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In This Issue

  1. LSTA Webinar to Provide Grant Preparation Tips

  2. Four Weeks Remain to Submit Big Read Grants

  3. New Years Brings About Several New Library Directors

More Library News

Associated Press

Stolen baby Jesus statues left at Southern Indiana library

Brazil Times

Poetry contest deadline looming

Elkhart Truth

Library renovations could affect Elkhart patrons

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Allen County Public Library shopping for new data center

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Ling among writers earning 2011 author awards

Greenfield Reporter

Library workshop highlights ornament-making technique
Greenfield Reporter

Laptop program expanded
Indianapolis Star

Greenwood Public Library to reduce hours as part of cost-cutting measures

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Kids ring in new year early

Library Journal

GPO Names Acting Public Printer, Issues Assurances About FDLP, FDsys Despite Budget Cuts

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Literacy advocates get boost

Muncie Star Press

Man's library card leads to arrest

Northwest Indiana Times

Gary residents not ready to close the book on the city's main library

Northwest Indiana Times

Ivy Tech librarian one of 10 honored in New York

Northwest Indiana Times

Library director to close the book on her career

Northwest Indiana Times

Main Gary Public Library closes its doors

Shelbyville News

Past fascinates genealogist

South Bend Tribune

Reindeer sighted at South Bend library

Terre Haute Tribune Star

‘Chronicling’ changes newspaper searches

Yorktown Press

Yorktown library reopens

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LSTA Webinar to Provide Grant Preparation Tips

Library Services & Technology ActNeed some help completing your LSTA application or budget? Please join LSTA Grant Consultant Jennifer Clifton as she demystifies the grant writing process, while helping you prepare the strongest application possible. The live webinar is scheduled for January 19, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) and covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to LSTA grants and their purpose

  • How to complete and submit the application

  • Outcomes-Based Planning and Evaluation

  • Budgets, cost sharing, and allowable costs

  • Components of a winning application

Time will be available for questions at the end of the presentation. This LSTA grant webinar is worth 1 LEU. Advanced registration is required to receive LEUs. Click here for more information or to register.

If you have questions about your eligibility, a grant application requirement, or anything else concerning current LSTA grant opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact the Library Development Office at or (317) 234-6550, or visit the LSTA homepage. The deadline to apply for LSTA Technology Grants and Digitization Grants is February 10, 2012.

Four Weeks Remain to Submit Big Read Grants

Big Read Deadline: 02/01/11The Big Read is accepting applications until February 1st from libraries seeking funding to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.

To review the Guidelines & Application Instructions, visit The Big Read website. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or

New Years Brings About Several New Library Directors

WebJunction Indiana: Jobs in Indiana LibrariesAs we welcome in the new year, let us also welcome the many new and familiar faces recently appointed to public library director positions across the state:

  • Greenwood Public Library – Cheryl Dobbs

  • Hamilton East Public Library – Edra Waterman

  • Indianapolis Public Library - Jackie Nytes

  • Kendallville Public Library - Gregg Williamson

  • Lake County Public Library – Ana Grandfield

  • Plainfield Public Library - Kerry Green (interim)

  • Wanatah Public Library - Lorraine Hagan

Please also note the establishment of the new Perry County Public Library, which is the result of a merger between the Cannelton Public Library and Tell City-Perry County Public Library (TCPCPL). Larry Oathout, Director of TCPCPL, will serve the new district in the same capacity. Both of the merged districts are members of Evergreen Indiana.

You can view all Indiana library job listings via WebJunction Indiana.

LEU Opportunity Days

Register today for one of seven LEU Opportunity Days at a location near you:

When: January 12 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

When: February 7 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Jasper-Dubois County Library, Ferdinand Branch

When: February 21 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Vigo County PL

When: February 28 @ 10:00AM
Where: Batesville Memorial PL

When: March 14 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Kendallville PL

When: March 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Jasper Co. PL - Wheatfield

When: March 29 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Tippecanoe Co. PL

Upcoming Workshops,
Meetings & Events

Certification Overview
When: January 6 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
When: January 11 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Admin/Reports Training
When: January 11 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Circulation Training
When: January 19 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

When: January 24 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Advanced INSPIRE Business Resources
When: February 7 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Deadline for LSTA Grant Applications
When: February 10 @ 11:59 PM

Evergreen Indiana Overview
When: February 23 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Webinar

Discovery to Delivery III: Resource Sharing Core Service
When: March 9 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball St. University

Evergreen International Conference
When: April 25-29
Where: Indianapolis

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