Wednesday Word │January 24, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

IT Systems Assistant (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Adult Services Librarian
Huntington City-Township Public Library

User Experience and Project Management Librarian
IUPUI University Library

Technical Services Librarian
Mooresville Public Library

Library Director
Osgood Public Library

Branch Manager
Porter County Public Library System - Hebron

In the news

Indiana Library News

A life well-read: Longtime Aurora Library Director Mary Alice Horton dies
Aurora Public Library District

'That gate will never be locked again,' says president of library board about parking lot
Brazil Public Library

Black history program planned at library
Jackson County Public Library

DeMotte Library gains hard-shelled ambassador
Jasper County Public Library

Feathered facts: Library hosting falcon demonstration, discussion
Johnson County Public Library

Johnson County Public Library offers free music lessons
Johnson County Public Library

Learn tips, tricks on how to budget, save money at public library series
Johnson County Public Library

Artist's books at the Lilly Library revel in nuance
Lilly Library at IU

Puzzle curator reflects on the power of puzzles
Lilly Library at IU

Linden Carnegie Public Library board member retires
Linden Carnegie Public Library

Michigan City Public Library announces remodel plans
Michigan City Public Library

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State library blog


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'Indiana's "Bison-tennial" Project,' book now available for pre-order


The final Indiana Bicentennial book, "Indiana's 'Bison-tennial' Project," is now available for pre-order. This is the companion book to "Indiana at 200" and highlights the Bicentennial bison projects throughout the state, including Cookie the Bison at the Indiana State Library. The book has been mailed out to public libraries and will be arriving soon, if it hasn't already arrived.

From the publisher: "This new, all-color book that commemorates this unique project celebrating the Bicentennial of our state. 'Indiana’s "Bison-tennial" Project: A Celebration of Hoosier History, Artistry and Creativity' is a coffee-table style book that highlights the last of the state’s birthday celebrations. A must-have for your local library, convention or visitor’s bureau, business, historical or genealogy society or as a personal memento of our state’s birthday."

The book comes in standard and leather bound editions and can be personalized . The book may be pre-ordered here. "Indiana at 200" may be purchased here

Second Saturday one-on-one DNA testing consultations to begin in February at the state library


DNA testing has become an important resource for genealogists looking to solve genealogy puzzles by comparing DNA matches. Genealogists are incorporating DNA testing along with the traditional genealogical research methods to discover new family members.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at the Indiana State Library (ISL), and repeating on the second Saturday of each month, the Central Indiana DNA Group (CIDIG) staff will be available to assist with DNA questions in one-on-one 15-minute consultation sessions. CIDIG will advise on which tests might be best for individuals and they also will help decipher test results.

To schedule an appointment for a free DNA consultation, please send your request to CIDIG specialist Denise Anderson-Decina. All appointment requests must be submitted five business days before the second Saturday of the month. Please include in the email any DNA questions and related information to be addressed. For more information about CIDIG, visit here

CIDIG is not affiliated with ISL in any way. ISL does not endorse, warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of information, opinions, advice, statements or services provided by CIDIG representatives.

The state library is now open on the second Saturday of each month and for special library events. Click here to view the dates of the library's open second Saturdays. CIDIG staff will not be available during special events which are not part of the library's second Saturday hours. 

Brook library receives $5,500 grant


The Brook Public Library has been awarded a $5,500.00 grant from the Newton County Community Foundation to complete their AWE Learning Systems project.

“It is so exciting to have our project fully funded,” stated Director Krissy Wright. Wright explained that AWE Learning Systems are specially designed computers that are geared toward educational programming for children ages two to 12 years old. Each system is preloaded with over 70 educational games and activities that promote literacy as well as math, science and nature, social studies and geography, art and music, writing and computer skills and reference. The systems also offer a bilingual option which will allow children to participate in English, Spanish or French.

The overall goal of the project was to have a total of four AWE units in the library. Wright explained that the recent funds will purchase the final two units, which will complete the project. “Our goal was to have the entire children’s technology section overhauled by mid-2018, and I am happy to say we are going to surpass that goal,” explained Wright. “One of our library’s key values is education with a close second being cutting edge technology. By receiving an AWE setup, we can extend these values to the children of our community. It will also foster independence among our youngest patrons. Parents can have peace of mind knowing that their children are using safe, educational software that has been hand selected by professionals. ”

“Without help from organizations like the Newton County Community Foundation and its supporters, this project wouldn’t be possible. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive community that cares about our children and our library.”

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

Winter advisory resources


As Indiana endures the cold of winter, please be aware of helpful resources to help handle the bitter weather. Winter storms are a yearly occurrence in Indiana and it is recommended to have plans in place. At, learn about how to put together a family communication plan or an emergency kit for a home or vehicle. The National Weather Service also provides winter storm safety tips and resources.

In the state, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has information winter storms, extreme cold and winter travel. If worried about travel conditions, visit the Indiana Department of Transportation to check for closures/restrictions, road weather censors or the emergency status map. Indiana also has a County Travel Status Map to check the nearest conditions or the conditions around loved ones.  

It is also extremely important to be aware of the symptoms of cold related illnesses, like frostbite or hypothermia. Seek medical care for white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy or numbness. Remember to cover ears and hands and wear insolated clothing while out in the cold. Drinking hot chocolate also helps! 

2018 LSTA grant application and instructions now available


The 2018 LSTA grant application and instructions have been posted to the Indiana State Library’s website. Along with the application itself, the LSTA page has a multitude of resources to aid in the process, including current guidelines, application recommendations and FAQs. Additionally, the 2018 Application Assistance Webinar and 2018 Grantee Manual are coming soon. Until then, the 2017 editions are available.

Applicants can apply for a technology grant, up to $8,000. or digitization grant, up to $15,000. Applications are due March 16, 2018.

Questions regarding any step of the process can be directed to Angela Fox, public library services and LSTA consultant at the Indiana State Library. 

Call for 2018 SRCS enrollment


The Indiana State Library is once again opening enrollment for SRCS, the Statewide Remote Circulation Service. Through SRCS, libraries are able to borrow from and loan to over 200 other participating Indiana libraries, including public, academic and special libraries. SRCS is compatible with most ILS systems and there is currently no fee to participate.

If interested, complete the SRCS Interest Form and return to the LDO office of the state library by Feb. 8, 2018. 

Contact Jennifer Clifton, library development office director at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.