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In This Issue

  1. Biography in Context Debuts on INSPIRE

  2. TechSoup Unveils New User-Friendly Website

  3. SIA Workshop Highlights Civil War & More

More Library News

Chesterton Tribune

Library eyes adding more bandwith as public access Internet use soars

Elkhart Truth

Elkhart library plans updates so it can stay put at least 10 more years

Gary Post Tribune

Top library post in EC a ripe political plum

Gary Post Tribune

Ex-librarian loves her Red Wings

Greencastle Banner-Graphic

Community urged to participate in 'This I Believe' project

Greene County Daily World

Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library hosting annual book sale

Greene County Daily World

'The Scholarly Hunt' to benefit GCLC

Greenfield Reporter

Businesses give boost to literacy effort

Indianapolis Business Journal

Library slashes hours, to close main branch on Thursdays

Indianapolis Star

Library hours cut back beginning Oct. 3

IU Libraries News

IU's Lilly Library offers sustainability exhibition as part of 2010 Themester

Kendallville News-Sun

Novel discussion group launches Sept. 30

Kokomo Tribune

Library bids on Lincoln building

Kokomo Tribune

Library tentatively set for Oct. 7 opening

Muncie Star Press

This was no ordinary book signing

Perry County News

Library moves forward with Interstate Library agreement

Richmond Palladium-Item

Union County library sponsors bra art to raise breast cancer funds

Seymour Tribune

Take the mystery out of family history

Seymour Tribune

Drive places books in readers' hands

South Bend Tribune

March to save LaSalle Branch library

South Bend Tribune

Should other branches cut back hours to save LaSalle?

Warsaw Times Union

Anderson Professor To Present C.S. Lewis Portrayal At WCPL

Yorktown Press

AU to have children's book festival Sept. 25


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Reference Hotline

Biography In Context Debuts on INSPIRE

Biography in Context now on INSPIREGale-Cengage Learning recently unveiled Biography in Context, the next-generation online portal that replaces Biography Resource Center. This product still delivers Gale's authoritative reference content  of more than 600,000 biographies on more than 500,000 people gathered from more than 170 award-winning Gale reference sources. However, several enhancements have been made that integrate in-demand resources like video, audio, podcasts, interactives and more that provide a richer multi-media, online experience for today’s learners, educators and librarians.

Biography in Context follows Science in Context  as the second and final "In Context" upgrade to the INSPIRE suite. The most notable upgrades include:

  • Search Assist (with "Did You Mean?" prompt) for accurate results
  • Factbox biographical highlights for further investigation
  • Related topics & vetted websites aid discovery of similar content
  • Content organized by type - reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more - supports general users & those conducting extensive research
  • Interactive maps place information in geographical context
  • Translation-on-demand, ReadSpeaker text-to-speech & font size adjustments for diverse communities & differentiated learning
  • MLA7 & APA citation tools for correct assignment presentation
  • Tools to download, print & share content encourage collaboration

Additional information about the upgrade, including an extensive FAQ list and an interactive product tour, is available on the In Context website. Gale also provides training seminars for all their products, including Biography in Context on September 27 and Science in Context on October 1.

TechSoup Unveils New User-Friendly Website underwent a series of major improvements this week designed to improve libraries' access to their large catalog of deeply discounted and donated technology products. In addition to an updated look and feel, TechSoup made several updates and improvements to help libraries locate the products they seek. Most notably, improved instructions and clarified steps to take to receive product donations have been streamlined. New "cart" and user account features allow you to identify products quickly and place instant, yet secure orders on technology software and hardware.

TechSoup enables libraries to save on average 80 – 96% on brand-new software donated by top companies. All products are available either for a small administrative fee if donated, or at prices that are deeply discounted. Most public libraries are eligible, but keep in mind each branch of a library system must register with TechSoup individually to request software products, not just the main branch. Most notable of the discounts is the Microsoft Software Donations Program, which donates a wide variety of software products to public libraries that are intended only for public access computers. Other deeply-discounted products include eTapestry donation software, IKON office equipment, and Citrix desktop and web conferencing services, among many other. Visit the TechSoup for libraries website for more information.

SIA Fall Workshop Highlights Civil War & More

Society of Indiana Archivists Fall WorkshopThe Society of Indiana Archivists (SIA) invites you to join them for “Celebrate Archives Month – Civil War Outreach and More.” This SIA's Fall workshop is on Friday October 8, 2010 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM (EDT) at the Allen County Public Library (ACPL). The workshop will focus on how to use your Civil War materials—including photographs, manuscripts, and material objects—to promote American Archives Month.

The day features two tours of outstanding collections (Lincoln Collection & ACPL Genealogy Center) and two great speakers, in addition to other programming. The cost to attend is $30 for SIA members and $40 for non-members. A link to the online registration and more information about workshop speakers and events is available on the SIA's website.

IN Library Jobs

View the latest job postings from around the state via Jobs in Indiana Libraries on WJ Indiana

Upcoming Events & workshops

Every Child Ready to Read: Beyond Basics
When: Mon., September 20
@ 9:00 AM
Where: Evansville-Vndrbgh Co. PL

Indiana Vision Expo
When: Sat., September 25
@ 9:30 AM - State Library

Annual SAMS Conference
When: September 29 & 30
Where: W. Lafayette PL

Evergreen IN Admin & Reports Training
When: Thu., September 30
@ 8:00 AM
Where: State Library

SIA Fall Workshop
When: Fri., October 8
@ 10:00 AM
Where: Allen Co. PL

SW Youth Services Fall Roundtable
When: Fri., October 8
@ 10:00 AM (CDT)
Where: Princeton Pub. Library

Evergreen IN Intro to Cataloging
When: Thu., October 7
@ 9:00 AM
Where: State Library

Evergreen Indiana Admin/Reports Train
When: Thu., October 7
@ 1:00 PM
Where: State Library

ILF Annual Conference
When: November 15-17
Where: Indpls. Convention Center

View more LEU opportunities from LYRASIS & WJ-IN


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