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This Week in IUL News

  • Exciting News for the IU Archives' Modern Political Papers Collection
  • ScienceOnline Watch Party
  • Backpacks from Around the World
  • Archives of African American Music and Culture to Sponsor Black History Month Lectures and Exhibits
  • February 5 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • ILF Districts 5/7 Conference
  • Staff News

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Lugar and Hamilton

Exciting News for the IU Archives' Modern Political Papers Collection

On January 24, President McRobbie held a press conference to make several announcements, including the fact that Senator Richard Lugar has graciously donated nearly four decades of his congressional papers to the IU Libraries, totaling over 1400 boxes.  Held in the stately Lincoln Room at the Lilly Library, President McRobbie also announced that Senator Lugar and former Congressman Lee Hamilton will join the IU faculty as distinguished scholars and professors of practice of IU's School of Global and International Studies.  In addition to the President's announcements, remarks were made by Dean Brenda L. Johnson, Senator Lugar, and Congressman Hamilton, which set the tone for a lovely event that brought public awareness to the University's School of Global and International Studies, as well as our very own IU Archives.  Many thanks to the Lilly Library staff for the extra effort needed to prepare the facility and staff the event!

An archived broadcast of the event is at

To view the full press release, visit:

Submitted by: Julie Ranz, Advancement Associate, IUB

ScienceOnline Watch Party

Please join the IU Libraries and the Data to Insight Center for a science communication watching event and discussion.  We'll watch a session on science education and writing, followed by a discussion and a poll for other sessions to view.  Participants will also receive a coupon for a free e-book from O'Reilly.

DATE: February 1, 2013
TIME: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
PLACE: Geology Building, East Wing, Room S201 (John B Patton Room)
TOPIC: ScienceOnline Conference video and discussion

Abstract:  Formal science education, informal science education, and science writing are three distinct fields, with their own training, traditions, audiences and goals.  Should they be as separate as they are?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of each field and what can we learn from each other?  With a shared goal of encouraging scientific understanding and literacy, we'll explore the ways teachers, science writers, museum educators, and more can work together.

For more information about ScienceOnline and sessions offered for viewing visit

Hope you can join us!

Submitted by: Stacy Konkiel, E-Science Librarian, IUB

Backpacks from Around the World

Backpacks from Around the World

What do students in Mexico, China, South Africa, Romania, Turkmenistan, Guatemala, Germany, and Japan take with them to school?  Come and find out at the "Backpacks from Around the World" exhibit at the Herman B Wells Library.  Presented by the IUB International Outreach Council and the IUB Libraries, students' backpacks and their contents from these eight countries will be on display in the Reference Area on the first floor of the East Tower, Herman B Wells Library, through the end of February.  Information about IU's international centers and programs will be available so that students can learn where to study about other world regions at IUB.  For more information, please contact or

Submitted by: Michael Courtney, Outreach and Engagement Librarian, Department of Teaching & Learning, IUB

Archives of African American Music and Culture to Sponsor Black History Month Lectures and Exhibits

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is collaborating with Indiana University and the City of Bloomington on activities for Black History Month 2013, which will feature lectures by pioneering music industry executive Logan H. Westbrooks.

As part of IU's Black History Month kick-off event, Westbrooks will deliver the presentation "Bustin' Loose: Breaking Racial Barriers in the Music Industry" on February 4, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the Neal-Marshall Grand Hall.  A reception will follow, where you can dance along to soul, funk, and R&B hits from the 1960s - 1980s that were promoted by Westbrooks over the course of his career.  In conjunction with Westbrooks' presentation, the AAAMC is unveiling the exhibit Logan Westbrooks: Music Industry Executive, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Philanthropist, which will be available in the Neal Marshall Bridgewaters Lounge throughout the month of February.  The exhibit offers a glimpse into the life of one of the first black music executives at a major record label, and feature photographs, recordings, awards, and personal papers from the Logan H. Westbrooks Collection, which was recently donated to the AAAMC.  A slideshow of photographs from the Westbrooks Collection is also available through the IU Digital Library Programs' Image Collection Online Portal at

As part of the city's Black History Month - Bloomington Style: Lessons in Leadership celebration, Westbrooks will discuss "Black Leadership in the Music Industry" on February 5, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Showers City Hall.  The public lecture will be followed by a reception.  Westbrooks' presentation will discuss the ways in which African American music industry executives served as community liaisons by supporting the programs and initiatives of local and national black organizations and businesses.  In conjunction with the lecture, the AAAMC is presenting The Evolution of the Black Music Industry, an exhibit that traces the local and national history of African Americans in the music industry over the last century.  The exhibit, located in Showers City Hall, will be available throughout the month of February. 

Additional details on these events, as well as information on Logan Westbrooks and his collection at the AAAMC, can be found at

Submitted by: Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Head of Collections, Archives of African American Music & Culture, IUB

February 5 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting

The next Metadata Discussion Group meeting will be on Tuesday, February 5, from 9:30am - 10:30am in the Wells Library, Room 043.  The Metadata Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss metadata issues pertaining to libraries, archives, and museums. The group has no formal membership.  Library staff, SLIS faculty and students, and those on campus interested in the topic are welcome to attend. 

BIBFRAME, originally known as the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, is a Library of Congress project that is tasked with replacing MARC, the carrier for library data.  This month, we'll talk about some recent BIBFRAME developments, namely, the unveiling of

DATE: Tuesday, February 5
TIME: 9:30am -10:30am
PLACE: Wells Library 043

RESOURCES YOU MIGHT CONSULT: 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

ILF Districts 5/7 Conference

Mark your calendars for the Indiana Library Federation Districts 5/7 Annual Conference on Friday, May 17, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. More details are forthcoming.

Submitted by: Virginia Sojdehei, Reference Services Librarian & Information Commons Coordinator, IUB

Staff News

Rebecca Baumann has accepted the position of Reference/Technical Associate in the Lilly Library effective Monday, February 4.  Rebecca has been working as the Reference Associate in the Lilly Library since June.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in English Literature from Indiana University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. Additionally, she is a candidate for a PhD in English Literature from Indiana University.  Please join me in welcoming Rebecca to the Libraries!

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

With regret and congratulations I must announce that Sarah Schmiechen is leaving us.  I would say for greener pastures, but she is leaving for the SWAMP -- Sarah will be Senior Systems Programmer/Developer on the SWAMP project in the UITS High Throughput Computing Group (part of Research Technologies).  Her last day with the Libraries will be Friday, February 8.

Sarah joined the Libraries as a programmer/analyst in 2006 and has made significant contributions to our technical and support services in addition to doing a wide range of software development.  She developed the iPhone/iPad app for Variations, supported Variations both at IU and elsewhere, and she has kept up an assortment of web applications up and running for our users.  Sarah also has served on the Bloomington Libraries Professional Council, most recently as Chair.  Please join me in wishing Sarah the best in her new role. 

Submitted by: Mark Notess, Head of Teaching & Learning Systems Development, IUB

Saturday, February 2, is Groundhog Day!  According to folklore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow  and sees its shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks.  However, if the groundhog does not see its shadow, spring will come early.  Groundhog day was first celebrated in the 18th century in Pennsylvania.  However, there are many potential ancient folkloric origin stories for Groundhog Day, and a variety of other animals have been predictors of seasonal changes, including hedgehogs, badgers, and bears.  While there are many different groundhogs who predict spring, perhaps the most famous is Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Check out the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Day website for more details!


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