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In recent months,
has added several new collections to its digital library. This new content
includes photograph collections, Sanborn Maps, manuscripts, newspapers, oral
histories. These historic and often rare additions to Indiana Memory came from
the respective collections of Ball State University, the Indiana Historical
Society, Indiana State University, and the Indiana State Library.
Indiana Memory boasts a wide variety of Indiana-related content. The Web portal’s particular strengths include Native American history, early statehood materials, military correspondence and manuscripts (most notably The War of 1812, The Civil War, and World Wars I and II), Indiana’s natural history, historic state photographs and newspapers, historic maps and aerial photographs, and audio and video histories of Indiana counties.
Indiana Memory was launched on July 1, 2008 with 50 collections containing a cumulative total of 25,000 items. It was designed to be a Web portal that provides easy access to Indiana’s cultural heritage that is found in libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and other organizations within the state. Today, Indiana’s digital library continues to grow and currently provides access to 88 collections and over 38,000 items that are located on eight CONTENTdm servers throughout the state.
If you’re 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 to Indiana’s cultural heritage organizations. 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 and a digital camera. Adobe Photoshop and OmniPage Professional software are also including. Additionally, State Library staff provides training and support throughout the digitization process. The units are available on a loan program not to exceed eight weeks.
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.
About Indiana Memory
This Cataloging Visual Materials and Electronic Resources workshop class covers
the MARC fields and AACR2 rules that apply to visual materials (including moving
images, two-dimensional images and three-dimensional objects) and electronic
resources (including computer software, games and eBooks). This workshop is free
for Indiana library professionals and is worth six (6) Library Education Units (LEUs).
The deadline to register for this one-day workshop is February 27th at 5:00 p.m.
To register for these workshops or any other free professional development opportunity, visit WebJunction Indiana's online calendar.The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is currently taking applications for the new Preservation Assistance Grants program. These grants are designed to help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections, including special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects. Applicants may engage a conservator, preservation librarian, archivist, or other appropriate consultant to conduct a general preservation assessment and to help draft a long-range plan for the care of humanities collections. The consultant visits the institution to assess policies, practices, and conditions affecting the care and preservation of humanities collections and prepares a report that summarizes the findings and contains prioritized recommendations for future preservation action.
This grant is available to libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, arts and cultural organizations, and town and county records offices. Check out the NEH’s website for more information about Preservation Assistance Grants.