Wednesday Word │August 1, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library and Glass Museum Director
Dunkirk Public Library

Assistant Director for Library Services
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Community Engagement Librarian – Teen & Digital Creativity (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library - Ellettsville Branch

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

Library launches online classes: Free lifelong learning program begins
Bartholomew County Public Library

One Story/One State: Frankenstein starts now
Batesville Memorial Public Library, Osgood Public Library and Tyson Library

Corporation created to oversee center project
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Kendallville Public Library gets new board member
Kendallville Public Library

KHCPL to launch Aptiv Digital Divers
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library eyes telephone building for expansion
La Porte County Public Library

Loogootee gets $1.1 million USDA loan to build new library
Loogootee Public Library

William Shatner plugs Muncie library on Twitter
Muncie Public Library

Crowd turns out for Dino Day event
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Heritage Trail inmates paint Plainfield's Little Free Libraries
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

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Jefferson County Public Library announces new director


The Jefferson County Public Library has announced Judi Terpening as new library director. Terpening has been promoted to director after serving as interim director for the past four months. She has served as Jefferson County Public Library assistant director since March 2016, supervising the day-to-day operations of the library and managing the staff.

“I am excited about the opportunity to guide Jefferson County Public Library into the next century of service. My goal is to continue our efforts in meeting the technology and library needs of the community while focusing on personal service. I look forward to fostering community partnerships and working for the residents of Jefferson County,” Terpening said.

A reception for the community to welcome Terpening in her new role will held at the main Madison branch on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. As a family-friendly, open house reception, all community members are invited, including patrons, volunteers, presenters, program instructors, educators and librarians from other institutions. 

'Guide to Library Homelessness' workshop set for Aug. 9 at KCPL

Ryan Dowd at Hessed House Homeless Center

On Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Knox County Public Library in Vincennes, Indiana, author Ryan Dowd will present "Guide to Library Homelessness," an all-day workshop training library employees on working compassionately with homeless individuals. Dowd is the author of "The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness" and the executive director of a large homeless shelter, Hessed House Homeless Center, in Aurora, Illinois. 

No registration fee is required, but a donation of $55 is suggested. This workshop has been approved for seven LEUs. To make reservations, or to obtain more information about the workshop, please contact Emily Bunyan of the Knox County Public Library.  

Registration open for IMDPLA Fest 2018; program available


Registration is now open for the third annual Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America (IMDPLA) Fest taking place on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at the Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch. This year's keynote speaker will be John Bracken, executive director of Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), who will deliver the keynote address about his vision for the future of DPLA. This annual conference brings together librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators and others to celebrate Indiana’s Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub.

A full IMDPLA Fest program is now available here, including information on sessions and speakers. The event is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. 

Workshop: 'Bringing Indiana Libraries and their Collections to Wikidata'


IUPUI University Library is hosting a Wikidata workshop, "Bringing Indiana Libraries and their Collections to Wikidata," on Aug. 21, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

A growing number of cultural heritage institutions are contributing their curated data to Wikidata. Sharing data about collections not only enables new research and creative projects, but also helps researchers find an institution’s collections. Wikidata is the newest project of the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that also sponsors Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.

The workshop will provide an overview of Wikidata, talk about the involvement of other libraries with this project, show external tools used to display Wikidata’s data and demonstrate how to create an entry for your library and collections.

Click here to register. Registration ends on Aug. 13, 2018. No prior Wiki editing experience is necessary. Lunch will be provided.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Evergreen Indiana - Basic Cataloging
When: Aug. 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

INSPIRE Day 20th Anniversary Celebration (pre-registration ends TOMORROW)
When: Aug. 9, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 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

Evergreen Indiana Advanced Cataloging - Part I
When: Aug. 16, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Advanced Cataloging - Part II
When: Aug. 17, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

Unleash Your Inner Marketer
When: Aug. 21, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

E-rate Category 2 Workshop
When: Aug. 27, 2018, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Plymouth 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.

First patent for roller coaster


This month marks the 120th anniversary of the first U.S. patent for the roller coaster. Edwin Prescott of Arlington, Massachusetts filed his invention for “Improvement in Roller-Coasters” on Oct. 11, 1897 and patent number US609164A was granted on Aug. 16, 1898.

The original patent documents containing technical drawings can be downloaded here. Available to view are the beginning of Prescott’s loop-the-loop design and his original statements, which include, “My improved roller-coaster presents parallel tracks laid with steep gradients and containing a circularly-arranged vertical loop or loops, the car moving at the lower end of a steep gradient partaking of a circular movement, said car for part of its course being inverted; but, due to centrifugal action, the contents of the car remains securely in place and the car follows the track.”

His next patent for the “Centrifugal Railway,” was granted Feb. 5, 1901 and was an improvement on his previous loop-the-loop design. Patent documents can be viewed here. His first steel coaster was built on Coney Island, New York and cost 10 cents a ride. It ran from 1901 to 1910. His construction company also designed a steel loop-the-loop coaster for Young’s Million Dollar Pier on the New Jersey coast, which ran from 1902 to 1912, and a wood loop-the-loop coaster at Sans Souci Amusement Park in Chicago, which ran from 1904 to 1913.

INSPIRE Day pre-registration ends tomorrow


Pre-registration for INSPIRE Day closes tomorrow, on Aug. 2, 2018. Join the Indiana State Library on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help celebrate twenty years of INSPIRE serving the state of Indiana. While the event is free to attend and open to the public, pre-registration ensures that attendees will receive a gift bag and lunch. Day of the event registration will be available, but pre-registering guarantees attendees will receive a lunch.

The all-day free event will feature representatives from EBSCO, Gale and presenting on the future of databases and the industry. Additionally, a retrospective of INSPIRE will be presented, including original TV ads. Three (3) LEUs will be available for Indiana library employees. Parking, lunch, gift bags 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.