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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. Nationwide Digital Literacy Campaign Debuts Tool for Libraries

  2. New INfo Express Pricing Structure Effective 1/1/2014

  3. 3 Days Remain to Nominate Your Favorite Hoosier Author
  4. EveryoneOn Campaign Toolkit Now Available

More Library News

Angola Herald Republican
Communities matter at the library
Auburn Star
Library expansion receives more support
Bourbon News Mirror
Bourbon Public Library adds Chromebook to meet needs
Chesterton Tribune
Changing of the guard on WPL board: Hokanson and Robbins retire
Crawfordsville Journal Review
Have your Pi and eat it too
Elkhart Truth
Elkhart Public Library receives AWE Early Literacy Computer grant
Evansville Courier & Press
Fairy tales are taking over books too
Greencastle Banner-Graphic
Iditarod musher Karen Land, dog to visit PCPL on Tuesday
Indiana University Library News
Joel Silver appointed director of Indiana University's Lilly Library
Indianapolis Star
Ebook alert! Free download of 'Da Vinci Code
Indianapolis Star
Boone County courthouse, library vandalized with graffiti
Indianapolis Star
Deadline near for Indiana authors to enter library's literary contest
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Setting the stage for tech entrepreneurship
Muncie Star Press
Learn about music connections at MPL
Northwest Indiana Times
Explore history in The Indiana Room
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Sinfonietta to present ‘Tom Sawyer’ interpretations
Washington Times Herald
Yoga balls new in the classroom
Vincennes Sun Commercial
Library changes reviewed by board

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Gates Provides Computer Grant Program Summary for Indiana

Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries program recently reported its final summary of the Opportunity Online Hardware Grant program in which Indiana participated from 2009-2011. Through Gates' strong partnership with Indiana, the program successfully completed several areas of improving access to information and advocating for library support. As part of the grant closure, Gates has provided two reports to share with its community partners and anyone else interested in the results of the program.

The Opportunity Online Hardware Program Summary of Program Outcomes is a set of information specific to Indiana and shows some comparison with the other participating states. The Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program Closeout Summary reports program results, including summary findings, success factors, and lessons learned.

The Opportunity Online Hardware program aimed to ensure that 90 percent of libraries serving high need populations are regularly upgrading their computers and motivating local governments to commit local funding to computing services. Fifty-eight branches across 41 systems in Indiana participated in the program, installing 556 new computers, raising over $284,000 dollars, and improving access to technology for almost 700,000 people.

First Indiana Newspapers Added to Chronicling America

Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization ProjectA recent update to Chronicling America includes the addition of the first Indiana publication to its database. The Jasper Weekly Courier represents the first of what will become over 100,000 pages from Indiana Newspapers available on Chronicling America. It also covers one of the longest time spans (1858-1922) of the papers being digitized.

The Indiana State Library in 2011was awarded a $293,157 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize Indiana’s historically significant newspapers. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Database as well as Indiana Memory. You can continually monitor the status of this project at the official Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project website.

3 Days Remain to Nominate Your Favorite Hoosier Author

Indiana Authors AwardYou have only until Friday, March 22, 2013 to submit nominations for the fifth-annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years is eligible for nomination. A statewide panel will select a national, regional, and emerging author from nominations sent in by the public. Winning authors will each receive a cash prize ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be able to designate their hometown Indiana public library as the recipient of an additional $2,500 grant.

On October 26, 2013, the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation will honor the winning authors at an Awards Dinner at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. More information about this event, the nomination process, and the Indiana Authors Fair is available at

EveryoneOn Campaign Toolkit Now Available

Connect2CompeteThe EveryoneOn campaign toolkit is now available. The Ad Council has created resources to describe the importance of EveryoneOn and to promote digital literacy in local communities. Libraries can begin using these materials at any time if they are ready and interested. Additional resources will continue to become available in the coming months.

In the coming weeks, libraries will be invited to view a webinar that will discuss EveryoneOn, the toolkit materials and how they can be used to support these efforts. The campaign launches on March 21, 2013, and several cities are working directly with Connect2Compete to host a local event to support EveryoneOn. Additional activities and roll-outs are planned in communities across the US over the next three years.

Unused WebJunction Learner Accounts Scheduled for Deactivation

Beginning April 1, WebJunction Indiana individual learner accounts that have not been used over the last year will be deactivated. These accounts will still exist but will need to be “turned back on” by the WebJunction support team.

As a reminder, all learners have one year to login to the course catalog before this happens.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

IBLN Spring Conference
When: March 23 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Ivy Tech, Lafayette Campus

Spring 2013 eIndiana Digital OverDrive
When: March 28 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Southwest Youth Services Spring Roundtable
When: April 4 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Pike County Public Library

Government Information Day
When: April 9 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Readers Advisory Training for Youth Librarians
When: April 10 @ 2:00 PM
Where: New Castle Public Library

Midwest Archives Conference
When: April 18-20
Where: Hyatt Regency, Downtown Indy

Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition
When: April 29 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Crawfordsville District Public Library

Readers Advisory Training for Youth Librarians
When: May 3 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Evansville Vanderburg Public Library

Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition
When: May 13 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Indiana Broadband Summit
When: May 30
Where: Indiana State Library

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