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The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board), in conjunction with the Indiana Commission on Public Records, will be hosting the 2010 SHRAB Conferences in Indianapolis from March 25 to April 16. The SHRAB invites volunteers and professionals to participate in the second-annual workshop series that provides valuable information to those who work with and care for historical records.
This year each conference will focus on different issues and skill sets. Each conference includes lunch and attendees can receive between four and seven Library Education Units. Details for the 2010 SHRAB workshops are as follows:
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation is now accepting nominations for the second-annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award through March 26, 2010. This award seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation, and is funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years is eligible for nomination. A statewide panel will select a national, regional, and emerging author from nominations sent in by the public. Winning authors will each receive a cash prize ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be able to designate their hometown Indiana public library as the recipient of an additional $2,500 grant.
On October 9, 2010, the Library Foundation will honor the 2010 winners at an Awards Dinner at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. More information about this event, the nomination process, and other program activities and resources is available at www.indianaauthorsaward.org.
Best Books of Indiana Entries Due March 31, 2010
The Indiana Center for the Book will be accepting entries for the Best Books of Indiana Contest through March 31, 2010. Unlike the Authors Award, which honors a writer's body of work, the Best Books competition recognizes the top books written in the previous year by a Hoosier author or about Indiana. Titles published in 2009 will be judged in the 2010 competition.
The USDA has designated $100 million in USDA Rural Development Community Facilities funding for rural public libraries. Indiana’s share of approximately $2.2 million will help give rural communities the opportunity to improve their library facilities, enhance educational opportunities and improve economic conditions in the community.
The Community Facilities Program provides loans and grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Community Facilities Grants are authorized on a graduated scale with applicants located in smaller communities with low populations and low incomes receiving a higher percentage of grants. Grant funding limitations are based on population and income, economic feasibility and availability of funds.
Applications are handled by Indiana's USDA Rural Development field offices. Rural Development staff will be glad to discuss the Community Facilities Program application process, provide application materials and current program information, and assist in the preparation of an application. Please view this map if you are unsure of the USDA field district in which your library belongs.
While there is no deadline to apply, all Community Facilities Grants funds for rural public libraries must be spent by September 2010. Completed applications will be considered as they are received. Click here for full grant details.
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