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In This Issue

  1. Webinars Available Online

  2. Census for Libraries Workshop Scheduled for March 31

More Library News

Auburn Evening Star

Race to Read kicks off

Culver Citizen

Library will take credit cards, expand internet speed - downloadable books added

Evansville Courier & Press

John Miley's classic sports archive to live in perpetuity

Greene County Daily World

Wine and cheese event to benefit Bloomfield-Eastern Greene library

Greene County Daily World

A second Linton library fundraiser being planned

Huntington County TAB

Library offers a furry ear to listen as young readers develop their skills

Inside Indiana Business

Grant to Allow Library to Add Titles

LaGrange News-Sun

LaGrange Public Library digitizes historic newspapers

LaPorte Herald Argus

New library program will transport children to the days of dinosaurs

Muncie Star Press

The Haiti Library Foundation

Muncie Star Press

Families exhibit their art at Muncie Public Library

Noblesville Times

Cooper retirement party March 18

Northwest Indiana Times

How to get (and keep) your child interested in reading

Northwest Indiana Times

HarperCollins limits library e-book circulation

Seymour Tribune

Library honors Hoosier writer
Shelbyville News

Prep for kindergarten with basic skills

Warsaw Times-Union

Rooker Wins State Poetry Competition

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Indiana Authors Award

Nominate your favorite Hoosier authors through March 25, 2011 Webinars Available Online WebinarsFor those who could not attend the recent workshops co-sponsored by the State Library, Department of Education, State Reading Association and AISLE, has provided links to video recordings that offer an overview on how to utilize this resource to directly support your literacy and library programming. Go to the Support Area to view these videos, including a 3-minute brief overview, an 11-minute detailed overview, a variety of 30-minute specific use demonstrations, and a note sheet to extend the viewing experience of the videos. is available free for all Indiana librarians, educators and residents via INSPIRE. This interactive resource invigorates your reading programs and lesson plans by integrating books and authors into all K–12 curricular areas. resources make learning fun for the student by facilitating meaningful, multimedia connections to the books everyone is reading.  The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. Also, be sure to check out Indiana-specific resources like reading lists for the Young Hoosier Book and Rosie Awards, and for resources featuring Indiana authors and illustrators.

For instant access to via your INSPIRE subscription go to the INSPIRE Databases portal and click on ""

Census for Libraries Workshop Scheduled for March 31

US Census for Libraries WorkshopThe Indiana State Library is hosting a hands-on workshop, America is changing: Accessing 2010 Census Data, on Thursday, March 31st. This workshop will address key changes in Census data products, formats and content, as well as how to access information through the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder. Ways to analyze, understand, and use Census information within libraries will be the focus of discussion. 

The workshop's trainer and special guest is Steve Laue, Information Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau’s Regional Office in Chicago. He has worked for the Census Bureau for over 20 years and has supervised over 25 special censuses. Prior to joining the Census Bureau, Steve was a research associate with the Chicago regional planning agency (Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission) - developing estimates of housing needs for low and moderate income households.

Topics covered in the workshop will include:

  • Importance of Census data;

  • Demographic products: When and how to use them;

  • Data access basics;

  • Census geography;

  • Data formats and availability;

  • Data search techniques; and

  • Questions & Discussion.

The workshop will be worth three LEUs (2 Technology; 1 General). To accommodate the maximum number of people, the workshop will be held twice on March 31 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM . Each session will be held in Room 428 on the fourth floor of the Indiana State Library. Space is limited and registration is required.  Reserve your spot today by emailing Katie Springer with your preferred session time.

Libraries Encouraged to Join Gateway Trainers Project

Beginning this summer all local units of government will be required to submit their budgets online using the Indiana Gateway for Local Government Units, a web-based data reporting system. The Indiana State Library and the DLGF are partnering to offer librarians the opportunity to become Gateway Trainers and to provide leaders in their local communities with this valuable service.

If your library is interested in being a Gateway Trainer, contact Wendy Knapp by March 31 to register for the program webinar.


Summer Reading Workshops
When: 9:00 AM - Noon
Where: Multiple Locations
3/11: Jackson County PL
3/18: Noble County PL

ILF District Conferences
When: 8:30 AM (local time)
Where: Multiple Locations
District 3         4/08: District 6
District 8         5/03: District 1
5/12: District 5/7     5/13: District 2
District 4

Indiana Resource Sharing Conference
When: March 11 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Univ.

Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
When: March 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: North Webster PL

Evergreen Indiana Admin/Reports Training
When: March 22 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
When: March 22 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Moving Library Cooperation Web Scale
When: March 29, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Indiana State Library

Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting
When: April 1 & 2
Where: Ind. Historical Society

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9

8th Annual Copyright Conference
When: April 20
Where: Ball State University

AISLE Survive Conference
When: June 14
Where: Ben Davis HS - Indianapolis

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