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In This Issue

  1. State Library Awards Nine Digitization Grants

  2. Shelbyville Library Wraps Up Advocacy Campaign

  3. May Day Encourages Preservation of Cultural Heritage

More Library News:


Associated Press
Many libraries offer readers ways to avoid fines
Evansville Courier-Press

State may trim arts grants
Evansville Courier-Press

Celebrate the diversity the Evansville library offers
Greencastle Banner Graphic

PCPL hosting brown bag lunch, duct tape competition
Greensburg Daily News

County Schools Read Into Literacy Program
Indianapolis Star

Petitioners aim to keep Glendale library open
Indianapolis Star

Residents make plea for libraries
Indianapolis Star

Libraries say they have no plans to close
Indianapolis Star

Zionsville library is in OK shape -- for now
Indianapolis Star

Hancock County libraries expect leaner times ahead
Indianapolis Star

Hamilton East library system's pinches help ease its financial pain
Indianapolis Star

Shorter hours, wage freeze help library cut costs
Indianapolis Star

Plainfield library's new Area T is just for teens

Indianapolis Star

Fun activities at Greenwood library stimulate preschoolers' senses

LaPorte Herald Argus

Writer Peggy Archer to visit La Porte Library

Perry County News

Library merger postponed

Rensselaer Republican

Library to hold "Turn off your TV Week"

Richmond Palladium-Item

Dying to get to the library

Rushville Republican

It’s National Library Week

Shelbyville News

No racino money for library

South Bend Tribune

One last storytime

South Bend Tribune

Doris Day author to visit Warsaw


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State Library Awards Nine Digitization Grants

Indiana MemoryThe Indiana State Library recently awarded nine LSTA Digitization Grants for the 2010 cycle.  Most grant projects support this year’s theme of “Indiana and the Civil War: The Home Front.”  Two projects were continuations of digitization projects started with 2009 grants.  The final two projects were to digitize serial publications that reflect agricultural and African-American history. 

These digitized collections will all eventually be available through Indiana Memory. Indiana Memory is a digital library providing free access to Indiana’s unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats.  It is a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations, administered by the Indiana State Library. Indiana Memory is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 2011-2015, the Indiana State Library will continue to promote the digitization of Civil War related materials for 2011.  Next year’s theme will focus on the soldier’s experience.  For more information, contact Connie Rendfeld by calling 317-232-3694 or e-mail

Shelbyville Library Wraps Up Advocacy Campaign

Geek the LibraryThe Shelbyville-Shelby County Library officially concludes its Geek the Library campaign this month. They were the only Indiana library selected to participate in OCLC's pilot public awareness campaign along with selected libraries and library systems in Georgia, central Iowa,  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Zion, Illinois. Funded by a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC developed the community-based campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today's challenging environment and to increase local library support.

According to an OCLC release, the Geek the Library campaign introduces the word 'geek' as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they 'geek'—whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art. Campaign messaging illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone 'geeks' something—and that the public library supports it all.

The awareness campaign strategy is based on findings from the 2008 OCLC report, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America. It utilizes a broad range of marketing, advertising and advocacy techniques to reach the audience identified in the report as "probable" library supporters—a group of regular voters who are likely to support library funding, but who are not fully committed.

“Everyone can identify with it. Everybody geeks, or has a passion, about something,” said Janet Wallace, director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Library in an article in the Shelbyville News. “A lot of people liked the campaign. It opened doors for us and definitely raised awareness of the library.”

Campaign efforts launched in summer 2009 and run through this April. Upon completion, OCLC claims it will make the campaign materials and other guides, along with information from the pilot campaigns, available to libraries, but further details have yet to be mad available. Log on to for details as the develop.

MayDay Encourages Preservation of Cultural Heritage

MayDay: Protect Cultural Heritage

Each year, archives, libraries, museums, and arts and historic preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force to protect cultural heritage from disasters.

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers up several resources to plan a MayDay event or task. You can also take advantage of this exciting incentive for participating in MayDay 2010. Submit a brief description of what your organization does for MayDay by May 21, 2010, and you will be entered in a random drawing to win one of four prizes donated by Gaylord Brothers.* The prizes include a React Pak™, a Collections Protection Kit, Rescubes®, and Leak Alert Water Detectors - all great products to have on hand in case of an emergency. Winners will be announced June 1st, the beginning of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.


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