media Cataloging - As you may recall, Thomas Whittaker joined the section as head of the recently formed Media Cataloging Unit in June.  Thomas came to us from the University of Maryland where he held the position of metadata librarian and audiovisual cataloger.  Unit staff are responsible for cataloging audio and visual materials.  The media catalogers are Brenda Beaman, Colleen Talty, Junko Tanaka, Pamela Cook, and one vacant position.

Serial Cataloging - Under the long standing guidance and serials expertise of James Castrataro, this unit provides cataloging of continuing resources.  Staff catalogers include Tim Larson, Rachel Wheeler, Peter Kacymarcyzk, Toni Sammy, and Julie Pophal.  The ALF Cataloging Support Specialist position is currently vacant. 

Last but certainly not least, I wish to acknowledge the fine staff of catalogers who have endured this reorganization. 

Submitted by: Sylvia Turchyn, Head, Western European Cataloging Section, IUB

ILS/SOIC Alumni Reception

There will be an Alumni Reception for ILS/SoIC grads during NCAAL, which is taking place in Covington, KY this year, at the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter.  The reception will be in Riverview room 1 on Friday, August 9, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm.  Food will be served, and a cash bar will be available. There is no charge to attend.  The reception will be hosted by Deloice Holliday (MLS '94) and Yolanda Cooper (MLS '94). 

Please RSVP to Sarah Burton (MLS '94) at

Submitted by: Sarah Burton Packwood, Director of Finance and Administration, ILS, IUB

IOLUG Conference

Call for Proposals: "Digital Libraries: Live Spaces, Learning Places"

The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Fall 2013 IOLUG Program, "Digital Libraries: Live Spaces, Learning Places" on November 1. 2013 at Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, IN.  Submit your proposal using the online form by NOON, September 6, 2013.   Get some inspiration from previous years' sessions on the IOLUG website.

As librarians we are often called on to teach our users everything from how to use a computer mouse to finding and evaluating information.  Is your library working with MOOCs for professional development or to reach out to your audience?  Is your library teaching patrons about technology such as e-readers and other mobile devices?  Is your library using new technologies to teach digital literacy and information literacy skills?  Are you creating tutorials to teach users virtually?  If so, we would like to hear from you!  Some suggested topics to consider:
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Learning Management System Integration
  • Online Learning objects/Tutorials
  • Event Programming
  • Digital Literacy
  • Selecting new technologies (devices, applications, and programs) for the library; How do I choose which programs to support (i.e. Kindle, Nook, Microsoft Offices, Google products, Windows 8)?
  • 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.)?
  • Lessons learned from failed projects or projects that did not go as planned; what can go wrong; what went well
  • Maker Spaces; New uses of space (physical and digital)
  • Assessment of programs and new technologies
  • Programs/methods for teaching/instructing patrons to use new technologies such as e-readers, Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
  • eTextbooks and the changing role of the publisher
  • Discovery systems for managing digital assets
  • 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.
  • 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)?
  • HTML5 and CSS3: Using HTML5 & CSS3 to quickly and easily build a website, mobile, or standard.

Submitted by: Chanitra Bishop, Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies Librarian, IUB

Save the Date: "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success"

"Libraries, Learning, and Student Success" with keynote speaker Glenda Ritz
September 18, 2013
Indiana Landmarks Center

Librarians, teachers, parents, and community members are invited to "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success" on Wednesday, September 18, from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Indiana Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202.   The event is sponsored by IUPUI's College Ready, College Bound project, and will feature a keynote address by Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be served.

College Ready, College Bound is a multi-year project examining the role of high school librarians and library curriculum in student learning, preparation, and transition to college. The project began as conversations about connections, relationships, and future partnerships between high school and academic librarians.  Under the leadership of Rhonda Huisman, IUPUI's Education Librarian, and with funding from CICF (Central Indiana Community Fund), College Ready, College Bound has been able to build on these conversations and gather data about the impact of school librarians at the high school and university levels, their common challenges, and best practices.  "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success" will expand the conversation to the larger community.

For more information about the College Ready, College Bound Information Literacy Initiative, contact Rhonda Huisman at

Submitted by: Rhonda Huisman, Assistant Librarian, Liaison to the School of Education IUPUI
Orphans Midwest Film Symposium

Next month is a big month for the IU Libraries Film Archive!  Along with Indiana University Cinema, the Film Archive will be hosting the 2013 Orphan Midwest Film Symposium on September 26-28.  An orphan film is a motion picture work that has no clear owner or copyright holder, and has usually been neglected for some time.  The symposium will feature rescued orphan films, many of which have not been screened until this year.  Some highlights include the world premiere of Bill Morrison's All Vows, as well as screenings of Edison's "Record of a Sneeze" (1894), a never-before-released short about the U.S. 10th Cavalry's Buffalo Soldiers from 1925, and other rare orphan films.  For more information, check out the press release.
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