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  1. Federal Employment Opportunities Found at USA Jobs

  2. SIRIS Catalog Helps Locate Artistic & Cultural Treasures

  3. IDEM Program Offers Info on Indiana's Beaches

  4. Website Details Eligibility Requirements for CARS Handouts

Report Finds World's Population is Getting Older

An Aging World: 2008, a report issued this Summer by the U.S. Census Bureau, stated that the world’s older population increased by an average of 870,000 people each month from 2007 to 2008. “Virtually all nations are now experiencing growth in their number of older residents,” the report points out. “The most rapid increases in older population are in the developing world.”

You may download the 204-page PDF and find charts covering “Average Annual Percent Growth of Older Population in Developed and Developing Countries: 1950 to 2050” and “Percent Change in the World’s Population: 2005 to 2040,” among many others. The first two pages allow you to test your knowledge of Global Aging. Do you know what proportion of the world’s countries have a public old-age security program… or whether older men or older women are more likely to be illiterate? Give these questions a try!

Access the Census Bureau’s press release with highlights about the report here.

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Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
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Federal Employment Opportunities Found at USAJOBS


Library patrons looking for jobs and willing to relocate may be interested in working for the federal government.  The government’s job portal, USAJOBS, is a great place to start.  Citizens are able to search for job openings based on specific criteria, whether it be by particular field, location or salary range.  Some employment opportunities are temporary, while others are permanent.  People can create “search agents” that help them ferret out specific jobs they are looking for.  You can search for jobs, keep an online profile, and even upload your resume.  Many opportunities on USAJOBS even have you apply for the job directly from the site.  Don’t know what exactly you want to do?  Check out the Top Occupations in Demand page!  This is a list of the fields that need the most employees.  Not only is there a variety of jobs listed here – from administrative assistants to engineers – but there are also opportunities in nearly every agency in the government.  Whether someone is looking for a job in the National Park Service or a civilian position in the US Army, there is something for nearly everyone.

There is also a search field aimed specifically at veterans.  This section also includes tips for veterans on how to look for jobs – how to convert military experience for civilian employment and how to determine your Veterans’ Preference Status.

SIRIS Catalog Helps Locate Artistic & Cultural Treasures

Smithsonian Institution Research Information SystemDo your patrons need more information about a piece of art they’ve seen in their city or town, or perhaps out of state? How about a sculpture you’ve always wanted to know more about, but didn’t know who to ask? Try searching the Smithsonian Institution Art Inventories Catalog via the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System, or SIRIS. By using this catalog, you can find details about Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture such as its owner, provenance, condition, and any additional notes about the piece. By using SIRIS as a whole, you can also search many other catalogs at the same time, including the recently added Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection in Washington, DC and the National Air and Space Museum Directory of Airplanes, Their Designers and Manufacturers. You can search all SIRIS catalogs by keyword. If you choose “Search Finding Aids,” this selects from another part of SIRIS, the Archives, Manuscripts, and Photographs catalog. When performing a search within SIRIS, you can also click “Slideshow” on the upper right (tan horizontal bar) for a slideshow of images. Need help? Try some sample searches, browse the Image Gallery , or view the SIRIS Cross-Catalog Searching Tutorial, a six-minute video that demonstrates how to best use its features.

IDEM Program Offers Info on Indiana's Beaches

IDEM: Indiana Beach ProgramBefore summer comes to a close, experience Indiana’s beaches along Lake Michigan!  The beaches are a great place to swim, play, relax, and watch wildlife.  While these beaches are beautiful and pristine, they need protection from various problems.  Indiana’s Beach Program can help Hoosiers and other visitors learn about beaches, plan trips, and understand how to help protect them.  This website is also helpful in obtaining current water conditions at Lake, Porter and LaPorte County beaches throughout the swimming season; you can visit the BeachGuard online monitoring system for beach closings and other helpful information to enhance your vacation experience.  Indiana’s beaches are protected in part by the BEACH Act, which was passed in October 2000 to “reduce the risk of disease to users of the nation's recreational waters.” The Act addresses pathogens and pathogen indicators such as Escherichia coli.  Under the BEACH Act, Indiana has used grant dollars to develop the Lake Michigan beaches program.  For more information, please visit the frequently asked questions page and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management website.

Website Details Eligibility Requirements for CARS Handouts

Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS)Patrons planning on purchasing a new car may want to first check out the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Act.  Formerly known as “Cash for Clunkers,” the Act officially comes into effect on July 24, 2009.  It ends on November 1, 2009 or whenever funding is depleted, whichever comes first.  People who want to take advantage of this should hurry!  The Act gives car owners a credit for trading in a vehicle with poor fuel economy for a new one with a good rating.  The amount varies, but most people can generally expect $3,500 or $4,500 toward a new car.  Eligibility requirements are stated on the website.  Some of the important criteria are that the car needs to be less than twenty-five years old and should have a combined city/highway fuel economy of less than 18 mpg.  If you don’t know your fuel economy, make sure to check out  It tells you the fuel economy and other important information of nearly any car dating back to 1985.   

Be sure to check out the FAQ section of the website for further information.  Not only are most questions answered there, but it also outlines the steps that need to be taken, from figuring out eligibility to talking to the dealer and ultimately purchasing a car.