Wednesday Word │September 19, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Circulation Clerk (part-time)
Culver-Union Township Public Library

Divisional Librarian of Programs and Services
Tippecanoe 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

Tourists shown different sights at several sites
Allen County Public Library

Apples highlight fall fest
Batesville Memorial Public Library

Cunningham Memorial Library changes exceed student needs
Cunningham Memorial Library

Library hosts History Fair and African-American literature book club
Hammond Public Library

50 magazines now available online with library’s OverDrive
Jackson County Public Library

Puzzled out at the Lilly Library
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Muncie Public Library and Muncie Community Schools featured in national publication
Muncie Public Library

Editorial: A new library in Bloomington will help the community
Monroe County Public Library

September is library card sign-up month at Peabody
Peabody Public Library

Westchester library drops limits on patrons' computer access
Westchester Public Library

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Indiana State Library announces new resource sharing coordinator


The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce Nicole Brock as the new resource sharing coordinator. She will serve as a central contact for the state’s resources sharing services, including InfoExpress, Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS), Indiana Share and INSPIRE.

Prior to joining the state library, Brock worked for the Indiana Youth Institute, where her responsibilities over the past twelve years included managing the Virginia Beall Ball Library as well as IYI’s Professional Development Grant program. Brock is an Iowa native and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Coe College. She completed her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University – Indianapolis. Outside the office, she currently spends most of her time hanging out with her five-month-old son, but she loves to bake and be outdoors when she gets a chance.

Brock can be reached via email or by calling 317-232-3699. General inquiries about the state library’s individual services may be directed to the following email addresses: Indiana Share, InfoExpress, SRCS and INSPIRE.

InfoExpress service updates


The Indiana State Library will no longer supply plastic zip ties for InfoExpress bags. This is due to feedback from InfoExpress users, the rising cost of the ties and the plastic waste created by the ties. The decision will be reevaluated if tampering with, or opening of, bags becomes an issue in their absence.

Some libraries serviced by NOW Courier’s Indianapolis hub may have recently experienced a reduction of volume in deliveries received. This was due to a pause in sorting at the Indy hub as NOW Courier reorganized their library sort area. They have a crew working around the clock to get caught up with shipments and to get the missing parcels reentered into the system as soon as possible.

The state library would also like to remind InfoExpress users to remove DVDs from security cases before shipping, as it's not certain the borrowing library will have the correct mechanism to unlock the case.

Please send an email to the InfoExpress customer service account with any questions.  

State Library to host first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival in October


On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Indiana State Library will host the first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival. The fest, part of Indiana Humanities' Quantum Leap programming, brings together established sci-fi and horror authors with their teen audiences to celebrate all things speculative and creeptastic. During this day-long extravaganza, aspiring young writers are invited to explore new genres, ask questions and bring to life their own literary creations.

Two literary genres, science fiction and horror, trace their origins to "Frankenstein"  - and it just so happens the book was written by a teenage girl. What better way to celebrate this extraordinary book than with a teen-focused festival? This one-day extravaganza will feature readings and book signings by acclaimed sci-fi and horror authors Mike Mullin, Julia Karr, Mark Marimen, Saundra Mitchell and Maurice Broaddus. The keynote will be given by Kenneth Oppel, whose novel "This Dark Endeavor" tells the story of teenage Victor Frankenstein’s journey to becoming the infamous scientist.

In addition to hearing from established authors about their craft, teens will be invited to attend interactive writing workshops provided by Hoosier authors such as Greg and Donna Kishbaugh, Adam Henze, Mike Mullin, Matt Barron and comic artists Chris & Gin. Attendees can explore the haunted library stacks for inspiration or experience virtual worlds at IUPUI’s Advanced Virtual Reality lab to better imagine sci-fi settings. With hands-on activities, marathon film screenings, a pop-up bookshop, open mic and more than 20 other local authors exhibiting their literary creations, teens will find plenty of inspiration during the first-ever Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival.

This event is free and has been designed for teens ages 13-19. Adults are welcomed as chaperones only. Teen and adult attendees may purchase a pizza lunch for $5. Click here for more info and to register. Registration will close on Oct. 17, 2018. Registration is not required, but is necessary if ordering lunch. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: Oct. 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Shelby County Public Library

Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival
When: Oct. 20, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library 

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Oct. 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Jasper-Dubois County Contractual 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.

Constitution Day


This past Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 was Constitution Day. On that day in 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document into law that we call the U.S. Constitution. In 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd, from North Carolina, passed an amendment renaming Citizenship Day to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and required public schools and institutions to provide information on the history of the country’s Constitution.

Constitution Day also recognizes people who have taken the steps to become U.S. citizens. U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services offer an online practice citizenship test. There are also fun quizzes and challenges to test out one’s knowledge on United States civics. For educators, there are lesson plans and activities available, too. There are also several online exhibits to help one learn more about the history of the Constitution. Visit the Indiana State Library to view an exhibit put together by the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. The exhibit will be up through the month of September.

Papers of Indiana Representative Earl F. Landgrebe now available for research at Indiana State Library


Prior to being elected as representative for Indiana’s 2nd District, Earl F. Landgrebe had served in the Indiana State Senate from 1959 to 1968. In 1968, he succeeded Charles A. Halleck as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the same election that also put Richard Nixon in the White House.

After Landgrebe was defeated in the 2nd District by Floyd Fithian, the Indiana State Library acquired his political papers from his 1968 to 1974 period at the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously sealed, the papers were recently processed – a project of about 18 months – and are now open for research under the identifier L625.

Read more about Landgrebe's papers here, including materials relating to Nixon, Watergate, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and more.