Wednesday Word │January 3, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Branch Manager
Allen County Public Library - New Haven Branch

In the news

Indiana Library News

Addison Agen’s first concert post-“The Voice” sells out; show added
Allen County Public Library

Nonprofit in library to shutter
Allen County Public Library

New Batesville library director named
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Library ribbon cutting set for Jan. 27
Gary Public Library

Free Legal Aid Clinic to be held at library
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Stories of mountain climber to fill libraries
Jennings and Shelby County Libraries 

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State library blog


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Reminder: State library and DNR end park pass program in 2018


The Indiana State Library and the Indiana DNR, after two years, will not be moving forward with the park pass checkout program in 2o18. Public libraries will also not be able to buy individual passes for their libraries, as the passes are nontransferable. The partnership is what allowed the exception for the program.

However, there are still ways DNR can work with public libraries. Interpretive naturalists around the state are generally available to libraries for programs. Program registration forms can be found here. DNR has also worked with individual libraries on a small scale to provide one-day passes as prizes for summer reading programs. If libraries have friends groups or another associated non-profit, DNR can do a “buy one-we’ll donate one” approach with annual passes for fundraising auctions or giveaways for those groups. 

Visit the Indiana DNR website for more details. 

YALSA offers leadership skills e-course


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is offering a four week Building Basic Leadership Skills e-course, beginning on Jan. 22, 2018. 

Josie Watanabe will instruct this course that focuses on self-leading and leading others. Weekly topics include "Expanding personal leadership abilities," "What is leadership and how to be a leader even when you aren't an administrator" and "Collaboration with colleagues, creativity in leadership and highlighting the work of others as a leader."

This course is recommend for library school students, library staff in school or public libraries, library administrators and youth development workers supporting teens. Cost of the course is as follows: $130 for YALSA members, $175 for ALA members, $210 for non-ALA members and $100 for student members and retired members.

Click here for more information. contact. Linda W. Braun, YALSA CE consultant with questions. 

Poetry Out Loud student registration forms due Jan. 31


Teachers and school officials have until Jan. 31, 2018 to submit the names of the winners from their schools via student registration form in order for the winners to be eligible to compete in the Indiana Poetry Out Loud state finals. One student winner will represent their school at the state finals and compete for the chance to represent Indiana at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

The Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission partner to present the Indiana portion of the nationwide Poetry Out Loud competition. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are supporting partners to Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.

The 2018 state finals competition will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. Click here for more information about Poetry Out Loud in Indiana. For information and questions, email Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator Angela Downs or call (317) 232-3692.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Jan. 5, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Madison-Jefferson County Public Library

CSLP 2018 Webinar - Early Literacy/School Age
When: Jan. 10, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

CSLP 2018 Webinar - Teen/Adult
When: Jan. 10, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Bibliostat Connect Training
When: Jan. 11, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Jan. 12, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Washington Carnegie Public Library

TeachingBooks: Supporting Summer Reading Programs
When: Jan. 16, 2018, 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Jan. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Johnson County Public Library

Robot Petting Zoo
When: Jan. 18, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Anderson Public Library

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

Did Someone Say Free Piggy Banks? Financial Literacy for Kids @ Your Library
When: Jan. 30. 2018, 11 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Miss Manners: You Might be Sabotaging Your Career
When: Jan. 31, 2018, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: Feb. 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Putnam 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.

Anniversary month for the United Nations


The month of January holds two United Nations anniversaries. On Jan. 1, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the phrase ‘United Nations’ in the document later known as the Declaration of the United Nations, signed by himself and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Maxim Litvinov (then USSR), and T. V. Soong (China). Twenty-two more nations added signatures the following day. Their partnership pledged “to employ its full resources, military or economic” in “the struggle for victory over Hitlerism.”

Three years later, delegates from fifty nations representing over 80 percent of the world’s population were invited to create the document which became the Charter of the United Nations, signed on June 26 1945 and ratified by October 24 of that year. The charter established the purpose and structure of the UN and guidelines for its members.

Next Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 is the anniversary of the first meeting of the UN General Assembly in London in 1946. That year, there were representatives from 51 countries. Today, there are 193 UN member states.