Wednesday Word │March 21, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Programming and Outreach Librarian
Crown Point Community Public Library

Access Services Library Assistant (part-time)
Marian University - Hackelmeier Memorial Library

Youth Services Manager
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Young Adult Assistant Department Head
Shelby 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

Leadership Evansville passes out awards for 2018
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Library Journal names 2018 class of Movers & Shakers
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library Board
Huntingburg Public Library

Bright Young Librarians: Isabel Planton
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Comic strip characters, artist histories on exhibit at Nappanee library
Nappanee Public Library

Sometimes it really is rocket science
Washington Carnegie Public Library

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State library blog


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Indiana State Library holiday closings and open Saturdays


Click here to review all of the Indiana State Library's holiday closings and open Saturday hours. The state library will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 for Good Friday.  

MCLS executive director to retire


Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) announced today that Executive Director Randy Dykhuis will retire from his position effective December 31, 2018.

Dykhuis has been the executive director of MCLS since its creation in 2010. Prior to that, he served as the executive director of the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC) for 15 years. Dykhuis helped craft the formation of MCLS, which came about through the combination of MLC and the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA). Board President Eva Davis stated, “Randy’s leadership and vision laid the foundation for the success of MCLS, and his ability to execute our strategy has resulted in the high-performing organization we are today. We have Randy to thank for laying this groundwork as we move into the next phase of MCLS’s evolution.”

Dykhuis led the organization as it made the transition from two single-state consortia to one regional consortium. Shepherding more than $25 million annually in e-resources contracts, creating a compelling training and continuing education calendar, supporting and helping evolve the Michigan eLibrary and, most recently, starting a consulting service, MCLS demonstrates its ongoing commitment to serving libraries of all sizes and types.

“I am grateful to have been part of the progress that libraries in our region have made in the last 20 years,” Dykhuis said. “It’s been an honor and privilege to have worked alongside so many outstanding librarians, the board of directors and the MCLS staff. We have demonstrated the power of collaborative action and how much we can accomplish by working together.”

Scott Garrison, dean of the library at Ferris State University and vice president of the board, will chair the search committee. Information about the timeline and process for hiring a new executive director will be shared with the membership in the upcoming weeks.

MCLS is a non-profit, member-driven organization whose mission is to facilitate sharing resources and knowledge among its members and to collaborate with other organizations to benefit Indiana and Michigan libraries.

'The Great American Read' grants for public libraries available


Public libraries may now apply for grants to host public programs around the PBS series “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television and online series, premiering on May 22, 2018, designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

"The Great American Read” will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100 and share their personal connections to the titles.

Fifty U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to receive a cash grant to support programs and events related to “The Great American Read.” Selected libraries will also receive a programming kit, developed by the ALA and PBS, that will help public libraries participate in a national conversation about reading and books, including those featured in the series that highlight themes of love, heroes, villains, other worlds and self-discovery.

Selected libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs related to “The Great American Read” series between May and November 2018. Collaboration with local PBS member stations is strongly encouraged.

Read the full project guidelines and apply online by April 17, 2018. Read more here, including details about prizes and TV schedule. PBS airs in 99 percent of the state of Indiana.

Friends of the St. Joseph County Public Library bookstore reopens


The reopening of the Friends of the St. Joseph County Public Library bookstore will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018. With new expanded days and hours, the bookstore will now be open to the public every Friday from noon - 6 p.m. On First Fridays, the store will extend its hours from noon to 8 p.m. The book sale will continue to operate out of the Friends of the Library building at 333 S. Michigan St. in South Bend.

Book sale customers will notice another dramatic change in addition to the extended hours: the new layout of the store. The space has been renovated to accommodate the new home of The Music Village, a local nonprofit arts agency. The book sale will occupy the northern portion of the building.

Featuring withdrawn library materials and donated items, the book sale includes a wide selection of children’s, young adult and adult books, audiobooks, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Proceeds from the bookstore go to library programs, author visits, early literacy initiatives and community outreach.

Book sale donations are always accepted. Drop off lightly used books, CDs and DVDs to any St. Joseph County Public Library location during open hours. For questions about the bookstore, call (574) 282-4646 or email the library. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

Outer space and astrophysics for all


The webpage for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Astrophysics Division of NASA is a great resource for teachers, librarians and anyone interested in outer space and astrophysics. The SMD Astrophysics Division studies dark energy, dark matter, black holes, the big bang, galaxies, stars and exoplanets. The site has pages with descriptions of each of these areas of study that include links to further information. For instance, in the study of dark energy and dark matter there are links to pages of recent discoveries, including one from April 28, 2017 titled “Is Dark Matter ‘Fuzzy?’”

The page for the study of exoplanets explains that these are planets outside of our solar system. Categories of further information on this page include The Search for Life, Explore, News, Multimedia and Exoplanet Program. Each of these subcategories have areas for further research and exploration. One fun fact is that there are 3,706 confirmed exoplanets and 4,496 candidates. Also, the Exoplanet Travel Bureau page has six posters that are free to print and display; a great resource for locating visual materials for use in a library or classroom.

The SMD Astrophysics Division also has a page of free downloadable and printable spacecraft paper models for anyone with the interest and manual dexterity to have fun with them. The fun and informative resources that range from basic information to more in-depth make the SMD Astrophysics Division of NASA a marvelous research resource for anyone with an interest in outer space and astrophysics. 

InfoExpress and travel conditions


With March winding down, the chances of snow are reduced, but travel conditions can still be impaired by situations such as flooding, ice, natural disasters and other weather emergencies. 

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security maintains a County Travel Status Map detailing weather related travel conditions around the state. The three status levels, from least to most severe, are the yellow advisory level, the orange watch level and the red warning level. 

During a red level warning individuals are directed to refrain from all travel. Any library located in a red warning area will not receive InfoExpress service for the duration of the warning. All other areas will receive normal service. 

Libraries receiving a single delivery per week and miss the delivery due to weather may receive a make-up delivery, if feasible. Please contact the InfoExpress coordinator at (877) 835-0014, (317) 232-3699 or via email to make arrangements for the alternative delivery.

CIDIG DNA workshop at state library reaches capacity; registration closed


The April 14, 2018 Central Indiana DNA Interest Group (CIDIG) "Advancing Your Genealogy Research Using DNA Results" workshop at the Indiana State Library is now closed to further registrations. This is due to the popular workshop being at capacity. 

Other opportunities to speak with the experts from CIDIG are still available. Representatives from the group will be available to take questions at the upcoming "Genealogy for Night Owls" event on April 18, 2018 at the state library. Register for "Night Owls" here