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This Week in IUL News

  • Indiana Library Federation Districts 5/7 Annual Conference: Call for Programs
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: March 20
  • Herbert S. and Virginia White Professional Development Award: Call for Applications
  • Save the Date: RDA Discussion at April 2 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive Fund
  • Call for Proposals: Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium
  • Librarians' Day 2013
  • Staff News

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Indiana Library Federation Districts 5/7 Conference: Call for Programs

You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for the ILF Districts 5/7 Conference to be held on Friday, May 17, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute:

This year's theme is: Making Connections @ the Library
Proposals are due by TODAY, March 15, and presentations will be 45-50 minutes in length.

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

Digital Library Brown Bag: March 20

Please join us Wednesday, March 20 for a digital library brown bag presentation by Verlon Stone, Megan MacDonald, and Sarah Keil.  The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

From a Vacant Liberian Mansion to the ICO: The William V.S. Tubman Photography
Verlon Stone, Coordinator, IU Liberian Collections
Megan MacDonald, Archivist, IU Liberian Collections
Sarah Keil, Student Archivist/Librarian, Wells Library African Studies Collection

The William V.S. Tubman Photograph Collection was the first to pilot DLP's Photocat web application and an early collection ingested into ICO. The IU Liberian Collections (IULC) learned many lessons between its first 2004 encounter with the Tubman albums in the damp library of an abandoned country mansion in Liberia and their becoming publicly available world-wide via ICO in 2011. Funded by grants from the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme and Africana Librarians Council/Title VI Librarians/CAMP, the IULC worked with numerous IU Libraries and SLIS staff, students and faculty. The Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, IU Archives, and the African Studies Collection made very important contributions, but the Digital Library Program had the greatest impact on the project through their digital library infrastructure and related tools. The presentation will review the project's seven-year history, focusing on lessons learned as an early adopter regarding project workflow and dealing with the design and content of metadata.

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 Librarian, Digital Collections Services, IUB

Herbert S. and Virginia White Professional Development Award: Call for Applications

Employees of the IU Libraries system who hold an MLS degree or have equivalent experience are invited to submit applications for the Herbert S. and Virginia White Professional Development Award.  All IU Libraries staff on all campuses in clerical, technical, and PA positions, and all individuals with librarian appointments are eligible to apply for this award.  The White Award has been established to support the career growth of individuals who have chosen librarianship as a profession.  Further information about the award, the process, eligibility, criteria, and the application form are available on the web at:

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 25.  Please send your information to Julie Ranz, Advancement Associate,, Wells 234, Bloomington.

The Committee will make the award decision and complete notification letters during the month of April.  Dean Johnson will publicly announce the award recipient's name at the annual Retirement and Recognition Reception in Bloomington in April, and at Librarians' Day, scheduled for June.

Submitted by: Julie Ranz, Advancement Associate, IUB

Save the Date: RDA Discussion at April 2 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting

At the next meeting of the Metadata Discussion Group, we will discuss the new cataloging standard, Resource Description & Access (RDA), from a metadata perspective.

This discussion will not give an overview of RDA guidelines, nor address the changes from AACR2, nor deliberate how RDA might be implemented for different resource formats (watch the blog for resources that address these topics!). Instead, the goal of this meeting will be to move beyond the micro details of the new standard and to expand into the macro implications that RDA has for the future of library data. How is bibliographic data modeled differently in RDA? What exactly does RDA promise to deliver? How might RDA transform discovery?

The Library of Congress' official RDA implementation date is March 31st. Come and discuss or come and listen!

DATE: Tuesday, April 2
TIME: 9:30am - 10:30am
PLACE: Wells Library E174
TOPIC: RDA & the Future of Library Data

A list of pertinent resources will be distributed next week. Watch out for announcements in Libraries newsletters, or visit our blog, or subscribe to our email list to receive news from the Metadata Discussion Group.

Have a suggestion for the RDA discussion? Please contact with comments or questions.

Submitted by: Jennifer Liss, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, IUB

Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive Fund

The InULA Research Incentive Fund is intended to encourage and support research by providing funding for research projects of any size or scope. All applications will be considered on their merits. In the case of equally meritorious proposals, those of non-tenured librarians may be given priority, because it is often difficult for beginning researchers to obtain research grants.

The guidelines, application, and other information may be found at:

Applications for InULA Research Incentive funds to support research, professional development, or service are due on Monday, April 15.  Applications are reviewed after the deadline by the InULA Grants and Scholarship Committee and recommendations made to the Executive Board for approval and funding. Notice of awards is provided to the applicants as soon as possible.

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

Submitted by: Catherine Lemmer, Chair, InULA Grants and Scholarship Committee, IUPUI

Call for Proposals - 2nd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium - Friday, August 9, 2013

The 2nd Annual Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium seeks engaging, innovative, and energizing proposals related to the conference theme: Shaping Student Success: The Role of Academic Libraries in High Impact Educational Practices.

Now more than ever, student success is of paramount importance in higher education. The Association of American Colleges and Universities Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative has identified High Impact Educational Practices as critical factors contributing to student success, retention, and persistence to graduation.

We seek stimulating proposals that examine the implications High Impact Educational Practices have for information literacy and library instruction. What role might the library play in High Impact Educational Practices? What role does information literacy play? How might librarians be involved in these practices? How will libraries document and measure their impact on student success through these practices?

High Impact Educational Practices are defined as:
  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects
Proposal guidelines:
Proposals for 45-minute breakout sessions or 45-minute roundtable discussions should be no more than 250 words in length and should contain at least two learning outcomes. Proposals should be submitted via the online conference proposal form:

All proposals should clearly relate to the conference theme and offer innovative and interesting insights that will enhance the learning of the Colloquium community.

Proposal deadline:
Tuesday, April 30. Proposal status notification will take place by Friday, May 17.

Colloquium website:

Submitted by: Carrie Donovan, Head of Teaching & Learning
St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day!  Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is only a legal holiday in two counties (Suffolk County, Massachusetts and Chatham County, Georgia) in the US?  However, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in the U.S. for hundreds of years.  The first known celebration was by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston in 1737.  However, the Society didn't commemorate the religious saint, but rather was intended to celebrate Irish culture in general, which is how the holiday is normally celebrated to this day.  Don't forget to wear green!
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Librarians' Day 2013

Librarians' Day 2013

Mark your calendars.  Librarians' Day 2013 will take place on Friday, June 7 at IUPUI Library.  The theme is "(Re) Imagine. (Re) Invent. (Re) Invigorate. Transforming IU Libraries."  More details are forthcoming.

Submitted by: Madelyn Shackelford Washington, Assistant Librarian, University Library of Columbus, on behalf of the Librarians' Day Committee

Staff News

IUB New Hires

Andrea Baer
The Department of Teaching & Learning is excited to welcome Andrea Baer, who will be the Undergraduate Education Librarian for the IU Libraries starting March 18th. Andrea has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and an MLS from the University of Tennessee. She comes from King’s College in Pennsylvania, where she has worked as an Assistant Technical Professor & Reference/Instruction Librarian since 2011. Her research areas of interest include critical information literacy, critical pedagogy, embedded librarianship, digital humanities, and affective learning. At IU, she will work with students, faculty, and campus partners to connect the library to student learning, especially throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Andrea will be working out of CITL 250 in Wells ET2 and she is looking forward to getting to know her new workplace and colleagues.

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

Stephanie Niemeyer
Stephanie Niemeyer has accepted the position of ERA Procurement and Access Specialist effective Thursday, March 14.  Stephanie most recently worked as a Serials Binding and Bibliographic Control Coordinator in Serials Acquisitions.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.  Please join me in congratulating Stephanie on her new role!

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

IUPUI University Library New Hires

Jenny Johnson
Jenny Johnson, IUPUI University Library Digital Scholarship Outreach Librarian, develops and coordinates digital scholarship projects through active cultivation of partnerships with IUPUI faculty, staff, and students as well as cultural heritage institutions within the city of Indianapolis. In addition to her digital scholarship outreach initiatives, Jenny also serves as the subject liaison for the IUPUI Geography Department.

Jere Odell
As a Scholarly Communications Librarian, Jere Odell promotes and supports open access publishing practices at IUPUI. These include the Library's electronic journal and institutional repository initiatives. In addition to advocating for new forms of scholarly communications, Jere provides education and consultation services relevant to authorship, including: metrics for impact, fair use, and authors' rights. Jere also serves as a subject liaison for the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Prior to joining University Library, Jere worked as an embedded librarian in the IU Center for Bioethics, where he managed a special collection of bioethics resources while collaborating on information ethics, research ethics, community engagement, and health policy projects.

Lucy Williams
As a Digitization Assistant with the IUPUI University Library Digital Scholarship Team, Lucy Williams works to provide community members with digital access to previously unavailable resources. A recent example of this includes Indianapolis 500 related negatives scanned for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway collection. In addition to ensuring these digital images are created in a neat and orderly fashion, Lucy works to develop complete and accurate metadata for each image in an effort to increase ease-of-access to these materials. Lucy also serves as a member of the Library's Employee Recognition Committee.

Prior to joining the Digital Scholarship Team, Lucy worked as a part-time hourly employee for multiple departments, including Reserves, Archives and Circulation.

Submitted by: Kristi L. Palmer, Digital Scholarship Team Leader and Liaison to the Department of History and Programs of Women's and American Studies, IUPUI

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