Wednesday Word │August 8, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Information Services Librarian (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Visiting Instruction Librarian
Butler University Libraries

Children’s Librarian
Floyd County Public Library

Reference Librarian (part-time)
Greenwood Public Library

Statewide Library Consultant
Indiana State Library

Public Services Associate II (part-time)
Indianapolis Public Library

Manager, Community Branch
Indianapolis Public Library - College Avenue Branch

Head of Library Services
Saint Mary's College - Cushwa-Leighton 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, culture of Puerto Rico on display at East Chicago library
East Chicago Public Library

Windsong Flute Ensemble makes ‘Libraries Rock!’
Hartford City Public Library

Virtual reality program for seniors planned at library
Jackson County Public Library

Campers from Boys & Girls Club get educational trip on Lake Michigan
La Porte County Public Library

Fair draws talented artists to Monticello library
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Ball Brothers Foundation awards outdoor learning grants
Muncie Public Library

WorkOne office opens in Henry County 'cornerstone'
New Castle-Henry County Public Library

Young's photos earn him River City art group's August honors
Vigo County Public Library

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State library blog


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Statehouse display on exhibit at the Indiana State Library


“Indiana’s Statehouse,” a new exhibit, is currently on display through October 2018 in both the Exhibit Hall and the second floor Great Hall of the Indiana State Library. This year marks the 130-year anniversary of the completion of the current Indiana Statehouse. The Indiana Statehouse was designed by architect Edwin May and was under construction from 1878 until 1888. After May’s untimely death in 1880, his draftsman, Swiss-born Adolph Scherrer, was appointed supervising architect. On Oct. 2, 1888, the Statehouse Commissioners officially closed the account books on the building project. 

The exhibit includes drawings, photographs, maps and other historical materials from the collections of the Indiana State Library. A rare 1738 edition of Andrea Palladio’s “Books of Architecture” provides an architectural prototype to compare to the Renaissance Revival style of the dome of the Statehouse. Several artifacts from the Statehouse grounds are displayed courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Their staff collected samples of building materials during the 2017 renovation of the Statehouse’s north steps. The Indiana Archives and Records Administration also provided copies of historical documents for the exhibit.

Visit the Indiana State Library at 315 West Ohio Street in Indianapolis. Call (317) 232-3675 for more information. 

PALNI honors extraordinary library staff


The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc. (PALNI) recognized library and consortia staff by presenting 28 awards on June 12, 2018 at their annual all-staff conference. PALNI, a nonprofit organization, inspires innovation, fosters learning and reduces costs for all 24 member institutions. The event provided an opportunity for library and instructional technology staff to collaborate and share in person, learn from keynote Barbara Fister and celebrate the success experienced over the past year.

Executive Director Kirsten Leonard recognized accomplishments in five categories of awards during the event: Hall of Fame, Outstanding Service 2018, Support of Bethel and Saint Mary’s WMS Implementation, Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership in Deep Collaboration 2018 and the Heart of PALNI Award. Heather Myers, of Anderson University, was given the 2018 Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes library staff who have volunteered long-standing service and invested above and beyond in PALNI initiatives.

Click here for a full list of winners and more in-depth award descriptions. 

New IPS digital collection provides access to local history


Researchers, educators and alumni can now access nearly 2,500 archived items that depict the rich and illustrious history of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) as part of The Indianapolis Public Library’s Digital Indy collection

Downloadable items, some of which date from 1853, represent the 120 elementary and high schools that have comprised IPS and underscore the role they have played in shaping the community. These include newsletters, yearbooks, IPS Board meeting minutes, school histories, registers of children, scrapbooks, news clippings, teacher contracts and staff biographies. Photos of students, school staff and schools also are included.

Made possible by a $1.8 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, the IPS collection is the culmination of a nearly three-year effort to identify, acquire and digitize more than 430,000 pages of materials that had been warehoused in various locations.

“We have been extremely fortunate to assemble such a vast collection of IPS history and house it in a new digital home that will serve as a valuable community asset,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “We are grateful to our network of partners for making the many achievements of the district, and of those who have been a part of it through the decades, more accessible than ever.”

The IPS collection is part of a larger Lilly Endowment grant to also digitize and make available the histories of the Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department that will total more than one million records. 

Read the full press release here.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

INSPIRE Day 20th Anniversary Celebration
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.

Education in Indiana


A lot of kids are going back to school in Indiana right now and people may have questions about education in the state. The best place to look for answers to these questions is the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) website. The information on this website includes detailed information on Indiana academic standards, events, news and student data. There are resource pages geared toward administrators, families, teachers and community members.

The page for families, called the Parent Portal, includes information on diploma requirements, duel credit, early learning, English learning and migrant education, home school, homeless students, K-12 school websites, school improvement and an interactive database compass for school and corporation data. Parents and other researchers can use this database to find information for schools or school corporations including enrollment and attendance, as well as student performance, accountability and school personnel and educator ratings. The student performance section shows graphs for student graduations and graduation trends. Plus, this section includes data on how the students did on the ISTEP, the Historical ISTEP, the IREAD-3, the SAT and ACT, as well as career and college readiness. All of these areas can be useful to parents who are trying to ensure that their child/children get a good education.

Other areas on the IDOE website that might be of interest to parents are the pages on nutrition, graduation pathways and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For teachers, and those wanting to become teachers, there are pages for licensing and a job bank. The whole website is a great resource for anyone who is interested in the education and future of the young people in their Indiana communities.

Indiana State Library seeks statewide library consultant


The Indiana State Library is hiring a statewide library consultant to work within the Library Development Office in downtown Indianapolis. 

The consultant answers questions, advises library directors, staff and boards on best practices and organizes trainings on a variety of subjects including new directors workshops, trustee trainings, budget trainings, bookkeeping trainings and other topics as needed, such as bonds, construction, etc.

The state library is specifically looking for someone knowledgeable about topics affecting public libraries, including state standards, budgets, E-rate, trustees, bookkeeping, technology, and other topics relevant to all Indiana libraries, including special and academic libraries.

A Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an accredited institution plus one year full-time professional experience as a librarian is required. Experience serving as a public library director, administrator, or trustee is also preferred.

Click here for instructions on how to apply.