Wednesday Word │February 28, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Assistant Manager-Readers’ Services
Allen County Public Library

Human Resource Manager
Anderson Public Library

Children’s & Youth Services Senior Assistant (20 hrs/week)
Carmel Clay Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
LaGrange County Public Library

Library Director
Porter County Public Library System

Youth Services Assistant (part-time)
Putnam County Public Library

Library Director
Westchester Public Library

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

STEM Learning grants to benefit local programs
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

‘Friends of the Library’ has deep roots in community
Brazil Public Library

Former Central College President William Wiebenga passes away
Carmel Clay Public Library

CDPL going for gold with Winter Olympics display
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Tri Kappa Week observed locally
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Saint Mary’s library transitions to new book-sharing program
Cushwa-Leighton Library - Saint Mary's College

'March Madness' had roots in Indiana before Illinois or the NCAA began using the phrase
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Hancock County Library releases 120 years of history
Hancock County Public Library

Fun history program planned
Hartford City Public Library

McVeigh to perform Irish songs at Hussey-Mayfield
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Immersive "Frankenstein" weekend retreat to bring together scholars and readers
Indiana State Library

North Knox native hired as new director; Roger Stremming to lead library's combined youth, teen dept.
Knox County Public Library

Muncie Public Library featured in national magazine
Muncie Public Library

LST relocation, Willard Library, Kids Kingdom 2 boosted by CVB
Willard Library

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New INSPIRE interface coming Monday


In honor of INSPIRE's 20th anniversary, the Indiana State Library is pleased to announce a new homepage interface for INSPIRE. The new interface is powered by EBSCO Stacks and will go live on Monday, March 5, 2018. 

A new, tiled homepage will make finding databases easier, while also showcasing some of INSPIRE's lesser-known features and most-loved features, such as the TERC database and Consumer Reports. Featured databases will be displayed as necessary. 

Outside of the new front page, the basic search and functionality will remain the same, so the learning curve should be minimal. The state library plans on releasing some short “how-to” videos in the near future and completing the FAQ page. will still be the main INSPIRE web address. 

Please contact John Wekluk, communications director at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

2018 Difference is You conference accepting proposals until March 19


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. Proposals are due by March 19, 2018. 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. 

Genealogy for Night Owls returns to the Indiana State Library


On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the popular Genealogy for Night Owls event returns to the Indiana State Library. The free Night Owls event features expanded library hours, orientation tours and sessions with genealogy experts. The extended library hours are 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sessions will be available with experts from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America, the Indiana African-American Genealogy Group, the Genealogical Society of Marion County, professional genealogist Betty Warren and the Central Indiana DNA Interest Group.

Registration is required by April 16, 2018. Click here to register.

Rockville Public Library is now Parke County Public Library


The former Rockville Public Library has formally changed its name to the Parke County Public Library (PCPL) after a resolution was passed in early February of 2018.

The name change is an attempt to clear up confusion among patrons who thought library service was limited only to residents of the town of Rockville.

Libraries lending to PCPL via InfoExpress or interlibrary loan, please make sure to note this change in order to avoid inadvertently shipping items to the Rockville Correctional Facility.

Visit PCPL's website for more information. 

Discovery to Delivery 2018 proposal deadline this Friday


The proposal submission deadline for the 2018 Discovery to Delivery (D2D) VIII conference is 3 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018. For those interested in developing and sharing a presentation, please complete and submit the proposal form located here

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.

Presentations should be approximately 30-35 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and discussion. 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. 

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.

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!

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

The Role of Public Libraries in Healthy Communities
When: March 7, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

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

INSPIRE - Gale: Books & Authors
When: March 12, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Webinar

TeachingBooks: Supporting Book Clubs
When: March 13, 2018, 3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Where: Webinar 

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) - Foundation and Future
When: March 14, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Outdoor Learning at the Library: It's Only Natural
When: March 15, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Libraries Rock! CSLP 2018 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: March 16, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Pulaski County Public Library

Block Play: Building a Foundation of Early Learning in the Library
When: March 21, 2018, 10 a.m - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

How to Conduct a Community Needs Assessment (CNA)
When: March 28, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

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.

FAFSA and financial aid resources


For those in of need financial aid to help pay for college, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required. The Indiana deadline for filing your 2018-2019 FAFSA is April 15, 2018 by 11 p.m. Eastern time. While the process can be arduous, there are several government resources available to make the process easier to complete. FAFSA is a service provided by the office of Federal Student Aid, the largest provider of student financial aid in the country. Federal Student Aid is authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to manage the student financial aid programs like FAFSA.

For first-timers filing a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education has published a helpful blog post titled 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018–19 FAFSA Form. The Federal Student Aid has compiled a list with links, blog posts, factsheets, videos, webinars, websites and forms to help students and parents with FAFSA. In addition to providing information about filing the FAFSA, the Federal Student Aid also includes helpful resources on college preparation, loan information, consumer protection and financial literacy. Students and parents can learn about all the available options to help pay for college or a career school.

Government Information Day 2018: Be sure to register for GID18, featuring keynote speaker Laurie Hall, superintendent of documents, Government Publishing Office. 

MCLS to host World Café Conversations for Indiana librarians


In March, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) will host three free World Café Conversations for Indiana librarians. 

All library staff are welcome to join these two and a half hour conversations and multiple attendees from each library system are encouraged to attend. MCLS states that their purpose is to "gain knowledge of and identify barriers to library services in Indiana and to devise strategies and solutions to begin to overcome those barriers." 

For a true representation of Indiana libraries, input is needed from libraries of all types, sizes and geographic areas. Read more about the World Café Conversations here

Up to 50 participants will be accepted for the conversations and each conversation is worth one LEU for Indiana staff. All times local. Register via the below links:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Lake County Public Library 
1919 West 81st Avenue Merrillville, IN
Time: 10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library
110 East Main Street
Greensburg, IN
Time: 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN
Time: 10 a.m.