2016 INLLA Participants and Projects

Beth Alyea | Lake County Public Library | All Ability Programs: My project was to create and implement All Ability programs for our special needs patrons and to use this as a transition to encourage attendance and inclusion at all library programs. I have reached out to day-program organizations offering tours of the library, along with instruction on our services. Staff at other branches have also begun Outreach to these organizations. I hope to continue the program and create more programming for adults with disabilities.

Jennifer Arrenholz | Newton County Public Library | Circulating Hotspots: My project focused on the community’s need for internet at home.  We are in a rural area and have locations that do not have an internet provider for their place of residence.  There are also many families that cannot afford internet access.  Our schools recently implemented iPads into the classrooms, and will be utilizing eLearning days.  Taking all of these aspects into consideration, I decided to explore circulating hotspots.  We are in the beginning stages of this valuable project.

Rachel Baelz | Harrison County Public Library | Connect to the Business Community: I chose to connect the business community to the library.  After returning from INLLA, I joined the Entrepreneurial Committee with Main Street Corydon.  The Entrepreneurial Committee’s mission is to “work toward strengthening downtown’s economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities for development.”  My goal is to work with a developer to create an app for downtown businesses to use to increase patronage and tourism to the town.

Courtney Block | Indiana University Southeast Library | Library Awareness: My project was to raise awareness of library programs and services to enhance library awareness and perception, and ensure continued and future support. I hosted the First Annual Librarian’s Meet & Greet, which attracted faculty and staff across campus to mingle with librarians, get to know more about us, know more about library services, etc. I also revamped the library’s audio tour, which is something first year students are required to take.

Courtney Brown | Indiana State Library | Accessible Webinars: My project was to make training content from the Indiana State Library widely available. Because videos posted to the ILS’s website must be transcribed, most content couldn’t be accessed. I worked on transcription, video organization, training coworkers on transcription, and establishing transcription procedure expectations. Now, over 50 LEU eligible webinars are available on our website, with more being added monthly. All upcoming webinars will be archived and available within one month of the presentation date. Archives can be found here.

Kim Brown-Harden | Indiana State Library | The INLLA Leadership Toolkit: My INLLA project was to create a leadership toolkit for librarians and library staff in Indiana.  Many times staff are promoted, but not necessarily prepared to lead.  The INLLA Leadership Toolkit is a free resource that contains webinars, videos, books, and other resources to learn more about leadership or to enhance current leadership skills.  The Leadership Toolkit can be found here.

Kirsten Edwards | Hamilton East Public Library | Language Learning: My project focused on growing resources for non-English speakers, both with the addition of ESL classes and creation of foreign language collections. Through collaboration with coworkers, we established the top spoken languages in our county.  Then we created a World Language Collection of 8 languages, with additional languages coming in 2018.  By reaching out to our community, I found a local, certified ESL instructor for a series of classes, serving over 75 residents this summer.

Karen Evans | Indiana State University | First Generation Student Success: My project focuses on resources for first generation students and their families. Resources will be collected into a LibGuide and will include information on the following; Completing admission and financial forms, How to Choose the Right School for You, What to know before you go, Resources for Parents of First Gen, and Tips for Students on arriving at their school.

Elizabeth French | Monroe County Public Library | Bilingual Storytime:  My project was to develop a bilingual Spanish/English storytime program for preschoolers in order to improve my library’s services to Spanish speakers. I am planning to present the program once a month; the first will be part of my library’s annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. I am hoping to bring more Spanish speakers into the library and also give English speaking families the opportunity to expose their children to Spanish.

Victoria Gutschenritter | Middlebury Community Public Library | Literary Festival: My INLLA project is to help bring about a literary festival in Middlebury, Indiana called the Middlebury Literary Carousel. Scheduled for May 5, 2018, the festival is a partnership with the library, the Middlebury Community Historical Museum, parks, and other local venues. With funding for a speaker coming from the Indiana Humanities Novel Conversations Speaker program, and other events like writing workshops, book trivia, chalk the block and more, we hope this event will increase library usage and card registrations in following months.

Andrew Horner | Converse-Jackson Township Public Library |  Renovation and More: My project looks at researching and presenting the board of trustees with possible options/plans for renovating and/or adding to the library to address maintenance issues, celebrate our 100th anniversary, and to make sure we remain relevant as a community center in our future.

Tasha Hudson | Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library | Coaching Corner: I want to help the library be a central location for struggling citizens to find life partners who can mentor them through life skills, employment needs, housing and transportation issues, and leaving the poverty cycle and/or drug culture.  The Greene County Ministerial Association is partnering with people in need of coaching through a national program called “Open Table” (   The library will be a starting point to become involved.

Margaret Marcy | Batesville Memorial Public Library | Drug Free Partnership: The goal of my INLLA project was to partner the Batesville Memorial Public Library with local organization Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville. The partnership was a sucesss and BMPL and the Coalition have partnered with several programs and events so far; the most recent being a community discussion of the book Dreamland by Sam Quinones. Moving forward, the plan is to work with other local organizations and businesses in Batesville.

Susan Melfi | Ohio Township Public Library System | Tween Video Production Club: Libraries often lose tweens as they age out of storytime and kiddy crafts. I developed a series of video production workshops to keep tweens actively engaged with the library.  Over a four-week period the tweens attended hands-on sessions where they learned aspects of video creation including storyboarding, camera angles, shot selection, and interviewing techniques. The tweens filmed with iPads and edited using iMovie. The PSAs they created were used to promote our summer reading program.

Katie Moran | Syracuse-Turkey Creek Public Library | Bringing Technology to Seniors: The purpose of my project was to bring technology knowledge to seniors. I did 2 classes a month here in the library from December 2016 – May 2017 as well as monthly presentations at the Friends of the Library meetings.​ It’s possible that tech classes will be added to my library’s strategic plan in the future.

Jordan Orwig | Sullivan County Public Library | Career Resource Center: What began as an idea to create an adult literacy program at the Sullivan County Public Library now has the potential to grow exponentially. Because the lack of physical space within the library could have a negative effect on my initial plan, I looked to our community for potential partnerships. With the cooperation of a local school corporation, we are now collectively working towards creating a career resource center that will reside in their high school and provide literacy tutoring, career readiness courses, and more to students and the community alike.

Sara O’Sha | The Art Institute of Indianapolis | Brush Ups: New Student Success Workshops: In response to a lack of a formal College Skills course in the school’s curriculum, workshops were developed to improve incoming students’ college readiness skills. After consulting faculty on the most needed topics, the first series of workshops cover time management, study skills, and campus technology and digital textbooks. The project’s next step is to train the campus’s Peer Mentors to deliver the workshops in future semesters.

Carly Schull | Carmel-Clay Public Library | Reaching Adults Through Collection Pathways: With the goal of increasing awareness of resources for adults, three pathway lists were created to assist patrons in the areas of genealogy, creative writing, and language learning. The core purpose was to empower library staff to promote all of the resources we had in these specific areas when helping patrons. This project also opened up additional opportunities – creating a digital literacy resource and speaking to a local senior organization and the Library’s Guild.

Trista Smith | Ohio Township Public Library | Chandler Library: Our Chandler Library had a lot of irrigation issues and was essentially sinking. After researching a brand new building or a different location, I ended up working with our finance committee to put some funds towards building improvements on our existing building. Partnering with others proved to be very helpful so that I wasn’t making so many complicated decisions on my own. We will start the improvements next spring.

Andrea Stineback | Fulton County Public Library | Out of the Library, Into the Community: My project is to develop a comprehensive outreach strategy that will utilize input from stakeholders to develop programs and initiatives to address demonstrated community need.


Jane VanBuskirk | Ruth Lilly Law Library | Legal Information Gateway Brochure: The public who come to our library often feel disenfranchised.  They cannot afford to hire an attorney.  Legally, libraries cannot give out legal advice, only resources.  This brochure was created to have a something to hand to the public, a uniform message explaining what the law library can do, and cannot do for them. The brochure has guidance to available agencies and resources, and is something the public can take with them.

Jan Woodall | Ivy Tech Community College | Open Education Resource LibGuide: My project for INLLA was to create a LibGuide for faculty and librarians to use in the creation of Open Education Resources at Ivy Tech Community College. The LibGuide contains a link to the Ivy Tech OER catalog page where the OERs created for Ivy Tech students is hosted. In addition, lists of subject area resources, open resources, licensing information, training resources, and the benefits of OERs are also included.

2014 INLLA Participants and Projects

James Bell | Anderson University / Eleanor Nave |Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library | Demystifying Distance Education: Create a means of communication and translation of student’s needs for accessing academic institution’s online resources through a customizable template and a website with basic information and best practices.

Lauri Chandler | Vigo County Public Library / Katie Springer | Indiana State Library | Let’s Do Lunch: A year long project facilitated by Katie Springer Indiana State Library and Lauri Chandler Vigo County Public Library. The mission is to help more libraries in the state of Indiana collaborate with local agencies to provide summer meals for youth in need. Here is our blog for more information: Libraries Do Lunch.

Beth Davidson |Dunkirk Public Library / Emily Ellis | Greenwood Public Library | Library Lifeline: The Library Lifeline will provide first response social services assistance according to need and region. Areas of information will include: Homelessness & Hunger, Substance Abuse & Addictions, Family Support & Parenting, and Housing & Utilities.  

Angela Eck | Allen County Public Library / Cheryl Smith | East Chicago Public Library | The Library Academy AwardsTo recognize excellence amongst library staff– not just librarians– throughout Indiana’s Libraries.

Jonathan Gaskill | Fulton County Public Library / Austin Stroud |Bloomfield Eastern Greene County Public Library | LiteBoxIN: Technology training and education of library staff is like the elephant in the room. We all struggle with getting staff up to speed with technology to assist patrons, but none of us have the resources or time to deal with it. That is where LITEBoxIN comes in.

2013 INLLA Participants and Projects

Chanitra Bishop | Indiana University / Monica Casanova |Monticello-Union Township Public Library / Nancy Disbro | Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library / Carolyn Martin | St. Vincent Hospital Library | THIS is MY Library: Customizable publicity tool to broaden the public’s perceptions of all types of Indiana libraries.

Dianna Burt | Allen County Public Library / Leigh Anne Johnson | Indiana State Library / Denise Smith | Andrew Academy / Madelyn Shackelford Washington | Indiana University Purdue University of Columbus | Creating a Culturally Competent Library WorkforceCultural competency training materials aimed to assist Indiana library directors assess the cultural competencies of their employees.

Julie Elmore | Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library / Joseph Fox | Indianapolis Public Library / Sherry Gick | Rossville Consolidated Schools / Vincci Kwong | Indiana University South Bend | INSPIRE – PASS It On!: To raise awareness and usage of freely available public databases available through INSPIRE.

Jason Fields | Tipton County Public Library / Mary Hartman | Peabody Public Library / Addie Matteson | White River Elementary School / Brad Reel | University of Southern Indiana | Indiana Library Out Loud: Indiana Libraries Out Loud will collect and curate resources which instruct, inform, and empower librarians in Indiana to tell their library’s stories OUT LOUD!

2012 INLLA Participants and Projects

Tina Baich, IUPUI
Jamie Beckman, Carmel Clay Public Library
Brandon Bowen, IUPU Fort Wayne
Jennifer A. Brower, New Haven High School (EACS)
Marie Brown, Lebanon Public Library
Donna Browne, Muncie Public Library
Brenda Campbell, Jennings County Public Library
Alexis Caudell, Mitchell Community Public Library
Darcy Davidson, Eckhart Public Library
Susan David DeMaine, IUPUI
Georgeann Doan, Lawrenceburg Public Library District
Lael DuBois, Plainfield High School
Susan Eberhardt, Warsaw Community School Corporation
Julie Elliott, Indiana University South Bend
Ruth Frasur, Hagerstown-Jefferson Township Public Library
Heather Gallagher, Poseyville Carnegie Public Library
Heidi Huff, Indiana University East
Katherine Marschall, Saint Mary’s College
Amanda Mawhorter, Noble County Public Library
Lynn Mehringer, Lincoln Heritage Public Library
Margaret L. Moutseous, St. Mary’s Medical Center Library
Pamela Overbay, Western Wayne Schools
David M. Peter, Vincennes University
Carrie Sanders, Indianapolis Public Schools
Gigi Shook, Center Grove Community Schools
Jacob Speer, Hussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library
William H. Weare, IUPUI
Christina C. Wray, Indiana University, Center for Disability Information & Referral
Jennifer R. Wyatt, Jeffersonville Township Public Library

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