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  1. New Wiki Highlights Children's Authors

  2. Deadline Approaches to Apply for I-LLID

More Library News:


Batesville Herald
Batesville woman becomes genealogist
Columbus Republic
Many rediscovering library during tough times
Gary Post Tribune
Library head devoted to preserving Gary branches
Indianapolis Business Journal
Cultural institutions fear bear-market toll
Indy Star
HSE board votes to eliminate library teaching assistant
Plymouth Pilot News
‘The Passerby’ now available at Bourbon library
Shelbyville News
WorkOne workshop aims to help jobless get benefits

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New Wiki Highlights Children's Authors and Illustrators

Indiana Children's Authors & Illustrators WikiThe State Library is pleased to launch a new resource that gathers and organizes information about Hoosier authors. The Indiana Children's Authors and Illustrators Wiki enables authors, scholars and librarians to submit information about current and historical Indiana authors. The State Library intends for this new wiki to be an interactive resource for teachers, librarians, and the general public, as well as Indiana authors and illustrators. 

The wiki was developed as a cost-effective and innovative solution for publishing and updating The Directory of Indiana Children's Authors and Illustrators, which was last updated by Sara Laughlin in 1997 (3rd ed.).  However, many of the wiki entries remain unchanged from that 1997 edition. We are looking for partners to help reach out to authors and illustrators, update content, and create new author entries.

The Indiana Children's Authors and Illustrators Wiki was developed through a partnership between the State Library's Children's Services Consultant, Michele Farley, and students from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) - Indianapolis. In the coming year, the State Library plans to continue developing the wiki with new features and educational resources.

The Indiana Children’s Authors & Illustrators Wiki is a continual work in progress. Please feel free to contact Michele Farley if you have any suggestions or comments on how to enhance the look or usability of the wiki, or if you know of a Hoosier children's writer or illustrator not included in the wiki.

Deadline Approaches to Apply for I-LLID Fellowships

Indiana Librarians Leading in DiversityThe Indiana State Library last summer received a $1 million grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to recruit 30 ethnically diverse students for Indiana’s Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) project.  The first class of 10 students began classes January 12, 2009. Seven students currently attend SLIS - Indianapolis and three students attend SLIS - Bloomington.

Potential candidates for the second class must apply to the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (IU SLIS) before April 24, 2009. Candidates whose undergrad GPA is below 3.0 should take GRE as soon as possible. Fellowship awardees also must be accepted to the SLIS MLS program by June 30, 2009.

The Fellowship Application process is now open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2009. Applications and more information can be found on the Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) webpage.

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