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Roberta L. Brooker is one of two state librarians nationwide selected to discuss the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) at a conference hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday, December 16 in Seattle, WA. Roberta will give an overview of the Indiana State Library’s BTOP grant application and share successes and challenges in writing the grant, building collaboration, compiling data, and determining the size and scope of the project.
Last August, the Indiana State Library submitted a grant for over $7 million to bring Indiana public libraries up to a standard level of information technology delivery, which requires: (1) at least one public access computer for every 1,000 residents in the community served; (2) a wireless access points at every library location; and (3) internet connectivity through the Public Library Internet Consortium, which guarantees a speed of at least 1.544 Mbps. This grant proposal was submitted to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) who oversees much of the $7.2 billion dedicated to BTOP grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
In order to enhance this standard level of information technology delivery, the State Library seeks funding for mobile computer labs for Indiana’s public libraries. Should the State Library secure ARRA funding, Indiana libraries will each receive an average of fifteen 15 netbook computers, one instructor laptop, and one projector for training and classroom purposes. This cost-effective and flexible solution will ensure electronic classroom capabilities in every public library while nearly doubling public access computer availability.
“In these difficult economic times, many Hoosiers rely on their local libraries to provide resources and training that connects them to job opportunities and develops their computer skills,” said Roberta Brooker. “An ARRA grant would significantly increase access to existing online resources available to all Hoosiers, and in particular to job seekers, small businesses, and children.”
The State Library will distribute further information about the ARRA grant application as it becomes available. If you would like information about LSTA grants or other grant opportunities for Indiana libraries, contact Virginia Vought, Grants Consultant, at vvought@library.IN.gov.
Public libraries and historical institutions are encouraged to investigate the benefits of showcasing their historic collections on Indiana Memory. If your library, museum, or cultural institution has rare and significant manuscripts, documents or photographs needing digitization, the Indiana State Library is currently lending mobile scanning units. The goal of this program is for the borrowing organization to enhance its own digital collections and those of Indiana Memory. These mobile scanning units provide the basic equipment and software necessary to digitize collection items, including a flat-bed scanner, laptop computer, a digital camera and Adobe Photoshop and OmniPage Professional software. Additionally, State Library staff provides training and support throughout the digitization process.
Guidelines and applications for the mobile scanning units loan program are available online. For more information about this program or Indiana Memory please contact Connie Rendfeld (317) 232- 3694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Moran says she smiles when she hears the name Indiana because it ‘means all the things I love to do, places I love to visit, food I love to eat, and people I love to be with.’ The fourth-grader from Killbuck Elementary School in Anderson also smiled when she learned her essay was selected as winner of the 2009 Statehood Day Essay Contest. Megan will read her first-place essay and receive an award at the Statehood Day Ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on December 11, 2009. A copy of Megan Moran’s first-place essay is available online.
A record-setting crop of nearly 2,500 essays were submitted for the 2009 contest. The following students will receive awards at the 2009 Statehood Day Ceremony:
The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in October and November and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. The program is administered by the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book, and essays are judged by a panel of State Library staff. Winners, along with their class, are invited to attend the Statehood Day Ceremony.