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  1. Workshop Series Explores Topic in Historic Preservation

  2. Hundreds of Free Courses Available Again via WebJunction

  3. IMLS Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

More Library News

Columbus Republic

Loving the Library

Culver Citizen

Digitization of vintage Culver Citizens stirs debate at library board mtg

Evansville Courier & Press

Library reignites reading passion

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library partners with TekVenture

Gary Post-Tribune
Crown Point library project moves forward with land transfers

Indianapolis Star

If we value education, give library what it needs

Indianapolis Star

Hancock Library offers free music

Indianapolis Star

As free state, Indiana still was home to slaves

Indiana State University News

Civil War sesquicentennial project receives grant for second year

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Summer reading bids 'Potter' goodbye

Louisville Courier Journal

Rewards help summer program prosper at Jeffersonville library
Louisville Courier Journal

Stuart Barth Wrege Room at Floyd County Library is repository for records dating from 1845

Louisville Courier Journal

Technology turns page in reading: We're adapting to having a library at our fingertips

Northwest Indiana Times

NWI educational service center looks to develop new markets, expand services
School Library Journal

As public libraries reinvent themselves, are we losing our leaders?

South Bend Tribune

E-books now widely available at Michiana libraries

South Bend Tribune

St. Joseph County Public Library now offers e-books

WDRB-TV (Louisville)

New chapter in concealed carry laws brings criticism


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Workshop Series Explores Topics in Historic Preservation

2011 LSTA Grant RecipientsThe Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) recently announced its third-annual SHRAB Conferences at locations throughout Indiana from August 3 to August 24. These workshops provide valuable information to those who work with and care for historical records. This year, each conference will focus on different issues and skill sets, including the use of electronic records and digital repositories, appraisal, environmental considerations, as well as the utilization of social media.

The dates and programs for the 2011 SHRAB Workshops are as follows:

  • Wednesday, August 3 - Archives I: Introduction to appraisal, building collections, image dating, and grants.

  • Friday, August 5 - Archives II: Advanced archival topics including encoded archival finding aids, use of social media and blogging, and managing electronic records.

  • Monday, August 15 - Government Records Administration: Topics for State, county and local officials covering records retention, microfilming, and public access issues.

  • Friday, August 19 - E-Records: An in-depth look at electronic records and how to manage them. Specific topics to be determined by Dr. Phillip Bantin, Director of the Office of University Archives, Indiana Univ., Bloomington.

  • Wednesday, August 24 - Preservation: Introduction to preservation principles, environmental considerations & basic conservation treatments.

Each conference includes lunch and public librarians can earn between four and seven Library Education Units toward certification. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Registrations are due by August 1st. For more information or to sign up for a conference, please visit the SHRAB Conference Series website or contact the SHRAB at

Hundreds of Free Courses Available Again via WebJunction

WebJunction IndianaWebJunction’s online self-paced courses are once again be available free of charge to Indiana library professionals.  This catalog of more than 300 courses is made available through the Indiana State Library's sponsorship of WebJunction’s Partner Program.

As of July 1, 2011, all courses are offered free of charge, and you can enroll in as many courses as you choose. To view this catalog, you must have a WebJunction account. If you need to create an account, please complete the following three steps:

  1. Create a WebJunction member account. [How to create an account]

  2. Get approved for access by the State Library. [How to get approval]

  3. Sign in to your account.

Most WebJunction courses are worth Library Education Units. A listing of approved courses and LEU values, and more information about recording completed coursework is available via WebJunction Indiana.

IMLS Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

Institute of Museum & Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) seeks your comments and ideas to help shape IMLS programs and services to most effectively meet public needs. IMLS is developing a strategic plan to guide its work and priorities over the next five years and on July 15 will post highlights of the draft plan for public feedback at

Welcome New Library Directors

Please join the State Library in welcoming these new public library directors and interim directors across the state:

John McDonald, Interim Director, Hagerstown-Jefferson Township PL

Jamie Tyner, Director, Linton Public Library

Best of luck to both of you!

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Advanced INSPIRE Medical
When: July 7 @ 10:00 AM-Noon
Where: Live Online

Evergreen Circulation Training
When: July 14 @ 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Intro Cataloguing
When: July 20 @ 9:00 AM-Noon
Where: Indiana State Library

Evergreen Admin/Reports Training
When: July 20 @ 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Advanced INSPIRE K-12
When: July 27 @ 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Where: Live Online

SHRAB Summer Conference Series (Multiple Topics)
When: August 3, 5, 15, 19 & 24
Where: Multiple Locations

New Director's Workshop
When: August 4 @ 8:00 PM-3:30 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Reference Division Conf.
When: August 10 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Flagship Center - Anderson

Advanced INSPIRE Newspapers & Magazines
When: August 16 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Director's Refresher Workshop
When: August 18 @ 8:00 PM-3:30 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

2011 CYPD Conference
When: August 28 & 29
Where: Indianapolis Marriott North

ACPL Library Camp 2011
When: September 16
Where: Allen County Public Library

Indiana Vision Expo/Walk
When: September 24 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library/ Downtown Canal - Indianapolis

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 22 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

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