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In This Issue

  1. Tutorials Simplify Searches of Biography Database
  2. Titles by Indiana Authors Available for Book Clubs
  3. State Library Seeks Applicants for Two Positions

More Library News:


Auburn Evening Star
Value of reading aloud to children cannot be overstated
Auburn Evening Star
Library salutes centennial year
Brazil Times
Club at Northview attracting bookworms
Chesterton Tribune
More visitors, less circulation at township libraries
Evansville Courier & Press
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library holding annual Summer Reading Program  
Huntington County Tab
Huntington Univ. library director will retire this spring
Indianapolis Star
Greenwood library plans medieval-movie nights
Indianapolis Star
Residents turn out again to support libraries
Library Journal
Grand Reopening for Louisville Main Library
Northwest Indiana Times
Make a splash at the library
Perry County News
Library leaders eye circulation system
Plymouth Pilot News
Price saves the day at BPL  
Rensselaer Republican
Reading reward points stretched into book store trip
Richmond Palladium-Item
Adoption-focused gallery unveiled at Richmond library
Shelbyville News
Library board to use collection agency
Warsaw Times-Union
Two Artists On Exhibit At WCPL 
Zionsville Times-Sentinel
Library director starts new chapter
Zionsville Times-Sentinel
Speer to build on library’s excellence


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Tutorials Simplify Searches of Biography Database

Biography Resource CenterGale recently added four new “Guided Tutorials” for Biography Resource Center (BRC).  These quick (two minute) “How To’s” help optimize the user experience by offering clear instructions for utilizing the Advanced Search & InfoMarks, BRC Basics, Category Browse & Biographical Facts Search and Additional Hel p features. These tutorials can be a huge help to patrons searching BRC, which contains more than 450,000 authoritative biographies on more than 380,000 notable figures in literature, science, history, government, business, art, gender and multicultural studies, religion, entertainment, sports and much more.

Gale also released several recent additions to BRC, including Contemporary Authors (vol. 291, 292 and 293), Contemporary Authors New Revision (vol. 200 and 201)Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television (vol. 99 and 100) World of Forensic Science, World of Sports Science, and 74 original, contemporary biographies written specifically for BRC by Gale’s team of subject experts. All told, that’s 1,542 new biographies now available in Biography Resource Center.

Gale plans to continue to roll out many new features, resources and upgrades in 2010. Check out The Sizzle to stay on top of breaking news and recent additions from Gale. In addition to the tutorials, Gale also provides useful marketing and PR tools through Power to the User. This program enables libraries of all types to order free materials online for specific databases like BRC, TERC, and other Gale products.

Titles by Indiana Authors Available for Book Clubs

Indiana Authors Award: Novel ConversationsThe 2009 Indiana Authors Award winners’ and finalists’ books are now available for checkout throughout the state through the Indiana Humanities Council program, Novel Conversations. Novel Conversations (formerly called Humanities to Go) is the statewide lending library of the Indiana Humanities Council and is open to any Indiana book club. Through this program, the Council maintains and circulates a collection of books and a library of multimedia materials. The Council lends more than 300 titles, primarily fiction and biography, to reading and discussion groups at libraries, senior centers, schools, and other organizations, free of charge.

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation recently donated the new titles to Novel Conversations that represent prize-winning and finalist books from the 2009 Indiana Authors Award program. This collection includes:

- Dear Mrs. Lindbergh by Kathleen Hughes
- In the House of Blue Lights by Susan Neville
- What This River Keeps by Greg Schwipps
- Saint Patrick’s Battalion by James Alexander Thom
- Les Barricades Mysterieuses by Jared Carter
- Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montross
- Lynching in the Heartland, A: Race and Memory in America by James H. Madison
- A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders
- When I Crossed No-Bob by Margaret McMullan

Visit the Indiana Humanities Council website to learn more or reserve copies of these titles for your own book discussion group.

State Library Seeks Applicants for Two Positions

The Indiana State Library is currently accepting applications for two positions. Each position may be viewed at Interested applicants must fully complete an online profile and apply to the position-specific posting number. Open positions (and posting numbers) include Library Development Office Supervisor (#568423) and Interlibrary Loan Specialist (#568325).

Any questions, please call 317-232-0200. The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans and accrued leave. The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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