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  • Introduce Students to College Prep Tools from Learn More Indian

  • Leadership Academy Announce Members of the 2014 Class

  • Over 150 Young Hoosier Writers Honored at Annual Event

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Introduce Students to College Prep Tools from Learn More Indiana

Learn More IndianaCourtesy of Amber Audrain, College Success Campaign and Project Manager, Learn More Indiana

21st Century Scholars Jump Start Jr. Workshops
The 21st Century Scholars Program has developed a series of regionally-based workshops to help current 21st Century Scholar juniors get a ‘Jump Start’ on their senior year of high school. Held on 38 local college campuses, each workshop will provide Scholars with essential information about the 21st Century Scholarship along with tips and resources to help them ‘Jump Start’ their path toward college and career success. Junior Scholars (class of 2015) and their parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop in their area. Register online at

2014 Learn More Indiana Student Survey
The Learn More Indiana Student Survey provides information about the degree to which students in grades eight to twelfth make sound choices in areas proven to help students succeed.  Setting up the survey takes only a few moments and student completion takes approximately 30 minutes. This survey aims to help the public better understand the needs of students and the incredible amount of time counselors spend on program delivery. The survey is available until June 15th and can be found at Additionally, schools who have 75% or more of their student body complete the survey, will be entered to win one of three $500 grants for college and career programming!  Awards will be awarded across the state, with one elementary, one middle, and one high school winning.

FAFSA Deadline May 15th
Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step in students’ accessing financial aid for college.  Help your students remember to make any necessary edits by May 15th to cash in on their portion of $1 billion in financial aid! The FAFSA Friday webinar is now available at as a video!  This is a great tool to help students and parents get their questions answered as they complete this critical application. 

Leadership Academy Announce Members of the 2014 Class

Indiana Library Leadership Academy Members of the Indiana Library Professional Development Committee recently selected members of the 2014 Indiana Library Leadership Academy (InLLA). The cohort will meet on July 21-25 for third-annual Indiana Librarian Leadership Conference, which celebrates our outgoing Indiana Library Leadership Academy cohort and provides intensive leadership training for the incoming InLLA group. Join us in congratulating the following members of the 2014 InLLA cohort:

  • James Bell, Associate Dean for Library Operations, Harrison College
  • Lauri Chandler, Cataloging Technician, Vigo County Public Library
  • Beth Davidson, Library Director, Dunkirk Public Library
  • Angela Eck, Youth Services Coordinator, Allen County Public Library
  • Emily Ellis, Head of Reference & Teen Services, Greenwood Public Library
  • Jonathan Gaskill, Library Director, Fulton County Public Library
  • Eleanor Nave, Branch Manager, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
  • Cheryl Smith, Interim Public Relations Director, East Chicago Public Library
  • Katharine Springer, State Data Center Coordinator, Indiana State Library
  • Austin Stroud, Director, Bloomfield-Eastern Green County Public Library 

Learn more about InLLA and other professional development opportunities for Indiana librarians on the State Library's Continuing Education portal.

Over 150 Young Hoosier Writers Honored at Annual Event

Indiana Center for the BookPromising young Hoosier writers were honored at the 2014 Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony held at the Indiana State Library. Over 250 guests, including students, teachers and proud family members, attended the ceremony headlined by award-winning, young-adult author Christine Johnson

Youth Literary Day recognizes winners and semifinalists in the national Letters About Literature and River of Words contests. Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest that asks students in grades 4-12 to write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. River of Words is designed to help youth express themselves through the arts, while exploring their environment and developing a sense of place and appreciation for discovery.  Both contests are programs of the Indiana Center for the Book and Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Indiana Youth Literary Day is made possible through the generous support of The James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation and Poetry Contests for a Cause, an initiative of Anderson, Indiana poet Stacy Savage.

Over 150 students won awards, including 121 semifinalists, 18 honorable mentions, and 15 finalists. Click here for a complete recap of the annual event or visit for more information about the Indiana Center for the Book, including results of past contests and upcoming contest information.

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.

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

The Indiana State Library is in the process of a major weeding of the Library Science Collection and is offering many of the titles to Indiana libraries. Items may be picked up at the State Library or sent via the Info Express.

Please review this list of available titles for any titles you wish to request. Use this spreadsheet to make selections and email it to Marcia Smith-Woodard at

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

Opening Reception: Hardship & Hope Exhibit
When: May 8 @ 5:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0 – Using ECRR in Your Storytimes
When: May 8 @ 9:00 AM (CDT)
Where: East Chicago PL

ILF District Conferences
District 1: IU South Bend, (5/13)

IOLUG Spring Program
When: May 16
Where: Indiana Wesleyan Univ.: Indianapolis North Campus

EdCamp Indy
When: June 13 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Pike High School

Annual Public Library Budget Workshop 2014
When: June 17 @ 10:30 AM
When: June 25 @ 10:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library
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