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Public libraries should be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a promotional mailing from the Indiana State Library. This package will contain both the annual allotment of this year's Drawn-to-Reading bookmarks and a series of promotional handouts from the Indiana State Museum that highlight its upcoming Abraham Lincoln exhibits.
ISM promo cards will display information about its two world-class Lincoln exhibits scheduled to open in Spring 2010. With Charity for All: The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection (Feb. 12 - July 25, 2010), will highlight artifacts that paint a picture of an ordinary man who rose to become, perhaps, the greatest leader in American history. The exhibition coincides with Library of Congress’ With Malice Toward None: With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition (Feb.12 - April 11, 2010), which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s revered 16th president. This exhibition reveals Lincoln the man, whose thoughts, words and actions were deeply affected by personal experiences and pivotal historic events.
The colorful, award-winning "Drawn to Reading" bookmarks drawn from the imagination of young Hoosiers are back! The innovative program has once again donated thousands of bookmarks to the Indiana State Library for distribution around the state. This year’s collection consists of several different and colorful bookmarks which are available for free to public libraries statewide. “Drawn to Reading” is a service-learning project designed to promote literacy. The program is a collaborative effort between Muncie elementary-school students, who create the artwork, and Ball State University students, who digitize the artwork.
School media specialists should contact Drew Griffis to request bookmarks, which will be distributed as they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Several media centers will receive first priority due to unfilled requests last year caused by limited quantities.
Article contributed in part by Paula Hull, WWPL Community Liaison.
On October 30, the Westfield Washington Public Library officially became an Evergreen Indiana library. Currently, there are 43 member libraries using Evergreen Indiana serving over 480,000 Indiana residents.
WWPL employees recently completed the process of putting new barcodes on over 150,000 items in the library's collection and were trained on the new system. Westfield residents will receive a new library card at no cost, which can be used to checked out items at any Evergreen Indiana library. With their new card, patrons also receive a brochure explaining their benefits and instructions for using the online catalog. The Evergreen Indiana catalog currently has 2,693,423 copies of 1,489,834 titles available to 331,560 registered users.
In addition to being able to borrow most materials from other Evergreen Indiana libraries, WWPL patrons will find that the online catalog and My Account features are very intuitive and easy to use. There are many useful tools, such as placing holds on materials at member libraries and having them sent to WWPL. Materials borrowed from other libraries can even be returned at WWPL. Patrons can also create a list of books they've read or want to read and can share this list through the catalog.
The Evergreen Indiana project is sponsored by the Indiana State Library and funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. Services provided by the State Library include purchasing and maintaining the central servers, personnel costs in operating the system, training, software development, data conversion, and other related expenses. Changing from its previous cataloging system to Evergreen Indiana will immediately save the Washington Township taxpayers $12,000 in annual system maintenance.
The American Library Association’s annual "Public Library Funding and Technology Access" survey has extended its deadline to November 13. The survey can be accessed at http://www.plinternetsurvey.org. The data from the survey helps ALA and other organizations advocate for more library support and funding, especially in the areas of technology and Internet access. This survey is required for Gates Grant participants and optional for all other public libraries.