January 21, 2022

Indiana: Gary’s Main Library Could Reopen by End of Year

From The Post-Tribune (Merrillville, IN): Closed last January following a 40 percent cut in the budget, library officials hoped to turn the 50-year-old building into a museum and cultural center. The move triggered an outcry in the community and led Robert Buggs to form Citizens to Save the Gary Public Library. The group gathered 5,000 […]

Indianapolis Public Library Hours Restored As State Approves $150,000 For Operating Budget

From WRTV: The Indianapolis Public Library will restore longer operating hours beginning this week.For the last 18 months, the library board and the City-County Council have been working to find a better funding method and had considered reducing library operating hours due to budgets cuts, but the possible changes sparked protests from community groups.In March, […]

“Small Indiana Libraries Team Up, Share to Stay Open”

From the AP (via Muncie Star-Press): Consolidations can have financial benefits, such as by reducing technology and administrative costs, said deputy state librarian Jim Corridan. He said merged libraries can cost less because they often don’t need two of everything, including administrators, subscriptions to the same databases or licenses for the same software. [Clip] “We’ve […]

Indiana: Public Libraries: "Bloomington Library Battles Rising Crime Rate"

From the AP (via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette): Arrests at the Monroe County Public Library in downtown Bloomington have tripled in the past six years, as have the number of reported assaults, The Herald-Times reported. The number of people considered “trespassers” rose from one in 2006 to 14 in the last year, according to Bloomington […]

New: Public Access to Indiana's Historic Sanborn Maps Provides Treasure Trove of Information

From Indiana University News Room: Considered a treasure trove of American history sought after by genealogists, urban planners, sociologists and a gamut of other researchers, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, first created beginning in 1867 for assessing fire insurance liability for buildings in U.S. cities, are now available to the public for more than 300 locations […]