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  • State Library to Expand LEU Opportunities in Coming Months

  • State Historic Records Advisory Board to Host Archives Workshop

  • Dillinger Biography to Represent Indiana at National Book Festival

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State Library to Expand LEU Opportunities in Coming Months

PDOLast month, we reported on the end of the Indiana State Library's contract with WebJunction for professional development services. As a reminder, please complete any outstanding WebJunction courses by the end of June. If you are currently enrolled in a course, WebJunction has sent you an email advising of the termination of service. 

The Professional Development Committee is currently investigating and reviewing new professional development service providers. While we hope to have a new service available as soon as possible, it is likely that there will be a up to a month-long window between the termination of WebJunction and the rollout of the new service. However, during this period, Indiana library professionals will still have several free continuing education options, including Lyrasis coursework, onsite visits from PDO Regional Library Consultants, and hundreds of online webinars from partnering organizations.

A complete overview of professional development opportunities and initiatives and all information on Indiana public librarian certification can be found on the Indiana State Library's new Continuing Education Portal. This is now your one-stop shop for a calendar of upcoming LEU opportunities, updates on new professional development programming, and the new home for the popular Library Jobs in Indiana webpage.

State Historic Records Advisory Board to Host Archives Workshop

SHRAB Volunteers and professionals committed to preserving Indiana's documentary heritage are invited to an archives and records workshop at the Indiana State Archives on June 26, 2014. The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), in conjunction with the Indiana Commission on Public Records (ICPR), is hosting this free, all-day event, which will provide valuable information for those who work with and care for historical records. The workshop will focus on public records and access, finding historical records, the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial, as well as include a hands-on session showing attendees how to create simple protective enclosures for their documents.

The workshop includes a complementary lunch (courtesy of the SHRAB), and certified public library professionals in attendance can receive Library Education Units. The workshop is limited to 20 participants so register today. Visit the conference homepage for a complete workshop schedule.

The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering of two grant opportunities, archival assessment and digitization grants, to nonprofit organizations and units of local government in the State of Indiana. The SHRAB is providing grant funds of up to $5,000, requiring a local match in cash or in‐kind of an equal amount of the total project cost. Applications must be received by email or postmarked by Friday, May 30, 2014 and may be found at

Dillinger Biography to Represent Indiana at National Book Festival

Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John DillingerThe Indiana Center for the Book has selected Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger by John A. Beineke to represent Indiana at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The book will be featured on the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading Map.” The book selection is based on criteria where each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction that is relevant to the state or by an author from the state and that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival.

The National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall on Saturday, August 30, 2014. It will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities. The Pavilion of the States will represent reading and library programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.

In Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger, the ninth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press’s Youth Biography Series, Marion, Indiana native Beineke delves into Dillinger’s life from his unhappy days growing up in Indianapolis and Mooresville, Indiana; his first unlucky brush with the law; his embracing of a life of crime while behind bars at the Indiana Reformatory; his exploits as the leader of a gang that terrorized banks and outwitted law enforcement in the Midwest, earning a reputation as a Robin Hood-style criminal; and his headline-grabbing death in a hail of bullets on July 22, 1934. View the complete news release...

Open Position @ the Indiana State Library

The State Library is seeking a Southwest Regional Coordinator to serve as an ambassador to library staff from all types of libraries in Indiana.  Regional coordinators offer training workshops, connect local libraries with resources available from the State Library, and provide information, marketing, consulting, continuing education opportunities and more to libraries within their geographical area of the state

Visit the State of Indiana Personnel Department’s job bank and reference Job ID #589826 to apply or for more information.

Library Science Titles Free to Indiana Libraries

The Indiana State Library is in the process of a major weeding of the Library Science Collection and is offering many of the titles to Indiana libraries. Items may be picked up at the State Library or sent via the Info Express.

Please review this list of available titles for any titles you wish to request. Use this spreadsheet to make selections and email it to Marcia Smith-Woodard at

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

Family History Scan-a-Thon
When: May 22 @ 5:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Memorial Day
When: May 26
Where: State Offices Closed

EdCamp Indy
When: June 13 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Pike High School

Annual Public Library Budget Workshop 2014
When: June 17 @ 10:30 AM
When: June 25 @ 10:30 AM
Where: Indiana State Library or live online

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

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

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