Wednesday Word │February 21, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Collection Development Librarian
Ball State University Libraries

Reference Department Head
Elkhart Public Library

Youth Services Librarian IV/Specialist III
Michigan City Public Library

Library Director
Putnam County Public Library

Assistant Professor, Director of Metadata Services (revised)
Valparaiso University

If you would like your Indiana library job posting to be listed in the Wednesday Word, the position, and its description, must be submitted to the Indiana State Library. Click here for submission guidelines and to submit. 

In the news

Indiana Library News

Northeast Indiana takes the lead in workforce development, musical instruments
Allen County Public Library

Conference highlights preservation of Mid-Century Modern landmarks
Bartholomew County Public Library

Entrepreneur launches local charity to support women-owned businesses
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library Board
Huntingburg Public Library

Markle librarian wants to get to know her people
Huntington City-Township Public Library

New executive director eager to join Zionsville library
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Gardening Classes being presented by the La Porte County Master Gardeners
La Porte County Public Library

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ILF and the Indiana State Library team up to present 'Supervised Visits in the Library' virtual exchange


The Indiana Library Federation (ILF), in collaboration with the Indiana State Library (ISL), is presenting a virtual exchange, "Supervised Visits in the Library," on Thursday, March 1, 2018  at 2 p.m. EST. Online registration is available until March 1st. 

ILF initiated a collaboration with the Department of Child Services (DCS) and key contractors in order to create a shared understanding about challenges and best practices for children, parents, caregivers, libraries and DCS administrators relating to supervised child visits in public libraries. Click here for more detailed information. 

Beth Yates of ISL, and also a member of the ILF Youth Services Division Leadership Team, will help facilitate this session. 

A virtual exchange is an online, facilitated discussion. Participants will be able to watch and listen, and to participate via chat box, microphone or phone line. Contact Lucinda Nord at 317-257-2040 ext. 101 for more information. 

IUPUI's Lewis named 2018 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year


This year's Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year is David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library. 

As winner of the award, Lewis will collect $5,000 and be presented a plaque at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 23, 2018. 

The award, sponsored by  GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, acknowledges achievements such as service to the organized profession, significant and influential research on academic or research library service and publication of a body of scholarly and/or theoretical writing contributing to academic or research library development.

Read more about the award and Lewis' career accomplishments here

Robotics teach the future

Brayden Truman and Azucena Diaz, kindergarten students at Coesse Elementary School, examine an electronic device allowing them to operate one of the many robot activities available during a robotics program Wednesday afternoon. Post & Mail photo / Rachael Rosfeld

Reprinted from the Post & Mail. By Rachael Rosfeld 

COLUMBIA CITY — Excitement, activity and, most importantly, learning was what the students at Coesse Elementary School experienced Wednesday afternoon.

The students were visited by Beth Gaff, technology trainer at Peabody Public Library. She brought with her several activities for a robotics program at the school.

Gaff said that she had been visiting several of the Whitley County Consolidated Schools to give students a chance to learn hands-on, but also get a peek at the robotics classes taught at the library.

“The goal is to gain experience,” said Gaff. “So we take our robots out to the schools and in the library.”

On Wednesday, Gaff set up six stations, each with different robots that allow students to practice different skills.

She noted that technology continues to expand and grow, particularly in the robotics field.

“We are trying to prepare these kids for the future,” she said. “The more we introduce these items, the better opportunities they will have in the future, and they might find a whole subject they want to pursue as a career.”

One of the missions of WCCS is to prepare students for life after graduation, and school leaders are continually searching for new ways to put these lessons into practice and partner with the community. The robotics program provides one such opportunity.

“It’s a great way for our students to get 21st century skills,” said Laura Schmidt, media assistant at Coesse.

Gaff said that the program so far has garnered positive feedback from the staff and students.

Some of the most popular robots are “Cosmo” and “BB-8,” a robot children recognize from the popular “Star Wars” movie franchise.

The robotics program at the library takes place at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of the month.

These are open to students of all ages, and each month they work with a new robot and subject. This month’s topic will focus on optical illusions.

“Sometimes we build a robot that they can control with their Iphone, and other times we do a make it and take it where they can take their robot home,” said Gaff.

Gaff said she hopes to continue to take these robots to the classes as a fun way for students to learn.

Advancing Your Genealogy Research workshop set for April 14


On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) will present a workshop titled Advancing Your Genealogy Research Using DNA Results at the Indiana State Library, located at 315 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This free workshop focuses on tips for advancing your genealogy research using DNA testing and connecting family trees with DNA results. Sessions include Adding DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolkit, presented by Ann Raymont; Building Effective Trees to Connect with DNA Matches, presented by Angela Guntz; Creating Your Own Genetic Communities and DNA Circles, presented by Andrea Ackermann and What’s New in DNA Testing, presented by Denise Anderson-Decina. For librarians, each session is worth either one LEU or one TLEU. 

Registration is required by April 11, 2018. If maximum capacity is reached before April 11, registration will be closed prior to the deadline. Click here to register. 

CSLP's Teen Video Challenge deadline fast-approaching


The deadline for the Collaborative Summer Library Program's (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge is Feb. 28, 2018. The entry form can be found here and the release form can be found here. Contact Beth Yates of the Indiana State Library with any questions. Click here for information on the challenge. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: Feb. 27, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar 

Evergreen Indiana Holds Training
When: Feb. 27, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Local Administration
When: Feb. 28, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Basic Cataloging
When: Feb. 28, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Supervised Visits Virtual Exchange (Hosted by ILF)
When: March 1, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

INSPIRE - Gale: Science in Context in the Classroom
When: March 2, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Advanced Cataloging - Part I
When: March 5, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Advanced Cataloging - Part II
When: March 6, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0 - Scottsburg
When: March 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Scott County Public Library - Main Branch

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.

Climate change


Many people have recently remarked on how many North Atlantic hurricanes we are currently having and also on the strength of these hurricanes. What is causing this to happen? According to the NASA Global Climate Change website, this phenomena is one of the effects of climate change. Other effects are rising sea levels and more droughts with the subsequent effect of more wildfires. The website also details the effects currently visible for different regions of the United States and how they can affect local infrastructure.

This NASA website includes evidence, causes, effects, scientific consensus and vital signs. These vital signs include graphs and data on the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the increase in global temperature and the loss of land ice on the planet. One graph shows the measurements for Antarctica mass variation since 2002, which shows a rate of change of a loss of 127.0 gigatonnes per year. The other graph is for the measurements of the Greenland mass variation since 2002, which shows a rate of change of a loss of 286.0 gigatonnes per year.

The FAQ page includes answers to questions like “What’s the difference between the weather and climate?,” as well as information on how global temperatures are studied. The solutions page has areas of mitigation and adaptation and government resources, as well as energy innovations. There are images of change, interactives and earth minute videos on the explore page. The resources page includes sections for educators and kids; all very useful and informative pages that would be of interest to anyone looking at climate change.

Warsaw student wins Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition

Sophia Delgado (left), Poetry Ourselves winner and Joshua Fisher (right) Poetry Out Loud winner.

The Indiana State Library (ISL) and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Joshua Fisher earned the honor of being named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana state champion. Fisher will compete against representatives from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, for the national Poetry Out Loud title on April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live. The Midwest and South Central round, which includes Indiana, will be held on April 24, 2018, beginning at 1 p.m.

Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, qualified for the national finals by winning the Indiana state Poetry Out Loud championship held on Feb. 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. He edged out 17 other competitors to win the state title. In addition to the Washington, D.C. trip, Fisher earned a $200 cash prize and $500 for his school to be used to purchase poetry books. 

Fisher recited three poems to qualify for the trip to Washington D.C.: “Entirely” by Louis MacNeice, “The Author to Her Book,” by Anne Bradstreet and “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood.

Runner-up Sophia Delgado of Herron High School in Indianapolis won the Poetry Ourselves competition in which students submitted their own written or spoken word poems. Last year’s Indiana Poetry Ourselves winner, Shelby Newland of Bloomington High School South, went on to place first in the Poetry Ourselves competition at the national finals in Washington, D.C.

Now celebrating its 13th year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.