Hancock County (Indiana) Public Library Completes Digitization Grant

The following announcement was written by the Hancock County Public Library:

Greenfield, Indiana – The Hancock County Public Library has completed a 2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for digitizing portions of three local newspapers. In July, the papers will be accessible to the public through the Indiana State Library’s Hoosier State Chronicles database.

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The federal grant, awarded in March 2015, totaled $6,502 for digitizing various years of the Evening Star, the Greenfield Republican, and the Evening Republican. These papers made up the bulk of early Greenfield newspapers that had not been digitized by the Indiana State Library.

Once the three newspapers from the grant project are posted in the Hoosier State Chronicles, which previously had no Hancock County materials online, the Hancock County Public Library’s entire collection of nineteenth century newspapers will be available: three in the Chronicles at newspapers.library.in.gov/ and the rest in the Indiana State Library’s INSPIRE database at inspire.in.gov.

In 2014, the Indiana State Library, in partnership with Newspapers.com, digitized two Hancock County newspapers: the Hancock Democrat (1860-1956) and the Greenfield Daily Reporter (1908-1963). These papers are available at no cost to Indiana residents through the INSPIRE database. It was their digitization that prompted the Hancock County Public Library to apply for the IMLS grant to digitize the remaining newspapers not available through INSPIRE.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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