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The Wednesday Word: Library News from Around Indiana

In This Issue

  1. PDO Answers Several LEU FAQ's for Certified Public Librarians

  2. Students Encouraged to Promote Summer Reading via Video Challenge

  3. DNR Seeks Historic Preservation Month Programs for Statewide Calendar

Welcome New Public
Library Directors

Please join the State Library in welcoming these new public library directors:

Diana Randall, Director, LaGrange Public Library System

Anne Marie Short, Director, Fayette County Public Library

Best of luck to you both!

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Vonnegut library marks its second anniversary
Anderson Herald Bulletin
Best Indiana poetry books named
Chesterton Tribune
WPL magazine downloads available; free music, languages coming soon
Greencastle Banner Graphic
Celebration of Dr. King's life and legacy set Saturday at PCPL
Jackson County Banner
Local author s work named Best Book
New Albany News & Tribune
NA-FC Library historic home registration project in full swing
Northwest Indiana Times
Former Hammond library branch poised to become oil analysis lab
Northwest Indiana Times
'Books and Coffee' series returns for 40th season
Perry County News
Library board reorganizes for year with new members
Pulaski Post
Traveling Lincoln exhibit to be on display in Winamac library in February
Shelbyville News
'Mockingbird' sings to local readers
South Bend Tribune
Everglades of the North
Washington Times Herald
'Downton Abbey' castle subject of library talk

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PDO Answers Several LEU FAQ's for Certified Public Librarians

Indiana State LibraryBy Emily Schaber, Certification Program Director, Indiana State Library PDO.

This is your 2nd installment of 2013 Certification Reminders in the Wednesday Word. This week’s topic is Library Education Units.

All certified library professionals need to take advantage of the many professional development opportunities available to them for LEU credit. Professional development helps us better serve our communities and is an important part of the growth of librarianship!

How many LEUs do I need?
- Professional Assistants need a minimum 50 LEUs, at least 10 of which must be TLEUs.
- Branch Heads & Department Heads need a minimum 75 LEUs, (minimum 10 TLEUs).
-Directors need a minimum 100 LEUs, (minimum 10 TLEUs).

The requirement of “at least 10 TLEUs” means you can have as many TLEUs as you want, so long as you have at least 10. TLEUs in excess of 10 still count toward your overall total.

IMPORTANT: The dates of your LEUs must fall between the date your 5-year license was issued and when it expires. LEUs accumulated prior to the date your license was issued cannot be included in your required total. If you don’t know exactly when your certificate was issued you can search for your license on the Professional Licensing Agency website.

What happens if I haven’t completed my LEUs? LEUs are a requirement for keeping your certificate in good standing which is tied to state standards. State standards are tied to your library’s funding.

I am always available and very happy to answer questions on the renewal process for grandfathered professionals, as well as LEUs and ISL’s certification policy in general. My direct line is 317-234-6217 and my email address is

Students Encouraged to Promote Summer Reading via Video Challenge

CSLP Teen Video ChallengeThe Indiana State Library is challenging Indiana students to create a video promoting Summer Reading at the Library. The national initiative is part of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program and will award $275 to winners in each state and earn an award for their library.

The video should be a short, yet imaginative, public service announcement and must produced by an Indiana student or group of students. The video that best encourages use of their local public libraries and promotes reading all summer long will take away the contest prize and be featured throughout 2011 as the official commercial for Indiana's Summer Reading Program.

The “2013 Teen Video Challenge” for Indiana is open only to students aged 13 -18. All submissions must be received by February 22, 2013. Click here for the entry form, as well as complete contest details and submission guidelines.

DNR Seeks Historic Preservation Month Programs for Statewide Calendar

Division of Historic Preservation and ArchaeologyMay is National Historic Preservation Month and the Indiana DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) is asking local public libraries and historical organizations to send information about their preservation-related events or exhibits for inclusion in the DHPA’s official Preservation Month calendar of events. The calendar will include tours of historic sites, lectures, exhibits, award banquets, workshops and a variety of other events designed to celebrate the month-long historic preservation celebration.

The information will be made public on DHPA's Historic Preservation Month website along with other Preservation Month activities.  Email by April 19, 2013 to add your event and include the following information:

  • Date, time, and location of event
  • Title of your event
  • Brief description of event
  • Cost
  • Your organization’s contact information

Additionally, if any library has a camera club or simply know of patrons that enjoy dabbling in photography, the Indiana DHPA is hosting its annual Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest. Click here for an entry form and complete contest guidelines. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, April 5, 2013.

LSTA Grant Applications Accepted through March 15

The application process is now open for the 2013 LSTA grant program. The 2013 applications must be received by 4:00 PM EST on Friday, March 15th, 2013 and include both Technology Grant and Digitization Grant opportunities for Indiana libraries and historical and cultural organizations.

If you have questions about your eligibility, a grant application requirement, or anything else concerning 2013 LSTA grant opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Clifton, LSTA Grant Consultant, at or (317) 234-6550. Visit the LSTA homepage to learn more about LSTA grants and how they support Indiana libraries.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

SE Indiana YA Roundtable
When: January 17 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Greensburg-Decatur Co. PL

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 17 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Huntington City-Twp. PL

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 25 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Aurora Public Library

Overview of IndianaMap
When: January 30 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Digital Learning Day
When: February 6, 2013 (all day)
Where: Across the Nation

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: February 6 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Tipton County Public Library

Libraries and Pinterest
When: February 8 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Jasper County Public Library - Wheatfield

Central Indiana Children's Roundtable
When: February 11 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Morgan County Public Library - Martinsville

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: February 15 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Bartholomew Co. Public Library

Readers Advisory for Youth
When: February 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Discovery to Delivery IV: Connecting the Community
When: March 8 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball State University

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