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In This Issue

  1. August Workshops Focus on Gale Products

  2. Updated Library Statistics Now Available Online
  3. Applicants Sought for Final Round of Diversity Fellowships

More Library News:

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Library cuts to be discussed in August
Associated Press

Ind. State Library opens Dillinger exhibit
Associated Press

Ohio budget squeezes underfunded libraries
Associated Press

Arts groups fear breakup
Indy Star

Crowds check out local libraries
Indy Star

Check it out: Library use continues to increase
Indy Star

Library's ever-smiling face will be missed
Kokomo Tribune

Library salaries continue to climb
Kokomo Tribune

Library to cut services, raise fees
Lafayette Journal & Courier

FCPL receives stimulus funds for arts positions
LaPorte County Herald Argus

LaCrosse library will begin its move
Linux PR

32 Library Systems Now Live on Evergreen Indiana
Richmond Palladium-Item

Library gets grant
Seymour Tribune

Wild about Harry
South Bend Tribune

Culver’s library selected for ‘The Big Read’
South Bend Tribune

Green features invite students to library
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Vigo Library ready to take its business to another insurance provider
WTHR – TV (Indy)

75th anniversary of John Dillinger's death 

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August Workshops Focus on Gale Products

Gale Cengage LearningA series of trainings focusing on INSPIRE's newest product, the Teaching and Education Resource Center (TERC) are scheduled at public libraries throughout the state in August. The workshops will also provide an overview of other Gale products available through INSPIRE such as Biography Resource Center, Contemporary Authors®, Informe! español, LitFinder, and Small Business Resource Center.

Morning sessions will be from 10:00 a.m. - Noon (EDT) and afternoon sessions from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., except for the the afternoon session in Bedford which will run from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. These Gale Workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 18: Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (morning and afternoon session)
  • Wednesday, August 19: Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (South Branch) (morning and afternoon session)
  • Thursday, August 20: Jennings County Public Library (morning session only)
  • Thursday, August 20: Bedford Public Library (afternoon session only - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

These trainings are free and open to all library staff and Gale will provide refreshments at each location. Each session will be worth two (2) Technology Library Education Units (LEUs). Workshop seating is limited and will fill quickly. Please register today on WebJunction Indiana's Online Calendar.

Updated Public Library Statistics Now Available Online

Indiana State Library: Library Development OfficeBy Edie Huffman, Public Library Consultant, Library Development Office

The new 2008 Indiana Public Library Statistics
are now available online.  New tables are currently posted weekly with data from the report.

Additionally, the public library annual report review committee, consisting of library directors and other staff members, met this week to review current questions and propose changes (new questions, changes to questions or definitions, deleting questions). If you have any questions about the statistics, would like to offer suggestions for new statistical categories, or have a data need that is not fulfilled with the available information, please contact at Edie Huffman, 800-451-6028, 317-232-3681, or

Applications Sought for Final Round of Fellowships

Indiana's Librarians Leading in DiversityApplications for the third and final round of Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) fellowships are currently being accepted through August 28, 2009 to begin coursework in the January 2010 term.  I-LLID fellows receive full tuition, networking and community service opportunities, and an annual stipend. Fellows must commit to work in an Indiana library for at least two years upon graduation. For more information about the I-LLID fellowships visit the State Library's Diversity Advisory Council webpage.

The I-LLID project already awarded 10 fellowships last December to the first class and has recently awarded 10 more scholarships for students from diverse backgrounds. In addition to the scholarship and stipend, recipients will also benefit from participation in state and regional library associations, as well as other supplementary activities including special orientation meetings in various types of library settings, meetings with library directors, diversity workshops, transition to work programs, online and face-to-face support networks, and other special projects.

The I-LLID project was developed by the Indiana State Library's Diversity Advisory Council to increase diversity in libraries with the goal that library staff more closely reflects the communities they serve. The project is funded through a $1 million federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).