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IUPUI library captures three major Library Federation awards

Jennifer Johnson (left) and Willie Miller
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August 31, 2012

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University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and two of the library’s employees are recipients of leadership awards from the Indiana Library Federation, one of the largest state library associations in the U.S. The IUPUI library is the only public academic library to earn the association’s leadership awards in three categories.

University Library and the Indianapolis Public Library are co-recipients of the Indiana Library Federation Collaboration Award, which recognizes significant contributions in promoting library services on a community, regional or statewide level.

The two Indianapolis libraries were honored for their ongoing, innovative collaboration focused on creating digital collections that make unique materials available to the community via the Internet. Recent digital collections created include the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum collection and a number of collections documenting the yearbooks of Indianapolis public high schools.

“What is special about the relationship between the IUPUI University Library and the (Indianapolis) Public Library is that we both care deeply about Indianapolis and that we have found ways to leverage our strengths to create a rich reflection of the city’s past,” said David Lewis, University Library dean.

University Library employees Willie Miller and Jennifer Johnson received individual leadership awards honoring them for exceptional service.

Miller, University Library liaison to the IU School of Informatics and the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI, received the Outstanding New Librarian Award for his innovative work in the areas of student engagement and instructional technology.

“Mr. Miller has an awareness of the future of the profession and works to incorporate new technology into his teaching activities at IUPUI,” Lewis said.

In addition to being one of only eight instructors in a unique learning community focused on using Apple iPads in the classroom, Miller serves as chair of the University Library’s campus outreach group and has used his leadership role to advance the way the library connects with nearly 30,000 students in the IUPUI campus community. Miller received his master of library science degree from the School of Information and Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington.

Johnson, digital initiatives project coordinator for the University Library’s Digital Scholarship Team, received the Outstanding Support Staff award. During her tenure, Johnson has worked with a number of leading local organizations to create online collections of valuable historical records, making them more accessible to both scholars and community users. Notable recent projects include the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper Collection and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection.

Johnson’s work has helped the University Library build a reputation as a valuable partner for Indianapolis cultural heritage institutions and community organizations that seek to preserve and create wider access to their collections.

Located at 755 W. Michigan Avenue on the IUPUI campus, University Library is a public library, serving the people of Indiana as well as the university population. Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card.