Wednesday Word │October 17, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Children’s Librarian II
Allen County Public Library

Assistant Director/Collection Services Manager
Anderson Public Library

Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Indianapolis Public Library

Strategic Planning and Assessment Officer
Indianapolis Public Library

West Branch Manager
Vigo County Public Library

Whiting 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

Awards can help steer book selection
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Youth invited to learn through Makerspace
Hartford City Public Library

IUPUI represented picture perfectly in 'SONS'
Indianapolis Public Library

Meeting: Jasper Library Board
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

'Frankenstein' coming to Monticello library
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Talk to a lawyer at Maring-Hunt Library
Muncie Public Library

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State library blog


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PLAC card fee to remain unchanged in 2019


The Indiana Library & Historical Board (ILHB) voted unanimously on Oct. 12, 2018 to keep the cost of the Public Library Access Card (PLAC) at $65 effective Jan. 1, 2019. 

The PLAC program allows library patrons to purchase a card which permits them to borrow materials directly from any public library in Indiana.

Any individual who holds a valid Indiana public library card may obtain a PLAC card. The cost of the card is $65 and each card is valid for 12 months after being issued.

The Indiana State Library collects the revenue from the sale of these cards and places it in a designated fund account for the PLAC program. After the end of the calendar year, all of the money collected is distributed back to libraries on the basis of net loans.

Former ‘Real World’ cast member speaks at opening of IndyPL exhibit featuring African-American men

Photo provided by Nichelle M. Hayes

"SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male," an interactive traveling photography exhibition revealing differences between the perceptions and true identities of black men in America by photographer Jerry Taliaferro, is on display now through Oct. 31, 2018 at the Indianapolis Public Library's Central Branch.

On Oct. 6, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, Kevin Powell, a former cast member of MTV's "The Real World," delivered the keynote address. Powell, who is now a political activist and author of 13 books, including "The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey Into Manhood," spoke as part of his "Education of Us Tour," the mission of which is to empower the powerless and engage communities about issues in our times.

According to the Indianapolis Public Library's website, "'SONS' takes us past the screens to see, really see, black men for who they are — fathers and sons — as they truly are, and as they one day hope to be." Featuring 30 local men - including a boxing champion, a lawyer and the first African-American president of the Firefighters Union Local 416 - the exhibit showcases two photos of each man; one nondescript photo challenging the observer to conclude who the man is and another photo in which the subject reveals who he is or who he wants to become. 

Read more about "SONS" here. The exhibit is sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation and The Center for Black Literature & Culture.  

Indiana State Library Foundation fundraiser "An Evening at the Library" scheduled for November


The Indiana State Library Foundation is pleased to announce "An Evening at the Library," which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Indiana State Library. 

This fundraising event will feature live music and guided tours of the library's stacks, the Genealogy Division, the Indiana Author's Room and the Indiana Young Readers Center. Meet foundation members and enjoy hors d'oeuvres in the Great Hall of the beautiful and historic 1930s Art Deco Indiana State Library building.

Admission to the event is $25 and tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by mailing in this form. Click here for information on sponsorship opportunities. All proceeds go to the Indiana State Library Foundation, whose mission to is to serve the citizens of Indiana through the support, enhancement and promotion of activities of the Indiana State Library, their programs and collections and to aid in the development of programs benefiting individuals and libraries throughout the state. Click here for more information about the Indiana State Library Foundation. For more information about "An Evening at the Library," please call 317-358-5191. 

The Indiana State Library is located at 315 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Indiana Sci-Fi & Horror Writers Festival
When: Oct. 20, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library NOTE: This event has been canceled. Please visit for more information. 

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

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Oct. 30, 2018, 9:30 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Mooresville Public Library

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Nov. 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Muncie-Center Township Public Library

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
When: Nov. 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Kendallville Public Library

Make Do Share: Hands-on STEM Workshop
Nov. 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time
Where: Jasper County Public Library - Wheatfield

Looking to the Cloud: Using Google's G Suite at Your Library
When: Nov. 16, 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.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Nearly every Hoosier uses the internet daily and with more and more personal information being shared and housed online, it is important to educate Indiana residents about why cybersecurity is needed. National Cybersecurity Awareness month (NCAM) marks its 15th year in October 2018. Cybersecurity is in every aspect of our lives and it is important that everyone is aware of why and how to stay safe online. Whether you are paying bills online, working or communicating with friends and family through social media, every Hoosier adult, child and business is at risk for a cyber attack.

On Sept. 21, 2018, the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity delivered a comprehensive strategy plan to Gov. Eric J. Holcomb per Executive Order 17-11. Read the Indiana Cybersecurity Strategic Plan to learn more about what state government is doing to address cybersecurity threats. The Indiana Cybersecurity Hub is intended to be a central hub of information for Hoosiers to find resources and more information about how to stay informed and safe. Click one of the buttons to get started.

Download NCAM resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and additional information from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security at

Lights Out! at the La Porte County Public Library this Friday


Come to the main branch of the La Porte County Public Library on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 from 6:30-8 p.m. to find out exactly what happens when the lights go out in the library. "Lights Out!" celebrates unique friendships, as storybook characters, such as Winnie the Pooh, Elephant and Piggie, Charlotte and Wilbur and many more come to life throughout the library. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes. 

For more information, contact the La Porte County Public Library by calling 219-362-6156, or by visiting the library's website. Up-to-date information about "Lights Out!" can be found on the library's social media accounts, which are listed on the bottom of the library's main web page. The main branch of the La Porte County Public Library is located at 904 Indiana Ave. in La Porte.