The Indianapolis Public Library is the community's place to access essential information resources, technology, programs and services; foster reading and learning; and promote the social, economic, recreational and lifelong learning interests of its diverse population.
The Indianapolis Public Library will continue to be one of the best library systems in the United States as measured by its responsiveness and relevance to the community's information and learning needs, the excellent stewardship of its resources and the high-quality service it delivers to the public.
Dear Friend of the Library,
Over the past several years as a City Councilor I had the opportunity to witness how local citizens can bond together to impact a number of key issues in our community. No better example exists than the unprecedented level of engagement by a coalition of citizens in 2011 to help place The Indianapolis Public Library on a more solid financial path. This report pays tribute to those who educated their legislators and city representatives on behalf of the Library, as well as those whose testimonials speak to the ongoing value of the Library in their lives.
While work was underway in 2011 to resolve past and present challenges, the Library continued to fulfill its mission as evidenced on various fronts: the child who was introduced to the joy of reading during the Summer Reading Program; the displaced worker who upgraded employment skills at one of the Library's job center sites; the new Kindle owner who learned to download free Library eBooks; and the business entrepreneur who found vital data via the Library's free databases. These and other examples, many reflected by patrons within this report, show the Library remains a place of learning, discovery and fulfillment.
Our rating as a 4-Star American Public Library by the Library Journal as well as our recognition by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting demonstrate a commitment to exceptional service and good stewardship of resources. We rededicate ourselves to this commitment of working to meet the aspirational goals of the Library's Strategic Plan and shaping our role in the community, especially in light of the rapid changes in technology and information delivery.
On behalf of the staff and the community, I want to thank Laura Bramble for her stewardship of the Library as CEO for the last four years.
I cannot adequately express my thrill at "coming home again" to lead The Indianapolis Public Library into its next chapter of service, enriching lives and meeting the changing needs of our community.
Chief Executive Officer
2011 Board of Trustees
Thomas S. Shevlot
Robert J. Bonner
Dorothy R. Crenshaw
Jason D. Dudich