Wednesday Word │August 29, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Business, Science and Technology Manager
Allen County Public Library

Acquisitions Librarian
Ball State University Libraries

Circulation Assistant (part-time)
Fortville Public Library

Reference Librarian
Greenwood Public Library

Adult Services Librarian
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Access Services Library Assistant (part-time)
Marian University - Hackelmeier Memorial Library

Library Assistant (part-time)
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Head Technical Services Librarian
Tippecanoe County Public Library

Adult Programming Administrator
Warsaw Community 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

Genealogy conference home in city: Exhibition hall at national event provides all things family history
Allen County Public Library

Clinton library to host Genealogy hotspot event this weekend
Clinton Public Library

More than $100K in grants awarded for mentors, music, mountain biking
Daleville Community Library and Yorktown Public Library

Corporation takes charge of cultural center project
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Using time frames to learn about your ancestors
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Diving deep: New after-school program at library aims to improve STEM skills
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Not Your Grandma's Quilt: Library exhibit displays local guild's cutting-edge art quilts
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

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Stephanie Asberry named deputy director of public services at state library


The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce Stephanie Asberry as the new deputy director of public serves. Asberry began her duties as the deputy director on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. The position was previously held by Connie Bruder.

Prior to becoming the deputy director of public services, Asberry served for three years as the supervisor of the Genealogy Division at the Indiana State Library, five years as the director of library technical services at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and has an additional six years of experience serving as a public services librarian. Asberry earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in political science from Ball State University, a degree in history from Oregon State University and her Master of Library and Information Science with a graduate certificate in archival administration from Wayne State University.

“Stephanie’s knowledge and experience are a real asset to the library, and I look forward to working with her to improve the Indiana State Library’s stellar public services," said State Librarian Jacob Speer.

She can be reached via email or by phone at 317-232-3734.

InfoExpress users can now check parcel status


InfoExpress users can now check the status of any parcel in the system. To view the status of a parcel, login to an InfoExpress account and select Parcels, Manifests & Labels on the site menu from the main screen. Select the new Check Parcel option and enter the seven-digit parcel number to view the status, including last stop and delivery information. The Indiana State Library also plans to add delivery information to past manifests.

The Indiana State Library encourages users to please continue to be careful when addressing parcels to libraries with similar names. If more bags are needed, please use the supply order form. Extra bags may be sent back to the state library via InfoExpress with a note in the window of the bag that says "Extra bags." Simply leave the bags out for the courier. 

A new resource sharing coordinator has been hired and will take over as the primary InfoExpress contact in late September. Until then, please contact Jen Clifton, or send a message via email to the InfoExpress account, with any questions. 

PALNI awards Library Innovation grants for 2018


Two proposals received Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) Library Innovation grants in 2018, one from Franklin College focusing on wellness and one from Butler University focusing on augmented reality (AR). The grant supports initiatives that optimize library resources and services in ways that significantly expand the ability of supported organizations to support teaching and learning at PALNI institutions. Funded programs, projects and initiatives must align with PALNI strategic priorities and support PALNI deep collaboration.

Denise Shorey, director of Franklin College’s Hamilton Library, received a grant to transform a current spot on the library’s first floor into a de-stress and collaborative zone called The Lounge for students, faculty and staff. The students will be able to express themselves in this area with low-tech materials such as coloring books, jigsaw puzzles and games, which have been shown to promote mindfulness and stimulate creativity. Those seeking a different type of stress release, or who want to explore new technologies, can enter a world of virtual reality using handheld viewers. Others may want to share their experience by using a system that allows others to view their activity on a monitor.

“This space will be especially helpful to first-year students who often experience anxiety when starting college. Its location puts visitors near other library resources that will also help them develop resilience,” said Lori Schroeder, provost and dean of the college.

Shorey, director of library services, said, “Academic libraries play a different role today. Our mission is still to connect people and information, but we also recognize that the library serves as a social space for students to connect with each other or to study alone. Supporting overall wellness is merely an extension of that.” 

The Butler University Libraries received the second grant to develop an augmented reality experience. Kristen Allen, administrative specialist, Center for Academic Technology and Sally Neal, associate dean for instruction and user services, will lead the project focused on student interactions with library resources and faculty. They will be partnering with Mary Hinds, senior instructional designer. The proposed AR experience will integrate active learning into library instruction and will provide students with real-time information regarding the library spaces they are viewing.

Continue reading the press release here

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Level Up Your VR Programs
When: Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford A Consultant
When: Sept. 5, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Make Do Share: Sustainable STEM Programming for Youth
When: Sept. 6, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: Sept. 10, 2018, 9 .a.m - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Diversifying Your Book Club by Selection and Membership
When: Sept. 11, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Mental Health First Aid and the Library Work Culture
When: Sept. 11, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

KEPRO - Free Medicare Services & Resources for Seniors
When: Sept. 12, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: Sept. 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: West Lafayette Public Library

Evergreen Indiana Holds Training
When: Sept. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

When: Sept. 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana - Local Administration
When: Sept. 24, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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.

45th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day


In August of 1920, female citizens gained the right to vote in the United States. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by all states Aug. 18, 1920 after decades work by suffragists and their supporters. August 26 is considered Women’s Equality Day, and celebrates the signing of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. This Monday, Aug. 24, 2018 President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in honor of the day.

The first recognition of the day was in 1973, when Congress passed House Joint Resolution 52, which became Public Law 93-105. The full text of the resolution can be read here on the U.S. Department of Labor website. Educational materials for recognizing the celebration are available through the National Women’s History Project Women’s Equality Day Resources. View photos and additional materials from the Votes for Women: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage digital collection on the Library of Congress website.

Genealogy and Local History Fair offers LEUs for Indiana library staff


On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Indiana State Library will host the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Digging Up the Dead.” Attendees will learn to how to examine, decipher and interpret death records and death research. They’ll also discover other interesting facets of mortality in history.  

Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance. Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and to shop the commercial vendors.

Highly-acclaimed, internationally-known speakers and genealogy consultants, Lisa Alzo and Amie Bowser Tennant, will present.

In addition, Sarah Halter, executive director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, will give a brown bag lunch lecture.

Information about the presenters may be found here

While registration is not required for the general public, it is required for Indiana library staff who want to earn LEUs. Please contact Crystal Ward, of the Indiana State Library, to register via email.