Wednesday Word │November 7, 2018

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Teen Coordinator
Hamilton East Public Library

Branch Library Assistant (part-time)
Lowell Public Library - Shelby Branch

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

Floyd County Library transforms house into digital library
Floyd County Library

Hancock County Public Library to hold gently-used book sale
Hancock County Public Library

Two new exhibits showcasing medicine and death on display at state library
Indiana State Library

IU Libraries receives $1.2 million grant to develop ability to search digitized audiovisual files
Indiana University Libraries

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State library blog


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Indiana State Library closures for the remainder of 2018


The Indiana State Library will be closed on the following days in 2018:

Nov. 12 - Veterans' Day
Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving
Nov. 23 - Lincoln's Birthday
Dec. 24 - Washington's Birthday
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Indiana Landmarks heritage education director to present at IndyPL


On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at the Lawrence Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library Indiana Landmarks Director of Heritage Education Suzanne Stanis, will present "Stories Buildings Tell." Attendees will learn to see details in buildings that give clues to the past and the people who occupied them. The event is part of a quarterly program series for adults focused on travel, history and popular culture. The free presentation will begin at 10:15 a.m. No registration is required. 

The Lawrence Branch 2018 Travelogue Series is designed to provide a community meeting place for lifelong learning opportunities and to promote community socialization via discussion of history, hidden cultural gems, music, art, leisure activities, landscapes, scenery, building styles, infrastructure, popular culture and social customs. 

Participants receive a stamp in their passport for each presentation they attend and at the end of the year, the attendees will turn in their passport and be entered in a drawing to win a travel-themed gift packet, featuring prizes donated by organizations such as Prairie Guest House and WFYI. 

Click here to learn more about the Lawrence Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. 

Registration open for spring Ivy Tech library technical assistant program


Registration is now open for the spring semester in the library technical assistant program at Ivy Tech. The school offers all courses for the associate's degree, as well as individual courses for the Indiana State Library’s public librarian certification program. Classes begin Jan. 14, 2019 and end on May 11, 2019. Tuition is $481.83 for each three credit online class, plus a $75 technology fee and any required textbooks.

In the fall of 2019, the college will generally be moving to two eight week semesters in fall, two in spring and one in summer. All courses in the LTA program will follow this eight week semester format.

Please contact Susan Mannan or a local Ivy Tech campus for more information about the new semester format or about how to register for classes. More information, including application instructions, may also be found here

Indiana high schools invited to participate in 2019 Poetry Out Loud competition


Poetry Out Loud is now accepting commitments from Indiana schools to participate in the 2018 recitation process. Schools can learn more about the competition, and access the school registration form, on the Indiana State Library website. School sign-ups will be open until Dec 7, 2018.

Initial competitions are held at the high school level to determine one student to represent the school in state final competition on Feb. 26, 2019 at the Indiana State Library. Local competitions must be judged by the same criteria used in the state and national events.

The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in April. The state champion's school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering education materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country.

The Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Library are partners in presenting the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition. For more information about the Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition, visit the state library’s Poetry Out Loud website. For general information about the national program and competition, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Marketing on a Small Budget
When: Nov. 16, 2018, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Non-Profit Day at IndyPL Book Sale
When: Nov. 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Indianapolis Public Library -Library Services Center

Institutional Workshop - Fall 2018
When: Nov. 19, 2018, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

Technology Competencies & How to Exceed Them
When: Nov. 19, 2018, 1 p.m. - 2 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.

November is National Family Caregivers Month


November is National Family Caregivers Month honoring individuals who provide care and service to the elderly and those with disabilities. The national commemoration was issued last year by President Trump. The White House wished to “acknowledge the commitment of exceptional Americans who embody the compassion and spirit of our Nation.”

According to its website, “The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.” The agency was created to meet the needs of the elderly and disabled, as well as to provide caregivers with data and information needed to help assist in the quality of their services. The ACL highlights several networks and programs focused on the care of the elderly or disabled. 

On the state level, the Indiana Department of Health Services oversees the personal care services licensing agency and can provide information on locating a facility or filing a complaint. Improved medicine and quality of life has led to a larger elderly population, which in turn has led to new challenges in meeting the needs of a shifting demographic. State and federal agencies can offer guidance and information to anyone interested.

SIA seeking presenters for annual meeting


The Society of Indiana Archivists is looking for individual speakers, co-presenters, panels and lightning round presenters for the 2019 SIA Annual Meeting. Speakers do not need to be SIA members. Students and new professionals are encouraged to submit a proposal. 

The meeting, titled "On the Banks of Archival Success and Failure," will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the historic Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute. 

Sessions will last 50 minutes, with 10 minutes of open discussion. Possible topics include access, advocacy, born digital materials, copyright, digital preservation, digitization, documenting underrepresented communities, exhibits, grant writing, k-12 initiatives, linked data, lone arranger topics, outreach, teaching with primary sources, transparency, usability and volunteer programs. 

Proposals should be sent to Bethany Fiechter, SIA vice president. Please include a session title, brief description of the session at 250 words or less and name and contact information for all speakers. The deadline is Dec. 14, 2018.