Wednesday Word │July 25, 2018 Revised

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Adult Services AV Specialist (part-time)
Frankfort Community Public Library

Circulation Clerk (part-time)
Frankfort Community Public Library

Public Services Librarian
Hamilton East Public Library

Senior Information Assistant
Monroe 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

Top 12 places to immerse yourself in Indiana history
Allen County Public Library 

Learn about Indiana's county courthouses at Aug. 6 event in New Albany
Floyd County Library

Professor Steve returns
Hartford City Public Library

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library Board
Huntingburg Public Library

Books and 'Blue': Indiana foster children meet Colts' mascot, take home books of their own
Indianapolis Public Library

Clarksville's public library getting renovation and $75,000 tech upgrade
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

USDA boosts rural Indiana projects
Loogootee Public Library

Middletown business hosts a Service Day to give back
Middletown-Fall Creek Twp. Public Library

City of Bloomington hosts celebration of 28th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
Monroe County Public Library

Shark Week comes to Muncie museum, library
Muncie Public Library

Hoosier author set to release fourth book
Osgood Public Library

Westchester Library to revive 1,000 books initiative
Westchester Public Library

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State library blog


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State library seeking deputy director of public services


The Indiana State Library is currently seeking a deputy director of public services. This deputy director of public services position will plan, organize, coordinate, direct and evaluate the functions of the following divisions: Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Reference and Government Services, Indiana Division, Genealogy, Catalog, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Circulation and Support, Conservation, Building Operations and ILL. The position is a key member of the Indiana State Library administrative team. The position works closely with the Indiana State Library Foundation and other state agencies. The position oversees the operations for the 84-year-old building located in downtown Indianapolis and the library’s collections, which includes ancient records through born-digital documentation.

A master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association is required and five years of increasingly responsible professional library experience which includes management after receiving MLS is preferred.

Click here for a more detailed job description and instructions on how to apply. Applications must be received by July 30, 2018.

Difference is You Award winner announced

Making a difference
Jacob Speer, Terri Nicholson and Wendy Knapp

At this year's The Difference is You library support staff conference, which was held on July 20, 2018 at the Indiana State Library, Terri Nicholson was named the 2018 The Difference is You Award winner. 

Nicholson, from the South Dearborn Community School Corporation, was the first nominee, and winner, from a school. State Librarian Jacob Speer and Deputy Director of Statewide Services Wendy Knapp presented Nicholson with the award. 

The Difference is You Award recognizes library support staff who are an inspiration in their community.

Library services spotlight: Connect IN


As most library directors know, public library standards require public libraries to have a functional website. However, some might not be aware that the Indiana State Library can host a public library’s website for free. The program is called Connect IN and it’s free for public libraries without a current online presence and those having difficulty maintaining their existing site.

Participants in the Connect IN program receive the following free services from the Indiana State Library: a modern and high quality website;  technical support and training;  content management system (CMS) training; free website hosting; and free email for library staff. 

Click here for more details. To utilize the program, contact the appropriate regional coordinator.

Mitchell Community Public Library receives $8,500 grant


The Friends of the Mitchell Community Public Library have received a grant of $8,500 through the Lawrence County Community Foundation in partnership with the GM Foundation, which will fund a number of STEM programs called "Teens and Tech."

Students in the small rural community have limited access to technology and few opportunities to explore the value of STEM education. The library is collaborating with local schools to provide teens with opportunities to learn about various aspects of technology that, in turn, will provide them with future opportunities for an improved quality of life.

LEU available at book processing party and round table discussion


The Professional Development Office (PDO) of the Indiana State Library is thrilled to announce the addition of almost 20 new book club kits to its collection this year. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana State Library, PDO is seeking volunteers to help prepare the book kits for circulation. No experience is necessary. 

Lunch and free parking will be provided. A round table discussion on programming ideas for all ages will be held during lunch. Attendees will earn one LEU for participating

Click here to register. Please note any food allergies or dietary restrictions during registration. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Evergreen Indiana Holds Training
When: July 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Local Administration
When: Aug. 1, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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
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

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. - 12:20 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.

Finding government forms


Launched in 2009, the State Forms Online Catalog at provides citizens and employees of the State of Indiana a common access point for state forms. Managed by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA), the catalog contains electronic versions of relevant and current forms, allowing citizens to more easily conduct business with the State of Indiana. There are options to browse the all-agency catalog or browse forms for individual agencies. Users should not be deterred by the prominent button that says “State Employee Login,” as there are many forms available to the public without logging on.

Looking for federal government forms instead? has an A-Z guide to Government Forms, by Agency.

Indiana library districts map updated


The Indiana library districts map has been updated and is now available for viewing here

This is the first district map update in five years and accurately reflects the current service areas as of 2017. 

The original map was created by the Indiana Business Research Center, a key partner in the State Data Center Program. Updates to the the map were performed by the Indiana State Data Center, in consultation with the Indiana Geographic Information Office (GIO) in 2017.

INSPIRE Day registration ends Aug. 2


Pre-registration for INSPIRE Day is currently open, but closes on Aug. 2, 2018. Join the Indiana State Library on Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 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 is 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.