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This Week's Facts:
  1. Help Celebrate Earth Day Indiana on April 23

  2. Go Green During National Garden Month

  3. Lt. Governor Honors Hoosier Women Artists

  4. Resources Help Libraries Link Jobseekers to Opportunities

Document of the Month:
Annual Report of the Indiana State Board of Medical Registration & Examination

Standards for medical practices in Indiana can be traced back to the organization of this Board as early as 1897. The Indiana Medical Law of 1897 established that anyone practicing medicine or surgery must have a license or certificate from the State Board of Medical Registration and Examination. This law also established testing requirements for new physicians to determine their skills and knowledge before practicing on patients. The annual reports contain a list of the officers and members of the board for the year and subsequent year the annual report was published. The annual report contains laws, statutes and standards for all the states and territories. This is an interesting publication for anyone interested in the history of medical licensure and procedures for Indiana and surrounding states. Other resources included in the Reports are the Proceedings of the Board, Financial Reports and an official register of physicians organized by county. These reports contain a wealth of information for Indiana and beyond. The Annual reports can be found in the State Library’s collections, I 614.1 I    for 1897-1972. 

2011 Federal Budget Update

The federal government budget has been in the news a lot lately. When the 2011 Budget was not passed by its October 2010 deadline, Congress enacted a series of Continuing Resolutions to allow the federal government to continue to function at its current level. The last Continuing Resolution (PL 112-8) was passed on the condition that a budget for fiscal year 2011 would be passed this week. Be sure to keep up with what’s going on in Congress! You can view previous Continuing Resolutions on FDsys: PL 112-4 and PL 112-6, the two CRs that were passed in March, are available. The latest will be available shortly. You also may want to check out the text of the bill for the actual budget. See HR 1473 for that. As of this writing, the bill has passed both the House and the Senate. Be sure to check out the page on this to track its progress as it goes to the President. Another good thing to look at is the 2011 budget as it was originally proposed. FDsys has this and the 2012 proposed budget, as well as those going back to 1996.


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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
Documents Coordinator

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Help Celebrate Earth Day Indiana on April 23

Earth Day Indiana - April 23, 2011Earth Day is the time to reflect and evaluate our impact on the environment. Earth Day Indiana is a free outdoor festival at White River State Park-801 W. Washington Street from 11a.m.-4:00p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with music, food, and activities for every age. Nationally, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The theme for this year is “Earth Day 2011:  A Billion Acts of Green.”  Click here for more information, tools, and resources to celebrate Earth Day. There are numerous events across the United States to help bring attention and awareness to our environment and the footprints we leave daily. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has tips and tools to help Indiana citizens become more environmentally-conscious.

Go Green During National Garden Month

National Garden Month - April 2011Finally! Winter is over and the world is starting to turn green again. There is new life everywhere and your background should be no exception. As such, April is National Garden Month. Check out the National Gardening Association website to see 101 Ways to Celebrate, including In Your Community and Edible Landscaping. Of course, there are plenty of gardening tips from both the Federal and State governments. It should be of no surprise, but one of the best places to go is the USDA. You can find information on a variety of gardening topics, whether you’re interested in basic horticulture, composting or even landscaping. For those who are interested in growing food organically, the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center has a variety of sources available online and at your local Federal Depository Library. You can also get some basic garden tips from the Natural Resources Conservations Service and from the Home and Garden Information Center at the University of Maryland Extension Office. One final source from the USDA is the National Agricultural Library. They have a great list of online sources for home gardening. On the local level, be sure to check out the Indiana Department of Agriculture website for agricultural information, as well as the Farmers’ Market Online Directory. Go here to sell your own produce or buy someone else’s!

Lt. Governor Honors Hoosier Women Artists

Hoosier Women Artists CompetitionLast month, in recognition of Women’s History Month, the Office of Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman selected outstanding pieces of artwork by Hoosier women artists. Starting in early April, these works are being displayed in the lobby of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office for one year. The April 10 issue of the Skillman’s March in Review bulletin stated:

My office in the statehouse welcomes a large number of tourists and visitors from across the state and the world.  As they learn about our state’s history, they can also experience a taste of Hoosier culture, admiring the winning pieces from my annual Hoosier Women Artists Competition.  This year, 11 winners were selected from across the state, and their work will be displayed in my office for a year. To see a slideshow of the paintings and photographs, please visit my website.

Resources Help Libraries Link Jobseekers to Opportunities

Indiana Career ConnectIn an atmosphere of “cautious optimism,” as quoted in the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s April 14 news release from Inside Indiana Business, libraries should soon see new graduates seeking work and unemployed Indiana citizens renewing their job searches if they aren’t already involved in current searches. An article this week on the CNNMoney website indicated the “best hiring picture in four years” for college grads. You have many government information tools available to assist these new high school and college graduates, Indiana residents who are exploring new careers and those who are in between jobs. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), an Indiana State Data Center Affiliate, has an ample collection of resources available to the public. Find recent Economic Forecasts and Projections and long- & short-term Occupational Projections on the Hoosiers by the Numbers website. Stats Indiana provides the Indiana Dashboard: a Summary of Key Economic Indicators, to demonstrate recent changes in the Indiana economy in graphic form.

The Wall Street Journal recently posted an online video, Tips for Landing a Job, and Miriam Salpeter from a U.S. News and World Report blog On Careers, proposed answers this week to the question, “Why You’re Not Getting Hired.” Under the Job Search section of Indiana’s DWD website, you’ll find links in the left sidebar to Tips for a Job Search, Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs,, State & Federal Job Openings and more. The DWD’s WorkKeys and INTraining modules are available online and at Indiana’s WorkOne Centers to assist everyone in assessing and improving job skills. The DWD Business Lookup Tool lets users search for potential employers by county, city, business name, and Economic Growth Region.

You can help patrons use federal resources by directing them to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Information Page and A-Z List of Careers. is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor. It contains tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. is a one-stop shop for federal government employment. Search jobs only in Indiana by entering “Indiana” into the “Where” field. Users can upload and save a profile and resume on the website, then return to search and apply for positions. is the federal portal for considering education, career, and military service decisions. It is also a comprehensive resource for online federal research and information, organized by topics like Science & Medicine, Geography & travel and Arts & Education. Search away!

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