Wednesday Word │October 31, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Associate Director of Technical Services
East Chicago Public Library

Associate Director of Youth Services
East Chicago Public Library

Youth Services Assistant Manager
Hamilton East Public Library

Youth Services Assistant (part-time)
Putnam County Public Library

Youth Services Assistant Librarian or Librarian
Vigo 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

A day of spooky fun at the library
Brazil Public Library

Highland's Festival of the Trail focuses on art
Highland Public Library

They're bookish: 2 Lake County librarians honored by state library group
Lake County Public Library

IU Lilly Library celebrates 80th anniversary of 'The War of the Worlds' broadcast
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Festival of Ghost Stories: Chilling tales to tell in the dark
Monroe County Public Library

Putnam County Public Library moving to improve engagement
Putnam County Public Library

Vigo County Public Library wins award
Vigo County Public Library

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State library blog


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Two new exhibits, showcasing medicine and death, on display at state library


Two new exhibits at the Indiana State Library showcase the history of medicine and the inevitability of death. “The Practice of Medicine” in the first floor Exhibit Hall looks at the advancement of medical knowledge and the education of physicians and allied health professionals from the nineteenth century onward. Topics ranging from pharmacology to hospitals to women’s contributions to medicine are presented. Rare examples of early 1800s American medical texts from the Indiana State Library’s historical print collections are on display. The medicine exhibit features artifacts on loan from the Indiana Medical History Museum, including medicine bottles, instruments and a doctor’s saddlebags.

The second floor Great Hall exhibit, “The Business of Death,” contemplates mortality. Items displayed from the library’s collections cover subject matter about cemeteries, death records, funeral homes and mortuary science.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours and will remain on display through January 2019. The Indiana State Library is located at 315 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. For hours of operation, directions and parking information, click here.

Culver library throws Harry Potter Party


On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, the Culver-Union Township Public Library held a Harry Potter Party. The free event, which was open to kids aged 10-17, featured a wand selection and a sorting hat ceremony.

Teens separated into their preferred Hogwarts houses and competed against each other in Harry Potter trivia, quidditch and a Golden Snitch scavenger hunt. Sweets from the Honeydukes candy store were served and the participants received small prizes.

Visit the Culver-Union Township Public Library website for more information on upcoming events and activities for kids and teens. 

Narcan to be made available to public libraries in Indiana


The maker of Narcan nasal spray, a brand name for naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose, has announced that they will donate one box containing two doses of the spray to each public library location in the country. This includes central libraries and branches. 

Libraries are not obligated to accept the medication and must apply to receive the doses. Application information is available here.

The American Library Association and the Public Library Association were included in the donation announcement release in an effort to frame the work already underway in public libraries with community partners. The company press release, including a quote from PLA, may be found here. This public announcement was timed to coincide with the signing of the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

Emergent BioSolutions has a precedent for donating naloxone. In partnership with the Clinton Foundation, it pledged to donate 20,000 boxes of naloxone to more than 4,700 U.S. universities in 2017. It expanded the offer to all U.S. high schools, colleges and universities earlier this year. The company also underwrote education that is provided via the National Association of School Nurses.

ALA and PLA did not seek out the donation, but know that many public libraries are providing training for library staff, and even the public, in how to respond in case of an opioid overdose -including using naloxone to reverse the effect.

PLA worked with the Online Computer Library Center on a national town hall on this issue last year. OCLC received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant this year to collaborate with PLA and others to continue and expand this work by developing and sharing case studies of varied communities in which the public library is collaborating with community partners to address the opioid crisis.

Please contact PLA with any questions about this work.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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
When: Nov. 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time
Where: Jasper County Public Library - Wheatfield

Evergreen Indiana 3.2 Upgrade Training
When: Nov. 7, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Basic Circulation
When: Nov. 8, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Creating a Coaching Culture
When: Nov. 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana 3.2 Upgrade Training
When: Nov. 13, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana 3.2 Upgrade Training
When: Nov. 14, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana 3.2 Upgrade Training
When: Nov. 15, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

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.

Diabetes Awareness Month


November is Diabetes Awareness Month. A really great source of information on all forms of diabetes is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website that speaks about diabetes, its management and more.

The section on the basics of diabetes includes information on who’s at risk, symptoms, prediabetes, Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Plus, for those who have symptoms or risk factors, there’s information on getting tested. For those who have diabetes, there are tips on monitoring blood sugar levels.

The section about living with diabetes covers different areas, such as education and support, eating well, getting active, preventing complications and staying well during flu season. There’s also information on what can often be an overlooked part of living with diabetes: being prepared for an emergency, be it a hurricane, tornado or extreme heat or cold. There are links to information on insulin and drug and equipment advice. The links include information regarding insulin storage and switching between products in an emergency and blood glucose meters and hurricane disasters.

For researchers who are looking for data, statistics and trends in diabetes, the site has national, state and county data for the years 1994-2015, as well as access to the “National Diabetes Statistics Report.”

When it comes to Diabetes Awareness Month, the information contained on the CDC diabetes website makes it a great resource for anyone looking for information on the disease.

InfoExpress holiday closures for November


The Indiana State Library would like to remind InfoExpress users that several state holidays will affect the service in November. InfoExpress courier service will not be available on the following days: 

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018: General Election Day
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018: Veteran's Day Observed 
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018: Thanksgiving Day
Friday, Nov. 23, 2018: Lincoln's Birthday Observed

Libraries only receiving one to two days of service per week may request alternate pickup days for service dates affected by state holidays. This must be done at least 48 hours in advance, and only one day per week may be rescheduled. Libraries can submit their own closure or rescheduling requests by logging into their InfoExpress account, opening User Profile and selecting Days Unavailable. Enter the date of the holiday or closure under New Unavailable Date, or select More Than One Day, if applicable, and provide the requested replacement date, if desired. The state library will follow up if they are unable to accommodate the requested replacement date.

Please email InfoExpress at the state library with any questions.