Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tour and Workshop Locations

We are excited to offer a variety of tours and workshops during our conference this year!  Below is a map of the tour and workshop locations.  All are within walking distance of Herman B Wells Library, with the exception of the Paper Conservation Workshop, which will be held at the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (affectionately known as ALF).  Representatives from IU will lead tour participants to the various tour locations and transportation to the ALF will be provided.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast for Saturday is predicting rain, so don't forget your umbrella!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Conference location: Herman B Wells Library

The Herman B Wells Library is a focal point of Indiana University's campus, with two large towers of Indiana limestone housing more than 4.6 million volumes. However, if you've never been to campus, it can be a confusing building to navigate. The conference registration table will be located in between the glass double doors at the South entrance to the library's main lobby, which adjoins both towers.  There are two convenient entrances to the lobby -- one faces 10th street and the other is accessible from Jordan Avenue, both of which are pictured below.  The registration table will be positioned at the entrance accessible from Jordan Avenue.

10th Street Entrance

Back Entrance - Jordan Avenue access

Thursday, February 17, 2011

You’re Invited! Saturday Night at Nick's

Nick’s English Hut
423 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
Saturday, March 5

A long Saturday full of engaging presentations, tours, and workshops can wear anyone out, but it’s nothing that an evening at Nick’s English Hut can’t remedy! The conference committee invites you to attend a social gathering where you can relax, seek sustenance, and bond with like-minded graduate students and beginning professionals on Saturday night, March 5 from 8:00-11:00pm. Whether you delve deeper into topics breached by the day’s presentations, compare your experiences in respective Library and Information Science programs, discuss your professional interests, or just want to test the waters in the local favorite bar game “Sink the ‘Biz,” we encourage you to come out and join in the merriment! [Note: All attendees must be 21 years or older. We apologize if this affects anyone's ability to attend.]

Nick’s English Hut isn’t just any old bar and restaurant—it’s an Indiana University tradition… a veritable campus institution. Since it opened in 1924, Nick's has grown to embody the spirit of IU. The archivist in you may very well burst with glee as you marvel at the rich memorabilia collection decorating the walls. (I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry. Very few of the sun’s natural rays fall upon the place’s interior. Light damage should be minimal.) We thought it only fitting to convene at Nick’s to further indulge in the spirit of the day.

From the conference location in Herman B Wells Library, Nick’s is an easy 15-20 minute walk or quick bus ride across campus. It is located on Kirkwood Avenue, the main east-west thoroughfare in downtown Bloomington full of restaurants, bars, shops, and more--many of which are unique locally owned establishments. We encourage you to explore the area and soak in a bit of Bloomington culture while you're here. We hope to see many of you Saturday night!

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As always, contact with any questions.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Parking on the Indiana University Campus

If you are traveling to the conference from outside of Bloomington and plan to come via car (or if you are an IU student who needs a refresher), these are your best bets for getting around and finding parking near Herman B Wells Library:

Walk or use Public Transportation: Because of the concentrated nature of the Indiana University Campus, parking on campus can be quite difficult. Fortunately, Bloomington is a very walkable city with convenient public transportation options. Use the interactive IU campus map as a pedestrian guide. See the Transportation Options blog post for more information about public transportation and bus routes.

Explore Free Parking Options: Since student traffic is seriously reduced on weekends, any vehicle with or without a valid Indiana University parking permit may park in campus or city parking garages, D and E parking zones in parking lots, at meters, and on downtown streets on Saturday and Sunday, as well as Friday nights after 5:00 (lots, meters, and streets) or 6:00 (garages). For further details concerning free parking options are available, click here.

Details about visitor accessible parking garages are available here. Both the Jordan Avenue Garage and the 11th & Fee Garage are within easy walking distance of Herman B Wells Library.

Other parking lots near the conference location may be explored using the Parking Lot Locator Tool (select "Wells Library" as the building in the drop down list). Because permit parking zones can get confusing, we encourage guests to use the garages mentioned above.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email us at

Monday, February 14, 2011

Conference Schedule

Herman B Wells Library

Saturday, March 5, 2011

9:00-9:30: Registration and breakfast

9:30-10:30: Session I: Digitization
The Rainbow Connection and the Archives: Using Digital Preservation to Link the Jim Henson Company’s Past, Present, and Future
Stacie Williams, Simmons College

Migration Thinking: Dietrich Schüller, Albrecht Häfner, and the Inception of the Digital Mass Storage System for Sound Archives
Jason Groth, Indiana University Bloomington

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:45: Session II (Parallel sessions)
Appraisal and Government Documents
The Grigg Report and its Effect on Appraisal in the United Kingdom
Kristopher Stenson, Indiana University Bloomington

Rethinking Appraisal Theory for Government Documents
Camille Torres, Simmons College

Issues in Digital Archives
Preserving Growth, Preserving Decay: Born-Digital Materials That Will Not Sit Still
Dorothy Chalk, Indiana University Bloomington

Open Source Electronic Recordkeeping: A Review of Alfresco Enterprise Content Management System
Eric Holt, University Archivist, Indiana State University

11:45-12:00: Break/Walk to tour location

12:00-12:45: Tour

12:45-1:00: Walk to Herman B Wells Library

1:00-2:00: Lunch

2:00-3:00: Session III (Parallel sessions)
Special Collections in Libraries and Archives
Motion Picture Film Preservation at The Chautauqua Institution Archives
Danielle Emerling, Indiana University Bloomington

Non-textual Objects in Library and Archival Collections
Brenna Henry, Indiana University Bloomington

Cultural Heritage in Archives: Music
Heavy Metal as Folklore and the Case for Preservation
Ed Hill, Indiana University Bloomington

“The Mystery Song”: Histories of the Contingent in Documentary Jazz Recordings
Richard Fischer, The City University of New York-Queens

3:00-3:15: Transportation/walk to workshop location

3:15-5:00: Workshop

Saturday evening
8:00-11:00: Social gathering at Nick's English Hut (423 East Kirkwood Ave)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

9:00-9:30: Breakfast

9:30-10:30: Session IV
Describing Visual Resources
Photography, Identity and Descriptive Processes
Kristen Schuster, Simmons College

Excessive, Adequate, or Not Enough: The Impact of Postmodernism and Minimal Processing on Photographic Description in the Digital Realm
Andrew McGraw, Project Archivist, University of Kentucky

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:45: Session V (Parallel sessions)
Uncovering Special Collections
An Underappreciated Resource: Medieval Manuscript Leaf Collections
Micah Erwin, University of Texas at Austin, School of Information

“How are [we] to bring such wayward creatures into the bonds of organization?”: Zine Archives and the Archival Tradition
Rachel Woodbrook and Althea Lazzaro, University of Washington

Preserving Place
An Analysis of African Archives: Challenges for the Present and Solutions for Change
Sarah Keil, Indiana University Bloomington

The Woman Behind the Curtain: Winnie Allen as Archivist
Alison Clemens, University of Texas at Austin, School of Information

11:45-12:00: Break/walk to tour location

12:00-2:00: Tour

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beyond the Library: Bloomington's Restaurant Scene

Despite Bloomington's relatively small size and its distance from major metropolitan centers, the food scene is surprisingly robust.  Bloomington has a plethora of local eateries to choose from, ranging from standard American fare to specialties from across much of the globe.  The main thoroughfare off-campus, Kirkwood Avenue, offers dozens of options, ranging from pub food to gourmet sit-down locations.  A trip down Fourth Street reveals restaurants offering authentic dishes from Europe, Asia, and Southeast Asia.  If a trip to a local brewery is of interest, the Upland Brewery is for you.  Mother Bear's Pizza, on East 3rd Street, is a traditional stop for any IU student (voted "best pizza in Indiana by USA Today).  The Indiana Memorial Union offers several restaurants and cafeteria options.  The Herman B Wells Library, our conference location, offers the Cyber Cafe (basement level), also with restaurant and cafeteria options.  No matter your tastes, Bloomington is sure to please.

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Bloomington's restaurants differ in cuisine, atmosphere, and price. The conference committee created a map indicating a handful of local favorites, but feel free to explore on your own.  You may also want to visit the Bloomington Tourism Restaurant Site for more information and tips.

Transportation Options

Tips for Out-Of-Towners:
Transportation to, from, and within Bloomington, IN

For anyone traveling to the SAA-SC conference at Indiana University from out of town, the logistics of getting to and around Bloomington, Indiana could be a bit confusing at first glance. Sure, this small city in southwest Indiana may seem a bit removed from the U.S. transportation network, but it’s not as difficult to navigate your way here as you may think. A wealth of information is accessible through the Visit Bloomington website’s transportation and parking link. Some general tips are outlined as follows.

Air Transportation:

If you are traveling to Indiana by plane, you are likely flying into the Indianapolis International Airport (code IND). The airport has an excellent Ground Transportation Center (GTC) where you can access rental cars, taxi, limousine, and bus service; further details are available on the GTC website. For students on tight budgets, shuttle bus service is an excellent option that IU students frequently take advantage of. Two carriers operate between the Indianapolis Airport and Bloomington, Indiana for approximately $15.00 each one-way trip. Tickets may be purchased in advance or onsite via machines in the airport’s Ground Transportation Center. Shuttles drop riders off in Bloomington at designated dorms, hotels, and the Indiana Memorial Union; see schedules for further details.

Shuttle Service Providers:

Bloomington Shuttle ServicePhone number (812) 332-6004 or (800) 589-6004

Star of America Shuttle:  Phone number –  1-800-228-0814


In Town

Within Bloomington, several transportation options are available to visitors. These include taxi and limousine service, rental cars, Bloomington Transit bus system, and IU Campus buses.

Bus Services:

Bloomington Transit Bus System: Named the #1 small transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association in 2010, Bloomington Transit provides excellent means of getting around town with reliable service at an affordable rate ($1.00 per ride). Phone number – (812) 336-7433.

IU Campus Bus Service: Campus buses operate on weekdays from 7:30 am to 12 Midnight, Saturdays from 8:40 am to 11:30 pm and Sunday 10:30 am to 11:30 pm. Campus bus service is a fare free system. Phone number – (812) 855-8384.

Car Services:

Signature Limousine: Phone number – (812) 332-6045 or (800) 589-6004.

Yellow Cab Company: Phone – (812) 339-9744. No website.

Ace Rent-A-Car: 2200 N. Walnut Street. Phone – (812) 336-1501.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 1601 N College Ave. Phone – (812) 336-6635.


Further Information:

Hopefully the above information provides a good start for navigating your way around town. Should you have any specific questions or require additional transportation help, please email us at