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  • Evergreen Indiana Celebrates Fifth Birthday

  • State Library Expands Genealogy Collection Resources

  • E-book Kits Available for Patron Demonstrations, Staff Trainings

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Evergreen Indiana Celebrates Fifth Birthday

Happy Birthday Evergreen IndianaEvergreen Indiana celebrated its five-year anniversary this past Sunday. The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) became Indiana's first library to migrate to Evergreen on August 25, 2008.

The Indiana State Library, in coordination with the Hussey-Mayfield, originally investigated the development of an open-source ILS program in early 2007. At the time, it was unknown whether 1, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. The nearly seamless conversion of hundreds of Georgia Pines member libraries to Evergreen indicated the software was capable of meeting Indiana’s needs. Since this time, Indiana has become a leader in the global Evergreen community.

Today, Evergreen Indiana is the largest public library catalog in Indiana. The Evergreen Indiana catalog holds over 2.9 million bibliographic records and provides access to nearly 6.8 million items. The 102 current member libraries serve 981,929 Indiana residents in 55 of the state's 92 counties. Click here for current and historical Evergreen Indiana statistics.

The Evergreen Indiana Consortium routinely considers membership applications from Indiana public libraries. Learn more about the benefits of joining the Evergreen Indiana Consortium by reviewing the "JOIN NOW" webpage or contacting Anna Goben, Evergreen Indiana Project Coordinator, at 317-234-6624 or

“I would like to congratulate the Evergreen Indiana Consortium on these two remarkable milestones," said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “We could have never predicted the success of this collaborative effort to date and it is a great example of Indiana libraries pooling scarce resources to better serve their respective communities.”

State Library Expands Genealogy Collection Resources

FamilySearchThe Indiana State Library is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. This designation means researchers will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. The Indiana State Library Foundation applied for this affiliate status on behalf of the State Library's Genealogy Collection.

FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries. FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public library affiliates.

“Our goal is to provide Hoosiers with a considerable collection of Genealogy resources at the State Library,” said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana. “We regularly seek new resources and services that enhance what is already one of the largest genealogy collections in the Midwest.”

There is a nominal fee to order a microfilm. Patrons may view the film upon arrival via one of several microfilm readers at the Indiana State Library. State Library staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records FamilySearch has available to order through the library.

E-book Kits Available for Patron Demonstrations, Staff Trainings

eBook KitsE-books are rapidly becoming an important part of every library’s holdings. Are you prepared to meet the challenges of your patrons who come in and require help with eReader devices? Does your staff need a little more time and practice with the various e-reader devices that are available out there? 

The Indiana State Library has 10 eReader kits available for check out. Each kit contains each of the seven eReaders that are commercially available. These kits are great for staff training days as well as individual workshops on e-books. Any Indiana public or school library may obtain these kits by contacting the PDO at (317) 234-5650 or

Register Today for Story
Time Boot Camp

Register today for Story Time Boot Camp. Space is limited and many locations may fill up quickly. Visit the WebJunction Indiana Online Calendar to secure your spot. Locations:

Carmel Clay PL: 9/5 @ 9:00 AM

Vermillion Co. PL: 9/12 @ 9:00 AM

Allen County PL: 9/17 @ 1:30 PM

Ohio Twp PL System: 9/18 @ Noon (CDT)

New Albany Floyd Co. PL: 9/26 @ 10:00 AM

Mooresville PL: 10/3 @ 9:00 AM

Jay County PL: 10/18 @ 9:30 AM

Remington Carpenter Twp PL: 10/30 @ 9:30 AM

Upcoming Workshops,
& Important Dates

Genealogy for Night Owls
When: September 4 @ 5:30 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Intellectual Freedom Workshop
When: September 12 @ 9:00 AM
Where: Indiana State Library

2013 SAMS Conference
When: September 19 & 20
Where: Pendleton Public Library

Consumer Health Literacy and Affordable Care Act Resources
When: September 23 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Pike County Public Library

Indiana Vision Expo
When: September 28
Where: Indiana State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: October 22 & 23
Where: Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana State Library

Indy Author Fair
When: October 26
Where: Indiana Public Library - Central

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