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In This Issue

  • Just Over One Week Left to Apply for 2014 LSTA Grants

  • LEU Policy Set for PLA in Indianapolis

  • Gates Foundation Develops Advocacy Toolkits for Libraries

More Library News

Associated Press
Bloomington library offering letter writing course
Associated Press
New home for Monroe County archives dating to 1898
Crawfordsville Journal Review
Everybody Reads
Crawfordsville Journal Review
Applaud commissioners for library expansion approach
Crawfordsville Journal Review
The Timelessness of Dr. Seuss
Current in Carmel
Tax reform could affect local library
Elkhart Truth
Library develops app for college students
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Digital lab lets users record family history 
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
'Visionary' library director to retire Sept. 1 
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
From 2007: Krull's library dream nearing fruition
Greencastle Banner-Graphic
PCPL to introduce videogame collection
Greene County Daily World
Wabash Valley Genealogy Society offering beginning genealogy classes
Kankakee Daily Journal
Editorial: Kankakee Public Library marks 10 years in its current location
Kokomo Perspective
KHCPL board opposes elimination of personal property tax in Indiana
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Reading to the Dogs program has profound effect on library patrons
La Porte Herald Argus
Library system is creating early literacy environments
La Porte Herald Argus
County library system eyes improvements
Madison Courier
Beginning Japanese
Muncie Star Press
Pet food cookbook will inspire
Northwest Indiana Times
Westchester Library declares emergency to replace boiler
Shelbyville News
City of Shelbyville, Central Schools celebrate Read Across America Day
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Rockville Library to dedicate genealogy collection March 8
WSBT-TV (South Bend)
Feds take over Walkerton Twp. library missing money probe

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Just Over One Week Left to Apply for 2014 LSTA Grants

LSTA Supports Indiana LibrariesThe 2014 LSTA applications must be received by 4:00 PM EST on Friday, March 14th, 2014. This year's grant program includes the following opportunities for Indiana libraries and historical and cultural organizations:

  • Technology Grants: Technology Grants help Indiana libraries provide their users with the new and improved technology necessary to meet their residents’ ever-changing needs for library services and access to information.
  • Digitization Grants: The theme for the 2014 Digitization Grant Program is The Indiana Bicentennial. While adherence to the theme is not required, projects incorporating this theme are encouraged.

If you have questions about your eligibility, a grant application requirement, or anything else concerning 2014 LSTA grant opportunities, please contact the Library Development Office at or (800) 451-6028. Visit the LSTA homepage to learn more how LSTA grants support Indiana libraries.

LEU Policy Set for PLA in Indianapolis

LEUs for 2014 PLA Conference in Indy!By Emily Schaber, Library Certification Coordinator

Next week is PLA in Indianapolis. Please see the reminder below regarding the current policy (as of 8/31/2013) for recording LEUs from out-of-state andnational conferences. (Although PLA is technically in-state this year, it’s still a national conference.)

As always, let me know your questions. Have fun at PLA and learn lots!

Policy on LEUs for Out-of-State Conferences (Effective 8/31/2013)

  1. As you have done in the past after attending an in-person conference, fill out the National and International LEU Form. (Note: we are in the process of relocating the content of this page so please disregard information that may conflict with these instructions.)
  2. Please write your session synopses and retain all conference programs or documentation we could refer to in the event of an audit. Also retain your confirmation of conference registration.
  3. Based on the sessions you attended, count up the LEUs you earned. Remember LEUs are awarded hour-for-hour and round up at the half hour. Example: A session lasted an hour and a half so you would receive 2 LEUs.
  4. File these documents with your other LEUs. Do not send them to ISL to receive an LEU certificate. You will only need to turn them in to ISL if you are notified your file has been selected for random audit. Unless you are not notified as such, please do not send in this paperwork.

Presentations eligible for LEUs: Keynote speeches and author talks, as well as standard workshops. Eligible sessions must have a specified learning objectives and make a contribution to the field of professional librarianship. Sessions eligible for TLEUs will consist of training on software or devices, instruction on social media, and so forth. Sessions pertaining to policies on technology (as opposed to how to use a product) are eligible for general LEUs. If you are not sure, contact the Certification Consultant Emily Schaber.

NOT eligible for LEUs: Business meetings, registrations, roundtable discussions, poster sessions, time spent at vendor booths, and social events without a speaker are NOT eligible for LEUs.

Gates Foundation Develops Advocacy Toolkits for Libraries

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American LifeThe Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has produced a series of reports presenting new research on library services, trends in reading habits and patron needs in the digital age. This three-year research program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and informed by an advisory group, focus groups and surveys of library users, non-users, and librarians.

The Pew research is rich in data that librarians can use to inform internal planning and support advocacy efforts. The Pew data is nationally representative, however many libraries are seeing examples of how the Pew findings reflect changes and trends in their own libraries.

The foundation has developed advocacy toolkits (one kit for each report) that include materials librarians can customize and use in their own communities. The tools will help librarians effectively talk about the Pew data to stakeholders and share information about library services.

2014 Evergreen Indiana Conference Coming April 3 & 4

The 2014 Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference will open on the evening of the 3rd with a keynote reception dinner and continue on the 4th with cataloging, patron services, and administration tracks, committee meetings, and the State of Evergreen Indiana luncheon. 

The conference will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. Registration is required.

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

INSPIRE Webinars from Gale
When: Now through April

Where: Live Online

PLA Conference
When: March 11 -15
Where: Indiana Convention Center

Family Place Libraries Symposium
When: March 12
Where: Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Indiana Black Librarians Network PLA Reception
When: March 13 @ 5:00 PM
Indiana State Library

LSTA Grant Applications Due
When: March 14 @ 4:00 PM

Indiana Black Librarians Network Spring Program
When: March 29
Where: Indianapolis Public Library
: East 38th Street Branch

Indiana Library Leadership Academy Application Due
When: April 1

Personal Digital Archiving Conference
When: April 10 & 11
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF District Conferences
District 2: Frankfort Comm. PL (4/4)
District 8: Winchester PL (4/8)
District 3: Huntington PL (4/10)
District 1: IU South Bend, (5/13)

Discovery to Delivery V
When: April 25 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indianapolis PL
- Central

IOLUG Spring Program
When: May 16
Where: Indiana Wesleyan University Indianapolis North Campus

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March 21, 2014

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