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Help Spread Breast Cancer Awareness in October

Celebrate World Mental Health Day this Monday

Census Database Provides Bevy of Economic Data

Patent Office Rebrands Network, Seeks New Partners

Document of the Month: Biennial Report of the Indiana Custodian of Public Buildings & Property

The Indiana Office of Custodian of Public Buildings and Property was created by the General Assembly March 5, 1889. The Act required that the Custodian file a report quarterly (March, June, and September), an annual report in December, and a report for the two years proceeding each session of the General Assembly. These historic documents contain valuable historical information about State buildings and properties such as University Square, the Governor’s Circle, Military Park, Friendly Inn, and the Capitol Grounds. Each report includes a brief description of the property and its locations. The reports provide a historical record of improvements and repairs made to various state properties and the costs. For example, the Hendricks Monument needed repairs on the lead gutters on its roof in 1889. The custodian offered suggestions on how to fix the issue along with an estimate of the expenses. In 1889, it would cost approximately $3000 to repair/replace gutters and downspouts, and other items for the Monument. Anyone interested in the history and architecture of some of Indiana’s public buildings can use these in their research. The Biennial reports can be found in the Indiana Collection, I 353.8 I for the years 1889 through 1908.


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Help Spread Breast Cancer Awareness in October

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness MonthIf you see the color pink a little more, that means it’s October and it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates almost 193,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected to be diagnosed among women nationwide.  Currently, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). It can be detected through clinical breast exams or mammograms, which can be performed as a preventative measure before symptoms are noticed by women. The Indiana State Department of Health  has information and resources about breast cancer and other diseases for men, women, and children. Information and preventative measures can help keep family members and loved ones healthy. Remember to add a little pink to your wardrobe this month! 

Celebrate World Mental Health Day this Monday

October 10 is World Mental Health DayThe World Health Organization (WHO) has designated October 10th as World Mental Health Day. Celebrated every year, the goal is to promote “open discussion of mental disorders and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.” This year’s theme is The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health. Mental health initiatives are important around the world. Unfortunately, while considered important, they receive limited funding. According to the World Health Organization, there is less than one mental health specialist per one million people in many countries. Most low- and middle-income nations spend less than 2% of their annual health budgets on mental health. In celebration of World Mental Health Day, the WHO has released the Mental Health GAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings.

You can learn more about the push to invest in mental health by looking at the brochure, "Face the Problem: Invest In Mental Health", produced by the WHO. You can also find information from the World Federation for Mental Health here. For information about mental health in the U.S., check out the National Institute of Mental Health, where you’ll find basic facts about mental health disorders. The Mental Health topic on Medline Plus remains an excellent tool for patrons, with information on diagnoses, prescription medications and treatments, as well as articles, statistics and links to other resources.

Census Database Provides Bevy of Economic Data

US Census Bureau: Economic StatisticsThe Census Bureau released a new Economic Indicator Database Search in September. It allows immediate access to data from 12 Business and Industry reports and surveys produced by the Census Bureau throughout the year. Included in the database is New Residential Construction data from 1960 to the present; New Home Sales data, which provides the rate of new single-family houses sold in the U.S. from 1963 to the present; and New Construction Spending, which covers the values of construction of new structures; alterations of current structures; and building equipment installation such as plumbing, heating, elevators, A/C, boilers, furnaces, and more. To learn more about it, see the brochure created by the Economic Statistics Division of the Bureau. Plans are underway to add a 13th indicator – house vacancies and home ownership.

Patent Office Rebrands Network, Seeks New Partners

US Patent and Trademark OfficeThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), of the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced in a September 28 press release that it is rebranding its national library network. On October 1, Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) officially became “Patent and Trademark Resource Centers” (PTRCs). According to the press release, the network will offer free electronic services and resources designed to support the intellectual property needs of local and state patrons. PTRC’s employ USPTO-trained librarians to provide customer assistance on the use of the agency’s patent and trademark databases and public seminars on intellectual property topics for novice and experienced users. The modern PTRC network has its foundations in the 1800s, when Congress provided printed copies of patents to libraries for use by the public.  If your library is interested in partnering with the USPTO to become a patent resource center, please see the website here or contact the Indiana State Data Center.

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