Mr. Jacob Speer
Director and State Librarian
Indiana State Library
315 W. Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
State library website:
“The Indiana State Library is committed to providing high-quality and cost-effective statewide library services to all school, academic and public libraries, and the Hoosiers they serve. We will continue to be a national leader in the development of the library profession through relevant and highly-accessible learning opportunities, and a comprehensive librarian certification program. Additionally, our LSTA program will focus on providing library services to specialized populations not readily serviced by other libraries or programs within the state.”
--Jacob Speer, Director and State Librarian, Indiana State Library
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
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Evansville in World War II
The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library used grant funds to scan an extensive collection of factory newsletters from 1934 to 1951, as well as a collection of World War II war bond posters. These materials, held by various partners and of interest to residents in the region, showcase important industry and military activity in Southwestern Indiana during World War II. As part of the project, 6,963 newsletter pages, 5,400 photos, and 48 posters were scanned, and most of that content was uploaded to the digital collection, available through the local library website and the Indiana Memory Project. The library promoted the newly digitized content through a number of local and regional forums, including a World War II Speakers’ Series hosted by the library. Six speakers addressed topics ranging from women in the war, finding World War II resources online, and race relations, and more than 130 people attended.
IMLS Funds: $16,458
Reel Empowerment through Cultural Literacy
This project presented current events and cultural information to the underserved population of the Indiana Women’s Prison. The Eliza Hendricks Library hosted twice weekly documentary film viewings to inform inmates about current events and to influence patrons to check out related literature. Film topics included politics, historical events, global warming, and technological advances, and for those who had been incarcerated for several years or even decades, the films brought them up to speed on changes in the wider world. Through the discussions following each film, participants were able to reflect on their own values and learn to respect the opinions of others. Throughout the course of the project period, 321 women attended. Grant funds also supported a collection of books matching patron interests and tailored to the prison’s re-entry and functionally non-literate populations. Topics included science, health, history, biography, current social issues, and inspirational literature.
IMLS Funds: $5,000
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Indiana's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 299KB). View all states' plans.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
Solidify the libraries’ role in developing children and youth reading through activities that foster reading readiness, skills, comprehension, and fluency.
Access to E-Resources
Plan to ensure that our libraries are equipped with the technological equipment and resources to meet the information needs of our patrons.
Continue to support INSPIRE, Indiana’s virtual library of more than 50 databases.
Continue to support the Evergreen software program, the open source integrated library system (ILS) for resource sharing among over 100 libraries statewide.
Support and expand resource sharing within the state, including interlibrary loan and shared catalog services.
Economic and Employment Development
Explore providing job search and resume assistance for job seekers.
Work with small business owners and entrepreneurs to identify their informational needs.
Support technology/digital literacy for library staff.
Support research/data gathering initiatives, information sharing, and best practices related to libraries and their services and maximize their impact statewide.
Explore collaborating with library organizations, universities, and non-profits to recruit and cultivate future library leaders.
Provide leadership and infrastructure for digital libraries, shared catalogs, database initiatives, and digital preservation throughout the state.
Support the Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC’s) group cataloging services.
Support programs that engage library users in community programs, public discussions, and community projects.
Explore partnerships with government agencies to deliver government services more effectively and efficiently statewide.
Explore and implement methods that encourage collaboration and partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.
Special Services for Special Needs
Support the offerings of the Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, including hosting the Indiana Vision Expo annually.
Support services for libraries serving special needs, including libraries in prisons.
At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Indiana's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 3,416KB). View all states' evaluations.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Indiana's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 373KB).