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  1. Consecutive Years of Rapid Growth for Evergreen Indiana

  2. IHC Seeks Communities for Traveling Exhibit

  3. New to Google: Results by Reading Level

More Library News

Chesterton Tribune

Township library workers to get first raises since 2008

Gary Post-Tribune

Library issue a concern

Gary Post-Tribune

Gary library system just the latest victim

Indianapolis Star

Dig deeper to fill holes in library budget

Indianapolis Star

4 Wayne Township library branches to rehire workers, extend hours

Indianapolis Star

Knitting Ninjas create hats, forge friendships, learn about giving in after-school club

Kendallville News-Sun

Novel Conversations at Kendallville library

Kokomo Tribune

Plan B costs less

Noblesville Times

County residents represent in Statehood essay contest

Noblesville Times

Connor Prairie among honorees at White House ceremony

Northwest Indiana Times

Retro sock monkeys get a new look thanks to Hammond Library program

Northwest Indiana Times

Newest library board member follows a family tradition

Perry County News

Board discusses merger of libraries

South Bend Tribune

New program aims to encourage reading

South Bend Tribune

Our local library system worth checking out

South Bend Tribune

No pay raises in 2011 for library


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Consecutive Years of Rapid Growth for Evergreen Indiana

Evergreen IndianaEvergreen Indiana is closing out the year with 82 public libraries live on Evergreen and serving nearly 800,000 Hoosiers compared to 53 member libraries live on Evergreen and serving 595,000 at this time in 2009 and just 15 libraries  serving 187,646 Indiana residents by year-end 2008. Over the past two years, Evergreen Indiana has grown over 300% in population served and nearly 450% in live members respectively. Altogether, the Evergreen Indiana catalog now holds over 3.5 million bibliographic records and provides access to over 5.5 million items.

In 2011, Evergreen will continue growing with several scheduled migrations in the year's first quarter and more to follow later in the year. The Evergreen Indiana Consortium currently has 94 member libraries, including the Indiana State Library. Check out the Evergreen Indiana Map for locations and websites of member libraries.

Evergreen Indiana continues to garner interest around the state and will accept applications from public libraries in 2011. If your library is interested, or would like more information about Evergreen Indiana, visit Information and Resources for Interested Libraries or contact Alice Davidson, Evergreen Indiana Project Coordinator, at 317.234.6536 or

IHC Seeks Host Communities for Traveling Exhibit

Food for Thought Traveling ExhibitThe Indiana Humanities Council is looking for communities interested in hosting its Food for Thought traveling exhibit in 2011. The Food for Thought traveling exhibit is designed to engage and educate Hoosiers about global and local food issues, increase awareness about Indiana’s rich agricultural history and stimulate conversation among families and communities. It features a historical and contemporary look at Indiana’s food culture, plus interactive opportunities for Hoosiers of all ages. Visitors have the opportunity to see, touch, taste and hear about Indiana food through artifacts, images, hands-on learning tools, and an oral history booth.

Additional programming opportunities are also available and organizations can choose among several tiers, which range from $2,000 - $5,500. Last year, the exhibit traveled to 14 locations and was exposed to more than 2 million people.  The exhibit is part of the two-year Food for Thought initiative.

An application and booklet, which includes instructions on how to apply, potential programming ideas and scholarship opportunities providing free rental, can be downloaded here. Applications are due by January 31, 2011.

New to Google: Results by Reading Level

A new advanced search tool from Google categorizes and filters results by the reading level complexity of the content. You can try it out by going to advanced search and selecting an option from the "reading level" dropdown.

Selecting the "annotation" option will annotate results based on reading level and reveal a distribution graph at the top of the results page that allows you to pivot between the levels.

Indiana Library Jobs

View job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WebJunction-IN


State Library Closed for Winter Holidays
When: Thursday, Dec. 23 - Sunday, Dec. 26

Government Websites
When: Tuesday, Jan. 9
10:00 AM - Noon
Where: Ohio Township PL

Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana
When: Friday, Jan. 14
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: State Library

Advanced Cataloging for Evergreen Indiana
When: Friday, Jan. 14
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Paoli Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Admin/Reports Training
When: Thursday, Jan. 20
10:00 AM - Noon
State Library

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference
When: Saturday, Jan. 29
8:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Indianapolis-Marion County Public Central Library

ILF Legislative Day
When: February 8, 2011
Where: Indiana State Library

Teen Tech Week
When: March 6-12, 2011

Money Smart Week
When: April 2-9, 2011

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