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  1. Annual Competition Recognizes 2011 Best Books of Indiana

  2. Leading State Historical Organizations Partner for Article Prize

  3. State Library Welcomes New LDO Supervisor

More Library News

Bremen Enquirer

Bremen Public Library rich history displayed

Danville (IL) Commercial News

Library has extensive genealogical collections

Elkhart Truth

Local government financing about choices

Evansville Courier & Press

Willard's Better Books Book Sale features rare first-editions

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Area libraries making popular shift to e-books

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

2 percent pay raises considered by library

Greensburg Daily News

Weekly Geek: Roadtrips

Huntington County TAB

Huntington library now offering electronic books

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis library board OKs $39.8M budget

Indianapolis Star

Library's CEO finalists will appear at forum

Kokomo Tribune

Library building deal moving ahead

Kokomo Tribune

Howard County Reads selection is ‘Bitter and Sweet’

Kokomo Tribune

Greentown library joins consortium

LaPorte Herald Argus

Library event promotes eye health

Muncie Star Press

Photographs of Muncie featured at Bracken Library

Muncie Star Press

New manager has plans for Daleville Library

Northwest Indiana Times

Tough review ahead for local government finances

Northwest Indiana Times

Library will remain open during renovation project

Princeton Daily Clarion

Students get taste of new audio e-book menu

Richmond Palladium-Item

New MRL director welcomed with roses

Richmond Palladium-Item

Library selects its 5th director in 147 years

Seymour Tribune

Sharing love of reading

Terre Haute Tribune-Star

September is Indiana Archaeology Month

Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Library Receives 2011 LSTA Grant

Warsaw Times Union

Library Cards Not Just for Kids

Washington Times Herald
Washington Township reportedly has over 450k in cash

Washington Times Herald

Library and township still battling

Zionsville Times Sentinel

Library offers free downloadable music and language courses


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Annual Competition Recognizes 2011 Best Books of Indiana

Best Books of Indiana

The Indiana Center for the Book recently announced winners and finalists for the 2011 Best Books of Indiana Competition. The following authors and books took first place in their respective categories:

  • Children/Young Adult Category:  Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan (Evansville). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston. 

  • Fiction Category: The Scorpion Trail by Larry Sweazy (Noblesville). Berkley Publishing Group, New York.

  • Nonfiction Category: The Art of Writing Nonfiction by James Alexander Thom (Bloomington, IN). Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati.

  • Poetry Category: Shadows Set in Concrete by J.L. Kato (Beech Grove). Restoration Press, Indianapolis.

The Indiana Center for the Books administers the Best Books of Indiana contest annually and accepts entries from Hoosier authors or books that have an Indiana theme or setting. Indiana residents can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title from the State Library or request a copy via interlibrary loan at their local public library.   A complete listing of this year's finalists and judges' comments, as well as past years' winners and finalists, can be found on the Indiana Center for the Book's website.

Leading State Historical Organizations Partner for Article Prize

Hoosier Historical Collections Article PrizeThe Indiana Magazine of History announces the inaugural Hoosier Historical Collections Article Prize, offered for the best article based upon resources found in three of the state’s primary historical collections:  the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Indiana State Archives, all of which are sponsoring contest. The author of the winning submission will receive $750.00 and publication in the IMH. 

The winning article must conform to the basic guidelines for IMH article submissions and should rely substantially upon primary resources (of any format) owned by one or more of the three participating repositories.  Preference will be given to topics supported by research at more than one of the institutions.  Submissions should be based upon original research that contributes new information or a new interpretation to subjects appropriate for publication in the Indiana Magazine of History

Submissions must be received by December 31, 2012, and will be judged by a committee of scholars convened by the IMH editorial staff. 

State Library Welcomes New LDO Supervisor

Indiana State Library Development OfficeThe Indiana State Library this week welcomed Steven J. Schmidt to its new supervisor of the Library Development Office (LDO). He comes to the State Library from the University Libraries of Columbus (Ind.) where he was director of the merged academic library, which serves Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), Ivy Tech Community College and the Purdue University College of Technology. Steve brings nearly three decades of library experience as an instructor (SLIS-Indianapolis 1989-1998), researcher and library administrator.

Steve is currently an active member of the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Academic Libraries of Indiana and Indiana Library Federation (ILF) where he served as President (1997) and was named the organization’s “Outstanding Librarian” in 1992. His professional service also includes Inspire Steering Committee Chair (2000 – 2002), ILF Membership Chair (2002-2005) & ILF/AIME Merger Negotiation Team Leader (1997 – 1998).

“We are excited to welcome Steve to the State Library,” said Roberta Brooker, State Librarian. “His extensive library experience and leadership in the library community are a great asset for the Library Development Office.”

As LDO supervisor, Steve will oversee all functions of the office, including the delivery statewide library services, administration and monitoring of federal Library Services and Technology Act grant projects, and provision of consultant services in specialized areas.  Steve has undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing-Playwriting and German Language & Literature from Butler University and received his Masters in Library and Information Science from Indiana University.

Open Position @ State Library

The State Library has an immediate opening for its Talking Book and Braille Library Division Supervisor. This position coordinates and develops library services to Hoosiers with visual physical impairments that prevent them from using regular printed materials. The TBBL Supervisor is responsible for managing the division's staff, consulting with Indiana's subregional TBBL libraries, producing publications, and organizing outreach efforts & other public education programs.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit and reference Job ID #575435.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

ECRR Workshop Series
When: September 9, 24 & 29
Where: Multiple Locations

Evergreen Intro Cataloguing
When: September 12 @ 9:00 AM
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Evergreen Admin/Reports Training
When: September 12 @ 1:00 PM
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Testing & Education Reference Center Webinar
When: September 12 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

2011 SAMS  Conference
When: September 15 & 16
Where: West Lafayette PL

ACPL Library Camp 2011
When: September 16
Where: Allen Co. Public Library

Evergreen Circ. Training
When: September 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Indiana Vision Expo/Walk
When: September 24 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Government Websites
When: September 27 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Washington Carnegie PL

eResources Workshop
When: September 27 @ 1:15 PM
Where: Washington Carnegie PL

Advanced INSPIRE K-12 Resources
When: September 27 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Legislative Forum
When: October 4 (All Day)
Where: Oak Hill Mansion - Carmel

Ind. Black Librarians Network 10th Anniversary Conference
When: October 14 & 15
Where: Purdue University Black Cultural Center - West Lafayette

SW Indiana YA Roundtable
When: October 18 @ 11:00 AM (CST)
Where: Oakland City Public Library

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 14-16
Where: Fort Wayne

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