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  1. Feedback Sought for Free Power Meters at Libraries

  2. New Online Resource Searchable on INSPIRE
  3. Free LEUs Available at April Workshops


More Library News:

Chesterton Tribune

Slumping economy boosts library use

Evansville Courier Press

Reform bills died for lack of support

Evansville Courier Press

Vanderburgh, Spencer county libraries have star power

Indiana Statesman

ISU librarian makes exhibit a success

Indy Star

Librarian encouraged love of the quest for information

Indy Star

Library to offer Savvy Senior class

Library Journal

You Can’t Afford Not To Do These Things

Martinsville Reporter Times

Reference librarian treats patrons right

Muncie Star Press

Library teen group collecting for seniors

Northwest Indiana Times

Gary library to introduce new director

Northwest Indiana Times

Author makes reading fun

South Bend Tribune

Facebook may return to M-P-H libraries

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Second library branch closes: Library opened branch at Plaza North in 1967

WTHR – TV (Indy)
Jobless lean on libraries for Internet


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Feedback Sought for Free Power Meters at Libraries

Kill A Watt Power Meters

The Indiana State Library would like to gauge interest among public libraries concerning free Kill A Watt power meters. The meter measures the wattage used to power an appliance, computer of flat screen TV even when it is not on. By reducing phantom power use a person could save an average of $100 a year or more in electricity.

The goal is to integrate Kill A Watt power meters into libraries across the state so people could check them out like books and reduce their electric costs. The meters would come with a free counter-top display featuring information about the units and how they can be borrowed.

These Kill A Watt power meters will be available at no cost to public libraries. The State Library will proceed forward with this project if there is sufficient public library interest in these free meters. Please indicate your interest, comments and/or concerns about the free Kill A Watt power meters by emailing

New Online Resource Searchable through INSPIRE

Directory of Open Access JournalsThe Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has been added to the growing list of new resources searchable on INSPIRE. Results from this free comprehensive database of open-access scientific and scholarly journals will appear automatically during standard INSPIRE searches. These journals must exercise peer-review or editorial-quality control to participate. The Directory includes nearly 4,000 scientific and scholarly journals in dozens of different subject areas such as library and information science, education, history and art.

Webjunction IndianaFree LEUs Available at April Workshops

Registration is now available for a three-session online course from Solinet that outlines the manager's role in organizing and planning preservation activities in a library or archives. Preservation Management is designed for administrative and/or managerial staff responsible for planning, implementing, or managing a preservation program in a library or archives.

Registrations for this free class must be received by March 25, 2009 and participants must attend all three sessions that take place on April 2nd, 9th, & 13th to be eligible for six (6) general LEUs. Registrants should receive an email with detailed login information and set-up instructions after they sign up for the course on WebJunction Indiana’s online event calendar. Register for all three courses on the April 2 event posting. Please call the Educational Services Department at 1-800-999-8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days prior to the class.

This class is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access. Please visit Solinet’s website for technical requirements for participating in the course.

Another free April workshop, Allocating Space in Your Library to Meet Changing Needs, will take a close look at popular methods and best practices for reviewing and reallocating existing library space to meet current service needs and changing public expectations. Public and academic library managers will receive hands-on practice in using a space review and reallocation model and associated work forms. The workshop also provides a library walk-about activity for applied learning and discussion of use of space.

Allocating Space in Your Library to Meet Changing Needs workshops will be worth six (6) General LEUs. Registration is available through WebJunction Indiana’s online calendar. All three workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) and take place at the following locations and dates:

Location: Fulton County Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Registration Ends: 3/31/2009 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Linton Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Registration Ends: 4/7/2009 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Hancock County Public Library
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Registration Ends: 4/14/2009 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

There is also limited seating available for the Programming for Babies course at the Jasper-Dubois County Contractual Public Library on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon (EDT). This free one-hour course will feature lots of ideas about how to program for babies and their caregivers. Attendees will discuss what is developmentally appropriate for babies 18 months and younger and leave with songs, stories and ideas for great programs. This course is worth one (1) general LEU and will be followed up with the SW Youth Services spring roundtable.