Trend Spotlight: Pokémon GO, Explained


Has Pokémon GO taken over your life yet?  The augmented-reality game is everywhere, and tales both good and bad are popping up in the news cycle daily.  But what is it, exactly, and why is it so appealing to so many people?

While plenty of adults play Pokémon GO, I decided to ask the biggest Pokemon fan I know—my 13 year-old stepson, Liam—to explain the game in his own words. To get a slightly wider picture, I decided to ask a few additional kids to chime in, also.  Here’s what I learned.

What is Pokémon GO?

Liam, 13: Pokémon Go is a new game made for mobile phones and tablets where you travel and find Pokémon and catch them and you can battle with other people.

Montez, 10: Pokémon Go is an app that you have to walk around and catch some of the Pokémon characters, it has a little tab that will have a Pokémon on it. 

Hazel, 13: Something where people can explore and find Pokémon, where you’re not just sitting on the couch, but you have to go outside and do it.

Holly, “almost 14”:  It’s an app where you walk around outside or in public places and “catch Pokémon” which appear sometimes based on the environment, weather, or time of day. You can battle with other people, and join one of three teams.

How do you play it?

Holly: A Pokémon will appear on the map, you click on it, and it appears on your screen with the actual background of where you are in the background. Gyms are controlled by a team, but that changes based on who wins what battles. (You battle at gyms.) PokeStops are significant areas that show a picture of the area. You can spin the picture to get either Pokeballs, eggs, or other things to heal your Pokémon.

Liam: You enter the game and look for Pokémon.  When one pops up, tap it and enter a battle with it.  Pokémon will be in middle, ball at bottom, flick the ball up toward the Pokémon.  It will shake three times, and then stars will appear if you catch it.  The smaller the circle, the more accurate the catch is.  Green is easy, yellow is average, and red is hard.

Gyms are these spots like PokeStops that are at certain locations.  If there’s an empty gym, you can claim it.  Battling and defeating a gym member will kick that member out of the gym because they have been defeated.  And once you beat all the gym members, then it will be empty and you can claim it.

There are three teams.  Red is Team Valor, their goal is to reach the hidden powers of Pokémon and break limits and to make Pokémon do the best they can do and reach their hidden abilities.  Blue is Team Mystic. They are trying to find out what is the cause of Pokémon evolution, and how many there are.  Yellow (Instinct) focuses on speed in battling.  They like high speed Pokémon.

(Editor’s note: From my own research, it looks like Team Valor is driven by thirst for power, Team Mystic is driven by wisdom and logic, and Team Instinct is driven by trust in the Pokemon. Read more about it here.

What’s the best thing about Pokémon GO?

Hazel: That you can find trails that you wouldn’t normally go on, and go places where you wouldn’t normally explore.

Holly: The best part, in my opinion, is that it’s getting people to go with their friends and walk around. It also is helping many people with anxiety, depression, etc. by improving their mental health.

Montez:  The best part of Pokémon Go is that people get to walk around and communicate with people who are also playing Pokémon Go. You can just go up to some of the people and ask if they are playing Pokémon Go and they will either tell you yes or no.

Liam:  The best part is the collecting and the battles because it’s fun and competitive, just like a videogame should be.  Because if it’s competitive, people get into it and are addicted, and it’s fun!

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What’s your least favorite part about it?

Liam: The fact that they don’t have any Legendary Pokémon in it yet.  That would really get people hooked onto the game.  Legendary Pokémon are extremely rare Pokémon that can be caught in special ways.  They are extremely powerful and they each have their own advantage.

Holly: My least favorite part is the fact that servers crash a lot, some PokeStops have incorrect info from other apps, and there are barely any Pokémon near my house.

Hazel: That you can’t see other players, like when you’re playing with your friends. You can’t see their avatar.

Montez:  My least favorite part about Pokémon Go is that you need to go to some locations that are called a Pokestop or a gym and that may be in a police station or even a cemetery.

Where is the coolest (or strangest) place you’ve gone to capture a Pokémon? 

Holly: I haven’t gone to many crazy places yet, but I have walked around my neighborhood and Hamilton Town Center.

Montez: Well I haven’t been too a lot of places only to the park, the coolest Pokémon that I caught was a Pikachu.

Liam: I’d say right in the middle of the road.  It was a Pikachu!  (Editor’s note: Don’t worry, he caught it from the sidewalk!)

Hazel: I found one on the street, which was strange, because it was a really busy road.  (Editor’s note: Hmmm…this seems to be a common occurrence! Please be careful, everyone!)

Who is your favorite person to play the game with (i.e., mom, friend, etc.)?

Hazel: Friends.

Montez: My favorite person to play Pokémon is my mom, she is always there when I need her.

Holly: My favorite person to play with is any of my friends.

Which Pokemon is your favorite?  And/or, which is the best one to capture?

Liam: My favorite is Mew.  It’s not in Pokemon GO, but it should be because it’s so adorable.  It’s rated #1 Cutest Pokemon Ever.  You can look it up on the internet!  The best one to capture in this game is Tauros.  I’d say that because I hatched it from an egg and it was 163 combat power (that’s really good for a newborn Pokemon)!

Montez: My favorite Pokemon character and the best Pokemon to catch is a Snorlax.

Holly: So far, my favorite is Eevee and I don’t know much on which ones are best yet, I apologize.

Hazel: I can’t get my favorite one, which is Glacion, because they don’t have that in the game yet. But I do have an Eevee, who evolves into Glaceon. The best one to capture is Magikarp, because Magikarp is boss.

If you are interested in learning more, please register for our upcoming webinar: Pokémon GO @ Your Library!

Date: Friday, July 29th, 2PM-3PM EDT

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This blog post was written by Beth Yates, Professional Development Librarian.

Digital Collections from the Genealogy Division

The Genealogy Division at the Indiana State Library shares items from its collection through Indiana Memory.  We add new items monthly, focusing on our Bible records, but also featuring interesting items from our Genealogy Manuscripts.  Digitizing items from our collection allows the items to be more widely shared and helps to preserve delicate items through less exposure to light and handling.

Here are just a few recent additions:

1 laughing baby

We don’t know much about this laughing baby, but he is adorable! (Photo from the Jackman collection)

2 Stout Field airport

Stout Field in Indianapolis is an airport built in 1926 and used during World War II by the U.S. Army Air Corps. It is now the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Indiana National Guard. (Photo from the Katherine P. Mondor collection)

3 court document

One of the oldest original documents in the collection is this court document from 1545 in Somerset, England. (Document from the Hadley collection)

4 mortality schedule

The full set of U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for Indiana, 1850-1880, document individuals who died during the census year in Indiana.  They are organized by year, then by county.

Interview with Andrew Horner, Director of Converse-Jackson Township Library

Paula Newcom, Northwest Regional Coordinator,  recently visited the new Director of the Converse-Jackson Township Library, Andrew Horner. He is a graduate of Purdue University and worked previously at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer as Area Director.  Working in libraries is a new endeavor for him.  He is definitely enthusiastic about learning all aspects of public libraries!  He is an avid history buff and loves helping out on the family farm.

Andy Horner

PN: Are you from the area?  If not, where are you from originally?

AH: I am from the area. I grew up in the small town of Amboy, in Miami County.

PN: What inspired you to work in libraries?

AH: I have always loved books and people and small towns. I knew that I wanted to be in the area that I grew up in and this job allows me to combine all of my loves at once!

PN: What is your favorite thing about working for your library?

AH: The people!! I love our patrons and the fact that in a small library, we know our patrons by name. Someone comes in and they feel welcome and at home. To help with and be a part of that is a wonderful feeling!

PN: What is your favorite book?

AH: My favorite book is the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

PN: If you could have dinner with any three famous people in recorded history, who would they be and why?

AH: I would pick Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi. These men are considered great leaders who lead by peace and love. I would enjoy speaking with them about how they lead and stick to peace in a sometimes violent world.

PN: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

AH: I enjoy reading and watching TV. I grew up on a small family farm and love going home to help my parents whenever I can. Family is very important to me and I love being there for them whenever I can!

This blog post by Paula Newcom, Professional Development Librarian. For more information, contact the Professional Development Office at (317) 232-3697 or email

Director’s Interview: Debbie Clapp, Ladoga-Clark Township Public Library

Kimberly Brown-Harden, Northwest Regional Coordinator recently had an opportunity to talk with Debbie Clapp, Director, Ladoga-Clark Township Public Library. She replaced Wanda Bennett who retired this year.  Debbie is very passionate and excited about libraries and how to best serve the patrons in her area.   Here’s her story: 


What is your name?

Debbie Clapp

What is the name of the library you work for?

Ladoga-Clark Twp. Public Library

Are you from the area? If not, where are you from originally?

I live in Crawfordsville about 15 minutes away from Ladoga.

What inspired you to work in libraries?

It’s always the love of books, isn’t it? I love the stories-both in books and in the clients who come into the library looking for a book. Whether it is a book for light reading or a DIY book to fix the DIY task that went awry, there is always a story to be told.

What is your favorite thing about working for your library?

I love the people, especially the children. I love how the book captures them, at least for a moment, and they too are “in” the story.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite is usually the one I just finished, but I have read several books multiple times because I love them, such as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.

If you could have dinner with any three famous people in recorded history, who would they be and why?

My utmost favorite person in history is George Rogers Clark. He was known as the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest.” and led, with very small resources and in daunting weather and terrain, a group of men to victory during the Revolutionary War. I love his quote, “Great things have been effected by a few men well conducted.” I would love to speak with Mother Teresa because of her mercy, humility and utter focus on the needs of others. Finally, I would love to talk with the Apostle Paul about his travels and his utmost dedication to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

I am an amateur, amateur, amateur painter in acrylics. I enjoy it and can see my own improvement but am still squarely in the level of expertise that my family begs me to not give them my artwork as gifts!!




Talking About Talking Books

tbblbrochDid you know that Talking Books provides free library service to any resident of Indiana who cannot use standard printed materials due to a physical or visual disability? No? Chances are thousands of eligible Hoosiers do not know about this free service either and you are often the best method of spreading the word.

What can you do?

If you work in a library, you can help by making sure patrons who read large print or listen to audio books know that there are additional materials they can receive from the Indiana State Library. It can be through something as simple as placing some talking book brochures by these collections, or assisting a patron in ordering a book we have that you might not have in your collection. We have over 20,000 large print books and 60,000 audio books (all audio books are also available to download) that we are eager to share.

Your library can also borrow materials to loan to your patrons or to use as demonstration to show what a “Talking Book” is. We are happy to loan your library a rotating collection of large print materials that can be loaned to your patrons. After a few months, return the books and we will send you a fresh supply of books to loan. Your library can also borrow a digital talking book player that can be used to show patrons who may find the idea of digital books a scary prospect, just how easy it is. Demonstration BARD (the website were all of our audio books can be downloaded from) accounts are also available for libraries to assist patrons in downloading their own books.

Our shelves are stocked with promotional materials that we are always happy share. We have applications, brochures, magnets, pens, braille book marks, informational “fact sheets”, posters, and other items that we can send you.

We want to be a resource to help you provide exceptional service to all people.


Here are some resources to help you spread the word about Talking Books and to help you provide the best service possible to your visually and physically disabled patrons.

For further information, please contact us at

The Difference Is You: Your Service Matters

There is a special conference out there just for support staff and it is called The Difference is You.  This year’s theme, Your Service Matters, was chosen by the DIY subcommittee lead by the Indiana State Library’s staff member, Kim Brown-Harden.  This is the second year for this event which caters specifically to Indiana library staff members who do not hold a master’s degree.  Held on August 10th, at the Indianapolis Public Library’s Central Branch, it is a deal at only 25.00 per registrant.  And that includes lunch!  Registration is available through the Indiana Library Federation, which is partnering with the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Committee to produce this event.  

The Indiana State Library reached out to Paris Pegg, Director at the Morrisson-Reeves Public Library for her thoughts on the DIY event held in 2015.   

Why did you decide to send staff to the 2015 Difference is You Staff event?

“It’s always a challenge to find staff development activities that are new, fresh, different, etc.  News of the 2015 Difference is You conference came across my desk and it just seemed like a great alternative to some of the things we’ve done for staff development in the past (and the timing was right).  One highly successful staff development day involved sending teams of staff to different libraries within an hour’s drive of Richmond to see how library service works outside our own doors.  The Difference is You conference afforded us another opportunity to get out of our own space and see library service through others eyes.  MRL staff has been very insulated in this respect and I encourage them to get out and go to conferences and workshops in other locations, but because many aren’t comfortable driving long distances or in heavy traffic, we have limited opportunities.  Another consideration was the cost of the conference.  We couldn’t bring someone in to conduct the quality of workshops and the variety offered for $25 per employee!   Because of the low cost, we were able to charter a bus and get everyone to the conference without anyone having to worry about driving or traffic or parking.

Did you see a difference in your staff after they attended the event in 2015?

There was a renewed enthusiasm about library service; a renewed confidence in what we do at MRL; and a renewed interest in implementing new ideas.  Staff are still hesitant to go outside MRL if they have to drive, but they’re more willing to explore different options and get ideas from other libraries.

How often do you send support staff to off-site conferences?

We encourage them to attend at least once a year for the district conference.  Opportunities for support staff seem to be somewhat limited, but as with the district conference, we will encourage support staff to attend the Difference is You conference and do our best to make travel available.  I’m not aware of other off-site conferences that would be appropriate for support staff to attend.

Would you encourage other libraries to participate in the Difference is You staff event in 2016?

Absolutely!  I will say it is geared toward support staff in a way I’ve not seen with other conferences.  So many conferences offer “professional” development that tends to be geared more toward degreed librarians and administrators.  This conference is unique in that support staff are encouraged in their roles in the library, they are recognized for their service, and they come away with a better understanding of how “professional” applies to them, as well. 

Click here to access this year’s brochure.  If you have questions about Difference is You: Your Service Matters, please reach out to Kim Brown-Harden, at the Indiana State Library:


PopCon 2016 Recap

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The Indiana State Library partnered with several local libraries to provide a library presence at this year’s Indy PopCon. This was the first year that libraries have banded together for this popular convention and the goal was to promote libraries as a potential resource for people who are interested in various facets of ‘geek culture’ which encompasses everything from gaming to comic books and innovative technologies.

Library staff from the Muncie Public Library, Morrisson-Reeves Library (Richmond), Johnson County Public Library, Monroe County Public Library, Hagerstown Jefferson Township Library and the Indianapolis Public Library were on hand to present information on all the fun materials and programs that libraries can offer conference attendees.   People who stopped by the booth were given free Fangirl or Fanboy buttons for showing their library cards and while the bulk of library cards shown represented various libraries from Indiana, there were plenty of out of state library cards, some from as far away as New Mexico.

Overall, library staff were able to discuss library services with hundreds of conference attendees demonstrating that it pays to be creative when looking for venues to provide library outreach!

Nichelle M. Hayes 2009 I-LLID Fellow Follow-up

In 2009, the I-LLID fellowship launched its first co-hort of M.L.S. candidates. The fellowship was funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered through a partnership between the Indiana State Library and IUPUI’s School of Library and Information Science.

Over the next several months we will be including spot lights on past fellows to highlight their personal and professional accomplishments.

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Name: Nichelle M. Hayes

Cohort: Cohort 3

Current Employer: Indianapolis Public Library

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what led you to apply for the fellowship?

I was an English Lit major during my undergrad. I’ve always had a thirst for knowledge and love to share that knowledge. I’ve been a genealogy researcher for 20+ years. Kisha Tandy (2nd cohort) told me about the opportunity for the fellowship. I felt like it was a great opportunity and I was honored to be selected.

How did the fellowship help prepare you for your career?

I would not have been able to obtain a MLS without the fellowship. Networking with other Fellows and individuals who were already in the field really helped give me an amazing background knowledge for librarianship. I continue to network with fellows and other librarians that I met during the fellowship. Marcia Smith-Woodard is such an inspiration. She really guided me during the process. She was a cheerleader, coach and mentor. Her help has been invaluable.

What was your focus while you were working towards your Master’s degree?

Since, I was completely new to the field, my focus was to learn as much as possible about all facets of librarianship. I also wanted to work in the field after graduation.

Describe your career path.

While I was working on my MLS, I worked at an elementary school. I was fortunate enough to be able to begin my career as a Library Media Specialist, where I built a library from the ground up. During that same time I worked (and continue to work ) as the librarian for my church. I am currently an Adult Public Librarian at Central Library in Indianapolis.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering pursuing a master’s degree in library science?

Determine your goal and see if the MLS will help you to achieve that goal. Conduct extensive research on salary and job availability. Determine the best area of the country (or the world) for your area of interest. Look outside the box of traditional librarianship. There are lots of areas where an MLS can be beneficial.

Outside of your job, what ways do you stay active in the profession?

I am the Librarian for my church. I actively promote literacy to the congregation. I am a member of IBLN and ILF.