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In This Issue

  1. Black History Month Resources Available on INSPIRE

  2. Nominations Sought for Annual Indiana Authors Award

More Library News:


Associated Press
IU-Bloomington's deemed top US university library
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Library plans suit over '06 fuel spill
Gary Post Tribune

Special Needs Resource Fair is Saturday
Greencastle Banner-Graphic

From shipment to the shelves at the library
Hartford City News Times

Library has best budget in years
Indiana State Univ. News

Libraries sign memorandum of understanding
Kokomo Tribune

Demolition of downtown library complete
Kendallville News Sun

Library Loverís Month makes it easy to pay fines
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Great reads in 2009 -- trends for 2010
New Albany Tribune

USER-FRIENDLY: NA-FC Public Library has added many new services
Northwest Indiana Times

Hammond hires library chief
Seymour Tribune

Libraries solve reading problem
Shelbyville News

Grab a book, join the fun
South Bend Tribune

Book tells Indianaís story in photos
WNDU-TV (South Bend)

Lincoln Carriage moving from Studebaker to Indiana State Museum

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Black History Month Resources Available on INSPIRE

Biography Resource Center - African AmericansThroughout Black History Month this February, the Indiana State Library is pleased to offer Biography Resource Center - African Americans through INSPIRE. In addition to the free trial of the database, Gale Cengage Learning is also providing a variety of educational resources, including lesson plans, curriculum correlations, helpful links, and related literature to compliment your Black History Month programming.

The Biography Resource Center - African Americans database includes nearly 30,000 narrative and thumbnail biographies on notable African Americans from yesterday and today. Drawn from the Biography Resource Center, the database includes 60 volumes of six respected Gale reference sources such as Contemporary Black Biography, Notable Black American Women, Who's Who Among African Americans, and other titles. Biography Resource Center - African Americans also includes more than 42,000 full-text articles from nearly 300 magazines, as well as nearly 2,000 images.

Designed to provide easy access to biographies on prominent African Americans associated with the arts, business, current events, entertainment, government, history, literature, multicultural studies, politics, science, and sports, Biography Resource Center - African Americans gives researchers a comprehensive set of in-depth narrative biographies providing overviews of the subjects' lives and accomplishments and thousands of thumbnail biographies. Covered are contemporary figures such as LaBron James, Barack Obama and Gen. Colin Powell and historic icons like Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman.

A special search box has been placed on INSPIRE for instant access to the Biography Resource Center - African Americans database. Instructions for installing a database widget on your homepage are available at  

Nominations Sought for Annual Indiana Authors Award 

Indiana Authors' AwardThe Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation is now accepting nominations for the second-annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award through March 26, 2010. This award seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation, and is funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years is eligible for nomination. A statewide panel will select a national, regional, and emerging author from nominations sent in by the public. Winning authors will each receive a cash prize ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be able to designate their hometown Indiana public library as the recipient of an additional $2,500 grant.

On October 9, 2010, the Library Foundation will honor the 2010 winners at an Awards Dinner at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis.  More information about this event, the nomination process, and other program activities and resources is available at

Best Books of Indiana Entries Due March 31, 2010

The Indiana Center for the Book will be accepting entries for the Best Books of Indiana Contest through March 31, 2010. Unlike the Authors Award, which honors a writer's body of work, the Best Books competition recognizes the top books written in the previous year by a Hoosier author or about Indiana. Titles published in 2009 will be judged in the 2010 competition.


Indiana Libraries Leading in Diversity

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS  Indiana's Librarians Leading in Diversity Program Application Period Closes February 6th, 2010...Learn more

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