Wednesday Word │May 16, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Reference Librarian
East Chicago Public Library

Technical Services Librarian (Cataloging)
Mooresville Public Library

Audiovisual Librarian
Morrisson-Reeves 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

Jim Gill plans Greensburg concert
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Moving Image Archive director gains international attention
Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

Dr. Saywer receives Indiana University’s highest academic award
Indiana University Wells Library

Those athletic Isenbargers: A Rose Bowl, an NCAA championship, and now a Linear Bocce title
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

Library holds sixth annual Starlight Gala
Plainfield-Guilford Township 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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Libraries Read: 1 Book finalists announced; voting closes May 31


Libraries Read: 1 Book is the annual library community read project of Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) focusing on professional development. During the month of April, library staff throughout Indiana and Michigan submitted 33 titles for consideration for this year’s book. MCLS staff narrowed the list to four finalists.

Finalists are "Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups" by Daniel Coyle, "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance" by Julia Angwin, "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath and "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir" by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele. Click here to vote. Voting ends May 31, 2018.

Genealogy and Local History Fair returns to Indiana State Library in October


On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. The library is located at 315 W. Ohio St.

This year’s theme is “Digging Up the Dead.” Attendees will learn to how to examine, decipher and interpret death records and death research. They’ll also discover other interesting facets of mortality in history. 

Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance. Participants are encouraged to visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations. Commercial vendors will also be available for shopping. 

Highly-acclaimed, internationally-known speakers and genealogy consultants, Lisa Alzo and Amie Bowser Tennant, will present. Alzo will present “Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy” and “Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy.” The former demonstrates how to use Census records, funeral records, obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, historical newspapers, town histories, court and jail records and many other underused records and sources to find the heroes and villains in family trees. The latter will demonstrate where to find coroners records and how to mine them for genealogy research clues. Tennant will present “Trolling Virtual Cemeteries and Using Cemetery Records,” in which she will talk about the pros and cons of FindAGrave, BillionGraves and DeceasedOnline. Tennant will also be available for a 30-minute question and answer session.

Additionally, Sarah Halter, executive director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, will give a brown bag lunch lecture titled “What Killed Your Ancestors?"

Library education units (LEUs) are available. Registration is required for LEUs. Register via email

5-year certificate FAQ


Should I get a five-year librarian certificate or a temporary permit?

Most people are only eligible for one or the other, so there usually isn’t much of a choice to be made. Temporary permits are specifically designed to allow a person who doesn’t yet meet the requirements for a position to work in that position while they earn the necessary qualifications. If someone currently meets the requirements for their position, they should get a five-year certificate. On the other hand, if someone has started a new position and they don’t yet meet the requirements for the position, they should get a temporary permit.

My five-year certificate expires soon, but I plan to retire shortly after that. Do I need to get another five-year certificate?

The best way to address this situation is to renew the five-year certificate. As a current five-year certificate holder the requirements for the position have already been met, therefore five-year certificate holders are not appropriate candidates for a temporary certificate. The Indiana State Library doesn’t have a way to extend a certificate. Not renewing the certificate could jeopardize a library’s compliance with state standards if that person continues to work in a position that requires certification. 

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

New supply request page on InfoExpress website


Ordering supplies via InfoExpress just got a whole lot easier. The Indiana State Library has a new Request Supplies page on the InfoExpress website. The link can be found under InfoExpress Resources heading. 

Orders can now be placed for 20 to 150 extra bags. Orders can also be placed for one pack of 500 zip ties or two packs of 1,000 zip ties. 

To place an order, simply visit the request page, click New Request,  and indicate how many of each supply you would like on the request form. The requested supplies will be sent by state library staff and should arrive within seven to 10 business days. The Indiana State Library will contact users at the email address provided if there are any problems fulfilling a request.

Contact Jen Clifton, of the Indiana State Library, with any questions or feedback. 

The Indiana State Library would also like to remind InfoExpress users that May 1, 2018 marked the beginning of the 2018-2019 InfoExpress renewal period. Indiana libraries must renew their registration before July 1st to continue to receive service. Payment will be due by July 31st. A 2 percent surcharge will apply to all payments made electronically or postmarked after July 31st. To renew, click here to log into InfoExpress.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

On-Site 2018 Annual PL Budget Workshop & Legislative Update
When: June 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

2018 Annual PL Budget Workshop & Legislative Update
When: June 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:45 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.

Sleep and sleep disorders


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics page on sleep and sleep disorders shows that 35.2 percent of all adults in the United States get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. Anyone who has had this problem knows that it can lead to nodding off at work which, depending on the person’s company, could ultimately lead to that person losing their job.

According to the CDC, “insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.” Not only does the CDC site on sleep and sleep disorders have descriptions of these chronic diseases and a basic overview of how a lack of sleep affects them, but there is also a page containing links leading to in-depth descriptions of sleep duration, insufficient sleep, insomnia, sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing and drowsy driving.

Another section of the website contains podcasts, infographics and web features on different aspects of sleep and sleep disorders, including the aforementioned drowsy driving. The infographics page states that up to 6,000 fatal crashes may be caused by drowsy drivers. There is a listing of the signs of drowsy driving and some of the things that can be done to correct the problem. Another page, just for drowsy driving, displays the following statistics from studies showing that the effects of not enough sleep can impair driving the same as drinking too much alcohol:

Being awake for at least 18 hours is the same as someone having a blood content (BAC) of 0.05 percent.

Being awake for at least 24 hours is equal to having a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent. This is higher than the legal limit, 0.08 percent BAC, in all states.

Because the effects of lack of sleep can be much greater than most people realize, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention page on sleep and sleep disorders is a vital resource on an often overlooked topic.

Indiana Humanities seeking books by late 19th century and early 20th century Indiana authors


Indiana Humanities operates out of the former home of Meredith Nicholson, a best-selling Indiana author in the early 20th century, and is currently seeking donations of books by Indiana authors from the late 19th century and early 20th century for its personal collection. 

George Hanlin, director of grants, says, "We have a couple of beautiful built-in bookcases that flank the fireplace in the library, and we plan to fill them with not only Nicholson’s works but also books by other Indiana authors of the era."

Indiana Humanities is seeking hardcover books without labels and stickers with particular interest in authors such as James Whitcomb Riley, Gene Stratton-Porter, Booth Tarkington, Edward Eggleston, Maurice Thompson, George Ade, Kin Hubbard, Annie Fellows Johnston, Theodore Dreiser and other authors of the era.

Books may be shipped via InfoExpress under Indiana Humanities. Contact George Hanlin with any questions or to arrange deliveries outside of InfoExpress. Indiana Humanities is located at 1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.