Wednesday Word │August 10, 2016

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Indiana Library Jobs


Children's Services Consultant
Indiana State Library

Communications Director
Indiana State Library

Public Services Librarian (Part-Time)
Indianapolis Public Library

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

In The News


All booked up: Board plans relocation of Sugar Creek branch
Hancock County Public Library

Former Milan star shares memories from epic 1954 state title run that inspired 'Hoosiers"
Hancock County Public Library

City to consider forcing sale of parcels for new east-side library
Indianapolis Public Library

Library offering free, personalized job search help
Indianapolis Public Library

IUPUI University Library researchers earn prize in National Endowment for the Humanities competition
IUPUI University Library

Library Reaches Many Audiences
Knox County Public Library

You Read it Here First: Indiana's first paper published right here in Vincennes; Elihu Stout pioneered the industry
Knox County Public Library

Hidden Treasures Abound at the Kokomo Howard County Public Library
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Project to detail Kokomo's black history
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library provides whimsy
Little Free Library

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Nominations needed for the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly award!


The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book.  This state award, administered by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee, highlights picture books for young children.  Picture books serve an important role in the first years of the life of a child.  The purpose of this award is to encourage parents, caregivers, and very young children to interact together with exceptional picture books.

Indiana Librarians may nominate pictures book for the award from June through October 1 each year.  What does that mean?  That means that we need your nominations.  Have you read a fun picture book in your storytime?  Did you run across a winner during your Summer Reading Program?  Have a book that makes you laugh every time you read it? 

If you work with youth in a library, either in a school or in a public library, you are eligible to nominate as many titles as you wish.  Nominating is easy.  Just send an email to Suzanne Walker at Include in your email:  Title, Author, Illustrator, and Publication Date, as well as the following justification:  In 100 words or less, please tell us why this book is special with an emphasis on how it supports at least three of the ECRR® practices.  In layman’s terms, does the book make you talk, sing, read, write, or play with the children, ages 0-5, with whom you are sharing the book?

Criteria for nominations are as follows:

  • Be in print
  • Be published, in its current edition, within the current award cycle year (that means from January 1, 2015 until now).  
  • Possess strong child appeal
  • Support at least three of the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, or Playing
  • Have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations or a compelling narrative provided by illustrations

The nomination pool will be narrowed down to 8 titles by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee by January 9, 2017.  Ballots will be released and votes will be accepted until early May.  More information on ballots and how to vote will be available in early 2017.  The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winning title will be announced on May 22, 2017.

Upcoming Workshops & Important Dates

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 

SRCS ILL Basics - Request Manager (Webinar)
When: August 15, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Webinar

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

Indiana IV-D Child Support Program
When: August 26, 2016
Where: Webinar

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

Government Information Minute

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.

Indiana State Agency Databases, Part 3

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In this week’s column, we’ll start out with two Executive Branch agencies and then “branch out” to explore several more database resources maintained by the Judicial Branch of State government.

Search, a database maintained by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, to see if you have assets waiting to be claimed. Searching is simple and free - just enter your name and search to see if you find a match. If your search returns no results, revise your search, and try again. Search all of the names you have ever used, including your maiden name and nicknames, making sure to look up common misspellings of your name. Consider checking for the names of your grandparents, great-grandparents or other relatives who have passed away. To protect individuals listed, any “Total Cash Value” over $100.00 is not specified, but you can find out the details when you submit your claim.

The State Archives Division of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA) has created online indexes to historical records that the agency protects and maintains. Use the Indiana Digital Archives site to search across multiple indexes at once. Choose “detailed search” to perform an advanced search of specific indexes to collections of state hospital records, correctional institution records, military records, naturalization records, and various historical court records. The indexes help provide a point of access to these primary-source and historical documents.

Indiana Supreme Court's Division of State Court Administration provides access to the website, a platform for online court services. At no cost, the public can search for selective information about non-confidential cases in Indiana courts that use the Odyssey case management system. Case numbers, names of parties involved, and/or attorneys are searching options.

Another Judicial Branch resource is the Appellate Case Search, which provides information about cases in the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the Indiana Tax Court. Additionally, the Indiana Roll of Attorneys is a searchable listing of all attorneys licensed to practice law in Indiana. This online service is provided by the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court to deliver specific attorney information to the public. Each attorney’s record includes license status, disciplinary history, contact information, and any other names the attorney has practiced under.

International Resources


The resources we typically share in Government Information Minute focus on the United States and Indiana, but several international resources also exist for a global perspective on people, governments, and the economy worldwide. Please see below: