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HEADLINE: State Librarian Makes Promotions, Additions to State Library Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS (October 30, 2012) – Indiana's State Librarian Roberta L. Brooker recently made additions to the State Library's leadership team when she hired Connie Bruder as Associate Director of Public Services and promoted Wendy J. Knapp from Professional Development Office (PDO) Supervisor to Associate Director of Statewide Library Services.

Ms. Bruder received her MLS from Indiana University in 2000. Prior to joining the State Library, she worked at the Indiana University Library in Bloomington, the IUPUI University Library, and as the Head Circulation Librarian at the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Most recently she served as Audio Visual Department Head at the Lebanon Public Library. As Associate Director of Public Services, Connie oversees the day-to-day operations of State Library's multiple collections, as well as any public events and patron outreach activities.

"Connie has really hit the ground running as the State Library's Associate Director of Public Services," said Brooker. "There has been significant improvements in public services and more Hoosiers are now being connected to the unique materials available within the State Library's collections."

Wendy Knapp was promoted to Associate Director of Statewide Services for the Indiana State Library, replacing Jim Corridan, who left the library in August. She received her MLS from Indiana University in 2002, and joined the State Library in 2005. Between 2005 and 2007, she served as the planning consultant and e-rate state coordinator for the Library Development Office. In 2007, she was promoted to head the newly-created PDO where she oversaw the implementation of the new administrative rule for certification and standards as well as created multiple professional development opportunities for Hoosier librarians. Prior to joining the State Library, Ms. Knapp worked at the Indianapolis Marion County Public library and the IUPUI University Library.

"Wendy has been a valuable leader at the Indiana State Library for over seven years," said Brooker. "Her wide range of experience and extensive knowledge of both LDO and PDO programs and services made her an ideal fit for the Associate Director of Statewide Services position."

As Associate Director of Statewide Services, Ms. Knapp will continue to oversee the PDO. She recently made a couple of additions to the PDO's regional consultant team. Jill Stange is the new Regional Coordinator for the northwest region, while Shauna Borger takes over as northeast regional coordinator. Previously, Shauna served as the State Library's Evergreen Indiana coordinator. A fourth and new regional coordinator for the southeast region of the state will soon be added as well. Additionally, the PDO recently welcomed Suzanne Walker as its new children's services consultant. Contact information for PDO staff is available online.

In addition to the new hires in PDO, the State Library recently welcomed three new librarians to its public services staff. Jocelyn Lewis is the new Catalogue Division supervisor, Amy Summer was hired as an Indiana Collection librarian and Laura Williams is now a librarian with the Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library.

"These additions are essential in carrying out the Indiana State Library's mission to be a national leader in the provision of statewide library services, while offering first-class reference and research services to all Hoosiers," said Brooker.

About the Indiana State Library (
The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana’s state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana.

Everyone is welcome to visit the State Library. Our professional staff is available to assist with research questions, offer expertise on a variety of subject matters, including genealogy, and provide general guidance and information about materials in the Library’s collections.


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