Wednesday Word │January 31, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

System Administrator
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Children’s and Youth Services Librarian (part-time)
Carmel Clay Public Library

Technology Support – Specialist III
Huntington City-Township Public Library

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

Children’s Librarian Assistant (part-time)
Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library

Adult Services Assistant Librarian
Vigo County Public Library

Information Reference Services Manager
Westfield-Washington Public Library

In the news

Indiana Library News

Free tax help at the Adams Public Library
Adams Public Library

Winter weather can’t dull allure of a good book
Bartholomew County Public Library

McGurk speaks at Elkhart library
Elkhart Public Library

Real life Pawnee: Evansville library in running for Leslie Knope award
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library Board
Huntingburg Public Library Board

ILF announces the election of new directors on its board
Indiana Library Federation

Historic Vincennes mural moves to Knox County Public Library
Knox County Public Library

Library to combine departments, search for new youth director
Knox County Public Library

'Landmark' Jamey Aebersold exhibit wrapping up at Carnegie Center
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Pay no attention to the room behind the curtain
New Castle-Henry County Public Library

Nature up close and personal
Noble County Public Library

Historic basketball films to be screened in Indiana
Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library at IU

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State library blog


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2018 Difference is You conference now accepting proposals


This year's annual library staff support conference, The Difference is You, will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. The 2018 theme is Be Inspired!, in honor of INSPIRE's 20th anniversary as a service of the Indiana State Library.  

For those interested in presenting at this year's conference, the proposal form can be found here. For a list of previous presentations, see last year's schedule here. Watch a video of 2017 highlights here

Contact Kimberly Brown-Harden, northwest regional coordinator at the Indiana State Library, for more information. 

Mooresville library’s YouTube videos top 1.2 million views

Bill Buckley, director of information, Mooresville Public Library

Mooresville is a town in Morgan County, Indiana, about 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis, with a population of roughly 10,000 people. By looking at the Mooresville Public Library's YouTube statistics, one might think the population was much larger. 

As of January 2018, the library's YouTube videos have racked up over 1.2 million total views since 2010. For comparison, the New York Public Library has had 2.7 million total views since 2008 in an area serving about 8.5 million more people than Mooresville. 

The library was recently recognized by the The National Media Market, for their accomplishment. Diane Huerkamp, director of the Mooresville Public library, credits Bill Buckley, the library's director of information and webmaster, for the success. "I am so proud of Bill’s accomplishments and of our eighth anniversary on YouTube and his amazing videos," Huerkamp said.

“We’re amazed and humbled by our YouTube channel’s success. Why have so many people watched? A wide variety and sheer quantity of videos can explain some of the appeal, but ultimately it's simply a matter of resonance. Some videos connect with large numbers of viewers, who share their finds, thereby delivering more viewership statistics—and those viewer statistics count as patrons whom the library might otherwise not reach. The result is a library’s global footprint. Through their videos, libraries can truly reach a worldwide audience,” Buckley said. 

Buckley, who occasionally blogs about library technology, wrote in a recent blog post celebrating the library's eight years on YouTube that Suzanne Walker, then of the Mooresville Public Library and now at the Indiana State Library, helped spearhead a social media initiative and encouraged him to create his first video, a book trailer. Nowadays, Buckley says the library's videos average 4,500 to 5,000 views per week, more than five times that of his original book trailer.  

To see all of the library's videos of the past eight years, ranging from book trailers to skits to patron training, visit the library's YouTube page here. Browse all of the library's social media content here

Discovery to Delivery 2018 call for proposals


The Discovery to Delivery (D2D) VIII conference, hosted by the Academic Libraries of Indiana and the Indiana State Library, is a free one-day resource sharing conference open to all Indiana libraries. This year’s theme will be The Bigger Picture: Resource Sharing with a Broader Brush!

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana State Library located at 315 W. Ohio Street in Indianapolis.

For those interested in developing and sharing a presentation, please complete and submit the proposal form located here. The submission deadline is 3 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

This year’s theme is about thinking about resource sharing as part of the bigger picture. Not just interlibrary loan of materials, but sessions about sharing expertise, information, access and other platforms are encouraged. Presentations should be approximately 30-35 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion.

Suggested topics include INSPIRE (20th anniversary in 2018), acquisitions, collaborations, best practices, copyright, customer service, E-books, E-resources licensing, Evergreen Indiana marketing,  open access, patron-driven services, professional development, scholarly communications, SRCS, statistics and more.  

The conference is open to all Indiana libraries, and the audience will include attendees from academic, public, school and special libraries. Presentations from peer libraries are well-received at these conferences. Program descriptions should indicate whether a presentation targets a specific or general audience. Visit the D2D VIII website for more information. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Feb. 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Morrisson-Reeves Public Library

Managing Microaggressions in the Workplace
When:Feb. 15, 2018, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

INSPIRE - Gale: Top Ten Gale tools in your INSPIRE resources
When: Feb. 15, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Webinar

The Role of Public Libraries in Healthy Communities
When: Feb. 21, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Civic Literacy and a Civic Lab
When: Feb. 22, 2018, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Feb. 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Vigo 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.

GID18 registration now open


Registration is now open for Government Information Day 2018: Advocacy, Research and Collaboration. This one-day conference will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Indiana State Library. The event is free to attend. Government Information Day 2018 (GID18) will feature presentations on topics relating to local, state and federal information, including the upcoming 2020 census. The keynote speaker will be Laurie Beyer Hall, superintendent of documents, from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). In addition to the presentations, attendees will be able to interact with various vendors and colleagues on topics relating to government information.

GID18 offers an excellent opportunity to learn about emerging trends and new government resources. The event will feature two 50-minute concurrent sessions in the morning and a 50-minute concurrent session following the keynote address in the afternoon. A detailed schedule, including the list of speakers and vendors, will be released in the coming weeks. For any questions, please contact Brent Abercrombie, federal documents librarian, at (317) 232-3733 or via email. Indiana public librarians can earn up to four LEUs toward their certification. To learn more about GID18, including information on previous GIDs, please visit ISL’s Government Information Day webpage

PALNI scholarly communications initiatives take off after new director hire


Since the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc (PALNI) hired a scholarly communications director, a number of scholarly communication initiatives have launched consortia-wide. Those in affordable education, open access publishing and institutional repository (IR) development topping the list. New Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford brings focused expertise to the supported PALNI schools and looks forward to sharing her knowledge while forming partnerships in and outside of the consortia.

In late 2016, the PALNI board of directors unanimously voted to add the shared, full-time staff position continuing PALNI’s “deep collaboration” initiatives. The position, the first of its kind nationally, supports a consortial effort to advance scholarly communications, institutional repository support and affordable education initiatives at all 22 supported institutions. Previously in the PALNI consortia, only Butler University Libraries had access to a full-time scholarly communications librarian despite the growing need in all schools. 

Ms. Hurford brings over a decade of experience in digital librarianship working for Ball State University and IUPUI. Former colleague and IUPUI Associate Dean of Digital Scholarship Kristi Palmer spoke highly of Ms. Hurford’s experience, “Ms. Hurford has been an integral part in the success of Indiana’s Service Hub with the Digital Public Library of America, participating since the Indiana Memory DPLA was formed in 2015. As the organization’s current chair she led our second annual DPLA Fest and has worked diligently to ensure the organization thrives in its mission.”

Read the full press release here