Wednesday Word │July 27, 2016

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Indiana Library Jobs


Youth Services II Librarian
Avon-Washington Township Public Library

Administrative Supervisor
Butler University

Online Communications Coordinator
Hamilton East Public Library

Librarian (Part-Time)
Ivy Tech Community College

Information Technology Specialist
Porter County Public Library System

Technology Assistant (Part-Time)
Putnam County Public Library

Teen Services Assistant
Stark County Public Library

To see the complete list of current openings listed on the  ISL Continuing Education Jobs page click here

In The News


Large and in charge: Sculptor, Large Arch offer big fun at bash
Bartholomew County Public Library

Liberty Guard created to protect life on home front
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library 

Library program encourages visits to local landmarks
Greene County Libraries

Aguilera has a history with Hammond library
Hammond Public Library

A Snapshot of a 21st Century Librarian
Herman B. Wells Library, Indiana University

Indiana Heritage Support Grant to Aid in Digitizing Local Records
Knox County Public Library

Library, genealogical society to present program
Michigan City Public Library

Get you fill of art and ale at the Monticello-Union Township Public Library
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Historic walking tour of Plainfield offered
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Library cards may be used at the county fair
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Library hosting art exhibit
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

St. Joseph County library to extend access to youths, college students
St. Joseph County Library

Archabbey Library Gallery hosts 'Then and Now' exhibit
Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library

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Renew Your InfoExpress Subscription


The InfoExpress service year runs from July 1 to June 30, so now is the time for you to renew your subscription to the statewide library courier to avoid the loss of service. 

Public, Academic and Special Libraries have until August 1 to renew their service on the Info Express website, payment is required by August 31st.  Libraries that have not renewed by August 1 will have their service suspended.

School Libraries (K-12) are on a slightly different schedule.  School libraries have until September 1 to renew their service on the Info Express website, payment is required by September 30th.  Libraries that have not renewed by September 1 will have their service suspended. 

The State Library is also pleased to announce that once again, the cost for the InfoExpress courier remains the same as last year.   

For the 2016-2017 service year the annual subscription cost for InfoExpress service will remain at $625 per delivery day.  The State Library once again will provide an upfront subsidy of $525 for the first delivery day for qualifying libraries.  This means that a library's cost for a year's worth of one-day-a-week courier service is just $100.  This subsidy is limited to one library per system. Public libraries not meeting standards, library branches and privately funded libraries are not eligible for this subsidy. The cost for these libraries would be the full $625 per day. 

Additionally, select libraries may qualify for an additional $425 Resource Sharing Rate subsidy if they subscribe to a second day of service.  In order to qualify for this second day subsidy, the library must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Subscribes to 5-day-a-week InfoExpress service
  • Subscribes to OCLC ILL System
  • Is a net lender (Net lending status is defined as when the total number of items lent by a library divided by the total number of items borrowed is greater than 1.0.  For public libraries, this figure is automatically computer as a part of the Annual Report.)

  • Is a member of Evergreen Indiana who subscribes to 2 or more days of InfoExpress service.  

These are the only subsidies offered on the courier service.  Each additional day of service costs $625. 

If you have any questions about this year’s renewal process or fees please contact: D. Michael Hicks at

Talking About Talking Books

Talking Books

Did you know that Talking Books provides free library service to any resident of Indiana who cannot use standard printed materials due to a physical or visual disability? No? Chances are thousands of eligible Hoosiers do not know about this free service either and you are often the best method of spreading the word.

What can you do?

If you work in a library, you can help by making sure patrons who read large print or listen to audio books know that there are additional materials they can receive from the Indiana State Library. It can be through something as simple as placing some talking book brochures by these collections, or assisting a patron in ordering a book we have that you might not have in your collection. We have over 20,000 large print books and 60,000 audio books (all audio books are also available to download) that we are eager to share.

Your library can also borrow materials to loan to your patrons or to use as demonstration to show what a “Talking Book” is. We are happy to loan your library a rotating collection of large print materials that can be loaned to your patrons. After a few months, return the books and we will send you a fresh supply of books to loan. Your library can also borrow a digital talking book player that can be used to show patrons who may find the idea of digital books a scary prospect, just how easy it is. Demonstration BARD (the website were all of our audio books can be downloaded from) accounts are also available for libraries to assist patrons in downloading their own books.

Our shelves are stocked with promotional materials that we are always happy share. We have applications, brochures, magnets, pens, braille book marks, informational “fact sheets”, posters, and other items that we can send you.

We want to be a resource to help you provide exceptional service to all people.


Here are some resources to help you spread the word about Talking Books and to help you provide the best service possible to your visually and physically disabled patrons.

For further information, please contact us at

Interview with Andrew Horner, Director of Converse-Jackson Township Library

Andrew Horner
Andrew Horner

Paula Newcom, Northwest Regional Coordinator,  recently visited the new Director of the Converse-Jackson Township Library, Andrew Horner. He is a graduate of Purdue University and worked previously at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer as Area Director.  Working in libraries is a new endeavor for him.  He is definitely enthusiastic about learning all aspects of public libraries!  He is an avid history buff and loves helping out on the family farm.

PN: Are you from the area?  If not, where are you from originally?

AH: I am from the area. I grew up in the small town of Amboy, in Miami County.

PN: What inspired you to work in libraries?

AH: I have always loved books and people and small towns. I knew that I wanted to be in the area that I grew up in and this job allows me to combine all of my loves at once!

PN: What is your favorite thing about working for your library?

AH: The people!! I love our patrons and the fact that in a small library, we know our patrons by name. Someone comes in and they feel welcome and at home. To help with and be a part of that is a wonderful feeling!

PN: What is your favorite book?

AH: My favorite book is the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

PN: If you could have dinner with any three famous people in recorded history, who would they be and why?

AH: I would pick Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi. These men are considered great leaders who lead by peace and love. I would enjoy speaking with them about how they lead and stick to peace in a sometimes violent world.

PN: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

AH: I enjoy reading and watching TV. I grew up on a small family farm and love going home to help my parents whenever I can. Family is very important to me and I love being there for them whenever I can!

This blog post by Paula Newcom, Professional Development Librarian. For more information, contact the Professional Development Office at (317) 232-3697 or email


Hello, and welcome to the Government Information Minute.

This bi-weekly column is brought to you by the Government Information Librarians at the Indiana State Library. We cover current resources on Govt Info at local, state, national, and international levels. It’s all for you, to keep you updated and well-informed! Suggestions and comments welcome. Check out more Indiana Govt Info updates on Facebook and Twitter.

USDA Capacity Builder Interactive Map

Capacity Builder

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service provides a useful Capacity Builder tool which pairs the power of GIS with the locations of several federal programs, including the Summer Food Service Program, USDA Farm to School Grantees, Head Start Centers, and more. You can use the Layers feature to turn on/off the map layers, and as you zoom in, it will show you the local locations of Indiana libraries, school districts, YMCAs, and other potential service centers. Click on ‘View Larger Map’ to expand the map to fit your screen. Use the Basemap feature to change the layout of your map to aerial imagery, street maps, or topographic details. You can even create & print your own map and share your findings via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Happy Mapping!

Indiana State Agency Databases, Part 2


In our last column we highlighted databases and resources maintained by Indiana state government agencies. Let’s continue the exploration.

The Indiana Transparency Portal (ITP) is designed to give Indiana taxpayers an inside look into Indiana State Government spending and operations. The ITP contains information ranging from agency budgets to state contracts and agency performance measures. Agencies contributing data and information to the portal include: State Budget Agency, Department of Revenue, State Treasurer, Office of Management and Budget, State Board of Accounts, and Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) licenses professions as set in statute by the Indiana General Assembly.  The governor appoints members of the oversight boards and commissions, and the IPLA staff provides customer support to license almost half a million working Hoosiers. Search and Verify the status of professional licenses and use the License Litigation lookup for disciplinary actions against licensees who have violated practice standards, acted dishonestly, or acted unethically.

Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) provides access to data collected on students, employees, and schools, used for both state and federal reporting. View Annual School Performance Reports, search School and Corporation Data Reports, and much more from the IDOE Data page. Search and verify the status of Indiana teaching licenses in the Indiana Educator License Lookup, a database maintained by the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensing (OEEL).

Indiana’s State Land Office serves as the repository for deeds and plats of land previously or currently owned by the State, except for state highways and right-of-ways that are housed in the Indiana Department of Transportation, and state universities’ deeds that are kept at each university. The State owns 377,000 acres of land, and the office maintains approximately 6,000 deeds and draft overview maps of state properties in a GIS (Geographic Information System), which can be accessed through the Indiana State Land Office Parcel Viewer.

Upcoming Workshops & Important Dates

Pokémon GO @ Your Library!
When: July 29, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana-Local Administration
When: July 30, 2016, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Eckhart Public Library

Technology Accessibility Webinar
When: August 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Webinar

Ask an Expert Webinar: Active Shooter webinar
When: August 2, 2016, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Where: Webinar

Ask an Expert: Incorporating Yoga into Library Programming
When: August 3, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Webinar

Rock Star Start Up
When: August 8, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where: Brownsburg Public Library

Rock Star Start Up
When: August 9, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Elkhart Public Library

The Difference is You! Conference
When: August 10, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

INSIRSI User's Group Annual Meeting
When: August 12, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Library Services Center at the Indianapolis Public Library 

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: August 17, 2016, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Orleans Town & Township Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Holds Training
When: August 17, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Orleans Town & Township Public Library

CYPD Children & Young People's Division Conference
When: August 21 - 22
Where: Indianapolis Marriott East

INSPIRE for Grades 6-12
When: August 24, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Where: Webinar

INSPIRE for Grades 6-12
When: August 30, 2016, 3:00 -- 4:00 pm
Where: Webinar