Wednesday Word │May 2, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Materials Handler (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Head of Adult Services
New Castle-Henry County Public Library

Interlibrary Loan Manager
Valparaiso University-Christopher Center 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

Draft report on assessment of Allen County Public Library branches recommends replacing two branches, major work at others
Allen County Public Library

'Spread kindness and charity' Community foundations inspire philanthropy
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Clinton library exhibit
Clinton Public Library

Celebrate and protect Earth
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Imagination Library key to developing future workforce
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - St. Joseph County

Longtime Recorder friend and historian dies
Indianapolis Public Library

New Make & Take Project available at Kendallville library
Kendallville Public Library

Montpelier’s summer reading program kicks off May 12
Montpelier-Harrison Township Public Library

Honey Creek Middle School wins Vigo's Battle of the Books
Vigo County Public Library 

Vigo County unveils bicentennial flag
Vigo County Public Library

Is your library making news?

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State library blog


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the state library. Visit the blog here.

If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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Public library bookkeeping workshop announced at state library; limited seating


Trustees and directors are invited to attend "How to do Public Library Bookkeeping" at the Indiana State library on Friday, June 1, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. This workshop's primary benefit is to small and medium-sized Indiana public libraries that do not have full-time bookkeepers or accountants. The course’s main focus is on basic accounting principles and transaction recording. The purpose of the course is to provide guidance to directors and library trustees and library staff in understanding State Board of Accounts accounting requirements as outlined in the manual.

Participants may register using this link. The workshop will cover posting entries to the “Library Financial and Appropriation Ledger,” utilizing required forms and working with a partner. There will also be presentations on funds accounting, bookkeeping and accounting and an introduction to forms. 

Attendees are responsible for their own lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact Karen Ainslie of the Indiana State Library with any questions. 

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference registration now open


Registration is now open for the 2018 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference taking place on June 7 and 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. 

In the keynote address "Promises and Pitfalls of 21st Century Resource Sharing," George Needham will discuss the roots of interlibrary loan in the early 20th century, consider the impact of technology in the forms of the MARC record, OCLC, and the web and then look at what forms resources sharing may take in the years to come.

The conference registration fee is $125; $150 after May 29, 2018. Registration includes all sessions, as well as the reception on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Visit the conference website for more information. 

Library certification email address Q & A from the Indiana State Library


Why does the Indiana State Library ask for your email address when applying for library certification? What does the library do with it?

The Indiana State Library asks for your email address for the purpose of following up with you quickly if there are any questions about your certification application. The library also uses the email address on your application to contact you when your certificate has been issued. The state library sends your renewal notice and your certificate by mail, but if that mail is returned an email is sent to verify your mailing address. Finally, you are notified via email if your certificate has expired. Your email is not used for spam or to sign you up to any mailing lists. 

Emails sent from the library are usually pretty important, so please submit an email address that you check regularly. 

Does the Indiana State Library want your work or home email address?

As long as it is an address that you check regularly, it doesn't matter if you submit your work or home email address. 

Should you transition your email address from work to home when you retire?

When you get ready to retire it would be a great idea to make sure the state library has a current home address for you and an email address that will reach you after you leave your library job. That way you can be notified when it's time to renew your certification or when your certificate expires. If you no longer need certification, whether it is because you are not working or have moved out of state, feel free to ask the state library to remove you from the contact list and to stop sending you emails. People often have a little time left on their certificate when they retire. The Indiana State Library will generally allow your certificate to continue until it expires and then contact you about renewing it. If you prefer, you can ask the state library to terminate your certificate when you retire and you will not be contacted again.

The library doesn't want to hassle you if you have moved on to another career or a different stage of life. By the time your certificate expires, the information on your last application will be five years old. When you retire, if you know that you won’t renew your certificate after this one expires please send the state library  an email that can be put in your file documenting your decision to close this chapter of your career. It will save time trying to track you down to determine whether or not you want or need to renew your certificate.

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

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship
When: May 10, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual conference

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

Evergreen Indiana Advanced Cataloging - Part I
When: May 22, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Advanced Cataloging - Part II
When: May 23, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

How to do Public Library Bookkeeping
When: June 1, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 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.

Property tax bills


Across Indiana, May 10, 2018 is the deadline for paying semi-annual property tax bills. Individual property tax bills are calculated by the county auditor and mailed by the county treasurer. Property taxes assessed for a year are due in two equal installments on May 10 and November 10 of the following year. The county treasurer may mail or transmit the tax statement one time each year at least 15 days before the date on which the first or only installment is due.

If taxpayers have questions about when they will receive property tax bills or have other questions related to tax bills, it is best to contact the county treasurer or the county auditor. To find contact information for local officials, please see the Officials Database Search on the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) page. DLGF also provides an online search form to look up and view current and past years’ property tax bills.

Use the Indiana Gateway for Local Government Units to access information about how taxes and other public dollars are budgeted and spent by Indiana's local units of government. For more information, contact the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance

The Difference is You Award nominations close at the end of this month


Nominations for the 2018 Difference is You Award close at the end of this month on May 29, 2018. The nomination form can be found here

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.