For immediate release: Jul 07, 2008
Posted by: [State_Library]
Contact: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-234-5067

Indiana Libraries Join Nation's Leading Library Cooperative

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce today that it has provided a membership for all of Indiana's libraries into the Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET), a library cooperative serving the Southeastern United States.  Recognized for supporting information organizations in the Southeast, SOLINET is transcending regional boundaries to serve the needs of libraries throughout the United States.  As one of the largest library consortia in the world, SOLINET will offer more buying power, discounts, and professional classes and services to libraries in Indiana.

"SOLINET is pleased to extend programming to libraries in Indiana. We are happy that the SOLINET membership will benefit from our collaboration," said Kate Nevins, SOLINET Executive Director.

As a result of this collaboration, approximately 80 academic libraries, 32 institutional libraries, 238 public libraries, over 1,000 school libraries, and dozens of special libraries in Indiana will receive the benefits of SOLINET's broad spectrum of resources, expertise in various areas of librarianship, informative forums, and wide array of innovative, cost-effective programs and services.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Indiana's library professionals to work with a nationally recognized leader in the library field," said Roberta Brooker, State Librarian. "The Indiana State Library strives to provide the best quality library services to all Hoosiers. This new partnership supports that strategic mission."

Beginning immediately, Indiana libraries can take advantage of SOLINET services such as their nationally recognized training program and leverage the buying power of SOLINET's 2,600 member libraries to receive deep discounts on library products. Indiana libraries will also be eligible to participate in regional library programming and resource sharing activities.

"For 35 years, SOLINET has enabled libraries in the southeastern states and the Caribbean to maximize their capabilities and serve their communities more effectively. We welcome this groundbreaking opportunity to expand our reach and support the Indiana State Library in its endeavors," added Nevins.

About the Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana's state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, its responsibilities have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana, including special populations such as the blind and visually impaired, to collect and preserve all types of information about the state of Indiana, to support the development of the library profession, and to strengthen the services of all libraries within Indiana. For more information, visit http://www.library.in.gov/.

About SOLINET

The Southeastern Library Network, Inc. (SOLINET) is an Atlanta-based not-for-profit library cooperative serving the Southeastern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia) and the Caribbean. A membership network of libraries and other information organizations, SOLINET works in collaboration with many partners, from local to international, to provide leadership for cooperative action, improve access to information, and enable members to effectively anticipate and address the region's needs for education, economic development, and improved quality of life. http://www.solinet.net/.

 

 

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