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Seven Indiana Libraries Named Star Libraries by Library Journal
Library Journal recognized seven Indiana public libraries as Star Libraries. Two of these seven, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) and New Carlisle & Olive Township Public Library, received top designation as being five-star libraries. This is the third year EVPL received a five-star rating. Joining the list as four-star libraries were Allen County Public Library, Butler Public Library and Spencer County Public Library. Boswell-Grant Township Public Library and Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library were named three-star libraries.
The ratings are based on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the quantities of services they deliver. The index measures four per capita areas that indicate public service - circulation, visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three stars. All rated libraries, stars or not can use their scores to learn from their peers, inform their stakeholders of achievements and service opportunities, and improve library awareness and funding.
Indiana Selects New High School Equivalency Credential Exam
Starting in 2014, Indiana will debut its new high school equivalency test - Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). An expert panel of representatives from the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC), the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) were involved in evaluating all proposals offered, culminating in the selection of CTB/McGraw- Hill. In addition, Ivy Tech and the Indiana Association of Adult and Continuing Education provided expert analysis of the available testing options.
The current version of the GED® test is expiring at the end of 2013 and patrons scores will expire too if they don’t finish and pass the test before the end of the year. TASC will be aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards over the next few years and will gradually increase in rigor to better meet industry demand. Hoosier test takers will also pay considerably less for the TASC than the GED® exam, which is scheduled to double in price beginning in January.
In order to maintain accessibility, the new exam will continue to be offered in both paper and computer-based formats, ensuring Indiana’s current network of providers, including correctional facilities, will not be disrupted. It will also be available in English and Spanish, braille, and audio versions for the visually impaired.
The State Library is currently working with the DWD and its INSPIRE database vendors to prepare resources for Indiana libraries, which are often at the forefront of adult education in their communities. Stay tuned to The Wednesday Word for future announcements about TASC resources available on INSPIRE. Additionally, Indiana libraries can begin building a TASC resource collection by pre-ordering TASC study guides from Amazon.
Deadlines Approach for Grant, Veterans' Initiative
Last Chance to Register for Our Heroes' Tree
Rockstar Librarian Application Deadline Extended to 11/15
Digital Inclusion Survey Deadline Extended
Library directors across Indiana are encouraged to take part in a national survey on Digital Inclusion through November 22. This study explores the digital inclusion roles of public libraries. Your participation will help provide Indiana libraries with accurate demographics about the areas they serve.
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