The Walk and Talk Webinar: Touring the Indiana State Library - webianr

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Virtual Conference
Virtual Conference

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(No need to travel to the Indiana State Library, you can attend from the comfort of your own library)

Please join us on a behind the scenes & public area tour of the 
Indiana State Library.  Suzanne Walker will be taking us on this journey, Paula Newcom will be behind the camera and Courtney Brown will host and monitor the chat.  This will be in real time and you will have the opportunity to ask questions of library staff as we walk through the different divisions.  We will begin the journey at the public entrance on West Ohio Street.  These are the places we will visit: Circulation; Indiana Historical Bureau; Genealogy; and Indiana Education Center.  Next, we well walk up the Grand Staircase that leads to the beautiful Great Hall; History Reference Room; Author's Room; Young Reader's Center; Browsing Room & Manuscripts; Indiana Division and Reference; and Newspaper Room.  We'll go behind the scenes to the stacks Cataloging division; Preservation Lab; and finish in the Administration office.   Other ISL services will be highlighted in webinars this year: the new Imagination Library initiative (February 14) and the Talking Books & Braille Library (February 28) and will be eventually linked on our Archived Webinars webpage.

Suzanne Walker - Indiana Young Readers Center Librarian, Indiana State Library. Suzanne Walker
received her Master of Library Science from Indiana University. She is currently the Indiana Young Readers Center Librarian and Director of the Indiana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress. She coordinates Indiana’s Letters About Literature competition annually. Suzanne judged the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards in 2013 and 2014 and the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition in 2017. Most recently she was a judge for the 2020 and 2022 Indiana Authors Awards and the 2021 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. She has presented for the American Library Association and numerous times at Indiana Library Federation’s District conferences, annual conferences, and youth conferences and is proud to have been interviewed about Indiana authors by NPR.

Paula Newcom is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Indiana State Library.  Her experience in libraries for the past thirty-four years ranges from very small libraries to large county-wide systems. She has varied experience as Head of Youth Services (Crown Point Community Library); Reference Librarian and Webmaster (Marion Public Library in Grant County, Indiana); Audiovisual Services (Akron-Summit County Public Library in Ohio).  She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in English and Film Studies.  She obtained her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University.

Courtney Brown is the Indiana State Library’s Southeast Regional Coordinator. She received her Master of Library Science from Indiana University. In her current role, she works closely with libraries in Southeast Indiana, facilitates in-person and online trainings, and manages in-house and statewide projects. In the past, she served as chair of the Indiana Library Federation’s Read Alouds Too Good to Miss committee, and the Evergreen Indiana Patron Services Committee. She’s currently on the board of the American Library Association’s Learning Roundtable. She has an interest in technology in libraries, innovative community outreach, and graphic novels.

  • Presenters: Suzanne Walker, Paula Newcom & Courtney Brown / Indiana State Library
  • Webinar date and time: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern
  • This webinar is eligible for 2 LEUs
  • Register at: Click here to register

The Indiana State Library will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. If you require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in this program, service or activity of the Indiana State Library, please contact Michele Johnson, the Indiana State Library’s ADA Coordinator ( or 463-271-5168). Notice of a needed accommodation should be provided as soon as possible to allow time for the State Library to arrange for the accommodation; however, notice of a needed accommodation must be provided to one of the above contacts no later than 48 hours in advance.

Event Type(s): ISL Webinar
Presenter: Suzanne Walker
Paula Newcom
(317) 447-0452