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Please join the Indiana State Library in congratulating Jos N. Holman, Tippecanoe County Librarian, on his election as president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). The organization serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.
In addition to serving on numerous state and national library committees, Mr. Holman is also an original member and former officer of the Indiana Black Librarians Network, which was formed in 2001. In 2002, he became the first African American director of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Similarly, he served as the first African American director of the Alexandrian Public Library (Mt. Vernon) from 1996 to 2002.
Mr. Holman was elected to a two-year term from 2010-2012. In a recent interview by American Libraries magazines, he discussed the role of BCALA and ALA’s other ethnic caucuses, BCALA milestones, and the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. View this interview in its entirety at AL Focus online.
web-based 2010 Public
Library Funding & Technology Access Survey, funded by the
American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
may now be completed through November 5, 2010. The survey has fewer
questions than last year and is only required for libraries receiving
Gates Opportunity Online grants. However, many libraries are
individually invited to participate and all libraries are welcome to
participate. Many have done so in the first and subsequent surveys.
Indiana had particularly good participation in the last survey, which
is important in generating the most complete data possible for our
state. The completed data will be a great asset for local and statewide
library advocacy by showing the importance of technology and broadband
access at the local public library and its ability to help bridge the
digital divide in Indiana communities.
The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey is now in its fourth year after beginning as a joint project of the ALA and University of Florida. The Indiana State Library monitors and encourages participation and is pleased to serve as liaison between public libraries and the survey personnel. If your library system has not received a postcard with information about the survey and you did receive one last year, please contact Edie Huffman at 317-232-3681 or ehuffman@library.IN.gov.
The Indiana Humanities Council will offer a Grant and Information Workshop to inform and dialogue with community leaders, nonprofit & local government personnel, library directors & program staff, and other citizens about the Council's programs and services. This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Public Library and is free and open to the public. Certified public librarians in attendance will receive two (2) general library education units (LEUs).
During the first hour, participants will learn about grant programs (eligible projects, how to apply, previous awards) and special Council initiatives such as Food for Thought and Community Conversations. The second hour will be a presentation on Novel Conversations, a free service that lends sets of books to libraries & book clubs with free promotional materials.
Please RSVP for the workshop by contacting Nancy Conner, Director of Grants, at 800-675-8897 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Indiana Humanities Council and its programs, visit www.indianahumanities.org.
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