Library launches site

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Indiana State Library launched a new collaborative Web site called Indiana Memory created to make Indiana historical and cultural information available via Internet.

The Web site ( provides access to primary sources from libraries, archives, museums and other institutions across the state. Digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers and maps are available as sources for learning about Indiana history and culture.

The Putnam County Library is not yet linked to the system, but according to Director Alice Greenburg, connecting to the Web site could be in the local libraries' futures.

"We are not part of the Web site as of now," Greenburg said. "But we are doing some digitizing of local history, so we could possibly be part of it down the road."

Because of current funding and technology constraints, PCPL is not able to participate in the statewide program. The library is working on digitizing information on local cemeteries as well as working on an online archive of local obituaries on its own, though.

The mission of Indiana Memory is to create and maintain a digital library that enables free public access to information on Indiana historical and cultural heritage.

To generate content for the site, Indiana Memory grants funds annually to libraries and partnering organizations that are planning projects involving digitized media.

PCPL did not have the resources to apply for the grants this year, but Greenburg said the library might apply in the future.

"Whenever you apply for a grant, it takes a lot of staff time and effort." Greenburg said. "We weren't able to do it this year, but it is a possibility for future years."

Indiana Memory's eight original collections are provided and hosted by Ball State University, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Purdue University -- Fort Wayne, Purdue University -- Indianapolis, Madison-Jefferson County Public Library, Morrison Reeves Library and Purdue University.

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