Wednesday Word │November 28, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Digital Underground Media Lab Assistant
Bartholomew County Public Library

Adult References Librarian
Delphi Public Library

Children’s Librarian
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Youth Services Assistant (part-time)
Mooresville 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

Greentown Glass on display at Culver library through December
Culver-Union Township Public Library

Indy Pride, Inc. and Indianapolis Public Library working to create LGBTQ+ exhibit
Indianapolis Public Library

Students invited to enter writing contest
Indiana State Library

Make a quilted Christmas ornament at library
Jackson County Public Library

Area nonprofits benefit from Duke Energy Foundation
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Digitizing history: Library partners with historical society to bring Civil War documents online
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library program mixes genealogy and fiction writing
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Santa Claus to visit Montpelier Library
Montpelier Public Library

Obituary: Larry Frye
Wabash college, PALNI

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State library blog


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If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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Indiana State Library selected as NASA@ My Library partner


The Indiana State Library is one of 14 state library agencies selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation. 

NASA@ My Library strives to engage diverse communities in STEM learning, including communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields. The educational support materials and outreach opportunities provided are part of the STAR Library Network, a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities. 

Over a span of 12 months, this grant will support the Indiana State Library's mission to support public libraries in Indiana via enhancing professional development, enriching library experiences and providing hands-on activities, such as providing copies of two different NASA@ My Library earth and space science kits to public libraries. "The NASA@ My Library program advances public libraries as community centers and critical hubs for lifelong learning," said Project Director Paul Dusenbery.

Support comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and key partners include the Space Science Institute and its National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association, Cornerstones of Science and the Lunar and Planetary Institute. 

Please contact Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, with any questions regarding the state library's participation in the program. 

InfoExpress bag return reminder


The Indiana State Library's supply of InfoExpress bags is running low. The library currently has more requests than available bags.

InfoExpress users who have extra bags are encouraged to return them to the state library at their earliest convenience.  

To return a bag, users can place extra bags inside of an InfoExpress bag and send via the courier as usual. A parcel label can be created for the bags and they can be shipped to the state library or a note that reads "Extra Bags" may be taped into the window of the InfoExpress bag. This will alert the courier and the courier will know to return the bags to the state library. 

Users who have questions may contact the InfoExpress service email account

Two scholarships available for genealogy library staff


The Indiana Genealogical Society has made available two $500 scholarships for Indiana genealogy library staff. IGS encourages those who work for an Indiana library that helps the public with their genealogy research to apply. The scholarship will be used to provide funding so the recipient can attend a genealogy education opportunity, be it a national conference, seminar or workshop, including the upcoming 2019 FGS Family History Conference that will be held Aug. 21-24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. or the upcoming NGS 2019 Family History Conference that will be held on May 8-11, 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri.

A cash award of $500 will be also provided to each sponsoring library to be used for acquisition of genealogical resources. Additionally, a one-time complimentary registration to the IGS Annual Conference will be provided for the library employee, as well as a one-time complimentary 12-month IGS membership.

Recipients of the scholarships will also be recognized at IGS Annual Conference, held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. The featured speaker will be Blaine Bettinger, blogger at "The Genetic Genealogist," and author of "The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy."

In order to qualify, the library staff member must have a job that entails helping patrons with genealogy research;
must be available to patrons at least 25 percent of the time that the library is open; must have at least three months of experience working in genealogy; and the library must allow public access to its collection.

Read more about the scholarship opportunity here. The application may be found here. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2018. The recipient will be notified by mail and recognized in the next IGS newsletter.

Please contact Donna Adams of the Indiana Genealogical Society with any questions. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Technology Competencies & How to Implement Them (Geared Toward Management)
When: Dec. 6, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 7, 2018, 10 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
Where: Tippecanoe County Public Library - Klondike Branch

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 14, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Aurora Public Library - Dillsboro Branch

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Anderson Public Library

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (All Ages)
When: Dec. 18, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Mishawaka-Penn-Harris 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.

Administration for Native Americans


November is National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month. A useful resource for Native American communities to use to both preserve their past and grow into the future is the Administration for Native Americans website. The site states that “ANA supports Native American communities by providing financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data and advocating for improved policies within HHS and across the federal government.” The ANA website includes information on their three program areas: Social and economic development strategies for Native Americans, native languages and environmental regulatory enhancement. The site also has links to other Administration for Children and Families programs.

Another section on the ANA website focuses on grants that Native American communities can obtain for projects. These grants can lead to success stories, such as the ones featured on the site. These success stories are just a few examples of what Native American communities can do with the grants and showcases how the website is not only a valuable resource for those looking to obtain grants for their projects, but for Native American communities as a whole.

'Betrayal of Pearl Bryan' author visits Roachdale library


On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, Larry Tippin, Putnam County historian and author of the true crime book “The Betrayal of Pearl Bryan," which chronicles the murder of Indiana resident Pearl Bryan, met with patrons of the Roachdale Public Library who have been following the captivating murder mystery for years. Some attendees traveled for more than an hour to meet the longtime Roachdale resident and retired State Board of Accounts supervisor and to ask him questions about the murder mystery. 

In January of 1896, a pregnant 23-year-old Bryan, of Greencastle, boarded a train to Cincinnati intent on marrying the father of her unborn child. Instead, he and an accomplice killed her. Through inaccurate and sensationalized retellings of these events, the story has taken on a life of its own. 

Tippin's book is taken exclusively from thousands of pages of trial transcripts, depositions, contemporary newspaper accounts and other primary source documents and finally gives an accurate description of the events. 

For those interested in learning more about the case surrounding Pearl, Tippin will be speaking at the Putnam County Public Library on Dec. 4, 2018 and at the Danville-Center Township Public Library on Dec. 13, 2018. Books will be available for purchase, as well as an optional CD which contains the trial transcripts as well as author notes.