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  1. State Library Genealogy Awarded Best State Website

  2. New Themes Introduced for Humanities Novel Conversations

  3. Authors, LEU Opportunities Abound this Saturday in Indy

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Evansville Courier & Press

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Evansville Courier & Press

Economic summit set at Evansville's Central Library

Gary Post-Tribune

Gary Library will get new director from Virginia

Gary Post-Tribune

County library to build new location in Griffith, close two nearby branches

Gary Post-Tribune

Librarian finds Lake Village a good fit

Greene County Daily World

Linton library seeks entrants for pumpkin decorating contest

Greene County Daily World

Bloomfield library to host 'Boo-rific'

Indianapolis Star

A flesh-eating good time is planned at Avon event

Indiana Statesman (ISU)

Library creates new foundation honoring Cunningham

Jackson County Banner

Brownstown library helps those in need

Kokomo Tribune

Library votes to hold onto GMCH money

Kokomo Tribune

There’s time; get involved

Madison Courier

Learn how to find the story of your historic building

Michigan City News Dispatch

Author Kevin Coval talks about stories that can bring communities together

New Albany News & Tribune

A good Day: Stephen Day finishing out duties at library; plans to retire Oct. 31

Northwest Indiana Times

"Books to Bridge the Region" brings readers together

Seymour Tribune

Library celebrates Friends

Shelbyville News

Library gets tech upgrades

South Bend Tribune

Library to restore Saturday hours at all county locations

Terre Haute Tribune Star

‘Queen of Free’ to share tips at Rockville library

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Celebrate ‘Sense and Sensibility’ anniversary at Vigo Library

Vincennes Sun Commercial

Work on McGrady-Brockman House to begin this year

WNDU-TV (South Bend)

Saturday library hours may return at SJCPL


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State Library Genealogy Awarded Best State Website

Family Tree Magazine: 2011 Best State WebsitesFamily Tree Magazine, America's #1 family history publication recently recognized the Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection among the “2011 Best State Websites.”  The Genealogy Collection’s website offers several features and resources that can assist visitors with their family history research. The website highlights statewide indexes to marriages, deaths, biographies and newspapers, as well as vital records and indexes for each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. In addition to its abundant online resources, the collection includes over 40,000 printed items as well as microfilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, military pension information and hundreds of CDs with family history information.

“We have continually strived to build a strong online presence to complement our comprehensive in-house collection,” said State Librarian Roberta Brooker in a recent release. “From online resources and reference assistance to in-house and statewide programming, we want family history researchers to understand what is available and how to access and utilize our Genealogy resources.”

Additional reference assistance is available for online researchers via the Ask-A-Librarian service, which offers phone, email and live chat options. The State Library also offers Family History Tours at least twice monthly, as well as several family history workshops. A complete listing of State Library events and workshops may be viewed online. The State Library also brings workshop to local communities.  Inquire about hosting a local workshop by calling 317-232-3689.

In addition to the Genealogy Collection, the Indiana Digital Archives was recognized by Family Tree Magazine as a  “Best State Website” for a second consecutive year.

New Themes Introduced for Humanities' Novel Conversations

Indiana Humanities: Novel ConversationsIndiana Humanities recently introduced three new themes for 2011 for its Novel Conversations program. You can put together your own mini-series of reading and discussion programs by reserving these book sets. Each set comes with the new Novel Conversations kit, featuring a discussion guide and author biography. Many sets also include 3 large print copies and will soon have two audio CDs available per title.

Initially, to give everyone a chance to reserve these new titles, Indiana Humanities will limit orders to two new titles per library until further notice. However, outside of the select new titles, you are welcome to add any other title off Indiana Humanities' comprehensive book list to round out your programs.

Contact Nancy Conner at or 317-638-1500, or toll free at 800-675-8897 (ext. 128) to make your reservations.

Authors, LEU Opportunities Abound this Saturday in Indy

Indy Authors FairMake plans this Saturday to join dozens of Hoosier authors and celebrate Indiana’s rich literary tradition with activities for writers and book lovers of all ages at the Indy Authors Fair. The event, sponsored by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL) Foundation and made possible by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Fund, will take place from 9:30-4:30 p.m. (EDT) at IMCPL's Central Library in downtown Indianapolis.  Many workshops, expert panels, and programs are scheduled throughout the day – ten of which are eligible for 1-2 LEUs each.  Click here for a listing of LEU-approved events.

Over 30 Hoosier authors will be present at the third-annual Author's Fair, including Margaret McMullan, winner of the National Authors Award and Helen Frost, winner of the Regional Authors Award, along with finalists for the Emerging Indiana Authors Award. McMullan will also headline the Indiana Authors Award Dinner, which follows the Fair on Saturday.

State Library Seeks Input on Technology Tools

The State Library wants to know how you use participatory technology tools, sometimes referred to as Web/Library 2.0 tools. We are interested in developing new continuing education opportunities and need your feedback. Please take a moment to complete our eight-question survey before 10/31.

Conferences & Workshops


IOLUG Fall Program
When: October 28
Where: Indiana Wesleyan University- Indianapolis North

Marketing Your Physical Space
When: Oct. 31 @ 1:00 PM (CDT)
Where: Lowell Public Library

Reader's Advisory
When: Nov. 8 @ 1:00 PM (CDT)
Where: Lowell Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Introduction Cataloguing
When: November 1 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Indiana Admin/ Reports Training
When: November 1 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

LYRASIS eGathering: Annual Member Meeting
When: Nov. 9 @ 1:30 PM
Where: Live Online

Security in the Library
When: Nov. 10 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Akron Carnegie PL

Book Club Basics
When: Nov. 10 @ 11:00 AM
Where: Akron Carnegie PL

Evergreen Circulation Training
When: November 10 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 14-16
Where: Fort Wayne Overview
When: November 17@ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Fall Institutional Libraries Workshop
When: November 21 @ 9:15 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Northern Indiana Library Administrators Roundtable
When: December 9 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Kendallville Public Library

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