Wednesday Word │August 22, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Information Services Technician (part-time)
Anderson Public Library

Associate Director of Youth Services
East Chicago Public Library

Electronic Resource Librarian
East Chicago Public Library

Programming Specialist (part-time)
Eckhart Public Library

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

Library Director
North Judson Wayne Township Public Library

Assistant/Associate Professor of Library Services: First-Year Experience Librarian
Valparaiso University - Christopher Center Library Services

Library Director
Whiting 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

Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library awarded over $7K grant
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

Library joins statewide sharing network
Fayette County Public Library

Library offering scholarship
Greenwood Public Library

Scholarship named after local historian Wilma Moore
Indianapolis Public Library

Musician recounts combating racism by making friends with KKK members
Monroe County Public Library

South Bend launches 'digital inclusion' center
St. Joseph County Public Library

Township library receives donation from patron's estate
Westchester Public Library

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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.

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Gov. Holcomb names Lighty as new executive director of the Indiana Archives and Records Admin


Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced that he has selected S. Chandler Lighty to be the new executive director of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration. Lighty will begin his new position on Aug. 27, 2018. 

Since February of 2016, Lighty has served as the director of the Indiana Historical Bureau, which recently merged with the Indiana State Library. During his time as director, Lighty led efforts to increase public interest in the state’s history. He advanced the Indiana Historical Marker Program and led other research and outreach initiatives. From 2013 to 2016, he served as a project manager at the Indiana State Library, where he developed the Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s digital historic newspaper.   

Lighty, a Crawfordsville native, is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. Lighty also earned his master of arts in origins and history of the United States from Miami University.

Mooresville Public Library blog, authored by cat, hits half million page views


Many libraries employ resident animals, also known as spokescritters, to help promote their library's services and collections by "writing" blog posts or by just being a library's mascot. The Mooresville Public Library's "Cat's Eye View," "written" by the library's roving feline reporter, Cauli Le Chat, has proven to be highly-successful, as the blog recently reached 500,000 page views.

According to Bill Buckley of the the Mooresville Public Library, although Cauli doesn't live in the library and is semi-retired, she is still considered the library's official spokescritter. Cauli used to roam outside of the library reporting on all things library-related, but now takes residence with library employees and uses her "minions" to type the blog for her.

Started in 2010, "Cat's Eye View," is the library's most popular blog, with over three times as many views as the library's second most-popular blog pertaining to local history. In February, MPL's technology blog posted an entry titled "'Library Spokescritters' Social Media Success Stories" detailing the effectiveness of resident animal blogs and concluded that these types of blogs "can register enormous payoffs in terms of patron interest in what these libraries offer."

Other Hoosier spokescritters, past and present, include Tober and Chance, two cats from the Thorntown Public Library; Oliver the Library Cat from the Clinton Public Library; Carnegie the Cat at the Brazil Public Library and Morgan the Library Bunny at the Morgan County Public Library. 

New directors workshop recap


On Aug. 15, 2018, at the Indiana State Library, 32 new public library directors representing 24 counties in Indiana, were introduced to each other and to the Library Directors One-Stop Guide. Public library consultants Karen Ainslie and Angela Fox hosted the annual New Director Workshop and presented on multiple topics.

The workshop offered an orientation to the many resources of the guidebook, including contacts for public library directors. The guidebook’s 20 chapters inform directors on the many tasks and responsibilities necessary for the day-to-day management of public libraries.

To read more about the new directors workshop, click here

Tips on how to check certification status online


In a peak year for renewals, here are some tips that might be helpful for librarians who want to check their certification status online. The Professional Licensing Agency’s eVerification site allows one to search the status of their certification, check the expiration date of their certificate and check their certificate number. 

When searching the verification website, it's recommended to limit the search inquiry to three fields. Select librarian as a profession, along with a first and last name, to yield the most desirable results.

Library directors, human resources managers and supervisors may also use this tool to confirm staff certification status. Libraries with large staff may contact Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, for a report of a library's active staff members instead of taking time to look up each staff member individually. 

All other certification questions may also be directed toward Cheri Harris.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Bite-Sized Staff Training: Transform Staff Development for Busy Employees
When: Aug. 29, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

E-rate Category 2 Workshop
When: Aug. 29, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Monroe County Public Library

E-rate Category 2 Workshop
When: Aug. 30, 2018, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township 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.

National Aviation Day

Photo from the Wright Brothers Negatives Collection, Library of Congress

What is National Aviation Day? It’s both a celebration of the development of aviation in the United States, and it’s also a day to honor the Wright brothers and all flying pioneers and heroes. On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville Wright achieved the first successful powered flight in the plane that he and his brother Wilbur built. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a presidential proclamation to designate the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday, Aug. 19, 1871, as National Aviation Day. Wright was alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years. The proclamation was codified - as 36 U.S.C. 118 - National Aviation Day - and was the first national tribute to the industry that has given mankind the ability to cross oceans and continents in a matter of hours and to probe the reaches of outer space. 

The website for the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina provides information on visiting and learning more about this National Park Service property. Discover more about the Wright Brothers through the virtual exhibit from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Library of Congress, which houses the Orville and Wilbur Wright Papers, also created the resource Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Bibliography. For aviation history buffs, view the Federal Aviation Administration’s history resources

Indiana State Library to present digital collections webinar geared toward school librarians


On Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at 10 a.m., Christopher Marshall, the Indiana Division's digital collections coordinator at the Indiana State Library, will present "Encounter the Past: The Indiana State Library's Digital Collections." Geared toward school librarians, this webinar is an introduction to the Indiana State Library’s digital collections. The webinar will provide a basic overview of the collections and how to use them.

This 50-minute webinar is worth one TLEU for Indiana library staff. Participants may register here. In order to participate, users must have all the required Adobe add-ins before the webinar begins. Visit here for instructions. Login here at the scheduled time on the day of the webinar. 

Please email Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor, with any questions.

Free roundtable discussions offered by MCLS


The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services is offering two free community engagement roundtable discussions in September in both Indiana and Michigan. 

On Friday, Sept, 14, 2018 at 10 a.m., the first roundtable discussion will take place at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. Participants may register here. One LEU is available for Indiana library staff. Questions pertaining to the Indiana discussion should be directed to Pam Seabolt

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., the second roundtable discussion will take place in the Bay College Library's conference room in Escanaba, Michigan. Participants my register here. Questions pertaining to the Michigan discussion should be directed to David Votta.

These two hour discussions are free and open to anyone with an interest, but MCLS asks that participants register online so they know how many to expect.