Wednesday Word │January 1, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Circulation Manager
Hamilton North Public Library

Reference Assistant (part-time)
Harrison 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

Is your library making news?

Short documentaries about rural and urban life will premiere in Indiana in 2020
Allen County Public Library

Library staff brings books back home
Eckhart Public Library

Program looks at relationship between mental illness, addiction
Harrison County Public Library

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library
Huntingburg Public Library

Auto-Graphics, Inc. awarded Indiana's statewide resource sharing contract for its Statewide Remote Circulation Service
Indiana State Library

Library board elects officers, passes strategic plan
Jackson County Public Library

Library to make Kokomo ‘dementia-friendly’
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Library receives grant for future Southwest branch teaching kitchen
Monroe County Public Library

Westfield Washington Public Library to include teens in program
Westfield Washington Public Library

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State library blog


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the state library. Visit the blog here.

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Indiana Authors Awards nominations due Jan. 6


Indiana Humanities recently became the new home of the Indiana Authors Awards. In 2020, the Indiana Authors Awards are honoring up to eight books in a variety of categories, including  fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, children’s genre, drama and emerging. Books published between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. The nomination deadline is Jan. 6, 2020. 

Indiana authors are eligible for the award. Authors can either be Indiana residents for more than five years or have significant ties to the Hoosier state. Anyone can nominate a book. Self-nominations are also accepted and encouraged.

Winners receive $5,000 and special statewide recognition opportunities. Libraries throughout the state will receive promotional materials with a list of the year’s winners.

Nominations can also be submitted for literary champions – those people and organizations that go above and beyond to support the state’s literary community.

Nomination guidelines can be found here. The application form can be found here. Read more about the Indiana Author Awards here

Please contact Megan Telligman with any questions. 

Certification information roundup


The Indiana State Library keeps a trove of  information about certification on its continuing education website. The library would like to point out some of the useful resources available on the page.

The library's certification page contains information about LC 7 requirements. Introduced in 2017, the LC 7 is the state's newest credential. It's designed specifically for a library director at a library with a service district population of 3,000 or fewer. This page addresses which courses to take in pursuit of the LC 7. In addition to the 10 LEUs everyone must earn to renew a temporary permit, LC 7 candidates are required to earn 10 administrative LEUs each year for the first three years in the director position. This resource indicates the primary courses to focus on and provides a list of elective courses aimed at administrators.

The checklist for submitting librarian certification applications was updated in October of 2019. The checklist includes information on who can renew a certificate online, what to include with each application, who needs to send in official transcripts and fees for each credential. 

Additionally, the certification manual, the detailed summary of certification requirements and information about accessing an online record were all updated in August of 2019. 

Please contact Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant, with any questions. 

Indiana State Library announces What's Up Wednesday? webinar series


The Indiana State Library is excited to announce a new webinar series titled What's Up Wednesdays? Occurring on the last Wednesday of each month in 2020, sans December, the webinars will feature a different library-related topic and offer a chance for Indiana library workers to earn LEUs. Each webinar will begin with a "what's up at the Indiana State Library" update.

The first webinar of the series will take place on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. "Quick Play Gaming for Teen Outreach," presented by Jennifer Taylor, programming and outreach at the Hagerstown Public Library, will explore ways to engage with teens outside of the library. Taylor will discuss the development of a program called the Quick Play Game Club, which takes place in the community's local high school. The webinar will cover how the game club began; the process of working with the school staff; finding a place in a set daily schedule; how the program has evolved into a twice monthly outreach program; the games used; and the tips and rules that have made it fun for everyone.

Click here to register. The webinar is eligible for one LEU for Indiana library workers. 

Contact Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Evergreen Fundamental Skills - Circulation
When: Jan. 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Fundamental Skills - Holds & Transits
When: Jan. 7, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Fundamental Skills - Basic Cataloging
When: Jan. 10, 9-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Imagine Your Story! CSLP 2020 Training & Roundtable
When: Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Vigo County Public Library

Imagine Your Story! CSLP 2020 Training & Roundtable
When: Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library

Imagine Your Story! CSLP 2020 Training & Roundtable
When: Jan. 17, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Where: Danville Public Library

Evergreen Fundamental Skills - Local Administration & Basic Reporting
When: Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Fundamental Skills - Advanced Cataloging
When: Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.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.

Congressional apportionment and the 2020 U.S. census


The 2020 census will determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress. The formal process is called congressional apportionment, and is outlined in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Each state sends two members to the U.S. Senate, while the number of delegates sent to the U.S. House depends on the total population of the state. This is one of the reasons the U.S. census is a total count of each person residing in the nation. It is not an estimate.

The U.S. House of Representatives History, Art and Archives website has a handy webpage on congressional apportionment that details the process and gives the updated amount of representatives apportioned to each state from the date of the constitution through the 2010 census. Today, the total membership is 441 members, with 435 voting representatives from the 50 states and five non-voting delegates from the District of Columbia and U.S. territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa; while a non-voting resident commissioner represents the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Pike County Public Library receives ALA Library Census Equity Fund mini-grant


The Pike County Public Library in Petersburg is one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a Library Census Equity Fund mini-grant from the American Library Association. The $2,000 grant will help the library bolster its service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 census.

“The 2020 census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate,” said ALA President Wanda Brown. “The efforts of these 59 libraries will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities - especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations - about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”

All 59 grantees will commence their census-related activities in January and will continue these activities through April. 

According to ALA, "Applications were reviewed by a selection committee established by ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force."

Click here to read the complete ALA press release regarding the mini-grants and to see a full list of all grantees. Visit the Library Census Equity Fund website for more information on the grant program. Visit the Pike County Public Library's website here.