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Two Indiana Communities Selected for 2014/2015 Big Read Grants
Congratulations to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and the Kosciusko Literacy Services, Inc. (Warsaw) on being awarded 2014-2015 Big Read grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These two organizations were among 77 organizations nationwide to receive grants totaling over $1 million for hosting Big Read programs between September 2014 and June 2015.
Both Indianapolis and Warsaw will receive $15,000 to host a community-wide Big Read event. The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation will feature The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu for a county-wide read. Kosciusko Literacy Services chose Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as its title. Each community will receive free promotional and educational resources from the NEA, as well as host official events such as a kick-off event to launch the program, activities devoted specifically to its Big Read book or poet, events using the selection as a point of departure, and book discussions in diverse locations aimed at a wide range of audiences.
Click here to read the full release from NEA including a complete list of grant recipients. The guidelines and application for the 2015–2016 cycle will be posted on the Big Read website in the fall of 2014.
Information Literacy Project Seeks Your Input on Library Programming
The Hoosiers and Information Literacy study group needs your help to develop a better understanding about information literacy programming in Indiana public libraries. The brief five-minute survey asks what libraries are doing to assist patrons in becoming better information consumers and also explores the profession development needs of Indiana public librarians and staff members.
The study is being conducted by Christina Wray of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Heather McNabb of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system, and Sara O’Sha of the Indiana State Library. Your input will improve our knowledge on how libraries are helping Indiana residents increase their information literacy levels as well as help the Hoosiers and Information Literacy group provide free professional development opportunities that meet your needs.
Please respond to the survey by June 30th, 2014.
Your input is very important and will be kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions or would prefer to complete a paper survey, please call us at 812-855-0077 or email at email@example.com.
More Weekly Library News & Notes
WELCOME NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY DIRECTORS
Additionally, Katie Mullins of Kendallville Public Library has been appointed as the permanent director after serving in an interim position since the beginning of the year.
Best of luck to you all!
IU-NORTHWEST'S BOOKER ELECTED TO ALA COUNCIL
MAY 30TH DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS
IMLS TOOLS UPDATED WITH FY2012 PUBLIC LIBRARY DATA
Also, remember to check out Indiana's 2013 Public Library Statistics from the 2013 Annual Report. More reading: Seven Useful Ways to Promote Your Library Statistics
Two 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.
Last chance to Register for Lyrasis eGathering
Connect, contribute and learn with your colleagues tomorrow (5/15) @ 1:00 PM (EDT) at eGathering, the LYRASIS Virtual Annual Member Meeting. Get the tools to tap into your inner futurist, while continuing to maximize the momentum for your organization.
IOLUG Spring Program
Family History Scan-a-Thon
Annual Public Library Budget Workshop 2014
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