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The Wednesday Word: News from the Indiana State Library

In This Issue

  1. State Library Awards Nine Digitization Grants

  2. Shelbyville Library Wraps Up Advocacy Campaign

  3. May Day Encourages Preservation of Cultural Heritage

More Library News:


Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville library notches Top 10 ranking

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Lincoln artifacts get half of funds

Greenfield Daily Reporter

NP media specialist feels "devastated"

Kokomo Tribune

Library’s new open look taking shape

Indianapolis Business Journal

EDITORIAL: Simon could score for city library

Indianapolis Star

Political plot thickens in library budget saga

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Historical association reopens library

Lafayette Journal & Courier

One Great Read celebrates Twain

Muncie Star Press

New Castle Library holds event to bring generations together

Richmond Palladium-Item

Library will receive $118,000 for facilities

South Bend Tribune

Contractor hired for renovation

South Bend Tribune

Library’s e-mail reminders a success

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Book battle: Otter Creek prevails


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State Library Joins Evergreen Indiana this Week

Evergreen IndianaThe Indiana State Library will become the 65th Indiana library to go live on Evergreen Indiana this Friday, April 30th. Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of 77 public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana that use the Evergreen ILS. Sixty-four libraries of these libraries are already live on Evergreen and serve over 654,000 Indiana residents.

The State Library will add over 2 million items and 900,000 bibliographic records to the Evergreen Indiana catalog. The catalog will soon hold over 3 million bibliographic records and provide access to over 5.5 million items. While patrons of member libraries can use their Evergreen Indiana library card to view the catalogs and borrow materials from the other member libraries, State Library cardholders will not be able to borrow materials from other member libraries. However, all other Evergreen Indiana members will be able to view, place holds on items, and borrow from the State Library’s collection.

“Though the State Library’s holdings are available to all Indiana residents, we will be able to maximize the public’s exposure to our collection through our membership in Evergreen Indiana,” said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana. “Also, because Evergreen is an open source product, the State will save tens of thousands of dollars annually in licensing fees from our current ILS vendor.”

The migration of the Indiana State Library’s catalog becomes the fifth administered solely and entirely by the State Library. The State Library has grown its team of Evergreen experts and now provides comprehensive Evergreen services, including migration, training, administration & hosting, software development and tech support.

The Evergreen Indiana Consortium has seen a steady rise in interest from all types of libraries around the state. The Consortium is accepting applications from libraries seeking to migrate to Evergreen. Requests for membership are approved by the Executive Committee at its regularly scheduled meetings. Libraries interested in joining the consortium must have board approval and submit a completed executed Membership Agreement and Code of Ethics.  For more information visit Information and Resources for Interested Libraries or contact Catherine Lemmer at 317-234-6536, or

Library Patrons Get Exclusive Offer for IRT Performance

Around the World in 80 Days @ IRT!Library card holders will receive $10 off adult tickets for  Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. This exclusive offer is valid for any performance during the run of the performance from April 27 through May 16, 2010. Library patrons need only show their library card at time of purchase or when picking up tickets at Will Call.

In addition, to the offer above, a special promotion is available just for library patrons. The Super Sunday Ticket Specials enables patrons to purchase special $20 tickets to any Sunday performance of Around the World in 80 Days (Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. (EDT) & 7 p.m., Sunday, May 9: at 2 p.m., and Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m.).  There is no limit on the amount of tickets purchased, but both offers may not be combined with any other offer and are not available on online ticket purchases.

Applicants Sought for SHRAB Archival Assessment Grants

The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering ten (10) archival assessment grants to institutions and organizations in Indiana to determine and prioritize collection needs. The grants are designed to have experts in climate control, and archival documents evaluate conditions in Indiana-based organizations to safeguard their collections. Each grantee is eligible for up to $1,500 and will be expected to provide a cash or in-kind match of at least $500.

Applicants must be an Indiana-based organization; care for and have custody of paper collections; and ensure that the individual conducting the assessment is a professional residing in Indiana. Applications are due no later than May 14, 2010. Grantees will be named June 15, 2010.  The applications are available online at  For more information please call 317-232-3380 or email


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