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[LIBRARY] Release: Indiana’s Digital Library Unveils New Look & Functionality
Start Date: 3/28/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/28/2014
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"Best State Website" just got better!

INDIANAPOLIS (March 28, 2014) – The Indiana State Library unveiled a new Indiana Memory (www.indianamemory.org) web interface this afternoon during a reception honoring the fifth anniversary of the program. The new Indiana Memory promises faster access to this wealth of materials centered on over 200 years of Indiana history and culture. It was recently named a “2013 Best State Website” by Family Tree Magazine, America's #1 family history publication.

"Indiana Memory connects many of Indiana's most historically significant collections and materials into a single search engine," said Connie Bruder, Indiana’s State Librarian (interim). "These enhancements will enable the digital library to be a more useful resource for students, historians, or anyone else researching Indiana history and culture."

Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort of libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions from across the state that provides free access to digital collections reflecting Indiana’s heritage. Researchers can examine primary sources documenting life in the Midwest from earliest fossil records to present day. Collections encompass a wide variety of source materials including digitized books, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other media types. Indiana Memory enables researchers to access unique materials such as correspondence from the early Northwest Territorial government officials, Civil War soldier portraits, speeches of political figures, including Robert Kennedy's May 4, 1968 speech in Indianapolis, and memorabilia from the Mercury space program. Reflections of everyday life are also available through historic newspapers, oral histories, letters home from soldiers, and family photographs.

"Indiana Memory offers free and instant access to some of Indiana's most invaluable historical materials," said Bruder. "The State Library is committed to adding new and existing collections to Indiana Memory and enhancing the portal's educational and cultural resources." 

The new Indiana Memory operates on enhanced keyword searches, which is initiated from the home page. New advanced options enable users to limit searches to specific collections. Buttons at the bottom of the page offer users other methods for accessing materials. “Collections Across Indiana" enables users to browse by county of collection origin while the "Indiana Newspaper Link" enables browsing by individual title. Also new to Indiana Memory, "Teacher Resources" links educators with suggestions for combining primary materials in Indiana Memory to support lesson plans.  Additionally, the "Collection Lists" option enables in-depth exploration of individual collections.

Preliminary discussions and planning for Indiana Memory began in 2003 and the portal officially launched in late 2008. The program has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of academic libraries, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives to create and share their digital collections reflecting Indiana's cultural heritage. The Indiana State Library provides grant funds to Indiana libraries and their partnering organizations that have sound plans to digitize materials and make them freely available on the internet. Indiana Memory is made possible through grant funding from the Institution of Museum and Library Services to the Indiana State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

About Indiana Memory (www.indianamemory.org)
Indiana Memory is a collaborative digital library site providing access to over 350,000 historical and cultural items drawn from 107 contributing organizations around the state.  Indiana Memory seeks to support and enhance education and scholarship for all Hoosiers for increased understanding of Indiana's past and its role in preparing for Indiana's future.

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Contact Information:
Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
Email: agriffis@library.in.gov
Indiana Memory
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