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  1. State Library Releases 2012 Public Library Statistics

  2. Webinar Discusses National Information Literacy Campaign

  3. One Week Left to Renew INfo Express Services

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State Library Releases 2012 Public Library Statistics

2012 Public Library StatisticsThe 2012 Public Library Statistics were recently released and offer a wealth of information and insights into a variety of categories.  Here are a handful of interesting highlights from the data compiled and posted online:

  • Approximately 58% of Hoosiers are library cardholders.
  • There were 38,589,613 visits to Indiana public libraries last year, a 2% increase from 2011.
  • Indiana libraries circulated 77,665,554 items in 2012, a .28% increase over 2011.
  • The number of print books held by Indiana public libraries decreased by 40,100 (.16%) from 2011 to 2012.
  • The number of ebooks available to Hoosiers increased by 291%.
  • Children’s programming saw a 7% increase in attendance last year.
  • The number of reference transactions decreased by 13%.
  • Libraries spend about $30 per capita for library staffing and $7.50 per capita for materials.
  • Total FTE library staff held steady at about 4,450 FTE employees statewide.

Anyone with questions regarding the statistics may contact Jennifer Clifton, Public Library Consultant, at or (317) 234-6550.

Webinar Discusses National Information Literacy Campaign

EveryoneOnWebJunction, in conjunction with the Institute of Museum & Library Services, recently released a  recorded webinar complete with latest information about the EveryoneOn campaign and ways your library can participate. EveryoneOn is designed to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy skills and is a great opportunity to promote public libraries as a trusted and valuable provider of free public access technology and training as we strive to build stronger communities.

One of the best ways to become involved in this campaign is to update your library’s “profile” in the EveryoneOn Training Locator Tool database. There is a record in this database for almost every public library location in the United States with basic information such as address and phone number. When someone is interested in finding digital literacy training or public access computers near them, they can enter their zip code into the Locator Tool to see a list of places that could help.

Additionally, an entire toolkit of support materials has been developed by C2C and the Ad Council to support this campaign. The campaign materials include everything from customizable posters and signs, to television and radio public service announcements. Libraries are welcome to download these materials for free to help promote local digital literacy events. The Ad Council has aired a TV spot over 4,000 times and Clear Channel is running the radio PSA in 43 markets with an expected peak coverage period in August. The site also added new tutorials and is seeing an increase in traffic. One of their calls to action is a request for libraries to share their stories by submitting them to

One Week Left to Renew INfo Express Services

INfo ExpressRenewal requests for the 2013 INfo Express service year are due July 31st. As previously announced, the pricing structure for INfo Express changes effective January 1, 2014. These changes reflect cost increases in the current courier’s service contract that went into effect in December 2012. However, the Indiana State Library will subsidize all libraries additional cost for the remainder of 2013. This means that the bill for the 2013-2014 service year will reflect six months at the old cost and six months at the new cost. Starting with the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the new rates will apply.

The subsidized cost for one day a week service for 52 weeks is $87.50 for the 2013-2014 service year. Most school and academic libraries, and all public library districts that meet Public Library Standards are eligible.Please note that branch libraries are not eligible for subsidies. Additional weekly stops may be added at the $537.50 per day rate. As an added incentive to promote resource sharing throughout Indiana's library community, the Indiana State Library also offers a discounted second delivery day rate to libraries that are major active net lenders to Indiana libraries through OCLC's WorldCat, Evergreen Indiana or similar consortium.

The renewal form and instructions are located at Contact (317) 232-3699 or for more information.

Register Today for 21st Century Literacy Days

Is your library ready for the future? Skills for the 21st century are needed now more than ever by patrons statewide.

The FREE 21st Century Literacy Days workshops offers a unique professional development experience and opportunity to earn LEUs in areas such as government, legal, health, early childhood, and adult literacy. Click here for more information or to register for the event in Indianapolis (8/1), Kokomo (8/9) or Columbus (8/16).

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Family Medical Leave Act (Library Law Workshop Series)
When: July 31 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Fair Labor Standards Act (Library Law Workshop Series)
When: July 31 @ 2:30 PM
Where: Live Online

ILF Reference Division Conference
When: August 6
Where: Flagship Center - Anderson

National Conference of African American Librarians
When: August 7-11
Where: Cincinnati/Northern KY

eContent in the Library
When: August 7 @ 11:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Bond Issues: Manage Public Library Project, Debt and Tax Rate
When: August 14 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library & Live Online

New Director and Refresher Workshop
When: August 20
Where: Indiana State Library

2013 CYPD Conference
When: August 25 & 26
Where: Marriott East - Indianapolis

Storytime Boot Camp
When: August 27 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Rushville Public Library

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