Wednesday Word │July 4, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Information Services Librarian (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Assistant Director
Carmel Clay Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
Hamilton East Public Library

Indiana University South Bend - Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons

Children’s Programmer (part-time)
Lawrenceburg Public Library District

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

Educational event offers resources to caregivers
Bedford Public Library

Indiana State Library awarded NHPRC grant to digitize papers of Will H. Hays
Indiana State Library

Magic hits Linden Thursday
Linden-Carnegie Public Library

BloomingSongs to have free event
Monroe County Public Library

Free children's activities and lunch at Montpelier library
Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library

Library quizzes public on local history
Mooresville Public Library

Libraries Rock benefit for adult literacy to be held July 13
Putnam County Public Library

Library board approves new director
Putnam County Public Library

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Bedford library provides STEM camps

Two fifth grade girls work together to build a piano using Makey-Makey at a session of BrainSTEM Camp

Like most libraries, the Bedford Public Library is promoting STEM learning in as many ways as it possibly can, including providing hands-on programs on coding, robots, 3-D printing, drones, virtual reality and other areas of study. 

In July, the library is providing two half-day adventures called BrainSTEM Camp. BrainSTEM Camp provides fun learning activities that relate to science, technology, engineering and math. Two camps are offered, with one camp on July 25 for students in third-grade through fifth-grade and the other on July 26 for students in sixth-grade through eighth-grade

Camp activities in the past have included an egg drop from the top of the library, designing and cooking in a solar oven, experimenting with 3-D modeling and printing, creating a model car that moved by chemical reaction and constructing hydraulic-powered cranes. This year, the camp for younger students involves, among other things, a survival game using tiny robots. The older students will learn about circuitry while designing and building their own light-up constellation for their wall at home.  

For each half-day camp session, the library provides a mid-morning snack and lunch. Registration is required, but the camps are offered at no charge. This is the third year for the popular camps that introduce students to STEM in engaging ways. 

Registration now open for INSPIRE Day 20th anniversary event


Registration for INSPIRE Day is now open

Join the Indiana State Library on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9 a.m. 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 sessions,  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.

Application deadline for newly-created Indiana State Library librarian position is Thursday


Resource sharing coordinator is a new professional position within the Library Development Office (LDO) of the Indiana State Library (ISL) that will serve as a central contact for the state’s various resource sharing and statewide services, including INfoExpress statewide courier service, Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS), Indiana Share and the INSPIRE statewide databases. The resource sharing coordinator facilitates use of these services through two primary responsibilities, which are providing customer service to current, and potential, customers utilizing ISL’s resource sharing products and providing administrative support for ISL’s resource sharing products, including statistics and billing.

The coordinator will need to exhibit exceptional communication, organization and time-management skills. A Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an accredited institution plus one year full-time professional experience as a librarian is required. Candidate must also be eligible to be certified by the Indiana Library and Historical Board as a Librarian three or above before granting of permanent status.

Click here for an in-depth description of the position, including detailed duties and salary information, and for instructions on how to apply. Application deadline is Thursday, July 5, 2018. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Evergreen Indiana 10th Anniversary Gala
When: Aug. 24, 2018, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Fort Harrison

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.

Indiana Transparency Portal receives upgrades


The Indiana Auditor of State issued a press release Tuesday, June 26, 2018 about major updates to its Indiana Transparency Portal, which provides users with public access to information about assets owned by the state, state agency contracts, employee salaries, local government finances and companies that do business with Indiana. The Transparency Portal has undergone major changes between 2017 and 2018.

As stated in the press release, “The previous site offered static graphics and searchable fields, but it was left to the user to aggregate the information and manually combine spreadsheets to compare certain data. Enhancements to the site are designed to assist the user by offering summaries of information in dashboards that give agency snapshots of vendor payments, funding sources and travel and purchase card transactions and many other categories.”

New features include non-general fund revenue with various views, including by funding source and by function of government; monthly general fund revenue; trending views available across the site by year, quarter and month; and new and expanded data within state expenditures, such as personal services, top paid vendors statewide and by agency, agency to agency transfers and purchase card and travel card expenses summarized by agency and by expense category.

 “…upgrades will continue to be implemented over the next year. The auditor is working with the Management Performance Hub (MPH), the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) and the State Budget Agency (SBA) in developing and implementing new features to the site."

Indiana State Library awarded NHPRC grant to digitize the papers of Will H. Hays


The Indiana State Library recently received a $74,880 grant to support the digitization of Will H. Hays’ papers ranging from 1914-54. Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero awarded 31 grants totaling over $4 million dollars through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Hays served as the Republican National Committee chairman during 1918-21 and was the campaign manager for President Warren Harding in 1920. Harding appointed Hays as postmaster general in 1921. He later became president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America from 1922-45, where he established the Hays Code of acceptable content for motion pictures produced for a public audience. A film from the state library’s collection was recently digitized and can be found here.

Read more about the grant and the collection here