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.

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys book discussion series at Ivy Tech

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The community is invited to join a book club hosted by Ivy Tech and co-sponsored by IUPUI and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Everyone is welcome. The topic is “Connected Histories,” one of the five themes of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Learn more about the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world through a special program at the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center (LRC) titled Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series. The LRC is proud to present the series with the help of grants from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In this series, attendees are welcome to read one or more of the following featured books and then attend the discussions which take place at the LRC (2725 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis). The LRC has extra copies of each book available for checkout. Each book discussion will take place from 4:00pm – 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • DECEMBER 4: When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
  • JANUARY 15: The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
  • FEBRUARY 12: The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
  • MARCH 19: Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
  • APRIL 9: Islamic Art film screening and art exhibit. This event is co-sponsored by IUPUI and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and will be held at the Indiana Interchurch Center (1100 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis).

Extra copies of the books are available through the Ivy Tech library. For more on the books themselves and the theme of connected histories, please see the following website. To pre-register for one or more of the above events, please visit the event website.