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  1. Obsolete First Search Component Expires June 30th

  2. Application Deadline Approaches for NEH Lincoln Exhibit

  3. Participants Sought for Statewide Resource Sharing Committee

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Associated Press

$2M grant to help preserve astronauts' archives

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Retired teacher has spent decades researching 44th Indiana Regiment's role in Civil War

Gary Post-Tribune

C.P. planners approve new library’s site plan

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

National Library Week comes to Putnam County

Greenfield Reporter

Wanted: Caring volunteers

Huntington County TAB

Library renovation dependent on grant

Indianapolis Star

Z’GreenFest 2011 at Zionsville Library April 17

Indiana’s NewCenter (Fort Wayne)

Annual Non-Profit Book Giveaway

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Book Cycle writes new chapters in early reading

Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Embracing books

Louisville Courier-Journal

Bringing life to old graveyards

Muncie Star Press

A little help for some new friends

Noblesville Times

Library Week a time to celebrate literacy

Northwest Indiana Times

New C.P. library wins site plan approval

Northwest Indiana Times

Learn Hammond library's story

Northwest Indiana Times

Region faces of the Civil War

Northwest Indiana Times

Judge tosses injunction sought by ousted E.C. library officials

Rushville Republican

National Library Week starts Monday

Richmond Palladium-Item

Flags serve as Civil War rallying point

South Bend Tribune

Brainy Bunch III wins Battle of the Books


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Obsolete First Search Component Expires June 30th

OCLC First SearchOn June 30, 2011, the Indiana State Library will discontinue the Indiana group-view search function, including INCat, on First Search. It has become obsolete due to enhancements to WorldCat that allow for location limiters in searches.

In 2010, around 45,000 searches were conducted using Group Views amounting to over $2 per search. These searches account for a very small percentage of overall First Search usage. The change will go unnoticed by the majority of Indiana First Search users and will not affect the overall functionality of First Search.

The State Library will continue to purchase Indiana's statewide First Search license at a cost of over $300,000 per year, which includes First Search, Ebook Database Index and Clase Periodica components.

Application Deadline Approaches for NEH Lincoln Exhibit

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil WarThe American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Constitution Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is accepting online applications for a large-scale tour of the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” through May 5 at Eligible institutions include public, research and special libraries; historical societies; museums and civic, community and heritage organizations. Funding for the exhibition and tour is provided by a major grant from NEH.

Using the U.S. Constitution as its cohesive thread, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies these crises—the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties—and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.

Two hundred sites will be selected to host the 1,000 square foot exhibition for a period of six weeks each from September 2011 through May 2015. Each site will receive a $750 grant to support expenses related to exhibition programming.  Participating institutions are expected to present at least two free public programs featuring a lecture or discussion by a qualified scholar on exhibition themes.  All showings of the exhibition must be free and open to the public. 

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is supported by NEH’s We the People initiative, which aims to stimulate and enhance the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture. For more information, including project guidelines, programming resources and the online application, visit

Participants Sought for Statewide Resource Sharing Committee

Indiana Resource Sharing CommitteeThe Indiana State Library is establishing a statewide Resource Sharing Committee to advise and assist in resource discovery, interlibrary loan/borrowing arrangements and library delivery services.   The committee’s role would include encouraging and supporting lending practices and statewide resource models in Indiana.  The committee’s composition will represent a cross section of the Indiana library community. 

Currently the State Library provides subsidies for the INfoExpress delivery service to all participating libraries, and pays for IN-Share (ILL program) and the statewide First Search license for all Indiana libraries.

If you would like to be considered as a committee member, please compete this survey by Monday, April 18, 2011. The committee is tentatively scheduled to begin holding meetings in early May.

Open State Library Positions

The State Library is currently taking applications for three job openings, including LDO Supervisor, Eastern Indiana Regional Coordinator and Certification Program Director. For more information and application instructions visit

You can also view the latest job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WebJunction Indiana.


National Library Week
When: April 10-16

ILF District Conferences
When: 8:30 AM (local time)
Where: Multiple Locations
District 8     5/03: District 1
5/12: District5/7   5/13: District 2 5/20: District 4

Evergreen Circulation Training
When: April 14 @ 1:00 PM
Where: Indiana State Library

Poem in Your Pocket Day
When: April 14

Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Conference
When: April 16
Where: Fort Benjamin Harrison

Library Services for Homeschoolers
When: April 20 @ 10:00 AM
Middlebury Comm. PL

Books to Movies Programming
When: April 20 @ 11:30 AM
Where: Middlebury Comm. PL

8th Annual Copyright Conference
When: April 20
Where: Ball State University

ALA's Preservation Week
When: April 24-30

AISLE Survive Conference
When: June 14
Where: Ben Davis HS - Indianapolis

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