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  1. Two Indiana Libraries Awarded ALA Programming Grant

  2. State Archives Hosting Emergency Planning Webinars

  3. Deadline Approaches for Indiana History Article Contest

  4. Gale Offers PLA Scholarships for Small Public Libraries

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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Wider reading range real prizewinner

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library increasing cost of printouts to 10 cents

Gary Post-Tribune

Gary library changes will begin next month

Greene County Daily World

Send letters to Santa from the Linton Public Library

Greenfield Reporter

Selfless volunteers share their time to make sure organizations can fulfill their missions

Indianapolis Star

Library director resigns over cuts

LaPorte Herald Argus

Library board approves settlement agreement

Louisville Courier-Journal

Gingerbread Houses become family tradition at New Albany library

Northwest Indiana Times

CPCL celebrates placement of last beam

Northwest Indiana Times

Hobart High School honors outstanding library leaders

Rushville Republican
RPL accepting food for fines

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Library to extend Internet service

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Library program to feature optometrist


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Gale Offers PLA Scholarships
for Small Public Libraries

As part of their Small Library Support Program, Gale in partnership with WebJunction, will be providing travel and all related expenses for library staff (serving populations of 50 thousand or less) to attend the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) annual conference in Philadelphia, PA next March. Applications may be submitted online and are due by January 18, 2012.

Two Indiana Libraries Awarded ALA Programming Grant

ALA: Building Common GroundCongratulations to the Tippecanoe County Public Library and Delphi Public Library which were selected as recipients of Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion grants. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office developed this multi-format discussion program for public audiences to spark action, engagement, and reflection within the community. The goal of this project is to engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives.

Thirty public libraries nationwide were selected to host a series of 4 to 8 events between February 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. The selected libraries will receive a $2,500 grant to support program-related expenses, access to programming materials and a series of online, professional development and project, as well as promotional materials.

State Archives Hosting Emergency Planning Webinars

IPER Workshops from the State ArchivesThe Indiana State Archives will offer training for state and local government units on methods to protect government documents and Hoosiers' essential records before, during, and after disasters. Essential records, including emergency plans, deeds, and medical and payroll records are those that are needed to rapidly restore government services, protect critical infrastructure, and protect the health and safety of residents. In the aftermath of the incident, essential records may include historical records necessary to rebuild a community devastated by the disaster.

Archivists, librarians, records managers, chief information officers and technology staff, and emergency and continuity of operations (COOP) managers will be trained to identify, prioritize and assess critical records, outline an essential records plan and understand applicable federal, state and local regulations and procedures. The State Archives will first offer the "Essential Records (ER)" webinar on January 17, 19, 24, and 26 between 10:00 a.m. and noon (EST). A follow-up webinar, "Records Emergency Planning & Response (REPR)," will be held on February 7, 9, 14, and 16 also between 10:00 a.m. and noon (EST). Visit for more information and to register for the IPER webinars.

Deadline Approaches for Indiana History Article Contest

Hoosier Historical Collections Article PrizeThe December 31, 2012 deadline for submissions into the Indiana Magazine of History's inaugural Hoosier Historical Collections Article Prize is quickly approaching. The prize is offered for the best article based upon resources found in three of the state’s primary historical collections:  the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Indiana State Archives, all of which are sponsoring contest. The author of the winning submission, as judged by a committee of scholars convened by the IMH editorial staff, will receive $750.00 and publication in the IMH. 

The winning article must conform to the basic guidelines for IMH article submissions and should rely substantially upon primary resources (of any format) owned by one or more of the three participating repositories.  Preference will be given to topics supported by research at more than one of the institutions.  Submissions should be based upon original research that contributes new information or a new interpretation to subjects appropriate for publication in the Indiana Magazine of History

LEU Opportunity Days

Register today for one of seven LEU Opportunity Days at a location near you:

When: January 12 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

When: February 7 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Jasper-Dubois County Library, Ferdinand Branch

When: February 21 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Vigo County PL

When: February 28 @ 10:00AM
Where: Batesville Memorial PL

When: March 14 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Kendallville PL

When: March 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Jasper County Public Library - Wheatfield

When: March 29 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Tippecanoe Co. PL

Upcoming Workshops, Meetings & Events

Certification Overview
When: January 6 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Introduction Cataloguing
When: January 11 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Indiana Admin/ Reports Training
When: January 11 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Circulation Training
When: January 19 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

When: January 24 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Advanced INSPIRE Business Resources
When: February 7 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Deadline for LSTA Grant Applications
When: February 10 @ 11:59 PM

Evergreen Indiana Overview
When: February 23 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Webinar

Discovery to Delivery III: Resource Sharing Core Service 
When: March 9 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball St. University

Evergreen International Conference
When: April 25-29
Where: Indianapolis

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