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More Library News:  
Associated Press:
Elwood library keeps Nativity scene on display

Chesterton Tribune:
Library hires new branch manager for Hageman

Choice Reviews Online:
Indiana Tech on Cover
Elkhart Truth:
From the unemployment line to the library lines
Fort Wayne News Sentinel:
Novels are set in small-town Indiana

Gary Post-Tribune:
Governor outlines more reforms

Gary Post-Tribune:
Church, friends and family honor longtime librarian

Kokomo Tribune:
Greentown children’s librarian retiring
Louisville Courier-Journal: 
Book sales support libraries' programs
Terre Haute Tribune Star:
Told she’d never walk, Cunningham Memorial Library dean is avid runner


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Free Spring Workshops Available Online, Regional Locations


Certified library professionals have an opportunity to earn several free LEUs this spring by attending SOLINET and State Library courses and workshops. Librarians of all types (special, school, academic, etc.) are welcome to register for these professional development opportunities.


This spring’s course lineup covers a diverse range of topics, including:

New Listserv Focuses on Young Adult Programming 

Librarians serving teens and young adults now have a new forum for exchanging ideas and dealing with issues that relate to service for those patrons between ages 12 and 18. The new YAPPERS listserv will provide information you need to maximize your teen/YA programming efforts.

You can sign up for YAPPERS online at http://www.library.IN.gov/listservs.htm. The State Library also has other listservs dedicated to groups such as children's programmers and trustees, among others.

International Association Seeks Applicants for Innovation Grants

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is accepting applications for its Public Library Innovation Grants program. ICMA is a professional educational organization for chief-appointed managers, administrators, and assistants that are located in cities, towns, and counties. The Public Library Innovation Grants focus on using the public library as a tool to address community priorities and issues. The grant program will provide a series of leadership workshops and project coaching to ensure the short-term success of the project and secure support for the long-term use of libraries in addressing community goals.


The Innovation Grants will be anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, county, and town manager) or elected official and the public library. A series of leadership workshops and project coaching will support grantees in solidifying the manager/librarian partnership, ensuring the short-term success of the project, and developing the capacity to support the long-term use of libraries to meet community goals. The ICMA will provide 8–12 grants to cities, towns, and counties that are committed to using their public library as a vital tool in addressing community priorities and issues in a unique, non-traditional manner. Individual grants will range from $20,000 to $60,000 and be 18 months in length. There is no requirement for being an ICMA community or having a town manager to be eligible for the grant.


If you have any questions about the ICMA Public Library Innovation Grants, contact Molly Donelan at (202) 962-3645 or mdonelan@icma.org. The deadline to apply is Jan. 9, 2009. Awards will be announced in February 2009. More information is available on the Innovation Grant Webpage.