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The Care and Feeding of a Library

 

Three reasons why you need to support your library or understand the care and feeding of your Diversity Library is being brought to you by the director of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library.

#1.  The NIDL saves valuable stories: While most people think of books when they are asked about what they think libraries are, I would propose that what the NIDL is about ...is stories.   Now you may think that, "well of course books are stories" but let us consider the power of stories.  Most of the civil rights advances in the last several decades have been advanced as politicians and the general public have heard the testimonies or stories of LGBTQ+ people and their allies.  Even in recent times we can see that the advances made in LGBTQ+ civil rights are fragile and in need of protection.  The NIDl has collected these stories in several formats.  The stories are not just the current stories that there are LGBTQ+ people in Fort Wayne and the NE Indiana area but also the past stories of the LGBTQ+ people to prove that there has always been LGBTQ+ people here.  Your NIDL has been collection and preserving these stories from times back when it was a crime to publish and share these stories across state lines or in the US MAIL and being LGBTQ+ was a criminal offense.

#2.   The NIDL is the largest collection of women's history in the area:  The fight for the Feminist Movement and the Equal Rights Amendment was largely powered in the beginning by lesbians.  The NIDL had already a large collection of these materials and newsletters until the large donation of the Joan Uebelhoar collection including not only her library of about 900+ books but her papers and collected feminist materials.  The NIDL digitized about 25 reel-to-reel tapes of a feminist program from 1975-8 called "Bread and Roses" aired on WOWO Radio as a public service.  The collection has an original copy of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" published before they added a cover; a signed copy of "Puling Our Own Strings" (the most famouse of feminist humor books); and a pamphlet from 1922 by Elizabeth K Stanton.  Your NIDL has the stories of women's history of NE Indiana.

#3.   The NIDL is your Library for you and your community:  The mission of the NIDL has always been to not only procure and preserve stories, books and collections but also to make those materials accessible and available for LGBTQ+ people and their allies to advance self-discovery and community awareness.  The NIDL has always has made it a point to network with the community in many ways as well as provide space for meeting of support groups feeling safe within the library's space.  The NIDL is your library whether LGBTQ+ or an ally.

Since ... 

The NIDL was told to leave Purdue's Helmke Library and campus in March 0f 2018 and NIDL Board has been working hard to protect and fund the storage of this collection.  On two years of PRIDE Days the NIDL's volunteers have passed out over 400 brochures with our GoFundMe effort and fund raisers.  As The NIDL director I have reached out to welcoming churches, other non-for-profits and community agencies and filed for grants to not only raise awareness but also to raise funds with only limited success.  Recently the NIDL hosted a group from the Indiana State Library to share access with our collection but to remind them that Fort Wayne is still part of Indiana and that Fort Wayne History is Indiana history.  We want to keep your Diversity library local and in Fort Wayne.

We need your help NOW with a donation to our operating fund until such time we can find a new home and work to get a flow of income, you would help save a big part of LGBTQ+ and Women's History.  You can either send a check to NIDL P.O. Box 5537 Fort Wayne, IN 46895 or by going to the PayPal link on the homepage.  Please won't you help support your library now?

NIDL needs help NOW!

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For more than 20 years, the board has worked diligently to maintain and enhance the diversity library which was originally part of the Up The Stairs Community Center here in Fort Wayne. When the center's board decided to disband the center 10 years ago, they decided to keep the library afloat under the new name of Northeast Indiana Diversity Library.

In the ensuing 10 years, we saw the library grow from 650 circulating items to over 7300 items. We have also grown the archives to include a large Women's Studies collection, the personal collections of both local feminist Joan Uebelhoer and the late Fort Wayne Theater personality Larry Life among others. During that time, we were fortunate to develop a working relationship with the Helmke Library at iPFW who provided us space to pull the collection out of storage a make it available to both students and the general public as well.

Unfortunately, in March of 2018, we were informed by the management of the Helmke Library that, with the conversion of IPFW to Purdue Fort Wayne, we would either have to turn over our entire collection to them or leave campus entirely. Our board made the decision to leave campus entirely and the collection has been in storage since.

We have now reached a point in time where we are faced with having to possibly make a decision that we don't want to make. Currently, we have enough funding to cover the next 5-6 months. We have tried applying for grants and are looking at fundraising events. After that, we will be forced to make other arrangements for the collections, quite possibly out of Fort Wayne. This means all of the local, state and some national history we have collected may be lost.

We need your help NOW with a donation to our operating fund until such time we can find a new home and work to get a flow of income, you would help save a big part of LGBTQ and Women's History. You can either send a check to NIDL P.O. Box 5537 Fort Wayne, IN 46895 or by going to the Paypal link on the homepage.

Many thanks!

Friends of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library

NIDL Color LogoThe Friends of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library are a group of individuals and professionals who believe in the mission of the Diversity library and choose to support it financially.  Started in 2011, the Friends of the Diversity Library will be NIDL's way of thanking our donors and help them keep up to date with NIDL activities.  Donors may be anonymous as they wish to be.

Friends of the Diversity Library:

Donor:

Chuck Burd

Dwight James

Jack Kirby

Scott Mertz & Greg Kroemer

Deb Overcash

Shane Taylor

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This page is still under construction.  Watch for more information.

 
 

Please join NIDL in thanking our professional supporters by visiting their businesses!

Professionals for the Diversity Library:

Donor:                         Business Name:                            Business Phone:

Connie Miller               Lush Hair Artistry                      (260) 637-3267

Janet Naish                  Connections Counseling         (260) 744-3767

Heather Demerly          Lot & Block Realty                    (260) 413-3789

Leo Vodde & Patrons   After Dark                                 (260) 456-6235

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne   (206) 744-1867

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If you would like to join the Friends of the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library...

NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and mail them with the completed Friends of the NIDL FORM to the address below.  Paypal users just remember to add the transaction date to the form.  You may also copy and paste the form into an email.  We need your support to the Library at this time which is crucial for the preservation of our GLBT library and for the library's future.  Please, won't you consider giving a tax-deductable gift of support so that this library will not be lost to our community?   

The library also warmly welcomes donations of  materials.

 

Please use the Paypal button or mail directly to the new address...
NIDL
P. O. Box 5537
Fort Wayne, IN  46895

Welcome to the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library!

"Indiana's Oldest GLBT Collection"

 
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The Library's Hours:

Evenings: Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.*

Daytimes: Tuesday & Friday 12:00 Noon-3:00 p.m.
 
Other times by appointment call (260) 241-7719.
*Closed Evenings during the Summer -- May through August 24th!

Check the NIDL Calendar or "NIDL Programs" for groups meeting at NIDL !

 

NIDL is located in room B41 on the basement level of the Helmke Library on IPFW's campus.  A parking garage with free parking is available just East of the building at the end of E. Campus Drive.  Handicap parking is in the lot just South of the Library at the end of E. Campus Drive.  Meters are also available in the lot just South but are only for 30 minutes.  On the IPFW Campus Map look for the Helmke Library or building (7).

NIDL's presence on the IPFW Campus is a collaboration between the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center, Inc., IPFW, and the Walter E. Helmke Library.

 

Donations:

NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and mail them to the address below. We need your support to the Library at this time which is crucial for the preservation of our GLBT library and for the library's future.  Please, won't you consider giving a tax-deductable gift of support so that this library will not be lost to our community?  The library also warmly welcomes donations of  materials.

 

Please use the Paypal button or mail directly to the new address...
NIDL
P. O. Box 5537
Fort Wayne, IN  46895
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