Wednesday Word │January 29, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Technical Services Assistant (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Library Assistant
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Technical Services Library Assistant (part-time)
Hancock County Public Library

Public Library Director
Nappanee Public Library

Research and Instructional Services Librarian
Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library at Indiana University

Youth Services Librarian or Assistant Librarian
Vigo 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?

Library's main floor being transformed during remodeling
Anderson Public Library

Appointments available for tax preparation assistance at Bedford Public Library
Bedford Public Library

GCMTPL Awarded LSTA Grant
Gas City-Mill Township Public Library

Students honor art of reading poetry out loud
Indiana State Library

2 southern Indiana counties become latest to end library late fees
Monroe County Public Library and Owen County Public Library

Porter County Library system receives $1.2 million gift
Porter County Public Library

Trine names library director
Trine University

WWPL to celebrate Chinese New Year
Westfield Washington Public Library

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State library blog


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Carnegie Centennial Celebration to take place at La Porte library this Friday


The La Porte County Public Library is excited to announce the Carnegie Centennial Celebration happening this Friday, Jan. 31 from 3-6 p.m. at the main library. Through funds appropriated by the Carnegie Corporation and donations from the local community, the construction and opening of a new La Porte Public Library took place in November of 1920. The classic, historic footprint of the original architecture still stands today at 904 Indiana Ave., and the library will be celebrating this fantastic gift to the community throughout 2020.

Guests at the Carnegie Centennial Celebration will have the opportunity to experience fun hands-on make-n-takes in the LPCPL MakerLab, delve into history in the Indiana Room, dance like crazy at the Kid’s Zumba Dance Party presented by Zumba instructor Gail Beal and so much more. Light refreshments will be served while patrons stroll throughout the library learning about the many services that are offered.

This celebration is also a thank you to the community for helping the library achieve Indiana Library Federation’s 2019 Outstanding Library of the Year.

For more information, contact the La Porte County Public Library by calling 219-362-6156, ext. 333, or by visiting the library's website.

LSTA technology and digitization grants now available


The 2020 Library Services and Technology Act grant application and instructions have been posted to the Indiana State Library’s website. Along with the application itself, the LSTA page has a multitude of resources to aid in the process, including current guidelines, application recommendations and FAQs. The 2020 Grantee Manual, as well as the 2020 reporting forms, will be updated in advance of awards.

Applicants can apply for a technology grant of up to $8,000 or digitization grant of up to $15,000. Applications are due Mar. 20.

LSTA grants are open to - and have been awarded to - grant-seekers of all experience levels, from those writing grants for a living to those dipping their toes in grant waters for the first time. Libraries that have received LSTA grants in the past are welcome to apply for a new LSTA grant. Libraries with ideas for both technical and digitization sub-grant projects are allowed to submit proposals for each category.

Please contact Angela Fox, public library services and LSTA consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions, including those about guidelines and eligibility. 

Certification updates – LEU certificates


The Indiana State Library would like to share some updates on how to use in-house LEU certificates to document participation in archived webinars.

Most providers, including the Indiana State Library, only give certificates to those who attend a webinar live the first time it's offered. For most archived programs, including those available from the state library, participants will need to use an in-house certificate. This is because the state library can verify who participates on the webinar on the day it is offered, but has no way to verify who has viewed the archived version.

If the webinar provider issues a certificate for an archived webinar, please use that certificate. If a certificate from a provider is missing key information, please add that information to the certificate by hand and initial it. 

If the webinar provider does not issue a certificate, an in-house certificate will need to be created. The date the participant viewed the program is necessary to verify that LEUs earned by the program count toward the requirements of the participant’s current permit or certificate.

The in-house LEU certificate must list the name of the staff member who viewed the webinar; the original webinar provider; title of the course and the date it originally aired; the date the webinar was viewed; the number of eligible LEUs or TLEUs; and the certificate must be signed by the staff member’s supervisor, the head of human resources or the library director.

A template with space for all of this information can be found on the state library's certification website under LEU policies.

Please contact Cheri Harris,  certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library with any questions about in-house LEU certification or to request more detailed information about the process. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Indiana Kids Count! The 2020 Census @ Your Library
When: Feb. 4, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Researching The Law: Finding Cases and Judicial Documents, Part 1 - An Introduction to Court Structure and Finding Case Law
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 the Law: Finding Cases and Judicial Documents, Part 2 - An Introduction to Judicial Dockets, Oral Argument, and Court Records and Briefs
When: Feb. 13, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Fostering Equity in STEM Programming
When: Feb. 13, 1-1:45 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Champions: We Are in This Together - Advocating for Libraries on the Local, State and National Level
When: Feb. 17, 9-10 a.m.
Where: Webinar

My Favorite Tech Tools and Shortcuts for Busy Library Staff
When: Feb. 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

It's True: The Smartest Person in the Room is the Room
When: Feb. 17, 12-1 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.

Indiana Kids Count in the 2020 census


Approximately one quarter of the population counted in Indiana in the 2010 census was 18 years old and under, making the need for an accurate count of Indiana’s youth in the 2020 census important.

Children under the age of 5 had the highest undercount of any age group in the 2010 census. A February 2019 publication from the Census Bureau, “Investigating the 2010 Undercount of Young Children,” reports that children ages 0 to 4 are notoriously undercounted in the census. Because funding for the programs that serve these children is determined by an accurate count, undercounting may result in a shortage of funds for these programs. 

Librarians can do their part by helping to inform young families that the census is easy, safe and important. The Census Bureau provides 2020 census pre-K to 12th grade educational resources through its Statistics in Schools program. Its snappy “Everyone Counts!” song, available in English and Spanish, can be played in libraries, classrooms and daycare settings.

Discover more about the efforts to ensure everyone, including young children, is counted in the 2020 census here.

2020 Difference is You conference date announced


The Difference is You Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 The Difference is You conference will take place on Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis. 

This year's theme is "What's your Vision?" The conference is a training event for Indiana library support staff and paraprofessionals. 

Please visit the library's The Difference is You website for future updates on the conference. Please contact Paula Newcom of the  Professional Development Committee with any questions. 

YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium program proposal deadline is Feb. 15


YALSA is currently seeking program proposals for its 2020 YA Services Symposium, which will take place Nov. 6-8 in Reno, Nevada. Program proposals should relate to the theme “Biggest Little Spaces: How Libraries Serve the Expanding Worlds of Teens” and focus on key issues in YALSA's report.

Program proposals will be accepted until Feb. 15. Apply for a YALSA member travel stipend by June 1. Registration opens in April. Interested individuals can sign up for updates about the symposium here.