Wednesday Word │September 12, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Youth Specialist (part-time)
Allen County Public Library - Hessen Cassel Branch

Public Services Manager
Centerville-Center Township Public Library

Youth Services Assistant (part-time)
Lawrenceburg Public Library District

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

Korea Festival showcases culture
Allen County Public Library

Anderson library takes fines off the books
Anderson Public Library

Library receives award-winning quilt
Eckhart Public Library

New Galena Digital Library opens in Floyd County, Indiana
Floyd County Library

“I didn’t expect to see that at the library” – Fun Palace engages community
Huntington City-Township Public Library

The public library: Where Latino kids can learn Spanish
Monroe County Public Library

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Frankfort library asks for help identifying those in 'Fun for All Seasons' photo exhibit


Photographs from the James Ostler Slide Collection are on display now through Oct. 26, 2018 at the Frankfort Community Public Library in an exhibit titled "Fun for all Seasons." The sixth iteration of this exhibit features pictures that were digitized during the first year of the "Clinton County:  Fun in the ʼ50s" project. The library encourages patrons to help identify those who are unnamed in the photos. Identification forms will be available at the library. 

James Ostler, postman and amateur photographer, chronicled Clinton County life with his camera from the time he was hired by The Farmers Bank in 1951 to his death in 1979. After he took the pictures, they could be seen in a slideshow at the bank.

The pictures in this exhibit were digitized with funds the library received in 2017 from a Library Services and Technology Act Digitization Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Indiana State Library. More images digitized as a part of this grant can be seen on the James Ostler Collection web page on the library’s website and on Indiana Memory.

There is no admission for entrance to view the exhibit and the exhibit is open to the public during normal library operating hours, as displayed on the library's home page. The library is located at 208 W. Clinton St. in Frankfort.

Monroe County Public Library seeks input on new branch


The Monroe County Public Library and the Indian Creek Community Association will host a community conversation on a potential new Southwest Monroe County Public Library Branch on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Indian Creek Lions Club in Kirksville. All members of the community are invited to partake in the conversation. 

“The Southwest portion of the county is the largest growing area in terms of residential growth and population. I-69 and accompanying changes have created easier access to the area, and new businesses continue to attract more residents,” said Marilyn Wood, Monroe County Public Library director. “This developing portion of the county is an underserved area for library services. It is also one of the few available and viable land areas with potential to build a new branch on.”

In March, the library went through a request for proposal process, in which 11 local and regional architectural firms were invited to submit proposals for a branch feasibility study. Six proposals were received and the Library Board of Trustees approved hiring Matheu Architects, PC. This past month, the library, Matheu Architects, PC and a number of community leaders and stakeholders informed the general location of this potential third library facility.

More community conversations will be scheduled in the near future. In addition to attending the meetings, all Monroe County residents may provide input through a survey, via email or by phone at 812-349-3058. More information about the plan may be found here. The feasibility study will be complete on Dec.1, 2018. A tentative timeline suggests a new branch could be in operation by 2021 or 2022.

Physical activity programming webinar scheduled for October


On Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at 11 a.m., the Indiana State Library will host a free webinar titled "Let's Get Moving at the Library! Physical Activity Programs for Health" presented by Dr. Noah Lenstra, founder and director of Let’s Move in Libraries.

Over 30 public libraries across Indiana already get their communities moving with everything from "Tai Chi in the Park" at the Adams Public Library System to "Yoga Storytime" at the Putnam County Public Library. The webinar will be organized around seven strategies public libraries commonly use to get people moving.

Click here for more presenter information, a detailed look at the webinar structure and to register. The webinar is eligible for one LEU. 

Please contact Kimberly Brown-Harden of the Indiana State Library with any questions. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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 

Leadership Skills Toolkit - Tips, Techniques, & Resources for Library and Information Professionals
When: Sept. 25, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Lifelong Learning for All: Leveraging the Power of the Open Web
When: Sept. 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Evergreen Indiana - Basic Cataloging
When: Oct. 1, 2018, 10 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.

National Voter Registration Month


In a Sept. 4, 2018 press release, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson reminds eligible voters that September 2018 is National Voter Registration Month. The nation's secretaries of state chose September as National Voter Registration Month back in 2002 to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting.

In Indiana, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 is the deadline to register or to update your registration for the Nov. 6 general election. Simply text “Indiana” to 2VOTE (28683), to receive a link to the Indiana Voters website. Indiana citizens can check the Indiana Voters website for information about the upcoming primary election, including:

• Register to Vote
• Check Voting Status
• Find Your Polling Place
• Who’s on the Ballot

Find answers to common questions about voting in the United States on the guide to Voting and Elections. Learn more about voter registration requirements and deadlines in other states on the How to Vote or Register to Vote guide. 

Trustees and directors gather for NILBA meeting


On Aug. 29, 2018, over 70 library trustees and directors gathered at Fair Oaks Farms to attend the Northwest Indiana Library Board Association meeting. A presentation on “Advocates & Allies: Trustee Leadership for Today’s Public Library” was presented by Joseph Filapek and Veronda J. Pitchford from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). Lucinda Nord, executive director of the Indiana Library Federation, provided an update on how ILF is responding to trends and preparing for the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

The Northwest Indiana Library Board Association was established in the early 1970s and meets occasionally throughout the year to participate in continuing education opportunities. Trustees and directors from across Indiana are welcome to attend the sessions, which are advertised on the inpublib-listserv. 

For more information about NILBA, please contact MacKenzie Ledley.