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This Week in IUL News

  • News from New IUCAT
  • OLE@IU: Kuali OLE Monthly Update: December 2012
  • SLIS Dinner at ALA Midwinter Conference
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: January 30
  • Backpacks from Around the World
  • Staff News

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News from New IUCAT

This week, the Blacklight Training Committee brings information on a new feature in IUCAT Beta, Ask a Librarian.

You can find the Ask a Librarian link in the top navigation banner of IUCAT Beta, between My Account and Selected Items.

Users will be able to use the Ask a Librarian feature to report errors and ask research questions.  Other features in Ask a Librarian include:
  • A virtual reference presence where patrons can obtain assistance available for their campus (i.e. IM, email, telephone)
  • Easy access to additional information about hours, location, etc.
  • Within the campus views, patrons will be directed to their local Ask a Librarian service.
Learn more about how the Ask a Librarian feature works in the new interface of the IUCAT Beta Blog:

Submitted by: Laura G. Manifold, on behalf of the Blacklight Training Committee, IUB

OLE@IU: Kuali OLE Monthly Update: December 2012

The Kuali OLE Monthly Update for Partners for December 2012 has been posted to the OLE@IU Blog and can be viewed at:

Highlights from this month include:
  • New "Coding Update" information in this and future monthly updates
  • Implementation Team, led by Frances McNamara (Chicago) being organized

Submitted by: Lori Duggan, Head, Electronic Resources Acquisitions, IUB

SLIS Dinner at ALA Midwinter Conference

There is still time to RSVP for the SLIS buffet dinner planned during the ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle next Sunday evening (January 27).  There is no charge to attend the dinner, but if you wish to have wine/beer/cocktails, you would need to pay for those yourself.  Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided with dinner.

Where: Daily Grill, Evergreen Room (The Daily Grill is next to downtown Sheraton)
When: Sunday, January 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Our event is listed at the Daily Grill as Indiana University; you may bring a guest.

Guest list to date:

There is a Happy Hour at the Daily Grill from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, so come early if you want to purchase wine/beer/cocktails at half-price.

The dinner will be hosted by Bill Crowe (PhD '86) and Vicky Martin, SLIS/IUF.

RSVP to Sarah Burton (MLS '94) at on/by January 25. 

Submitted by: Sarah Burton, Director of Finance and Administration at the School of Library and Information Science, IUB

Digital Library Brown Bag: January 30

Please join us this coming Wednesday, January 30, for a digital library brown bag presentation by visiting scholar, Maryam Rahnemoonfar.  The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. 

Challenges and Opportunities in Image Processing and Analysis of Historical Documents
Maryam Rahnemoonfar, Visiting Scholar
Data to Insight, Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute

A particular challenge in the text recognition of historical document images is the considerable amount of "image noise" that can arise during the whole life cycle of a document from printing and storage to the usage and scanning of the document.  Historical documents suffer from several different kinds of noise such as geometric distortions, bleed-through, textured papers, stamp, stain, and so forth.  Noise will affect and complicate the different stages of document image analysis including enhancement, segmentation, layout analysis, and recognition.  This talk will cover the description of different stages of document image analysis and challenges and opportunities in image processing and analysis of historical documents.  I will particularly explain about the software that I developed in the IMPACT project for correction of arbitrary geometric artefacts in historical documents.  Such distortions appear as arbitrary warping, fold, and page curl and have detrimental effects on OCR and print-on-demand quality.

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 is held most Wednesdays this spring semester.  All presentations are in the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm unless otherwise noted.  The complete schedule, including abstracts, is available on:

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 & Usability 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

Staff News

Andrea Baer has accepted the position of Undergraduate Education Librarian in Teaching & Learning effective March 18.  Andrea has a bachelor's in German and Psychology from the University of Arkansas, a master's and PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, and she earned her master's in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee.  She is currently working as the Reference and Instruction Librarian at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  In addition, she is an adjunct lecturer in Information Sciences for the University of Tennessee and an adjunct professor teaching several online composition and literature classes for Ashford University.  We are very excited for Andrea to join the Libraries.  Please join us in welcoming her!

Submitted by: Jennifer Chaffin, Director, Libraries Human Resources, IUB

The Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, recently released a report entitled "Library Services in the Digital Age."  Though this report focuses mainly on public libraries, given IU's close ties with technology and the Bloomington community, the report is still worth a look.  Perhaps the most surprising finding in the report was that, as much as library users welcome new technology, many patrons are still quite attached to print books, and feel that libraries should continue to invest in print materials.  Check out the full report for more details!


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