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  1. Learn More Indiana Offers Valuable College Advice

  2. NHIC Updates Consumer Health Information Tools

  3. National Archives Exhibiting Designs for Democracy

  4. Library of Congress offers POW/MIA Database Online

IU Introduces New
Census 2010 Website

Indiana University - Bloomington has a new 2010 Census website, Count Us IN, which details Census-related events at IU, the importance of the census, and links to Facebook and Twitter. Under the link to “What To Do,” students can read about how they should fill out and return their 2010 Census forms. It will depend on whether a student lives on or off campus, or with parents or guardians. Read the brief FAQ section for more key questions people ask about the census. Check out the "Events" link for upcoming happenings in Bloomington. Count us IN!


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Learn More Indiana Offers Valuable College Advice

Learn More Indiana:  Cash for CollegeIs paying for college a little intimidating or overwhelming? The process can be confusing and frustrating, but there are tools and resources available.  Cash for College provides students and parents with monthly tips, toolkits, guides, and goals for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade as well as adults.  Want to know how to fill out the FAFSA?  Join other families on FAFSA Fridays to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process and requirements.  For more information about colleges and universities, College Goal Sunday helps college-bound Indiana students who qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school this year.  College Goal Sunday provides onsite help from financial aid experts, primarily from Indiana colleges and universities.  To learn more about College Goal Sunday or for answers to your specific financial aid questions, call the Learn More Indiana hotline toll-free at 1-800-992-2076. Families needing assistance from a Spanish interpreter, sign language interpreter, or who may have other special needs should call 1-800-992-2076 to report which site you will attend. 

NHIC Updates Consumer Health Information Tools

National Health Information CenterThe National Health Information Center (NHIC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently updated three of its tools for 2010: the National Health Observances calendar, the list of Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses, and the list of Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information. NHIC makes these listings available online and in PDF form. The NHIC also provides support for, a portal to reliable online and on-site consumer health information. Use this website for health resources selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations. Find online checkups, menu planners, a health encyclopedia, updated health news, videos, and more. For help assisting patrons, see the tutorial just for librarians.

National Archives Exhibiting Designs for Democracy

National Archives: Designs for DemocracyArt enthusiasts may be interested in a neat exhibit from the National Archives. Designs for Democracy is a collection of designs that have been submitted to the federal government over the years.  These designs were created by draftsmen, inventors, and other artists who were either commissioned by the government or just sent in designs on their own.  The exhibit includes drawings for ship plans, post office blueprints, and even patent drawings.  They are a broad representation of the symbols used in federal design as well as the drive for improvement that so characterized much of our country’s growth. These designs were done in a variety of media, including charcoal, ink and watercolor; and each item also includes a short description.  There are over two hundred works of art in the exhibit, so there really is something for everyone!

Library of Congress Offers POW/MIA Database Online

Library of Congress: POW/MIA DatabasesPatrons looking to find information about someone who was a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action during Vietnam are able to do so through the Library of Congress.  Originally enacted due to the McCain bill of 1991, the Vietnam Era POW/MIA Database collects information on both military and civilian personnel declared missing during the war.  Users can search by personal name, country name, service branch, keyword, and even phrases.  The results include a variety of documents and can be viewed on microfilm.  Researchers have the option of visiting the Library of Congress to view them there or ordering the reels via interlibrary loan.  They can also order photocopies.  Additionally, patrons may wish to browse the regularly updated casualty list in order to find who they’re looking for.


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