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  1. Partnership Aims to Improve Computer Access in Indiana Libraries

  2. INfo Express Prices Unchanged, Renewals Due May 15

  3. Subscribe Today for Updates from Indiana Talking Books

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Library First Purdue Facility Named for African American

Associated Press

Johnson County voters reject plan for $29.9M library in downtown Franklin

Elkhart Truth

Library open houses to celebrate the conclusion of renovations

Fox 19 (Cincinnati)

Controversial book in high demand in Tri-state

Gary Post-Tribune

Hospital librarian earns service award

Greencastle Banner Graphic

Finding your heritage to get boost with seminar at PCPL 

Greenfield Reporter

Library donates leftover books

Hendricks County Flyer

Library celebrates 100th anniversary

Indianapolis Star

Knight, ex-NBA player to give library a hand

Indianapolis Star

Referendums: Yes in Zionsville, no in Johnson County

Indianapolis Star

Johnson County Public Library promotes referendum information

Jackson County Banner

Rotary club sponsors book project

Logansport Pharos Tribune

High-schoolers use Internet to study what isn’t available in classroom

New Caste Courier Times

Library announces Henry County Reads book selection

Northwest Indiana Times

Library now offers download for eBooks

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Mystery author to speak in Rockville

Vincennes Sun Commercial

Library celebrating historic preservation month

WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)

Indianapolis Public Library offers program for children to pay off fines


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Partnership Aims to Improve Computer Access in Indiana Libraries

Net Literacy AllianceThe Indiana State Library has partnered with, an organization aimed at reducing the digital divide by rehabbing donated computers, which are then donated to schools, libraries and other community organizations.  The computers are then used locally to teach computer and Internet skills and  improve access to the Internet.

Net Literacy was founded by an Indiana middle school student in 2003, and today it remains a “student empowered” organization. The students set their own mission and priorities, write their own grants, and perform all of the volunteering and community services. In the past nine years, Net Literacy has increased computer access to over 170,000 individuals, repurposed over 20,000 computers.

The goals of this partnership is to make available a number of refurbished computers to public and school libraries in Indiana and enable them to replace slow and outdated public access computers and OPAC stations, and expand the number of public workstations.
These machines will all have 1GB ram, 40GB or larger hard drives, Ethernet cards, the Windows 7 operating system, antivirus software and will be delivered ready to be connected to the Internet. A limited number of monitors are also available; both flat screen and CRT models.

If your library is interested in being considered for these machines, please update your library’s listing in TechAtlas  and then notify the Indiana State Library Development Office ( of your interest by June 1, 2012. Contact Karen Ainslie or Edie Huffman for more information, or view the archived webinar on creating an inventory in TechAtlas for assistance completing the TechAtlas Inventory.

INfo Express Prices Unchanged, Renewals Due May 15

INfo ExpressUser fees for the INfo Express delivery service contract will remain at current levels for the next service year (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013). Stable prices are welcome news given the rising transportation costs associated with gasoline prices. In addition to keeping prices low, the State Library will continue to subsidize one-day-a-week delivery service at $75 for public, school, and academic libraries that meet the requirements of the INfo Express program.

As additional incentive to promote resource sharing throughout Indiana's library community, the State Library will continue to offer a second day of delivery at the subsidized rate of $125 for the year, rather than the normal rate of $450 per weekly stop. Eligible libraries include:

  • Libraries currently receiving the additional day subsidy and have remained an active lender with OCLC or Evergreen;

  • Libraries that are adding a day of services for the coming service year and are actives lender with OCLC or Evergreen;

  • Libraries already at five-days-a-week service will receive the additional second day of subsidized delivery.

Please note that branch libraries are not eligible for subsidies. The renewal form and instructions are located at Renewal requests must be received by May 15, 2012. Contact Mike Hicks at (317232-3699 or with additional questions or for more information.

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Four Days Remain to Apply for Leadership Academy

Applications for the Indiana Library Leadership Academy (ILLA) are being accepted until Sunday, May 13, 2012. The application available online.

The State Library’s Professional Development Committee established the Academy to prepare future library leaders for 21st-Century challenges. The inaugural 10-month academy will begin this July for a group of 50 cohorts with a five-day workshop at the Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park. The cost of the Academy is just $150 ($2,100 value) for participants thanks to a significant subsidy from the Indiana State Library.

Additional details are available on the ILLA webpage or by contacting Wendy Knapp at

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

ILF District Conferences
When: 8:30 AM (local time)
Where: Multiple Locations

5/10: District 5&7
5/15: District 4

Spring Institutional Workshop
When: May 14 @ 9:15 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Spring LEU workshops
When: May 17 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Spencer Co. Public Library

Preservation Night: Save Your Treasures
When: May 17 @ 5:30 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Budget Basics Workshop
When: May 21 @ 9:45 AM
Where: Live Online

Serving Seniors
When: May 24 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Live Online

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile Visit
When: May 24 & 25
Where: Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

EdCamp Indy
When: June 12
Plainfield High School

2012 Indiana Vision Expo
When: September 29 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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