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In This Issue

  1. Webpage Connects Libraries to Stimulus Updates

  2. TEAMS Award Aims to Aid Student Achievement
  3. Follow the State Library on Twitter, Facebook
  4. Sign Up Now for Online Gale Courses in June

More Library News:

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Collection now home at library
Greene County Daily World

Linton Public Library to host summer reading program
Library Journal

Muncie Public Library To Close Two of Five Facilities
Muncie Star Press

Library preparing for Ind. 32 rebuild
Richmond Palladium-Item

Library will reapply for focus fund grant
Terre Haute Tribune Star

ISU librarian receives award for community involvement

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New Webpage Connects Libraries to Stimulus Updates

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act A new resource is available for public libraries to stay updated about funds and grants available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Concise details about the application process for federal funds will not be available until the federal government releases its Federal Notice of Funds later this summer. However, there is a wealth of information available for immediate review, such as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 101 from the American Library Association. There are also a few steps libraries can take now in preparation to apply for federal grants later this summer, such as applying for a DUNS number and registering at

Please bookmark the Stimulus Funds for Libraries webpage and check back often as the State Library will update this page as soon as more information regarding stimulus funding and eligibility for libraries becomes available.

TEAMS Award Aims to Increase Student Achievement

Library Media Connection is opening the Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS (Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement) Award all K-12 public and private schools in the United States. The TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning and increase student achievement. Nominations will be evaluated based on demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers during the 2007/08 school year, effective techniques that positively impact student learning and achievement, support received from school leadership, and ability for others to replicate this best practice.

Three winners will receive $2,500 in cash as well as $500 worth of Gale products, and a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and Educator's Professional Bookshelf, which has an approximate value of $500. The deadline to apply for the TEAMS Award is June 15, 2009. To learn more about the program call (800) 877-4253 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) or visit

Follow the State Library on Facebook, Twitter

Follow the State Library on TwitterGet the latest updates from Indiana State Library by following us on Twitter or joining our group on Become a fan of the State Library on FacebookFacebook. Sign up for either or both services and get the latest information on everything from upcoming public workshops to LEU opportunities and from stimulus updates to INSPIRE upgrades.

Sign Up Now for Online Gale Courses in June

Ed Gron, Gale Sr. Training Consultant, will be offering the following live training webinars for Gale databases available through INSPIRE (all times Eastern):

  • Testing & Education Reference Center training
    6/17: 2:00-3:00 pm    &    6/25: 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Small Business Resource Center training
    6/15: 10:00-11:00 am    &    6/24: 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Contemporary Authors, Biography Resource Center and LitFinder training
    6/22: 2:00-3:00 pm

Each webinar is free and is eligible for one (1) Technology LEU. Sign up for all classes at WebJunction Indiana's Online Calendar.