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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. Stay Tuned: Enhancements to INSPIRE Coming in July

  2. Season Seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library Now Open

  3. IMLS Seeks Candidates for National Library/ Museum Awards

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin

‘Dream Big’ during library’s summer reading program

Culver Citizen

CUTPL kicks off summer reading Weds. with live animal show

Evansville Courier & Press

Fresh Faces: Nathan Jochum

Gary Post-Tribune

Gary residents demand their library back

Gary Post-Tribune

Library sent back to school on parking lot

Gary Post-Tribune

Supporters won’t close book on Gary library closing

Greene County Daily World

Linton Library announces summer reading programs 

Greene County Daily World

Linton Library changes hours for summer 

Indianapolis Nuvo

2012 CVAs: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Indianapolis Star

Boone Co. library workers claim firings result of falsified time card complaint

Jackson County Banner

Robertson honored by history center

LaPorte Argus Herald

Library expenses are down

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Library project gains momentum

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Galveston library back on track?

New Albany News & Tribune

Earth Friends Cafe to open inside NA-FC Library

Northwest Indiana Times

Group hosts public forum on closing of main Gary library

Northwest Indiana Times

Retired astronaut Jerry Ross launches Crown Point Library summer reading program

Pulaski Post

Library's summer reading program is for all ages

Warrick Publishing

Newburgh History Club supports Newburgh Museum


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Stay Tuned: Enhancements to INSPIRE Coming in July

INSPIRE Scheduled for an UpgradeComing this July, INSPIRE will feature an enhanced look and search functionality. The new 360 Search from Serials Solutions uses results clustering in order to speed up searches and better organize data. Results clustering separates search results by subtopics, dates, journals and authors so that search results are organized and easy to browse.

Almost all search engines only rely on data supplied by content providers to filter searches - introducing errors into search results. 360 Search will not introduce errors into searches because of its knowledgebase database. INSPIRE's interface is also being revamped to give it a fresher look and feel. The website will also contain new features designed to enhance the user experience.

INSPIRE will also feature a pair of exciting new databases and a new history portal in the coming months. Keep up to date on all the latest INSPIRE developments on the INSPIRE Newspage.

Season Seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library Now Open

Step Up to the Plate @ your libraryCourtesy of the ALA

In celebration of two American classics, baseball and libraries, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association launch Step Up to the Plate @ your library just in time for summer.  

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

Each week a new trivia question will be posted on Players will have a week to visit their library to use the print and electronic resources to answer the question correctly. All correct answers will be entered for a weekly drawing for a prize pack from the Baseball Hall of Fame. Players and librarians can follow on Twitter (@atyourlibrary) or Facebook (

All correct answers provided throughout the season will be entered into a final grand-prize drawing for a chance to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to attend the World Series Gala and a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and archives in Oct. 2012.

Libraries can post the questions on their own websites, Facebook and Twitter pages to have ready-made content throughout the summer and to plug in to the national contest.  Baseball-themed programming ideas and sample social media content are also be available on

IMLS Seeks Candidates for National Library/Museum Awards

onal Medal for Museum and Library ServiceThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting nominations for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor. Museums and libraries that would like to be considered for the National Medal should complete the nomination form by October 15, 2012.

The National Medal honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Public, school, academic and research libraries are eligible to receive this honor.

More information and the nomination form are available online. Indiana has been well represented in recent years. Past National Medal winners include Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (2010), the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2009), General Lew Wallace Study and Museum (2008) and Frankfort Community Public Library (2006).

Gates Releases Viral Video on Connectivity in Libraries

Thanks for making the "Jobs in Indiana Libraries" page the fourth most popular across the entire WebJunction web portal. Only the homepage, calendar, and generic search had more hits than WJ-IN jobs page. In fact, hits on the jobs page were nearly double that of the WebJunction Indiana homepage.

Remember, the "Jobs in Indiana Libraries" page is always being updated with new jobs. Whether you're a job seeker or submitting an open position at your library, we hope you continue to take advantage of this popular service.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

OCLC: Marketing the Small & Rural Library
When: June 7 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

EdCamp Indy
When: June 12
Plainfield High School

eBooks on INSPIRE Webinar
When: June 13 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

ALA Annual Conference
When: June 21-26
Where: Anaheim, CA

New Director's Workshop
When: August 2 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Director's Refresher Workshop
When: August 8 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

2012 Indiana Vision Expo & Vision Walk
When: September 29 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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