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Professional Development Office

The Professional Development Office (PDO) supports the advancement and development of library staff in all Indiana libraries for improved services to the citizens of Indiana. The PDO includes specialists in the areas of programming, children’s services, continuing education opportunities, and services available from the Indiana State Library.

PDO Staff

(317) 232-3697 or (800) 451-6028 (Indiana only),  StatewideServices@library.in.gov

Associate Director of Statewide Services - Currently Vacant, 317-232-3691

PDO Supervisor - Kara Cleveland, 317-232-3718, kcleveland@library.in.gov
Oversees the work of the Professional Development Office. Acts as Co-Director of the Indiana Center for the Book. Acts as the Regional Coordinator for the Indianapolis Public Library.

Children’s Services Consultant - Beth Yates, 317-234-5649, byates@library.in.gov
Provides consulting and programming support in the area of children’s and young adult services.

Regional Coordinators act as liaisons for the Indiana State Library and libraries of all types in different regions of Indiana.

Northeast Regional Coordinator - Paula Newcom, 317-447-0452, pnewcom@library.in.gov
Special areas of expertise include public libraries, webpage development, INSPIRE, and reference services.

Northwest Regional Coordinator - Laura Jones, 317-691-5884, laujones@library.in.gov
Special areas of expertise include information literacy and collection development.

Southeast Regional Coordinator - Courtney Brown, 317-910-5777, cobrown@library.in.gov
Special areas of expertise include public libraries, Evergreen, makerspaces, and programming.

Southwest Regional Coordinator - George Bergstrom, 317-447-2242, gberstrom@library.in.gov
Special areas of expertise include educational use of games, research strategies, and information literacy instruction.

MIS PN 2-18-2021