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  1. ISL Seeks Funding to Increase Broadband Connectivity, Public CPU Access

  2. Free Fundraising Summit in Chicago this November

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Ball State Daily News
Library upgrades software, plans workshops
Evansville Courier Press

Pulling the plug
Evansville Courier Press

County preserves early voting at libraries
Gary Post-Tribune

Aspiring authors meet to improve their writing
Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Travel through time with other events at Festival of the Book
Indianapolis Star

Arguments today in Central Library appeal
Indianapolis Star

Library to get more computers
Indianapolis Star

$1M from Herbert Simon foundation will help preschoolers learn to read
Inside Indiana Business

Indiana Authors to Gather For Inaugural Fair
Inside Indiana Business

Central Indiana Library Schedules Lighthearted Fundraiser

Linux PR

Evergreen Turns Three!
Muncie Star Press

Winchester library to help artisans with application
Northwest Indiana

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Richmond Palladium-Item

Standing UP for libraries
South Bend Tribune

Public doesn't attend St. Joseph County library board's budget meeting
South Bend Tribune
Reading skills improved through READ
Warsaw Times-Union
Library To Buy Land For Parking
WTHI-TV (Terre Haute)

Students attend library extravaganza

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State Library Seeks Funding to Increase Statewide Broadband Connectivity & Public Computer Access

Indiana State LibraryThe Indiana State Library recently submitted a grant for over $7 million to bring Indiana public libraries up to a standard level of information technology delivery, which provides for: (1) at least one public access computer for every 1,000 residents in the community served; (2) a wireless access point at every library; and (3) internet connectivity through the Public Library Internet Consortium, which guarantees a speed of at least 1.544 Mbps. This grant proposal was submitted to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) who oversee much of the $7.2 billion dedicated to the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Historically, public library usage increases during economic crises when library funding is most in jeopardy,” said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “In these difficult economic times, many Hoosiers rely on their local libraries to provide resources and training that connects them to job opportunities and develop their computer skills.” 

According to statistical data provided by Indiana’s 238 public libraries and compiled by the Indiana State Library, public libraries served 10 million public internet computer users in 2008. Demand has continued to grow in 2009. While Indiana’s public libraries have the expertise and the desire to do more, they often lack the necessary resources. An American Library Association study (2007) reported that only 20% of public libraries in Indiana met the demand for available computer workstations.

In order to meet the standard level of information technology delivery criteria listed above, the State Library has sought funding for mobile computer labs for Indiana’s public libraries. When this basic level of service is met in every Indiana community, public access computer availability will nearly double and ensures electronic classroom capabilities in every public library by providing a cost-effective and flexible solution. Should the State Library secure ARRA funding, Indiana libraries will each receive an average of fifteen 15 netbook computers, one instructor laptop, and one projector for training and classroom purposes.

“The demand for access to computers and employment resource training is so great that many libraries are unable to sustain delivery of the highest level of service to those who need it the most,” said Brooker. “An ARRA grant would significantly increase access to existing online resources available to all Hoosiers, and in particular to job seekers, small businesses, and children.”

In addition to purchasing highly demanded computer hardware, the grant would fund four new positions for a period of two years. These training and technology specialists would educate librarians and citizens about the many online resources provided by the state to improve their employment and economic situations. This initiative will ensure that all Indiana residents, regardless of location or economic situation, have access to the essential resources made available by broadband connectivity, computer workstations, and skills training. 

The State Library will distribute further information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this ARRA grant application, or would like information about LSTA grants or other opportunities for public libraries, visit contact Virginia Vought, LSTA Grant Consultant, at

Free Fundraising Summit in Chicago this NovemberLibrary Journal Director's Summit - Chicago

Library Journal will be sponsoring a Directors’ Summit on "Successful Fundraising in a Tough Economy."  This free event on November 9 at 10 at the Chicago Public Library (CPL) is designed to provide library directors with direct access to some of the most respected leaders in the library fundraising world. Jointly hosted by LJ, CPL, and Library Strategies and underwritten by sponsor Gale Cengage Learning, the event bring together experts in a small group environment that enables ample face-to-face consultation and networking.

The November 9 kick-off event will feature a reception and keynote address from Terry Axelrod, noted for her success in sustainable fundraising for nonprofits and author of Raising More Money. November 10 will consist of a full day of presentations, breakouts, and small group “speed consulting” with experts, among them Peter Pearson and Sue Hall (Library Strategies) and a host of library leaders and foundation and Friends directors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit their own scenarios for discussion in the breakouts as well as come away with a template for writing a development plan. Topics to be covered include creating support for buildings, technology, and endowments, building strong personal relationships with potential donors, and maneuvering amidst a challenging economy.

Space is limited so please register online today. Please direct any questions about the event to