Wednesday Word │April 18, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Health Sciences Librarian
Butler University Libraries

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

Trivia contest kicks off National Library Week
Allen County Public Library

A walk to the Second Saturday Artwalk in Carmel
Carmel Clay Public Library

Library boxes will give Clinton residents more chances to get lost in a book
Clinton Public Library

History of Great Women at ISU on display in Cunningham Memorial Library
Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University

Libraries closing Friday for maintenance and training
Jackson County Public Library

Hoosier Desk demo could begin in early May
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Jefferson County Public Library marks 200th anniversary in Indiana
Jefferson County Public Library

Night of Vonnegut offers scholarships to Shortridge students
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Book worms: County students battle in literary competition
Logansport-Cass County Public Library

Art association gearing up for high school art show and a busy summer
Lynn-Washington Township Public Library

Diversity Library on the move once more
Northeast Indiana Diversity Library

Agency awards $10K-plus in grants
Pendleton Community Public Library

Pierceton Public Library celebrating its first 100 years
Pierceton and Washington Township Library

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State library blog


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Ohio Township Public Library is now Newburgh Chandler Public Library


On April 17, 2018, the Ohio Township community gathered at a special revealing event held at the central branch of the Ohio Township Public Library System in the southwest Indiana town of Newburgh. The library showed off its new logo and announced its new name, the Newburgh Chandler Public Library (NCPL). 

A new name was chosen to better define the towns the library serves, Newburgh and Chandler, and the logo was designed to highlight certain aspects of the township. The wavy blue reflects the downtown riverfront, the orange mass the growing urban developments and the green to show the farm and wooded lands.

Another recent change for the newly-branded NCPL includes joining Evergreen Indiana. Evergreen is a consortium of more than 100 public, school and institutional libraries in the state.

For those communicating with NCPL via email, the domain has changed to, while the first half of the email addresses will remain the same. 

Visit here for information on all three of NCPL's library branches. 

Upcoming MCLS online cataloging workshops


The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is offering two upcoming online cataloging workshops. These workshops are worth six LEUs each for Indiana library staff. 

Assigning Library of Congress Call Numbers: Intermediate will take place on April 24, 25 and 26, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. This workshop will begin teaching users how to assign call numbers using two cutters. Users will learn how to construct complicated cutters for the LC Classification and much more. 

Original Cataloging of Archives Using RDA will take place on May 8, 9 and 10, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to originate catalog archives using such tools as the RDA Toolkit, the Library of Congress - Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements Library of Congress Subject Headings Manual and much more. 

Click the above links to register, for more workshop details and for pricing information. 

Library certification FAQ: Who needs to be certified?


Who needs to be certified?

Library employees, whether full-time or part-time, who spend at least half of their work hours on professional library work must be certified. Professional library work includes cataloging, copy cataloging, reference, collection development, reader’s advisory, and children’s or teen services. If you have any questions about whether a certain position requires certification please contact Cheri Harris to discuss the duties of the position.

Who does not need to be certified?

Temporary or substitute staff do not require certification. Positions that generally do not require certification include: clerks and pages, archivists and conservators, HR, marketing and PR, business office/bookkeeping, administrative assistants and maintenance.

Additional information about Indiana State Library's certification requirements can be found in the library's Certification Manual. Confirm current certification status and look up certificate expiration dates by using the Professional Licensing eVerification tool. It is recommend using only three fields to search this database: profession (select librarian from the drop down menu) and first and last name.

Contact Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

CSLP announces slogans for upcoming three years


At this year's recent Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) annual meeting, member states and territories voted on slogans and themes for three years beginning in 2020.

In 2020, the slogan will be "Imagine Your Story," with a theme of fairy tales, fantasy and mythology. 2021 boasts the animal-themed slogan "Tails and Tales." In 2022, the slogan will be "All Together Now" focusing on changing the world. 

As a reminder, this year's slogan is "Libraries Rock," with a music theme, featuring artwork by Brian Pinkney. The 2019 program, "A Universe of Stories," has a space theme, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

For more information, contact Beth Yates, children's consultant at the Indiana State Library, who was recently elected as an at-large member of CSPL.

Visit the CSPL website for general information on the consortium and its events and programs.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Getting to Know You: Connect with Patrons Experiencing Homelessness
When: May 16, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Curating Your Unusual Collections: Lending Nontraditional Items at the Library
When: May 21, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

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.

Flood safety information from the National Weather Service


It’s been a wet spring in Indiana and the rivers, creeks and ponds are very full. Warnings about flash floods often come across TV screens and this may have people wondering about flood safety. A great resource for learning about flood safety is the National Weather Service (NWS) Flood Safety page, where people can read about the difference between a flood warning and a flood watch. There is information on their program Turn Around Don’t Drown, which states that just six inches of rushing flood water can carry away an adult and just two feet of rushing flood water can carry away most vehicles.

Other topics on the page include “What to do Before a Flood, During a Flood and After a Flood.” Additionally, there is a link to flood hazard information including descriptions of different types of flooding. For instance there are descriptions for flash flooding, river flooding, ice/debris jams, snowmelt and dam breaks and levee failure. The above photo of the Great Easter Flood of 1913 in Indiana is from the pages that give historical flood information by state.

Among the resources that are linked to the NWS Flood Safety Page are subjects such as education and outreach materials, The National Water Center and forecasts and observations where you can bring up a map to places where the water is near or above flood stage. This resource would be useful not only for local possible flood stage information, but also for people who are traveling to or through flooded areas.

All of this information makes the National Weather Service Flood Safety page is a valuable resource for anyone concerned with flood safety.

2018 Firefly Award program guide available for download; one month left to vote


As voting enters its final month, this Early Indiana Literacy 2018 Firefly Award program guide is available for download to help with program planning. The guide is chock-full of ideas for using the five nominated titles in your storytimes, preschool classrooms or daycares, including a storytime already planned out for all five books.

The award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book. This year's nominees are as follows: "Blocks" by Irene Dickson, "Hooray for Birds" by Lucy Cousins, "Noisy Night" by Mac Barnett, "Spunky Little Monkey" by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson and "Everybunny Dance!" by Ellie Sandall.

Votes are collected at Indiana’s public libraries and other voting locations. Every public library system in Indiana receives 15 print copies of the ballot and about 40 Firefly bookmarks through the support of Locations who wish to collect votes are welcome to print out as many ballots as they wish from the website. Patrons should be instructed to turn their votes in to their participating local public library. Schools, day cares and bookstores may collect votes as well. Efforts should be made to ensure that each child is voting only one time. The ballot can be found here. Children who are under age 6 as of May 1, 2018 may vote for the award. Tallies will be accepted from April 30, 2018 through May 16, 2018 and may be submitted here. The award will be announced on May 17, 2018.