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  1. One Month Remains to Plan and Promote Digital Learning Day

  2. Knapp to Represent COSLA, Indiana at Global Library Meeting

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Anderson Herald Bulletin
Kids can earn prizes for reading books
Angola Herald Republican
Reading in the New Year
Associated Press
Survey: Library websites get more mobile visits
Associated Press
Survey finds increase in e-reading, drop in paper 
Associated Press
Indiana University will house Mike Pence's congressional papers
Evansville Courier & Press
Evansville library breaks out old school video games for family time
Fort Wayne Daily News
Libraries are a community’s ‘gem’
Hendricks County Flyer
Libraries offer eBook help
Huntington County TAB
Library to offer ebooks, eaudios workshop
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Lasers make 'squiggly worms' dance across library ceiling
Laporte Herald Argus
Vacation, sick time no longer carried over for library workers
Madison Courier
Serving Her Young Readers
New Castle Courier-Times
Winter reading program brings mystery to readers

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One Month Remains to Plan and Promote Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning DayIf you have yet to join the hundreds of Indiana schools and libraries hosting Digital Learning Day events. there is still plenty of time and resources to start planning programs for your community. Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms and libraries across the country. This next campaign will take place on February 6, 2013.

Visit to learn more about this unique initiative, including local programming ideas, contests, promotional materials, and grant opportunities. Digital Learning Day is just not for schools. The campaign also highligts several ways public libraries can participate. Robyn Young, librarian at Avon High School, developed this "Things to Try on Digital Learning Day" flyer and resource for educators in her district that also can be used, adapted and shared in other Indiana communities.

Knapp to Represent COSLA, Indiana at Global Library Meeting

BMGF Global Libraries Peer Learning MeetingWendy Knapp, the Indiana State Library's Associate Director for Statewide Library Services, was recently selected to attend the 2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Global Libraries Peer Learning Meeting to be held in Cape Town, South Africa this Spring. Wendy is just one of three state agency representatives to be honored with this opportunity. She will attend as a delegate of Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and will participate in forum discussions with other librarians from around the world.

“This is a great honor for Wendy and we're fortunate to have her representing COSLA and the State of Indiana at this important meeting of global library leaders," said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana. "Wendy has been a valuable leader at the Indiana State Library for over seven years and her extensive knowledge of implementing statewide library services will surely be valued by meeting attendees."

The BMGF’s Global Libraries program supports efforts to supply and maintain free public access to computers and the Internet in ten countries around the world. According to the BMGF, in today’s digital age, quick and easy access to information and knowledge can transform the lives of individuals and strengthen communities. Yet, approximately 5 billion people—almost 90 percent of the world’s population—do not have access to computers connected to the Internet.

Wendy Knapp was promoted to Associate Director of Statewide Services for the Indiana State Library in August 2012. 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, Wendy worked at the Indianapolis Public Library and IUPUI University Library.

Proposals Sought for Resource-Sharing Conference

The Academic Libraries of Indiana and the Indiana State Library seek presentation proposals for Discovery to Delivery IV: Connecting the Community until January 15. Presentations should be 30-35 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion.

The free resource-sharing conference will be held at Ball State University on March 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The conference is open to all Indiana libraries, and is attended by representatives from academic, public, and special libraries.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 8 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Harrison Co. Public Library

NE Indiana YA Roundtable
When: January 10 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Wells Co. Public Library

SE Indiana YA Roundtable
When: January 17 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Greensburg-Decatur Co. PL

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 17 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Huntington City-Twp. PL

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 25 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Aurora Public Library

Digital Learning Day
When: February 6, 2013 (all day)
Where: Across the Nation

Discovery to Delivery IV: Connecting the Community
When: March 8 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball State University

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