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  1. LYRASIS Hosting Resource Sharing Conference in Indy

  2. Three Indiana Institutions Awarded IMLS Innovation Grants

  3. Conference Aims to Connect Users to Digital Content

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Associated Press

IUPUI prof named Indiana's next poet laureate

Boonville Standard

Library mixes tales and tails

Crawfordsville Journal Review

Genealogy club gets back to its origins

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Final chapter for 2 city booksellers

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Real books, not e-books, have places for authors to autograph

Gary Post-Tribune

Merrillville gives a hand to county library remodeling

Greene County Daily World

Linton library director will miss area


Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity Fellows Final Forum

Mid-Northern Indiana News

Picturing Pierceton: Then and Now Slide Show

Montgomery County, The Paper of

Something still afoot near Devil's Backbone

New Albany Evening News & Tribune

New Albany-Floyd County Public Library temporarily closed

Noblesville Times

Noblesville author to sign book Thursday

Richmond Palladium-Item

Top teacher picked

Shelbyville News

Forum provides support for 'V.I.P.s'

Shelbyville News

Beijing reading project brings together two worlds

Terre Haute Tribune Star

River City highlights photography of Ed and Kathy Cook at library

Wall Street Journal

Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough Reads ‘Chicken Little’

WBEZ-Radio (NW Indiana)

Changing Gears: Gary closes its main library


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ILF District Conferences
When: 8:30 AM (local time)
Where: Multiple Locations
District5/7      5/13: District 2    
District 4

Advanced Cataloguing for Evergreen Indiana
When: May 17 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Alexandria-Monroe Public Library

Geek Indiana Libraries Workshop
When: May 18
Where: Indiana State Library

Institutional Libraries Spring Workshop
When: May 23 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Broadband in Indiana Public Libraries Summit
When: June 7
Where: Indiana State Library

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

View free LEU opportunities from LYRASIS & WJ-IN


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LYRASIS Hosting  Resource Sharing Conference in Indy

LYRASIS: Ideas and Insights SeriesCurrent economic challenges call for exciting initiatives, new technology, collaboration and creativity to get users what they want. LYRASIS is offering an  opportunity to interact with some of the most engaging minds in the resource sharing community at the Ideas and Insights Series event on Thursday, June 15, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT) at the Indiana State Library.  

Among the day's speakers include: Russell Palmer, Professional Development Librarian at LYRASIS; Dolores Yilibuw, Acquisitions Librarian at Eastern Kentucky University; Tony Melvyn, OCLC's product manager for WorldCat Resource Sharing; and Peter Collins, Assistant Project Manager for Borrow Direct at the University of Pennsylvania libraries. These experts will address topics such as:

  • The new and emerging trend of Patron Driven Resource Sharing, and its impact regionally, nationally and globally.

  • How Borrow Direct, an expedited delivery system, successfully shared 1 million items across participating libraries.

  • Answers on buying vs. borrowing, managing copyright, and lending electronic books and documents.

  • The SWANK Model and how it is impacting Shared Academic eMaterials Purchases.

  • Data and costs associated with Evergreen Indiana versus traditional ILL.

Register today and receive the early-bird discount. With this discount, the event costs $89 for Indiana library professionals. A light breakfast and boxed lunch are included in the price. This unique opportunity is worth four (4) Library Education Units (LEUs).

Three Indiana Institutions Awarded IMLS Innovation Grants

IMLS: Sparks! Ignition GrantsThe Indiana University School of Medicine's library, Purdue University libraries and the Indianapolis Museum of Art were all recently named recipients Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums by the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS). They were among 14 organizations nationwide awarded grant funds totaling $336,281.  The grant program required applicants to address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums, libraries, or archives.

The IU School of Medicine's library will receive $24,998 to test a new way of using existing technical standards to help overcome common problems that many libraries and archives face when digitizing historic collections. The IMA received  $23,781 to utilize its experience in visitor research, arts education, and technology to conduct a series of controlled experiments that use eye-tracking technology. The project will consist of three experiments that aim to demonstrate the usefulness and potential barriers to wide adoption of eye-tracking technology by the museum community, as well as determine if such methods provide useful tools for improving visitor experience. The libraries of Purdue University and Penn State University received $24,594 to create a new online information resource for research data producers, users, publishers, librarians, and funding agencies. This resource, Databib, will be an annotated online bibliography of research data repositories, created and maintained by an online community of librarians.

Conference Aims to Connect Users to Digital Content

Indiana's Digital Resources: Making them work for youModern technology has enhanced the ability both of the information providers to publish online content and the end user to access digital information from a multitude of mediums and locations. These factors led to the demand for instant access to reliable information quickly and effortlessly via the internet. Indiana's Digital Resources: Making them work for you is a one-day workshop that highlights Indiana's freely-available digital resources, such as Indiana Memory, the Indiana Digital Archives, INSPIRE, and the State Data Center, and trains attendees on how to use them effectively. 

Keynote speakers include Andrew Mink, Director of Outreach and K-12 Education for the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and David Bodenhamer, director of The Polis Center. This workshop is designed for educators, genealogists, historians and the general public and will be held in a computer lab to cultivate hands-on experience with individual resources. 

The event is scheduled for Tuesday June 21, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM EDT at the Indiana Government Center Conference Center in Indianapolis. The deadline to register for the event is June 10, 2011. Registration is $30 (lunch included) and there are a limited number of scholarships available for K-12 educators on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the workshop or to register, please contact Connie Rendfeld at or 317-232-3694.

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