Moving to the left of the Grant Station, I encountered this bookshelf loaded with information and resources. The sign to the left of the bookshelf points me to the Reference and Information window (more on that later). For now, this bookshelf deserves a serious look because it offers a great deal of information.
On the top shelf alone, I found brochures, bookmarks, flyers, business cards, and folders loaded with helpful resources.
Since this shelf is bound to be constantly changing, I thought I would share the types of information I found at this point in time:
Information on how financial aid applicants can avoid fraud and identity theft
Information on how to go to school or work in Indiana (KnowHow2GOIndiana.org)
How to use Inspire, Indiana’s virtual library (Inspire.IN.gov)
How to download eBooks & Audiobooks for your computer, mobile device, iPod or eBook reader from eIndiana Digital Consortium
Information on A to Z databases which is described as “Ultimate Databases for Jobs, Businesses, Mailing Lists, Background & Criminal Search.”
Information on How to do a job search, email job listings, and write a resume
Contact information for the Department of Education for information on local education contracts, ideas for improving schools, education research and statistics, policies and practices, or locating education experts.
A listing of digital resources offered by the Fulton County Public Library free of charge which include: 3M Cloud Library, Ancestry.com, ARRC, AtoZ Databases, Britannica, Cypress Resume, Freegal, Inspire, HeritageQuest, Hoopla, Mango, Overdrive, Small Engine Repair Reference, Tumble Books, and Zinio. Those who have an Evergreen Indiana library card, an Evergreen PIN and a working email address will be able to access these services at http://www.fulco.lib.in.us.
Information about HIP, the new Healthy Indiana Plan
College information about Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Kokomo, and Trine University
Moving to the second shelf I found more information about colleges, job searching, and flyers highlighting our Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) database. The ARRC boasts information about more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to present, 857,000 drawings and step by step photographs, and over 158,600 wiring diagrams.
The third shelf sports free coloring books about fire safety for some of our tiniest patrons, a consumer information catalog, and a map of Fulton County and Rochester, Indiana.
On the fourth shelf, the contents switch from general information to barcoded sheet music that patrons can check out. To the right of the actual sheet music is a sheet music index to make finding a specific arrangement easier.
The fifth and final shelf packs in a lot of important information. The brochures on this shelf all pertain to services for the handicapped. There is an application for free individual library services to meet the needs of the blind, visually handicapped, physically handicapped, reading disabled and deaf. Approved applicants will be eligible to receive library materials with special accomodations such as playback machines and accessories.
The remainder of this shelf contains various bits of legal information such as food inspection reports, the city of Rochester Wellhead Protection Program information, and many documents from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The older IDEM documents reside on this shelf. The newest ones are publicly posted elsewhere. There are also copies of various permit applications and notices of decisions made by IDEM.