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State Library Releases 2013 Public Library Statistics
The 2013 Public Library Statistics from the 2013 Annual Report were recently released and offer a wealth of information and insights into a variety of categories. Here are a handful of interesting highlights from the data compiled and posted online:
Anyone with questions regarding the statistics may contact Jennifer Clifton, Public Library Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 234-6550.
Just Over 2 Months Left to Complete WebJunction Courses
The Indiana State Library's contract with WebJunction will end on June 30, 2014. Now is a great time to take advantage of WebJunction courses and also complete any coursework you have started by the end of June. WebJunction is also sending emails to users advising them of the termination of service.
In the coming months, the State Library will announce information about new continuing education vendors so library staff may continue their pursuit of LEUs at no charge.
IMLS Hosting Webinar Series on Future Grant Initiatives
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is seeking library input on future grant directions and will host three webinars for stakeholders interested in shaping their communities to maximize educational and economic opportunities. The first of the webinars will be convened on Tuesday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT at the New York Public Library to discuss the National Digital Platform with U.S. Archivist David Ferriero and other experts at the New York Public Library.
IMLS invites broad participation via a live webcast and library professionals and the public are encouraged to participate through social media using the Twitter hashtag #imlsfocus. During the webinar, library and archive leaders will discuss key needs, gaps, opportunities, and goals to consider in furthering national digital initiatives. Click here for a complete agenda.
The next two meetings will be on May 15 on learning spaces in libraries at the San Francisco Public Library and on June 5 on STEM learning at the Chicago Public Library. IMLS will release a revised National Leadership Grant application this summer that will reflect the priorities identified during these meetings.
Reception Scheduled for Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit
After 150 years, the American Civil War remains a defining moment in our nation’s history. You're invited to a grand opening reception of Hardship & Hope: The Life of the Hoosier Soldier During the Civil War on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM (EDT). This free event features expert scholars and authors, as well as historical reenactors of General Lew Wallace and members of the 49th Indiana, Company F. and 18th Light Artillery.
The exhibition gives a more personal understanding of the everyday realities from the Hoosier soldier on the battlefield. Unique letters, photographs, and artifacts from the Indiana State Library’s collection, many of which have never before been on display, will be available for the public to view.
One Week Left to Save Big on Bulk Paper Purchases
Due to market pricing in the paper industry, prices will increase after the term date of the current purchase agreement available on LibraryIndiana However, current prices with Paper Corporation are available through Wednesday, April 30th.
Since the inception of the LibraryIndiana Copy Paper Demand Aggregation program in 2012, Indiana libraries have saved nearly $6,000 or 26% on their bulk paper purchases. Email email@example.com for more information or to register.
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