Sep 11

Community Event: Literary Pub Crawl

Looking for something fun to do with a literary twist that supports a good cause? The Indianapolis Literary Pub Crawl is fast approaching! This event is held by Heather Howard and Erin Cataldi, two alumni from the program, and is a benefit for Indy Reads to help combat our appalling literacy rate here in central Indiana.

    Fun things happening at the pub crawl this year:

- Author Mike Mullin will be speaking at the first stop
– All crawlers receive a signed copy of his book Ashfall
– All crawlers receive a 4 pass to the Indiana Experience at the Indiana Historical Society
– Crawlers will receive additional coupons/swag from generous vendors (think photographer, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, breweries, etc.)
– Costume contest for the best literary costume, winners will receive fabulous prizes!
– Literary photo booth set up by Lusicovi Creative at the last stop so you can get some great photos in your costumes
– Raffle held at the end with amazing prizes donated from both local and national sponsors

There are a limited number of tickets remaining, so if you haven’t grabbed yours yet, get it soon! They will likely sell out, and did so last year!

Tickets can be purchased at their website

Sep 11

School of Informatics & Computing Event


On Friday, September 19th, Dr. Gary Marchionini will be presenting as part of the School of Informatics and Computing’s Colloquia Series.

The topic is: Human-Computer Information Retrieval: Gaps, Overloads, and Sensemaking.

This event will be held on IUPUI’s campus in IT 152 at 10:00am.


    Human-Computer Information Retrieval aims to bring humans more fully into the retrieval process. Rather than a turn-taking approach, HCIR aims to engage humans throughout the information seeking experience by leveraging dynamic query user interfaces and agile views of the ongoing process. Web-based retrieval systems use mainly implicit user engagement at this time, however, opportunities exist for leveraging explicit user engagement in personal information (e.g., self-generated health information) or collaborative information seeking settings that accrue context over multiple sessions. This talk will focus on evaluation as the key challenge of HCIR for both development and adoption. Evaluation must take into account human variables as well as the sophistication of today’s search systems that shift the human requirements from query specification to filtering and making sense of large volumes of increasingly rich search results.

Sep 08

Announcing: LIS Community Conversations Series

This fall, the Department of Library and Information Science will hold a series of four Community Conversations. Members of the DLIS community, faculty, students, alumni, and local librarians will meet to discuss emerging issues in librarianship and information science.

The first event will be held on Monday, September 8. The topic is “Community Building – Making Connections in an Online Program.” We will explore how best to network and to develop a shared culture with future LIS professionals. Refreshments and social hour will start at 6:00, with the conversation taking place from 6:30-7:30. Interested individuals can meet for more socialization and conversation at a local bar afterward.

Save the Dates: Three other Community Conversations will be held on Tuesday, October 14, Wednesday, November 12, and Thursday, December 4. At the first Community Conversation we will vote on discussion topics for the next three meetings.

The Community Conversations will be held in the Information Technology (IT) building in room 109. The IT building is located at 535 W Michigan Street, on the corner of Michigan and West.

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP by September 5:

Any questions please contact Andrea Copeland at or 317-274-0114.

This event is sponsored by the Association of Library and Information Science Students (ALISS). For more information about ALISS please see: email

Sep 08

Event: Malinda Lo at Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library


The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is hosting an author talk with Malinda Lo, including a book signing.

This even is free and open to the public. The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is located at:

The Emelie Building
340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sep 08

Event: Rainbow Rowell talk at Central Library


The Indianapolis Public Library is hosting an author talk with Rainbow Rowell including a book signing!

The Central Library is Located at:
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information check out the Indianapolis Public Library’s Event Posting.

Aug 19

Ways to Follow ALISS

There are lots of ways to keep up with what is going on with ALISS.

You can like us on facebook at

and On twitter @aliss_iupui

With more ways coming soon!

Aug 07

Book Trailer vs Movie Trailer

Our August 19th book club meeting for Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay is coming up soon and the movie version is set to be released on August 22nd, 2014.  As such I thought it might be fun to post both the official Penguin Book trailer, and the official Warner Brothers movie trailer.


If I Stay Book Trailer

If I Stay Movie Trailer

Which one do you like better?

Jul 27

August Book Club

forman-gPlease join us on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m. for our August book club. It will be held at Books & Brews.


This month we will be discussing If I Stay by Gayle Foreman.


Books & Brews
9402 Uptown Drive
Suite 1400,
Indianapolis, IN 46256


There is free parking available and food will be provided. Yum!

Jul 23

Volunteer Opportunity – IndyReads

Indy Reads is always seeking volunteers to help reach their mission of promoting and improving literacy in adults and their families in Central Indiana.

To volunteer you must attend an orientation. Upcoming orientation dates are:

  • Monday July 28th, 11:00am-1:00 pm
  • Thursday August 7th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm
  • Saturday August 9th, 9:00am-11:00 am
  • Monday August 18th, 6:00pm-8:00 pm
  • Thursday August 18th, 2:00pm-4:00pm


For more information please visit:

Jun 07

“The Hype & Hope of MOOCs” Viewing Opportunity

Hi Everyone, Students, Alumni, and Librarians of the Multiverse —

Join us June 16 for a pizza lunch and viewing party of the “The Hype and Hope of MOOCs” symposium panel debate; which took place at ALA Midwinter this past January. Moderated by OCLC CEO Skip Prichard, this discussion explores the significant implications of Massive Open Online Course regarding higher education and librarians of all types.

The viewing and lunch begin at noon in the Dewey Den, 3rd Floor University Library. Bring your appetites and curiosity for a discussion after about how MOOCs may affect librarians and education in general.

RSVP to Andrea Copeland by 6/12 at
Hope to see you there!

For More information contact:

David Votta
Community Engagement Librarian
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
Lansing, MI & Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (800) 530-9019 ext 122
Phone: (517) 492-3822
Fax: (517) 492-3886
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