Wednesday Word │February 7, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Liaison/Research Librarian
Ruth Lilly Medical Library- Indiana University School of Medicine

In the news

Indiana Library News

Preserving the past: Residents have little knowledge of local black history
Anderson Public Library

Kruse honored for service to community
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Sci-fi fans to celebrate ‘Ender’s Game’
Crawfordsville District Public Library

ALA, Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce recipients of $10,000 adult literacy grants
Crown Point Community Library

History Lesson: Early basketball at the YMCA
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Indiana State Library

Huntington Alert honors several for preservation
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award nominations accepted Feb. 5 to March 16
Indianapolis Public Library

Black history program planned at library
Jackson County Public Library

Great-grandmother pens book as ‘an act of love’
Jasper Public Library

Southern Indiana library toasts 200th year with open house
Jefferson County Public Library

We have a taxing issue at the library
Knox County Public Library

Library book returned nearly 50 years late
Lake County Public Library

IU's Lilly Library home to famous authors' hair
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Fifty years of revolution coming to Bloomington
Lilly and Wells Libraries at Indiana University

Louisville woman reunites man with class ring he lost 20 years ago
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

New year, new look
New Castle-Henry County Public Library

Woman turns profits for library with online book sales
Porter County Public Library

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Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library introduces new executive director


Sarah Moore was recently appointed as the new executive director of Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. Unanimously selected by the Library Board of Trustees during a special meeting Jan. 23, Moore comes to the role with more than 15 years of diverse library experience.

“We are very excited to have Sarah join our team,” said Sandy Sifferlen, library board president. “She has a demonstrated record of leadership and strategic vision.”

Moore previously served as the Director of Richwood-North Union Public Library in Richwood, Ohio where she focused on fostering significant community relationships. In one year alone, she spearheaded collaborations with 59 community groups, organizations and businesses that resulted in new library services and resources for residents. Moore earned her master’s degree in library science at Indiana University in Bloomington and has held a variety of positions at libraries in Colorado, Indiana and Ohio. 

"I’m looking forward to joining the Zionsville community and its inspiring library,” Moore said. “It is really exciting to have the opportunity to lead a library with so much community support behind it. Working together, I’m sure we will discover new ways to better serve our residents.”

Moore will officially begin her duties at the Zionsville Library Monday, Feb. 19. “We look forward to her meeting the community and joining our fantastic staff during this very exciting time in the Library’s history,” Sifferlen said.

ENA selected as vendor for Public Library Internet Consortium


The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce that Education Networks of America (ENA) has been selected as the vendor for the Public Library Internet Consortium. ENA's bid was very competitive and included significant decreases in the overall cost of services. Representatives from ENA will be in touch with libraries in the coming weeks to provide details for each individual library system.

Joining the Public Library Internet Consortium is voluntary and the choice of each local library district. The deadline for applying for E-rate is March 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Please contact Wendy Knapp at the Indiana State Library with any questions about the consortium.

IFL Call for Programs and Library Day at the Statehouse RSVP


The Indiana Library Federation's (ILF) 2018 Call for Programs is a combined form for seven major professional development events throughout the year, including regional conferences, Youth Services Conference and the Annual Conference. An individual or group may submit sessions for one, a few or all of these conferences through this form. ILF would like to invite members, unit leaders and external experts to submit topics specific to their interests. Before completing the form, please review the Call for Programs instructional document as the process has been updated for 2018. Deadline for submission is Feb. 16, 2018.

This year's Library Day at the Statehouse event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP for this event here

Author Thom honored with IAA Lifetime Achievement Award


Historical fiction novelist James Alexander Thom has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and funded through the generosity of the Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, recognizes outstanding authors who have left an indelible mark on Indiana’s literary heritage. It is only the third time an author has received an Indiana Authors Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Awards come as surprises. In my long lifetime as an author, I've never worked on a story with an award in mind,” Thom said. “Storytelling is its own reward. It takes the cake. Good thing, because the pay isn't all that great. Being able to live on your royalties, if you can, is icing on the cake. Then they surprise you with an award like this... and it's like a bright candle on top of the icing on top of the cake.”

Thom, winner of the first Indiana Authors Award in the National Category, will be honored at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Indiana Authors Award during the Award Dinner on Oct. 13, 2018. As part of the award, Thom will select an Indiana public library to receive a $2,500 grant on behalf of the Library Foundation.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Feb. 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Morrisson-Reeves Public Library

Managing Microaggressions in the Workplace
When:Feb. 15, 2018, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

INSPIRE - Gale: Top Ten Gale tools in your INSPIRE resources
When: Feb. 15, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Webinar

The Role of Public Libraries in Healthy Communities
When: Feb. 21, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Civic Literacy and a Civic Lab
When: Feb. 22, 2018, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Feb. 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Vigo County Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: Feb. 27, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar 

Evergreen Indiana Holds Training
When: Feb. 27, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Local Administration
When: Feb. 28, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Basic Cataloging
When: Feb. 28, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

INSPIRE - Gale: Science in Context in the Classroom
When: March 2, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Government Information Minute

Welcome to the Government Information Minute. Every week government information librarians at the Indiana State Library cover current resources on governmental data at the state, national and international levels; all to keep the public well-informed. Follow the Indiana State Data Center on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

2018 tax season


Tax filing season has officially started and there are several things that all taxpayers need to know to avoid becoming victims of tax refund fraud and identity theft. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS does not call taxpayers with threats of lawsuits or arrests. Learn more about these scams. If you decide to use a professional tax preparer, read these Ten Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer who should keep your information secure.

State and federal authorities continue working to reduce fraudulent tax refunds. According to a Feb. 2 press release, since 2014 the Indiana Department of Revenue’s (DOR) Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Program has stopped over $110 million in attempted identity theft and tax fraud. Learn how to stop ID theft and how to report tax fraud on DOR’s website. Subscribe to the DOR’s Tax Talk Blog for current tips and information posted Mondays and Wednesdays during tax season.

Download IRS federal tax forms and additional information about free tax preparation assistance. The Indiana DOR also has state tax forms and instructions to download. Some Hoosier taxpayers may also qualify for INfreefile. The filing deadline for taxes this year is Tuesday, April 17, 2018 due to April 15 falling on a Sunday and the Emancipation Day holiday observed in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 16. 

Bedford library receives grant to use for virtual reality equipment

Bedford Public Library youth specialist Ryan Curto practices archery through the use of virtual reality.

The Bedford Public Library received an $8,000 grant from Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation to use for virtual reality equipment to add to the various technology opportunities the library already supplies to its community. The library provides STEM learning events for all ages within the library and takes STEM activities, such as drones and 3D pens, into the middle schools for hands-on experiences. 

VR programs are offered at special times with staff-led instruction. Other STEM programming is available during all library operating hours at a recently created STEM discovery area. There, all ages can explore with self-directed activities such technology as OzoBlockly, Meccano, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits, Contraptions, Legos, TinkerCad, Onshape and Goldie Blox.   

“Our goal,” states Library Director Susan Miller, “is to provide as many STEM learning opportunities to our community as we possibly can. The more students know about new technology, the better equipped they become to make decisions about their future careers.”