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  • ALA to Conduct Crucial Survey on Digital Literacy, Community Needs

  • Online Resources Available for Library Card Sign-up Month

  • State Library, Net Literacy Offering Free Public Access CPUs

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ALA to Conduct Survey on Digital Literacy, Community Needs

Digital Inclusion SurveyBased on an American Library Association release

Starting this September, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research & Statisticsand the University of Maryland Information Policy & Access Center will begin capturing information about the vital roles public libraries play in supporting digital inclusion. The Digital Inclusion Survey will take the pulse of public library service in the areas of digital literacy, economic and workforce development, civic engagement, educational support, health information and public access to the internet.

Funded by a three-year, National Leadership Grant award from the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the study builds on the long-running Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, which provided a “state of the library” report on the technology resources brokered by libraries and the funding that enables free public access to these resources.

The survey will provide national and state estimates, but more importantly, will interactively show public libraries in context with community-level data (e.g., graduation and unemployment rates). Survey participants will be able to identify community impacts of library public computer and Internet access; identify gaps in technology services based on community needs and demographics; and demonstrate library contributions to community digital inclusion efforts.

Examples of how survey data can be used, as well as other information about the study, can be found at The survey goes live Sept. 3, 2013. A follow up to this article will be published in the September 4th edition of The Wednesday Word.

Online Resources Available for Library Card Sign-up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up MonthIt's time to plan for Library Card Sign-up Month happening this September. NBA All-Star forward Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls has been named spokesman for 2013 National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Indiana libraries can download promotional material such as digital, print and audio PSA’s featuring Deng on the Library Card Sign-up Month 2013 website. Also check out these additional resources, such as sample press releases, bookmarks, programming ideas and the new "60 Ways to Use Your Library Card" feature.

Indiana libraries are also encouraged to follow during Library Card Sign-up Month at the #lcsum13 and #librarycard hashtags and like on Facebook. You are also welcome to submit your programming plans or additional questions to Megan McFarlane, campaign coordinator, at

State Library, Net Literacy Offering Free Public Access CPUs

Net LiteracyThe Indiana State Library, in partnership with Net Literacy, is offering free, rebuilt public access computers. These computers are available to any public, school, or institutional library in Indiana. Please visit Net Literacy’s website to learn more about the organization and their efforts to improve digital literacy nationwide.

These refurbished computers are all running Windows 7 and have a minimum of 1GB ram, 40GB or larger hard drives, Ethernet cards, antivirus software and will be delivered ready to be connected to the Internet. A limited number of monitors are also available; both flat screen and CRT models.

To request computer(s) for your library, please complete this brief questionnaire by August 20th, 2013.

Register Today for Story
Time Boot Camp

Register today for Story Time Boot Camp. Space is limited and many locations may fill up quickly. Visit the WebJunction Indiana Online Calendar to secure your spot. Locations:

Rushville PL: 8/27 @ 9:00 AM

Carmel Clay PL: 9/5 @ 9:00 AM

Vermillion Co. PL: 9/12 @ 9:00 AM

Allen County PL: 9/17 @ 1:30 PM

Ohio Twp PL System: 9/18 @ Noon (CDT)

New Albany Floyd Co. PL: 9/26 @ 10:00 AM

Mooresville PL: 10/3 @ 9:00 AM

Jay County PL: 10/18 @ 9:30 AM

Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30 @ 9:30 AM

Upcoming Workshops,
& Important Dates

New Director and Refresher Workshop
When: August 20
Where: Indiana State Library

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

Storytime Boot Camp
When: August 27 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Rushville Public Library

2013 SAMS Conference
When: September 19 & 20
Where: Pendleton Public Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: October 22 & 23
Where: Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis

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opportunities from:

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WebJunction Indiana

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