Wednesday Word │August 15, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Children’s Librarian
Benton County Public Library

Library Clerk
Hamilton North Public Library

Public Services Librarian
Tipton County Public Library

Youth Services Assistant
Tipton 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

At the library: Northeast Indiana Innovation Center
Allen County Public Library

CDPL is expanding Spanish-language collection
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Hammond brings libraries to local parks
Hammond Public Library

Library reading program all shook up with Elvis finale
Hammond Public Library

Power company to inspect, update equipment at library
Kendallville Public Library

‘RARE’ at Marion Public Library
Marion Public Library

Writing Out Loud 34th season at Michigan City library is almost here
Michigan City Public Library

Library transformed into French countryside
Washington Carnegie Public Library

Andrew Carnegie brought libraries and a boost to literacy to Northwest Indiana
Whiting Public Library

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Converse-Jackson Township Public Library celebrates 100 years with black tie gala


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Converse-Jackson Township Public Library and fundraise for a planned renovation and addition, the library is hosting a “100th Black Tie Gala” on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Roseburg Event Center, located at 2983 W. 38th Street in Marion, Indiana.

The Gala will offer a meal, program with a special guest speaker, music, dancing and a silent auction. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Tickets are on sale at the library for $50 for a single ticket or for $350 for a table of eight. Black tie is the preferred dress code and tuxedos are available for a discount at Louie's Tux Shop in Marion.

The Converse-Jackson Township Public Library would like to extend special thanks to the library board and staff, all of the contributing partners, the 100th Anniversary Committee and to all of the generous organizations that have donated to the silent auction for all of their efforts and support.

Money raised will go toward the renovation and addition and will help the library address much-needed issues, such as handicap accessibility. Funds raised will allow the library to better meet the overall needs of the community.

To learn more about how to become involved in the “100th Black Tie Gala,” contact the library via phone at 765-395-3344, via email or visit the library’s website.  

Updated 'Library Directors One-Stop Guide' now available


The 2018 edition of the "Library Directors One-Stop Guide" is now available from the Indiana State Library. This manual also serves as the handbook for the library's "New Director’s Workshop."

The 2018 edition can be downloaded here. The manual can be downloaded as one 306-page PDF file or it may be downloaded as individual chapters. 

Please direct any questions to Angela Fox or Jennifer Clifton of the Indiana State Library. 

Registration open for hands-on STEM workshop and prerequisite webinar


Registration is now open for the fall "Make Do Share" hands-on STEM workshop. This workshop requires a prior viewing of the upcoming "Make Do Share" webinar in order to obtain the background information needed to make the workshops more effective.

The prerequisite webinar, "Make Do Share: Sustainable STEM Programming for Youth" will take place on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. This webinar will explore ways to incorporate STEM skills into existing programs and how to become a non-expert leader in the community's STEM learning ecology. Megan Burton of the Kitsap Regional Library in Washington will present. Register here. The recording will also be available for later viewing on the Indiana State Library's website. The webinar is worth one LEU. 

The "Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop" will take place at multiple locations around the state in October and November. This hands-on workshop incorporates "Make Do Share’s" inquiry-based learning, project-based learning and design-thinking strategies. Gain practical experience by participating in sample STEM program projects in addition to practicing facilitating projects. The workshop is worth three LEUs and participants may register by clicking on the appropriate link below. All workshops run from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, unless otherwise noted, and the reflection worksheet from the webinar must be completed before attending the in-person workshop.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 - Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 - Jennings County Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 - Mooresville Public Library

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 - Muncie Public Library

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at the Kendallville Public Library

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 - Jasper County Public Library  *This webinar takes place on Central Time.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Book Processing Party & Round Table Discussion
When: Aug. 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State 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.

FDLP news and upcoming events


There are several available opportunities to learn about government resources and services. Visit the FDLP News & Events page to view upcoming learning opportunities. Registration is open for the 2018 Depository Library Conference (DLC) in Washington D.C. on Oct. 22-24, 2018. Just prior to DLC, on Oct. 10-11, 2018, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) is offering “New Depository Librarian’s Institute,” a two-day virtual workshop for new depository librarians.

Every month, GPO and the federal documents community provide free webinars. Typically, the webinars run one hour in length and are eligible for an LEU. Additionally, older webinars can be viewed via the GPO’s archived Webinars and Webcasts page. Those interested may also subscribe to receive emails from GPO about upcoming activities on their News & Events page. GPO provides ample opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about government resources and services. 

2018 TCPL announces One Great Read book selection


The Tippecanoe County Public Library (TCPL) has announced "Still Life" by Louise Penny as this year's One Great Read choice. The first murder mystery chosen for the community-wide One Great Read program, the award-winning "Still Life," the first in a series, sets the stage for more than a decade of suspicious deaths in a quaint Québec village.

On Sept. 20, 2018, at 6 p.m. at TCPL, Chief Digital Forensic Investigator Sean Leshney will compare fictional forensics with real-life experiences. The event kicks off nearly 15 county-wide One Great Read programs. 

Call 765-429-0113 for more information on One Great Read and visit TCPL's events calendar for more program information.

Leadership skills toolkit webinar set for September


On Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at 2 p.m., the Indiana State Library will present "Leadership Skills Toolkit - Tips, Techniques and Resources for Library and Information Professionals" 

This hour-long webinar, based on the highly-successful online series "The Day in the Life of a Leader," will feature Cheryl Stenstrom and Dr. Sue Alman discussing the leadership traits most in-demand for library and information professionals. Among other issues, they will address the need to be an effective communicator, strategist and risk-taker. The presenters bring with them decades of experience in teaching, consulting and leading.

This webinar is eligible for one library education unit (LEU) for Indiana library staff. LEUs will be sent out, via email, within 30 days of completion of the webinar. Click here to register. Click here for participation and preparation instructions.