Wednesday Word │September 5, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Head of Youth Services and Programs
Alexandrian Public Library

Production Assistant (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Circulation Manager
Porter County Public Library System

Finance Manager
Porter County Public Library System

Circulation Assistant
Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library

Children’s Department Manager
Westchester 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

Scandling named new Bremen library director
Bremen Public Library

Carmel Clay Public Library events to promote smart decisions in the digital world
Carmel Clay Public Library

City of Delphi, library sponsor workforce development forum
Delphi Public Library

Evansville library latest in state to end overdue item fines
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Brookville Library annex grand opening is Sept. 16
Franklin County Public Library District

MC Library announces Writing Out Loud lineup
Michigan City Public Library

Yes, you can find a workout for free
Monroe County Public Library

RCCF awards nine small grants
Osgood Public Library

Is your library making news?

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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.

If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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IndyPL to host Technical Services Roundtable


The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) will host the District 4 and 6 Technical Services Roundtable on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at the Indianapolis Public Library's Library Services Center located at 2450 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10 a.m. 

This roundtable has no specific topics on the agenda, but IndyPL encourages attendees to bring their questions, concerns and best practices to share with the group. The meeting is not limited to only participants from Districts 4 and 6. Anyone is free to attend. The meeting ends at noon and lunch will take place at the Lincoln Square Pancake House, across from the services center. 

Those attending should contact Pam Swaidner, manager of cataloging and metadata at the Indianapolis Public Library, to confirm participation in both the roundtable discussion and lunch.

Free training opportunities in September


Each month, free professional library training opportunities can be found on the Indiana State Library's website. In addition to the webinars, virtual conferences and in-person training opportunities provided by the Indiana State Library that are featured in the Wednesday Word each week, this page showcases additional opportunities from organizations such as the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. 

The list of training opportunities for September can be found here. All trainings are approved for between one and three LEUs or TLEUs. In addition to the current opportunities, archived programs can be found, for free, on the main page.

Questions regarding training, LEUs or archived programs can be directed to Kara Cleveland, professional development office supervisor at the Indiana State Library.

Registration now closed for IMDPLA Fest 2018; waitlist available


Registration is now closed for the third annual Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America (IMDPLA) Fest taking place on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at the Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch. However, a waitlist is now available here

This year's keynote speaker will be John Bracken, executive director of Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), who will deliver the keynote address about his vision for the future of DPLA. This annual conference brings together librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators and others to celebrate Indiana’s DPLA Service Hub.

A full IMDPLA Fest program is available here, including information on sessions and speakers. The event is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. 

Janet Flanner materials on display at the Indiana State Library


A display of Janet Flanner materials from the collection of the Indiana State Library can now be found on the second floor of the library.

Flanner became the first cinema critic for the Indianapolis Star. Starting in 1918, her column “Comments on the Screen” was one of the first of its kind – a review of films. In late 1918, Flanner left Indianapolis and headed to New York and eventually on to Paris where she pursued the life of a writer and journalist.

Read more about Flanner, her life in New York and Paris and all of her accomplishments here and visit the Indiana State Library during regular operating hours

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Encounter the Past: The Indiana State Library's Digital Collections
When: Sept. 25, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.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.

Doing research at the Library of Congress online and in-person


According to their website, the United States Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with collections that include books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images and electronic resources. A portion of the materials are digitized and are available online. For example, there is a collection entitled African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition in their Prints and Photographs Online Collection (PPOC). When a researcher searches for a topic in the catalog they will find that the materials could already be digitized, only available at the library or a mixture of both. The following subject areas show how many items are available online or in the library only:

Rosa Parks
Items Available online: 13,603
All Items: 13,873

Items Available online: 15,634
All Items: 29,623

John McCain
Items Available online: 113,760
All Items: 114,041

The items available online could be in a number of different formats, including webpage, PDF, online text, images, e-pub, audio and more. A researcher may also find that the items they are researching could come from any country in the world, not just the United States, and that they could be in many different languages. There are more than 470 languages represented in the library’s global collections. 

When a researcher gets to the stage in their research when they decide that it’s time to go to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., they should check out the Visiting the Library page to create a plan to maximize their time. After all, there are three buildings full of materials to explore.

Registration still open for ILF Annual Conference


On Nov. 13-14, 2018, the ILF Annual Conference returns to the Marriott East in Indianapolis. The pre-conference begins on Nov. 12. This year's theme is Lead, Educate, Advocate. The featured Wednesday keynote speaker is Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor.

Click here for the registration link and for details about member and non-member rates. Please note that meals are not included with registration and must be purchased separately. Click here to view an updated preliminary program, which includes the conference schedule, keynote speaker bio and session summaries.

To learn more about the Indiana Library Federation, including information on other conferences, please visit the federation's website here