Wednesday Word │March 28, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Facilities Manager (part-time)
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Information Services Librarian (Interlibrary Loan)
Hammond Public Library

Graphic Designer
Monroe County Public Library

Information Assistant (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Library Assistant – Youth Services
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Emerging Technologies Librarian
Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine

Reference and Instruction Librarian
University of Saint Francis

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

Business advice at library; Innovation Center will have office hours at downtown branch
Allen County Public Library

Startup, library work on new app
Bartholomew County Public Library 

Youth art exhibit now on display in Goshen
Goshen Public Library

Historian gives presentation on Indiana basketball history
Hancock County Public Library

World War I to be topic of second history series
Hartford City Public Library

Indy Library to break ground on new branch
Indianapolis Public Library

Frankenstein party planned at library
Jackson County Public Library

Bright Young Librarians: Rebecca Baumann
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Take advantage of IU’s libraries
Lilly and Wells libraries at Indiana University

Dance of Hope seeks to educate, inspire
Monroe County Public Library

Morrisson-Reeves Library showcases its Phase 1 renovations
Morrisson-Reeves Library

Teen Central reopens at Plainfield library
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

St. Joseph County's 'One Book, One Michiana' schedule released
St. Joseph County Public Library

The case for Orville Bose for the Basketball Hall of Fame
Sullivan County Public Library

Lisa Stamm to lead Westchester Library system
Westchester Public Library

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Registration for 2018 The Difference is You conference is officially open


Registration for the 2018 The Difference is You: Be INSPIRED conference is officially open. The conference will take place at the Indiana State Library on Friday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.

This annual conference is a day of learning, networking and fun for Indiana library support staff and paraprofessionals. For more details about the conference, click here

Registration is $25, which includes lunch. Once the registration form is filled out, an invoice from the Indiana State Library with payment details will be accessible. Credit card, check or money order is accepted. Limited parking will be available at the Senate Avenue Parking Garage. Early arrival and/or carpooling is encouraged.

Tours of the Indiana State Library will be available from 8:30 - 9 a.m. for those who register early. Please sign up in advance. Email Kimberly Brown-Harden of the state library to register for the tour or for more information.

ILF announces regional conference speakers



The Indiana Library Federation (ILF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Godwin Charles Ogbeide will offer the keynote "Exercising Your Hospitality Intelligence" at the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and the North Central Regional Conferences, while Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud will offer the keynote "Implicit Bias and the Welcoming Library" at the Northwest Regional Conference. All five regional conferences will feature hands-on skills training in computer labs and conversation among public library directors. Other sessions vary by region. With the exception of the directors' session, all sessions are designed for and open to all staff of all types of libraries.

The Northeast Conference will take place on April 4, 2018 at the Allen County Public Library; the Northwest Conference will take place on April 13, 2018 at the Lake County Public Library; the Southeast Conference will take place on April 20, 2018 at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library; the Southwest Conference will take place on May 15, 2018 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute and the North Central Conference will take place on May 18, 2018 at Indiana University Kokomo.

Click here to register for each individual conference. ILF members attend for $40 and non-members may attend for $50. Please contact Tisa Davis, ILF communications manager, with any questions. 

TCPL to hold MLK 50 remembrance walk


At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 people of all ages are invited to join representatives of the Tippecanoe County Public Library (TCPL), local churches and a variety of local organizations in a sidewalk march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was shot and mortally wounded on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 

This local remembrance walk is just one of the activities planned for the two-hour event. Participants in the walk will join with others for a program in the Alfred J. and Dorothy N. McAllister meeting rooms. Speakers include John Young, who will share personal memories experienced when he heard the news in 1968. Pam Gardener will read an original poem about Dr. King. 

A representative from The Lafayette Pastors Alliance will lead a prayer. At 6:01 p.m., there will be a moment of silence in memory of Dr. King. The activities will close with a group sing, time for socializing and light refreshments.

The walk and activities will provide opportunities for local residents and visitors to share their thoughts about racial unity and hopes for continued harmony throughout Tippecanoe County.

The walk is approximately 1.6 miles. It starts at the Hanna Center, 1201 18th Street in Lafayette, Indiana and will proceed at a leisurely pace to Salem, Union, 9th, Main and South streets. The walk ends at the Downtown Library at 627 South Street, Lafayette, Indiana.

For more information, contact Marina Neal, communications and marketing, at TCPL via email or at (765) 429-0167 or visit the library's MLK 50 Sidewalk March page here

Eckhart Public Library reveals restoration plans


Slated to re-open in February of 2019, the main branch of the Eckhart Public Library will see many changes upon the completion of its restoration project. According to a recent post on the library's Charlie Chat,  "...the fire of July 2nd was a devastating event [and] we are taking this opportunity to make some upgrades and changes to our library." 

These changes include ground level entry, an elevator, relocation of the fiction section, a new meeting room, additional collaboration spaces, upgraded seating throughout the library, a redesigned children's department, points of service on every floor, access for all to the historic stairway and reworked spaces that allow for additional programming opportunities.

The size of the library's collection will not be diminished.

Read the entire Charlie Chat post here.  

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Fine Free Libraries – What, Why, and How
When: April 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Wix Workshop Part 1: Make a Website with Wix
When: April 18, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Financial Planning for Public Libraries
When: April 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

Don’t SEL Yourself Short: How to Build Social-Emotional Learning Into Any Teen Program
When: April 26, 2018, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Wix Workshop Part 2: Advanced Features with Wix
When: April 27, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.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.

The White House Easter Egg Roll

White House Easter Egg Roll, 1923.

Monday, April 2, 2018, First Lady Melania Trump will host the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. The White House Easter Egg Roll officially started back in 1878 during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, but stories exist of earlier Easter celebrations. According to the White House, “in 1878, a group of bold children walked up to the White House gate, hoping to be allowed to play egg-rolling games there. President Hayes told his guards to let the children enter, and soon Easter Monday on the White House grounds became an annual tradition.” 

Over the years, future presidents would add other festive elements to the occasion. In 1889, President, and longtime Hoosier, Benjamin Harrison had the U.S. Marine Band perform music at the event. Historically, it is the first ladies who plan the egg roll festivities. Over the years, first ladies would incorporate unique activities. For example, former First Lady Lou Hoover had part of the South Lawn roped off for folk dancing, and former First Lady Pat Nixon introduced the traditional egg roll races that continues today. 

The Easter Egg Roll has grown to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with music, entertainment and capped off with the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The event is for children 13 years old and under. Visit here to learn more about the White House Easter Egg Roll and its history. 

Don’t forget to register for Government Information Day 2018.

Libraries Read: 1 Book suggestions now being accepted


The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is currently seeking suggestions for its annual Libraries Read: 1 Book project. Libraries Read: 1 Book is a "library community read," focused on professional development.

MCLS encourages library staff from all types of libraries to participate in the voting process and then to participate in a discussion, either online or in-person. 

Last year's process of inviting the library community to select and vote on the title was such a success that MCLS has opted to repeat the procedure. By opening the selection process to a wide group of library professionals, MCLS hopes to find the "perfect" book for everyone to read. 

One or two titles may be submitted via Google title submission form. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 16, 2018. After the submissions are collected, MCLS staff will narrow down the choices to four titles. In early May, MCLS will ask for votes on their Facebook page. The votes will be tallied and the selected title will be announced in June. MCLS will announce a Twitter chat and other discussions to take place in August of 2018. 

Click here for more information on Libraries Read: 1 book. 

Hoosier Women at Work Conference still accepting registrations


The third annual Hoosier Women at Work Conference taking place on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the Harrison Center for the Arts in downtown Indianapolis is still accepting registrations. Click here to register. Registration fee is $20 per person and $15 for students. Registration closes on Thursday, April 5, 2018. This year's conference focuses on Indiana women in the arts. 

Click here to read about women in the labor force and to read more about the upcoming conference.