IUPUI University Library- Ground Zero for Connecting Campus and Community

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis University Library is the site for Connecting Campus with Community seminar. The Library has established itself as community-oriented and on the cutting edge with technology and innovation

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Courtesy:IUPUI Libraries

It’s been said the IUPUI University Library has the “best mobile presence in the university,” a 30,000+ student campus that involves units from the Indiana’s two Big Ten institutions, Indiana University and Purdue University.

The Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis campus is where we’ll be meeting starting Monday for the “Connecting Campus with Community” five-day seminar and the University Library is our venue for these sessions.

Looks like Indiana Campus Compact may have picked a winner for a location for our gathering.

I know now to pack my iPod touch so that I can test out some of the mobile strategies that this particular University’s library is employing, in part through the hire of a new librarian, Willie Miller, the informatics and journalism librarian who’s been leading the mobile effort.

According to the Dean of Library David Lewis,  this building has a “well-deserved reputation for innovation and excellence.”

In checking out the Library’s Web site, I was impressed by the fact that the library has a demonstrated commitment to connecting the community with the library.

How many University libraries have a library community board?

IUPUI’s University Library has one.

How many University libraries have their own diversity council?

IUPUI’s University Library has one.

In fact, their latest semi-annual e-newsletter, Gateway,  includes an article from the writer of the Diversity Scholar’s Blog.

It will be interesting to note whether or not these features (community influence and diversity) are evident in the physical facility where we’ll be meeting for five days next week. 

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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