Wednesday Word │November 21, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Community and Customer Engagement Assistant Manager
Monroe County Public Library

Divisional Librarian of Programs and Services
Tippecanoe 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

Partners collaborated on Frankenstein project
Batesville Memorial Public Library, Osgood Public Library and Tyson Library

Carroll County is well rewarded at Bravo for the Arts 2018
Flora-Monroe Township Public Library

Library assistant earns state scholarship
Hancock County Public Library

Library mulls ending reporting to collections agency
Hancock County Public Library

U.S. poet laureate to visit DePauw University on Nov. 28
Indianapolis Public Library

Lady Bluebeard vs. Diana of the Dunes
La Porte County Public Library

2020 tax cap deadline looms over Lake County
Lake County Public Library

Williamsport Library honored with four-star rating
Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library

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Lego Soldiers and Sailors Monument sculpture to be on display at Indiana State Library


Beginning Nov. 26, 2018, patrons of the Indiana State Library's Indiana Young Readers Center will be able to view a 7-foot-tall-plus Lego replica of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument that resides in downtown Indianapolis. The sculpture will be on display until Feb. 14, 2019.

Indiana artist Jeffrey Allen Smythe, of Center Grove, used in excess of 65,000 Lego pieces to build the replica monument. Construction lasted 15 months, including three months of planning and sketching. Pieces used to create the sculpture, which includes a roughly 6-foot square base area, were obtained from existing kits, Goodwill stores, auction houses and via online retailers and re-sellers. The piece was constructed at a 1:48 scale to accommodate Lego minifigures. 

Smythe, who attended the Herron School of Art and Design and graduated from IUPUI with a degree in interior design, said, "I rediscovered a passion for Lego when my nephew outgrew his Lego sets and they ended up unassembled in storage tubs. I began sorting through the storage tubs and seeing which of his old sets I could rebuild from scratch."

"The monument is my first major build and was completed in March of 2018 for BrickWorld Indy," Smythe added. 

The sculpture will be decorated with lights for Christmas and may be viewed during the library's regular operating hours. Please contact Suzanne Walker, Indiana Young Readers Center librarian, with any questions. 

State library and public libraries annual reports now available online


The 2017 Indiana State Library Annual Report and the 2017 Indiana Public Libraries Annual Report are now both available for download. The state library report can be found here and the public libraries report can be found here

The Indiana State Library would like to thank everyone who contributed to these reports. 

Physical copies of the annual  reports will be mailed out to library directors, along with the 2019 Collaborative Summer Library manuals, by the end of November. 

Please contact John Wekluk, communications director at the Indiana State Library, with any questions about the reports. 

SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference now accepting proposals


The State University of New York Librarians Association is now accepting proposals for its 2019 SUNYLA Midwinter Virtual Conference, which will take place on Feb. 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

As SUNY libraries prepare to enter the homestretch of their Alma/Primo VE implementation, they are interested in hearing from those who have previous Alma/Primo VE integration experience. SUNY libraries are interested in proposals for the conference that cover topics such as top ten Alma hits or misses; staff training; order of implementation; implementation regrets and pitfalls; and surprises after going live. SUNY invites library staff to share their Alma/Primo VE experiences with supportive and non-judgmental library colleagues.

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and presented in a format that best suits the topic. Presentations should include learned experiences that other librarians should know and anything "that you wish your future self could have told your past self about Alma and Primo." 

The technology requirements for this presentation are a computer with an internet connection, microphone and speakers or a telephone and quiet space for presenting. A webcam is optional.

All proposals are due on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Proposals may be submitted here. Please visit the SUNYLA website for more information. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Evergreen Indiana Intro to Acquisitions
When: Nov. 28, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 29, 2018, 10 a.m. -  3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping In-Person
When: Nov. 29, 2018, 10 a.m. -  3 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 3, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Where: Pike 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.

Make communities count in the 2020 census


Census Day is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The amount of federal dollars spent on individual communities depends on getting an accurate census count. To help get the right count, in the right place and at the right time, individuals may now start a Complete Count Committee in their own community for the 2020 census. A CCC is great way to build community-level support for an accurate count. Librarians and libraries can help get the word out to community members interested in starting CCCs. The U.S. Census Bureau’s CCC brochure gives contact information and tips on how to get started. Read the literature to get a head start on the process.

The Census Bureau’s interim director’s blog post from Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 describes the census mission of Counting Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place and the challenge of including hard-to-count populations in the census. For those who want to know how to better reach out to these populations, and to ensure they are counted in the census, see Indiana’s Hard-to-Count Areas on Indiana’s 2020 census website. For additional 2020 census information, see the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s long list of resources on the census here.

2018 Genealogy and Local History Fair recap and next fair date announcement


Reprinted from the Indiana State Library blog. 

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, the Indiana State Library was abuzz with genealogists and representatives from historical organizations, genealogical societies and libraries, who were all in attendance for the 2018 edition of the Genealogy and Local History Fair. The theme this year was “Digging Up the Dead,” as we learned how to examine, decipher, and interpret death records, death research and other interesting facets of mortality in history.

Internationally-known speaker Lisa Alzo presented “Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy,” “Cause of Death: Using Coroner’s Records for Genealogy” and “Diseases, Disasters & Distress: Bad for Your Ancestors, Good for Genealogy.” Sarah Halter, executive director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, presented “What Killed Your Ancestors?,” which examined 19th century medicine, the accuracy of information and names of certain diseases and what they mean.

In between sessions, attendees were able to mingle with fellow genealogists, vendors and exhibitors, as well as explore the beautiful Indiana State Library building and view the library’s most recently-installed exhibits. “The Practice of Medicine” and “The Business of Death” are both currently on display in the first floor Exhibit Hall and in the second floor Great Hall of the state library. In addition to items from the library’s collections, “The Practice of Medicine” showcases items on loan from the Indiana Medical History Museum. If you happened to have missed the Genealogy and Local History Fair this year, there is still time to catch these great exhibits, which will be on display through the end of January 2019.

We hope to see you at the next Genealogy and Local History Fair on Oct. 24, 2020, as we focus on “The Women in Your Family Tree,” while commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and examining the sometimes hard-to-research half of your family tree.

Click here to read the blog post, which includes additional pictures.