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Boards of Directors of NELINET and Lyrasis recently approved a
resolution to recommend NELINET join Lyrasis. Together, Lyrasis
and NELINET will comprise the largest membership collaborative
of its kind serving more than 4,500 libraries and cultural
heritage institutions in New England, the Mid-Atlantic,
Southeastern U.S., and Indiana. The leadership of both
organizations recognize this is an exciting opportunity for
these successful, membership-driven organizations to join
together to serve their diverse library communities.
The Social Security Administration has asked public libraries throughout the country to partner with them to share information with the American public about a wide variety of new and important initiatives.
Specifically, they have asked public libraries to help promote their new national campaign Retire Online. It’s So Easy! This campaign features a new online retirement application that can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. The application is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov, and can easily be completed at any library computer. A brochure on the subject can be viewed online.
Additionally, as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Social Security will distribute a one-time payment of $250 to over 55 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. A leaflet which discusses this in greater detail is available online.
Partnering with Social Security to promote these initiatives will benefit the populations you serve. Ways you can do this is linking to the agency’s website at www.socialsecurity.gov and publishing articles about these initiatives in your newsletters or other publications.
If you would like copies of the retire online or one-time payment brochures, or need additional information from Social Security please e-mail Carolyn Houston at Carolyn.Houston@ssa.gov or call her at 410-965-7603. Please indicate the quantity desired (in units of 100) and where the publications should be shipped.
The Indiana State Library last summer received a $1 million grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to recruit 30 ethnically diverse students for Indiana’s Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) project. The first class of 10 students began classes January 12, 2009. Seven students currently attend SLIS - Indianapolis and three students attend SLIS - Bloomington.
Potential candidates for the second class must apply to the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (IU SLIS) before April 24, 2009. Candidates whose undergrad GPA is below 3.0 should take GRE as soon as possible. Fellows also must be accepted to the SLIS MLS program by June 30, 2009.The Fellowship Application process is now open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2009. Applications and more information can be found on the Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) webpage.