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In This Issue

  1. Lincoln Exhibit Opens Friday at the State Museum

  2. eBook Update for Jobseekers added to INSPIRE

  3. Help Promote the 2010 Census in Your Community

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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Librarian draws on love of art as exhibit coordinator
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library offers session on use of DNA in genealogy
Indianapolis Star

Expanding legislative sources of expertise

Indianapolis Star

Exhibits will recall public, private sides of Lincoln
Indiana’s NewsCenter (TV) – Fort Wayne

Auburn's Library Celebrates 100 Years
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Media specialists vital to TSC reading scores
Monticello Herald-Journal

TC libraries host Iditarod veteran
Muncie Star Press

Library kicks off adult classes, family storytime
Northwest Indiana Times

Creativity unites artists, community
Northwest Indiana Times

Broadband penetration key to rural economic growth
South Bend Tribune

Michiana reading initiative ready to roll with Lee novel
South Bend Tribune

IUSB names new library dean

Rushville Republican
Happy birthday, Rushville Public Library
Tri-State Daily Republican Register (SW IN)
IL libraries taking ‘Day in the Life’ snapshot
Vincennes Sun Commercial

KCPL is ready to grow, change with new technology
Warsaw Times-Union

February is National Library Lover's Month at WCPL
WFIE-TV Evansville

Chrisney Library recognized "net zero"

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Lincoln Exhibit Opens Friday at the State Museum

Abraham Lincoln Exhibits @ the State MuseumHighlights from the Lincoln Collection go on display at the Indiana State Museum on February 12 through July 25, 2010 with the premier of an exhibition called “With Charity for All: The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection.” The exhibit is paired with a traveling Lincoln exhibition from the Library of Congress called “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition.” It also debuts February 12, but will only remain open through April 11, 2010.

“Together, these two Lincoln exhibitions—and the research materials at the Allen County Public Library—give Indiana citizens and students of history an unprecedented opportunity to experience the life and impact of our 16th president,” said Tom King, interim president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum.

A year ago, after competition with the nation’s premier history institutions, a consortium of Indiana cultural organizations, including the Indiana State Museum, Indiana State Library and the Allen County Public Library, was chosen to own, exhibit and digitize the largest privately owned collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts in the world. The Lincoln National Corporation collection today is valued at $20 million. The State of Indiana now owns the entire collection on behalf of the people of Indiana.

Admission to the exhibitions is free with general museum admission, but timed tickets are recommended to avoid waiting time. To order timed tickets, call 317-232-1637. Learn more about this one-in-a-lifetime dual Lincoln exhibit at

eBook Update for Jobseekers Added to INSPIRE 

INSPIRE - NetLibrary CollectionAn addition of 250 new eBooks to Indiana's shared eBook collection is now available through INSPIRE. This collection supplement provides information and resources specifically for Hoosier jobseekers. It contains dozens of books on effective résumé writing, interviewing tips, and other information designed to help Hoosiers prepare and succeed in a tough job market.

The Indiana State Library collaborated with LYRASIS to provide a customized online collection of career-related eBooks available at no cost to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. This is the third statewide collaboration on job seekers' resources for LYRASIS, which recently developed similar collections for Virginia and North Carolina. A press release detailing the Indiana-LYRASIS collaboration is available online.

As always, NetLibrary shared collection MARC records are available to Indiana Libraries upon request.  Please send your request to with the subject line "NetLibrary MARC Records".  Please also include the external IP ranges for direct access to patrons visiting the library and accessing eBooks from your OPAC.

Help Promote the 2010 Census in Your Community 

2010 US CensusThe 2010 US Census is now just 50 days away and the Indiana Complete County Committee's Cultural and Historical subcommittee is asking for your consideration in helping to promote the decadal event.

Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more. That's more than $4 trillion over a 10-year period. Following Census 2000, $388 million in federal grants shifted to states with the biggest estimated population increases based on the census.

Help ensure your community gets its fair share of federal and state funding by connecting your patrons to the Census information they need. Check out for the latest Census news and updates designed especially for Hoosiers. This website also offers a promotional toolkit complete with handouts, multimedia tools, teachers' resources, and website features like banners and widgets.


Indiana Library Career Expo - March 6, 2010

Network with colleagues, discover library career opportunities, and earn one free LEU at the 2010 Indiana Library Career Expo!

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