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In This Issue

  1. LJ Seeks Extraordinary Small Libraries

  2. PSAs Promote Lifelong Learning, Library Cards

  3. IU Libraries Awarded $50,000 IMLS Grant

More Library News

Albion New Era
Staff structure developed for Library Merge
Anderson Herald Bulletin
Library announces 'Big Read' project
Bluffton News-Banner
Expansion, renovation of Wells Co. PL 99.5% complete
Elkhart Truth
Hoosiers reapply for unemployment relief
Gary Post Tribune
Author sheds light on longtime legend
Indianapolis Star
Technology is priority for new library chief
Indianapolis Star
Vonnegut library gets $50,000 from Lilly Endowment
Indianapolis Star
Young readers start book club for peers
Inside INdiana Business
Butler Grant Helps Put Plants Online
Jackson County Banner
Pay library fines with school supplies
New Albany Evening News & Tribune
Summer sanctuary: A really cool place
Kokomo Tribune
Get involved with ‘Reads’
Kokomo Tribune
Library bricks to be stained Tuesday
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Old Williamsport library renovated into home
Madison Courier
Children's librarian closes book on career
North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun
Library's potential
North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun
Library draws support, fire
Northwest Indiana Times
Crown Point books bond sale
Northwest Indiana Times
Lake Co. library now offering eBooks
Osgood Journal
Man's best friend enjoys stories too
South Bend Tribune
Budgets affect library staffs

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LJ Seeks Extraordinary Small Libraries

LJ: Best Small Library in America Library Journal is currently accepting nominations for the its annual Best Small Library in America award. Cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the awarded was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of small libraries. Now in its seventh year, the award honors the public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less (click here for eligibility requirements).

The winning library will receive a $15,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2011, Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2012 in Philadelphia, PA, and a gala reception at the conference.

Members of the editorial board of Library Journal, librarians from around the country, and a representative from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will judge nominations based on several key factors. Most notably, how the nominee, in the last two years, has raised the profile of the library within the community, reached out to new users and remote users, and used technology to support and grow patron access to materials and information. Highlighting highly innovative approaches to traditional problems is strongly encouraged.

Anyone can nominate a library, including library administration, patrons, and members of the community, among others. Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 5, 2010. Nominators are encouraged to reach out for guidance while developing nominations. Please do so by contacting Rebecca Miller

PSAs Promote Family Reading, Library Cards

LOC: Curious George CampaignThe Advertising Council and the Library of Congress are launching a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) to encourage parents to read with their children & inspire them to become lifelong learners.

The new PSAs feature the iconic children’s literary character Curious George. The TV, print, and outdoor ads feature George and his best friend and mentor, “The Man with the Yellow Hat,” reading books together. The campaign encourages parents and kids to visit as a source for discovery, learning, family fun, and to experience the joy of reading.

Hoops Star Spokesman for Library Card Sign-up Month

This September, Olympic gold medalist and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade wants Americans to know that a library card is the “smartest card” in every wallet. Wade has donated his time and image to the creation of a print PSA. ALA will place the PSA in magazines during the month of September.

In addition to the PSA Library Card Sign-up sample, media tools are now available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, newsletter article, proclamation and public service announcement.

IU Libraries Awarded $50,000 IMLS Grant

Indiana University LibrariesIndiana University Libraries was recently one of 13 institutions nationwide awarded National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grants (NLG) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IU will receive $49,504 to define the scope, requirements, and technical architecture to extend Indiana University’s open source Variations digital music library system to support management and delivery of digital video collections.

Overall, the 13 selected institutions are receiving funds totaling $763,715. The grantees were chosen among 62 applications with requests totaling $3,752,309. The next deadline for the NLG program is Feb. 1, 2011. Please click here for more information about this grant opportunity from the IMLS.

Indiana Library Jobs

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Planning a Digitization Project
When: Tue., August 10
@ 1:00 PM
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Newspaper Digitization Projects
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When: Wed., August 11
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Basics of Scanning
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Metadata for Beginners
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When: Mon., August 16
@ 10:00 AM
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When: Wed., August 18
@ 7:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Indiana Vision Expo
When: Sat., September 26
@ 10:00 AM
Where: State Library

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