Wednesday Word │January 17, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Assistant Branch Manager
Allen County Public Library - Georgetown Branch

Library Assistant (part-time)
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

Branch and Outreach Services Librarian
La Porte County Public Library

Technology Assistant (part-time)
Tipton County Public Library

Associate Professor of Library Services: Director of Metadata Services
Valparaiso University

STEM Coordinator (part-time)
Washington Carnegie Public Library

In the news

Indiana Library News

‘Fire and Fury’ book generating lots of hold requests at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne
Allen County Public Library

Boys and Girls Club, FCPL team up on robotics
Frankfort Community Public Library

Iditarod veteran will visit Hammond Library
Hammond Public Library

Black Film Center/Archive hosts semester-long programming
Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University

Carnegie Library in Rensselaer morphs into the Carnegie Center
Jasper County Libraries

Grants aim to boost tourism
Johnson County Public Library

Museum receives grant from Indiana Historical Society
Knox County Public Library

Reference librarians in the digital age: 'No question is too silly'
Hammond, Lake County, Munster, Porter County, Valparaiso and Wanatah Public Libraries

Free tax assistance to be offered at Morrisson-Reeves Library
Morrisson-Reeves Library

Local youth workers learn how to spot human trafficking
St. Joseph County Public Library

Trading Chicago for Parke County, artist drawn to depict nature
Vigo County Public Library

Heart Gallery spotlights older kids needing a home
West Lafayette Public Library

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State library blog


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Former East Chicago Public Library Director Charles Moore passes away


Charles Moore, former director of the East Chicago Public Library, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Moore was also a former member of the Indiana Black Librarians Network (IBLN) and a former branch manager in the Gary Public Library system. 

Moore's obituary may be viewed here

Emmy Award-winner Dick Wolfsie visits state library


Recently, Emmy Award-winner Dick Wolfsie of WISH-TV stopped by the Indiana State Library to learn more about the Indiana Voices program. He met with Indiana Voices studio director, Linden Coffman, to get a basic understanding of what Indiana Voices is and how the program works. While he was there, he also met two recording studio volunteers, Nelson Goud and Stuart Remali, to see what it is like to be a volunteer in the recording studio for Indiana Voices.

The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library provides library service to Indiana residents who cannot use standard printed materials due to a visual or physical disability. Indiana Voices is a program within the Talking Book Library that focuses on recording books by Indiana authors or with another Indiana connection that otherwise would not be available in an accessible format.

See more pictures of Wolfsie's visit here. See the WISH-TV video segments here

To view the books in the Indiana Voices collection, visit the online catalog, search for “Indiana,” select subject and then choose Indiana Digital Voices from the media drop down list. Visit the Indiana Voices website at this location

ISL tech kit changes


The Indiana State Library has changed the checkout requirements for the circulating technology kits for the new year. Starting this month, the Maker Space and Robots Kits can now be used in patron programming. Libraries that would like to check out the Maker Space or Robot Kits just need to complete an online Moodle course before reserving the kit. This course can be taken at your own pace, is worth two TLEUs and must be completed before a scheduled kit drop-off. You can find these courses on the Professional Development Office’s Moodle page. The kits can be checked out for three weeks.

The kits have also been reorganized to reflect the following contents:

Maker Space Kit
Snap Circuits Light
Snap Circuits Sound
Makey Makey
CreoPop 3D Pen
Discover Electronics Kit
EVO VR Headset

Robot Kit #1
Lego WeDo
Wonder Dash
Sphero Ollie
Sphero SPRK
LittleBits Arduino Kit

Robot Kit #2
Two of each:
Lego Wedo
Wonder Dash
Sphero Ollie
Sphero SPRK

To reserve a kit, please contact your regional coordinator. Contact information can be found here. Click here to view the tech kit pictures. 

MCLS seeks library employees for World Café library service conversations


Join the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) in March 2018 for World Café Conversations about "Barriers to Library Service." World Café is a method for hosting conversations that matter. MCLS staff will use this engagement tool to both model the World Café method and to lead library staff in conversations around the important topic of barriers to library service. The conversations will be held throughout Indiana.

MCLS needs input from libraries of all types, sizes and geographic areas to make this effort an authentic representation of Indiana libraries. Please consider joining MCLS and sharing thoughts, challenges and hopes in breaking down barriers to library services in our communities. Expertise is not required. Participants are encouraged to speak openly and candidly from experience and point of view.

This method of dialogue is open to large numbers of participants, so multiple attendees from any library system are welcome. Up to 50 participants will be accepted per conversation and registration is free and open on a “first come, first served” basis. A waiting list will be kept.

For more information and to register for these events, please click here. For questions, please contact Pam Seabolt.

MCLS provides libraries with the tools and training to better serve their communities. By connecting member libraries through technology and face-to-face interaction,  MCLS promotes sharing best practices, networking and collegiality and building a strong library community. Learn more by clicking here

Mary Alice Horton, Aurora Public Library District director, passes away


From the Aurora Public Library district website: 

"Director, Mary Alice James Horton, passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving and supportive family. Mary Alice Horton was passionate about her community, literacy and teaching.

Through her service as Director of the Aurora Public Library for 35 years, 1982 - 2017, she was involved in various outreach projects designed to help create a better community."

Continue reading here

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

INSPIRE Gale: Finding Hidden Figures using Biography in Context
When: Jan. 22, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

MAKE-UP DATE from 1/12 - Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Jan. 25, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Washington Carnegie 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.

National Hot Tea Month


January 2018 is National Hot Tea Month and according the 2015 Annual Survey of Manufactures, the number of employees in coffee and tea manufacturing grew from 10,692 in 2005 to 15,379 in 2015, so there are a number of tea drinkers out there. They range from casual tea drinkers who get their tea from the local grocery store to tea enthusiasts who get special blends from specialty stores. Many may drink tea, hot or cold, for the health benefits that it’s believed to provide. But what are the nutrients in each type of branded tea and exactly what are the ingredients in them? 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has the database U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Composition Databases: tea that lists the nutrients and lists the ingredients for 2,747 foods under the search for tea. The manufacturers include Honest, Teonic, Lipton, Charleston Tea Plantation, Oregon Kambucha, East West Tea Company LLC and many more. Each entry in the database was provided by the manufacturer from the labels and can show the energy in kcal that they provide, how much sugar, potassium, sodium, carbohydrates, etc. that they contain. They also most often have a listing of ingredients on the entry. 

This database U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Composition Databases: tea is useful for anyone researching different tea brands that fit in with their nutritional needs. Whether that is for an energy boost or the need to control their sugar or sodium intake for health reasons. Additionally, the database isn’t restricted to just tea, so it‘s a great all around resource.

Meet the Artists XXX! - Shades of Pearl showcase at IndyPL


View the works of prominent local African-American artists at the Indianapolis Public Library's (IndyPL) Central Library during the 30th anniversary of one of Indy's most celebrated cultural events. Meet the Artists. This year's exhibit will feature selections from 11 "Shades of Pearl" spotlighted artists from past Meet the Artists events who have gone on to greater achievements in the art world. The exhibit can be viewed throughout Central Library during regular library hours. Meet the Artists XXX is presented by the library's African-American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. It is made possible by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 from 5:30 - 10 p.m. at the Central Library actress and Indiana native Vivica A. Fox will give a presentation. Fox will also participate in an award ceremony for the "Shades of Pearl Showcase" artists.

The exhibit is on display from Jan. 30, 2018 to April 1, 2018 at the Central Library located 40 E. St. Clair St. 

Read more about the artists, exhibits, guests and events here

Earl Park library receives $4,000 grant


On Jan. 9, 2018, the Earl Park-Richland Township Public Library was presented with a grant of $4,000 by Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF) President Jim Powell.

"With this money will be upgrading our computer system at the library. We hope this will allow us to offer more to our patrons. Come check out all the great changes we are making in the new year," said Wendy Davis, director of the Earl Park-Richland Township Public Library.

BCCF's mission is to "enhance community through civic leadership, philanthropy and charitable economic development initiatives."