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Midwestern Roots Family History and Genealogy Conference

Friends of Indiana Libraries (FOIL) Conference

Copyright Conference Save the Date September 12, 2014

Learn about Tools

Copyright Conference
Save the Date September 12, 2014

The Indiana State Library  is thrilled to announce two of the great legal authorities in American librarianship, Dr. Thomas A. Lipinski and Dr. Kenneth D. Crews, will be conducting a free Copyright Conference on Friday, September 12, 2014, at ISL. Save the date for this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of copyright.


More information about this great opportunity and the online registration for library staff and state agency attorneys is coming soon.

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Midwestern Roots Family History and Genealogy Conference

Midwestern Roots 2014 is coming to the Indiana Historical Society, August 1-2, 2014, with Pre-conference activities on July 31, 2014. This year's theme for the conference is "Exploring Frontiers: What Would Your Pioneers Have Tweeted?" The focus of the conference will be emerging technologies, and online sources. There will be sessions dedicated to other more traditional topics as well.

Nationally known speakers will include:

Lisa Louise Cooke, author and producer/host of the Genealogy Gens Podcast; Thomas MacEntee, the creator of; Daniel S. Poffenberger, senior content strategist for the Parton Assistance Division of the Family History Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Warren Bittner, award-winning genealogical researcher, lecture and former German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; Anne Gillespie Mitchell, author of the Ancestry Anne column and Senior Product Manager at; and Amy Johnson Crow, author lecturer and Genealogical Content Manager for

For descriptions of the conference sessions, click here.

Pre Conference:

The preconference on July 31, 2014, will include writing workshops, computer labs and genealogy library workshops; the events will be offered at various locations. The preconference events will conclude with Lisa Louis Cooke presenting The Great Google Earth Game Show; showing how fun Google Earth can be when used for genealogy.

To register for the pre-conference activities, click here.

Friday Opening Session:

James H. Madison will present Hoosiers and A New History for the Twenty First Century. He will explain why a new approach needed to attract the twenty-first century audience.

Exhibit Hall:

Vendors will be selling their latest products and tools for genealogists in the exhibit hall. Entry is free and open to the public hours are Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register for the 2014 Midwestern Roots Conference, click here.  For more information about the conference, click here.

Learn about Tools

TeachingBooks is conducting a series of Webinars on the different ways to use Teaching Books, and how it can enhance your literacy program. They will be offering each class on multiple dates and times for your convenience. They ask that each person only register for one Webinar per month.

September 2014: Linking Technology and Text

Learn how to link literacy, and text complexity using the wealth of resources available through

Tuesday, September 9, 9:00-9:50 a.m. ET
Tuesday, September 9, 4:00-4:50 p.m. ET
Wednesday, September 10, 9:00-9:50 a.m. ET

November 2014:  Booklists and Custom Reading Lists at Your Finger Tips

Quickly find, create and share booklists to support literacy activities: Examples include:  American Indian Heritage Month, Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, paired fiction and information text, and others. 

Tuesday, November 18, 4:00-4:50 p.m. ET
Wednesday, November 19, 9:00-9:50 a.m. ET

February 2015:  Literacy Connections Across the Curriculum

Join this session to find and share multimedia materials for all subject and interest areas.  Connect a student to the just right book using the tools available at

Tuesday, February 17, 4:00-4:50pm ET
Wednesday, February 18, 9:00-9:50 a.m. ET


April 2015: Building Momentum with Summer Reading Program Supports

Discover how supports summer reading programs and other literacy initiatives.

Tuesday, April 21, 4:00-4:50 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 22, 9:00-9:50 a.m. ET


To register for any of the above sessions, click here.

Friends of Indiana Libraries (FOIL) Conference

On October 22, 2014, the Melton Public Library in French Lick, Indiana will host the Friends of Indiana Libraries (FOIL) Conference, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost will be $20 for FOIL members and $30 for non-members. The sessions include an upbeat keynote presentation with Marie Albertson, followed by ideas for successful fundraisers, technology, using e-books and more. The ILF will have more information soon, or you can contact for more information.

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

INfoExpress Renewal Period
When: Now - August 31


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


Midwest Roots 2014
When: August 1 & 2
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East


Copyright Conference
When: September 12, 2014
Where: Indiana State Library

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

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


Friends of Indiana Libraries (FOIL) Conference
When: October 22, 2014
Where: Melton Public Library

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


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