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2/25 Meeting Recap

March 5, 2010

Thursday’s Cultural Institutions CCC subcommittee meeting was brief but positive. Present at the meeting were: Pam Bennett from the Indiana Historical Bureau, Laura Frank from the Indiana Arts Commission, and Elizabeth Schoettle and Katie Springer from the Indiana State Library.

The meeting began with Liz, Laura, and Katie discussing the advantages of Twitter and Facebook in promoting the 2010 Census. Liz has been tweeting to promote Indiana State Library programs and the 2010 Census. Laura mentioned that the Indiana Arts Commission recently built up a following of more than 300 on Facebook; and Katie asked Laura if the organization would be willing to use it to promote the census during the month of March through status updates.

Laura mentioned that the funding impact of the census has been the most effective topic to use in promotions for the IAC. She updated us on their 2010 Census promotions since our last meeting: a 2010 Census article on the IAC homepage and an article in February’s edition of Arts:92.

Pam reported that the Indiana Historical Bureau installed new shelves where free Census materials are on display for visitors to take.

Indiana State Library staff are using an email signature line to promote the 2010 Census. Liz submitted a Census article to Communique, a newsletter of the Indiana Historical Society. She has offered to send more information to Around the Circle as well. The Census 2010 in Indiana bookmarks arrived at the Indiana State Library (produced with funding from the Census Bureau). Katie and Elisabeth O’Donnell from the State Library helped include the bookmarks in a quarterly mailing to all public library systems in Indiana. Katie has been distributing bookmarks and posters to State Data Center Affiliates in Indiana, many of them public libraries. She is traveling to Fort Wayne tomorrow to give a program for IUPU Fort Wayne and Allen County Public Library and will distribute bookmarks, posters, and canvas bags there.\

Our next meeting will be planned in the coming week.

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