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The Wednesday Word: Snapshot Special Addition - 3/24/10

The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. Indiana Libraries Invited to Take Part in Snapshot Day!

  2. Help Develop & Share Snapshot Day Materials

  3. Snapshot of Indiana Libraries Frequently Asked Questions

More Library News:


Anderson Herald Bulletin
Looking to the past helps us to see our future
Batesville Herald Tribune

Free books for Franklin County tykes
Evansville Courier & Press

Library kicks off Big Read 2010 (video)
Evansville Courier & Press

Repairs to Evansville library's parking lot to end by summer
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Progress on exhibit
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Join ‘Day in Allen County' photo project
Gary Post-Tribune

Deal in works for Gary, state to share Dudley artwork
Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Circulation down at PCPL
Hendricks County Flyer

Historical exhibit offers hands-on experience
Indianapolis Star

Cutting library specialists limits students' education
Indianapolis Star

Library expansion plan could cost less
Indianapolis Star

For School 90 students, a day for the books
Indianapolis Star
Board goes shopping in planning library expansion in New Palestine

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Grant stocks crisis shelter library
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Trio shows new artwork at W. Lafayette library
Logansport Pharos-Tribune

For a tighter seal (Walton PL)

Northwest Indiana Times

Circulation at C.P. library on rise
Terre Haute Tribune Star

‘My Antonia’ Big Read programs coming up at library

ENA Honored with $ 14.3 Million BTOP Grant

Winchester News-Gazette

Library is free, but it still costs

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Indiana Libraries Invited to Take Part in Snapshot Day!

Snapshot of Indiana LibrariesOn Monday, April 12, 2010, libraries across Indiana are invited to participate in a Snapshot of Indiana Libraries by collecting information, comments, and photographs from events in a typical library day. The event is being held in concurrence with National Library Week - an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians.

Check out the Snapshot Primer for various resources to assist in publicizing and organizing Snapshot Day at your library. Also included are documents to assist you in reporting your results and, most importantly, using the collected information - statistics, photos, and comments - to illustrate the invaluable services provided by your library to the local community.

Library Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across Indiana to show what happens each day in their libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help in finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that will enable library advocates to prove the value of their libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.

The concept of Snapshot Day originated in New Jersey and soon many states began emulating the effort. At the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the ALA agreed to take this initiative to a national level, asking that states across the country find a date this April to conduct a Library Snapshot Day.

Indiana’s Snapshot Day was developed by the Indiana State Library and is supported by the Indiana Library Federation and Indiana Public Library Association. The State Library chose Monday, April 12, 2010 to hold “Snapshot of Indiana Libraries,” which falls within the ALA’s suggested time frame and coincides with National Library Week (April 11-17, 2010). Snapshot Day statistics will be made available by May 1, 2010 followed by a full report and recap later this summer.

Libraries of all types are invited to participate in "Snapshot of Indiana Libraries." To register, email and include the name of your library, and the name and contact information of the person coordinating the effort at your library.

Help Develop & Share Snapshot Day Materials 

Snapshot of Indiana LibrariesA handful of Snapshot Day resources are already available in the Snapshot Primer. However, many more are needed. Please share any Snapshot Day promotional materials with libraries across the state by emailing them to

If the promotional items you seek are not yet available or if you need customization of logos and banners, the State Library will assist you in the development of these resources. Please email your ideas to

Snapshot of Indiana Libraries Frequently Asked Questions

Snapshot of Indiana LibrariesQ. How do I begin my Snapshot Day preparations?

A. Several resources to help you get started are located in the Snapshot Primer. Specifically check out the 20 Ways to Make Your Snapshot Day a Success.

Q. Where do I report my Snapshot Day statistics?

A. Beginning April 12, you can report your results via the online reporting form (Survey Monkey). A paper form will also be available to record results for your own promotional materials (see the results handout).

Q. How do I post my Snapshot Day photos?

A. All Snapshot Day photos should be posted to the official Snapshot of Indiana Libraries Flickr Group. If you do not have a Flickr account, you can register for free. If you do not wish to register, simply email your photos to Please select no more than five of your favorite photos to add to the group. Parents must complete the Picture/Comment Release Form prior to posting any pictures or comments of children 17 years and younger.

Q. When will statewide Snapshot Day statistics become available?

A. Final statewide statistics will be calculated and reported by May 1, 2010 and may be used by all libraries for promotional and advocacy purposes. A final report will be released later this summer.

Please direct any other questions or comments to


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