The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

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Associated Press
FCC unveils sweeping national broadband plan
Anderson Herald Bulletin

Sen. Lugar tells story of his life at Pendleton PL
Anderson Herald Bulletin

Librarian enjoys being ear for local teens

Auburn Evening Star

DeKalb graduate defies stereotypes of librarians
Columbia City Post & Mail

Peabody proud as a peacock
Evansville Courier & Press

Mexican short stories is Big Read choice
Evansville Courier & Press

Reading projects take on social, Hispanic topics
Fort Wayne News Sentinel

Library’s Genealogy Center gets ad boost
Greencastle Banner-Graphic

PCPL offers Big Read, other events
Greenfield Daily Reporter

Special in different ways
Indianapolis Star

Beech Grove library celebrates McQueen
Indianapolis Star (Susie Highly)

This doesn't make sense
Indianapolis Star

1 library plan, but Hancock County board seeking still cheaper one
Indianapolis Star

Interpreters, technology team up to bring past to present

Robot-Based Vending System to Extend Library Services
Kendallville News-Sun

Libraries unite for customer service
Kokomo Tribune

City, library and schools waiting for their tax payment

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Library renovations continue
Madison Courier

A New Chapter for Hanover
Northwest Indiana Times

St. John library gets new branch manager
Northwest Indiana Times

History channel offering series to schools
Northwest Indiana Times

One painter + one poet = one contemporary exhibit
Perry County News

Library boards discuss possible consolidation
Rushville Republican

Rushville Public Library busy giving and receiving
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Library officials mull use of solar panels

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Register Today for Spring Preservation Workshops

SHRAB Spring WorkshopsThe 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:

  • Thursday, March 25 - Archives I - Introduction to bibliographic controls, basic archival principles, and care of collections.

  • Tuesday, April 6 - Archives II - Advanced archival topics including use of Web 2.0 for item registration, copyright and privacy issues affecting use of collections, and dating methods for photographic images.

  • Thursday, April 8 - Preservation - Introduction to preservation principles and basic conservation treatments.

  • Tuesday, April 13 - Government Records - Topics for state and county officials covering records retention, microfilming, and public access issues.

  • Friday, April 16 - eRecords - An in-depth look at electronic records and how to manage them. Specific topics to be determined by Dr. Phillip Bantin based on the needs of registrants.

For more information or to sign up for a conference, please visit the SHRAB website or email

Nominations Sought for 2nd-Annual Indiana Authors Award 

Indiana Authors' AwardThe 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

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.

Stimulus Funds Still Available for Rural Indiana Libraries

Community Facilities Grants for Rural LibrariesThe 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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