This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • William Evans Jenkins Award 2014: Call for Nominations
  • Digital Library Brown Bag: December 4
  • Save the Date: InULA Programs & Social Committee Holiday Luncheon
  • Herbert S. and Virginia White Professional Development Award 2014: Call for Applications
  • Kuali OLE Team Announces the Release of OLE 1.0
  • Staff News
Note: IUL News will NOT be published next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Library News and Events

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

Digital Library Brown Bag: December 4

Please join us the Wednesday after Thanksgiving break, December 4, for a Digital Library Brown Bag Series presentation by H. Wayne Storey and John Walsh.  The presentation will be held at the Herman B Wells Library, room E174, from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.  The presentation will also be broadcasted (see details below).

Indexicality, Visual Poetics, and the PetrArchive: A Scholarly Digital Edition of Petrarch's Songbook

H. Wayne Storey, Professor of Italian
Department of French and Italian

John Walsh, Associate Professor of Information and Library Science and Adjunct Associate Professor of English
School of Informatics and Computing

The PetrArchive is a new digital archive and "rich text" edition of Francesco Petrarca's iconic fourteenth-century songbook Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (Rvf; Canzoniere). A primary goal of the PetrArchive is to document, investigate, and illustrate the graphic codes and structures - especially the "visual poetics" - of the work. Our paper will discuss and demonstrate specifically the broad issue of indexicality in the context of the digital editing and encoding practices and strategies adopted and exploited in pursuit of this goal.

The Rvf is both in its manuscript tradition and our new edition a highly indexed and indexable book. An index often contains a list of words, subjects, titles, and addresses, as well as pointers and locations of references. These lists and addresses provide a representation, map, or model of a document. A comprehensive, hierarchical, multifaceted index to, for instance, a large edition of letters is of tremendous practical value as a guide through the collection. An index may also be a remarkable work in itself as a structured conceptual model of the contents of a collection. Often indexical structures are embedded in the document as we find in the Bible and other religious texts, with book titles, chapter and verse numbers, and cross-references embedded throughout the text. Petrarch's adherence in his model holograph MS Vatican Latino 3195 to his 31-line graphic canvas and his designs of various combinations of verse forms to fill that canvas generate, among other things, a visual index to the document, with the textual and graphic shapes of the manuscript serving as a visual map of genre and generic juxtaposition. Our project will build a graphic representation, or visualization, of the manuscript that will allow readers to browse and scan - by shape and structure - the distribution, combination, and juxtaposition of genre and form throughout the manuscript.

Another aspect of our visual and schematic indices to the edition will be the animation of Petrarch's own poetics of erasure and transcription, through which he revises his texts but also deforms the patterns of his own indexical practices to highlight the importance of the work's visual-poetic structuring. We will demonstrate an example of this deformation in our animation of the canzone Quel' antiquo mio dolce empio signore (Rvf 360). In his own holograph MS, by then a service copy, Petrarch is forced to abandon his ideal layout for the prosodic form of the canzone. Only in subsequent MSS will the canzone revert to its ideal, authorial form not in the author's hand. Our representation will allow readers to view the poem morphing from one layout to the other, requiring the encoding of both the actual and ideal layout in the document and the interpretation of those codes in the digital design and publishing layers of the edition. Beyond their instant utility in allowing users an overview of the design of individual MS pages and of the Rvf's complex system of combining forms, these indices reconfigure the equally complex layers of indexical structures inherent in a scholarly edition.

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 12:00pm -1:00pm. 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

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


Each guest will receive a plate with a cup of soup, small Good Life greens salad, and a half sandwich.  Holiday cookie assortment and drinks (iced tea, coffee, hot tea, sodas) are also included.

- Vegan Homestead squash bisque with curry & coconut milk

- Vegan Good Life Farms greens salad with apples & walnuts & apple cider vinaigrette

- The Root Cellar Sandwich: Roasted root vegetables, homemade Canadian bacon, herbed goat cheese on rosemary focaccia bread (can be made vegetarian or vegan)


Parking information is available here.

Cost (payable at the event by cash or check):

InULA Members: $12.00
InULA Non-Members: $15.00

RSVP to Brandon Bowen ( - Chair, InULA Programs & Social Committee by Friday, December 6 with your preference for standard menu, vegetarian, vegan, or other (please specify).

Submitted by: Brandon Bowen, Assistant Librarian, IPFW

Herbert S. and Virginia white Professional Development Award 2014: 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 here.

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 31, 2014.  Please send your information to Julie Ranz, Advancement Associate,, Wells 234, Bloomington.

The IU Libraries Scholarship and Award Committee will make the award decision and complete notification letters at the beginning 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
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Kuali OLE Team Announces the Release of OLE 1.0

The Kuali Open Library Environment team has released Kuali OLE 1.0, the first community-source integrated library system designed by and for research libraries.  Kuali OLE 1.0 allows early adopters to map data from legacy library systems to begin implementation, as well as allows libraries to review the system and its installation requirements.  Future releases will provide the additional functionality necessary for libraries to move into full production.  For more information and the full Kuali OLE Team announcement on this release, please visit the OLE@IU blog.

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

Staff News

Jodi Griffith has accepted the position of ALF Cataloging Support Specialist in Technical Services effective Monday, November 25.  Jodi most recently worked as a Slavic Materials Assistant here at the Wells Library. Additionally, Jodi was a Junior Fellow Intern in Slavic Cataloging at the Library of Congress.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies, and a Master of Library Science, all from Indiana University - Bloomington.  Please join me in welcoming Jodi to the Libraries. 

Cynthia Ramlo has accepted the position of User Experience Designer in Library Technologies effective Monday, December 2.  Cynthia most recently worked as an Instructional & Multimedia Designer for the American Indian Studies Research Institute here at Indiana University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from San Francisco State University and a Master of Information Science in Information Architecture and Human-Computer Interaction from Indiana University.  Please join me in welcoming Cynthia to the Libraries!

Submitted by: Jen Geary, Human Resources Coordinator, IUB

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