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In This Issue

  1. TERC Feature Allows Users to Build Online Résumés

  2. Report & Resources Support Early Literacy Initiatives

  3. Save the Date: Library's Rock! Camp Leadership Day

More Library News:

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Library hosts Big Read band concert
Associated Press

Over 200 authors to attend Kentucky Book Fair
Evansville Courier Press

Library to commemorate 90th Armistice Day
Fort Wayne News Sentinel

$125K approved for Lincoln collection
Gary Post-Tribune

Protesters line up against library plan
Indianapolis Star

Get in touch with the humanities
Indianapolis Star

Heroes Tree will salute military service
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Purdue offers access to Debris online
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Astronauts' papers add to Purdue space legacy
Muncie Star Press

(Scrap)book 'em -- Teens get creative at the library
Rushville Republican
Library board looks at fundraising for building maintenance
School Library Journal

The Future of Gaming
South Bend Tribune

Two books detail South Bend's black history
South Bend Tribune

Lincoln document on display in South Bend
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Visions and Voices to celebrate fifth anniversary

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TERC Feature Allows Users to Build Online Résumés

Testing & Education Reference CenterYou're probably aware that the Résumé Builder application from the Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) provides step-by-step assistance for patrons and students creating professional résumés. But, did you know Résumé Builder also creates an online version of completed résumés viewable as a webpage? In addition to formatting  résumés in a word document, Résumé Builder also converts them to personalized web pages through A sample résumé is available for view and to share with potential users.

Résumé Builder provides many more features essential for jobseekers to create professional résumés. The application allows users to choose their own design, provides tips on proper phrases, buzzwords and content, and expertly formats the résumé in a Word document. Résumé Builder is also much more than a document builder. It also includes access to the Virtual Career Library, which is full of useful information and advice on salary negotiation, interviewing, and the entire job search process.

Résumé Builder is just one small perk of TERC. This invaluable resource also provides innovative, web-based products, such as CollegesWantYou, GradSchoolsWantYou, and online practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT Assessment, ASVAB, and TOEFL, provide users with the nformation they need to make informed decisions about their education or career. Additionally, TERCS financial aid database of nearly $5 billion worth of scholarships, grants, and prizes is fully searchable on the Web and available in printed guides. The range of test preparation available through TERC has recently expanded into civil service, licensing, certification, and military preparation with the acquisition of ARCO.

Learn more about putting TERC to work at your library by visiting INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual Library.

Report & Resources Support Early Literacy Initiatives

Jumpstart: Read for the RecordJumpstart, a leading literacy-focused nonprofit organization, recently released a report entitled “America's Early Childhood Literacy Gap” that summarizes the state of early literacy among America's youth.

Specifically, the report claims that "our nation is facing an issue of epic proportion and of critical importance. It is an issue that affects our economy, reduces the competitiveness of our workforce and challenges our highest ideals." The report also outlines the important role of public libraries in early literacy, especially in poor communities where children have limited access to books at home. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student.

Read the full report at

One particular organization, the Thinkfinity Literacy Network (TLN), has created an online portal for free, top-quality online educational resources for literacy instruction and lifelong learning for adults and family literacy programs. The content on TLN strengthens literacy development, creativity and critical thinking skills for success in the 21st Century. The resources can not only train library staff to be effective early literacy instructors, but also provide the groundwork for starting, promoting and maintaining literacy programs in your community.

Save the Date: Libraries Rock! Camp Leadership Day

Libraries Rock! Camp Leadership DayAll Indiana Library Federation board members, chairpersons and officers of associations, divisions, committees, and district conference planning teams are encouraged to attend “Camp Leadership” on Monday, December 7, 2009 at the Carmel Clay Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST). For more information, contact