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In This Issue

  1. New Grants Focus on Indiana Before Statehood

  2. ISU Librarian Earns NextGen Librarian Award
  3. Anderson P.L. Awarded $5,000 Gaming Grant

More Library News:


Associated Press
Midwest hopes for 'Public Enemies' tourism
Associated Press

Archivists follow Lincoln documents
Anderson Herald Bulletin

Encounter the past
Evansville Courier Press

One Book selection captures author's life in black and white
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Museum staff to join library, Lincoln works
Gary Post-Tribune

County library asks Merrillville for expansion help
Indy Star

Machine to offer library materials
Indy Star

IMCPL receives ALA "Library of the Future Award"
Kokomo Tribune

Columbian could be temp library
Kokomo Tribune

Organization helps older residents re-enter workplace
Library Technology Guide

Evergreen Indiana Launches Two More Libraries, Bringing Total to 26
Marion Chronicle Tribune

New knitting club meets Wednesdays at public library
Northwest Indiana Times

Salute library volunteers this week
Richmond Palladium-Item
Library offers aid to jobless
South Bend Tribune

Budget woes mean just Main Library open summer Saturdays
Terre Haute Tribune Star

Job well done downtown
WSBT-TV (South Bend)
All but main branch of St. Joseph County library closed Saturdays this summer

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New Digitization Grants Focus on Indiana Before Statehood

Indiana Memory

A new grant program for 2009 is designed to promote the digitization of Indiana’s unique historical materials. The Indiana Before Statehood grant program focuses on those materials that document life in Indiana before 1816. All digital files created as a result of this grant project, and the associated metadata records, will be available through Indiana Memory, a gateway to Indiana's unique cultural and historical heritage.

Academic and public libraries are eligible to apply. Cultural heritage organizations may also apply as a partner of an academic or public library, or the Indiana State Library. Grant recipients are required to follow the established guidelines for the Indiana Memory Program for image creation and metadata creation.  Grant funds may be used for training, equipment, project staff and/or the services of a qualified outside vendor.  The State Library will also provide access to the digital collection management software CONTENTdm to grantees at no cost if requested. 

This grant program is funded through the Grants to States program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  IMLS provides funds to each state using a population-based formula under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.  The State Library uses this appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services and to support a series of competitive grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries.

The guidelines for this program are available on the LSTA website.  Application deadline is July 15, 2009. State Library staff is available to assist applicants with project planning, grantwriting, and project implementation. Contact Connie Rendfeld, Digital Initiatives Librarian, by calling 317-232-3694 or e-mail for more information about the program.

About Indiana Memory
Indiana Memory is a digital library providing free access to Indiana’s unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats.  It is a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations, administered by the Indiana State Library. Indiana Memory is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

ISU Librarian Earns NextGen Librarian Award

Lyrasis: Advancing Libraries TogetherLyrasis recently announced that Tim Gritten of Indiana State University is a winner of the first annual NextGen Librarian Award. Mr. Gritten won the “Community Involvement” award for “his desire to make a difference in people’s lives”, his impact was called “immense.” As part of the university’s mission to do community outreach, he oversees a popular library program that brings Nintendo Wii games to the senior residents of a nearby retirement community. This community outreach is an extension of the library’s new tagline, “your campus living room.” 

The NextGen Librarian Award was created to identify and celebrate rising leaders in the library community. Lyrasis selects five winners in the categories of Initiative, Community Involvement, Outreach, Technology, and Leadership. Winners will attend SAMM09 (formerly SOLINET Annual Membership Meeting) on May 14 -15 in Atlanta, GA, where they will share their innovations and activities in a breakout session. The NextGen Librarian Award is a legacy SOLINET program, which will be open to all Lyrasis members in 2010. LexisNexis sponsored the 2009 award.

Anderson Public Library Awarded $5,000 Gaming Grant

Anderson Public Library

Based on an ALA Release

Anderson Public Library was named as one of ten libraries in 10 states to receive a $5,000 grant as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative, funded by the Verizon Foundation. The winners, representing a broad spectrum of libraries – seven public, two school and one academic – will use the funds to develop and implement gaming and literacy programs that provide innovative gaming experiences for youths 10-18 years of age. The ten libraries were selected out of 390 that applied for the grant.

“These library gaming programs will help tweens and teens build 21st-Century literacy and learning skills,” said Dale Lipschultz, literacy officer with the ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.

Anderson Public Library was awarded a grant for their “Techie Tuesdays” program, which emphasizes technology and information literacy through gaming. Held over a period of six months, the program is divided into three, six-week courses engaging students by making a video game, a board game, and a book trailer.

The Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative is generously funded by the Verizon Foundation and managed by ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. Dr. Scott Nicholson, an associate professor in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, is the evaluation specialist.