Wednesday Word │June 27, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Librarian II - Business, Science & Technology
Allen County Public Library

Librarian (part-time)
Franciscan Health - Health Sciences Library

Resource Sharing Librarian
Indiana State Library

Academic Resource Center Specialist (part-time)
Indiana Tech

Library Assistant (part-time)
University of Saint Francis

Youth Services Manager
Vigo County 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

Thousands gather at Allen County Public Library for 20th anniversary of Harry Potter
Allen County Public Library

East Chicago library begins summer reading program with 'Star Wars' party
East Chicago Public Library

Goshen branch to host Laura Bradford talk, book signing
Goshen Public Library

Seymour library celebrating International Mud Day
Jackson County Public Library

Cultural Pass available to Southern Indiana families this year
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

KCPL looking for input on possible traffic change
Knox County Public Library

Bloomington booming with good times
Lilly Library at Indiana University

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State library blog


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Indiana Genealogical Society names new Benton County genealogist


The Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS) is pleased to announce that Latisha Provo has been appointed Benton County genealogist. A former deputy clerk for Benton County, she is currently the director at the Otterbein Public Library and is active in the Indiana Genealogical Society and the Benton County Historical Society. Her years of research and knowledge of public, courthouse and library records have helped many in their quests to find the missing pieces in their family history. IGS welcomes Latisha to her new role as Benton County Genealogist. She may be reached at (765) 532-0445 or via email

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.

Certification FAQ: What to include with your application


Before submitting a librarian certification application to the Indiana State Library, keep in mind the following:

What is the most common mistake people make when submitting their librarian certification application? 
Believe it or not, the most common mistake people make is neglecting to sign the application. The Indiana State Library encourages everyone who is submitting an application to double-check all fields, as forgetting the signature slows down the process. Additionally, applicants sometimes forget to include their payment or send only the payment without the application.  

What should be submitted when applying for certification?
The completed application needs to be included along with the appropriate payment, which is $10 for an initial temporary permit or renewal of a temporary permit; or $50 for an initial five-year certificate, renewal of a five-year certificate or upgrade from one level to another. Please note that the State Board of Accounts (SBOA) doesn’t allow the state library to accept payment from a library’s general fund. If one pays with a library check, the director must state in writing that the check is drawn from an unrestricted gift fund.

Which methods of payment are accepted?
The accepted forms of payment are a personal check or money order. Checks from friends of library groups are also acceptable. Payment should be made payable to the Indiana State Library and mailed to Indiana State Library, Attn: Certification Program Director, 140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Click here for a checklist of items needed when submitting a certification application. This checklist includes the dollar amounts required in relation to the level of certification.  

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

Registration open for ILF Youth Services Conference and Annual Conference


Registration is open for two upcoming Indiana Library Federation (ILF) conferences. 

On Aug. 19-20, 2018, the Youth Services Conference, formerly known as CYPD, will take place in Muncie, Indiana at the Horizon Convention Center. This year's conference, titled inside Out, will feature keynote addresses by award-winning authors Tiffany Jackson and Kelly DiPucchio. Jackson will give the dinner keynote on Sunday and DiPucchio will give the lunch keynote on Monday. 

Click here for the registration link and for details about rates. Click here for the conference schedule, program details and speaker bios.

On Nov. 13-14, 2018, the ILF Annual conference returns to the Marriott East in Indianapolis. The pre-conference begins on Nov. 12. This year's theme is Lead, Educate, Advocate. Featured Wednesday keynote speaker is Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor.

Click here for the registration link and for details about member and non-member rates. Please note that meals are not included with registration and must be purchased separately. Click here to view the preliminary program which includes the conference schedule, keynote speaker bio and session summaries.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Guns In Libraries
When: June 29, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar
*Registration is now closed

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

INSPIRE Day 20th Anniversary Celebration
When: Aug. 9, 2018, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: Aug. 10, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph County Public Library

2018 New Director Workshop
When: Aug. 15, 2018, 8:20 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

Indiana Authors: What's New in Kids Lit?
When: Aug. 15, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference 

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: Aug. 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Where: Knox County Public 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.

Spotlight on entomology and plant pathology

Say's Firefly, Indiana's official state insect (credit: Indiana DNR)

Within the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology carries out its mission “to manage plant pests for the preservation and protection of Indiana’s cultivated and natural resources, to facilitate trade and to enhance the quality of our environment.” The division director is also the state entomologist. The position of state entomologist was originally created in 1899 by the Indiana General Assembly with the passage of Senate Bill 12, “An Act to provide for the inspection of Nursery Stock and to prevent the dissemination of the San Jose Scale and other dangerously injurious insects and plant diseases, and for the appointment of a State Entomologist…” (Indiana Acts 1899, Chapter 138). In 1907, another law was passed to define and clarify the position of state entomologist (Indiana Acts 1907, Chapter 177).

The division's programs now include Plant Nursery Inspection and Certification, Apiary Inspection and Beekeeping, Regulated and Quarantined Pests, Phytosanitary Certificates and Permits and Licenses. Home gardeners, beekeepers and interested citizens may wish to subscribe to a free e-publication from the Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology called “Entomology Weekly Review.” A typical weekly edition includes discussions of pest and disease trends, new or unusual findings, photos and reports contributed by State Nursery Inspectors and Compliance Officers.

IMDPLA Fest call for proposals ends July 6


The deadline to submit proposals for the Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America (IMDPLA) Fest is Friday, July 6, 2018.

The Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America Advisory Council is seeking session proposals for the third annual IMDPLA Fest, which will take place on September 21, 2018 at the Indianapolis Public Library. This annual conference brings together librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators and others to celebrate Indiana’s Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub. Proposals should be related to digital cultural collections, broadly defined. Proposals that highlight digitization and online collections work being done in Indiana or focusing on Indiana are encouraged. Possible session topics include, but are not limited to: large or small-scale digitization projects; metadata standards, design and creation; intellectual property and rights management; online collections access portals and digital exhibitions; and research within and use of digital collections, including collections as data.

Session formats include a 45-minute presentation, a marketplace of ideas display, hands-on or visual demonstrations and poster sessions. Proposal selectors may request an alternative format upon review.

To propose a session, please fill out the form at this link. Please send inquiries to IMDPLA and visit here for more information about the Indiana Memory DPLA Hub.