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  1. Gale Database Updates Now Featured on INSPIRE

  2. December is Final Chance to Catch Dillinger Exhibit

  3. State Library Hosting 75th Anniversary on Dec. 11th

More Library News:

Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette
Fiction lovers, history buffs go digital at library
Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette

Government tweets, but few care
Gary Post-Tribune

Students make their own holiday items in library classes
Greene County Daily World

Literacy Coalition receives $1,000 grant
Inside Indiana Business

Vincennes University Receives Funds For Distance Learning
Kokomo Perspective

Library employee Garret receives fellowship
Lafayette Online News

Exhibit opening and author visit at Frankfort Public Library, Dec 6
Muncie Star Press

Foundation grant to enhance library programs
Muncie Star Press

Library accepting Food or Fines until Saturday
Muncie Star Press
Muncie Public Library named state's most outstanding library

Purdue University Libraries Joins the Ex Libris Next-Generation Library Framework
South Bend Tribune

New event draws families into Mishawaka library

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Gale Database Updates Now Featured on INSPIRE

INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual LibraryGale has recently made several additions to its many databases found on INSPIRE. Among the most notable enhancements are:

  • Video and podcast content available through the Small Business Resource Center - Gale partnered with to provide expert content by professional journalists and industry experts that is practical and compelling.
  • New content for Biography Resource Center including significant additions to the Contemporary Composers, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Black Biography and Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television.
  • Over 50 new professional and scholarly journals available on İInforme!

Additionally, Gale plans to role out many new features, resources and upgrades in 2010. Check out The Sizzle to stay on top of breaking news and recent additions from Gale. Gale also provides hundreds of tutorials, fact sheets and marketing materials for use at your library. Visit support.Gale to view these resources.

December is Final Chance to Catch Dillinger Exhibit

Dillinger: Forging a Hoosier LegendJohn Dillinger and his legendary gang tore across the Midwest between 1933 and 1934, robbing banks, confounding law officials and captivating the American public. Seventy-five years later, DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier Legend aims to captivate and educate new generations of Hoosiers about America's first and most infamous public enemy. The museum-quality exhibit will feature unique artifacts, photos and documents that give visitors an in-depth look into the life of John Dillinger and what factors led this ordinary Hoosier farm boy towards a life of crime. With the concurrent release of the film Public Enemies, the exhibit will add a rich historical element to the public discourse. 

The DILLINGER! exhibit was produced by students from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis with the assistance of Exhibit House through a grant from the IUPUI Solution Center. Historical materials used for the exhibit come from the collections from the Indiana State Archives, the Indiana State Library, the Indianapolis Star, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Features of the exhibit include letters and official state documents pertaining to Dillinger from the Indiana Department of Correction, the Indiana State Police, the Governor's Office, and the offices of the Attorney General and Secretary of State. Materials from the Star include original depression-era photographs and articles about Dillinger and his gang.

One of the final exhibit-related public events on Thursday, December 10 from 3:30-5:30 will feature Carol Sissom who will sign copies of her book, Banking with Dillinger. Sissom visits with relatives of the notorious bank robber to create an account of Dillinger’s sometimes contradicting roles as public enemy number one and as “a fugitive with a good heart.” All books will be 20-40% off during this event.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs through December 31, 2009. For more information about DILLINGER! Forging a Hoosier Legend, including exhibit hours, public programs, and destination information, visit

State Library Hosting 75th Anniversary on December 11th

Indiana Library & Historical Building 75th AnniversaryThe Indiana State Library will host a reception celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Indiana Library and Historical Building on December 11, 2009. This free public event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. in the Library's Great Hall. Refreshments and dessert will be served to all in attendance.

The Indiana Library and Historical Building is one of the most significant works of Pierre & Wright, an important architectural firm in Indianapolis during the second quarter of the 20th century. Its distinctive architecture combines Neo-Classical features with Art Deco detailing. While the General Assembly established a State Library in 1825 at the Statehouse, the need for a separate building was so great that materials were being stored in hallways of the capitol. In 1929, the Assembly raised a special tax to fund construction. The project became one of few underway in the city during the dark early years of the Great Depression, when construction began in 1932.

The Indiana limestone façade of the building is Classical in style, but with strong Art Deco influences. Throughout the construction of the building every effort was made to use Indiana materials. The exterior is of Indiana limestone; on the interior, much use has been made of the Monte Cassina sandstone from St. Meinrad Abbey, and all of the interior woodwork and much of the furniture is of Indiana walnut.