This Week in IUL News

This Week in IUL News

  • Save the Date: "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success"
  • Indiana Library Leadership Academy Group Seeks Your Input
  • InULA Research Incentive Grants: Now Accepting Applications
  • Science on a Sphere Week with Worldprocessor

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Save the Date: "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success"

"Libraries, Learning, and Student Success" with keynote speaker Glenda Ritz
September 18, 2013
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Indiana Landmarks Center

Librarians, teachers, parents, and community members are invited to "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success" on Wednesday, September 18, from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Indiana Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202.  The event is sponsored by IUPUI's College Ready, College Bound project, and will feature a keynote address by Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Parking is free, and light refreshments will be served.

College Ready, College Bound is a multi-year project examining the role of high school librarians and library curriculum in student learning, preparation, and transition to college.  The project began as conversations about connections, relationships, and future partnerships between high school and academic librarians.  Under the leadership of Rhonda Huisman, IUPUI's Education Librarian, and with funding from CICF (Central Indiana Community Fund), College Ready, College Bound has been able to build on these conversations and gather data about the impact of school librarians at the high school and university levels, their common challenges, and best practices.  "Libraries, Learning, and Student Success" will expand the conversation to the larger community.

For more information about the College Ready, College Bound Information Literacy Initiative, contact Rhonda Huisman at

Submitted by: Rhonda Huisman, Assistant Librarian, Liaison to the School of Education IUPUI

Indiana Library Leadership Academy Group Seeks Your Input

We are team PASS It On, one of the teams from the 2013 Indiana Library Leadership Academy.  As part of the program, we have been tasked with implementing a project that benefits all libraries in the state.  Our project is to create an awareness and usage campaign for the INspire database service offered by the state library.  Before we begin designing the campaign, we need to understand how you are or are not using INspire.

Please take this brief survey (only a few minutes, we promise!) to help us better understand INspire usage (and any lack thereof) at your library.  One lucky participant will receive a $20 gift certificate to the ILF store to use at the ILF annual conference.  This prize is courtesy of the Indiana Library Federation.

Finally, we ask that you share this survey with as many of your co-workers as possible.  We would love to have input from all library types and from a large variety of workers.  We would greatly appreciate if you can complete this survey by Friday, September 20.  Should you have any questions about the survey or team PASS It On, please feel free to contact any of the team members below.

Team PASS It On:
Julie Elmore, Library Director, Oakland City-Columbia Twp. Public Library
Joseph Fox, Public Services Librarian, Indianapolis Public Library
Sherry Gick, School Librarian, Rossville Consolidated Schools
Vincci Kwong, Associate Librarian, Franklin D. Schurz Library, IU South Bend

Submitted by: Vincci Kwong, Associate Librarian, Franklin D. Schurz Library, IU South Bend

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

Science on a Sphere Week with WorldProcessor

Please join us during the week of September 16-20 for a variety of talks, tutorials, and exhibits to experience IU's Science on a Sphere (SOS) and learn how it can benefit your research, scholarship, teaching, or creative activity.

SOS Week Events:
  • Monday, September 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm: "Adventures in Dataland -Around the Globe in 80 Spheres" - Presentation by Ingo Gunther (CNS Network Science Colloquium), Woodburn Hall 200

  • Tuesday, September 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm: "Introduction to IU's Science on a Sphere and map-based visualization tools" - Tutorial by UITS/AVL staff, Innovation Center 105

  • Thursday, September 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm: "Developing Animation Media for Spherical Displays" - Tutorial by Nathan Townes-Anderson, Innovation Center 105

  • Thursday, September 19, 8:30pm - 10:30pm: "SOS After Dark," CIB Wrubel Atrium (open to public)

  • Friday, September 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm: "Global Seduction and Disasters at 1:40,000,000 - Challenges in Social Geography" - Presentation by Ingo Gunther (Catapult Center Colloquium), CIB Wrubel Atrium
Indiana University is one of a select group of higher education institutions to be part of NOAA's SOS community.  SOS is a six-foot sphere illuminated by high-definition projectors and capable of displaying a wide range of data, including oceanographic, atmospheric, astronomical, political, and economic data.  IU's SOS is installed in the atrium of the Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB) and is now available for demonstrations and use by IU faculty, students, and staff.

As a special part of its SOS roll-out activities, IU will host internationally renowned journalist and artist Ingo Gunther and artist and writer Nathan Townes-Anderson.  Since 1988, Gunther has combined his interests in journalism and art with the unique communicative power and interaction style afforded by physical globes to present powerful, data-drive stories.  His WorldProcessor project has created more than 1,000 globes on nearly 400 diverse topics ranging from global politics, economics, weapons proliferation, and human rights to environmental impacts and social issues.  His illuminated spheres were part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; they have been shown in almost every major city around the world, and are permanently installed in Geneva.  In 2010, Gunther's team, including Townes-Anderson, took the WorldProcessor workflow into the digital realm.  As part of an ongoing, multi-year collaboration with "Miraiken," the Japanese National Museum for Innovation and Emerging Sciences in Tokyo, the team has created digital hi-res movies for Geo-Cosmos - a 20-foot sphere build from 10,000 OLED panels.

Gunther and Townes-Anderson will be offering presentations and tutorials throughout the week; they are also available for consultations with individuals or groups. A collection of illuminated WorldProcessor globes will be on display in the CIB atrium all week, with a special showing of digital data sets on Thursday evening (SOS After Dark).  All talks and tutorials are free and open to the IU community; the WorldProcessor exhibit and SOS After Dark event are free and open to the public.

SOS at IU is funded through the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and is supported by the Advanced Visualization Lab - a unit of UITS Research Technologies and the Pervasive Technology Institute.  For questions about SOS week, to schedule time with Ingo Gunther or Nathan Townes-Anderson, or to discuss other visualization or mapping needs, please contact the AVL at:

Submitted by: Tassie Gniady, SLIS graduate, IUB
Visualizing Diseases

The Lilly Library at IU Bloomington has a fascinating new exhibit on display.  Visualizing Diseases showcases pathological illustrations from the 1500s to the early 1800s.  These color images of diseases and their effect on the human body is a valuable lesson in the history of medical progress.  The exhibit will be on display until December 20.  Be sure to check it out!
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