Wednesday Word │May 23, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Administrative Coordinator
Monroe County Public Library

Marketing Content Specialist
Monroe County Public Library

Circulation Clerk (part-time)
Speedway Public Library

Library Director
Waterloo Grant Township 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

Cherry Blossom Festival takes over library
Allen County Public Library

Avon Collaboration Group showing results
Avon-Washington Township Library

Director focusing on long-range plan at library
Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library

Friends and Neighbors: Local grads honored with scholarships, awards
Daleville Community Library and Eaton Public Library

Wayne County nonprofits awarded grants
Dublin Public Library

Appointment brings Gary Library Board back to 7 members, despite objections
Gary Public Library

Jim Gill to visit Greensburg next month
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Summer Reading Program looking for participants
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Quantum Leap features STEM speeches and field trips
Indiana State Library

North Knox native returns home to lead library youth, teen departments
Knox County Public Library

Faith Brautigam: Make time to relax a goal for summer
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

James Bond manuscripts housed in Indiana University's Lilly Library
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Kurt Vonnegut's work celebrated with activities and panels
Lilly Library at Indiana University and Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

City program teaching local groups about helping those with mental health disorders
Monroe County Public Library

New youth librarian digs in at Monticello
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Library becomes latest to end overdue book fees
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Stationary reading bike comes to NCPL on trail run
Noble County Public Library

PCPL genealogist Brumfield recognized for outstanding service
Putnam County Public Library

Lafayette may get a library on its south side
Tippecanoe County Public Library

Dollar General awards nearly $177,000 to literacy
Vermillion County Public Library

Chester Inc. to audit Westchester Library technology infrastructure
Westchester Public Library

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Free summer programming for children returns to the Indiana State Library


The Indiana State Library will once again provide free youth programming this summer through the Indiana Young Readers Center. June and July are going to be packed with fun and engaging workshops for kids to INvestigate + Explore. Join the state library this summer for six exciting programs combining Indiana investigations and explorations of cool themes like art, culture and history. 

Programs are open to children who have completed third grade up through middle school and require advanced registration. 

Next Great Architects
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
Kionna Walker will show children how to use problem solving and their imaginations to explore architectural planning processes. Kids will also learn about the design and construction of the Indiana State Library. Register here.

Gifts from the Earth: Native American Effigy Pottery
Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 
Artist Robin McBride Scott will lead children in creating an effigy vessel they can take home after they learn about treaties. Participants will also see the library’s own copy of St. Mary’s Treaty. Register here.

The Writerly Life
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Julie Patterson will lead children in applying strategies for developing ideas into stories that others want to read. Children will also decorate notebooks so they can practice the writerly life at home. Register here.

Jazz Drum Dialogues
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Children will learn about the rich history in the Indiana Avenue corridor and learn the basics of jazz drumming from local musician Lawrence Clark. Register here.

Comic Creation
Monday, July 16, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Jingo de la Rosa will lead children in drawing comics after they learn about some of Indiana’s great illustrators like Norman Bridwell, Jim Davis, Ben Hatke, Keiko Kasza and Troy Cummings. Register here.

Sitting Still Like a Poet
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Julie Patterson will help children quiet their minds and pay attention to the “story-worthy” material around them. Children will also learn about different types of poetry and Indiana poets. Register here.

All programs will take place at the Indiana State Library, located at 315 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis. Attendees may also enter through the door at 140 N. Senate Ave. Public registration is limited, so act fast.

Bartholomew County Public Library launches online exhibit


Bartholomew County Public Library (BCPL) has launched a new website about 301 Washington Street, a building that has played a cornerstone role in the history of Columbus’ prominent families, businesses and mid-century modern design. The website brings together 400 photographs, drawings and documents from the collections of the library, the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives (CIAA) and the Bartholomew County Historical Society and makes them accessible online for the first time.

As part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), BCPL received a grant in the amount of $11,000 to digitize historic materials related to the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller family and 301 Washington Street, the former site of Irwin’s Bank and of Irwin Management Company. The project, titled “301 Washington Street: Cornerstone of Columbus, Indiana,” is a partnership between Bartholomew County Public Library, CIAA and the Bartholomew County Historical Society.

Jason Hatton, director of BCPL, considers this project an important first step in making the county’s history available online. “Receiving this grant has been an opportunity to bring together materials held by three different cultural institutions: the library, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and the Bartholomew County Historical Society. Bartholomew County has such a rich history, and this digitization project brings a small but significant collection of materials spanning a century to the public’s eye.” According to Tricia Gilson, CIAA archivist, the 301 Washington Street collection is of interest to researchers locally, nationally and internationally. “Noted architect Alexander Girard designed the interiors at 301 Washington Street for J. Irwin Miller in 1962 and 1972. With the opening of the Miller House and the current exhibition devoted to Girard and organized by the Vitra Design Museum, CIAA’s 301 collection is the most frequently requested collection.”

The materials will also be available via the Indiana State Library’s Indiana Memory portal and via the Digital Public Library of America. This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Summer reading kickoff scheduled at Lowell Public Library


The Lowell Public Library invites the public to join them as they kick off their summer reading program. The kick off will take place at the library on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time. 

Dewey the Penguin will be present and the library's igloo will be open. The Young Adult Department will be selling hot dogs and soda pop as a fundraiser for their summer programs. 

Penguins are the theme this year with other Arctic animals featured in some of the crafts and activities. The eight-week summer reading program is designed to encourage reading and to help avoid the “summer slide.” Children earn a trip to the treasure box for every five books they check out. 

Young adults read to earn gift cards and other prizes. Adults can read for a chance to win a $100 card.

The library is located at 1505 E. Commercial Ave. in Lowell. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras. Call (219) 696-7704 for more information.


Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: June 20, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Holds Training
When: June 20, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Local Administration
When: June 21, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Evergreen Indiana - Basic Cataloging
When: June 21, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3 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.

Government Information Day 2018 is here


Tomorrow, May 24, is Government Information Day 2018. This one-day conference will be held at the Indiana State Library, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is free to attend and is a great learning opportunity for librarians, library staff, information professionals and members of the public. GID18 will feature presentations on topics relating to local, state and federal information, including the upcoming 2020 census. The keynote speaker will be Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist in the Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). In addition to the presentations, attendees will be able to interact with various vendors and colleagues on topics relating to government information. 

Government Information Day offers an excellent opportunity to learn about emerging trends and new government resources. Please take a look at the event program. GID18 falls on the same day as the Statehouse Market, so plenty of food options are available. For any questions, please contact Brent Abercrombie, federal documents librarian, via email or via phone at (317) 232-3733. Indiana public librarians can earn up to four LEUs toward their certification. If you did not register for GID, you are still welcomed to attend. To learn more about GID18, including information on previous GIDs, please visit ISL’s Government Information Day webpage.

ILF Youth Services and Annual Conference info released


The Indiana Library Federation (ILF) has released information on two upcoming conferences. 

The Youth Services Conference insideOut will take place on August 19-20, 2018 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie. Keynote speakers for the conference formerly known as CYPD will be popular authors Tiffany Jackson and Kelly DiPucchio. insideOut will offer sessions on reading programs, outreach, programming, mental health/addictions, marketing and more. 

Register here. ILF member rate is $180 and includes two meals.

On November 12-14, 2018, the ILF Annual Conference returns to the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis. This year's theme is Lead, Educate, Advocate. Featured Wednesday keynote speaker is Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor. 

Early bird ILF member registration rate is $180, excluding meals. Meals for the ILF Luncheon, the Awards & Honors Banquet and the Book Awards Luncheon are priced separately. The registration link can be found here

2018 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winner announced


Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Brian Biggs have been named the 2018 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winners for their book “Noisy Night.”

“I write for kids because I believe children are the most thoughtful, adventurous, intelligent readers there are. And so I’m particularly honored that our book has won the Firefly, an award bestowed by kids themselves,” Barnett said. 

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book to promote early childhood literacy in Indiana. The state award committee is made up of professionals in Indiana, including librarians, caregivers and project coordinators; all of whom are involved in early childhood development. The committee chooses five books each year for children ages zero to five to vote on with help from an adult.

“The coolest thing about this award is that it is voted on by Hoosier children,” Indiana Center for the Book Director Suzanne Walker said. “It is really fun to see the young children try to decide which book out of five is their favorite.”

“I was fascinated to see how many votes ‘Noisy Night’ received at my library,” said Cathy Butcher, a librarian in Flora, Indiana. “We don’t have any apartment buildings in our little rural town, but this book really held the interest of our preschoolers.”

Read more here