Wednesday Word │November 14, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Reference Librarian Assistant (part-time)
New Castle-Henry 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

WCGS tours Allen County Public Library in Indiana
Allen County Public Library

Brownstown Public Library board to meet Nov. 20
Brownstown Public Library

Fall/Winter and other photography exhibits at the Kokomo Public Library
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Kristeller's photo studies earn her art guild artist of month honors
Vigo Country Public Library

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State library blog


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Plainfield library seeking submissions for 7th annual art gala


The Friends of the Plainfield–Guilford Township Public Library are inviting local artists to submit work for consideration for the 2019 Arts Gala "Facets." 

Consideration for the gala is open now through Jan. 28, 2019. The art sale and fundraiser is the largest indoor fine art events in Hendricks County. Each year more than 80 artists are selected to participate in the event. Arts Gala will take place on April 26, 27 and 28, 2019 at the library.

“This year, 'Facets' will be represented through fine art jewelry making,” explains Laura Appleby, Plainfield Public Library art gallery coordinator. “Each year of Arts Gala is unique, as we feature a particular medium, signature artist and piece. Just as facets on a piece of jewelry are many-sided, the library connects the brilliance of the community and its love of art.”

The call out is for all artists to submit their artwork, including, specifically, jewelry designers who wish to also be in the running for the coveted signature artist and piece designation. The signature artist will receive a decorated feature in the Arts Gala program, highlighted gallery space and media coverage. The signature piece must be for sale at Arts Gala 2019.

Entry deadline is Jan. 28, 2019. The event is a juried exhibition and sale. There are no artist fees and the library will retain a 30 percent commission on all artwork sold. 

For more information, and to apply, click here. Send an email or call 317-838-3803 with any questions. 

Correction: Poetry Out Loud to be held on Feb. 16, 2019


Last week, the date of the 2019 Poetry Out Loud Indiana statewide competition was incorrectly listed. The correct date is Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The competition will take place at the Indiana State Library.  The Wednesday Word apologizes for the error.  

Click here for more information on Poetry Out Loud.

Free Net Literacy computers available for Indiana public and institutional libraries


Since 2011, the Indiana State Library, in partnership with Net Literacy, has made available over 1,200 free, rebuilt computers and monitors to public and institutional libraries in Indiana. The Library Development Office is pleased to announce that there are remaining desktop computers to give away.

The computers are refurbished Dell Optiplex tower PCs; models varying from 755 through 780. They are running Windows 7 Professional and have a minimum of 2GB ram and 40GB, or larger, hard drives. They also have a DVD drive, antivirus software, an Ethernet card and are internet-ready. The PCs also come with all of the required cables, keyboards and mice. 17” flat screen monitors are also available.

To request a computer, please complete this short online questionnaire by clicking here. Quantities are limited. Requests will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2018. Computers will be available to pick up soon after a completed request and the library will contact recipients in order to coordinate a pickup date. All computers must be picked up at the Indiana State Library during business hours. These computers cannot be shipped via InfoExpress.

Please contact Jennifer Clifton of the Indiana State Library with any questions. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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 

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping In-Person
When: Nov. 20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Indiana State 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.

Indiana election results


The Indiana Secretary of State’s Indiana Election Division has the unofficial 2018 election results posted. The new interface shows a graphical map of the state and gives a statistical breakdown of the results reported so far. Vote counts for federal, state and local offices are included. View results of referendums.

Under the Voter Statistics tab, one may view the number of registered voters by county, voter turnout and numbers of absentee voters. The new website was unveiled earlier this year. According to a press release, users can track voting totals by district or county. The page will automatically refresh with updated information every five minutes. Users have the option to download a spreadsheet version of the data, which is updated every time the page refreshes. Historical election results are also available.

Letters About Literature submissions now open


Submissions for Letters About Literature, a nationwide essay contest supported by the Library of Congress for students in fourth-grade through 12th-grade, are now being accepted. For the competition, students write a letter to an author, living or deceased, and express the difference in their life that the author's work has made. 

All Indiana Letters About Literature winners will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 13, 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Indiana writers and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All winners in attendance will receive free books and will be invited to an exclusive book-signing reception following the ceremony. The Indiana winners' letters are also compiled into a book and the first place winners move on to compete in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Indiana State Library's Letters About Literature page for more info, including the official rules, permission form for students under 13 and the call for student entries. The submission deadline is Jan. 11, 2019. Please email the Indiana Center for the Book with any questions.