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In This Issue

  1. Workshop to Address Future of Library Cooperation

  2. Glick Fund, Humanities Council Partner on New Initiative

  3. Program Brings Storytelling Arts to Indiana Communities

More Library News

Chicago Tribune

E-book limits anger libraries

Crawfordsville Journal-Review

Reading important for development

DeKalb Star

Author visits DeKalb High School

Evansville Courier & Press

Integra facing another major deadline

Evansville Courier & Press

Proposed Jasper library estimated at $7.7 million

Indianapolis Star

Hamilton County Reads Program Kicks Off March 15
Indianapolis Star

Library to meet 3/24 on new branch sites

Indiana’s NewCenter – TV (Ft Wayne)
Do you know your Family Tree

Inside INdiana Business

National Preservation Leaders to Speak in Indy

Jackson County Banner

Library hosts Read to Me program

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Tippecanoe County Public Library earns money from book sale

Louisville Courier-Journal

Indiana legislature should pass library funding bills

Noblesville Times

Library losing guiding member with Cooper's retirement

Northwest Indiana Times

Planners study contentious C.P. library construction

Northwest Indiana Times

Auditors seek more E.C. library files

Northwest Indiana Times

Essay contest calls out to 4th-graders

Northwest Indiana Times

Appointments alter face of East Chicago Library Board

School Library Journal

Celebrate Financial Literacy Month

Shelbyville News

Author shares writing process with local teens

South Bend Tribune

The local angle on library e-books

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Vigo Library braces for large crackerbarrel crowd

Zionsville Times-Sentinel

Students get silent and read

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Indiana Authors Award

Nominate your favorite Hoosier authors through March 25, 2011

Watch Velma Bright Honored for 69 Years of Service at Akron Public Library

Book of the Week:
The Irish (Peopling Indiana)

Peopling Indiana: The Irish

The history of the Irish in Indiana is intricately woven into the fabric of the state's history. From humble beginnings, the Irish have become an integral part of the state's tapestry while continuing to celebrate their Celtic past.

The Irish is authored by Indiana State University History Professor, William W. Giffin, and published by the Indiana Historical Society.

Workshop to Address Future of Library Cooperation

Moving Library Cooperation to Web ScaleIn an effort to help member libraries streamline routine, yet critical services and increase efficiencies and cost savings, LYRASIS and OCLC have partnered to share Web-scale knowledge and experience with the library community. Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale takes an in-depth look at how Web scale is revitalizing traditional services through shared workflows, activities and data.

At this event, you will build a community of support as you tackle various scenarios alongside colleagues and experts, while planning your library’s first steps toward Web scale. Attendees will attain knowledge on how to formulate how you will elevate your library’s critical services — including acquisition, circulation and license management — to the cooperative cloud. Specifically, through your participation you and your staff will:

  • Hear from library representatives who are en route to Web Scale, tech gurus and Web-scale advocates.

  • Take a virtual tour of a live OCLC Web-scale Management Services site and consider viable (plus pie-in-the-sky) options for your library. 

  • Discover new possibilities and discuss strategies for overcoming obstacles.

  • Identify what you still need to find out—as part of your journey to the cloud.

Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale is scheduled for April 13, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. Registration is available online, but space is limited. The event is worth LEUs with the amount and type pending.

Glick Fund, Humanities Council Partner on New Initiative

Novel ConversationsThe Indiana Humanities Council received a grant from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, to support honoraria for the Novel Conversations Speakers Program, featuring winners and finalists from the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Novel Conversations is the statewide lending library of the Indiana Humanities Council and is open to any Indiana book club. Through this program, the Council maintains and circulates a collection of books and a library of multimedia materials. The Council lends more than 300 titles, primarily fiction and biography, to reading and discussion groups at libraries, senior centers, schools, and other organizations, free of charge.

Your library may have an opportunity to host one of these authors by applying to the program.  Spaces are limited, so act quickly. For more information, contact Nancy Conner, Director of Grants, at or 800-675-8897. Visit the Novel Conversations website for a complete listing of the collection's titles and to reserve copies of titles for your own book discussion group.

Program Brings Storytelling Arts Into Indiana Communities

Storytelling Arts of IndianaThe Indiana Historical Society and Storytelling Arts of Indiana are helping fund performances by storyteller Kevin Stonerock in select Hoosier communities with the Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories project. With thirty years experience as a performing songwriter and actor, Stonerock's quick wit and affable, down-to-earth style connects with his audience and puts them at ease as if they were carrying on a conversation with an old friend on the front porch.

Funding opportunities are currently available for the newest story "Steamboat Tales: Life Along the Ohio River." The IHS and Storytelling Arts make funds available each year to offset the costs of inviting a storyteller to your communities. The IHS and Storytelling Arts pay half the presenter fee ($250) and assist in the marketing of these programs, while the hosting institution pays the other half plus mileage expenses.

This year's story marks the bicentennial of the New Orleans, the first steamboat to successfully voyage down the Ohio River. The success of the New Orleans and subsequent steam-powered vessels altered American life forever by hastening the opening of the American West. Stonerock mined the IHS collections and other materials to develop a story about the steamboat's legacy along the Ohio River. Steamboat Tales uses music and history as well as flights of fancy to transport audiences back to an era when boat captains, showboat barkers and others enlivened the river banks of southern Indiana.

For more information about the Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories program or how to bring this story to your community in 2011, contact Erin Kelley at (317) 234-3161 or or Ellen Munds at (317) 576-9848 or

Libraries Encouraged to Join Gateway Trainers Project

Beginning this summer all local units of government will be required to submit their budgets online using the Indiana Gateway for Local Government Units, a web-based data reporting system. The State Library and the DLGF are partnering to offer librarians the opportunity to become Gateway Trainers and to provide leaders in their local communities with this valuable service.

If your library is interested in being a Gateway Trainer, contact Wendy Knapp by March 31 to register for the program webinar.


Summer Reading Workshops
When: March 18, 9:00 AM - Noon
Where: Noble County PL

ILF District Conferences
When: 8:30 AM (local time)
Where: Multiple Locations
District 3         4/08: District 6
District 8         5/03: District 1
5/12: District 5/7     5/13: District 2
District 4

Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
When: March 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: North Webster PL

Evergreen Indiana Admin/ Reports Training
When: March 22 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
When: March 22 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Moving Library Cooperation Web Scale
When: April 13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Indiana State Library

Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting
When: April 1 & 2
Where: Ind. Historical Society

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9

Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Conference
When: April 20
Where: Ball State University

8th Annual Copyright Conference
When: April 20
Where: Ball State University

AISLE Survive Conference
When: June 14
Where: Ben Davis HS - Indianapolis

View free LEU opportunities from LYRASIS & WJ-IN

Evergreen Indiana

Evergreen Indiana down March 18-20 for Scheduled Software Upgrade

In order to best serve Evergreen Indiana communities, a software upgrade is scheduled between March 18 and March 20. The process will require downtime during this period. Libraries should operate in stand-alone mode during the upgrade, which will eliminate issues connecting to the central server. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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