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All IN: How Are Libraries Changing?

Terry Kearney
Creative Commons

What were once quiet spaces full of books, card catalogues, and microfilm archives are now active, vibrant public spaces. There are still plenty of books, but many libraries are now host to fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and family activities.

We talk to the Indiana State Librarian about what changes he’s seen at libraries in recent years, especially when it comes to technology.

We also talk with two Hoosier librarians about how their physical spaces have been updated, and we hear from IU’s Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries on how modernization has brought back a focus on primary sources like historical artifacts and first editions.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.


Jacob Speer
Indiana State Librarian

Wendy Knapp
Associate Director of Statewide Library Services

Lisa Fipps
Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Lisa O’Brien
Director of Development and Continuous Improvement, St. Joseph County Public Library

Carolyn Walters
Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, Indiana University