Wednesday Word │April 11, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library Director
Benton County Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
Fulton County Public Library

Teen Services Librarian
Middlebury 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

Fabulous fairgrounds afternoon marks bicentennial
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Books and a cat
Bristol-Washington Township Public Library Central Library

Vietnam veterans have their day: School children send cards of thanks
Centerville-Center Township Public Library

Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library releases long-range plan
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Karen's Out & About - A Frankenstein monster bash!
Hartford City Public Library

Nature Play is newest feature at HC Library
Hartford City Public Library

Voting open for Firefly Award
Jackson County Public Library

Junior Master Gardener course to be offered
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Lilly Library opens Frankenstein exhibit featuring first edition
Lilly Library at Indiana University

National Library Week is April 9-14
Rushville Public Library

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TCPL to unveil Dewey Decimal mural at Wyandotte branch

Artist Bill Knapp

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Lafayette, Indiana artist Bill Knapp will unveil an original mural illustrating the Dewey Decimal System at the Wyandotte Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library (TCPL). The unveiling event begins at 4:30 p.m. This free event is open to the public and is part of the National Library Week celebrations being held at TCPL.

“This assignment allowed me to use my years of experience in graphic art and storytelling to bring to life an essential part of library history,” Knapp said.

The oil on canvas mural is composed of three canvasses measuring in total four feet tall by nine feet wide.

“A unique colorful representation of Melvil Dewey’s 1867 book classification system,” said County Librarian Jos N. Holman, “Bill’s interpretation of this important invention is both realistic and imaginative, bringing it into the 21st century.”

Knapp, a Lafayette resident since 2002, spent most of his career designing and living in Cleveland and New York City. He now dedicates his time to painting and accepts commissions on a project-by-project basis.

The Wyandotte Branch is located at 5542 E. 50 S. in Lafayette. Contact Marina Neal, communications and marketing, with any questions. 

Difference is You Award nominations now open


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Difference is You Award. The nomination form can be found here and nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Individuals may nominate friends, co-workers, colleagues and even themselves. The Difference is You encourages the nominations of library support staff who inspire their library community. Last year's winner was Trina Evans from the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. 

Registration for the 2018 The Difference is You: Be INSPIRED conference is also 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.

Nonprofit Day at the Indianapolis Public Library Book Sale


On Nonprofit Day at the Indianapolis Public Library Book Sale, nonprofits, including public, school, special and institutional libraries, are invited to “shop” the sale at no cost. After patrons have filled their bags with library books at the public sale, nonprofits may help themselves to the remaining inventory on Mondays following the event. Fiction, nonfiction and even children’s book titles are typically available, many of which are recently published or in gently used condition.

All book sales take place at the Library Services Center at 2450 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. To participate, a representative of the organization simply needs to sign in upon arrival. Indiana State Library (ISL) staff will be present at the April and November nonprofit days to provide InfoExpress bags and even free InfoExpress shipping back to the representative's library, if subscribed. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and ISL staff will be present to help until 11:30 a.m.

If interested, please register for the April 16, 2018 sale here

To learn more about IndyPL's book sales, please visit The Library Foundation's public book sale website here.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Nonprofit 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

Discovery to Delivery VIII
When: May 11, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library 

Government Information Day 2018: Advocacy, Research, & Collaboration
When: May 24, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State 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.

County health rankings


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute issue national health rankings to the county-level each year. This year, the eighth year of the study, is also the eighth year Hamilton County has remained at the top of Indiana’s healthiest counties. 

Health factors measured include high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income inequality and teen births. The top three Indiana counties ranked by quality of life are Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone. While over 20 percent of adults smoke in Marion County, the smoking rate is lower than 20 percent in nearly half of Indiana counties and continues to decrease. Monroe County is the leader within the state at resisting adult obesity, with almost a quarter of adults obese. Hamilton and Wells Counties are at 27 percent and Carroll County is at 28 percent. 

NICCL to hold first roundtable lunch in May



NICCL (Northern Indiana Computer Consortium for Libraries) will hold its first-ever NICCL IT Roundtable at the Huntington City-Township Public Library in Huntington, Indiana on May 4, 2018.

The roundtable allows an opportunity for like-minded techies to chat about what is going on in their library or to share something they've heard about other libraries doing with technology. Attendees are encouraged to ask other attendees questions about any, and all, technology issues. Participants may also bring their latest tech toys to show off. 

The roundtable begins at 10 a.m. and runs two hours. The Huntington City-Township Public Library is located at 255 West Park Drive in Huntington. Please RSVP to Rich Weiland, systems administrator for the Adams Public Library System. Lunch will be provided. 

NICCL is an organization composed of member libraries that meet quarterly for LEU and TLEU trainings and for networking between member libraries about anything technology-based. 

The primary mission of NICCL is to join together with other libraries to explore new emerging technologies, seek out best technology practices, obtain technology training, see vendor demonstrations of new technology or services and negotiate pricing of technology hardware/software purchases and technology support services all for the benefit of the communities that NICCL serves.

To learn more about NICCL, including member benefits and services, please visit the NICCL website