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  1. Holman Elected President of BCALA

  2. Tech Access Survey Now Available Online

  3. IHC to Host Grant & Information Workshop

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Associated Press

IU libraries gets grant for Birch Bayh's papers

Evansville Courier & Press

EVPL board member named Top 20 under 40

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Author seeks to empower

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

New reading event at PCPL aimed at kids of all ages

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

PCPL encourages patrons to join during Library Card Sign-up

Greene County Daily World

Library seeks volunteers to help with grounds work

Indiana Daily Student

Exhibit reveals IU's relationship with Afghanistan

Indianapolis Star

Greenwood HS to host Teen Film Festival

Indianapolis Star

Zionsville Wants to Book Patrons

Kendallville News-Sun

Library promotes card sign up

Kokomo Tribune

Library ready for move back home

Kokomo Tribune

Educators working to meet new reading requirement

Kosciusko County, The Paper of

Libraries as popular as ever

Library Journal

In Historic, Fraught Birmingham, Black Librarians Gather for Seventh National Conference

Library Technology News

Indiana University selects EBSCO Discovery Service

Muncie Star Press

Maring-Hunt Library adds new computer lab

Richmond Palladium-Item

The drawbacks of digital data

South Bend Tribune

Adams student heads book drive

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Vigo Library board mulls 2011 budget

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Author gathers basketball history on 1200 Indiana high schools

WTIU–TV (PBS) Bloomington

Monroe County Library Officials Hire Collection Agency

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TCPL's Holman Elected President of BCALA 

Black Caucus of the American Library AssociationPlease join the Indiana State Library in congratulating Jos N. Holman, Tippecanoe County Librarian, on his election as president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). The organization serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

In addition to serving on numerous state and national library committees, Mr. Holman is also an original member and former officer of the Indiana Black Librarians Network, which was formed in 2001.  In 2002, he became the first African American director of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. Similarly, he served as the first African American director of the Alexandrian Public Library (Mt. Vernon) from 1996 to 2002.

Mr. Holman was elected to a two-year term from 2010-2012. In a recent interview by American Libraries magazines, he discussed the role of BCALA and ALA’s other ethnic caucuses, BCALA milestones, and the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. View this interview in its entirety at AL Focus online.

Tech Access Survey Now Available Online

Public Library Funding And Technology Access SurveyThe web-based 2010 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey, funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, may now be completed through November 5, 2010. The survey has fewer questions than last year and is only required for libraries receiving Gates Opportunity Online grants. However, many libraries are individually invited to participate and all libraries are welcome to participate. Many have done so in the first and subsequent surveys.  Indiana had particularly good participation in the last survey, which is important in generating the most complete data possible for our state. The completed data will be a great asset for local and statewide library advocacy by showing the importance of technology and broadband access at the local public library and its ability to help bridge the digital divide in Indiana communities.
Speaking of the aforementioned previous survey, the results have been released, as well as the larger Libraries Connect Communities report, and are available at the study website. This website also provides four related issue briefs from the Center for Library & Information Innovation at the University of Maryland.  

The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Survey is now in its fourth year after beginning as a joint project of the ALA and University of Florida.  The Indiana State Library monitors and encourages participation and is pleased to serve as liaison between public libraries and the survey personnel.  If your library system has not received a postcard with information about the survey and you did receive one last year, please contact Edie Huffman at 317-232-3681 or

IHC to Host Grant & Information Workshop

Indiana Humanities CouncilThe Indiana Humanities Council will offer a Grant and Information Workshop to inform and dialogue with community leaders, nonprofit & local government personnel, library directors & program staff, and other citizens about the Council's programs and services. This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Public Library and is free and open to the public. Certified public librarians in attendance will receive two (2) general library education units (LEUs).

During the first hour, participants will learn about grant programs (eligible projects, how to apply, previous awards) and special Council initiatives such as Food for Thought and Community Conversations. The second hour will be a presentation on Novel Conversations, a free service that lends sets of books to libraries & book clubs with free promotional materials.

Please RSVP for the workshop by contacting Nancy Conner, Director of Grants, at 800-675-8897 or For more information about the Indiana Humanities Council and its programs, visit

Jobs in Indiana Libraries

View the latest job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WebJunction Indiana

Upcoming Events & Work-shops (EDT unless noted)

New Gale Databases on INSPIRE
When: Thu., September 9
@ 7:00 PM - Live Online

ILF Fall Legislative Forum
When: Tue., September 14
All-day event - Register ASAP
Where: Oak Hill Mansion, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel, IN 46033

Evergreen Indiana Introduction Cataloging
When: Thu., September 16
@ 9:00 AM
Where: State Library

Evergreen Indiana Circulation Training
When: Thu., September 16
@ 1:00 PM
Where: State Library

Every Child Ready to Read: Beyond Basics
When: Monday., September 20
@ 9:00 AM
Where: Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library

Indiana Vision Expo
When: Sat., September 25
@ 9:30 AM - State Library

Annual SAMS Conference
When: September 29 & 30
9/29 @ Noon; 9/30 @ 8:00 AM
Where: W. Lafayette PL

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 15-17
Where: Indpls Convention Center

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