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  1. Indiana Humanities to Expand Novel Conversations Program

  2. IMLS Report Tracks Funding for State Library Agencies

  3. February is Library Lovers Month

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin

There’s a chill in the air and chili at the library

Associated Press

Program gets grants to send books to book clubs

Carroll County Comet

National Grant awarded to Delphi library

Crawfordsville Journal Review

Looking for love? Try the library

Culver Citizen

Center for Culver History hosts traveling exhibit on Indiana political process

Goshen News

New library rental fees set

Greencastle Banner Graphic

PCPL launches E-books
Huntington Co. TAB

Roanoke library now offering eBooks, downloadable audio books

Indiana State University News

First edition Twain donated to library

Indianapolis Star

It's Glick Award nominations time, Indy Reads Books accepts donations

Kokomo Tribune

Library program focuses on early childhood literacy development

La Porte Herald Argus

Public meetings set to focus on library

Muncie Star Press

New Castle-Henry County Public Library offers Nooks as winter reader prize

Muncie Star Press

Grant helps Jay Library add to digital offerings

Muncie Star Press

Community read to focus on globalism, economy

Northwest Indiana Times

Crown Point library construction passes halfway mark

Northwest Indiana Times

Lake County Council to re-evaluate Gary library board appointee

Northwest Indiana Times

Lease clears way for new museum in 2014

Richmond Palladium Item

Library seeks prom dresses, accessories

Shelbyville News

Write for Shelby County Reads

Shelbyville News

Book Sense: Shelby County Reads has books for all ages
South Bend Tribune

'One Book, One Michiana' title announced

South Bend Tribune

Library bookmark contest under way

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Letters from Debs

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Traveling Civil War exhibit makes history personal

WFIE-TV (Evansville)

New library may be coming to Haubstadt


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Indiana Humanities to Expand Novel Conversations Program

Novel ConversationsIndiana Humanities contributed to this article

Novel Conversations, a free statewide lending library with more than 375 titles in its collection, recently received nearly $30,000 in grants to help increase Hoosiers’ access to books. The program received a grant for $10,000 from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, as well as a $19,200 LSTA grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, as administered by the Indiana State Library.  The grants will enable Indiana Humanities to reach readers in underserved areas of the state (including those without access to libraries), facilitate discussions with Hoosiers all across the state and fund events with Indiana authors.

Any Indiana resident with a book club and libraries all types can participate in Novel Conversations for free.  Books are shipped via the Indiana State Library’s INfo Express service to libraries around the state, or picked up and returned at Indiana Humanities’ headquarters in Indianapolis. Residents of areas outside library districts may be eligible for free, direct shipping. Book sets need to be reserved in advance by calling 317.638.1500 or emailing Nancy Conner.  Visit the Novel Conversations website for a complete list of books. 

IMLS Report Tracks Funding for State Library Agencies

Institute of Museum & Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently released its report on the State Library Survey for fiscal year 2010. The data collected in this annual survey show that state library agencies’ revenues fell by 24.1 percent in the previous decade and that reduction in staff has been one of the largest impacts of this shortfall. Yet, most agencies continue to provide essential services to libraries.

According to the report, state libraries are instrumental in helping local libraries meet growing public demand for content and services. They provide leadership by establishing statewide plans for library services, investing in technology and content that can be used by libraries statewide, and providing support for local programming.

Cuts to state library funding in Indiana has followed suit with national trends. However, despite a reduction of nearly $2 million in funding over the past five years, the Indiana State Library offers more statewide library services than ever before. The State Library found and continues to recognize significant efficiencies by directly administering and providing services like INSPIRE, INfo Express and professional development, among a long list of others.

This IMLS report marks the fifth release of library statistics data from IMLS. The data were collected through the State Library Agencies (StLA) Survey, the product of a cooperative effort between the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), IMLS, and the U.S. Census Bureau. The FY2010 survey is the 17th in the StLA series.

February is Library Lovers' Month

Library Lovers' MonthLibrary Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation's libraries will continue to serve.

Click here to learn ways to host Library Lovers' Month events at your library

Indiana Authors Award

Nominate your favorite Hoosier
authors through March 23, 2012

LEU Opportunity Days

Register today for one of five remaining LEU Opportunity Days at a location near you. While the LEUs are for public librarians, the workshops are available to all librarians and school library educators statewide.

When: February 21 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Vigo Co. Public Library

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

AISLE RISE Evaluation Rubric

The Association of School Library Educators recently developed the  Indiana School Librarian Evaluation Rubric based on the RISE evaluation form.  Visit AISLE online for more recent news.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition Workshop
When: February 16 @ 9:00 AM (CST)
Where: Lake County Public Library

Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana
When: February 16 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Hartford City Public Library

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

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference
When: February 25
Where: Indianapolis Public Library

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

9th Annual Copyright Conference
When: April 18 - All Day
Where: Ball State University

Evergreen International Conference
When: April 25-28
Where: Indianapolis

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ISL Reference Hotline

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