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Letters About Literature
Entry forms for the '09-'10 Letters About Literature contest must be postmarked no later than December 12, 2009 for consideration. Forms are available on the Indiana Center for the Book's website. Visit lettersaboutliterature.org for contest updates and valuable teaching materials, such as lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips.
River of Words
The deadline for contest entries is December 1, 2009. Entry forms and complete contest guidelines can be found at www.riverofwords.org. Winners and finalists in each contest will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Indiana State Library.
The Indiana State Library awarded $125,817 to the Shake Learning Resources Center (Library) at Vincennes University (VU) to launch a highly innovative project that helps meet the educational, informational professional development needs of residents in partnering public library districts. The Learning Unlimited program will focus on providing college credit and job-ready training programs centered at the public library. VU will connect enrollees to these opportunities by supplying each with netbooks--lightweight, mobile, wireless, powerful and inexpensive personal computers to support online education and training programs. The public library will play a crucial role as a source for wireless internet access and face-to-face support services for students enrolled in the program.
The public library will also act as the host site for general program orientation, placement testing, proctoring exams, netbook distribution and training, and group work. Part-time mentor/coaches will be available at the public library to help students achieve academic success and program completion. Vincennes University librarians and their public library counterparts will collaborate in providing library reference assistance to students enrolled in the program on the use of INSPIRE – Indiana’s Virtual Library and other electronic information resources.
The Learning Unlimited pilot program will begin in spring 2010 at up to three Central Indiana public libraries with the goal to expand to other statewide locations in the future. More information, including participating library locations and enrollment opportunities, will be available in the near future. The program is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) innovation grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Learn more about LSTA grant opportunities at http://www.in.gov/library/lsta.htm.
The Indiana State Library and representatives of both the Indiana Library Trustee Association and the Indiana Public Library Association recently drafted revisions and updates to public library standards. A public hearing regarding the proposed public library standards has been scheduled for January 6, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the History Reference Room at the Indiana State Library.
Visit http://www.in.gov/library/standards.htm to view drafts of the proposed rule, economic impact statements and the notice of public hearing.