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In This Issue

  1. 2013 is Renewal Year for Grandfathered Certified Public Librarians

  2. PLA, IMLS Seeks Input on Summer Reading Programs

  3. Book Club Resources Offer Something for Every Type of Patron

More Library News

Anderson Herald Bulletin
'The Lost Astronaut'
Angola Herald Republican
New to the Library: Gale Books and Authors
Associated Press
Indiana murder mystery honored as 'Best Book'
Auburn Star
DeKalb libraries donate books to Kate’s Kart
Carroll County Comet
Library tree honors military service members
Crawfordsville Journal Review
Darlington Library receives MCCF grant
Crawfordsville Journal Review
CDPL begins youth reading program
Evansville Courier & Press
Local library offers help with navigating tablet computers
Greenfield Daily Reporter
Osborne to close book on career
Greene County Daily World
Owensburg library may be closing down
Greene County Daily World
LPL hosts program for home-school students
Kokomo Tribune
Clifford the Big Red Dog turns 50
Kokomo Tribune
Urban legends decoded at library
Lafayette Journal & Courier
E-books yet to rack up big sales at college bookstores
Northwest Indiana Times
Coin club donates books to Lake County library
Shelbyville News
Southwestern goes high-tech with apps
South Bend Tribune
Main Library to charge parkers after 3 hours
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Check Out New Tech
WTHR-TV (Indianapolis)
eBook downloads double at Indianapolis libraries
Yorktown Press
Library encourages families to read 1,000 books

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2013 is Renewal Year for Grandfathered Certified Public Librarians

Indiana State LibraryBy Emily Schaber, Certification Program Director, Indiana State Library Professional Development Office.

We are preparing for a very big year for public librarian certification. Over 2,000 library professionals were grandfathered in 2008 and these licenses are due for renewal in the 3rd quarter of 2013 (between 7/1 and 9/30 this year).

These are your first official 2013 reminders of two points:

  1. Maintaining your certification in good standing is not only your responsibility but is also tied to public library standards and your library’s funding. It’s important!

  2. There will be random audits throughout the grandfathered renewal quarter. We recommend you prepare by organizing your LEUs somewhere you can easily access them.

More information is forthcoming on establishing online renewals through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website.

Individuals that meet current certification requirements for licensure may be eligible to renew prior to the 3rd quarter of this year. The advantage to early renewal (for those who are eligible) is you can start your 5-year LEU cycle over again that much sooner. Individuals who are retaining their grandfathered status must wait until the July 1–September 30 window to renew.

Please contact Emily Schaber at 317-234-6217 or for more information about LEUs and the renewal process. You can also find more information via the Public Librarian Certification homepage.

PLA, IMLS Seeks Input on Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading SurveyCourtesy of Laurie C. Brooks, Associate Deputy Director of State Programs, Institute of Museum & Library Services

PLA has received over 1,000 responses to the summer reading survey!  The PLA team and IMLS thank you for getting the word out to the public libraries in your state via email and newsletters.  In case anyone missed the original message, we want you to know that there is still time to participate….January 31, 2013 is the deadline. 

The survey, aimed at identifying the different types of summer reading programs available in public libraries across the country, is being managed by PLA and promises to provide a wealth of new information about the characteristics of summer reading programs, the type of evaluative information that is gathered, and the resources needed to improve program efficacy. 

Information about the effort along with a link to the survey instrument can be found at: Again, we appreciate your effort in encouraging participation throughout your state.

Book Club Resources Offer Something for Every Type of Patron

Novel ConversationsFrom preschoolers to retirees and everyone one in between, Indiana libraries have access to great book club resources that can enhance your public programming. Notable resources include:

  • Children/YA Book Club Kits: Book Club Kits contain 15 copies of each title in paperback and a discussion guide.  The kits circulate for 3 months. Click here for a complete listing of available kits. 
  • Storytime Kits (Preschool): Each thematic storytime kits contains books, manipulatives, music CDs and an activity guide – just about everything you need to present a preschool storytime (or two) at your library. Click here for a complete listing of available resources.
  • Big Idea Storytime Kits (Preschool): If you are looking to add math and science elements to your storytimes, these are the kits for you! The BIG Idea kits feature hands-on activities created by the Vermont Center for the Book’s Mother Goose Programs as well as books and a guide to help plan your storytime.
  • Shared Book Discussion Resources List: This database is a listing of book discussion/club resources owned by and located at public libraries throughout Indiana.
  • Novel Conversations: The Indiana Humanities' statewide lending library is open to any Indiana library or civic book club. They lend more than 360 titles free of charge.

All of the resources are available via INfo Express. Visit to learn more about these great resources and other book club related programs for Indiana libraries.

Proposals Sought for Resource-Sharing Conference

The Academic Libraries of Indiana and the Indiana State Library seek presentation proposals for Discovery to Delivery IV: Connecting the Community until January 15. Presentations should be 30-35 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion.

The free resource-sharing conference will be held at Ball State University on March 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. The conference is open to all Indiana libraries, and is attended by representatives from academic, public, and special libraries.

Upcoming Workshops,
Events & Important Dates

NE Indiana YA Roundtable
When: January 10 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Wells Co. Public Library

SE Indiana YA Roundtable
When: January 17 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Greensburg-Decatur Co. PL

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 17 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Huntington City-Twp. PL

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: January 25 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Aurora Public Library

Overview of IndianaMap
When: January 30 @ 2:00 PM
Where: Live Online

Digital Learning Day
When: February 6, 2013 (all day)
Where: Across the Nation

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop
When: February 6 @ 9:30 AM
Where: Tipton County Public Library

Libraries and Pinterest
When: February 8 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Jasper County Public Library - Wheatfield

Readers Advisory for Youth
When: February 21 @ 10:00 AM
Where: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Discovery to Delivery IV: Connecting the Community
When: March 8 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Ball State University

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