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In This Issue

  1. Lyrasis Welcomes NELINET Members in October

  2. ILF Announces 2009 Library Awards Winners

More Library News:

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Library faces steeper cuts
Associated Press

Plan to pull WorkOne staff from libraries panned
Decatur Daily Democrat

Stratton-Porter items going on Web
Elkhart Truth

Terry Rheinheimer, first employee and 30 years later at Middlebury PL
Elkhart Truth

Some local unemployed workers do not compute
Evansville Courier & Press

Publishers finally tune in to young adult readers
Fort Wayne Daily News

IPFW librarian featured in local book
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

1st look at Lincoln’s future
Gary Post Tribune

Library program celebrates the culture of Mexico
Gary Post Tribune

Meet and hear published authors at Mich. City library
Indianapolis Star

Archives are at the mercy of nature
Indianapolis Star

IMA wins community service award
Indiana Daily Student

Harry Potter’s library
Indiana State University Release

Students, faculty stand against censorship
Kokomo Tribune

Windfall library project seeks input from community
Muncie Star Press

Muncie P.L. receives 2009 Outstanding Library Award
Shelbyville News

‘Geek the Library’ campaign starts in Shelby County
South Bend Tribune

Indiana authors’ awards named
South Bend Tribune

It’s a free for all
Warsaw Times-Union

Library Joins Breast Cancer Fight
Warsaw Times-Union

KREMC Donates Power Meters to Library
WNDU-TV (South Bend)

WorkOne scales back Elkhart Co. library help

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Lyrasis Welcomes NELINET Members in October

Lyrasis: Advancing Libraries TogetherLyrasis welcomed aboard over 600 academic, public, and special libraries from New England. NELINET members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont officially joined Lyrasis on October 1.

The expansion brings increased expertise for members, most notably in the areas of technology leadership, innovation, and strategic planning. Well-known for its regional conferences, NELINET (now Lyrasis) will present IT Conference 2009: Open Source in Your Library on October 9 at Olin College in Needham, MA.

With the addition of NELINET libraries, Lyrasis now serves thousands of members libraries in twenty-two states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and three countries. While the largest library collaborative in the world, Lyrasis is known for regional presence and our local touch.

To learn more about the many Lyrasis resources and services available to Indiana libraries, visit them online at Also, don't forget to check out pre-paid Lyrasis online courses. These distance education courses normally run between $120 and $220, but are available at no cost to Indiana library professionals.

ILF Announces 2009 Library Awards Winners

Indiana Library FederationCourtesy of the Indiana Library Federation

The Indiana Library Federation recently announced a handful of 2009 awards to several Indiana libraries and library professionals. This year’s winners include:  

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: John M. Robson, retired, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Mr. Robson was recognized for 25 years of exemplary service at the Rose-Hulman and for his great contributions to Indiana’s library community.
  • Pfeiffer Library Service Award: Ann Abel, Maple Crest Elementary & Middle Schools – Ms. Abel received this award for positively affecting the lives of young people every day in her work. Ann is actively involved with the Literacy Leadership Team and technology integration at Maple Crest.
  • Programming:  New Castle-Henry Co. Public Library – The New Castle–Henry County Public Library is being recognized for successfully providing innovative and diverse programming to meet community needs. The library system offers programs that include music, art, and photography, as well as traditional programs that encourage reading.  
  • Outstanding New Media Specialist:  Tammie Buchanan, Fishback Creek Public Academy – Ms. Buchanan has become known for her energy, excitement and ability to motivate students to excel. Tammie’s work on several programs shows her commitment to students, families, staff and community partners.  
  • Tom Zupancic Literacy in Libraries Award:  Lake Co. Public Library – Last year some 1,400 people from 24 countries benefited from literacy classes sponsored by the Lake County Public Library. Staff and volunteers, led by literacy coordinator, Rosella Garcia, tutor in basic reading classes and English as a Second Language classes.
  • Outstanding Library:  Muncie Public Library - With activities ranging from hosting forums to discussing community issues to celebrating reading and the arts, Muncie Pub. Library upholds the mission of today’s libraries to serve as lifelong learning centers. 
  • Outstanding Library: Monrovia Branch Library, Morgan Co. (small division) – After forty years of waiting, the newly built Monrovia Branch Library now serves the information needs of thousands of local residents. The Monrovia Branch came to fruition due to the tireless work of library staff, local residents and community partners.
  • Outstanding Librarian:  Kay Martin, Lebanon Public Library – Ms. Martin was honored for her outstanding dedication and service to the library community. Over her 25-year tenure, she has become known for her resourceful problem solving and hard work with city organizations in collaborating on special projects.
  • Outstanding New Librarian:  Jaena Hollingsworth, IUPUI University Library – Ms. Hollingsworth is honored for her extraordinary efforts in connecting students with information they need for research projects and for rallying colleagues to get out of the library and reach out to students on campus. She also serves as liaison to the English Department, the University Writing Center and the Multicultural Center.
  • Leadership Award: Philip Orr, University of Southern Indiana – Mr. Orr has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and service to the library community. He raised awareness throughout the state about the need to begin the ILF’s Distance Learning Division and, once succeeded, took on the role as chairperson for the past three years.

Indiana Library Federation’s Awards and Honors Committee will hold a formal recognition on Oct. 19 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., during its statewide annual conference. The Indiana Library Federation is a membership-driven organization which promotes all libraries in Indiana and fosters the professional growth of its members which include librarians, library staff, library administrators and trustees.

Learn more about ILF annual awards at

Link Correction: Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest

The correct link for contest guidelines and submission details for the 2009 Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest is available at For further information about the “What Indiana Means to Me” essay contest or the Indiana Statehood Day celebration, call the State House Tour Office at 317-233-9830