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  • ILHB Seeks Taskforce for Review of Public Library Standards

  • INSPIRE Resource to Focus on Prevalent Topics in Librarianship

  • LSTA Grant Opportunities Focus on Technology, Bicentennial

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2013 Annual Report
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The 2013 Indiana Public Library Annual Report is now ready for completion and instructions were emailed to all Indiana public library directors. If you did not receive an email containing your login info or if you have any questions, please contact the Library Development Office at (800) 451-6028 or

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ILHB Seeks Taskforce for Review of Public Library Standards

Indiana Public Library StandardsThe Indiana Library & Historical Board is charging a taskforce to conduct an initial review of the first two years of the new Public Library Standards (590 IAC 6).   The Indiana State Library is seeking input from directors and trustees from libraries based upon both size and geographical distribution around the state.  We would like to have the first meeting of this taskforce by the end of January.  Meetings will be every other month thereafter. The taskforce will report to the ILHB of progress after each meeting.  It is anticipated that this taskforce will be convened for the duration of 2014 and make final recommendations to the ILHB by its December 12, 2014 meeting.

If you are interested in serving on this taskforce, please send your name and library to by 1/13/13.  Taskforce members will be selected and notified on 1/16/13.

INSPIRE Resource to Focus on Prevalent Topics in Librarianship

INSPIRE.IN.govA new INPSIRE page, "Hot Topics," was recently unveiled and focuses on emerging eGovernment services, testing changes and other relevant issues. Currently, you will find the following topics:

Each resource can connect your staff and patrons to relevant information for each respective topic. Please book mark the "Hot Topics" page as the Indiana State Library will continue to add to it as new topics and suggestions emerge. If you would like recommend a topic to be covered on INSPIRE, please email

LSTA Grant Opportunities Focus on Technology, Bicentennial

LSTA Supports Indiana LibrariesThe Indiana State Library Development Office opened the application process for the 2014 LSTA grant program. The 2014 applications must be received by 4:00 PM EST on Friday, March 14th, 2014 and include 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.

Welcome New Library Directors

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

Kerry Green, Director, Hussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Grier Carson, Director, Putnam County Public Library

Amy Schrock, Interim Director, New Carlisle-Olive Twp. Public Library

Becky Hunter, Interim Director, Lincoln Heritage Public Library

Katie Mullins, Interim Director, Kendallville Public Library

Cynthia Webb & Karen Stephenson, Co-interim Directors, Paoli Public Library

Best of luck to you all!

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

Medical Resources on INSPIRE
When: Throughout January 2014

Where: Live Online Introduction & Overview
January 7 @ 2:00 PM
When: January 7 @ 4:00 PM
When: January 8 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Day of Learning at Fishers Library
When: January 8 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Hamilton East PL - Fishers Branch

2014 CSLP Training: Ages 0-12
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations

2014 CSLP Training: Ages 13-Adult
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations

Rock Star Librarian Training
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations

PLA Conference
When: March 11 -15, 2014
Where: Indiana Convention Center - Indy

Discovery to Delivery V
When: Apr. 25, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indianapolis PL
- Central

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