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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. PDO Adds Southwest Regional Consultant, Updates Region Boundaries

  2. Six Indiana Libraries Named Among Nation's Best

  3. LibraryIndiana Introduces New Copy Paper Purchasing Program

More Library News

Auburn Star

More than gift baskets for sale in library benefit

Chesterton Tribune

Library plans digital magazine and newspaper pilot program

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville library system earns rare five-star rating

Evansville Courier & Press

Never know what you'll run into on the shelves at your local library

Greencastle Banner Graphic

Bigfoot investigators believe creature has taken a toehold in area

Indianapolis Star

Visitors to 1929 Indy could go by the guide

Lafayette Journal & Courier

West Lafayette library packed for a day of fun

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Emily Branson: Couple at the library made me one of their own

Laporte Herald Argus

Sharing a love of spelling

Muncie Star Press

Libraries honor military heroes

South Bend Tribune

Avon Theater terra cotta salvage work almost complete

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Poet to deliver keynote at WordFest Creative Writing Symposium

Vincennes Sun Commercial

Bicknell library getting makeover


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PDO Adds Southwest Regional Consultant, Updates Region Boundaries

Professional Development OfficeThe Indiana State Library's Professional Development Office welcomed William Anderson to its team of regional library consultants. The new Southeastern Regional Coordinator is a resident of Madison, Indiana and a 2007 graduate of the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science. He is a former collection development librarian and branch manager of the Jefferson County Public Library in Madison.

In accordance to the addition of a fourth regional consultant, the PDO has redrafted it's regional boundaries as follows (view map):

Jill Stange, Northwest - Lake, Porter, Cass, Newton, Jasper, Starke, Marshall, Pulaski, Fulton, Benton, White,  Carroll, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Montgomery, Boone, La Porte & St. Joseph

Megan Maurer, Southwest - Warren, Fountain, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Hendricks, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Morgan, Sullivan, Greene, Monroe, Knox, Daviess, Martin, Lawrence, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Orange, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Crawford

Bill Anderson, Southeast - Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Hancock, Henry, Wayne, Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Fayette, Union, Brown, Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Ripley, Dearborn, Washington, Scott, Jefferson, Switzerland, Ohio, Harrison, Floyd, Clark

Shauna Borger, Northeast - Elkhart, La Grange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Noble, De Kalb, Whitley, Allen, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Howard, Grant, Blackford, Jay, Tipton, Hamilton

Six Indiana Libraries Named Among Nation's Best

America's Star LibrariesLibrary Journal recognized six Indiana public libraries as Star Libraries. Two of these six, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Spencer County Public Library, received top designation as being five-star libraries. This is the second-consecutive year Spencer County received a five-star rating. Joining the list as four-star libraries were Allen County Public Library and Williamsport-Washington Twp Public Library. Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library and Butler Public Library were named three-star libraries.

The ratings are based on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the quantities of services they deliver. The 2012 LJ Index is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data for 2010. The index measures four per capita areas that indicate public service - circulation, visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three stars. All rated libraries, stars or not can use their scores to learn from their peers, inform their stakeholders of achievements and service opportunities, and improve library awareness and funding.

LibraryIndiana Introduces New Copy Paper Purchasing Program

LibraryIndianaLibraryIndiana invites public and academic libraries to participate in a demand aggregation event for copy paper. The event uses the current Central Indiana Education Service Center (CIESC) copy paper agreement with The Paper Corp. Over the last year, under the K12Indiana program, participants have realized up to 30% in savings by participating in these cooperative purchasing events. Leveraging technology in the system, the team will collect orders from libraries. Those orders will be aggregated into a large volume purchase to negotiate deeper discounts than already exist.

Libraries that would like to be included in the demand aggregation event must provide the quantity they would like to order through the tool. Participation in this cooperative purchasing strategy is a commitment to buy. Therefore, participants will be required to purchase by the end of the agreement’s term.

Click here to view a project timeline and sample pricing. LibraryIndiana will also host a webinar on Thursday, November 29th at 10:30 AM. This session will include information on the concept behind this cooperative purchasing strategy, how to enter your information in the tool, followed with a question and answer session. If you are interested in participating but do not have a username or password, or have any questions about LibraryIndiana, please send an email to

Welcome New Library Directors

Please join the Indiana State Library in welcoming these new public library directors from around the state:

Brenda Kinslow, Interim Director, Colfax-Perry Twp Public Library

Jonathan Gaskill, Director, Fulton County Public Library

Best of luck to you both!

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Bookkeeping & Annual Report Workshop
When: November 15
Live Online

Book Club Basics
When: November 16 @ 11:00 AM
Where: Roanoke Public Library

Marketing Your Library's Physical Space
When: November 16 @ Noon
Where: Roanoke Public Library

Children's Services from the Indiana State Library
When: November 20 @ 11:00 AM (CST)
Where: Lowell Public Library

Storytime for Children with Disabilities
When: November 20 @ Noon (CST)
Where: Lowell Public Library

Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana Webinar, Part 1
When: November 28 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana Webinar, Part 2
When: November 29 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: December 4 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Greensburg-Decatur Co. Public Library

Marketing Your Library's Physical Space
When: December 5 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Greensburg-Decatur Co. Public Library

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