Wednesday Word │January 8, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Children’s Librarian II
Allen County Public Library

Librarian I
Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library

Community Branch Manager
Indianapolis Public Library

Statewide Digital Preservation Network Coordinator
Midwest Collaboration for Library Services

Children's Librarian
Monroe 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?

Carmel Clay Library prepares for $40M renovation
Carmel Clay Public Library

New leaders take charge at local agencies
Crawfordsville District Public Library

‘Where do our tax dollars go?’: Indiana Department of Revenue launches new campaign
Indiana State Library

Hoosier writers to speak around the state and offer writing workshops
Jackson County Public Library

Novel Idea: Julia Aker
Jackson County Public Library

Library receives ROI grant for makerspace
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Winter is subject for ‘Walk and Read’
Kendallville Public Library

Get free legal advice each month at Muncie library
Muncie Public Library

DePauw Library to undergo $30M renovation
Roy O. West Library at DePauw University

Jane Lubbehusen Art Guild's January Artist of Month
Vigo County Public Library

Jimmie Tabor River City Art Association's January Artist of Month
Vigo County Public Library

Wakarusa library to host statewide 'Community Read'
Wakarusa Public Library

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Indiana State Library welcomes new Northwest regional coordinator


The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce Laura Jones as the library's new Northwest regional coordinator. 

Jones earned her Master of Library Science from IUPUI and has worked in both public and school library settings. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Purdue University and worked in the corporate world while completing her library master’s coursework. Upon receiving her MLS, her first library job was serving as the reference and adult services librarian at Culver-Union Township Public Library. From there, she was the K-12 school librarian at Argos Community Schools. "I love to meet people and spread the love of libraries and all the magical things under the library umbrella. I look forward to visiting and getting to know the libraries of Northwest Indiana," Jones said. 

Jones lives in Argos, a small town in Marshall County, in the northern part of the state. In her spare time, she can be found reading and writing book reviews for her blog. She reviews books for both Library Journal and School Library Journal. She is excited to serve as the chair of the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Committee this year, as well. She loves to bake cookies, do crafts and spend time playing with her two little boys and two dogs.

Jones can be reached via email

Hoosier Women at Work conference registration now open


Registration is now open for the fourth Hoosier Women at Work History Conference, which will take place on Saturday, March 7 at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis. This year's theme, “Suffrage and Citizenship," is in commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. 

The 2020 conference will include an increased number of sessions, awards, a reception and two keynote speakers: Anita Morgan, senior lecturer at Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and author of the forthcoming book about Indiana women's suffrage, “We Must Be Fearless,” and Jennifer Scott, director and chief curator of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The theme “Suffrage and Citizenship” is broadly defined and session topics may include examinations of issues such as Hoosier women’s work for the vote, equal rights, labor equality and reproductive rights, as well as topics related to equal citizenship for women of color, immigrants and those who identify as LGBTQ.

Student registration is $15 and registration for professionals is $20. Separate registration for the Saturday evening reception is $5. Click here to register. The Indiana Historical Society is located at 450 W. Ohio St.

Women at Work is presented by the Indiana Women's History Association, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Historical Bureau, the Indiana Historical Society and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

Indiana Arts Commission announces new Indiana Poet Laureate


The Indiana Arts Commission has announced the selection of Matthew Graham of Evansville as the new Indiana Poet Laureate. Graham was selected by a committee comprised of representatives from Indiana's major institutions of higher education, as required by state legislature.

During his 35 years in southern Indiana, Graham has been a respected and recognized writer, a teacher and an advocate for poetry and the arts. Having recently retired from the University of Southern Indiana, he has taught all levels of creative writing and contemporary literature and has worked with multicultural and international students in freshman composition. Graham has also worked with high school students and community writing groups.

While at USI, Graham co-founded and co-directed The Ropewalk Writers' Retreat, a summer program that brought national and international writers to New Harmony for 22 years, and the Ropewalk Visiting Writers Series, which brought prominent fiction and nonfiction writers and poets to the USI campus for free public readings. The list of participating writers includes the present U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. 

Graham will began his two-year term as Indiana Poet Laureate on Jan. 1 and will continue serving through Dec. 31, 2021. He succeeds current poet laureate Adrian Matejka. Read more about the new poet laureate here

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Evergreen Fundamental Skills - Basic Cataloging
When: Jan. 10, 2020, 9-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Imagine Your Story! CSLP 2020 Training & Roundtable
When: Jan. 10, 2020, 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

Indiana State Library closure
When: Jan. 20; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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

CSLP 2020: Imagine Your Story
When: Jan. 22, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday? - Quick Play Gaming for Teen Outreach
When: Jan. 29, 10-11 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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


One of the many topics that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website covers is what to "know before you go” for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who plan on traveling abroad. The site emphasizes that U.S. travelers must purchase flight tickets in the exact same name that appears on their passport or official ID, otherwise the travel carrier or Transportation Security Administration agent may require additional documents for identity verification before the traveler is allowed to board a plane. The website also details that all citizens need a U.S. passport book if re-entering by air and that they should carry all travel documents instead of packing them, as it would be extremely difficult to produce a passport book if it has been packed in a checked bag.

The website also addresses shopping abroad, prohibited and restricted items, returning to the U.S. and travel tips. A section analyzing what travelers should expect when they return to the U.S. includes instructions on how to complete CBP Declaration Form 6059B for itemizing all purchased merchandise and agricultural products. This is particularly valuable to anyone who has done any shopping abroad. The site gives a description of what is included in the CBP interview and who the traveler should contact if they are unhappy with their treatment during their interview.

Travelers and researchers can find information on other specialized topics, such as trade and border security, by visiting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

New digital literacy learning opportunity offered by MCLS


The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services is excited to introduce a new learning opportunity as part of an LSTA grant project centered on digital skills and literacy for library staff. As part of the grant funding, MCLS is offering the workshop “Unlocking the Secrets of a Digital Literacy Learning Plan for Library Staff” in five regions in Indiana and has purchased equipment for a mobile Chromebook lab to support learning efforts.

Participants will learn the basics of developing a digital literacy learning plan for library staff. MCLS will examine how to incorporate technology competencies to help staff successfully achieve their digital literacy goals and to create activities to support the development of these skills. 

This four-hour interactive workshop is free and open to Indiana library staff, but is limited to 15 participants per workshop and to two participants per library. Priority will be given to participants from small and medium-sized public libraries. Participants will earn four TLEUs. The workshops take place from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. local time, with sign-in beginning at 9 a.m. Register via the following links:

- Mar. 25; Knox County Public Library
- Mar. 26; Floyd County Public Library
- Mar. 31; Nappanee Public Library
- Apr. 2; Hamilton-East Public Library
- Apr. 7; Jasper County Public Library