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The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. Banned Books Week Kicks Off Saturday

  2. State Library Welcomes New Employees

More Library News

Angola Herald Republican

There are lifelong benefits to joining a book club

Batesville Herald Tribune

Library expands offerings

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Eyes Wide Open war exhibit bound for library
Gary Post-Tribune

Keeping the culture alive

Government Technology Magazine

Indiana Digitizes Civil War, National Guards Index Records

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

PL to host Pulitzer-winning correspondent
Greene County Daily World

Linton library to host Poetry Cafe

Indianapolis Star

Tax caps in constitution? Voters decide

Indianapolis Star

Library event in Avon showcases town's history

Indiana Statesman

Noise levels change within library

Indiana Univ. Libraries News

Planning grant paves way for open source Variations on Video project at IU

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Library celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day

Montgomery County, The Paper of

Fourth-Graders Invited to Celebrate State's Birthday

Monticello Herald Journal

Mission: Literacy

Muncie Star Press

Library to promote family literacy

Newton County Enterprise

Kentland/Jefferson Twp. Public Library plans Grand Opening

Northwest Indiana Times

Mexican cultural group donates Hidalgo bust to library

Purdue Libraries News

Purdue Libraries to celebrate noted Indiana authors with exhibit, events

South Bend Tribune

The Story Lady turns 100

South Bend Tribune

Book fest features Rosemary Wells

WNDU-TV (South Bend)

Tax cap issue before Indiana voters

WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)

Library services under threat from property tax caps

WTWO-TV (Terre Haute)

New Library Technology


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Banned Books Week Kicks Off Saturday

Banned Books Week - Sept. 26 - Oct. 2Beginning this Saturday and lasting through October 2nd, 2010, the ALA and partners are sponsoring Banned Books Week (BBW), an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas—provides the foundation for this event. The books featured during BBW have been targets of attempted bannings. 

If you choose to join the ALA in this celebration, they have several resources to help you get started, including a comprehensive press kit, lists of books banned or challenged in the past year, and a list of BBW events held throughout the nation.

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see these Ideas and Resources from the ALA. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or

State Library Welcomes New Employees

Indiana State LibraryThe Indiana State Library recently welcomed a new Conservator, Stephanie Gowler, and Library Development Office Supervisor, Jason Fields.

As Conservator, Stephanie is responsible for planning, implementation, and administration of preservation and conservation initiatives for the general and special collections of the State Library and the Indiana Commission on Public Records & State Archives. A 2001 graduate of Earlham College, Stephanie earned her M.L.I.S and a Certificate in Book Arts from the University of Iowa in 2006, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She worked most recently in the Preservation Department at Northwestern University Library.

Jason Fields recently joined the State Library as Library Development Office Supervisor and is responsible for managing the daily activities of the LDO, which includes programs and consulting services in the areas of library finance, management, planning, evaluation, and services to special populations, and the administration of statewide library services such as INfo Express, interlibrary loan, and INSPIRE. Jason has worked professionally in libraries since 2001. After receiving his master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington, he was the manager of residence hall libraries at that institution until 2006. In 2007, he became a reference librarian at Ball State University and served as a liaison to students, faculty, and staff involved in distance education programs. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the chief operating officer at the Hancock County Public Library until arriving at the Indiana State Library.  Jason is an at-large member of the board of the Indiana Online Users Group, and serves on the boards for the Distance Learning Division and District 4 of the Indiana Library Federation. He is also a member of the American Library Association.

Stephanie may be contacted at or 317-591-5220, ext. 376 and Jason can be reached at  or 317-232-3715.


Indiana Vision ExpoDiscover free services for Hoosiers with vision loss during Vision Awareness Week

IN Library Jobs

View job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WJ Indiana

Upcoming Events & workshops

Indiana Vision Expo
When: Sat., September 25
@ 9:30 AM - State Library

Annual SAMS Conference
When: September 29 & 30
Where: W. Lafayette PL

Evergreen IN Admin & Reports Training
When: Thu., September 30
@ 8:00 AM
Where: State Library

SIA Fall Workshop
When: Fri., October 8
@ 10:00 AM
Where: Allen Co. PL

SW Youth Services Fall Roundtable
When: Fri., October 8
@ 10:00 AM (CDT)
Where: Princeton Pub. Library

Evergreen IN Intro to Cataloging
When: Thu., October 7
@ 9:00 AM
Where: State Library

Evergreen IN Admin/ Reports Training
When: Thu., October 7
@ 1:00 PM
Where: State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 15-17
Where: Indpls. Convention Center

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