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The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. Thirty Libraries Awarded LSTA Technology Grants

  2. Libraries Invited to Participate in Snapshot Day

  3. IMLS, History Channel Team on Contests for Libraries

More Library News:


Associated Press
Ivy Tech's free tax help draws big numbers
Evansville Courier Press

Check out the new lot
Evansville Courier Press

Happy 125th Willard Library, ghost and all
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Ivy Tech will be eating by the book
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

No good reason to check book out
Greenfield Daily Reporter

Library picks expansion plan
Indianapolis Star

Student reading skills improve with library funding
Indianapolis Star

Library board OKs addition
Indianapolis Star

New Palestine library to be expanded
Indianapolis Star

Lib. officials turn to Web for what's needed in Franklin
Lafayette Journal & Courier

C-SPAN Archive puts history on the Internet
Los Angeles Times

Helping save the Google students
Muncie Star Press

Perry closing could combine library, lunch at Selma
Muncie Star Press

Jay County PL promoting '1,000 Books' program
New Albany Tribune

NA-FC Library brings CANDY LAND to life
Northwest Indiana

Study: Third of Americans use library computers
Plymouth Pilot News

Boxes of dusty old photos evolve into library ‘museum’
Plymouth Pilot News

Library board takes steps in debt collection, audit compliance
Plymouth Pilot News

Lissa Krull is new director
Shelbyville News

New-look library
Shelbyville News

Library turns a new page
South Bend Tribune

Company honored for saving books
South Bend Tribune

Indiana ‘help centers' offer answers to Census questions
Terre Haute Tribune Star
National Library Week events at ISU
Winchester News-Gazette

Statue presented to Union City Library


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Thirty Libraries Awarded LSTA Technology Grants

LSTA Grants for Indiana Libraries

A total of $225,000 in LSTA Technology sub-grants has been awarded to thirty Indiana libraries. This year, the State Library increased the funding to aid public libraries working to meet upcoming technology requirements in the new public library standards. Forty-three libraries applied for the grants, requesting more than $328,000 in grant funds. Grants were distributed between 26 public libraries, two academic libraries, and two school media centers.

The 2010 LSTA Technology grants will fund the purchase of 167 computers, of which 37 will be designated for youth, and nine wireless access points. Grants will also be used to create or update eight library computer labs, four of which will be mobile laptop labs.  The applications were reviewed by members of the Indiana State Library Advisory Council and State Library staff. 

Applications for grant opportunities (Innovative Library Technology Grant  & Information Access for the Unserved Grant) with rolling deadlines are accepted year round. For more information about these opportunities and the LSTA program, contact Virginia Vought at (317) 234-6550 or

Libraries Invited to Participate in Snapshot Day

Snapshot of Indiana LibrariesSeveral libraries have already signed up for Snapshot of Indiana Libraries on Monday, April 12, 2010, but more are needed to perfectly illustrate the invaluable services provided Indiana libraries to their local communities. Participation is simple and only requires collection of basic information, positive comments, and fun 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

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.

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.

IMLS, History Channel Team on Contests for Libraries

HISTORY's America: The Story of UsThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), together with HISTORYTM and the President's Council on the Arts and the Humanities, invites libraries and students across the United States to flex their creative muscles and share their passion for American history by participating in HISTORYTM's America: The Story of Us contests.  For libraries, the contest entails creating a special exhibit or media project about American history that will strengthen their communities' interest in American history.  Students are asked to create a short video based on any topic related to American history and are encouraged to reach out to local libraries, historical societies, and archives for information on their own local history or on the American history topic that interests them most.

"These contests are exciting opportunities to promote learning about American history and explore our nation's diverse heritage," said Marsha Semmel, Acting Director of IMLS. "We are delighted that HISTORYTM is reaching out to the nation's libraries to encourage a community dialogue about America's past."

More information about the library outreach comment and the student video contest are available at


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