Tuesday, October 18, 2016

746. Check Out The State Library Digital Collection

The Indiana State Library has added a significant collection of digital resources. Go to their web page and take a look. A couple of Marion County examples below. The Plat Book is 1920; the Police Pension list is 1913:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

745. Interesting Indy Room Schedule

If you have not yet visited the Indianapolis Special Collections Room up on top of the Indianapolis Main Library building, take advantage of one or more of these remaining events to see for yourself. Lots of good stuff to poke into.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

744. Indy Library Adding Significant New Genealogy Resources

Indianapolis Public Library Announces Major Grants for New Projects

            Grants totaling nearly $3.3 million dollars have been awarded to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for individual Library projects that will preserve Indianapolis history, establish a new collection highlighting African-American culture, and improve the Library experience for immigrant residents in the community.

            A $3.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will fund two major Library projects over the next five years. In preparation for the city of Indianapolis' bicentennial in 2020, IndyPL will digitize and make available for free online access a significant portion of the histories of the Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department. More than one million pages of records, 150 3-D objects and 400 films would be digitized, supplementing an abundance of existing digitized records from various local arts organizations found at indypl.org. The project underscores a Library priority in its strategic plan to digitize community records which could be lost to time or neglect.

            The Lilly Endowment Inc. grant also will create by the fall of 2017 the Center for African-American Literature and Culture at Central Library, a place to study the works of local African-American writers and discover the rich heritage of Black authors from Indiana and beyond. IndyPL will provide programming, including author talks and author fairs, to highlight the collection and showcase the African-American experience in Indianapolis. The work of the Library's African-American History Committee also will be highlighted. Curated by a dedicated librarian with an initial collection of 10,000 volumes, the Center will ensure that the Black experience is not only remembered but that its materials are easily accessible to inspire others.

Monday, October 3, 2016

743. Going To Be At Pal-Am on October 15?

[Looks like another good German research day at the Historical Society. Almost makes me want to have some German ancestry. Oh, well...]

Friday, September 30, 2016

742. Time For All The Scots To Rally Around

If you like bagpipes and plaid and shortbread, Saturday, October 8th, you need to be at the Indianapolis Scottish Games & Festival. [We'll ignore the German Park issue...] Let's hope the Indy weather cooperates, so we all can enjoy a great day and evening. See you there!!
Oh, yeah, the haggis is not mandatory, but the whiskey might be.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

741. Several Genealogy Events At The Carmel Library In October

[Northsiders might want to look into these sessions.]

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov. 2 - “Finding Family” – This Fall’s session of the five-week “Finding Family” genealogy course begins on Wed., October 5, 6:30-8:30 in the Training Lab on the 2nd floor. The course is free but limited to 18 people.  Attendees need to register by calling the reference desk at the library (844-3362). The course teaches about kinds of information to look for, how to use Ancestry and other sources to find this information, and how to organize your information once you’ve found it.  Everything builds on the first class so it is important to be able to attend the October 5th session.  A comfort level with computers is recommended.   
Oct. 22 - “DNA Genetic Genealogy” –You won’t want to miss this “cutting edge” genealogy symposium on Saturday, October 22, at 10 –12 noon in the Library Program Room located on the 1st floor.  DNA specialist, Steven Frank, will not only explain the various kinds of DNA tests, he will demonstrate how to interpret your DNA test results to enable you to find ancestors and connect with fellow researchers.

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and every Thursday, 6 – 8:45 p.m. – The Training Lab on the Library’s 2nd floor is open for genealogy research.  Skilled volunteers are there to help guide you with your genealogy research and help you use the library’s special genealogy databases.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

740. Calling All Indiana Archivists: Workshop Opportunity Oct 28

[The deadline is a little close, but if you are an archivist and a techie, this might be up your alley.]

2016 John Newman Professional Development Scholarship

The Society of Indiana Archivists will award the John Newman Professional Development Scholarship to attend the 2016 Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop on Friday, October 28, at Hodge Hall at Indiana University (Bloomington). The scholarship waives the cost of the workshop and offers a check for $150 to help cover hotel and travel expenses.

Workshop: “Past History, Digital Future: Indiana DPLA Metadata”

This workshop is for those interested in providing greater access to their unique, locally hosted digital archival collections through inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and/or Indiana Memory. The presenters will guide participants in structuring existing metadata to conform to DPLA and Indiana Memory standards and the training will be geared towards the needs of archival institutions. This session will also be tailored to the content management systems in use by attendees, so whether you use CONTENTdm, PastPerfect, or another content management system, facilitators will provide tools to help you unveil your archives to the world.

To Apply:  Send a statement of 200-300 words about why the workshop will help you gain knowledge and experience useful in your volunteering efforts or career, along with your name, institution where you work/volunteer, and contact information.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 14, 2016

Please submit the information stated above via email to the committee members:

Jennifer Noffze   JenN@childrensmuseum.org

Angela White   angwhite@iupui.edu

Neal A. Harmeyer   harmeyna@purdue.edu

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Noffze   JenN@childrensmuseum.org.

The award recipient will be announced through the SIA listserv prior to the meeting.