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  1. Indiana Libraries Named Among Nation's Best

  2. Funding & Technology Survey Extends November Deadline

  3. LOC Newspaper Program Adds Four-Millionth Page Online

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Associated Press

Indiana libraries closing doors, cutting hours

Associated Press

Amazon introduces lending library for Kindles

Crawfordsville Journal Review

Beautiful creations at CDPL gallery

Danville (IL) Commercial News

Illinois, Indiana archives have top websites

Evansville Courier & Press

Museum exhibit explores Evansville's history with the Ohio River

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library offers e-books

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Homeowners act as stewards for nearby cemeteries across the state

Greene County Daily World

Linton library planning stuffed animal sleepover

Indianapolis Star

James Glass: Thanks to Carnegie, libraries flourished

Indianapolis Star

Revamped Garfield Park Branch Library is a hit

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Take 5 with Tim: Amazon John

La Porte Herald Argus

Attorney wants more information on library employee cuts

Louisville Courier-Journal

Indiana University making historic maps available

Northwest Indiana Times

Gary librarian taught students value of good books

Northwest Indiana Times

Operation SOS E.C. Library holding sessions to make Christmas cards for soldiers overseas

Seymour Tribune

'Queen of Free' sharing tips at Bartholomew Library

Shelbyville News

Return of the geeks

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Vigo Library e-readers enter circulation


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Indiana Libraries Named Among Nation's Best

America's Star LibrariesLibrary Journal recently named seven Indiana public libraries as Star Libraries. Two of these seven, New Carlisle & Olive Township Public Library and Spencer County Public Library, received top designation as being five-star libraries. Joining the list as four-star libraries were Allen County Public Library, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library and Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library were named three-star libraries.

The ratings are based on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, which offers an overall indication of how a library’s performance stacks up to peer libraries with similar expenditures. The index measures four per capita areas that indicate public service - circulation, visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three stars. All rated libraries, stars or not can use their scores to learn from their peers, inform their stakeholders of achievements and service opportunities, and improve library awareness and funding.

Funding & Technology Survey Extends November Deadline

2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access SurveyThe annual American Library Association (ALA) Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey deadline has been extended to Friday, November 18, 2011. While many of Indiana public libraries (Gates Grant libraries) are required to complete the survey, all libraries are eligible and Indiana typically has a good response rate. Also, this may be the final opportunity to participate as financial support from the Gates Foundation ends in 2011.

The survey can only be done online, but a PDF version is available for your review. The survey takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. This survey website has an FAQ and a link (near the top) to get into the survey itself. Individual Indiana library codes, which are needed to start the survey, may be found here. For problems or questions, contact survey support at 301-405-9445 or

LOC Newspaper Program Adds Four-Millionth Page Online

Indiana Historic Newspaper ProjectAfter a recent update of over 190,000 newspaper pages to the Chronicling America website, the Library of Congress project now provides access to more than 4.1 million searchable newspaper pages from 581 newspaper titles, published in 25 states between 1836 and 1922. Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. The project is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.

The Indiana State Library was recently awarded a $293,157 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize Indiana’s historically significant newspapers. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Database as well as Indiana Memory. You can continually monitor the status of this project at the official Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project wiki.

SHRAB Governor's Awards

The State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) seeks nominations for its 2011 Governor’s Award. The Award honors individuals who have contributed substantially toward the preservation, recognition, or appreciation of Indiana's historic records through their support, leadership, innovation and volunteerism. Each year, one professional and one volunteer are honored for their service.

Nominations for the Governor's Award must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 15, 2011 for consideration. Award guidelines and the nomination form are available on the SHRAB website.

Conferences & Workshops

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

Evergreen Indiana Admin/ Reports Training
When: December 8 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

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

Advanced INSPIRE Academic Resources
When: December 14 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Evergreen Indiana Circulation Training
When: December 15 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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