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Gale Cengage Learning recently unveiled the first major changes to several of the "Resource Centers," which are being replaced by the new In Context learning portals. The In Context family of products will contain the same reliable, quantified and qualified content from the Resource Centers, but provides a richer multi-media, online experience for today’s learners, educators and librarians.
INSPIRE products affected include Biography Resource Center (coming later this month) and the Science Resource Center, (now Science In Context). Additional information about the upgrade, including an extensive FAQ list, is available on the In Context website. The most notable changes include:
The State Library's Professional Development Office (PDO) will introduce the new Science In Context portal during online webinars scheduled in the coming weeks. The free webinars highlight all of INSPIRE's new products including Science In Context and are worth one (1) LEU. Gale also provides an overview of its new platform on the In Context website.
The end to an incredible journey is near with just three episodes remaining in The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Despite the cadaverous title, exquisite corpse is actually a progressive stories game in which people write a phrase on a piece of paper, fold it over and pass it on to the next person. That person in turn writes a phrase, folds it over and passes it on until an often amusing and befuddling conclusion.
The Library of Congress took the practice to a whole new level this past year and is now featuring episode 24 of 26 in the series. In conjunction with their Read.gov website, the LOC is providing a story written by several well-known children’s authors like Lemony Snickett, Jon Sciezka, Natalie Babbitt, and Kate DiCamillo, among many others. Unlike traditional exquisite corpse stories, each writer is writing a whole chapter, not just one line. They are also being paired with a different children’s illustrator each time.
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure truly must be seen to believe. You and your young patrons can catch up on every episode and follow along online as it progresses to an exciting ending to be unveiled at the 2010 National Book Festival.
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian.
Nominations run through September 20, 2010, and are being accepted online. Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Up to 10 librarians will be selected with each receiving a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony hosted by The New York Times this December in New York City.
ISL Welcomes New LSTA Coordinator
Jennifer Clifton recently promoted within the Library Development Office as the LSTA Grant Consultant. Jennifer had previously worked for the Indiana Share program providing interlibrary loans to hundreds of Indiana libraries. She earned her M.L.S. in 2008 from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science in Indianapolis.
If you are considering applying for an LSTA grant, have questions about a current grant, or desire more info about the LSTA process, please contact Jennifer at email@example.com or 317-234-6550.
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