Wednesday Word │January 15, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Maintenance Technician
Allen County Public Library

Bookkeeper (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Reference Senior Assistant (part-time)
Carmel Clay Public Library

Young Adult Department Senior Assistant (part-time)
Carmel Clay Public Library

Library Services Assistant (part-time)
Hamilton East Public Library

Cartographic Resources Cataloger
Indiana University Libraries

Library Director
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Community Engagement Librarian
La Porte County Public Library

Administrative Coordinator
Monroe County Public Library

Director of Zondervan Library
Zondervan Library at Taylor University

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?

Craft night planned at Brownstown library
Brownstown Public Library

Youngest patrons welcome renovations at library main branch
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Indiana Scout restores community cemetery for Eagle Scout project
Indiana State Library

Harry Potter Escape Room is success at Wheatfield Library
Jasper County Public Library

Library kicks off community engagement project
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Library board OKs plan for needs assessment
Westchester Public Library

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ILF announces 2020 Annual Conference venue; opens Regional Conference combined call for programs


The Indiana Library Federation is excited to announce that its 2020 Annual Conference will take place on Nov. 16-18 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. Registration for exhibitors is now open. Booth fees are $800 for corporate organizations and $425 for nonprofit organizations until July 31. ILF is currently running a Valentine's Day special for corporate exhibitors who register on or before Feb. 14, reducing booth cost to $775.

In addition to accepting Annual Conference exhibitor registrations, ILF is also currently accepting combined Regional Conference program proposals. With the theme of "Everyone Counts," ILF plans to provide high-quality sessions about diversity, the census, qualitative and quantitative data, self-care, family history and all the basics of the modern library in April. The priority deadline for the combined call for programs is Feb. 14. 

Five Regional Conferences are planned around the state so that Indiana's library staff may attend a session within about a 90-minute drive from their home or library. The Regional Conference dates and locations are as follows:

- Apr. 3 in Crown Point
- Apr. 8 in Elkhart
- Apr. 15 in Vincennes
- Apr. 22 in Indianapolis 
- Apr. 28 in New Albany

Click here to submit a session proposal. 

Please contact Tisa Davis, ILF communications manager, with any questions regarding the conference or the combined call for programs. 

Early Literacy Firefly Award nominees announced


The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee has released its list of nominees for the 2020 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The nominees are "B is for Baby" by Atinuke, "Don’t Blink!" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, "Firefly Home" by Jane Clarke, "Pirate Jack Gets Dressed" by Nancy Raines Day and "The Rabbit Listened" by Cory Doerrfeld.

In its sixth year, the literacy award recognizes picture books that serve an important role in the first years of a child's life and encourages parents, caregivers and very young children to interact together with exceptional picture books. 

Voting is limited to children who live in Indiana and who are under age 6 as of May 1. It is expected that most Indiana children will require help from a parent, caregiver or librarian. Children should circle their favorite Firefly nominee on their ballot and turn it in to their local voting location. This year every public library system in Indiana will receive 15 print copies of the ballot and 10 sheets of Firefly stickers for marking nominees and winning titles. Packets of printed materials should arrive by mid-February. Tallies will be accepted through May 20 and the award winner will be announced on May 22. Voting locations should tally the votes and send them in an email to the Indiana Center for the Book.

Click here for a PDF version of the ballot. Click here to learn more about the award. 

Additionally, a webinar, "Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award" will take place on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Abby Johnson of the Floyd County Library will discuss why Firefly outreach is important, how to set up circulating book kits for daycares and preschools and incorporating the Firefly Award into existing outreach. The webinar is worth one LEU for Indiana librarians.

The committee would like to thank who supported printing and who put together additional Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award book information.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, director of the Indiana Center for the Book, with questions about the Firefly Award or the webinar. 

YA roundtable coming to Hamilton East Public Library


A young adult roundtable will take place at the Fishers branch of the Hamilton East Public Library on Mar. 13 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. The roundtable, hosted by Christy Franzman, teen coordinator at the Hamilton East Public Library, and Jessica Smith, teen librarian at the Greenwood Public Library, will begin with a tour of HEPL's Ignite studio and makerspace.  

Following the tour, the discussion will focus on summer reading programming. However, attendees are encouraged to discuss any young adult library issues. Breakfast treats, coffee and tea will be available during the roundtable. Participants are also invited to attend lunch after the roundtable. The Fishers branch of HEPL is located at 5 Municipal Drive. 

Those interested in taking part should RSVP Jessica Smith via email

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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. 23, 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

Researching Judicial Branch Documents
When: Feb. 6, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award
When: Feb. 11, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Researching Judicial Branch Documents - Part 2
When: Feb. 13, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Hot Topics for a Cold Winter's Day
When: Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

What's Up Wednesday
When: Feb. 26, 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.

MLK Day of Service


Monday, Jan. 20, marks the 25th Martin Luther King Day of Service. The day is an opportunity for citizens to honor the legacy of Dr. King by serving their community. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service and it encourages Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Visit the Corporation for Nation and Community Service website to learn about project ideas or tips for serving your community, register a MLK Day project or to just learn about the various ways one can serve their community.

Dr. King was a vital and influential individual during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. He was an instrumental leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a protest made famous by the nonviolent resistance and arrest of Rosa Parks. His lectures and teachings inspired a generation that fought for equality. Dr. King was tragically killed April 4, 1968, when he was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Monroe County Public Library offers puppet and felt story workshops


The Monroe County Public Library is offering two early literacy workshops designed to enhance storytelling skills when conducting story times. 

On Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m., retiring children’s librarian and professional storyteller Stephanie Holman will present "Puppet Storytelling Workshop." Holman will share her experience with puppets in a creative and immersive workshop. Teachers of preschool through elementary students can choose a story and use available puppets to develop their own puppet show. Participants are welcome to bring their own puppets, but it's not required. This workshop is a partnership between Bloomington Storytellers Guild and the library.

On Apr. 30, from 6-8 p.m., MCPL will present "Making Felt Stories for Preschoolers." In this workshop, attendees will learn how to make stories come to life with felt. Participants will get creative while learning best practices and resources to help them build a felt story adventure. Each participant will make and leave with a felt rhyme for little ones.

Both workshops will take place in the main library's Children's Program Room. The library is located at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. in Bloomington. 

Each workshop is eligible for two LEUs for Indiana librarians. Click here to register for "Puppet Storytelling Workshop" and click here to register for "Making Felt Stories for Preschoolers."