Wednesday Word │January 10, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Head of Youth Services and Programs
Alexandrian Public Library

Reference Assistant (part-time)
Avon-Washington Township Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
Delphi Public Library

Public Services Librarian (part-time)
Indianapolis Public Library - Warren Branch

Library Director
Osgood Public Library

Library Assistant – Children’s Department
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Library Assistant – Indiana Room
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Library Assistant – Teen Area
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

In the news

Indiana Library News

Fort Wayne-area public-access cable TV shows from 1970s to get new life in digital format
Allen County Public Library

Frankie Meyer: Winter perfect time to visit archives
Allen County Public Library

Movie notoriety lands city on state travel guide cover
Bartholomew County Public Library

Local nonprofits, organizations make New Year’s wishes
Greentown Public Library and Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Notably Hoosier: Great Characters of Indiana
Greenwood Public Library

Scrapbook is treasure-trove of area history
Kendallville Public Library

The gift of a lifetime: Local leaders share bond through donated kidney
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Regional IAC grant workshops offered
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, Plymouth Public Library and Warsaw Public Library

Local group funding disabilities section at library
Shelby County Public Library 

The Haute Initiative to highlight community strengths
Vigo County Public Library

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2018 Firefly Award nominees announced; voting begins


The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee has announced the nominees for the 2018 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book. This year's nominees are as follows: "Blocks" by Irene Dickson, "Hooray for Birds" by Lucy Cousins, "Noisy Night" by Mac Barnett, "Spunky Little Monkey" by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson and "Everybunny Dance!" by Ellie Sandall.

Votes are collected at Indiana’s public libraries and other voting locations. Every public library system in Indiana will receive 15 print copies of the ballot and about 40 Firefly bookmarks through the support of Print ballots should be received by the end of January and locations who wish to collect votes are welcome to print out as many ballots as they wish from the website. Patrons should be instructed to turn their votes in to their participating local public library. Schools, day cares and bookstores may collect votes as well. Efforts should be made to ensure that each child is voting only one time. The ballot can be found here. Children who are under age 6 as of May 1, 2018 may vote for the award. Tallies will be accepted from April 30, 2018 through May 16, 2018 and may be submitted here. The award will be announced on May 17, 2018. 

The committee made up of professionals in Indiana including teachers, librarians, caregivers and project coordinators. 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.

Plainfield library hosts collaborative quarterly art project

Harper, 5, from Danville is all smiles as she visits the Plainfield Public Library to see the completed "Starry Night."

Four times per year the Children’s Room at the Plainfield-Guildford Township Public Library hosts a collaborative Kid's Community Art Project. The project encourages children of all ages to complete his or her own piece of an overall project and then return to the library at a later date to see the completed product. Each piece is different and unique.

The art pieces currently on display come from Van Gogh's “Starry Night.” Each child puts his or her own special artistic style or twist on their piece. Previous projects include "build a city" and "chain making," in which a paper chain was stretched all around the room. 

"Our Kid's Community Art Project brings children and families together. We are trying to teach and explain that the things we do, make and create are better when we do it together. Plus, each piece is done separately and the children do not realize the impact of the overall project until it is put together. So, it's a surprise when they come back to see the final product," said Mary Stombaugh, library assistant in the Youth Services department.

Visit the pieces in person at the Plainfield-Guildford Township Public Library located at 1120 Stafford Road in Plainfield, Ind.

ALA plans review and reinvention in the face of tough environment


In a recent American Libraries column, American Library Association (ALA) Treasurer Susan H. Hildreth laid out plans for review and reinvention of the ALA in the wake of a tough environment. 

In 2017, overall net expenses were reported to be one percent larger than projected and publishing revenue and membership dues were lower than projected by 11 percent and four percent, respectively.

The ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits revenue was also lower than expected. However, a successful Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Baltimore and solid growth in endowment-related revenues matched with overall careful expense management helped to offset the lower-than-projected revenues.

"The numbers themselves, however, don’t tell the entire story of ALA. Your Association is beginning a period of internal review and reinvention, with changes in both key leadership positions and the way in which we view publishing, membership and conferences—all critical areas that fund the professional development, advocacy and mission-focused work that is the purpose of the Association," Hildreth said.

Hildreth plans to work closely with the president, the Executive Board and ALA’s management team to refine ALA's vision both operationally and financially

Read the entire column here

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Library Ethics 101
When: Feb. 6, 2018, 1o a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration


The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission will host the State of Indiana’s MLK celebration, taking part over three days with three commemorative events marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at 6 p.m. there will be a wreath placing ceremony in front of the south side of the Indiana War Memorial Soldiers and Sailors Monument. On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, the 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration begins at 12 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission and the ICRC will host the seventh annual Day of Service at Watkins Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Find volunteer opportunities, educational resources, lesson plans and more to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Learn more about Dr. King’s life from The King Center website and the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site in his birthplace of Atlanta. King was born on Jan. 15, 1929 and the holiday is observed on the third Monday in January. This year both days coincide.

Upcoming free webinars from INSPIRE’s Gale and databases


The following webinars from INSPIRE’s Gale and databases will be available in January, February and March. Each webinar is worth one TLEU.

INSPIRE - Summer Reading Support 
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
This webinar will provide an overview on how to use TeachingBooks, as well as tools and resources to help streamline your promotion of summer reading programs.

INSPIRE – Gale:  Finding Hidden Figures using Biography in Context 
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
Explore some of the greatest African American hidden figures throughout history! 

INSPIRE – Gale:  Science in Context in the Classroom 
Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
Science in context reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms. This training will discuss how to use the content in Science in Context within the classroom.

INSPIRE – Gale:  Books & Authors 
Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 12 p.m.
Books & Authors offers new ways to explore countless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.

INSPIRE - Supporting Book Clubs 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 3 p.m.
Discover tools to locate and share author and book specific resources that will enliven book club discussions.

Archived recordings of the Gale webinars can be found here. Archived recordings of the webinars can be found here