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  • Essential Role of School Libraries Recognized in April

  • Indiana Memory Set to Unveil New Website This Friday

  • More Library News & Notes

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Essential Role of School Libraries Recognized in April

School Library MonthThe American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) and school librarians across the nation are making preparations for School Library Month in April. School librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. The 2014 theme is Lives change @ your library® and Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has been named the national spokesperson.

The AASL School Library Month Committee is busy planning activities and creating resources to help school librarians celebrate like webinars, a video contest, and the official Declaration for the Right to School Libraries. Click here for more information on the history of School Library Month including sample proclamations that can be used with local school boards, mayors, and local media.

National Library Week Coming April 13-19
National Library Week, an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians, is being celebrated April 13 through 19. This year's theme, "Lives Change @ your library," is designed to promote that libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.

No plans yet? No problem. The ALA provides several resources and programming ideas to get your National Library Month promotions off the ground. They provide a complete lineup of customizable audio and print PSAs, proclamations, sample press releases, and letters-to-the-editor available in both English and Spanish.

Indiana Memory Set to Unveil New Website This Friday

Indiana Memory: 5-Year Anniversary Indiana Memory will unveil its new web interface on Friday, March 28, promising faster access to this wealth of materials centered on over 200 years of Indiana history and culture.

Indiana Memory continues to operate on keyword searches, which is initiated from the home page. New advanced options enable users to limit searches to specific collections. Buttons at the bottom of the page offer users other methods for accessing materials. "Collections Across Indiana" enables users to browse by county of collection origin while the "Indiana Newspaper Link" enables browsing by individual title. Also new to Indiana Memory, "Teacher Resources" links educators with suggestions for combining primary materials in Indiana Memory to support lesson plans.  Additionally, the "Collection Lists" option enables in-depth exploration of individual collections.

If you are free this Friday, please join us at the Indiana State Library for a reception celebrating the five-year anniversary of Indiana Memory and website unveiling on Friday, March 28 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM (EDT). Come learn about how Indiana Memory is increasing participation from local museums and historical societies and providing digital access to historic Indiana newspapers. Representatives from Indiana Memory partner libraries and organizations have been invited to speak about their individual digitization programs. Registration is required. 

More Library News & Notes

The Indiana Library & Historical Board is seeking a Director and State Librarian. The incumbent must possess energy, enthusiasm, and strong leadership qualities necessary to lead a large research library and be an active leader in the statewide library community. The Director oversees the agency’s operational, financial, and administrative activities, including working with all types of cultural, historical and library organizations statewide.

Click here for a complete job description and application instructions. Interested candidates should send resumes to by March 30th.


  • Farmland Public Library – Carrie Watson
  • Francesville-Salem Township Public Library - Rebecca Blackburn (Interim)
  • Lawrenceburg Public Library – Margaret Kleier (Interim)
  • Otterbein Public Library - Patti Foster (Interim)
  • Paoli Public Library – Cynthia Webb (Interim)
  • Pike County Public Library - Thomas Behme (Interim)
  • Poseyville Carnegie Public Library – Amy Effinger-Chandler (Interim)
  • Salem-Washington TownshipPublic Library – Jill Duchemin
  • Union City Public Library - Joe Skeen

Best of luck to you all!

Limited Spaces Available for D2D V, Register Today

Registration is now open to all Indiana libraries for Discovery to Delivery V: Better Together, a one-day resource-sharing conference sponsored by the Indiana State Library and the Academic Libraries of Indiana. The free conference will be held on April 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (registration starts at 8:00 AM) at the Indianapolis Public Library's Central Library. Registration is limited to the first 200 attendees.

This year's conference will include OCLC updates from Tony Melvyn, an INfo Express Q&A Session, and updates to a new white paper on resource sharing in Indiana.  Also breakout sessions will feature topics such as open access, custom holdings, and innovative resource sharing models and technologies.

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

INSPIRE Webinars from Gale
When: Now through April

Where: Live Online

Indiana Black Librarians Network Spring Program
When: March 29
Where: Indianapolis Public Library
: East 38th Street Branch

Indiana Library Leadership Academy Application Due
When: April 1

Evergreen Indiana Annual Conference
When: April 3 & 4
Where: Wyndham Indianapolis West

Personal Digital Archiving Conference
When: April 10 & 11
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF District Conferences
District 2: Frankfort PL (4/4)
District 8: Winchester PL (4/8)
District 3: Huntington PL (4/10)
District 1: IU South Bend, (5/13)

Discovery to Delivery V
When: April 25 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indianapolis PL
- Central

IOLUG Spring Program
When: May 16
Where: Indiana Wesleyan Univ.: Indianapolis North Campus

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