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  1. Gale Offering Workshop Series Exclusively for INSPIRE Users

  2. Deadline Approaches to Submit LSTA Plan Feedback

  3. Winners Named in Inaugural INSPIRE Essay Contest

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Elkhart Truth

Library to bring in Mark Twain impersonator

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

'Teen Pride @ the Library': Own the night kickoff event

Greene County Daily World

Community sculpture being created in Bloomfield

Indianapolis Star

Westfield OKs $2M bond to expand library

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis visit spotlighted Bradbury's lifelong love affair with writing

Kokomo Tribune

Miami Correctional receives book grant

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Library rings up sales at annual event

Lafayette Journal & Courier

One Great Read schedules a Vonnegut summer

Library Journal

The Small Steps You Can Take Toward Your Library Building Future

Madison Courier

'Down By the River' features history, folklore

Muncie Star Press

Connection Corner opening July 2

Muncie Star Press

Facebook class to ease seniors into social networking

Northwest Indiana Times

Authors Circle donations will enhance new library

Northwest Indiana Times

C.P. Library off-site parking plan OK'd, despite objections

Northwest Indiana Times

Work begins on new Griffith library building

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Roots Family History conference coming up

WFIE-TV (Evansville)

Birdseye library branch will open Tuesday

WISH-TV (Indianapolis)

Greenwood Library Lacks Funding and Gets Boost from Community

Yorktown Press

Libraries make summer reading fun


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Gale Offering Workshop Series Exclusively for INSPIRE Users

INSPIRE Webinars from GaleGale is offering a series of workshops this summer just for Hoosier librarians. Gale's team of expert trainers has already scheduled five training sessions covering Gale resources available on INSPIRE. They include (all times Eastern):

While this is a live webinar series, courses will also be recorded and available for viewing via Gale's extensive On Demand library. Courses are eligible for Library Education Units (LEUs), but librarians of all types are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Additionally, Gale is currently conducting a similar series for the Florida Electronic Library. This series tackles unique topics like “Databases and the Common Core,” “Telling your Library’s Story” and "Marketing your Databases," among others. If you would like to be part of similar workshops designed specifically for Indiana libraries and INSPIRE, please contact Emily Schaber, Certification Program Consultant, at 317-234-6217 or

Deadline Approaches to Submit LSTA Plan Feedback

Preliminary 2013-2017 LSTA Five-year Plan

This Friday, June 15th, is the final day to provide your feedback on the Indiana State Library's preliminary 2013-2017 LSTA Five-Year Plan. Upon approval from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), this plan will dictate what types of projects will be eligible for LSTA funding and how the State Library manages distribution of LSTA funds. Please take time to review the preliminary 2013-2017 LSTA Five-Year Plan and take this brief survey. Your thoughts, suggestions and concerns will be critical in developing a plan that best serves the needs of Indiana libraries.

Visit LSTA Supports Indiana Libraries to learn about the LSTA-funded statewide services and sub-grants offered by the Indiana State Library. Learn more about past and current LSTA grant programs, review frequently asked questions, and locate contact information on the LDO Homepage.

Winners Named in Inaugural INSPIRE Essay Contest

What INSPIREs You? Essay ContestSarah Reynolds of Plainfield wrote an essay entitled "Magical Mistakes" about how the classic slinky toy was created. Jessica Smother’s essay, “It Is Well,” covered her experiences at a Christian youth conference. They both will receive $100 Target gift cards for winning the inaugural "What INSPIRE’s You?" Essay Contest sponsored by INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Library, and the Indiana Center for the Book in the Indiana State Library. Additionally, Natalie Brejcha, grade 8 from Plainfield, was named this year’s honorable mention. She will receive a $20 Target GiftCard.

Contestants were asked to write, in 600-800 words, a person, place or thing that inspires them. The essays were judged on creativity, grammar, appropriate content, and use of INSPIRE resources. 

Open Positions Available
at the State Library

The State Library is seeking a Regional Library Coordinator for Northwest Indiana. Regional coordinators provide information, marketing, consulting, continuing education opportunities, and other services to libraries within their geographical area of the state. Librarians telecommute from home offices.

Additionally, we have an immediate opening for a Library Tech position in the Talking Book & Braille Library, which provides library services to Hoosiers with visual and physically impairments that prevent them from reading standard print. 

Check out these positions and more via the Jobs in Indiana Libraries Webpage on WebJunction Indiana.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

ALA Annual Conference
When: June 21-26
Where: Anaheim, CA

Summit on Serving Unserved Populations
When: July 11 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Midwestern Roots Family History & Genealogy Conference
When: July 19 (pre-conference)
            July 20 & 21 (conference)
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

New Director's Workshop
When: August 2 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

Director's Refresher Workshop
When: August 8 @ 8:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

2012 Indiana Vision Expo & Vision Walk
When: September 29 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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