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  1. Deadlines Approach for Student Literary Programs

  2. VU Receives LSTA Grant for Distance Learning Initiative

  3. Hearing Set for Proposed Public Library Standards

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Associated Press
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Chesterton Tribune

Historians hear program on Lincoln funeral train
Corydon Democrat

New branch worth checking out
Corydon Democrat

First library branch opens
Evansville Courier-Press

Evansville, Spencer Co. libraries earn top ratings
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library OKs 1 percent raises
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Library dedicates pieces of history
Gary Post-Tribune

Lib. board eyes policy overhaul to curb spending
Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Library board approves 2010 pay raises
Indianapolis Star

Author Presents $2,500 Gift to Library
Indianapolis Star

Hamilton County's libraries to accept all cards
Indiana Statesman

Library reveals strategic plans for next three to five years
Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Connecting Walton to the Internet
Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Library awards contract
South Bend Tribune

Library adds fines for damage

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Deadlines Approach for Student Literary Programs

Letters About LiteratureThe Letters About Literature and River of Words programs have upcoming December deadlines for their respective 2009 contests. River of Words

Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing competition, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target Stores, calls for entrants to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, etc.) explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or their self.

Entry forms for the '09-'10 Letters About Literature contest must be postmarked no later than December 12, 2009 for consideration. Forms are available on the Indiana Center for the Book's website. Visit for contest updates and valuable teaching materials, such as lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips.

River of Words
River of Words
is an international poetry and art contest that is sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and on the state level by the Indiana Center for the Book, Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), a program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Environmental Education Association of Indiana

The deadline for contest entries is December 1, 2009. Entry forms and complete contest guidelines can be found at Winners and finalists in each contest will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Indiana State Library.

VU Receives LSTA Grant for Distance Learning Initiative

Vincennes UniversityThe Indiana State Library awarded $125,817 to the Shake Learning Resources Center (Library) at Vincennes University (VU) to launch a highly innovative project that helps meet the educational, informational professional development needs of residents in partnering public library districts. The Learning Unlimited program will focus on providing college credit and job-ready training programs centered at the public library.  VU will connect enrollees to these opportunities by supplying each with netbooks--lightweight, mobile, wireless, powerful and inexpensive personal computers to support online education and training programs.  The public library will play a crucial role as a source for wireless internet access and face-to-face support services for students enrolled in the program.

The public library will also act as the host site for general program orientation, placement testing, proctoring exams, netbook distribution and training, and group work.  Part-time mentor/coaches will be available at the public library to help students achieve academic success and program completion.  Vincennes University librarians and their public library counterparts will collaborate in providing library reference assistance to students enrolled in the program on the use of INSPIRE – Indiana’s Virtual Library and other electronic information resources. 

The Learning Unlimited pilot program will begin in spring 2010 at up to three Central Indiana public libraries with the goal to expand to other statewide locations in the future. More information, including participating library locations and enrollment opportunities, will be available in the near future. The program is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) innovation grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  

Learn more about LSTA grant opportunities at

Hearing Set for Proposed Public Library Standards

Public Library Standards CommitteeThe Indiana State Library and representatives of both the Indiana Library Trustee Association and the Indiana Public Library Association recently drafted revisions and updates to public library standards. A public hearing regarding the proposed public library standards has been scheduled for January 6, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the History Reference Room at the Indiana State Library.

Visit to view drafts of the proposed rule, economic impact statements and the notice of public hearing.