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Indiana University Libraries Unveils Indiana Authors Database
An Indiana University Libraries project now enables everyone to research Hoosier authors and their bibliographies online, as well as access hundreds of digitized books. Conceived years ago and funded in 2006 by a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the Indiana State Library, the "Indiana Authors and Their Books" project oversaw digitization of a three-volume reference set published by Wabash College that covers nearly 200 years of Indiana's literary history. The books include authors who were born, raised or educated in Indiana, or who lived in the state for a major portion of their lives.
The website hosted by IU Libraries includes more than 7,000 author entries and nearly 21,000 book citations. It links directly to about 400 digitized copies of selected titles and allows users to search for remaining titles via external services like Google Books, WorldCat, Hathi Trust Digital Library and the Libraries' online catalog, IUCAT.
Entries range from well-known authors such as James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington and Gene Stratton Porter to the lesser known, such as an entry for Ethel Mathilda Green Adams, a public schoolteacher who wrote a book about musical understanding in the 1960s. In addition to works of literature, there are a number of nonfiction works including histories of local towns, counties and churches. These sources, and a handful of regimental histories dating to the Civil War, are a genealogical gold mine.
"Our hard work on this project has created a really rich resource that is already receiving more than 28,000 unique visits per month from users," digital projects and usability librarian Michelle Dalmau said in a recent release. "I see it as an important K-12 tool, while it can also assist scholars who are researching more obscure authors. Users are able to browse by author, book title or publication date, creating possibilities for deep textual analysis."
College Prep Campaign Offers Resources for Indiana Libraries
Sponsored by Learn More Indiana, KnowHow2GO Indiana is all about preparing for the future with practical (and fun) experiences that help students learn about careers, explore college options and stay engaged in learning all summer long. This year, Learn More Indiana is unveiling new resources, including K-12 pre-planned workshops on careers, printer-friendly activities, a calendar of summer events across the state, and more.
All organizations that connect with youth in the summer (including libraries) are invited to fill out their brief survey to request free materials and learn more about a $1,000 grant opportunity. Please fill out the survey before May 1, 2013.
Learn More Indiana kicks off the state’s annual KnowHow2GO Indiana campaign each summer to help Hoosier students of all ages prepare for college completion and career success. KnowHow2GO Indiana offers comprehensive goals with practical steps for students. Explore the site to find helpful tips, events, contests and more.
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Library Copyright Alliance Issues Legal Brief on “Right of First Sale”
Borger Appointed to the Evergreen International Oversight Board
Preliminary Schedule Released for 2013 Indiana Broadband Summit
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