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  • Students Asked to Promote Summer Reading via Video Challenge

  • Gale Offering INSPIRE-specific Webinars in Coming Weeks

  • Two Weeks Remain to Apply for 2014 Big Read Grants

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Students Asked to Promote Summer Reading via Video Challenge

Teen Video ChallengeThe Indiana State Library is challenging Indiana students to create a video promoting Summer Reading at the Library. The national initiative is part of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program and will award $275 to winners in each state and earn an award for their library.

The video should be a short, yet imaginative, public service announcement and must be produced by an Indiana student or group of students. The video that best encourages use of their local public libraries and promotes reading all summer long will take away the contest prize and be featured throughout 2014 as the official commercial for Indiana's Summer Reading Program.

How to Enter

  1. Go to and completely fill out one Entry Form.
  2. Create your video.
  3. Title your video with: “2014 TVC - IN - Unique Name.” (Please choose a unique name that does not include your real name.)
  4. Upload your video to or
  5. Fill out and sign your completed Model Release Form for each participant. 
  6. Mail completed forms by March 3, 2014 to:
    “2014 TVC” c/o Suzanne Walker
    Indiana State Library
    140 N. Senate Ave.
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

The “2014 Teen Video Challenge” for Indiana is open only to students aged 13 -18. All submissions must be received by March 3, 2014. Visit or contact Suzanne Walker at (317) 234-5649, to learn more about the program.

Gale Offering INSPIRE-specific Webinars in Coming Weeks

VolunteerGale Webinars for INSPIREGale recently announced its latest lineup of INSPIRE webinars scheduled through early March. Each session is worth 1 TLEU.

Literature Resources from Inspire (January 29 – 10:00 AM) & (March 5 – 2:00 PM): This course covers INSPIRE resources that help with literature research and reference questions.

Integrating Inspire Resources into the Classroom (February 11 – 2:30 PM): This webinar will instruct teachers and media specialists on how to integrate INSPIRE resources into their daily classroom procedures.

Finding Scholarships and Paying for College (February 27 – 11:00 AM) & (May 6 – 12:00 PM): This course will provide attendees with an overview Testing and Education Reference Center, including the test preparation resources, Resume Builder and an amazing scholarship search.

Gale Health Resources from Inspire (April 17 – 2:00 PM): Learn about using Health and Wellness Resource Center and the Nursing Resource Center for healthy living, as well as reference and research assitance.

Inspire InContext Resources (April 4 – 11:00 AM): This course will cover InContext resources available through INSPIRE and best strategies for integrating these resources into the classroom.

Two Weeks Remain to Apply for 2014 Big Read Grants

The Big ReadApplications for The Big Read September 2014 – June 2015 are due January 28 at 5:00 pm EST. Applications can be submitted electronically through eGrant. Complete guidelines and application instructions are available on the The Big Read website

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, or other activities related to the community's chosen book. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalog.

Sign Up to Volunteer for PLA in Indy by Jan. 31st

The PLA 2014 Conference is coming to Indianapolis March 11 – 14. This biennial event has a reputation for excellence in the public library world and will feature thought-provoking speakers, professional development programs, exhibits and networking opportunities.

Volunteers are being sought to serve as greeters, ambassadors, and more to ensure that out-of-state public library professionals get the most out of their experience. While some volunteer opportunities require some knowledge of Indianapolis, many don’t. Volunteers who aren’t registered for the Conference can receive some enticing benefits courtesy of PLA, including free attendance at the opening and closing sessions, the morning “Big Ideas” sessions that will inspire creativity and innovation, and the all-conference reception, as well as access to the Conference Exhibition Hall.

Simply complete the PLA Volunteer Interest Form and submit by January 31, 2014 to apply.

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

Medical Resources on INSPIRE
When: Throughout January 2014

Where: Live Online

2014 CSLP Training: 0-12
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations

2014 CSLP Training: 13-Adult
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations

Rock Star Librarian Training
When: Multiple Dates
Where: Multiple Locations

Digital Learning Day
When: February 5
Where: Nationwide

PLA Conference
When: March 11 -15
Where: Indiana Convention Center

LSTA Grant Applications Due
When: March 14 @ 4:00 PM

Discovery to Delivery V
When: April 25 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indianapolis PL
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