Wednesday Word │September 26, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Teen Services Librarian
Anderson Public Library

Circulation Department Head
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Children’s Services Department Head
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

A library is pleading with visitors to stop sticking googly eyes on book covers
Alexandria-Monroe Public Library

CDPL celebrates Banned Books Week
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Floyd County Library to participate in Community Read
Floyd County Library

Free Indiana Genealogy And Local History Fair
Indiana State Library

Indianapolis Public Library commissions letterpress work by UIndy art and design students
Indianapolis Public Library

Zietlow's cookbook collection dedicated at Ivy Tech
Joan Olcott Library

KHCPL offers free passes for admission to 2 Indiana museums
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Nanette Vonnegut reflects on life with her father
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Helping kids learn can be a Joy
Michigan City Public Library

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State library blog


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IndyPL brings 'Henrietta Lacks' author to Indianapolis


The Indianapolis Public Library, in partnership with Indiana Humanities, Indy Reads Books and the National Endowment for the Humanities will bring "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" author Rebecca Skloot to Northview Middle School in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Joining best-selling author Skloot will be members of the Lacks family, who will partake in a moderated discussion. 

The free event, which is open to the public and will address urgent questions about race, class and bioethics in America, is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the discussion begins at 6 p.m. Seating is limited to 900. Northview Middle School is located at 8401 Westfield Blvd. in Indianapolis. A book signing and sales will follow the event. 

This author talk is worth two LEUs for Indiana library staff. Please contact Susan Davis, adult program specialist at IndyPL, with an questions about the event. 

State library seeks genealogy supervisor


The Indiana State Library is currently seeking a genealogy supervisor. This position supervises all aspects within the Genealogy Collection area. In addition, incumbent performs independently at the senior specialist level in the Indiana State Library, providing an advanced level of technical expertise in such specialized areas of information science as federal, state and local documents; census data; bibliographic control; material processing; Indiana history; and genealogy and reference queries in broad subject fields of knowledge in all types of formats.

Candidate must have an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution, with a minimum of two years supervisory experience. Duties include, but are not limited to, providing reference service to researchers; collection development; providing leadership in developing informational resources, policies, and procedures;  training staff;  preparing employee work profiles and annual performance appraisals of staff; and overall department supervision.

Click here for a detailed description of duties and requirements and for instructions on how to apply. Applications are due by Oct. 8, 2018.

Color blind glasses kit comes to Plainfield library


The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library is proud to partner with the Plainfield Lions Club to bring Color My World Glasses to the Plainfield community. This color blind professional kit is available at the library to check out. Patrons must have a library card and can keep the kit for seven days. The kit includes a set of five glasses and is made possible from a generous donation from the Plainfield Lions Club. Color blindness is commonly hereditary and affects close to 10 percent of males and 1 percent of females. The kit can be used to determine if someone could be color blind.

Library Director Montie Manning often visits other libraries throughout the state and was inspired to bring this unique service to the patrons at the Plainfield library. He mentions, “I immediately thought of the Plainfield Lions Club as a community partner to help us meet the needs of our color blind patrons with this service. We’re very appreciative of their support and the support of Dr. Hyndman.”

Plainfield Lions Club President Tom Iles explains, “Vision services, whether it be providing vision screenings to preschool children, collecting old eyeglasses to be recycled and sent to third world countries or assisting individuals locally who are in need of obtaining eye exams and eyeglasses, but are unable to afford them, has always been an area of need that the Plainfield Lions Clubs has addressed in the local community.”

When the Lions were approached by the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library to help them meet a need related to those patrons of the library who may be color blind, the Lions contacted the Indiana State Lions for assistance. “They put us in touch with Dr. David Hyndman, who is also a Lion, who owns Color My World and sells color blind kits to eye care providers. Since it was going to be donated to the library for use by their patrons, Dr. Hyndman offered to sell us a kit at a discount,” Iles explains.

Read the full press release here.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Let's Get Moving at the Library! Physical Activity Programs for Health
When: Oct. 23, 2018, 11 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.

Indiana’s Management Performance Hub


Indiana’s Management Performance Hub has a series of new tools available to increase the public's ability to access and understand Indiana data. On Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 a press release from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security announced the online, interactive Naloxone Heat Map from the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. The map allows users to zoom in to approximate locations of within 500 meters from where naloxone was administered to a patient by EMS. Data is available by time of day and from 2014 to the present.

Indiana’s Transparency Portal is a service of the Indiana Auditor of State that began in 2010. It has been updated to contain information from state agencies and other quasi-government agencies that produce and use Indiana data. As its website states, it’s designed to share information to bring better visibility, openness, and accountability to state government. Visit the ITP website to search for state employee salaries, assets owned by the state and financial information about local units of government.

The Indiana Data Hub is a collection of datasets containing Indiana data from a variety of agencies across many topics. It contains over 60 datasets users can download with their accompanying abstracts and quickly share with social media. Participating organizations include the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC), the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

LEUs available for author talk with 'Destroyer' comic creator


Indiana Humanities is pleased to welcome Victor LaValle to Indianapolis for a special INconversation as part of One State / One Story: Frankenstein. On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at the Indianapolis Public Library's Central Branch, LaValle will discuss his unique re-imagining of the classic "Frankenstein." 

According to the Indiana Humanities Eventbrite listing, "One of the most thrilling adaptations of 'Frankenstein' is Victor LaValle’s 'Destroyer,' a series of comics that darkly re-imagines Mary Shelley’s classic tale by way of Black Lives Matter. Over the course of the story, scientist Dr. Josephine Baker, the last descendant of Victor Frankenstein, reanimates her son Akai, who was killed by police. This sets them both on a collision course with the original monster, forced out of the Arctic by global warming and hell-bent on finding and destroying all of his creator’s remaining descendants. Destroyer wildly spins together elements of science fiction, horror, the politics of race and policing and a moving story of a mother’s grief."

The free event, hosted by the Center for Black Literature & Culture, begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending may register here. Two LEUs are available for Indiana library employees. A signed copy of "Destroyer" is also available for $25.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read the classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018. More than a dozen programs—including a digital gaming workshop, a sci-fi and horror festival for teens, community reads and read-a-thons, and college and university partnerships—will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state.