Wednesday Word │March 14, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Reference Library Assistant (part-time)
Bartholomew County Public Library

Assistant Director
New Castle-Henry County Public Library

Library Director
Switzerland County Public Library

Special Collections Manager
Vigo County 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

Foellinger Foundation announces $1M grant to Allen County Public Library for Summer Learning Program
Allen County Public Library

Leprechaun Hunt among spring break activities
Bedford Public Library

Time Travelers focus on local women
Eckhart Public Library

Stress relief event in Herman B Wells Library features dogs, snacks
Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University

Grant to fund UND museum and library project
Hesburgh Libraries at Notre Dame

US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to visit campus in November
Indianapolis Public Library

Local Days for Girls team sews and educates during International Women’s Day
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Anthology about Orson Welles developed with help from IU resources
Lilly Library at Indiana University

'National Safe Place Week' raises awareness of program for youth in crisis
Monroe County Public Library

Poetry workshop for Monroe County Jail seeks personal revision
Monroe County Public Library

Computer science class is a hit at St. Joseph County Public Library
St. Joseph County Public Library

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State library blog


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Middlebury library plans first annual literary fest

Author Philip Gulley

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 9 a.m., the Middlebury Community Public Library (MCPL) will kick off its first annual literary fest, the Middlebury Literary Carousel. The event will offer sessions and activities appealing to all ages and a variety of interests. MCPL hopes the festival will fill the void left by the discontinuance of the Young Author's Conference.

Highlights include author presentations by Philip Gulley and Marc Tyler Nobleman. Indiana's fifth Poet Laureate Shari Wagner will host a poetry writing workshop and internationally known contemporary artist Bruce Langton will teach "Learn to Illustrate" classes. "Dinner and a Book" with Gail Martin and an author panel with the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America will round out the sessions. All sessions and activities are free except "Dinner and a Book," which will have a nominal fee.

The Middlebury Community Public Library is located at  101 E. Winslow Street, Middlebury, IN 46540. For more information about the Middlebury Literary Carousel, please contact Victoria Gutschenritter.

Center for the Future of Libraries opens call for 2018 Fellowship


American Library Association (ALA) press release: The ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for its Fellowship program.

The Future of Libraries Fellowship will provide an individual or group with a stipend of $10,000 to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, services, spaces, technologies or partnerships. Projects may build on existing work, research or initiatives of the Association, its Offices, Divisions, and Round Tables, or explore new directions and interests.

The deadline for proposals for the 2018 fellowship is May 15, 2018.

The fellowship is available to individuals in the library profession as well as those from other disciplines with a demonstrated interest in libraries and their futures. The fellowship does not include a residency requirement and international colleagues are encouraged to apply.

Read the full press release here.

IFL 2018 Call for Programs deadline this Friday


The Indiana Library Federation's (ILF) deadline for submissions for the Youth Services and Annual Conferences is this Friday, March 16, 2018. The submission deadline for the regional conferences has passed. 

IFL's 2018 Call for Programs form can be found here. The committee and staff use a rubric to evaluate each session proposal. ILF will contact individuals within an appropriate amount of time in regards to the session's status. Click here for more information. 

Please direct any questions concerning the form to Megan Zanto at (317) 257-2040, ext. 106.

SJCPL, South Bend and Metronet aim to create digital inclusion


A new partnership between the St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL), the City of South Bend and Metronet aims to improve digital inclusion in the community. The three partners are developing digitally inclusive technology sites to provide free public access to information and communication technologies. The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center has been chosen as the pilot site for the project.

Expected to open in late spring 2018, the MLK Center technology site will offer desktop computers with high-speed internet access and free Wi-Fi, as well as printing, scanning, faxing and copying services. Located in an area where more than half the residents have household incomes under $35,000, the MLK Center site has the potential to make a powerful impact on a digitally disadvantaged population.

SJCPL and the city have previously partnered to address this issue with free Wi-Fi downtown and in the Monroe Circle neighborhood. “Internet access is now a deciding factor for educational and economic opportunity. This program enhances equity and helps the MLK Center better serve community needs,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 

The vision of this partnership is to elevate the quality of life in the community. Over one fourth of the households in St. Joseph County have no broadband connection. SJCPL, the city and Metronet will evaluate the success of the site as plans develop for more locations throughout the city.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Legal Research Basics for Librarians
When: March 29, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

School & Public Library Partnerships: STEAM to Students
When: April 3, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Non-Profit Day at IndyPL Book Sale
When: April 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Indianapolis Public Library - Library Services Center

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: April 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Wells 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.

Labor market information


Labor market information (LMI) is workforce and employment data that informs decisions by business, government, education and interested citizens. Indiana’s LMI is managed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), which maintains the IndianaCareerReady and Hoosiers by the Numbers websites. Indiana Career Ready is a one-stop resource for job searching, career exploration and unemployment insurance for Indiana. Hoosiers by the Numbers at offers a workforce economy dashboard that shows Indiana’s performance based on several economic indicators, new infographics and a lookup tool for locating businesses by geography, employment size and industry. Hoosiers by the Numbers also provides LMI web portals for other states here.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures national labor market activity, working conditions and price changes in the U.S. economy. There, one can find the current consumer price index (CPI) for the nation and monthly employment reports at state- and county- levels. Data is also available on occupational injuries and time spent away from work. offers general jobs and career information by topic and tips for job searching. Resources on federal and state labor laws and issues, as well as a search engine for local volunteer and retirement opportunities, are also available. 

Library certification early renewal FAQ


Can I renew my certificate early?
No, the Indiana State Library (ISL) does not allow early renewals.

Why can’t I renew early?
The library does not allow extra LEUs from one education period to roll over to the next certificate. If  ISL allowed someone who has earned enough LEUs for their current certificate to renew early, they would essentially be providing a way to get around the “no rollovers” provision. The required number of LEUs is considered a minimum. ISL believes most people benefit from additional training above and beyond the minimum.

When may I renew my certificate?
The earliest date to renew any five-year certificate would be three months before the certificate expires. For example, all grandfathered certificates expire on Sept. 30, 2018, so the state library will accept renewals by mail beginning on July 1, 2018 and online starting July 16, 2018. For those not sure when their certificate expires, they can look up their expiration date on the PLA’s eVerification page here.

What if I want to upgrade my certificate?
Those who qualify for a new certificate level may apply for that certificate at any time. They do not need to wait until their current certificate expires. If someone has the credentials to go from a grandfathered certificate to an “ungrandfathered” certificate, that is also considered an upgrade. In many cases, an official transcript will need to be sent in in order to "ungrandfather." 

Questions about certificate renewals, upgrading and "ungrandfathering" may be directed to Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the state library.