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  1. Thirty-nine Indiana Libraries Receive Over $375K in LSTA Grants

  2. Register Today for July Webinars on Popular INSPIRE Resources

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Thirty-nine Indiana Libraries Receive Over $375K in LSTA Grants

LSTA GrantsThe Indiana State Library recently awarded nearly $250,000 in technology sub-grants to 31 Indiana libraries. In all, the State Library received 42 technology sub-grant applications requesting $351,348 in LSTA funds. Many of the 2013 LSTA technology grants will fund the purchase of mobile laptop labs, public access computers, improved connectivity and networking infrastructure, and eReaders and iPads, among other items. Libraries are also using technology grants to spearhead both digital and early literacy initiatives, as well as expand online eBook collections.

Eight more Indiana libraries received over $125,000 in LSTA funds for digitization projects. The theme for the 2013 Digitization Grant Program is the approaching Indiana Bicentennial in 2016. Many of the awarded projects focus on materials with statewide significance related to the Statehood Bicentennial.

All LSTA applications were reviewed by an outside review panel and State Library staff. Applications for grant opportunities with rolling deadlines (Innovative Library Technology Grant & Information Access for the Unserved Grant) are accepted year round. Guidelines for 2014 technology and digitization grants will be released this fall.

Contact Jennifer Clifton at (317) 234-6550 or more information about these opportunities and the LSTA program. Learn more about past grants, projects and statewide library services funded through LSTA at

Register Today for July Webinars on Popular INSPIRE Resources

Gale July WebinarsGale has scheduled free online webinars in July to train users on how to utilize popular databases available via INSPIRE. Please consider participating in any of the following webinars next month:

Gale Virtual Reference Library
July 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
July 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Biography in Context
July 11, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (ET)
July 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Health & Wellness Resource Center
July 2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
July 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Testing and Education Reference Center
July 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
July 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

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.

Free Summer Travel Guides Available for Distribution @ your library

Did you know that the Indiana Travel Guide and Travel Maps are free to distribute to your patrons and staff? The Visit Indiana Travel Guides are a great resource that connects patrons with local and statewide attractions, museums, zoos, amusements parks, memorial and historical sites and much more.

Indiana Office of Tourism Development offers bulk shipments for free to Indiana libraries. If you would like to receive these free publications this summer, contact Amanda at the Indiana Office of Tourism Development at or 317-232-0600.

Registration Now Open for 21st Century Literacy Days

Is your library ready for the future? Skills for the 21st century are needed now more than ever by patrons statewide.

The FREE 21st Century Literacy Days workshops offers a unique professional development experience and opportunity to earn LEUs in areas such as government, legal, health, early childhood, and adult literacy. Click here for more information or to register for the event in Indianapolis (8/1), Kokomo (8/9) or Columbus (8/16).

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

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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