In This Issue

  1. Black History Month Resources Available through INSPIRE
  2. Library Grant is for the Birds

More Library News:

Anderson Herald Bulletin
Libraries flooded as jobless rate climbs
Associated Press

State expands access to unemployment applications
Bradenton Herald (OH)

Economic woes boost library use for job resources
Chesterton Tribune

Library merger bill clears committee
Fort Wayne Business Weekly

Documenting history
Greene County Daily World

Bills worth watching in the state legislature
Indy Star

Speedway library fights to stay independent
Indy Star

IMCPL reports record year of library use
Indy Star

Surplus computers to aid jobless claim search
Inside Indiana Business

State to Offer Training, Computers to Assist Unemployed
Lafayette Journal Courier

Library gains 3 youth computers
Library Technology

Equinox, NELINET Partner on Evergreen

Fulton County Becomes 19th Evergreen Indiana Library
Marion Chronicle-Tribune

Bill looks to change library system
Marion Chronicle-Tribune

State-level changes may hit close to home
Richmond Palladium-Item

Leaders need to make hard decisions
Richmond Palladium-Item

Make change if change makes sense
South Bend Tribune

New program to help unemployed Hoosiers
South Bend Tribune

Science Alive! set Saturday
South Bend Tribune

Larger libraries are feeling economic impact
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Council presented cost-cutting ideas
Terre Haute Tribune Star

WoodsUp.com features Lincoln bicentennial materials
Washington Times-Herald

Economy forces library to cut budget
WLFI-TV (Lafayette)

New computers at public library
WSBT-TV (South Bend)
Computers to help unemployed arrive at Nappanee library

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Black History Month Resources Available Through INSPIRE

Biography Resource Center: African American DatabaseThe Gale Group is now offering a variety of free promotional and educational resources available through INSPIRE. This Website includes student activities, biographies, helpful links, and related literature to compliment your Black History Month programming.

Most of the resources provided by Gale are derived from their extensive Biography Resource Center: African Americans database. This resource includes more than 30,000 biographies on over 24,000 notable African Americans who have had an impact on society and are frequently researched. Drawn from the Biography Resource Center, the database includes 60 volumes of six respected Gale reference sources such as Contemporary Black Biography, Notable Black American Women, Who's Who Among African Americans, and other titles. Biography Resource Center: African Americans also includes more than 42,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines, as well as nearly 2,000 images.

Designed to provide easy access to biographies on prominent African Americans associated with the arts, business, current events, entertainment, government, history, literature, multicultural studies, politics, science, and sports, Biography Resource Center: African Americans gives researchers a comprehensive set of in-depth narrative biographies providing overviews of the subjects' lives and accomplishments and thousands of thumbnail biographies. Covered are contemporary and historic figures such as Harriet Tubman, Tiger Woods, Rosa Parks, Usher, and Condoleezza Rice. Magazine articles bring coverage of the African Americans up-to-date, and "Recent Update" windows display summaries of recent news events associated with particularly active individuals. Approximately 250 vetted Web links point to additional information.

A widget has been placed on INSPIRE for instant access to the Biography Resource Center: African Americans database. Instructions for individual libraries to install this widget on their homepage are available at http://access.gale.com/widgets/

his Gale resource is among several academic databases available for free to all Indiana residents through INSPIRE. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library and is supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

This Library Mini Grant is for the Birds...in a good way!

Celebrate Urban BirdsThe Cornell Lab of Ornithology is accepting applications for the Celebrate Urban Birds mini grants program. Celebrate Urban Birds events are neighborhood events that feature activities involving birds, community service, art, greening, and science. The Celebrate Urban Birds mini grants may be used to support a bird activity day at a local library, museum, or community center. It also may fund art and gardening activities at a club, school, business, senior center, or neighborhood.

The mini grants range from $100 to $500. The Celebrate Urban Birds program encourages groups that work with traditionally underserved communities to apply. The deadline to apply for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's mini grants is Feb. 15, 2009.

The Celebrate Urban Birds website includes great urban bird resources, public programming ideas, and an online application.




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