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The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. TechSoup Offers Savings on CPUs, Software

  2. New Indiana Authors Award Seeks Nominations

  3. IHB Offering Steep Discounts on Select Items

  4. DWD Training Now Available Online

More Library News:

Associated Press
Lincoln items move to ACPL in May
Associated Press

Libraries report increase in borrowing
Bedford Times-Mai
Missing books
Brazil Times (OP-ED: Louis Mahern)

Former legislator defends CLGR report
Carroll County Comet

Library can help with filing for unemployment benefits

Hard economic times a boon for libraries
Evansville Courier Press

Workshops on local government reform initiatives slated for March
Gary Post Tribune

Kids mark Lincoln's b-day with activities
Huntington Herald Press

Huntington Library expands
Indy Star

Westfield Library receives computers to facilitate unemployment claims
Indy Star

Prize will reward Indiana writers
Johnson County Daily Journal

Resist urge to throw the book at community library systems

Noble County Public Library Goes Live With Evergreen
The Madison Courier

Switzerland County library director to take job in Madison
Marion Chronicle Tribune

All About Gas City: From books to computers, libraries offer many services

What's New At The Library? Financial Advice
Northwest Indiana Times

EDITORIAL: Shelve the opt-out provision for library consolidation
Terre Haute Tribune Star

As counties assess fiscal priorities, libraries shouldn’t become easy targets
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Putting a high value on libraries
WANE-TV (Fort Wayne)

Kernan-Shepard reform plan could mean big savings
WLFI-TV (Lafayette)

2009 Artist in Residency
WTHR-TV (Indy)

Hoosiers search for ways to save money

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TechSoup Offers Libraries Savings on CPUs, Software


TechSoup has been working with its corporate partners to open more donation programs to public libraries. In the past year, software donations from Symantec, NOZA, and others have become available to public libraries for the first time. Now, discounted computers are available to public libraries through TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI).

The Refurbished Computer Initiative supplies low-cost, warrantied, refurbished desktop and laptop computers through
TechSoup Stock's Web site to nonprofits and libraries anywhere in the U.S. The equipment is state of the art and refurbished by Redemtech, an industry leader in asset recovery. RCI also offers free end-of-life recycling when you're done with the equipment.
RCI offers refurbished desktop computers ranging between $190 and $250; laptops between $380 and $460 and monitors for $115. Each computer comes with Windows XP Professional (or Windows 2000 if you prefer), Microsoft Office 2003, a new keyboard, a new mouse, and a 90-day full warranty. Furthermore, these computers are business-class machines, formerly owned by corporations and designed to last longer than consumer-grade, home-use equipment.
For more information, visit TechSoup's
RCI Products page. TechSoup's latest Cookbook, Planning for Success, also has some suggestions on buying refurbished equipment.


New Indiana Authors Award Now Taking Nominations


Indiana Author's AwardThe Indiana-Marion County Public Library Foundation is now accepting nominations for the inaugural Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award through April 8, 2009. 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.


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 September 26, the Library Foundation will host a day of activities culminating with an Awards Dinner at Indianapolis’ downtown Central Library. Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years is eligible for nomination.


More information, nomination forms and guidelines are available at


IHB Inventory Reduction Sale Offers Book at Steep Discount


Indiana Historical BureauThe Indiana Historical Bureau is having a 40%-off inventory reduction sale. There is a limited supply of these specially priced books which will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Anyone can purchase these books, librarians, libraries or patrons. The sale will continue for the entire month of March or while supplies last. There are no additional discounts on these already reduced books. 


DWD Unemployment Assistance Training Now Available Online


The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently partnered with the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) and the Indiana State Library to provide training and computers to local libraries, community groups, and faith-based organizations currently helping Hoosiers file for unemployment benefits.


On Wednesday, February 25, 2009, the DWD conducted a workshop that explained the unemployment filing process in detail and offered helpful advice to best assist unemployed. The State Library has posted a video recording of this training online.


The DWD's computer loan program is still available and provides over 200 surplus state computers to public libraries and other organizations to meet the demand of unemployment filers in their area. Libraries and organizations interested in participating in the loan program should contact Valerie Kroeger with DWD at 317-234-4026 or


For more unemployment assistance tools for public libraries visit