Wednesday Word │March 7, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Operations Manager
Kendallville Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
Peabody Public Library

Circulation Services Clerk (part-time)
South Whitley Community 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

Heartland Sings paints Celtic landscapes with Irish musical traditions
Allen County Public Library

Arts Council getting new home
Bartholomew County Public Library

Indiana Society posts new data
Covington-Veedersburg Public Library

Indiana-Armenians commemorate Sumgait and Baku Pogroms
Greenwood Public Library

Kinsey Institute Library offers chance to explore sex-related art, history
Kinsey Institute’s Library & Archives

Academy Award nominated director to film in Rolling Prairie
LaPorte County Public Library

Lilly Library offers rare books, puzzles, exhibits
Lilly Library at Indiana University

March workshops at Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Muncie Public Library

Students welcome to join writing contest, workshop
Peabody Public Library

Plainfield Library hosts fairy tea party
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Bright Young Librarians: Matt Bird
Vigo County Public Library

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2018 Hoosier Women at Work registration now open


The third annual Hoosier Women at Work Conference presented by the Indiana Women's History Association, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s symposium will focus on the history of Indiana women in the arts.

Art historian Abbey Chambers will deliver this year’s keynote address. Art exhibitions and a First Friday reception will follow the day’s events. View a draft of the program here

Registration is currently open from now until April 5, 2018. Registration fee is $20 per person and $15 for students. Click here to register and to read more about the conference. 

Indiana State Library welcomes new PDO supervisor


The Indiana State Library  is pleased to announce Kara Cleveland as the new Professional Development Office (PDO) supervisor. 

Kara comes to the state library via Bradie Shrum Elementary School in Salem, Indiana where she served as school librarian for eight years. Prior to that position, she was the school media specialist at Clarksville High School for over a decade. She began her library career as the children’s librarian at the Salem Public Library.

She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Kara has one daughter, Chelsea, and in her free time she likes to read, watch movies, take walks, eat out and travel. One thing that most people don’t know about Kara is that she did her student teaching on the Navajo Nation reservation.

Please contact Kara via email with any professional development questions or to welcome her to her new position. 

Preservation Week Road Show returns in April


On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), the Indiana State Library and Indiana State Archives will host this year's Preservation Week Road Show (PWRS), a "road show" style  event designed to help the public learn the value of their historic objects and how to best care for and preserve these items.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in the IHS building, guests will be able to meet with an appraiser or conservator for up to 15 minutes.

The event will also include free programs on family heirlooms, identification and preservation of photographs and textile preservation. 

Guests will also have an opportunity to work with IHS digitization staff to receive free digital scans of their items.

The event is free, but registration is required. To register for this event, or to learn more about PWRS, including program times and participating professionals, visit the Preservation Week Road Show event page or call (317) 232-1882. Guests are limited to two 15-minute appointments and registration includes parking.

Legal Research Basics for Librarians webinar now accepting registrations


Join Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10 a.m. for Legal Research Basics for Librarians. 

This webinar will help library staff answer legal research questions from patrons and will also help staff assist patrons who are doing their own legal research. Starting with an overview of different types of legal authority, the session will distinguish between primary and secondary authority. Tools for finding state and federal statutes, regulations and case law will also be covered, as will demonstrating how to use a variety of free websites to conduct legal research online, with a focus on Indiana materials. Tips for how to stick to conducting legal research and avoid providing legal advice will conclude the webinar. 

Register here. Click here for more info. The webinar is eligible for one LEU. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

INDOT and daylight saving time



The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently announced the launch of INDOT4U, making it easy to contact the agency and get questions answered and problems resolved. Motorists now have a single point of contact to report a concern, obtain information or provide feedback to INDOT via phone at 1-855-463-6848, online, by email or by using the free INDOT mobile app, available in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store for Android. Drivers can report concerns to INDOT about any roadway hazards, repair needs or issues encountered on the roads. Hoosiers can also request information about all Indiana interstates, U.S. highways or state highways that INDOT maintains.

Daylight saving time begins

Don’t forget to “spring forward” by setting clocks forward one hour this weekend. Daylight saving time (DST) begins Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2 a.m. and will be in effect through November 4, 2018. DST adjusts the official local time forward by one hour from the official standard time during spring and summer months. View a list of past and future start and end dates for daylight saving time from the U.S. Naval Observatory. The National Map has a Standard Time Zones map of the United States to download in GIF or PDF. The Library of Congress has a blog post explaining the World War I origins of daylight saving. The Centers for Disease Control offers “Suggestions to help workers adapt to the time change.” It is recommended fire safety practice to check the batteries of smoke alarms when re-setting clocks twice a year.

Plainfield library chooses printmaker and fine artist to honor at Art Gala


The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library Arts Gala committee has chosen printmaker and fine artist Becky Heimann to be honored at Arts Gala: "Impact" on April 27, 2018. 

“We are so delighted to have Becky Heimann join us as our Signature Artist. This year her piece, ‘The Wave,’ is a magnificent visual representation of our Arts Gala theme ‘Impact,’” explains Laura Appleby, gallery manager.

Heimann is a printmaker and book maker from Indianapolis. She graduated from Ball State University in 2007 with a bachelor's in fine art and an emphasis in printmaking and book arts. She teaches fourth grade at St. Monica School in Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indianapolis Arts Council and Nickel Plate Arts. This is her first year at Arts Gala.

The event opens to the public Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 1 - 5 p.m., with various artist demonstrations throughout the day.

For more information about Arts Gala, or how you can become a Patron of the Arts, click here. The library is located at 1120 Stafford Road, Plainfield, Indiana.