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In This Issue

  1. Tour Indiana's Libraries with State Librarian

  2. INfo Express Maintaining Rates, Offering Incentives in '09
  3. IHB Hosting Authors' Event

More Library News:

Chesterton Tribune
Thomas Library very busy as recession deepens
Columbus Republic

Rare books to leave southern Indiana library
eSchool News
Why open-source library software is a trend
Fort Wayne Daily News

Libraries seek diversity fellows
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library diesel cleanup done
Greene County Daily World

It's National Library Week
Indy Star

Central Library case now in jury's hands
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Inspiring through verse: Dove to speak at Purdue
Muncie Free Press

Donating Books Helps Libraries and the Environment
New Albany News and Tribune

Leadership Southern Indiana hosts panel which discusses local government reform in Indiana
Northwest Indiana

Terry Baer draws from nature, life for his drawings, paintings
Warsaw Times-Union

Access Testing, Career Resources Through Inspire
Washington Times-Herald

Bower captures ‘Soul of Indiana’
Washington Times-Herald

New library branch opens in Plainville
WPTA-TV – Fort Wayne

Library Prepares for Priceless Lincoln Collection

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Tour Indiana's Libraries with State Librarian

Public Library TourPlease join State Librarian, Roberta L. Brooker, as she tours Indiana's public libraries, meets Hoosier library professionals, and discovers the creative and innovative ways Indiana's public libraries serve their communities. Highlights from her first tour stops at the Eckhart Public Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library and Greenwood Public Library can now be viewed online.

This summer Roberta plans to rev up her tour by visiting several more libraries throughout Indiana. Please be sure to bookmark the Indiana Library Tour website and check back often for updates. If you would like to schedule a tour stop at your library, email and we will do our best to accommodate your request and timeframe.

INfo Express Maintaining Rates, Offering Incentives in '09

INfo ExpressThe Indiana State Library is pleased to announce that pricing for INfo Express will remain unchanged during the next service year (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010).  Considering the dramatic fluctuations in fuel prices and other economic conditions, we are pleased negotiations with Pillow Express resulted with these stable prices. The only significant change for next year will be that INfo Express payments will be sent and made payable to the State Library.

In addition to keeping prices low, the State Library has added an incentive to promote resource sharing throughout Indiana's library community. Any library increasing its weekly delivery days AND participating as an active lender through OCLC's WorldCat or as an Evergreen member library will be provided a special rate. These libraries (and libraries already at 5-days-a-week service) will receive a second day of delivery provided at the subsidized rate of $75 for the year, rather than the normal rate of $425 per weekly stop.

Please find the renewal form and instructions at  Renewal requests must be received by May 15, 2009. Please contact Mike Hicks at  (317) 232-3699, toll free (877) 835-0014 or vial email at with additional questions or for more information.

Historical Bureau Hosting Authors' Event on April 25th

The Indiana Historical Bureau will welcome authors Scott Russell Sanders, Jim Hillman and John Murphy for a book signing event on Saturday, April 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m (EDT) at the Indiana State Library and Historical Building in Indianapolis.

Scott Russell Sanders’s recently released, A Conservationist Manifesto, shows the crucial relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting concern about global climate change, depletion of natural resources, extinction of species, and the economic inequities between rich and poor nations. The important message of this powerful book is that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one.

Jim Hillman and John Murphy co-authored Indianapolis Social Clubs which provides nearly 200 rare vintage photographic memories that capture the heart, soul, and history of the clubs. Defining Indianapolis, the clubs were stoic agents of power and segregation, providing clear historical snapshots of Hoosier pomp and circumstance.  A display of images from the book will be shown during this event.

A Conservationist Manifesto is priced at $19.95 for paperback and $50.00 for cloth. Indianapolis Social Clubs is available in paperback only for $21.99. Libraries will receive a 25% discount on these titles if purchased for public use. Librarians and teachers receive a 20% discount if the books are for personal use. If you would like signed copies of either title, please contact Matt Allison at or 317-232-2535 by April 20th.