Tuesday, March 31, 2015

538. Need An Indianapolis Librarian Job?

                 The Indiana State Library is currently accepting applications for a Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian. For more information, visit: http://www.in.gov/spd/careers/, using Job ID: 595561. Deadline for applications is April 14, 2015.  

Bethany Fiechter
Rare Books and Manuscripts Supervisor
Indiana State Library
140 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Phone: (317) 234-8621

537. Upcoming Events This Week

Just want to put out a little reminder of two genealogy happenings coming up shortly:

First, the GSMC Library is open tomorrow and Thursday from 12 to 4 for research. Also on Wednesday is our Webinar from 2 to 3:30 on Migration Research Techniques. It's free and open for questions. See Post 533 below.

Second, on Thursday, if you are a veteran and have any connection to the Roudebush VA Medical Center, you can get genealogy assistance from Operation Ancestor Search via SAR volunteers. This is in Room C-1051 from 2:00 to 3:30. It's free and specific to your research.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

536. Preserving Documents, Indiana Hist. Society, April 11

Preserving Family Documents and Photographs

10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 11, at the I.H.S. History Center
                Hear about simple, effective techniques for preserving family documents and photographs while still keeping them accessible for research. Join Tamara Hemmerlein, IHS director of Local History Services, to learn how to care for your invaluable family records.
                All participants will be entered in a drawing to win an annual subscription to Fold3 by Ancestry. The fee is $10; $8 IHS members, which includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience. This class is eligible for 2 General LEUs.
                Register online or call (317) 232­-1882 for more information.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

535. An Open Letter To Governor Pence

Dear Governor Pence, et al:
   I took this photograph yesterday in the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division. Every book you see on every shelf is a family genealogy, written by individuals after many years--and sometimes a lifetime--of research. The main reason most of these volumes are here in the ISL is that they have a record of many Hoosier families.
  I challenge you to send one or two of your many staffers down here to pick out a few of these books, walk over to one of the Internet-linked computers, and try to find any of them in one of your "private collections." 
  I would be willing to bet a Starbucks latte that your people would be lucky to find 1/10 of 1% of this collection online. And that figure would not likely change in our lifetime. These resources are used by tax-paying Hoosier voters on a daily basis at ISL. I know this from many years of researching in the Genealogy Division.
 Whoever is advising your budget wonks needs to dig a little--perhaps a lot--deeper into the reality of the place of genealogy in American life. Every American family line is from somewhere else, and the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division is a significant location for Hoosiers to work on their lineages.
 By the way, where is your family from? And how do you know?

Ronald L. Darrah

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

534. Is The State Library Funding Still In Doubt?

   For all of you out there that assume the crisis is over for the ISL Genealogy Division, you may want to reconsider. I received the following email Monday from the Governor's Office in reply to my support of continued Genealogy funding. It doesn't sound to me like they have changed their position one iota:

Dear Mr. Darrah:
Thank you for your letter to Governor Pence.   He appreciates the time you took to express your views.
INSPIRE was defunded in the budget because it is largely duplicative of services available for free on sites like Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals, Microsoft Academic Search, etc. Similarly, the Genealogy Collection Program was defunded as it provides services that are offered by private organizations. The budget recommends this effort be provided by private organizations, such as Ancestry.com.
Members of the Indiana General Assembly are currently debating the budget.   I encourage you to also contact your local legislators to express your views about this legislation.   Contact information for the Indiana House and Senate is included below.
Please be assured that Governor Pence monitors all legislation closely as it proceeds through the legislative process and will thoroughly review all bills that are brought to him for his signature.   He will keep your comments in mind should this legislation reach his desk for consideration.
Thank you for contacting Governor Pence and for being an engaged citizen.
Kristen Kane
Constituent Services Representative
Office of the Governor
Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-9600 or 800-382-9842
Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-9400 or 800-382-9467