Wednesday Word │October 3, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Assistant Director
Carmel Clay Public Library

Young Adult Services Senior Assistant (part-time)
Carmel Clay Public Library

Librarian Supervisor - Genealogy
Indiana State Library

Materials Handler (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Reference Department Manager
Putnam County Public Library

Children’s Department Manager
Westchester Public Library - Thomas Branch 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

Carmel Clay Public Library to explore links between ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Jurassic Park’
Carmel Clay Public Library

A historical look at ‘Hoosiers and Their Hooch’
Hancock County Public Library

Indianapolis exhibit offers Black male expression through photos, video
Indianapolis Public Library

Dubois Branch Library will host Frankenstein expert as part of statewide celebration
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Radar-Day coming to La Porte Library
La Porte County Public Library

Unity Foundation awards 'Power for Good' grants to benefit La Porte County nonprofits
La Porte County Public Library

Fan-made Batman movie by local director filmed at Richmond library
Morrisson-Reeves Library

Library board approves telephone update, discusses elevator issue
Putnam County Public Library

Looking to future, Sullivan library exploring expansion of its main branch
Sullivan County Public Library

Frame-by-frame: Stop-motion animation workshop at Wells Library
Wells Library at Indiana University

Cherished memories of libraries as repositories of knowledge
Westchester Public Library

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State library blog


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State library welcomes new statewide library consultant and coordinator


Hayley Trefun recently joined the Indiana State Library as the new statewide library consultant and coordinator following Karen Ainslie’s retirement. In her position, she will manage the state’s E-rate program and also provide training and consultations to library directors, staff and trustees. 

Trefun has worked in academic, school, public and institutional libraries, with her most-lengthy stint being eight years at the Hamilton East Public Library as an adult services librarian where she served on the reference desk, taught individual and group classes promoting the use of library resources and created engaging adult programming.

Trefun is a native Hoosier and earned her Bachelor of Art degree in art history from Indiana University in Bloomington. She completed her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Outside of the office, she spends her time gardening, pretending she can sew, playing mediocre ukulele and listening to her four-year-old daughter.

She may be reached via email or by phone at 317-232-1938.

State library seeks conservator


The Indiana State Library is currently seeking a conservator. The conservator is responsible for the planning, implementation and administration of a comprehensive preservation program for the library. The conservator also provides professional expertise in determining the proper course of treatment for the library’s collections and supervises staff, interns and volunteers involved in preservation activities. Additionally, the conservator serves as a resource on preservation issues for state and local government agencies and public libraries across Indiana. Goals and objectives are attained within an environment of elevated responsibility and in support of broader institutional goals and vision.

A day in the life includes, but is not limited to, managing a conservation laboratory, conducting collection-level and item-level condition assessments, developing and implementing preservation and conservation initiatives and planning, documenting and performing a wide variety of of conservation treatments on general and special collections materials.

This position requires a master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program and a minimum of three years of relevant experience with a variety of paper-based materials including books, manuscripts, maps and photographs.

Click here for a detailed job description, lab pictures, additional requirements and instructions on how to apply. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 10, 2018.

Indiana State Library Foundation announces ten unrestricted $1,000 grants


The Indiana State Library Foundation is pleased to announce a new annual grant opportunity. Each year, ten grants of $1,000 will be awarded to libraries across Indiana to help these libraries better serve their clientele. The grant is unrestricted, thus enabling libraries to create their own grant opportunities. 

In order to qualify, a library must be in standards with all state requirements. Proposals should be no longer than four pages in length, signed by the library's director and include goals, objectives and a target audience, in addition to outlining total project budget and what percentage of the grant will be used to fund the project. Proposals should also indicate relevance to the library's strategic plan. 

Projects may include support services, equipment purchases or capital improvements. Proposals are due by Nov. 15, 2018 and the grants will be awarded in December. Grant requests may be made up to $1,000 and a grant may only be awarded to an institution once every three calendar years. 

Cover letter and proposal should be mailed to:
Indiana State Library Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Grant Committee
140 N. Senate Ave. 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, please visit the foundation's website.  

Registration open for Annual Report and Bookkeeping Workshop


Registration is now open for the 2018 Annual Report and Bookkeeping Workshop for public library directors, business managers, bookkeepers, treasurers and library trustees. This year’s workshops will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 and repeated on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Participants have the option to attend in person at the Indiana State Library or to view the presentation remotely via webinar. The workshop includes a presentation and training on the 2018 Annual Report for Public Libraries, as well as an update from State Board of Accounts on end of year actions and financial and budgetary changes that will be helpful in the accounting process.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the in-person workshops will be capped at 32 attendees each. Four LEUs are available. Register below:

Nov. 20, 2018, in-person.
Nov. 20, 2018, webinar.
Nov. 29, 2018, in-person.
Nov. 29, 2018, webinar.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Oct. 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Jennings County 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.

National Arts and Humanities Month – National Endowments for the Arts


October is National Arts and Humanities Month and two of the starting points to find information on these subjects are the National Endowment for the Arts website and the National Endowment for the Humanities website.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) website has an “Art Works” blog, Arts Magazine, podcasts, slideshows, webinars and information on how to apply for and manage a grant. One of the articles in the magazine is “Veterans’ Personal Stories and New Research Testify to the Healing Power of Art Therapy” by Sebastian Junger, a very timely article in relation to emotional trauma our military personnel have endured.

Other information on the website covers a wide range of artistic fields including design, creative placemaking, literature, music, accessibility, arts education and more. There is also information on national initiatives including Poetry Out Loud, which is a partnership of the NEA, the Poetry Foundation and the state arts agencies. This program encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems. Other initiatives include an Arts & Human Development Task Force, Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, NEA Big Read and Song Writing Challenge. Some of these initiatives may inspire researchers to consider previously unexplored areas in relation to their understanding of art.

After a researcher has finished using the NEA’s website, they can continue on to the National Endowment for the Humanities website. While visiting the site, one can research information on the variety of grants the organization oversees, as well and reading the organization's magazine and checking out the projects they have connected to their sight, including Melville’s Marginalia Online, “Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film” and “The War that Made America.”

The wide range of information make both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities websites excellent resources for anyone interested in the arts and humanities.


Indiana Historical Bureau seeks deputy director

The Indiana State Library is currently seeking a deputy director of the Indiana Historical Bureau. 

The deputy director is a key member of the Indiana State Library administrative team. The deputy director will plan, organize, coordinate, direct and evaluate the functions of the division. The incumbent will also identify ways in which the operations and initiatives of the division can work synergistically with other library divisions, departments and programs, as well as with external partners and constituencies.

As part of the state library’s mission to serve Indiana residents and preserve history, the Indiana Historical Bureau seeks to use history to help Hoosiers discover their identities and communities, think critically and engage in their civic responsibilities in order to meet the challenges of the present and imagine greater futures. The bureau accomplishes this through the Indiana State Historical Marker Program, the Indiana Legislative Oral History Initiative, digitization projects and  public programming, as well as through digital publications and media including the Talking Hoosier History podcast, the Indiana History Blog, IHB’s website and social media.

Click here for a detailed job description, requirements and instructions on how to apply. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 9, 2018.