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In This Issue

  1. Last-Minute Opportunities Can Enhance Summer Reading

  2. Sculpture Dedicated in Zionsville Honors Martha Catt

  3. Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 Vision Expo

More Library News

Chesterton Tribune

Library Demolition yields surprises boosts Thomas project cost

Evansville Courier & Press

Complaints about books often mirror their times

Gary Post-Tribune

A look at what’s to come

Gary Post-Tribune

New Gary Library chief departs May 1

Greencastle Banner Graphic

'Celebration of Authors' set April 17 at PCPL

Greene County Daily World

Linton Public Library Director updates Chamber members

Hendricks County Flyer

Library prepares to host ArtScape event

Indianapolis Star

Vonnegut Library fundraiser champions free speech

Inside Indiana Business

Library Sees eBook Use Surging

Lafayette Journal & Courier

'Clifford the Big Red Dog' marks 50 years at West Lafayette library

LaPorte Herald Argus

Steve Jobs, da Vinci set for kickoff of World Creativity & Innovation Week

Muncie Star Press

Interactive website, documentary examine Muncie's historic homes, neighborhoods

Nappanee Advance News

Spring into Art returns to NPL

New Castle Courier Times

Man arrested after scuffle continues inside library

Northwest Indiana Times

New director named for Lowell Public Library

Northwest Indiana Times

Gary Public Library director resigns effective May 1; acting chief appointed

Northwest Indiana Times

Library hopes renovation project will finish this year

Shelbyville News

School agrees to host library

Terre Haute Tribune Start

Lemonade Day organizers prepare for big day with kickoff event

Zionsville Times-Sentinel

Library receives sculpture


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Mark your Calendars for
the 2012 Vision Expo
Indiana Vision Expo

The 2012 Indiana Vision Expo will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana State Library. For over six years the Indiana Vision Expo has provided an opportunity for people with vision loss, their friends, families, and service providers to learn about resources and services that promote independent living. The Expo is also partnering once again with Indy VisionWalk, which will be held on the central canal prior to the Vision Expo.

GPO Release Features State Library

The State Library's Federal Documents Collection and the State Librarian were recently featured in a news release from the Government Printing Office: The Sinking of the "Titanic": Results of Congressional Investigation

Last-Minute Opportunities Can Enhance Summer Reading

Summer Reading @ Indiana LibrariesAs you make final preparations for your summer reading programs, please consider taking advantage of the following services and opportunities:

  • Children’s Summer Reading (Dream Big—Read) PSA DVDs: The State Library has a limited amount of DVD PSA's that are free to anyone who would like to utilize it for cross promotion. Contact Beth Meyer at or 317.234.5649 to request your DVD.

  • Register with the Collaborative Summer Library Program: The State Library encourages every library involved in the summer reading programs (“Born to Read”—Early Literacy; “Dream Big—READ” for children; “Own the Night” for teens; “Between the Covers” for adults) to create a free account with the Collaborative Summer Library Program at By creating an account, users have access to even more great summer reading information/ programming ideas as well as fabulous promotional items like signing videos and PSA audio downloads.

  • Books are a Blast: Applebee’s is generously offering incentives to summer reading participants in Central Indiana. This program is for elementary school children up to 10 years of age. Order your certificates by 4/28/2012 at, choose Community Connections TAB; choose Schools & Libraries; choose Books Are a Blast. Please note, if your local restaurant is not listed, please contact them directly.

State Library Welcomes New Children's Services Coordinator

As the State Library's new Children's Services Consultant, Beth Meyer provides training and consulting services related to youth librarianship; focuses on early literacy programs like Collaborative Summer Library Program, Every Child Ready to Read and other initiatives; and works with media specialists throughout the state. Beth currently teaches a youth services course at SLIS-Indianapolis where she completed her MLS. Prior to joining the State Library, Beth specialized in youth services and programming as a public librarian in communities throughout northern and central Indiana.

Beth can be reached at or 317.234.5649. You can also visit the Services for Libraries homepage for more information about children/youth services and programming opportunities from the Indiana State Library.

Sculpture Dedicated in Zionsville Honors Martha Catt

A sculpture in honor of former director Martha Catt was dedicated on Sunday, April 15 at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville. In the picture below, Martha is seated and wearing light blue. Behind her stand, from left to right, Library Trustees Gayle Cox and LeeAnn Biggs.

 Sculpture Dedicated in Honor of Martha Catt

The inscription below the sculpture states:

“Dedicated to children of all ages who love learning. This sculpture is a gift given in honor of Martha Catt from The Library Foundation and her many friends. April 15, 2012.”

Over Catt's two-decade tenure as library director she oversaw the construction of a new 50,000 square foot building from a 1,400 square foot house. During this time the library experienced significant growth in its collections, programming and patron base. Later in her career, Catt was instrumental in the growth and development of the Evergreen Indiana Consortium, becoming the first Indiana library to use the Evergreen integrated library system. The consortium now includes nearly 100 libraries across the state. In July of 2010, Catt was presented with the Distinguished Hoosier Award on behalf of Governor Mitch Daniels.

Changes within WebJunction Indiana

The most popular website on WebJunction Indiana for 2011 was the Jobs in Indiana Libraries portal. This resource can connect you to the latest job openings at public, academic and special libraries throughout Indiana.

However, please note that the Jobs in Indiana Libraries link and all other WebJunction Indiana links have changed due to OCLC's recent "upgrade" to the global WebJunction online platform. Visit to tour the new WebJunction Indiana and please adjust your bookmarks accordingly.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

IHSLA 2012 Annual Meeting
When: April 19 & 20
Where: Fort Harrison Inn - Indianapolis

Indiana Black Librarians Spring Meeting
When: April 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University

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

Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Spring Conference
When: April 27-28
Where: University of Indianapolis

IOLUG Spring Program
When: April 27
Where: Indianapolis

Spring Institutional Workshop
When: May 14 @ 9:15 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

EdCamp Indy
When: June 12
Plainfield High School

ILF District Conferences
When: 8:30 AM (local time)
Where: Multiple Locations

4/17: District 3
5/01: District 1
5/04: District 2
5/10: District 5&7
5/15: District 4

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