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This Week in IUL News

  • Third Annual Joint Conference: IUPUI University Library and SLIS-INDY
  • Spring IOLUG Conference: Call for Proposals
  • Underneath the Lintel and InULA
  • Indiana Library Federation Districts 5/7 Annual Conference: Call for Programs
  • Herbert S. and Virginia White Professional Development Award: Call for Applications
  • Upcoming Application Deadline for the InULA Research Incentive Fund
  • News from New IUCAT

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Third Annual Joint Conference: IUPUI University Library and SLIS-INDY

Please join us for the Third Annual Joint Conference!

Please register by TODAY, March 8, at the following:

The conference is an effort between the IUPUI University Library and SLIS-INDY to encourage community development among those involved with LIS education and professional practice.

This year's keynote is Nancy K. Roderer, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and serves as the Director of the Welch Medical Library and Director of the academic Division of Health Sciences Informatics.

A panel with IUPUI librarians, LIS faculty, and Health Informatics faculty will discuss their research related to health information and patient care.

Two students will make paper presentations and others will present posters related to their own research projects.

Food, fun, and intellectual stimulation guaranteed.

Complete conference information is available at:

Sponsors include: IUPUI University Library, SLIS, ALISS, ALI, and the IMLS 21st Century Leadership Skills Program, American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Indiana Chapter.

Submitted by: Andrea Copeland, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, IUPUI

Spring IOLUG Conference: Call for Proposals

Don't wait, get your proposals in now. This is the last day to submit proposals for the Spring IOLUG Program. The Spring IOLUG Program is a great way to share your ideas as well as what's happening at your library with librarians from around the state.

The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Spring 2013 IOLUG program: The Many Faces of Library Technology on May 3, 2013, at Indiana Wesleyan University North in Indianapolis, IN. The deadline for submitting a proposal is TODAY, March 8. Proposals can be submitted using the online form or at the IOLUG website.

The committee is particularly interested in proposals that address:
  • Digital Literacy.
  • Selecting new technologies (devices, applications, and programs) for the library, e.g. How do I choose which programs to support? i.e. Kindle, Nook, Microsoft Office, Google products, Windows 8 etc.
  • Lessons learned from failed projects or projects that did not go as planned; what can go wrong; what went well.
  • Maker Spaces: spaces in the library that allow patrons to create or "make" physical objects or online videos including bicycle repair, or using 3D printers to create models. For more information visit: or blog/2012/12/what-is-a-makerspace- creativity-in-the-library.html.
  • Programs/methods for teaching/instructing patrons to use new technologies such as e-readers, Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
  • New ideas for collecting or using data.
  • Big Data and libraries.
  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)/Learning Management Systems (LMS)/e-learning initiatives.
  • Discovery system 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.
  • Free or low cost online tools used for communication or in your daily work.
  • 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 & CSS3: Using HTML5 & CSS3 to quickly and easily build a website, mobile, or standard.
  • 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.)?
Other topics relating to the program's theme of "The Many Faces of Library Technology" are encouraged, as well. Proposals can be submitted at the IOLUG website or using the online form.

Submitted by: Chanitra Bishop, Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies

Underneath the Lintel & InULA

The Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington will be performing Underneath the Lintel this May, which has been described as: "Ostensibly the tale of a librarian who rents the stage to tell the audience of the mystery surrounding a book discovered in the overnight slot 123 years overdue, the play in fact becomes an exploration of the mystery of life and humanity." (Flavorpill).

In an effort to raise money for InULA and to see an awesome play about a librarian, InULA will be selling tickets for the Saturday, May 11 evening showing (8pm) and the Sunday May 19 afternoon matinee (2pm).  If you're interested in purchasing tickets to either of these performances, please contact Lori Dekydtspotter ( 

Ticket prices are:

Saturday, May 11 (54 seats available for us to sell)
Adult: $25.50
Student: $14.50
Children: $10.00

Sunday, May 19 (62 seats available for us to sell)
Adult: $21.50
Student: $14.50
Children: $10.00

Please note, in order for InULA to receive "credit" for the ticket sale, you must purchase the ticket through InULA (by Thursday, March 14), not through the Cardinal Stage Company.

For regional campus librarians who are interested in carpooling to the Sunday, May 19 matinee, please contact Kate Moore (

For more information about the play, please see:

Submitted by: Kate Moore, Assistant Librarian, Coordinator of Electronic Resources, IU Southeast

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 Friday, March 15, and presentations will be 45-50 minutes in length.

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

Don't forget that Sunday, March 10 is Daylight Saving Time!  Technically, the time change begins at 2:00am.  This rather odd time was a deliberate decision -- the thought was that most people would be at home, asleep.  It also takes place in the middle of most graveyard shifts and before most early morning shifts begin.  Turn your clocks forward one hour (though many gadgets will do so on their own) and know you are that much closer to the arrival of spring!
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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

News from New IUCAT

This week, the Blacklight Training Committee brings NEW information on how to tell us what you think about the new IUCAT Beta. 

IUCAT Beta is the first public release of our new catalog interface. We welcome feedback with suggestions, questions, issues, and compliments on your experiences using the new IUCAT Beta Interface.  To do this, we ask that you use our feedback form, embedded on the IUCAT Beta interface.  You can also access this form through the Contact Us page on IUCAT Beta blog. 

The new form will receive attention quickly.  The old IUCAT Express email account is being retired for this use as of TODAY, March 8.

In this week's blog post, you'll learn:
  • How to use the IUCAT Beta feedback form
  • Where you can access the IUCAT Beta feedback form
  • How to submit screen shots in the IUCAT Beta feedback form
Learn more about how to tell us what you think in IUCAT Beta on the IUCAT Beta blog

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

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