Wednesday Word │April 25, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Selector Librarian – Non-Print
Monroe County Public Library

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In the news

Indiana Library News

Clinton Library to host traveling exhibit
Clinton Public Library

Otters to host Education Day games May 2, May 9
Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library

Indiana Poetry Out Loud champion to compete in National Finals
Indiana State Library

Campus bus becomes 'cash cab' to celebrate IU Libraries, IU Day
Indiana University Libraries

Creating a better world for everyone
Indiana University Southeast Library

Educator promotes 21st Century Scholars program at Teacher Story Slam
Indianapolis Public Library

‘Shakespeare Saved My Life’
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Local college, library receive grants
Johnson County Public Library

Obituary: Joseph E. Dickey
Lawrenceburg Public Library

Kurt Vonnegut festival coming to Bloomington
Lilly Library at Indiana University

VITAL Quiz Bowl gets underway
Monroe County Public Library

Drucker Institute announces new initiative to help turn South Bend, Indiana, into “The City of Lifelong Learning”
St. Joseph County Public Library

Soot to spotless: Walton library reopens after furnace fire prompts extensive cleaning
Walton & Tipton Township Public Library

Library summer reading program will have patrons saying C'est Magnifique
Washington Carnegie Public Library

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Michiana Stories celebrates connections in community


Libraries are home to countless stories and the St. Joseph County Public Library (SJCPL) is adding a few more to its collection with the debut of the radio program Michiana Stories. This podcast will air weekly on Mondays at 7:45 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 4:45 p.m. during All Things Considered on 88.1 WVPE. It is a production of SJCPL and 88.1 WVPE, with additional support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County ArtsEverywhere initiative

The podcast’s short four to five minute episodes focus on relationships between local individuals. These conversations often involve family members or friends learning new things, sharing memories or finding common ground. In the first episode, retired Polka musician Kenny Bartkowiak shared memories of music and past Dyngus Day celebrations with his daughter, Amy.

Michiana Stories is created by SJCPL Digital Content Specialist Melody Lutz with technical help from Cori Graham, an IT technician at the library. Lutz records the conversations, which often last between 30 and 60 minutes, in the Main Library’s Studio 304. She says that she was amazed to see “a stronger bond developing between the participants” during the course of the recording sessions. She continues: "This project celebrates connections between people in our community." Lutz aims to create a collection of diverse and organic conversations between Michiana residents about all facets of life in our area.

To date, seven episodes have been recorded and three have aired. An archive of past episodes can be found here. For those who would like to share their story and participate in a conversation, please contact Melody Lutz at (574) 235-4199, or via email, to set up a recording time.

Chesterton students win Indiana's Teen Video Challenge


The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) recently announced the winners of the 2018 Teen Video Challenge. 

The winning Indiana Teen Video Challenge entry, “Jump Into a Good Book!” was submitted by a group of students from Chesterton Middle School in Chesterton, Indiana. The students' video beat out 10 other entries to win a $100 cash prize. Their public library, Westchester Public Library, will receive a prize worth $50 from Upstart. Mary Gish, media specialist at Chesterton Middle School and Karyn Witt, librarian at the Westchester Public Library, supported and assisted the students during the filming of their video. 

“I was thrilled by the Teen Video Challenge participation this year. We had eleven entries where last year we only had two. This is incredible growth and I credit all of the wonderful public and school librarians that supported and encouraged the teens to participate. Through making the videos, teens learn collaboration, social engagement, self-motivation and organization—all skills that are crucial to becoming a well-rounded adult,” said Beth Yates, Indiana State Library children’s consultant and at-large CSLP board member.

Library patrons between the ages of 13 and 18 were encouraged to produce a 30-to-90 second video centered on their interpretation of the CSLP 2018 slogan “Libraries Rock!” The videos were judged by a panel of Indiana State Library librarians on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. 

This nationwide collaboration promotes the importance of year-round teen programming at public libraries. The Indiana State Library, through Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, provides membership in CSLP to all Indiana libraries.

Click here to view the winning Indiana video, along with all of the other states' winning entries. Learn more about CSLP here

Annual public library budget webinar and onsite workshop announced


On June 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. and on June 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., at the Indiana State Library and online, Todd Caldwell of the State Board of Accounts and Fred Van Dorp of the Department of Local Government Finance will review changes and share information on federal and state legislative actions and financial and budgetary changes that are helpful in the public library budgetary planning process. The day will end with announcements from the Indiana State Library.

Both dates feature the same presentation and all attendees will earn four general LEUs, no matter which date or session they attend. The budget workshop is recommended for public library directors, business managers, bookkeepers, treasurers and library trustees who can participate in-person or online.

To register for the June 19 onsite presentation, click here. To register for the June 19 webinar, click here. To register for the June 27 onsite presentation, click here. To register for the June 27 webinar, click here

Please contact Karen Ainslie, public library consultant and state eRate coordinator, with any questions. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

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.

FDLP Modernization Act of 2018


Last month, a bipartisan bill was introduced to reaffirm the importance of free government information, as well as adopt new language to address the shift to more digital information content. The Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper introduced H.R. 5305, titled the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018: “a bill to amend title 44, United States Code, to ensure the availability of no-fee public access to government information, to reform the Federal Depository Library Program, to authorize the activities of the Superintendent of Documents, and for other purposes.” The bill has bipartisan support within the committee, as well as the support of U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).

The Indiana State Library (ISL) is a part of FDLP, serving as the Regional Depository for the state. ISL will continue to preserve and promote the access of free government information to all. The FDLP Modernization Act is still awaiting vote, but anyone interested in the bill’s progress, or any other current legislation, can visit to check its status. GPO created an infographic to help better understand the act. 

Government Information Day 2018 program now available


The program for Government Information Day 2018 is finally set. This year’s event, hosted by the Indiana State Library, will feature nine presentations, including a keynote address by Laurie Hall, superintendent of documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office. This year’s theme is Advocacy, Research and Collaboration. The one day conference is free to attend and eligible for LEUs and TLEUs. Remember to register for the event

Please contact Brent Abercrombie, federal documents coordinator, if you have any questions regarding the event. 

Mini golfers raise over $6,200 for Crown Point library



Crown Point Community Library’s  (CPCL) fourth “Hole Lot of Fun” mini golf fundraising event took place on April 14, 2018. The library partnered with local schools, businesses, community organizations and Friends of the Library to transform CPCL into an 18-hole golf course for the day. 

This year’s affair was record-breaking in both attendance and money raised. Over 550 people played a round of golf on the library’s decorated golf course, with almost 1,800 people visiting the library the day of the event. The library raised almost $6,300 for future programming needs. 

CPCL Director Julie Wendorf shared, "The event has become a showcase event for the library. Everyone is amazed when they see the elaborate golf course. This event wouldn't be possible without the wonderful partnerships with the all our sponsors and library staff who dedicate a lot of effort to the event."