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  1. ILHB Names New Officers, Raise PLAC Fees

  2. Edie Huffman Elected to National Library Statistics Group

  3. Need Library Info on the go? Gale has an App for That

More Library News:

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Author of Sandy Allen book to visit Pendleton library
Associated Press

Federal grant to help digitize Lincoln Collection
Associated Press

Book 99 years overdue returned to Mass. library
Evansville Courier & Press

UE professor McMullan adds another award
Indiana Daily Student

Libraries get technological touch
Muncie Star Press

Library plays host to live reindeer
Northwest Indiana Times

Photo contest winners take Time Out For Reading
Northwest Indiana Times

Hammond searching for new library director
South Bend Tribune

County library increases overdue fines

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ILHB Names New Officers, Raise PLAC Fees

Indiana State LibraryThe Indiana Library & Historical Board (ILHB) named a new group of officers at their final meeting of the year on December 11, 2009. Bob Barcus (DOE appointee) will serve as the Board's President, Jon Myers (ILTA appointee) as Vice President, and Carol McKey (ILF appointee) was named Secretary.

In other business, the ILHB voted to raise the cost of the Public Library Access Card (PLAC) from $30 to $50 effective January 1, 2010.  The Board also set its 2010 ILHB meetings and will meet twice next month for the public hearing regarding the revised public library standards on January 6 and then for a final vote on standards on January15.

Edie Huffman Elected to National Library Statistics Group

Institute of Museum & Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced that Edythe “Edie” Huffman was one of two State Data Coordinators elected by the Public Libraries Survey State Data Coordinators to serve on the IMLS Library Statistics Working Group (LSWG).  Edie’s term is for three years and will expire in December 2012. 

The Library Statistics Working Group consists of five Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), five SDCs and five members representing data users, research community, and representatives of relevant library associations.  The Working Group replaced separate steering committees for the public library and state library surveys.  Group members help to ensure that the collection of public and state library data continues to have 1) relevance to policy issues, 2) credibility among data users and 3) trust among data providers.

Visit the IMLS online to learn more about the Library Statistics Working Group.

Need Library Info on the Go? Gale has an App for That

Gale: AccessMyLibrary iPhone AppToday we’re proud to officially announce the release of Gale’s first iPhone application. The AccessMyLibrary app uses your global position to locate public libraries within a 10-mile radius, providing access to all Gale resources subscribed by that library.

The new feature enables libraries to partner with Gale to generate library awareness, primarily among users not typically aware of libraries.   It can also drive usage to your electronic resources, foot traffic to libraries, and demonstrate your commitment to provide innovative technology and content to patrons.

You can download the FREE AccessMyLibrary app at the iTunes store. There is no authentication required to access the resources.

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