Bethel AME Church is now available in virtual reality

The original press release is available through the IUPUI Newsroom.

Bethel AME Church

The 3-D digital re-creation and preservation of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African-American church in Indianapolis, was unveiled to the public on October 6. The Bethel AME Church played vital roles in the Underground Railroad and the founding of Indiana’s NAACP and the School for Black Children in Indianapolis.

“Many people have visited or attended special events at the Bethel AME Church, once located at 414 W. Vermont St., and now they have the opportunity to revisit the church in virtual reality,” said Andrea Copeland, associate professor and chair of the Department of Library and Information Science.

Students and faculty at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI have protected the church’s history and legacy with 3-D digital preservation techniques using virtual reality. The church was 3-D scanned for reference to become an interactive, informal, and formal educational space that instigates innovative, collaborative learning opportunities.

The Reiberg Reading Series will feature poet Maggie Smith this October

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI English Department are pleased to present the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series featuring poet Maggie Smith. Smith will read from her selected works in the IUPUI Lilly Auditorium on October 11th at 7:30pm, with a Q&A session and book signing to follow.

Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones, which is making its debut on shelves on October first; The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. The poem “Good Bones,” after which her new book is titled, went viral internationally. It was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by the BBC/Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Advance praise for Good Bones (the book) says it is written “with such a clean, aching clarity of lyricism that I discover now frequently exhausted human touchstones freshly, with real surprise.”

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship goes 3D

View the original press release by reporter Vanessa Richards at the IUPUI newsroom.

Jenny Johnson demonstrates 3D scanner

The handheld Creaform 3D scanner looks like an old-school video game controller, a clunky throwback to the early days of Atari. But these mobile 3D scanners used by the staff in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship are very advanced, and they are changing the way we record recent history, ancient history, and even the future.

“About two years ago, we decided to explore 3D technology and what scanning could look like,” said Jenny Johnson, head of digitization services for the Center for Digital Scholarship. “Every community and cultural heritage institution that we work with has 3D objects. As the technology has gotten better, computer processing has gotten better, and because costs have been reduced a little bit with the technology, we decided to dive into the specifics and see what we could do. The Benjamin Harrison team was really interested in this, and they’ve got an eCollection initiative to document more of their items.”

This statue of Harrison has been 3D printed using the 3D scan file

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site houses a large collection of former U.S. President Benjamin Harrison’s belongings in his former home, including furniture, pottery, silver, plates, and dresses. In collaboration with the Center for Digital Scholarship, these items will soon be scanned, and the digital files will be available online to view and to download. This means that anyone with access to a 3D printer will be able to create copies of the collection items. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site eCollection initiative is planned to go online around November.

Archaeologists are using the technology, as well. The Lawrenz Gun Club is a Mississippian Period fortified Native American village and mound complex in the central Illinois River Valley, active between the years 1150 and 1425. Jeremy Wilson, associate professor of anthropology at IUPUI, studies it; he and his team have been working on the site since 2010. He works with the IUPUI 3D digital archivists to record what they have found. Wilson’s ultimate goal, in partnership with associate professor Dan Johnson from the geography department, is to build a virtual representation of the site and how the village changed over time.


The digital renderings of these items are available in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship’s online collection.

Reiberg Reading Series to feature Angela Palm

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, Angela Palm will read from and discuss her new book, Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here. Riverine is a mesmerizing account of Palm’s childhood in rural Indiana on the banks of the Kankakee River, which flooded each year due to a man-made alteration of its course. The memoir is an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm was awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Ecotone, At Length Magazine, Brevity, Paper Darts, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor and teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the New England Young Writers’ Conference.

The reading will take place in the Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI University Library UL 0130. Attendees are encouraged to register for free tickets, as seating will be limited.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series is provided by the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Critical Conversations: Free Speech v. Hate Speech – Where Do We Draw the Line?

Blue Square

critical-conversation-free-speech-v-hate-speech-dec-7-2016The ILCE Office sponsors monthly Critical Conversations like this one where participants can engage in a timely issue over the lunch hour.  These Critical Conversations provide informal collegial space to dialogue about issues of social justice, equity and inclusion and are open to IUPUI faculty, staff, students and the Indianapolis community.  More information about the ILCE Office can be viewed here.

The conversation on Free Speech v. Hate speech will be held in University Library room 1126 on December 7th from noon to 1:00pm. Bring your own lunch for this engaging event; light snacks will be provided.

Herron Art Library hosting public reception and lecture on papermaking in the Islamic world

31qnds3gwc_actualHerron Art Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is hosting a free reception and lecture Nov. 16 presented by Radha Pandey, papermaker and letterpress printer, on Islamic-world papermaking.

The event will begin with a reception at the Herron Art Library, 735 W. New York St., at 4:30 p.m., followed by the lecture in the Herron auditorium at 6 p.m. The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session with hands-on samples of traditional Islamic papers from India, dyestuffs, and tools used for burnishing and sheetforming.

The talk will cover traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India.

The Kagzi family will be used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The discussion will also cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

Pandey earned her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studied letterpress printing, bookbinding and papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic papermaking techniques. Her artist’s books are held in 25 public collections, including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Pandey is the lead papermaker and studio coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland.

The event is free to the public. RSVPs to are strongly encouraged, as space is limited. Paid parking is available at the Sports Complex Garage at West New York and Blake streets, as well as at the Riverwalk Garage, just south of the Sports Complex Garage.

About Herron Art Library at IUPUI: The Herron Art Library is a full-service branch of IUPUI University Library. The library serves IUPUI students, faculty and staff as well as the local community and beyond. The collections focus on the study of the fine arts with an emphasis on modern and contemporary areas as well as a notable fine press and artist’s book collection nearing 1,000 items.

See the original news release for this event from the IUPUI Newsroom.

Exhibit showcases World War II experiences of a soldier artist

Blue Square

INDIANAPOLIS — When Harry Davis, a Herron School of Art and Design graduate, went to war in 1942, he didEbb and Flow of War by Harry Davis Image so with a paintbrush in his bag.

An exhibit in University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis showcases his work as a combat artist and impressions of the war that Davis chronicled in letters, a diary and a memoir.

The exhibit is free and open to the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, on the lower level of the library, 755 W. Michigan St. The exhibit runs through September.

Davis returned to Herron as a faculty member in 1946, teaching there until his retirement in 1983 with the title of professor emeritus. In 1948, he married fellow artist and Herron alumna Lois Peterson.

Davis graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron in 1938, the same year he won the prestigious Prix de Rome in Painting, according to Greg Mobley, archives specialist. Mobley assembled the new exhibit, using materials that had been donated to the Herron Alumni Association by Davis’ family, records from the Herron School of Art and Design that are in the archive’s collections, and images of pen and ink drawings and paintings from Fort Belvoir, where they are part of the U.S. Army’s art collection.

“It was a matter of using his words and images to tell his story of that period in his life,” Mobley said.

The Prix de Rome allowed Davis to study at the American Academy in Rome and travel throughout the Mediterranean for two years. The award was extended for an additional year, but Davis, along with other Americans, had to leave Italy in 1940 when it declared war on England and France.

The exhibit also contains Davis’ impressions of Italy and his travels in the years immediately preceding the outbreak of World War II.

After enlisting in the Army in October 1942, Davis served in an engineering battalion stationed in North Africa and then in Italy, where he was assigned camouflage work. During that time, Davis wrote:

“The B-25 crews are very much attached to the bombers that have taken them on so many successful missions, and for each mission completed, they have a place just under the pilot, on the nose of the ship, where a mark is placed in the shape of a bomb, thus denoting the mission accomplished … they also go in for a painting of some sort, just behind the mission marks. Some of them had pretty girls, a la Petty, and others had cartoon characters. When they found out that I was an artist, I was busy the rest of the time we were with the Bomb Group, painting this sort of pretty girl and cartoon character stuff. The airmen thought that this was really fine art, and they were happy, and I think they were given a little more courage by our work for them.”

He also wrote:

“We were busy doing all sorts of camouflage jobs, for camouflage was found to be very effective in Italy. We were on the move, staying only a day or two in a bivouac area, and then to the next place. All along the way, familiar places and names of towns would loom up, for along this highway I had been many times before the war, but now, towns and cities were flattened.”

Davis returned to Italy in January 1944, disembarking on the same pier in Naples as he had when he first arrived in 1938. He met an officer who had been a colleague of his at the American Academy. At Davis’ request, the officer had Davis assigned to a combat division, where he served as a combat artist.

Among the paintings Davis created are:

  • “Ebb and Flow of War,” showing men from the 85th Infantry Division moving toward the front while ambulances carry the wounded to the rear.
  • “Sunday Service in the Field,” showing an Army chaplain conducting worship services for men of the 85th Infantry Division.
  • “Division in Paris,” showing the U.S. 28th Army Division marching down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Aug. 29, 1944.

He also reflected on the combat he saw in his writings:

“There was so much going on and there was an endless amount of material to paint, but I had no hankering for the kind of subject matter that I had to draw from, torn and crumbling buildings, dead dismembered bodies of soldiers, both our own and the enemy’s, and rugged and treacherous mountain passes that were scarred and pitted with shell holes.”

Davis received numerous awards and honors over the years, and his paintings are in the collections of museums, colleges and universities, corporations, and private collectors. He died in 2006.

Tina Baich of University Library receives honor for national and international work

INDIANAPOLIS — Tina Baich, associate librarian at University Library at Indiana University-Purdue Tina Baich ImageUniversity Indianapolis, is the recipient of this year’s Virginia Boucher-Online Computer Library Center Distinguished Interlibrary Loan Librarian Award. Baich is head of resource sharing and delivery services, as well as bibliographic and metadata services, at the IUPUI library.

The Online Computer Library Center award recognizes a degreed librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through recent publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations and/or innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries. Recipients of the annual award receive $2,000 and a citation.

In its release about the award, the American Library Association cited Baich’s “outstanding and sustained contributions to the resource-sharing community both nationally and internationally, her leadership on the Indiana Shared Print Project, her willingness to share her expertise with colleagues through a strong publication record, and an impressive array of conference presentations and online courses.” The award announcement also acknowledges Baich’s “unflagging commitment to enhancing the teaching and learning mission of academic libraries throughout the State of Indiana.”

Baich has been with University Library since 2007. She is a valuable collaborator and a leader, both within the library and in the profession, distinguishing herself in the areas of professional development and scholarship as well as service to the profession. She has made particularly important contributions in Indiana, including her work with the Indiana Shared Print Project.

She is extremely active in professional organizations pertinent to her daily work and research and has held leadership positions on a number of committees engaged in important statewide and national resource-sharing initiatives. She is a fellow of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

University Library’s Willie Miller receives prestigious ‘Mover & Shaker’ award from Library Journal

INDIANAPOLIS — The national publication Library Journal has named Willie Miller, assistant librarian Willie Miller Imageof University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry.

Miller was among 54 individuals the journal honored as outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. The IUPUI administrator was named in the “Innovators” category because of his innovative methods of assessing needs and identifying improvements for University Library.

In addition to serving as an assistant librarian, Miller is also the liaison to the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and the Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Library Journal honored Miller because of his work with the library’s Campus Outreach Group. As head of COG, which is composed of about 10 librarians and staff who promote the library’s services and resources, Miller launched the “I Heart UL” campaign in 2011, less than a year after joining University Library. The COG sets up boards in the library lobby, and students put up Post-it notes describing their likes or dislikes about the library. In the past five years, COG has collected and analyzed nearly 4,500 Post-its. Miller calls this campaign “guerilla assessment” because it is innovative, unconventional and low-cost, much like guerrilla marketing. The campaign is a “quick, dirty and cheap” way to find out what students really want and need, Miller said.

“Acting on their feedback, we have added more scanners to computer clusters; changed our printer defaults to two-sided; added more computers to public spaces; bought new microwaves; created three new study rooms; improved our online study room reservation system; and created the Pop Shop, a new space for a popular reading collection,” he said.

Next, Miller wants to use guerrilla assessment tactics to create an ethnographic study of student use of the library. “Examining how they are using it and what expectations they have for our collections, services and spaces can help us create the future of libraries,” he said. “For me, there is no more exciting project than that.”

“This year’s class of 54 joins a group of talented professionals who are committed, passionate and invigorated — each alone and all together transforming the library world and the communities it impacts for the better,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

“Mr. Miller possesses two important attributes that contribute to his success and, ultimately, to the success of the library,” said Bill Orme, associate dean for educational services at University Library. “First, he has a heartfelt concern for and connection with students. Second, Mr. Miller is an adept leader who elicits positive contributions from the members of any group he leads. He has the ability to listen, but also to welcome the ideas and perspectives of others and carry them forward with only one end in mind, improving library services and helping ensure that the library continues to be a vital part of campus life.”

As a “Mover & Shaker,” Miller joins fellow IUPUI librarian Kristi Palmer, who was a 2009 honoree.

The Movers & Shakers are selected by the editors of Library Journal, the library profession’s leading trade magazine. The M&S Class of 2016 will be celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Each of the 54 was prominently featured in the March 15 issue of Library Journal. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC.

Lecture | Kenneth Pomeranz Discusses China and the History of the Global Economy

Date: April 18, 2016Kenneth Pomeranz Image
Time: 4:30PM-6:00PM
Location:IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium – 755 W Michigan St Room UL2120, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Register for free here.

This event is part of the IUPUI History Talks Series and is co-hosted by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Kenneth Pomeranz is a University Professor of History and in the College; he previously taught at the University of California, Irvine. His work focuses mostly on China, though he is also very interested in comparative and world history. Most of his research is in social, economic, and environmental history, though he has also worked on state formation, imperialism, religion, gender, and other topics. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA, and shared the World History Association book prize; The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853–1937 (1993), which also won the Fairbank Prize; The World that Trade Created (with Steven Topik, first edition 1999, 3rd edition 2012), and a collection of his essays, recently published in France. He has also edited or co-edited five books, and was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Global History. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other sources. His current projects include a history of Chinese political economy from the seventeenth century to the present, and a book called Why Is China So Big? which tries to explain, from various perspectives, how and why contemporary China’s huge land mass and population have wound up forming a single political unit.