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

  • Last Chance to Complete Unfinished Coursework via WebJunction

  • Information Literacy Project Seeks Input on Library Programming

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Register Now for Mother Goose on the Loose Training in August

Mother Goose on the LooseRegistration is now open for Mother Goose on the Loose training at four Indiana locations. Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is coming to Indiana to present her trainings that include information about baby brain development and school readiness. This FREEworkshop 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.

Mother Goose on the Loose is the award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 with their parents or caregivers and is an innovative program based on research which shows that children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment.

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

Last Chance to Complete Unfinished Coursework via WebJunction

PDOThe Indiana State Library's contract with WebJunction for professional development services ends on June 30. You now have less than two weeks to complete any outstanding WebJunction courses. If you are currently enrolled in a course, WebJunction should have sent you an email advising of the termination of service.  When the current system closes on June 30, 2014, WebJunction will also email you a list of all the courses you have completed in the current system, along with their completion dates. Starting July 1, your access to online courses will change. Library-specific courses will still be available, but you’ll need to set up a new user account.  

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 to two-month 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 and events calendar.

Information Literacy Project Seeks Input on Library Programming

Hoosiers & Information LiteracyThe Hoosiers and Information Literacy (HAIL) study group needs your help to  develop a better understanding about information literacy programming in Indiana public libraries. The brief five-minute survey asks what libraries are doing to assist patrons in becoming better information consumers and also explores the profession development needs of Indiana public librarians and staff members.

The study is being conducted by Christina Wray of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Heather McNabb of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library system, and Sara O’Sha of the Indiana State Library. Your input will improve our knowledge on how libraries are helping Indiana residents increase their information literacy levels as well as help the Hoosiers and Information Literacy group provide free professional development opportunities that meet your needs.

Please respond to the survey by June 30th, 2014. Your input is very important and will be kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions or would prefer to complete a paper survey, please call us at 812-855-0077 or email at

Short-Term Changes for
ISL Communications

Due to personnel changes in the State Library's Marketing Division, certain communiqué, including The Wednesday Word, may be slightly less frequent or in a different format for the short term. State Library staff collectively will continue to provide you with the latest Indiana library news and information until a new communications director is hired in the coming months.

In the meantime, please send any questions, comments or news stories to communications

Upcoming Workshops
& Important Dates

INfoExpress Renewal Period
When: Now - August 31

Annual Public Library Budget Workshop 2014
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

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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