This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • Digital Library Brown Bag: October 9
  • InULA Research Incentive Grants: Now Accepting Applications
  • Staff News

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Digital Library Brown Bag: October 9

In order to have more space for attendees, the Wednesday, October 9 Digital Library Brown Bag Series presentation will now take place in Herman B Wells Library room E174.

Please join us this coming Wednesday, October 9 for a Digital Library Brown Bag Series presentation by Courtney Greene.  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).

The New IUCAT: Powered by Blacklight
Courtney Greene, Head, Discovery and Research Services
Discovery and Research Services

Recently, the Indiana University Libraries implemented Blacklight, an open source discovery layer, as the new public interface for IUCAT, the statewide shared online catalog.  Blacklight was chosen as the solution to improve the usability and accessibility of the catalog in response to user and staff dissatisfaction with the traditional ILS OPAC interface and in preparation for IU's upcoming move to the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE).  A successful discovery implementation requires buy-in from library staff as well as the approval and acceptance of users; this presentation will highlight the numerous challenges in achieving success in a complex environment of diverse stakeholders with divergent needs and goals.  Courtney will give a brief overview of the project thus far, discuss the impact of the new interface on user and staff workflows, and share hopes for further enhancements and plans for transition to OLE.

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

InULA Research Incentive Grants: Now Accepting Applications

InULA invites applications for its Research Incentive Grants, with an application deadline of Tuesday, October 15

Any regular member of InULA is eligible to apply.  Projects should fall within the scope of at least one of the categories of support listed on this page.

Applications should consist of a completed application form, current CV, and one to three letters of support.

Applications forms and all supporting documentation should be submitted electronically to the current chair of InULA's Scholarship & Grants Committee, Catherine Minter (

Submitted by: Catherine Minter, Librarian for French & Italian, Germanic Studies, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, on behalf of the InULA Scholarship & Grants Committee, IUB

Staff News

Catherine Lemmer, head of information services, Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law was chosen as a Senior Fellow to work with the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Over the next six months, she will be working with the LRC staff to develop, organize, and begin implementing plans to modernize their library and research operations to better support the work of the LRC lawyers. In this role she will organize the collections, develop policies, and procure the technology that lawyers get accustomed to using in law school and require for practicing law. In addition, she will negotiate with technological infrastructure and legal resource vendors and help LRC staff redesign their libraries, with the goal of making them efficient and modern.

The LRC is South Africa's largest and oldest national public interest law organization. Since 1979 the LRC has been working on behalf of the most vulnerable populations in the areas of land and housing rights, children's rights and education, environmental justice, HIV/AIDS, health and other social services, refugee matters, and women's equality. The LRC is the leading public interest law firm pursuing constitutional litigation in the South African courts. Nelson Mandela appointed LRC's founder, Arthur Chaskalson, to serve as the first President of South Africa's Constitutional Court in 1994.

Janet Love is the National Director of the LRC. She has been a part of the anti-apartheid movement since 1974. She spent 10 years in exile and worked inside South Africa as a member of the African National Congress underground. She is a Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission.

The LRC library is named in honor of Bram Fischer, a key figure in the anti-apartheid fight. A South African lawyer of Afrikaner descent, he was, among other things, the lead defense attorney for Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists arrested at Liliesleaf Farm in 1964. Many believe it is due to his work that the activists received life sentences rather than the death penalty.

Ms. Lemmer plans to keep her colleagues updated on her progress at the LRC through her blog at and via Twitter (@catherine.lemmer).

Submitted by: Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Erin Byers has accepted the position of Document Delivery Assistant in Technical Services effective Monday, October 7.  Erin most recently worked as a circulation and interlibrary loan employee in Ruth Lilly Law Library at IUPUI.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in European History and a Master in Library Science, both from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis.  Please join me in welcoming Erin to the Libraries!

Nathan Rogers has resigned his position of Programmer/Analyst in User Experience and Digital Media Services effective Tuesday, October 8.  Nathan will be moving back to northeastern Ohio to pursue a career in User Experience.  He hopes to continue to be involved in the library community through organizations such as ASIS&T and Code4Lib.

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

October is American Archives Month!  Since 2006, American Archives Month has aimed to bring awareness to the important work of archives in the United States.  The Society of American Archivists website encourages all archives to plan events and put extra effort into public outreach this month.  They provide great tips on different ways to gain awareness and also showcase how different archives across the country celebrate the event every year.  Be sure to visit any one of the many archives in Indiana, including IU's own University Archives!
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