Culver LibraryCulver-Union Township Public Library received two technology grants this year with a combined total of over $5,000 to make research materials more readily available to patrons.

One grant addresses updated software and a dedicated computer for the Minolta microfilm reader located in the library’s computer lab; this upgrade enhances the process of searching and saving items from the local newspaper preserved on microfilm for personal research purposes.

The second grant addresses digital access to the library’s necrology file; library patrons and remote users will be able view local obituaries as they are added into Indiana Memory, a searchable database available globally. Both projects are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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