Wednesday Word │July 11, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library Director
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Community Engagement Librarian for Teen and Digital Creativity Center (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library - Ellettsville Branch

Adult Services Librarian
Peabody Public Library

Manager, Medical Library Tech
Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine

Children’s Services Assistant (part-time)
Starke 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

‘History Speaks’ exhibit opening in Fort Wayne explores Abraham Lincoln’s life through items that tell a story
Allen County Public Library

Students celebrate literature and art
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Library celebrates 25th anniversary of film
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Eckhart Library makes case for $12 million fund campaign
Eckhart Public Library

Yoga for youths; library program part of summer reading initiative
Elkhart Public Library

Library giving away state fair tickets
Jackson County Public Library

Northeastern Indiana library board drops fines
Noble County Public Library

Is your library making news?

Email your news links for inclusion in the Wednesday Word's "In the news" section.

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State library blog


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the state library. Visit the blog here.

If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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Earn LEUs on Librarians' Day at this year's FGS conference in Fort Wayne


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) would like to invite librarians, archivists, information professionals, volunteers and board members serving the genealogical community to attend Librarians’ Day on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library at 900 Library Plaza in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This year's theme is "How to Stay Relevant in a Technology World."

Librarians' Day will include three morning sessions, an afternoon panel discussion and opportunities to tour areas of the Allen County Public Library, such as the Genealogy Center and the FamilySearch Book Scanning Center. Click here for session descriptions. 

This is event is sponsored by ProQuest and registration is $10 for the full day. Click here to register. Registration closes on Aug. 17, 2018. 

The Federation of Genealogical Societies was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions.

Earn LEUs at INSPIRE Day; first speaker announced


Former Library Development Office (LDO) director Steven Schmidt will return to the Indiana State Library for INSPIRE Day on Aug. 9, 2018 to present a retrospective on INSPIRE, including the screening of original INSPIRE television ads. 

Registration for INSPIRE Day is now open. Join the Indiana State Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help celebrate twenty years of INSPIRE. Since 1998, 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 presenting on the future of databases and the industry. Three LEUs will be available for Indiana library employees. Parking, lunch and celebratory cake will be provided at no cost.

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.

FAQ: Conferences and LEUs


How do I receive Library Education Unit (LEU) credit for attending in-state conferences? 
Most in-state library conferences will issue an LEU certificate. Keep the certificate in an LEU folder along with other earned LEUs and nothing else is required.

How do I receive LEU credit for attending out-of-state conferences?
If the conference is put on by an entity that is on the Indiana State Library's (ISL) blanket provider list attendees only need to document their attendance as described below. 

How do I request approval if the out-of-state provider is not on the list?
Email to Cheri Harris the conference info, the agenda, speakers and which sessions will be attended. Allow 30 days for approval. If appropriate, the state library will email approval, which must be kept along with proof of attendance. 

How do I document my attendance?
If the out-of-state conference provider issues a certificate that indicates the specific number of hours earned, no further documentation is needed. If there is no certificate, or the certificate doesn't specify hours earned, then attendees will need to keep a letter or email confirming registration or save a name tag, conference agenda or a transportation or housing bill. Additionally, attendees will need to download and complete a librarian conference form and either write a synopsis of the sessions attended on a separate sheet of paper or save the session descriptions from the brochure.

Find more information on the ISL LEU policies page.

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

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.

World Population Day


World Population Day is July 11, 2018 and the United States Census Bureau has a U.S. and World Population Clock page that is both fun and informative. U.S. population and world population clocks are shown side by side and continuously count the increase in population for the country and the world. The statistics show a birth every eight seconds, a death every 12 seconds and an Increase of one person every 13 seconds. In the listing of The 10 Most Populous Countries, the United States is a fairly distant third, with a population of 329, 256, 465, to China’s 1,384,688,986 people and India’s 1,296,834,042 people.

A few of the interactive areas of the webpage include a place where you can check the U.S. Population by a specific date for the months January to June in the years of 2010-18. There are two charts of annual population estimates for 2010-17, the United States Growth by Region chart and United States Population by Age and Sex chart, which reveal more detailed data when the cursor is held over either of the charts

Another area on the page shows the most populous, and the highest density, U.S. states, counties and cities for 2017. The most populous state is California with a population of 39,536,653 and a population per square mile of 253.8. The state with the highest density is the District of Columbia with a population of only 693,972, but with a population per square mile of 11,350.6. That‘s a lot of people crammed into one place. When each of the entries for the states, counties, and cities are clicked on, the user sees a more detailed page of statistics for that particular area.

All of the information on this page can be both useful and fun for the general user or for teachers who would like to use the information for a presentation on the world population. It could also be a jumping off point for anyone looking to see how the world population is growing. 

Indiana Humanities grant applications due July 30


Indiana Humanities offers libraries, schools, museums, historical societies and other tax-exempt organizations grants to develop and implement public programming related to the humanities. In the past, funds have supported reading programs, author talks, exhibitions, discussion programs, festivals and more. 

Indiana Humanities is currently offering two grants: the Humanities Initiative Grant, a grant up to $2,000 that supports a broad range of humanities programs, and the Quantum Leap Grant, a grant up to $4,000 that supports programs that explore the intersection between STEM subjects and the humanities. The next deadline for applications is July 30. Click here for more grant information or email George Hanlin, Indiana Humanities director of grants. Hanlin may also be reached via phone at (317) 616-9784.

Click here to learn more about Indiana Humanities.