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  1. New Details Available for Online Certification Renewal Process

  2. Three Indiana Communities Selected for 2013-2014 Big Read Grants

  3. Weekly News & Notes

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New Details Available for Online Certification Renewal Process

Public Librarian CertificationThe online renewals system for Public Librarian Certification is expected to go live on July 1. Anyone renewing online will be required to pay an additional online processing fee of $4.57. However, renewals submitted through US Mail do not include the additional $4.57 fee.

If you plan to renew online, you must fall into into 1 of these 4 categories:

  • You have not changed your library employer or been promoted in your job classification (i.e., Professional Assistant to Branch/Department Head or Branch/Department Head to Director) since you were grandfathered in 2008;
  • You must remain grandfathered status to be certified (for those who do not meet current certification criteria)
  • You are not upgrading your license (i.e., from LC3 to LC2 or LC2 to LC1); or
  • You are not applying for a temporary license.

The Professional Development Office will conduct random audits to verify individuals’ participation. However, there is no need to send your LEU certificates with your application for recertification. If your file is selected for random audit, we will contact you between 10/1/2013 and 12/31/2013. If you receive a notice of random audit from PDO, you will then have 30 days to show proof of your LEUs. If you do not receive a notice of random audit from PDO after 12/31/2013, you may discard your LEUs from the 2008-2013 cycle.

Directors are required to complete 100 LEUs, Branch/Department Heads are required to complete 75 LEUs, and Professional Assistants are required to complete 50 LEUs between the dates their grandfathered licenses were issued and when they expire. LEUs may not be carried over from one renewal period to another.

If you have any questions about the certification renewal process contact Emily Schaber at 317-234-6217 or You can also review the FAQ page on WebJunction for more information.

Three Indiana Communities Selected for 2013-2014 Big Read Grants

The Big ReadCongratulations to the Jennings County Public Library, Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Inc., and the University of Southern Indiana on being awarded 2013-2014 Big Read grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). A total of $1 million in grants will be issued to theses as well as 74 other public libraries, and community, cultural and literary organizations across the nation. These grants will be used to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. The NEA created the Big Read program as a way to revitalize the importance of literature in American culture as well as to promote and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

The Jennings County Public Library will receive $12,150 to feature “The Call of the Wild” during a community-wide reading event. The Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Inc. will receive $15,000 to feature the same literary work in Fort Wayne. The University of Southern Indiana (Evansville) will receive $16,000 to feature “The Grapes of Wrath” in a community Big Read. Each grant-winning organization 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.

Applications for the next Big Read grant and information about future application cycles can be found at

Weekly News & Notes

Save the following dates for this year's 21st Century Literacy Day events:

Thursday, August 1 @ the Indiana State Library 
Friday, August 9 @ Ivy Tech State College in Kokomo, Indiana
Friday, August 16 @ Ivy Tech State College in Columbus, Indiana

This FREE day-long conference will feature workshops on the topics of government, legal, health, early childhood, and adult literacy.  Registration opens June 17, 2013.  Stay tuned to The Wednesday Word for registration instruction and a complete schedule of events.

The State Library recently welcomed Jason Boyer to its Evergreen Indiana team. Jason previously worked at the Jackson County Public Library where he managed public and staff IT needs, provided ILS support, and wrote software.

Please join the State Library in congratulating and welcoming Robert Neuenschwander as the new director at Warren Public Library.

2013 Leadership Academy Participants Selected

The Indiana Library Leadership Academy participants have been selected and notified for 2013-2014. They include:

Chanitra Bishop, Indiana University Library, Herman B Wells Library; Vincci Kwong, IU South Bend, Franklin D. Schurz Library; Brad Reel, University of Southern Indiana - David L. Rice Library; Madelyn Shackelford, University Library of Columbus; Sherry Gick, Rossville Consolidated Schools; Adrienne Matteson, White River Elementary School; Leah Anne Johnson, Indiana State Library; Carolyn Martin, St.Vincent Hospital Library; Monica Casanova, Monticello-Union Township Public Library; Nancy Disbro, Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library; Juliette Elmore, Oakland City Columbia Twp. Public Library; Jason Fields, Tipton County Public Library; Joseph Fox, Indianapolis Public Library- Wayne Branch; Mary Hartman, Peabody Public Library; Denise Smith, Indianapolis Public Library - College Avenue branch; and Dianna Burt, Allen County Public Library, Hessen Cassel Branch.

Congratulations to you all!

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

2013 Public Library Budget Webinar Workshop
When: June 5 or 13
Where: Live Online

Library Law Workshop Series

June 26: 1:00–2:00p.m.
Social Media, Library Meeting Rooms, and the First Amendment

June 26: 2:30–3:30p.m.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

July 9: 1:00–2:00p.m.
Legal Issues in E-Content

July 9: 2:30–3:30p.m.
ADA Accessibility as it applies to Government Programs and Services

July 17: 1:00–2:00p.m.
Library Behavior Policies

July 17: 2:30–3:30p.m.

July 31: 1:00– 2:00p.m.
Family Medical Leave Act

July 31: 2:30–3:30p.m.
Fair Labor Standards Act

ALA Annual Conference
When: June 27 - July 2
Where: Chicago

2013 CYPD Conference When: August 25 & 26
Where: Marriott East - Indianapolis

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