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In This Issue

  1. Upcoming Workshops Offer Opportunities for Free LEUs

  2. Encourage Patrons to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

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Library Officials Working Hard Preparing Lincoln Collection
Indianapolis Star

Indiana Historical Society awarded $150K grant
Indianapolis Star

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Library Outlines Computer Expansion Project
Kokomo Perspective

Library receives bids for renovation, outreach building projects
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Six More Libraries Go Live on Evergreen Indiana
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Library offers children a good read
South Bend Tribune
New Francis Branch library opens
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Welcome back, LaSalle Branch
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Library will hit its goal with your aid
Terre Haute Tribune

ISU Librarian receives University Medallions

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Upcoming Workshops Offer Opportunities for Free LEUs

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Limited seating is still available for next week's trainings focusing on INSPIRE's newest product, the Teaching and Education Resource Center (TERC) are scheduled at public libraries throughout the state in August. The workshops will also provide an overview of other Gale products available through INSPIRE such as Biography Resource Center, Contemporary Authors®, Informe!, LitFinder, and Small Business Resource Center.

Morning sessions will be from 10:00 a.m. - Noon and afternoon sessions from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., except for the afternoon session in Bedford which will run from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. These Gale Workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 18: Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
  • Wednesday, August 19: Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (South Branch)
  • Thursday, August 20: Jennings County Public Library (morning session only)
  • Thursday, August 20: Bedford Public Library (afternoon session only)

Additionally, the Indiana State Library will offer a fall series of LEU days at several statewide locations this fall. Each series is taught by Professional Development Office staff and consists of three FREE workshops where attendees can earn up to four (4) LEUs. Workshops include:

  • eBooks - Participants will learn about eBooks, including the thousands available to all Hoosiers for free through INSPIRE. This one hour course includes an overview of new and popular eBook reading devices, and discusses the benefits and challenges of this technology. This class is worth one (1) Technology LEU.
  • Serving Homeschoolers - The numbers of homeschoolers are steadily increasing every year and often those families are heavy library users. This workshop will provide staff with tools for collection development, highlighting your current collection and programming for these patrons. This class counts for one (1) General LEU.
  • Serving Challenging Patrons - Anyone who works with the public knows that conflict is part of the job. This class will review common types of challenging patrons in a library setting, coping techniques for library staff, and strategies for successful resolutions. This class is worth two (2) General LEUs.
  • Google for Fun and Non-profit - Google is one of America's most popular websites, but it has so much more to offer than your standard search engine. This workshop will cover Google applications, shortcuts, fun tricks and hacks, and search tips that will benefit both you and your patrons. This class is worth two (2) Technology LEUs.
  • Reader's Advisory - A recent Harris Poll indicated reading remained the favorite leisure activity for Americans. In this class, we will talk about how to articulate a book's appeal to a patron, the readers' advisory interview, and tools you can use to match readers to books. This workshop is worth two (2) General LEUs.

The series will stop at the following libraries:

  • Tuesday, September 15:  New Castle-Henry County Public Library (Ebooks, Serving Homeschoolers & Serving Challenging Patrons)
  • Thursday, September 17:  Lake County Public Library (Ebooks, Serving Homeschoolers & Google for Fun and Non-Profit)
  • Monday, September 21:  West Lafayette Public Library (Ebooks, Serving Homeschoolers & Readers Advisory)
  • Thursday, September 24:  Brown County Public Library (Ebooks, Serving Homeschoolers & Serving Challenging Patrons)
  • Monday, November 2:  Lincoln Heritage Public Library (Ebooks, Serving Homeschoolers & Readers Advisory)
  • Wednesday, November 4:  Lawrenceburg Public Library (Ebooks, Serving Homeschoolers & Readers Advisory)

All of these events are free and open to all library staff. Workshop seating is limited and will fill quickly. Please register today on WebJunction Indiana's Online Calendar.

Encourage Patrons to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Step Up to the Plate @ your libraryBased on an ALA Release

Season Four of Step Up to the Plate @ your library teams up two American classics - baseball and libraries - to promote the importance of information literacy skills and increase awareness of the library as an essential information resource. All entries for the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program are due Sept. 1, giving baseball fans of all ages their final opportunity for a chance to win the grand prize, a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY in October 2009.

As a reminder, libraries that bring in the most number of entries are eligible to win special incentives. The library that brings in the most entries will receive a $100 bookstore gift certificate, with the next three libraries receiving a $50 ALA Graphics gift certificate.

People of all ages are encouraged to visit their library and answer a series of trivia questions inspired by the history and diversity of our national pastime. Trivia questions, developed by the library staff at the Hall of Fame, focus on multiculturalism in baseball and baseball around the world. Trivia questions and tools to help librarians promote the program locally are available on the program's website.