This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • November Metadata Discussion Group Meeting
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: November 20
  • William Evans Jenkins Award 2014: Call for Nominations
  • Save the Date: InULA Programs & Social Committee Holiday Luncheon

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November Metadata Discussion Group Meeting

The Metadata Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss metadata issues pertaining to libraries, archives, and museums.  The group has no formal membership.  Library staff, SOIC faculty and students, and those on campus interested in the topic are welcome to attend.

Structured library authority data has been around for decades as a means to disambiguate and collocate creators and contributors for indexing.  In 2011, the Society of American Archivists approved a structure standard for archival authority data called Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF).  The EAC-CPF schema allows for machine processable encoding of very rich creator/contributor metadata - rich enough that entire discovery systems are being built around said authority data.

At this meeting, we'll explore one such discovery system, SNAC, the Social Networks and Archival Context Project.  Then we'll discuss Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP), which ultimately embeds archival authority data into the web of data via Wikipedia.  Our very own authority data expert, Carl Horne, will be on hand to help the bibliographic-centric among us bridge the gap to current and future library practice.

DATE: Tuesday, November 19
TIME: 9:30am - 10:30am

PLACE: Herman B Wells Library, Room 043
TOPIC: Party with SNAC[ks]!  Services Powered by Authority Data
MODERATOR: Jennifer Liss with special guest PCC-NACO/BIBCO trainer, Carl Horne!

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

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

Submitted by: Jennifer Liss, Head, Monographic Cataloging Image, IUB

Digital Library Brown Bag Series: November 20

Please join us this coming Wednesday, November 20 for a Digital Library Brown Bag Series presentation by Michelle Dalmau.  The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, Room 043, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.  The presentation will also be broadcasted (see details below).

Do You TEI? Survey Findings of Text Encoding Practices in Libraries
Michelle Dalmau, Interim Head, Digital Collections Services & Digital Projects and Usability Librarian
Digital Collections Services

Historically, libraries — especially academic libraries — have contributed to the development of the TEI Guidelines, largely in response to mandates to provide access to and preserve electronic texts. The institutions leveraged standards such as the TEI Guidelines and traditional library expertise — authority control, subject analysis, and bibliographic description — to positively impact publishing and academic research. But the advent of mass digitization efforts involving scanning of pages called into question such a role for libraries in text encoding. Still, with the rise of library involvement in digital humanities initiatives and renewed interest in supporting text analysis, it is unclear how these events relates to the evolution of text encoding projects in libraries.

This paper presents the results of a survey of library employees to learn more about text encoding practices and to gauge current attitudes toward text encoding. The survey asked such questions as:
  • As library services evolve to promote varied modes of scholarly communications and accompanying services, and digital library initiatives become more widespread and increasingly decentralized, how is text encoding situated in these new or expanding areas?

  • Do we see trends in uptake or downsizing of text encoding initiatives in smaller or larger academic institutions? How does administrative support or lack thereof impact the level of interest and engagement in TEI-based projects across the library as whole?

  • What is the nature of library-led or -partnered electronic text projects, and is there an increase or decrease in local mass digitization or scholarly encoding initiatives?
Preliminary analysis shows, despite assumptions of decline, that over 80% of eligible respondents are actively engaged in text encoding projects, and many others are planning to embark on a new project. The presentation will unveil a full analysis.

Presentations will also be broadcast via Adobe Connect. 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: #dlbb.

The Digital Library Brown Bag series is held most Wednesdays this fall semester. All presentations are in the Herman B Wells Library, Rooms E174 or 043, from 12:00-1:00 pm. The complete schedule, including abstracts, is available here.

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

The Digital Library Brown Bag Series is part of the Digital Initiatives track of the Scholars' Commons Series. As research initiatives increasingly rely on technology as a significant mode for inquiry, the Digital Initiatives track will address cutting-edge and emerging topics that shape this new scholarly endeavor. This semester the inaugural Scholars' Commons Series features a full schedule of events ranging from basic introductions to core research tools, to workshops for dissertation writers, to talks by cutting edge digital scholars. For more information, please visit

Submitted by: Nick Homenda, Digital Projects Librarian, IUB

William Evans Jenkins Award 2014: Call for Nominations

The William Evans Jenkins Award 2014 Committee (Michelle Botek; Jennifer Chaffin, ex officio; Wookjin Cheun; Luis Gonzalez; Wen-ling Liu; and Liana Zhou, chair) hereby invites you to identify and nominate potential candidates for the 2014 award.

Named for William Evans Jenkins, former Chief Librarian of Indiana University, this award may be presented annually to a current or former librarian on the Bloomington campus, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Indiana University Libraries or to the library profession in general.  While eligibility for the award is limited to former and current Bloomington campus librarians, nominations may be made by any member of the Indiana University community.

Outstanding Bloomington Library Faculty colleagues deserve our recognition and appreciation.  William Evans Jenkins should be remembered for his vision for the Indiana University Libraries and for his commitment to the profession as a whole.  By nominating a librarian you admire and respect, you are keeping the memory of William Evans Jenkins alive and inspiring others to perform at the highest level.  Nominations for this award may be submitted individually or jointly.

How to submit:
  1. An "intent to nominate" message must be sent to Betty Davis ( by November 30, 2013.

  2. Documentation on the intranet:
    1. The Jenkins Award Nomination form

    2. The Jenkins Award documentation

    3. Past Jenkins Award recipients

    4. Timetable:
    • November 30, 2013: Intent to nominate due
    • February 1, 2014: Jenkins Award nomination form due
    • March 1, 2014: Supporting letters due (minimum of three)
    • April 1, 2014: Recipient notified
    • National Library Week (mid-April): Award announced
Submitted by: Betty Davis, Administrative Secretary, Libraries Human Resources, IUB

Save the Date: InULA Programs & Social Committee Holiday Luncheon

The InULA Programs & Social Committee is pleased to announce the date for the annual Holiday Luncheon.  We'll meet for great food and fun at Bloomington's own FARM Restaurant.  Please plan to attend:

EVENT: Holiday Luncheon
DATE: Friday, December 13
TIME: 11:30am - 1:00pm

PLACE: FARM Restaurant, 108 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN

Further details are forthcoming.  Please send any questions or comments to: Brandon Bowen (

Submitted by: Brandon Bowen, Assistant Librarian, IPFW

The Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services has just released a report on the findings of "A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions."  There has not been a survey monitoring the preservation activities of libraries, museums, archives, or historical societies since the last Preservation Statistics survey from 2007-2008.  62 institutions participated in the survey.  For more on this informative report, and to read the report itself, check out the press release.
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