Wednesday Word │May 30, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Adult Service Manager
Nappanee 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

Bloomfield Library wins IGS award for contributing to genealogy, records preservation
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

Local authors tell diverse tales at Hammond Public Library
Hammond Public Library

Fans thank Oladipo as he rides in 500 Festival Parade
Indianapolis Public Library

Library board meets in Seymour
Jackson County Public Library

Haynes Apperson Festival to host 1st ever Maker City Fair
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library to host summer reading
Union City Public Library

Three essential films to take you back to the '70s
Wells Library at Indiana University

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'Guns in Libraries' webinar set for June 29


Gun violence has been all over the news this year and on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10 a.m., the Indiana State Library will host a "Guns in Libraries" webinar. 

What can libraries do to promote the safety of both staff and the public? Indiana State Library staff will cover Indiana gun laws and how they impact libraries. The library will provide appropriate language for library policies regarding patron behavior and clarify what libraries can and can’t regulate. 

Newton County Public Library Mary K. Emmrich will discuss the process the Newton County Public Library went through last year to develop an active shooter policy and share the outcome. Cheri Harris, Indiana State Library certification program director and legal consultant, will also present. 

Participants may register here. More details are available hereincluding contact information for anyone who requires accommodations. The webinar is eligible for one LEU. 

‘New Deal Public Art, 1933-1943’ on display at Indiana State Library


“New Deal Public Art, 1933-1943” is on exhibit now through July 2018 in the Exhibit Hall and the Great Hall in the Indiana State Library. The exhibit commemorates the 85th anniversary of the New Deal, featuring the collections of the Indiana State Library. Items on display represent the art, writing, theater and music projects.

The New Deal, or Federal Emergency Relief Act of 1933, was enacted to stimulate the U.S. economy during the Great Depression. The government put Americans of varying occupations and skill sets back to work by creating public and civil works projects. While a fraction of the overall New Deal funds went to the arts, from 1933 until 1943, artists, writers, musicians, actors and allied professionals were employed on federal, state and local public art projects. A creative record of American culture during the Great Depression continues in the murals, easel art, sculpture, prints, posters, signs, photographs and literature which exist to this day.

2017-18 Eliot Rosewater Book Award winner announced


"Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon has been announced as the 2017-18 Eliot Rosewater Book Award winner. "Everything, Everything" tells the story of Madeline, a young girl suffering from a disease that puts her in a bubble. Madeline sees a new neighbor moving in and, by various means, communicates with him feelings she's not previously been able to share. 

According to the Indiana Library Federation (ILF), "The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, also known as the Rosie Award, is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through 12. Students at participating high schools and public libraries who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced."

The 2017-18 Rosie Award Honor Books are "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli and "Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard. Click here for more information. 

INSIRSI annual conference to take place in August


The Indiana SirsiDynix Users Group (INSIRSI) annual conference will take place on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus, Indiana. Programs will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will include a presentation by SirsiDynix as well as a brief business meeting.  

Those interested in attending, volunteering or presenting should contact officers Spencer Anspach, Denise Wirrig or Larissa Sullivant.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Click here for a complete calendar of upcoming events.

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.

Decoration Day

From the collection of the Library of Congress; Daisies gathered for Decoration Day, May 30, 1899

This past weekend we observed Memorial Day, the modern equivalent of an earlier American holiday called Decoration Day. On May 30, 1868, Decoration Day was first widely observed across northern states. Major General John A. Logan, head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veterans’ organization, called for a day to honor the fallen soldiers and sailors of the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers and wreaths. May 30 was chosen by the GAR as the fixed date for the observance. There is debate over why May 30 was chosen; flowers were abundant in the north by that date or perhaps because it was not already an anniversary of a battle. That year a large gathering to memorialize the Civil War dead was held at Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries across 27 states.

After World War I, with the backing of veterans groups, Decoration Day was expanded to honor Americans who died in all wars. Memorial Day was later established as a holiday by many state legislatures. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act (Pub.L. 90–363), which took effect in 1971, designated Memorial Day as a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. Read more about the origins of both Decoration Day and Memorial Day, compiled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs here.

New funding opportunity from Indiana Humanities


This year, Indiana Humanities is hosting One State / One Story: Frankenstein, a series of programs and grants encouraging Hoosiers to read, think and talk about "Frankenstein" in honor of the novel’s 200th anniversary.

As part of One State / One Story: Frankenstein, Indiana Humanities has developed a Frankenstein Speakers Bureau full of intriguing talks about the contexts and themes of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking work of science fiction.

Indiana Humanities has a new funding opportunity for Hoosier non-profits to host Frankenstein scholars. Those interested should contact the speaker from the speakers bureau to work out a mutually agreeable date and time, then apply to have their speaking fee covered by Indiana Humanities. Applications are due Friday, July 6, 2018.