Wednesday Word │December 5, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Materials Handler (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Muncie Public Library

Academic Engagement Librarian
Taylor University - Zondervan Library

Technology Services Coordinator
Taylor University - Zondervan 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

'Marvelo' honored with historical marker
Franklin County Public Library District

Indiana State Representative Tom Saunders awarded Library Advocacy Champion Award
Indiana Library Federation

What book has influenced your child?
Indiana State Library

State association recognizes librarian's commitment to education and diversity
Indianapolis Public Schools

‘Finding Christmas’ story walk set to begin
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Party like it's 1969 — with Salman Rushdie, on behalf of Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

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State library blog


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Patrons fill Frankfort library for 38th annual art show


Featured artist Rena Brouwer painting and talking to patrons during the opening reception.

Earlier this month, over 1,000 patrons filled the Frankfort Community Public Library for "Ebb & Flow," the library's 38th Annual Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Sponsored by The Friends of the Frankfort Library, the exhibit, which took place on Nov. 9-11, showcased over 80 local and regional artists in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, jewelry, woodworking, textiles, mixed media and glass. Attendees designated as Art Show Patrons pledged to spend $60 or more on artwork available for purchase at the event. These purchases enable the sponsorship of arts and children’s programming at the library throughout the year, as a portion of each sale supports the friends of the library.

This year's chosen medium, watercolor, showcased several talented watercolorists. Featured artist, Rena Brouwer, created an original piece of art during the event.

"We had a great art show this year. It's so fun to be a part of this cultural event in our region, and I love that we get to share our library with people who might not have visited otherwise. The artist demonstrations throughout the weekend were inspiring and we are grateful to have such talented people share their knowledge and creative processes with us. So many people make this event possible: the wonderful artists, musicians, friends of the library members, volunteers and library staff. It takes a village to put on this event and we are thankful for everyone's support," said Susie Blackmore, the library's marketing and art coordinator.

For those interested in becoming a future Art Show Patron, please contact Mindy Emswiller via email or at 765-654-8746. For more information about the Annual Fine Art Exhibition Sale, click here. The event was made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Senator Young visits Pulaski County Public Library


Earlier this fall, Senator Todd Young visited the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac, Indiana and took a tour of the facility. The senator learned about the library’s digital services, which are available to users around the world.

Young then took time to review several federally-funded projects at the library. One of the projects, in particular, helped strengthen and secure wireless internet access for library patrons.

The senator also had the opportunity to meet with three members of the library’s Teen Activity Board. The teens shared their enthusiasm for library programming and told how their regular visits to the library have positively impacted their individual lives.

Grants for small libraries available from IMLS


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries, and is accepting grant applications now through Feb. 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, "Transforming Communities," which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

“We’re pleased to support the work of small libraries and archives across our nation who are essential to their communities in so many ways,” said IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Robin Dale.

Click here to read IMLS's full press release including information on grant categories, how to apply, eligibility, pre-application webinars, grant guidelines and evaluation standards.  

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

30 Ways to Make Your Small Library Extraordinary
When: Dec. 19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

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.

World AIDS Day


Dec. 1, 2018 was World AIDS Day. The day serves as a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice and improve education relating to HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. The annual observance highlights worldwide efforts to combat HIV and AIDS. Many federal and state agencies have created a wealth of helpful information on the topics of HIV, AIDS and World AIDS Day.

Although antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV from a fatal infection into a manageable chronic condition, HIV still remains a global health threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, approximately 36.9 million people were living with HIV worldwide, an estimated 940,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses and about 1.8 million people were newly-infected with HIV.

The federal government provides resources to anyone wanting to get tested through the locator tool. Throughout Indiana, various events were held to commemorate World AIDS Day. The Indiana State Department of Health also contains extensive information on HIV. World AIDS Day was the first global awareness health day, launched 30 years ago on Dec. 1, 1988. The event allows everyone to show support for those living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS.

ACRL women and gender studies achievement awards nominations due Friday


Nominations for The Association of College & Research Libraries' Women & Gender Studies Section awards are due this Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. WGSS awards are given annually to honor distinguished academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession.

The first award, the WGSS Career Achievement Award in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship, 
honors individual career achievement in women and gender studies librarianship. Click here for a full list of criteria and submission guidelines. 

The second award, the WGSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship, recognizes a one-time achievement by an individual, or a group, during the particular year of the award. Click here for a full list of criteria and submission guidelines. 

Both awards are sponsored by Duke University Press and the winner of each award receives a check for $750 and a plaque. 

Questions should be directed to Dolores Fidishun, head librarian at Penn State Abington College Library.