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The Indiana State Library will open to the public by appointment only beginning June 15.  Patrons are encouraged to continue to use our online services such as Ask-A-Librarian, INSPIRE  and the Digital Collections.  To make an appointment or to request online assistance, email isl@askisl.libanswers.com, call (317)232-3675, or chat with a librarian by clicking on the “Ask-a-Librarian” tab on the side of this page.

A message from the Indiana State Data Center:
2020 Census field operations have been delayed by COVID-19. However, it is important that Hoosiers are counted. The data collected by the Census Bureau impacts how we respond to pandemics like the current one. Answer the 2020 Census now safely from home online at https://my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.

If you have questions about the 2020 Census or need assistance with 2020 Census outreach, please contact the Indiana State Data Center.


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2020 census operations continue; self-response deadline extended, June 30, 2020
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic created
delays in the Census Bureau’s 2020 census operations, the 2020 census continues to move forward. Because of the pause due to the pandemic, it is important for librarians to get the word out that it’s not too late to participate in the census. U.S. residents now have until Oct. 31 to use self-response methods to complete the forms for their households.
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Government Information Day virtual conference
Save the date! The Indiana State Library and INDIGO are pleased to announce that Government Information Day will take place on August 6-7. The conference will now be held virtually. The two-day event will feature seven programs promoting government information literacy and resources. The conference is free to attend. Public librarians will be eligible to earn LEUs for each session. This is the fourth Government Information Day, but the first in a virtual format.Continue reading →

Toucan Tuesdays author interview series to start this month, June 3, 2020
Do you love authors? The Indiana Center for the Book is excited to announce an opportunity for you to learn more about Indiana authors through their new initiative, Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00! Join us on the Indiana State Library’s Facebook page on select Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Eastern Time for a weekly Facebook premiere party to watch the newest installment and share your comments in real time. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the videos....

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Firefly season – Voting, summer reading challenges, nominating and more! 
Children’s librarians across the state of Indiana know May as Firefly voting season. For the past five years, May has been the month that libraries have showcased the five nominated picture books through programs, displays and outreach, leading up to inviting their youngest patrons, ages 0-5 to vote on their favorite book to win the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Like most things in 2020, this year the voting season for the Firefly Award will be different. Continue reading →

Considerations for reopening if the library board or staff still have concerns, April 14, 2020
Once the current COVID-19 public health emergency is over and the executive orders limiting movement have expired, some library board members or staff could still have concerns. It is imperative that if additional restrictions remain in place, the library enforce those restrictions universally. Some of the things a library could continue to do to encourage social distancing for the public without risk of legal recourse are as follows:

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