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Brazil Times
New system for cataloging items at library installed
Chesterton Tribune
Library consolidation bill now filed
Chesterton Tribune

Twp. libraries under attack again?
Chesterton Tribune

Brown and Tallian skeptical of library consolidation plan
Duluth (MN) News Tribune

Libraries: An investment speaking volumes
Fort Wayne Daily News

Lincoln digitization to proceed
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Texts for troubled times
Gary Post Tribune

Local author schedules reading...
Monticello Herald Journal

Library says 'hola' to new class
Muncie Star Press

Muncie Public Library to present WPA series
South Bend Tribune

Libraries are overwhelmed by unemployed filing for help
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Legislator: Difficult session ahead
Washington Times Herald

Library welcomes new director

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School Libraries Invited to Apply for Evergreen Indiana Pilot Project

egiAfter successfully migrating 15 public libraries into the Evergreen Indiana catalog, with at least nine more scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2009, the Evergreen Indiana Consortium is now inviting school libraries to apply for the Evergreen school library pilot project. The project, scheduled to begin this spring, will migrate a limited number of school libraries to Evergreen. Following the pilot program, more school libraries may be eligible to be phased into Evergreen Indiana.

The Evergreen Indiana project is being funded by the State Library through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. The services provided by the State Library include purchasing and maintaining the central servers, personnel costs in operating the system, training, software development, data conversion, and other related expenses.


The Evergreen Indiana Consortium currently has 35 member public libraries. Once these members are live, approximately 396,000 Hoosiers will be patrons of an Evergreen Indiana member library. Also, among these 35 members are the Consortium’s first three libraries with non-automated catalogs. This spring, these libraries will begin the process of automating their catalogs and uploading patron data with the help of Evergreen Indiana staff.


The Evergreen Indiana Consortium will be accepting applications for the school library pilot project until January 31, 2009. School librarians interested in joining the pilot project should contact Catherine Lemmer, Evergreen Indiana Project Coordinator, at 317.234.6536, or clemmer@library.in.gov for complete application instructions.


Please visit the Information and Resources for Interested Libraries webpage to learn more about Evergreen Indiana and its potential benefits for your library and students.

Spread the Word: Take Advantage of ALA's Online Advocacy Tools

The American Library Association recently released an advocacy portal with useful resources that focus on the value of building statewide coalitions during times of economic downturn and the concept of the “Library Ecosystem”, or how libraries of all types are interdependent.

Included among the advocacy resources is “Advocacy University”, which contains resources and tools, including news clips, op-eds, and statistics to help library supporters make the case for libraries in these times. Additionally, ALA provides case studies, examples, and resources from successful statewide and local advocacy efforts. ALA has also advocacy tools tailored to fit your type of library, as well tools that address common issues and situations that benefit from strong public advocacy.

In addition to the state and local tools, ALA’s advocacy portal keeps you up to date with its own advocacy efforts concerning Federal programs and legislation that effect librarians nationwide. Furthermore, ALA shares the latest developments in its national “Campaign for America’s Libraries” public awareness campaign about the value of libraries and librarians. To learn more visit the Campaign for America's Libraries home page.


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