This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • KVML and InULA Reception & Open House
  • SLIS Reception: Location Update
  • RDA Discussion at April 2 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • Health Sciences Librarians Association Annual Meeting
  • Sign Up Today for Government Information Day 2013
  • Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive Fund
  • Librarian's Day 2013
  • New HAIL Project Guide
  • Staff News

Library News and Events

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

KVML and InULA Reception & Open House

The InULA Programs & Social Committee welcomes your RSVP to a reception at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

EVENT: KVML and InULA Reception & Open House
DATE: Tuesday, April 9
TIME: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LOCATION: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (340 N. Senate, Indianapolis, IN)
PURPOSE: To celebrate one of Indiana's favorite local authors and ACRL 2013 in Indianapolis

Menu: Catered snacks and beer from a local brewery, compliments of InULA
Speakers: Julia Whitehead and Chris Stack will provide mini-tours of the KVML collection and an overview of its history.

RSVP to Carrie Donovan ( - Chair, InULA Programs & Social Committee by TODAY, March 29 (affirmative RSVPs will receive a map with driving directions and parking information).

Colleagues who are interested in going to dinner at the Rathskellar following this event may contact Jennifer Hehman ( for more information.

Submitted by: Carrie Donovan, Chair, InULA Programs & Social Committee, IUB

SLIS Reception: Location Update

It was pointed out to me that there are two Marriotts in the same area downtown.  Just to clarify, the SLIS reception is at the Indianapolis Mariott Downtown at 350 West Maryland St. (not the JW Marriott, the ACRL conference hotel).  Details are:

EVENT: SLIS Alumni Reception, no charge to attend
DATE: Friday, April 12
TIME: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
LOCATION: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland St., Monument Room (The Monument Room can be accessed at the back of the Lobby area.)

RSVP is required by April 4, to Sarah Burton at

Who is coming?:

See you there!

Submitted by: Sarah Burton, Director of Finance and Administration of SLIS, MLS'94, IUB

RDA Discussion at April 2 Metadata Discussion Group Meeting

The next Metadata Discussion Group meeting will be on Tuesday, April 2, from 9:30am - 10:30am in the Wells Library, Room E174.  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. 

Shortly after the Library of Congress' March 31 implementation date, we will discuss the new cataloging standard, Resource Description & Access (RDA), from a metadata perspective. 

This discussion will not focus on how to catalog with RDA, nor address specific changes from AACR2 (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?

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

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

subscribe metadata-discuss-l

Suggestions for future topics are welcome.  Please email with suggestions or questions.

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

Health Sciences Librarians Association Annual Meeting

The Indiana Health Sciences Librarians Association is having its annual meeting "Creative Collaborations" on Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9, 2013 at the Marten House in Indianapolis. 

Our April 8 Continuing Education Course "Introduction to the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System" is taught by Jim Floyd, M.Ed., CHS-Ill, WEMT, PI, who is the Director of Healthcare Intelligence, Training, and Education at MESH.  Jim is a dynamic speaker and draws on over 25 years of real-world experience in emergency management, public safety (think Super Bowl XLVI), and healthcare.  As part of the workshop, there will be a tabletop exercise involving potential roles for the information professional. 

Our April 9 Program features presentations by:
  • Kacy Allgood, MLS and Sewell Fellow aka "the Ambulance Riding Librarian."  Ms. Allgood is with the Indianapolis Medical Services (IEMS), Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children (IEMSC), and the Indiana University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Out-of-Hospital Care.
  • Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, AHIP, Greater Midwest Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine on librarian involvement with patient safety initiatives. 
  • And much more!
To view the complete program, information on the course, and to register -- please visit the conference website at:

If you have questions, please contact: Kellie Kaneshiro at

Submitted by: Kellie Kaneshiro, Research Informationist, IUPUI

Sign Up Today for Government Information Day 2013

FREE Day-Long Conference!

Government Information Day 2013: Of the People, By the People, For the People...But where can I find it?
Tuesday, April 9
9:00am - 4:00pm

Indiana State Library
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46202

On April 9, the day before ACRL 2013, we invite you to the Indiana State Library for our inaugural Government Information Day.  Have you always wondered where we keep all of that government information?  Don't you want to get your hands on it?  Has your last search brought nothing but frustration?  This year's theme expresses the sentiment of many librarians and patrons alike, "Government Information: Of the People, By the People, For the People, But where can I find it?"

This collaborative conference is open to all people interested in government information, government documents, and government data: librarians, academics, government professionals, nonprofit professionals, and the public.  Learn from government professionals, network with other librarians, and share knowledge with those who want to know more!

The day will be filled with opportunities to hear more about current and historic public information on federal, state, and local levels.  Earn LEUs from great speakers including Tony Fargo, IBJ Columnist, Associate Professor of Journalism, & Director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, Indiana University; Stephen Laue, Information Services Specialist, Chicago Region, US Census Bureau; and Connie Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State.

Topics of discussion will include:
  • Government information stewardship
  • Open Government/Transparency in Government
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Delivering Government Information
  • Technological Innovation: Remaining relevant in the electronic age
  • Online Resources for Government Information & Data
We will also have professionals from several federal and state government agencies and informational organizations here ready to talk to you, including the U.S. Census Bureau, The Library of Congress Law Library, the Indiana Supreme Court, and many more.

Register now to reserve your space!

View your invitation online:

FREE registration:

About Government Information Day:

Flyer PDF:

A $10 lunch will be available and there are plenty of nearby restaurants to choose from. Parking information is available via the State Library's website:

The GID13 conference is sponsored by the Indiana State Library and INDIGO (Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations).

Submitted by: Jennifer Bryan Morgan, Documents Librarian, Law Library, 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
Easter Card

Easter is this Sunday, March 31!  Bunnies and eggs have long been associated with this holiday -- but why?  The reasons behind Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny have been heavily theorized, with many possible explanations.  Some say that the hare was an animal associated with the Germanic goddess Ostara, who has been associated with the origins of certain Easter customs.  Others propose that rabbits and eggs are symbols of fertility that bring about thoughts of spring and renewal.  Perhaps we'll never know.  One thing we do know, however, is that chocolate bunnies are delicious and dying Easter eggs is incredibly fun!  Happy Easter!
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Librarians' Day 2013

Mark your calendars.  Librarians' Day 2013 will take place 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.

New HAIL Project Guide

The Hoosiers and Information Literacy (HAIL) Project is proud to announce a new guide to professional development resources and opportunities, centered around information literacy issues, for librarians throughout Indiana:

At a time when financial support for professional development is dwindling, this guide, built by members of the HAIL Professional Development Working Group, highlights tools and resources librarians can use to build their skills and better serve their communities, right at their own desks.  Whether your library work involves helping people navigate consumer health information, working with local businesses to find and recruit qualified employees, teaching students to find reliable information on the internet, or any other activity where your users are finding, evaluating, and using information, this guide has resources that will help you do it better. 

Submitted by: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Libraries Human Resources, IUB, on behalf of Lisa Jarrell, Instructional Services Librarian, Ball State University

Staff News

Becky Cape will be retiring from her position as Head of Public Services for the Lilly Library on March 31.  Becky's first position with the Lilly Library was cataloging Latin American manuscripts from the Bernardo Mendel collection.  In 1985 she became Assistant Curator of Manuscripts, a position she would hold for the next ten years.  The collections she described during this period are among the most notable in the Lilly Library, including the papers of Sylvia Plath, John Ford, and Orson Welles.  After a Lilly Library reorganization in 1995, Becky became Head of Reference and Public Services, where she has distinguished herself in promoting the use of the Lilly Library in teaching and learning.  Exhibition planning and curation are another major area in which Becky has distinguished herself at the Lilly Library.  Becky and the Public Services department have coordinated every Lilly Library exhibition for the past eighteen years, including editorial work for labels as well as published catalogues.  Becky has curated many exhibitions, large and small, including "The Wizard of Oz" (200), "Not Just for Children: Pop-Up & Movable Books" (2005), and "Keeping Time: Books about Clocks and Time, Featuring Books from the Collection of Justice Warren Shepro" (2007). 

Becky will be missed by her colleagues at Indiana University, especially those at the Lilly Library who have appreciated her salty perspective on life and her deep reservoir of knowledge about the Lilly Library's collections and history.  We wish her congratulations on an outstanding career and best wishes on what we know will be a fulfilling and joyful retirement. 

Submitted by: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Libraries Human Resources, IUB with information from Becky Cape's retirement sketch written by Erika Dowell, Public Services Librarian, IUB

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