Wednesday Word │June 20, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library Director
Gas City-Mill Township Public Library

Hamilton East Public Library

Technical Services Librarian
Newburgh Chandler 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

Under the sea reading takes over Crawfordsville Library
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Downtown Gary library unveils massive mural depicting Steel City's rich history
Gary Public Library 

Goshen offers outdoor adventures, hip-hop dance class
Goshen Public Library

Scavenger hunt to be in cemetery
Greentown Public Library

Hartford City to have its first community mural
Hartford City Public Library

Decades of student publications digitized at IU Southeast
Indiana University Southeast Library

Kendallville Public Library summer reading program attendance high
Kendallville Public Library

Libraries boost internet bandwidth
Kendallville Public Library and Noble County Public Library

Kokomo Park Band to present 'Spotlight on Youth' concert
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library hosts fire dog program
Logansport-Cass County Public Library

Rediscovering roots: County gets new genealogist
Morgan County Public Library

Sycamore library director turns to new chapter
Porter County Public Library

Credit and debit card payments still in the works at WPL
Westchester Public Library

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Indiana State Library announces INSPIRE 20th anniversary event


Join the Indiana State Library on Thursday, August 9, 2018 to help celebrate twenty years of INSPIRE. Since 1998, INSPIRE, Indiana's virtual library, has served residents of the state by providing them with free access to databases, newspapers, full-text academic articles, magazines, pamphlets, images, current news, videos, almanacs and more.

The all-day free event, which will be held at the Indiana State Library, will feature representatives from EBSCO, Gale, and more. The celebration will also feature a look back at INSPIRE and its evolution over the years. LEUs will be available for Indiana library employees.

Parking, lunch and celebratory cake will be provided at no cost.

Information about registration, giveaways and special guests will be released shortly. Please contact Associate Director of Statewide Services Wendy Knapp, of the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

INSPIRE is supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

Indiana librarians selected to participate in PLA’s Inclusive Internship Initiative


Two Indiana librarians, John Helling of the Indianapolis Public Library and Justin Kingery of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, have been selected to participate in this year's Public Library Association (PLA) Inclusive Internship Initiative (III).

III introduces students from diverse backgrounds to library careers. Interns in the summer-long program will learn from mentors across the country about multiple facets of library life, ranging from administration to programming to user services.

PLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), offers this internship with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, via grant RE-00-17-0129-17.

Click here for more information about III. 

Indiana Genealogical Society names new county genealogist


The Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS) is pleased to announce that Janice Kistler has been appointed Morgan County genealogist. Kistler is currently the reference and genealogy librarian at the Morgan County Public Library and is active in the Indiana Genealogical Society and the Morgan County History and Genealogy Association. In addition to assisting others in genealogical research, Kistler has developed various programs and workshops, as well as educational talks on various subjects dealing with genealogy and history. Currently, she is working to digitize certain records and photos within the county, which will aid in day-to-day research.

Formed in 1989, the Indiana Genealogical Society strives to help preserve and publish materials relating to the people who settled the state. IGS has been at the forefront of efforts to make lndiana’s historical records more accessible to the public. IGS currently has 2,143 databases, with at least nine databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties.

Kistler may be reached via email

MCLS announces new soft skills workshops


In recent conversations with libraries in Indiana and Michigan, “soft skills” were deemed the most-needed skills for staff in the 21st century library. 

In response, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) created a new Certificate of Library Staff Development in Basic Soft Skills. The certificate program includes five live, online courses delivered by MCLS trainers on topics such as accountability, workplace etiquette, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and productive work habits.

In 2018, MCLS is offering Introduction to Emotional Intelligence on Aug. 16, Introduction to Accountability at Work on Sept. 21, Introduction to Critical Thinking Skills on Oct. 4 and Introduction to Workplace Etiquette on Nov. 2. Introduction to Productive Work Habits is sold out, but will be available again at a later date. 

To earn the Basic Soft Skills Certificate, staff must complete five MCLS workshops or special programs from the Soft Skills category. Workshops or special programs must be taken within a three-year period. Click the above links to register for the courses and click here for more information about the certificate. The certificate application can be found here. Contact Jan Davidson, of MCLS, with any additional questions. 


Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

On-Site 2018 Annual PL Budget Workshop and Legislative Update
When: June 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

2018 Annual PL Budget Workshop and Legislative Update
When: June 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Guns In Libraries
When: June 29, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

The Difference is You: Be Inspired!
When: July 20, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

The Care and Feeding of Authors
When: Aug. 7, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

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 recap


On Thursday, May 24, 2018 the Indiana State Library hosted its third Government Information Day (GID). This year’s theme was Advocacy, Research and Collaboration. The GID events were created to promote awareness of various government resources at the federal, state and local level, and to inspire collaborative efforts among librarians, libraries and government entities. The collaboration improves staff and patron ability to access and utilize government resources. The successful conference hosted over 100 attendees.

GID included government website training sessions, talks on topics ranging from the 2020 census to decreasing print collections in libraries, and a keynote address by Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist in the Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). GID provides an opportunity for library professionals from various backgrounds to interact with each other, learn about new resources and services and gain a better perspective on the scope of government information. Early planning has already begun on the next Government Information Day, slated for May 2020.

Click here to see more pictures and to read more about the sessions and keynote address.

Indiana Center for the Book partners for webinar series about books and authors


The Indiana Center for the Book and the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award are partnering on a series of webinars focused on authors and reading. All webinars are offered in partnership with the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Office (PDO), are each eligible for one LEU and are presented in Adobe Connect format. The Indiana Center for the Book promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries and Indiana’s literary heritage by sponsoring events like these. The Indiana Authors Award seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

The Care and Feeding of Authors: Planning a Successful Author Visit
On Aug. 7, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST, Indiana author Kelsey Timmerman and Indiana’s Letters About Literature Coordinator Suzanne Walker will discuss best practices when booking an author. 

Indiana Authors: What’s New in Kids Lit?
On Aug. 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST, Shirley Mullin, owner of Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis, leads a conversation about books by new Indiana authors who write for children. Discover great authors to book at libraries statewide.

Diversifying Your Book Club by Selection and Membership
In the final webinar, on Sept. 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST, Tiffani Carter, the manager of the West Indianapolis Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL), will share tips and discuss best practices to consider when choosing  book club selections. Learn how to recruit new book club participants.

Registration links can be found above. All three webinars will be recorded and available on the Indiana State Library’s Archived Webinars page within 30 days of their production. Find other free webinars from the Indiana State Library here. Click here for more detailed descriptions of each program and for a complete list of presenters.