9th Annual Vision Expo

Vision ExpoThe Indiana State Library is hosting its 9th-Annual Indiana Vision Expo on Saturday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be a wide variety of vendors and non-profit agencies on hand providing the latest in adaptive technology, independent living aids, and other resources for Hoosiers with vision loss. Visit the Indiana Vision Expo website to view the full schedule of events.

This year’s event will again be held in conjunction with the annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Indy VisionWalk, which will be held on the downtown canal adjoining the State Library prior to the start of the Expo.

Spring 2014 Edition of the Cornerstone Available Online


The Indiana State Library Foundation has published the fourth edition of its official magazine Cornerstone. The spring 2014 Edition of the Cornerstone highlights the new Indiana State Library Preservation Lab, detailing its mission to preserve Indiana’s legacy through conservation. Also featured in this edition is the Civil War Sesquicentennial exhibit highlights the State Library’s rich Civil War collection.

Click here to view the Spring issue of Cornerstone.

Genealogy for Night Owls coming April 30, 2014!

Night OwlsBeginning your genealogical research can seem like a daunting task, which is why the Indiana State Library is hosting a unique event to help Hoosiers discover their family history. Genealogy for Night Owls on April 30, 2014 is a chance to get one-on-one assistance from State Library subject experts. The event will include opportunities for extra research time, library orientation and collection tours, Ask-An-Expert sessions, and more!

Registration is required by April 25 for this unique and free event at the Indiana State Library. Click here for parking and destination information.

Winter Edition of Cornerstone Released

Cornerstone MagazineThe Indiana State Library Foundation has published the third edition of its official magazine, Cornerstone. The quarterly publication is designed to highlight the State Library’s rare collections, public services, statewide programs, and relevant library news from across the state. Specifically, the Foundation hopes to use Cornerstone as a catalyst and reference point to carry out its mission to serve citizens of Indiana through the support, enhancement and promotion of activities of the Indiana State Library as well as aid in the development of library related programs benefiting libraries throughout the state and the library profession.

The Winter 2014 issue of Cornerstone highlights the State Library’s Genealogy Collection – one of the largest in the Midwest – and discusses the retirement of former State Librarian Roberta L. Brooker.

Click here to view the Winter issue of Cornerstone.

Historic Indiana Newspapers Added to Chronicling America

Indiana Historic Newspaper Project

The Library of Congress recently updated Chronicling America with a batch of new historic Indiana newspapers. The following additions will bring the total number of Indiana newspaper pages on Chronicling America to over 70,000:

The Indiana State Library in 2011 was awarded a $293,157 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize Indiana’s historically significant newspapers. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Database as well as Indiana Memory. You can continually monitor the status of this project at the official Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project website.