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In This Issue

  1. New Virtual Reference Library Brings Content to Life

  2. Workshops to Focus on Digital & Paper Records Preservation

  3. Teen Tech Week Resources Help Plan Local Programming

More Library News

Crawfordsville Journal Review

Ag items needed for exhibit

Elkhart Truth

Library reopening delayed slightly as renovations continue

Evansville Courier & Press:

New fiction section of local libraries is excellent way to discover fresh, charming tales

Gary Post-Tribune

30 years and counting

Gary Post-Tribune

Mardi Gras masks and more

Indianapolis Business Journal

City-County Council member gives salary to local library

Indianapolis Star

Councilman Steve Talley to donate salary to literacy fund honoring his late wife's legacy

Indianapolis Star

Is merger an option for libraries in Johnson County

Kokomo Tribune

An iPad for every student

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Upgrading the library

La Porte Herald Argus

Firm to library: In light of tax situation, budget accordingly

Library Journal

Appeals Court Finds Library Sex Offender Ban Unconstitutional

Northwest Indiana Times

Jackson Elementary receives Acorn Grant to create art gallery at school

Seymour Tribune

Library, REMC offer Kill-a-Watt detectors 

South Bend Tribune

Edible Book fest hungry for entries

South Side (Indianapolis) Times

BG library director caters to patrons
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Library board agrees to $200K from reserves for building renovations

Terre Haute Tribune Star

First edition: ISU library acquires 1889 Twain book

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Big Read begins on March 2 with party


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New Virtual Reference Library Brings Content to Life

Gale Virtual Reference LibraryINSPIRE will soon feature a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) – an online ebook platform. After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers. The newly designed GVRL is easy-to-use, and even easier for researchers to find exactly what they are looking for with new features and functionalities that encourage users to stay longer, search deeper, and find what they need faster.

The redesigned GVRL homepage now displays eye-catching book cover images that replicate a familiar in-library browsing experience. The interface is available in 34 languages and its ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality) is available in another 19 languages. The new GVRL interface also offers a multi-page viewer that allows users to choose either a one or two-page view and features a new page flipper that allows readers to page through a section or an entire book. GVRL titles can be downloaded as article-level PDF’s that may be uploaded to most readers and MP3 players, making it easy for patrons to download the articles they need.

GVRL hosts more than 7,000 full-text titles from Gale and more than 80 other publishers. Recently named a 2012 “Best Database” by Library Journal, GVRL contains full-text interdisciplinary content on virtually any subject area to tackle assignments, papers, projects and presentations. GVRL offers titles for all audiences and can be cross-searched via Gale PowerSearch.

For more information on GVRL, including free marketing materials and interactive online tutorials, visit Additionally, Gale will be hosting a "Gale Virtual Reference Library Interface Updates" webinar on Thursday, March 8 at 2:00 PM (EST). The one-hour class will introduce you to the new GVRL interface, as well as titles available through INSPIRE and the content that is available in them. The webinar will also focus on tips and tricks for using these on the reference desk and integrating them into the classroom.

Workshops to Focus on Digital & Paper Record Preservation

SHRAB Governor's AwardsTwo preservation workshops are scheduled for March and designed for anyone interested in learning paper and digital preservation concepts and best practices.

Paper Conservation Workshops March 8 & March 22

The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board will host paper conservation workshops, "Paper Con 2012," at the Indiana State Archives on March 8, 2012 and March 22, 2012. Volunteers and professionals can take part in these workshops, which provide valuable information to those who work with, and care for historical records. Paper Con will focus on preservation, environmental considerations, exhibiting paper based materials, mount making, and hands-on mending and dry cleaning.

Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program: March 27

Volunteers and professionals responsible for managing and preserving digital content are invited to a digital preservation workshop at the Indiana State Library on March 27, 2012.  The workshop is based on curriculum developed by the Library of Congress' Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program (DPOE), whose mission includes fostering national outreach and education to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content.  The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Commission on Public Records, are hosting and teaching the workshop.

This workshop introduces fundamental concepts for managing your digital content over time through a series of six modules:

  • Identify – what digital content do you have?        

  • Select – what portion of that content is your responsibility to preserve?        

  • Store – what issues are there for long-term storage?

  • Protect – what steps need to be taken to protect your digital content? 

  • Manage – what provisions should be made for long term management?

  • Provide – what considerations are there for long term access?

Both events are free and include a complimentary lunch courtesy of Indiana SHRAB. Certified public library professionals are eligible to receive multiple Library Education Units at each event. Registration information for both events may be found on the conferences page or by contacting Jennifer Harrison at 317-591-5222 for more information.

Teen Tech Week Resources Help Plan Local Programming

Teen Tech Week 2012: March 4-10Teen Tech Week 2012 website will be celebrated March 4-10, 2012 and has a theme of Geek Out @ your library, which encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer. As you plan for Teen Tech Week, the Teen Tech Week Committee has a collection of useful toolkits, including event and activity ideas and event planning and publicity recommendations, to get the most out of your local programming. Official Teen Tech Week products, including posters, decals, bookmarks and digital downloads, are available at the ALA Store.

LEU Opportunity Days

Register today for one of four remaining LEU Opportunity Days at a location near you. While the LEUs are for public librarians, the workshops are available to all librarians and school library educators statewide.

When: February 28 @ 10:00AM
Where: Batesville Memorial PL

When: March 14 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Kendallville PL

When: March 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Jasper Co. PL- Wheatfield

When: March 29 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Tippecanoe Co. PL

Welcome New Library Directors

Please join the State Library in welcoming the following new public library directors:

Rachel Ziegler, Director, Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Monica Casanova, Director, Monticello-Union Township PL

Bonnie Holman, Director, Joyce Public Library

Best of luck to you all!

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

Indianapolis Youth Literature Conference
When: February 25
Where: Indianapolis Public Library

Online Readers Advisory Resources
When: March 6 @ 2:00 PM (CST)
Where: Lowell Public Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library Interface Updates
When: March 8 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Paper Conservation Workshop
When: March 8 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Archives

Discovery to Delivery III: Resource Sharing Core Service
When: March 9 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball State University

Advanced INSPIRE K-12 Resources
When: March 15 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Walton & Tipton Township Public Library

Advanced INSPIRE Medical Resources
When: March 15 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Walton & Tipton Township Public Library

Paper Conservation Workshop
When: March 22 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Archives

Government Websites
When: March 22 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Webinar

Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program
When: March 27 @ 8:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

9th Annual Copyright Conference
When: April 18 - All Day
Where: Ball State University

Evergreen International Conference
When: April 25-28
Where: Indianapolis

Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Spring Conference
When: April 27-28
Where: University of Indianapolis

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