Wednesday Word │October 10, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Indiana State Library

30-Hour Reference Librarian
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Library Assistant – Teen Central (part-time)
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Reference Assistant (part-time)
Putnam County Public Library

Research Impact Librarian
Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine

Divisional Librarian of Technology and Support Services
Tippecanoe County Public Library

Tech Training Assistant Librarian
Vigo County Public Library

If you would like your Indiana library job posting to be listed in the Wednesday Word, the position, and its description, must be submitted to the Indiana State Library. Click here for submission guidelines and to submit.

In the news

Indiana Library News

Month devoted to monster: Get your fill of ‘Frankenstein’ in October
Bartholomew County Public Library

Experiencing Mexico through music, dance and stories
East Chicago Public Library

Obituary: Jessie G. Hall
Hancock County Public Library

Q&A: IU Libraries Moving Image Archive talks film preservation, education
Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University

Cartoon exhibit opens at Yellow Trail Museum
Indiana State Library

‘Golden Graduates of Winchester High School’ accepted to 2018 Indy Author Fair
Indianapolis Public Library

County celebrates famous spooky novel
Johnson County Public Library

Festival, exhibit, audio theater and more celebrate 200th anniversary of 'Frankenstein'
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Monroe County Public Library first to earn Level 2 ‘Dementia-Friendly’ Status
Monroe County Public Library

RSRF announces more than $210,000 in grants
Osgood Public Library

$1.1 million awarded to local nonprofits from Community Foundation
Tippecanoe County Public Library and West Lafayette Public Library

Stitched and bound; One State/One Story, one Frankenstein
Washington Carnegie Public Library

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MCLS hosting Harwood Public Innovators Lab in Indiana in 2019


The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services is sponsoring a Harwood Public Innovators Lab in Indianapolis on March 5-7, 2019. The lab will be held at Indiana Wesleyan University - Indianapolis North Campus. MCLS will fully-fund tuition for the training, as well as lodging and some meals, for up to 50 staff members from Indiana libraries. The Harwood Public Innovators Lab is a two-and-a-half day experience designed to help organizations learn what it means to turn outward, meaning to use the community, not a conference room, as a reference point for choices and action. Participation in the lab will also include follow-up coaching calls to further support the cohort of attendees post-training.

These funds are being made available through a grant program established by the MCLS Board of Directors from the proceeds of the sale of the former INCOLSA building.

Interested libraries must complete an application form by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 30, 2018.

Read more about the Harwood Public Innovators Lab here. Download the application here. Please contact Michelle Bradley, engagement, consulting and training manager at MCLS, with any questions.

SJCPL selected for the OF/BY/FOR ALL first wave


The St. Joseph County Public Library has been selected to participate in the first wave of the OF/BY/FOR ALL project. Founded by Nina Simon at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH), OF/BY/FOR ALL is a global movement to prepare organizations to become more inclusive of their communities.

Out of 72 applicants, SJCPL is one of 21 organizations from around the world chosen to join this research initiative. The founding cohort is composed of diverse organizations—six museums, five performing arts organizations, three parks, three community centers and three public libraries, including SJCPL.

Beginning in October, the library will embark on this six-month program. Organizations in the first wave will help develop and test tools to be used in the larger OF/BY/FOR ALL movement. As part of the first wave, the library will be on the forefront of testing new frameworks for community engagement and will be able to utilize new techniques and technology.

By participating in this program, SJCPL will dedicate itself to serving its diverse community by forging new pathways and starting new conversations with groups who may not currently feel at home in the library.

According to SJCPL Executive Director Deb Futa, “A great library plays a role not only in the lives of individuals, but in the larger framework of a community as a whole. We can and should be leaders, and we have the potential to be great levelers—places defined not by building walls but by building bridges that allow our community members to grow stronger together. I see the OF/BY/FOR ALL movement as a way to help us co-create those conversations that truly lead to meaningful understanding.”

The genesis of OF/BY/FOR ALL occurred in 2011 when Simon turned a museum on the verge of closing into a successful community center. Simon devised a transformative approach that changed the MAH into an organization that was truly representative of its community in the demographics of its staff and board, its programs and exhibits and its attendance.

2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program round table trainings announced


The Indiana State Library is happy to announce a slate of 2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program round table program trainings. This training session will introduce the theme, the artwork and the manual for the 2019 CSLP summer reading program, "A Universe of Stories," followed by a round table discussion of programming ideas. Participants should bring at least one program idea to share with the group. Program ideas may or may not be related to the 2019 CSLP theme and can be geared toward any age.

Training will be available from December 2018 through February 2019 at the locations listed below. All sessions will run from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. Eastern time, unless otherwise noted. Click on the following links to register:

A one-hour live webinar will also be available on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. Eastern time.

Please contact Beth Yates, children's consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.  

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival
When: Oct. 20, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library 

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Oct. 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Jasper-Dubois County Contractual Public Library

Let's Get Moving at the Library! Physical Activity Programs for Health
When: Oct. 23, 2018, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Oct. 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Jennings County Public Library

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.

GPO retiring FDsys


The FDsys website is retiring in December. The Federal Digital System is being replaced by, which will serve as the digital repository for federal government information. The new site will provide the same information and searching capabilities, but features a cleaner look and an easier name to remember. Researchers still have access to official publications from the three branches of government and users can search, browse and download government information.

The new govinfo site is mobile-friendly and includes new features, like linked related documents, sortable filters, social sharing and curated featured articles. The Government Publishing Office (GPO) has written in greater detail the transition and changes from FDsys to govinfo. In December, users will automatically be re-directed to govinfo from FDsys, but it is recommended to update website links and resources. To stay up to date on news and information relating to GPO and the FDLP, subscribe to the News & Events Listserv

Librarian certification renewal tips


Following the end of the biggest quarter of certification renewals in five years, the Indiana State Library would like to offer a few reminders to those who have just renewed and to those whose renewals are coming up soon.

For the past two years, the library has been changing over the mailing addresses in the certification system from library addresses to home addresses. This means that even if a certificate had been mailed to a library in past years, it will probably be mailed to a home address this year. Be sure to look for the certificate at home before concluding that it never arrived. This also means that the state library appreciates it when mailing addresses are kept up-to-date in the system. So, if an address changes due to a move, be sure to provide the library with the new address as soon as possible.

The renewal notice contains important information, including the individual registration code. It also contains instructions for renewing online. The library encourages everyone to keep an LEU file and to put a hard copy of each LEU certificate earned into the file. It's also suggested to put renewal notices in the same file, so registration codes can easily be found when needed for future use.


Please contact Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

Registration still open for hands-on STEM workshop; prerequisite webinar video available


Registration is still open for the fall "Make Do Share" hands-on STEM workshop. This workshop requires a prior viewing of the "Make Do Share" webinar.

The prerequisite webinar, "Make Do Share: Sustainable STEM Programming for Youth" is now available online and is worth one LEU. The recording and reflection worksheet are both available here.

The "Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop" will take place at multiple locations around the state in October and November. This workshop incorporates "Make Do Share’s" inquiry-based learning, project-based learning and design-thinking strategies. Gain practical experience by participating in sample STEM program projects in addition to practicing facilitating projects. The workshop is worth three LEUs and participants may register by clicking on the appropriate link below. All workshops run from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, unless otherwise noted, and the reflection worksheet from the webinar must be completed before attending the in-person workshop.