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This Week's Facts:

  1. Smithsonian Blog Offers Unique Look into Famous Museum

  2. State Data Center Celebrates 35 Years of Public Service

  3. Medline is Clearinghouse for Health-Related Info

DNR Program Highlights
Year's Biggest Fish

Almost every fisherman has told the story of the ‘one who got away,’ but now you can actually prove it! The Indiana Department of Resource's Division of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring the Indiana Record Fish Program. This program is free and recognizes the State Record Fish and the Fish of the year.   While enjoying the beautiful weather and many of Indiana’s waters, avid fishermen have the opportunity to win a certificate, a jacket patch, and bragging rights. For complete rules and information, please visit the website. Get ready to cast off and lure those big fish. Happy fishing!


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Katharine Springer
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Elisabeth O’Donnell
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Smithsonian Blog Offers Unique Look into Famous Museum

Smithsonian: O say can you see? BlogPatrons interested in history will enjoy O say can you see?, the blog of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Written by different staff members of the museum, this fun blog highlights different aspects of history and even of the museum itself! It’s updated nearly every day, so there’s always something interesting to read. You can also browse by categories. For example, you can read about Stories of Freedom & Justice, Food & Shopping, and even Intern Perspectives. Different posts include pictures from the Smithsonian’s collections and there are even podcasts available. This is a really neat site to visit, as it allows you to read about American history from a variety of perspectives. Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy perusing the photographs, personal stories, and little-known facts available here.

State Data Center Celebrates 35 Years of Public Service

Indiana State Data CenterThe Indiana State Data Center (SDC) is part of a national network of government divisions, universities, libraries, planning agencies, and economic development centers. The U.S. Census Bureau officially launched the State Data Center Program in 1978 after completing a successfully pilot program in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Library from 1976 to 1977. The Business and Industry Data Center Program was added in 1988. In the last 35 years, the SDC/BIDC program has grown into a nationwide resource for governments, academics, businesses, nonprofits, the general public. The State Data Center network is where you can find answers to statistical & business questions; learn to access data; and find assistance with quantitative research and analysis.

There is an SDC/BIDC in each state, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianna Islands, and Puerto Rico. You can locate members of the State Data Center network by clicking on the map here. In Indiana, our lead center is at the Indiana State Library. Our Lead BIDC is the Indiana Business Research Center. Coordinating agencies are the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Geographic Information Council. The SDC enables patrons to utilize a historical collection of Census documents dating from 1790, additional statistical files on CD-rom, a computer lab for data access training, and librarians who can assist with historical and current Census information. When your patrons have trouble finding and accessing data, we’re here to back you up.

Medline Plus is Clearinghouse for Health-Related Info

Medline PlusFriday Facts is hardly ever without an article that uses Medline Plus, the National Library of Medicine’s web resource for health consumers. We rely on it for current health and wellness updates by topic, drug and supplement information, and new methods of accessing health data online – like the new Videos and Cool Tools section of their website. Patrons can observe surgical procedures, use tutorials, and play games related to health and medicine.  You and your patrons can take the tutorial for Evaluating Internet Health Information on the web or download a version to study at your convenience. Another tutorial, Understanding Medical Words, is an easy-paced way to help patrons who are learning about new medical terminology. There is also a series of SeniorHealth videos, including Alzheimer's Disease, Hearing Loss, and Taking Medicines. Use an alphabetical list of calculators and quizzes, or Health Check Tools, to evaluate your health yourself, and determine if and when you need to see a doctor.

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