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  1. Final Round of I-LLID Fellowships Now Under Way

  2. NELINET Vote to Join Lyrasis

State Library Welcomes New LSTA Consultant


Virginia Vought has joined the Library Development Office as the new LSTA Grant Consultant. Virginia is a former State Library intern and will now oversee the LSTA mini-grant program. Virginia previously worked in grantmaking as an SEO Philanthropy fellow and intern for the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers. She earned her M.L.S. from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.

If you are considering applying for an LSTA grant, have questions about a current grant, or desire more information about the LSTA process, please contact Virginia at or 317-234-6550.


More Library News:

Associated Press
Indiana soldier's rare `Federalist' copy nets $80K
Carroll County Comet

Thirty-nine children attend Storytime at the Camden-Jackson Twp. Public Library
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library wins national grant for traveling Lincoln exhibit
Gary Post Tribune

State official criticizes local government bodies
Gary Post Tribune

Library program wakes up the senses
Inside Indiana Business

Indiana Humanities Projects Receive National Funding
South Bend Tribune

Festival, exhibit bring Lincoln to life

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Final Round I-LLID Fellowships Now Under Way

Indiana's Librarians Leading in DiversityApplications for the third and final round of Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) fellowships are being accepted through August 28, 2009 to begin coursework in the January 2010 term.  I-LLID fellows receive full tuition, networking and community service opportunities, and an annual stipend. Fellows must commit to work in an Indiana library for at least two years upon graduation. For more information about the I-LLID fellowships visit the State Library's Diversity Advisory Council webpage.

The I-LLID project awarded 10 fellowships last December to the first class and has just awarded 10 more scholarships for MLS students from diverse backgrounds. The Indiana State Library and the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) are pleased to welcome the second class of Master's of Library Science (MLS) fellows as part of the I-LLID project.

I-LLID fellows for round two are as follows:

  • Chiayi Tsui, Crawfordsville
  • Peter Nguyen, Fort Wayne
  • Heidi Butler, Indianapolis
  • Theresa Crawford, Indianapolis
  • Michelle Dartis, Indianapolis
  • Veronica Henderson, Indianapolis
  • Maurice Rembert, Indianapolis
  • JoAnn White, Merrillville
  • Luis Chavez, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rodney Freeman, Bourbonnais, IL

"I would like to congratulate these new fellows and look forward to following their promising careers," said Indiana State Librarian, Roberta L. Brooker. "This program is great for both fellows, who get a top-notch library science education and a foot in the door professionally, and Indiana, which keeps these future leaders in state."

In addition to the scholarship and stipend, recipients will also benefit from participation in state and regional library associations, as well as other supplementary activities including special orientation meetings in various types of library settings, meetings with library directors, diversity workshops, transition to work programs, online and face-to-face support networks, and other special projects.

The I-LLID project was developed by the Indiana State Library's Diversity Advisory Council to increase diversity in libraries with the goal that library staff more closely reflects the communities they serve. The Diversity Advisory Council sought ways to increase diversity in the library profession in an effort to increase statewide literacy levels by role modeling through more diverse library staff.

The I-LLID project is funded through a $1 million federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant was given as part of the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Program and is administered by the Indiana State Library. Additionally, the project is supported by the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), Administrators of Large Public Libraries in Indiana (ADOLPLI), Indiana Black Librarians Network (IBLN), Indiana Library Federation (ILF), and Indiana Special Libraries Association (ISLA).

NELINET Members Vote to Join Lyrasis

LyrasisLyrasis and NELINET members voted to approve the Board resolution for NELINET to join Lyrasis with a “YES” vote of over 94%. This merger will present new opportunities for collaboration with peers at diverse institutions in 22 states through working together to help each other succeed by sharing best practices, participating in new education programs to meet the needs of members in all areas, and taking advantage of the greater savings achieved from strength in numbers.

Lyrasis now serves members in more than a third of the U.S., yet are committed to local touch by staying connected to member libraries through personal visits, participation in state and local conferences, and through support of programs in each state, each consortium, and each community.

The effective date for this union is Fall, 2009 and work has already begun on the organizational transition. Please contact Lyrasis with any questions you may have regarding this and other issues.