The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

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Bloomington Herald Times (subscription required):
Library wins literacy award
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
New life for rare texts
Indy Star:
New Year, New Resolutions... New Library Cards
Indy Star:
Families build fun at the library
Indy Star:
Don't close the book on small library systems
Marion Chronicle Tribune:

Local librarian reaches out to eager-to-learn students
New Albany News and Tribune:
Southern Indiana Heritage Trail seeks to explain local black history
Richmond Palladium Item:
Miami University students mentor Union County High School...


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Libraries Introducing Evergreen Indiana Cards

While it may not be tops on most lists of resolutions, individuals and families from dozens of Indiana communities will make it a point to head to the local library in 2009 to receive their new Evergreen Indiana library cards.


The new cards enable patrons to not only check out items at their library, but also make requests for items from other member libraries. Additionally, the “My Account” feature in the Evergreen Indiana catalog offers unique tools for patrons, such as the ability to create and share lists with friends of titles they have read or want to read. Patrons will be able to access their user account the first time they use the catalog by entering the 14-digit barcode on the back of their new card.


The Evergreen Indiana Consortium currently has 15 member libraries online with at least nine more scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2009. Eventually, when all 35 member public libraries are live, approximately 396,000 Hoosiers be patrons of an Evergreen Indiana library. Among these 35 members are the Consortium’s first three libraries with non-automated catalogs. This spring, these libraries will begin the process of automating their catalogs and uploading patron data with the help of Evergreen Indiana staff.


The Evergreen Indiana Consortium will be accepting additional members in 2009. Visit the Information and Resources for Interested Libraries webpage to learn more about Evergreen Indiana and its potential benefits for your library and patrons.

ALA Seeks Applicants for Traveling Lincoln Exhibit

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is pleased to announce its collaboration with the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia on a new traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” One copy of the exhibition will travel to public, academic and special libraries from mid-2009 through 2011. The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center.


Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.


Libraries applying to host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” in their public, academic or special library must register their institution at Grants.gov. The application and guidelines for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” and complete instructions for registering and applying may be found at online. Applications must be completed through Grants.gov by January 30, 2009.


Successful applicants will host the 1,000 square foot exhibit for six weeks and receive a $2,500 grant from NEH for attendance at an exhibit planning workshop and other exhibit-related expenses. Participating libraries are expected to present at least two free public programs featuring a lecture or discussion by a qualified scholar on exhibition themes. All showings of the exhibition must be free and open to the public.