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In This Issue

  1. Portal Offering Libraries Procurement Savings Launching Next Week

  2. National Library Organizations Partner on Digital Literacy Initiative

  3. Programming Ideas Available for 2012 International Games Day

More Library News

Auburn Evening Star

Eckhart Library hosting special art exhibit this month

Evansville Courier & Press

Mystery writer, 'Bones' producer to appear in the flesh

Evansville Courier & Press

CHECK IT OUT: Priceless picture books

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library aims for 3% raises, pending review 

Gary Post-Tribune

Crown Point library turns a new leaf

Goshen News

Nappanee library staff hosts lunch for volunteers

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Tzouanakis giving reading program 'major facelift'

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

PCPL board takes care of maintenance issues 

Greene County Daily World

Linton Public Library reaching out to teens

Greenfield Daily Reporter

Library Hosts Political Debates

Huntington County TAB

State grant to help Andrews library grow bigger

Huntington County TAB

Roanoke library nets PHH as major donor

Indianapolis Star

'Lock-in' at Indy's Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library highlights Banned Books Week

LaPorte Herald Argus

Library circulation drops

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

The drive to do better

Louisville Courier-Journal

Entice a reluctant reader with a good (sports) book

Madison Courier

Book fair to feature regional, local authors

Muncie Star Press

DON'T READ THIS: Banned Book Week celebrates the freedom to read

Muncie Star Press

Book 'bans' on front burner

New Castle Courier-Times

Small gesture shows big heart

Northwest Indiana Times

Crown Point Library prepares for move; new building opens Oct. 22

Northwest Indiana Times

Proposed library consolidation deemed expensive

Perry County News

Lack of quorum hinders library board action

Perry County News

Celebrating 10 years at the library

Richmond Palladium Item

Dennis staff, students proud of "A" rating

Shelby County News

Bearded trio of library employees wins spelling bee

South Bend Tribune

Banned Book Week highlights free speech issues

Terre Haute Tribune Star

A library is a good thing — even a little, homegrown one

Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Author of Alive and Dead in Indiana to visit Vincennes


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Portal Offering Libraries Procurement Savings Launching Next Week

LibraryIndianaNext week, a valuable new procurement tool offering more options and greater savings will be available for Indiana libraries . LibraryIndiana, a public/ private partnership between the Indiana Department of Administration, the Indiana State Library and Indianapolis-based  Business Purchasing Solutions (BPS), gives every library in the state the purchasing advantage of statewide-negotiated contracts, organized into convenient online catalogs, all on one easy-to-use website.

The creation of LibraryIndiana was a logical evolution of the current state QPA platform and follows the successful launches of OneIndiana (municipal government) and K-12Indiana (schools). Your access to LibraryIndiana includes up to three free licenses per branch paid for by the State of Indiana and with it comes access to the best state-approved purchasing agreements focused on the needs of all types of libraries.

While LibraryIndiana is easy, intuitive, and ready to use, several brief online training sessions are also being scheduled throughout October and November for anyone interested in learning more about how to:

  • Shop prices and make purchases using LibraryIndiana

  • Participate in coordinated sourcing events on the site

  • Maintain your account settings and user information

  • Use built-in purchasing reporting tools and more

Be on the lookout for more information, including registration instructions and a complete schedule of training sessions, throughout the next week. Also, any libraries that are current OneIndiana users will automatically have their account updated to include new library-specific agreements and updated pricing on many of the catalogs you already browse.

National Library Organizations Partner on Digital Literacy Initiative

Connect to CompeteThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded the Public Library Association (PLA) a $291,000 grant to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources that will be accessible to libraries, patrons, and community-based organizations. The grant, provided through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, will include handouts, the development of training curricula in English and Spanish, and library patron skills assessments in order to improve the nation’s digital literacy rate.

PLA will partner with the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to generate the online digital literacy resource collection. PLA will launch the online resource center at the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, and the organization plans to continue demonstrations of the resource center at ALA and PLA conferences from 2013-2014. The project will help libraries address local needs for technology skills and training, as well as better prepare libraries to support digital learning through the national “Connect to Compete” scheduled to launch early next year in conjunction with a national ad campaign urging people to visit their local libraries for free online tools and digital literacy education.

Governor Daniels proclaims this week as Indiana Information Literacy Week

Indiana Information Literacy Week was developed by the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Information Literacy Committee. This group focuses on expanding awareness throughout Indiana about information literacy. The committee serves as a focal point for exploring information literacy issues, discussing new opportunities that would further facilitate collaboration and adoption of best practices among ALI members, and to recommend courses of action to the ALI Board of Directors.

Programming Ideas Available for 2012 International Games Day

International Gaming DayInternational Games Day is back again in 2012 and this year's celebration of communities coming together to play at the library will take place on Saturday, November 3rd. Over 900 libraries are already planning events, but it's not too late to register yours today.

If you're looking for ideas to plan your International Gaming Day event, the American Library Association is posting one programming idea a day  on its Facebook page.

Our Heroes TreeRegister today for the 2012 Our Heroes’ Tree program

Registration Now Open for 21st Century Literacy Days

Register today for the 21st Century Literacy Days hosted by the Indiana State Library and brought to you by the Indiana Geographic Information Office.

Click here to register and for workshop & LEU details.

Dates & Locations:
Friday, Oct. 5
: Ivy Tech, Lawrenceburg (
Friday, Oct. 12: Purdue-Calumet, Hammond
Friday, Oct. 19: Ivy Tech, Evansville
Friday, Oct. 26: Ivy Tech, Ft. Wayne
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Indiana State Library
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Indiana State Library

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Word of Mouth Marketing  
When: October 4 @ 11:00 AM
Lowell Public Library

Book Club Basics  
When: October 4 @ Noon
Lowell Public Library

AISLE Workshop: Getting the Most Out of INSPIRE -
When: October 3 @ 4:45 PM
Hamilton East Public Library - Noblesville Branch

Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop
When: October 5 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Indiana Computer Educators (ICE) Conference
When: October 11 & 12
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

Readers Advisory Workshop
When: October 11 @ 1:00PM
Where: Indiana Humanities Office, Indianapolis

Basic INSPIRE training
When: October 17 @ 3:30PM
Where: Kendallville Public Library

Basic INSPIRE Training
When: October 23 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Wells County Public Library

Library Camp
When: October 24 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Allen County Public Library

Literacy and the Department of Education (2 LEUs)
When: October 24 @ 1:30 PM
Where: Indianapolis Public Library

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 27 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

When: October 30 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 12-14
Where: Indiana
Convention Center, Downtown Indianapolis

Institutional Libraries Fall Workshop
When: November 13
Indiana State Library

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