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New Portal for Lyrasis Courses through ISL!

BCALA Announces 2014 Presidential Awards Recipients

Indianapolis middle school wins 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

White Paper on Resource Sharing in Indiana

Register Now for the Mother Goose on the Loose Training in August

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

INfoExpress Renewal Period
When: Now - August 31

SHRAB Archives & Records Workshop
When: June 26 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Archives

ALA Annual Conference
When: June 26 - July 1
Where: Las Vegas, NV

ILF Reference Division Conference
When: August 1 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana Institute on Disability & Community Bloomington, Indiana

ACPL Library Camp 2014
When: August 19
Where: Allen County Public Library
CYPD Conference
When: August 24 & 25
Where: Marriot East Indianapolis

SAMS Conference
When: September 18 & 19
Where: Greensburg-Decatur PL

Indiana Vision Expo
When: September 27
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 17-19
Where: Marriot East Indianapolis


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New Portal for Lyrasis Courses through ISL!

Indiana library professionals are welcome to take hundreds of free online courses from LYRASIS by registering through the Indiana State Library. Lyrasis offers many innovative technology trainings such as Metadata for Digitization and Preservation and Introduction to RDA, to name a few. Each year, library professionals in Indiana may take up to 10 free online Lyrasis classes!

We are excited to announce a new interface for exploring Lyrasis course offerings. The Find Training page on the ISL Continuing Education portal is your one-stop-shop for in-person and online professional development workshops. Guidelines to help library professionals in Indiana explore Lyrasis course content can be found on the Find Training page under Free Lyrasis Classes, including Lyrasis registration information and important links to the Lyrasis catalog.

Registering for a Lyrasis course is simple!

  1. Browse the Lyrasis catalog for classes. Use the filters on the left-hand side to explore training subjects or limit to Live Online classes. Most of the Live Online classes are eligible for free registration through the Indiana State Library.
  2. Once the course title and date have been identified, fill out the Lyrasis Course Application Form found on the ISL Continuing Education website.
  3. ISL staff will receive the application and check internal records to ensure that the individual has no more than 4 uncompleted classes and fewer than 10 completed classes in the past 12 months.
  4. After determining that the individual is approved to move forward with the registration process, ISL staff will provide the applicant with the special discount code. The individual participant is required to enter this special discount code into their Lyrasis course registration form on the Lyrasis website in order to receive the training for free.
  5. Please note that Lyrasis courses are subject to change or cancelation. If Indiana library staff have any feedback to share or questions regarding their Lyrasis classes, please feel free to email or call 317-232-3697.

White Paper on Resource Sharing in Indiana

In 2007, an advisory group made up of representatives from public, academic, school and special libraries drafted a white paper on the state of resource sharing in Indiana. In the intervening years, resource sharing has continued to flourish but increasingly that resource sharing is confined to communities siloed by technology. A classic example is the growth of the Evergreen Indiana project, providing a single online catalog for over 100 public libraries. Resource sharing within this consortium and other similar systems has skyrocketed using a circulation-based request system, however the interaction between these libraries and other, non-Evergreen institutions, has not kept pace. While we do have a widespread and common delivery system for libraries throughout the state, there is currently no means for these siloed communities to easily request materials from the other.

The new white paper, titled #improveresourcesharing, was drafted by the State Library's Resource Sharing Committee, and it recommends several steps aimed at dealing with these problem:

  • The development of a technical and operational bridge between library systems that allows the collections of one consortium to be discoverable and requestable by libraries on other system.
  • The raising of the visibility of our rare and unique resources, including the cataloging of the "dark" collections around the state, so these rare resources are discoverable.
  • Embrace a Patron Driven Acquisition model
  • Acknowledge that Interlibrary loan is a core service for every library and commit to a process of continuous improvement.

To read the entire #improveresourcesharing White Paper & the 2007 original, please visit

BCALA Announces 2014 Presidential Awards Recipients

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), America’s oldest and largest advocacy group for African American Librarians, announced the 2014 Presidential Awards Recipients.


Indiana State Library cataloger, Michele T. Fenton, won the 2014 Distinguished Service to the Black Caucus of the American Library Association award. Michele was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the caucus, and library profession. To view the news release from the BCALA, and a list of all this year’s recipients, please click here .

Indianapolis middle school wins 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

An Indiana middle school library has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for its work in creating an innovative genealogy program for eighth-graders.

Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis won the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming for its “R.O.A.D. (Research, Observe, Analyze, Discover) I Travel” unit, created in 2013 in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Historical Society.

The school library will receive a plaque recognizing the achievement, a cash award of $5,000 and promotion on ALA websites and communications. You can view the entire ALA news release by clicking here.


Register Now for the Mother Goose on the Loose Training in August


Registration is now open for award-winning early literacy program for children from birth to age 3, and their parents or caregivers. The Mother Goose on the Loose training will be at four Indiana locations. Dr. Betsy Diamant- Cohen is coming to Indiana to present her training that include information about baby brain development and school readiness.

This FREE workshop is worth 6 LEUs and will offer a hands-on Mother Goose on the Loose session to teach participants how to implement the Mother Goose on the Loose program at their libraries.


8/1/14: Owen County PL
8/2/14: Tippecanoe County PL
8/4/14:Decatur County School Corporation / Greensburg, IN
8/5/14: Muncie PL

All trainings will follow the following schedule:

9:00-12:00 / Training
12:00-1:00 / Lunch on your own
1:00-4:00 / Training

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