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In This Issue

  1. Evergreen Indiana Continues Steady Growth in 2011

  2. Federal Budget Bill Cuts LSTA Funding 2.3% in FY12

  3. Indiana to Participate in Digital Learning Day on February 1

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin

Brant writes her way to senior poet laureate title

Associated Press

Exhibit features pieces of rock 'n' roll history

Chesterton Tribune

Jane Walsh-Brown tells favorites in final week as museum curator

Chesterton Tribune

Jane Walsh-Brown to get state honor for history work

Crawfordsville Journal Review

Hammill hangs up curator career

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Palooza inspires budding poets

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Imagination Library program in need of additional funding

Greene County Daily World

Linton Library needs more food to help area needy traded in for fines

Indianapolis Star

Season for Sharing: Adult literacy program opens a new chapter

Northwest Indiana Times

Whiting Public Library to celebrate Civil War

Northwest Indiana Times

Gary library hosts first celebration of Kwanzaa

Northwest Indiana Times

Library offers free music downloads

Northwest Indiana Times

Hospital Librarian to serve on National Advisory Committee


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Evergreen Indiana Continues Steady Growth in 2011

Evergreen IndianaEvergreen Indiana is closing out another year of positive growth with 96 public libraries (17% annual increase) live on Evergreen that serve 862,000  Hoosiers (8.5% annual increase).  Altogether, the Evergreen Indiana catalog now holds over 2.6 million bibliographic records and provides access to over 6.5 million items. Check out the Evergreen Indiana Map for locations and websites of member libraries.

Evergreen Indiana will accept applications from public libraries in 2012. If your library is interested, or would like more information about Evergreen Indiana, visit Information and Resources for Interested Libraries or contact Shauna Borger, Evergreen Indiana Project Coordinator, at 317.234.6536 or

Federal Budget Bill Cuts LSTA Funding 2.3% in FY12

Library Services & Technology ActThe recently-passed federal budget bill includes a modest (2.3%) cut in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for FY 2012. The majority of this cut will come out the "Grants to States" program, which was appropriated at $156.6 million (down from $160 million). This cut follows a 7% cut in LSTA funding for states in FY 2011. State Librarian, Roberta L. Brooker, said she does not expect this to have a significant effect on LSTA-funded projects in Indiana.

The budget bill did include the reinstatement of Improving Literacy through School Libraries funding. According to ALA Connect, "After Congress zeroed out funding to Improving Literacy Through School Libraries for FY 2011, both the Senate and House recognized in FY 2012 that they cut the primary source of federal funding to school libraries. In the new federal budget, congress appropriated $28.6 million for literacy. A minimum of half, or $14.3 million must go to low income school libraries while the rest of the money will go to national not-for-profits that work for childhood literacy."

The Indiana State Library manages distribution of LSTA funds according to an IMLS-approved five-year plan for the funds (also read the formal evaluation of the 2003-2007 five-year plan). Visit LSTA Supports Indiana Libraries to learn about the LSTA-funded statewide services and sub-grants offered by the Indiana State Library.

Indiana to Participate in Digital Learning Day on February 1

Digital Learning Day: 2/1/12Indiana is one of 28 states participating in Digital Learning Day - a national awareness campaign that highlights innovative teachers and instructional strategies. Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience.

Indiana's Digital Learning Day, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), will kick off the state’s twenty-nine-day “Web 2.0 Challenge.” On each day in February, it will introduce a new resource complete with tutorials and tips on its blog. The challenge is for educators to explore the shared tools and post thoughts and ideas about how they could use them to enhance student learning. Additionally, the state will encourage districts to post a three-minute video telling their own Digital Learning story to the IDOE's YouTube channel.

While sponsored by the IDOE, Digital Learning Day is not just for schools. It also includes libraries, after-school programs, and other groups that utilize technology in student learning. For more information or to sign up today, visit You can also discover great ideas for local programming started by checking out the Digital Learning Day toolkit.

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 Co. PL - 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 Introduction Cataloguing
When: January 11 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen 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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