Wednesday Word │December 19, 2018

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Cataloging Specialist (part-time)
Eckhart Public Library

Programming Specialist (part-time)
Eckhart Public Library

Public Service Specialist (part-time)
Eckhart Public Library

Technical Services Assistant Manager
Eckhart Public Library

Library Clerk (part-time)
Hamilton North Public Library - Cicero Branch

Children’s Librarian
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Community and Customer Engagement Assistant Manager
Monroe County 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

Elkhart Public Library hosts 'Mars Landing Party'
Elkhart Public Library

The Windsong Flute Ensemble performs Christmas classics
Hartford City Public Library

2018 Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest winners announced
Indiana State Library

Meeting: Jasper Public Library Board
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

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State library blog


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Get On The Map stops at Vigo County Public Library


In 2017, the Census Bureau approached Katie Springer of the Indiana State Data Center at the Indiana State Library and asked to work with her in an effort to develop a K-12 outreach activity for the 2020 census as part of  their Statistics in Schools programs. 

Springer partnered with Kathy Kozenski of the Geography Educator's Network of Indiana, Inc. to create Get On The Map for the Vigo County Public Library, as Terre Haute contains areas designated as "hard-to-count." These areas require extra attention for the 2020 census. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, Springer and Kozenski took a giant floor map to the library. In socked feet, students stood where they were born, discovered the names of rivers and lakes near their homes and explored the history of the state, all in an effort to teach why it's important to count Hoosier inhabitants in the census every ten years.

Tuesday's 45-minute pilot program, which also showed students how to read a map, use GIS and explained the census, was offered in two sessions. Please contact Katie Springer with any questions about Get On The Map.

Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2019 Conference now accepting proposals


The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians is now accepting proposals for its 2019 conference, which will take place in Lexington, Kentucky on May 12-14. The 2019 theme is "Unbridled Resources."

The OVGTSL Conference provides a space for librarians and vendors to discuss and debate ways to handle the rapidly evolving landscape of library resources. Participants are encouraged to share their stories of giving free rein to their creative, imaginative and innovative talents in work on the leading edge of librarianship.

Participants are invited to submit proposals that report on recent research, address emerging trends, or showcase new tools, services and projects. Some areas of interest include: authority control and creation; acquiring, cataloging and managing special formats or collections; discovery, navigation, search and access; diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility; linked data publishing and applications; metadata creation, reuse, and interoperability; management of resources, projects and people; open content, software and technologies; and many more. 

Time slots for all sessions are 50 minutes in length, including time for questions. OVGTSL invites all presenters to archive their presentation materials at the conference website or link to these materials within an institutional repository. Submissions for presenters, workshops and panel sessions will be considered in addition to specific proposals to lead sessions in non-traditional formats, such as birds of a feather, lightning rounds, free-for-all forums and unconferences.

The following information must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2019: title; and abstract no longer than 250 words; names, affiliations, and contact information of all presenters; primary contact for presenters; format;  and equipment and other special needs. 

See photos of the Soldiers and Sailors Lego sculpture installation at the state library


From the blog of the Indiana State Library:

After weeks of emails and planning and measuring, the day finally arrived! Jeffrey brought the Lego Monument to the ISL today! It was going to be a bustling day anyway, as the whole State Library was topsy turvy with holiday decorating. Every division came out to decorate the evergreen trees found in many corners of our building. I love the trees with glass cardinals and owls gracing their branches, and our Giving Tree near the front door is a nice addition for this year.

Read the full blog post and see pictures of the installation here.

Wednesday Word to return in January

The Wednesday Word will be taking a brief holiday hiatus next week, but will return in early January.

The Indiana State Library wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Just the Facts - Reporting in Evergreen
When: Dec. 21, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

CSLP 2019 webinar (all ages)
When: Jan 9, 2019, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (all ages)
When: Jan. 11, 2019, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Chair Yoga at Your Library!
When: Jan. 16, 2019, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (all ages)
When: Jan. 18, 2019, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central Time
Where: Newton County Public Library - Roselawn Branch

A Universe of Stories! CSLP 2019 Training & Roundtable (all ages)
When: Jan. 25, 2019, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Clinton Public Library

Beyond the Orientation Checklist: Documented Training for Improved Results
When: Jan. 30, 2019, 10 a.m. - 11 a.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.

Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol'


One hundred and seventy-five years ago today, on Dec. 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” was published in London by Chapman & Hall. The British Library provides images of the book’s first edition in an online article, The origins of ‘A Christmas Carol’,” by professor John Sutherland. One can read the tale of Scrooge and his overnight transformation here. The National Endowment for the Humanities site, EDSITEment!, provides a series of lesson plans under the heading “Using Textual Clues to Understand ‘A Christmas Carol,’” including a lesson titled Scrooge as He is Revealed during the Ghostly Experiences.”

The great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, has written three books about Dickens: “Charles Dickens: A Bicentenary Celebration,” “Charles Dickens and his Circle” and “Dickens and Christmas.” She’s celebrating the anniversary today at the Charles Dickens Museum, the original home at 48 Doughty St. in London where Dickens and his wife moved a few months before Queen Victoria began her reign in 1837. The museum also houses a Dickens collection library of over 100,000 items.

Registration is now open for Power Up: A Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff


Registration is now open for Power Up: A Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff. The conference is scheduled for March 28-29, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The day-and-a-half conference will be filled with presentations from leaders in youth services, with an opening keynote address by Andrew Medlar, director of BookOps for New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, and a closing keynote address by Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, associate professor, MLIS program, at St. Catherine University.

Ten scholarships are available, which will fully cover the conference registration $300 registration fee for each winner. 

Full schedule, registration, scholarship info and other details available here. Please contact Meredith Lowe, via email or call 608-890-0364 with any questions.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is an approved LEU provider for Indiana librarians.