Wednesday Word │February 5, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Acquisitions Assistant
Allen County Public Library

Branch Security Liaison
Allen County Public Library

Copy Cataloger
Allen County Public Library

Genealogy Center Scanner (temp)
Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library

Housekeeping Shift Leader
Allen County Public Library

Library Technician (full-time)
Allen County Public Library

Library Technician (part-time)
Allen County Public Library

Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections
DePauw University

Coordinator of Scholarly Communications and Cataloging
DePauw University

Youth Services Librarian
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Library Executive Director
Sheridan Public Library

Director of Public Services
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?

'Calumet Voices, National Stories' exhibit
Gary Public Library

Greenwood rolls out new book organization system
Greenwood Public Library

Meeting: Huntingburg Public Library
Huntingburg Public Library

Free tax preparation appointments kick off in Indianapolis
Indianapolis Public Library

Library planning human trafficking program
Jackson County Public Library

Library launching program to make Kokomo dementia-friendly
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Take on STEM challenges at library
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

IU receives grant to archive medieval manuscripts
Lilly Library at Indiana University

Lilly Library announces $500,000 mural project, thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Library at Indiana University

New documentaries about life in Indiana to screen in Wells Library
Herman B Wells Library at Indiana University

Genealogy meeting features 1915 scandal
Waterloo Grant Township Public Library

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Weaver Settlement Exhibit on display at State Library


The Weaver Settlement Exhibit is now on display at the Indiana State Library. The settlement was established in 1840 in Liberty Township in Grant County by free black pioneers, mostly from North Carolina. The settlers cleared the heavily-forested and swampy land to create farm homesteads, which grew to more than 3,000 acres in 20 years. It was a thriving and self-sustaining community into the 1930s. Family names in the community included Weaver, Pettiford, Beck, Burden and Casey, among others.

The exhibit includes original and reproduction photos and documents. It also includes original tools and items, such as hammers, saws, tool boxes, trowels and horseshoes. 

The exhibit is courtesy of the Marion Public Library Museum in Marion and is a traveling version of their own exhibit. Read more about the exhibit here. It will be on display at the Indiana State Library through May. 

Artwork of Stephanie E. Pogue on display at Frankfort library; reception scheduled


Used with permission of the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland

The Friends of the Frankfort Library are pleased to announce that "Arabesque," an exhibit featuring differential viscosity color prints by African American artist Stephanie E. Pogue, will be on display in the Anna and Harlan Hubbard Gallery in the Frankfort Community Public Library until March 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. A public reception hosted by the Friends is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, 1–4 p.m. in the gallery. Light refreshments will be served and artwork will be available for purchase. A portion of each purchase goes to the Friends of the Frankfort Library who, in turn, sponsor arts and children’s programs at the library including Clinton County Youth Theatre and the Annual Concert Series. 

“We are so excited to share work from Ms. Pogue's artistic career in the Hubbard Gallery during Black History Month and also Women's History Month," said Susie Blackmore, Frankfort Community Public Library marketing and art manager.

Pogue, who passed away in 2002, was a painter, print maker and professor. In 1990, Pogue said of her work, "My content embraces quiet moments, the beauty to be found in small as well as large things, the excitement of a stormy sea: in short, interpretations of that which has touched me."

According to art historian and curator Adrienne Childs, "Pogue's career intersected with some of the most important movements in the history of 20th century American art. The Black Arts Movement, the Feminist Movement and Post-Modernism are a few of the artistic currents that framed Pogue's career and that are at times embodied in her work."

The library would like to thank Peggy and Wayne Williams, 51 West Event Center, the Friends of the Frankfort Library, Robert Pogue and Dr. and Mrs. William Pogue for making this exhibit possible. The Frankfort Community Public Library is located at 208 W. Clinton St. in Frankfort.

Indiana Memory DPLA harvest schedule FAQ


Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America would like to answer a few questions prior to the upcoming IMDPLA harvest. The mission of IMDPLA is to determine and provide a set of services that support inclusion of digital material from Indiana entities into the Digital Public Library of America.

What is the schedule for content harvests?
Quarterly harvests for DPLA occur in March, June, September and December. These harvests tend to happen during the first half of the month, so it is advised that partners submitting materials prepare for a DPLA harvest one to two weeks before the first of a harvest month. IMDPLA also notifies partners via email as to the exact dates of the harvests as soon as DPLA provides them.

What tools are available to help prepare for a DPLA harvest? 
The IMDPLA Content Checker will show which digitized items need metadata updates, especially in regards to the four main fields that DPLA requires. A component of the Content Checker is the Submission Pre-Check Page, which will show which items are missing the necessary metadata as well as how the items will appear in DPLA. The Metadata Mapping Tool from Indiana University provides a detailed guide for preparing new items for DPLA. Finally, IMDPLA's Metadata Guide shows how metadata fields should be mapped, as well as detailing standards for correct metadata entry.

What if collections aren't ready in time for the quarterly harvest? 
Collections can always be harvested during the next harvest, so there is no need to worry if the quarterly deadline is missed.

For more information, please visit the IMDPLA website. Please email IMDPLA directly with any questions relating to the quarterly harvests. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

FDA cosmetic products website


People use a variety of cosmetic products and the FDA sees that these products are as safe as possible. Their cosmetic products website has information on different aspects of the safety of these items, including warnings about possible adverse effects. The types of cosmetic products that the FDA covers on the page are aromatherapy products, cosmetic tanning products, disposable wipes, hair products, makeup, nail care products, soaps, lotions, tattoos, temporary tattoos and permanent makeup.

The section on aromatherapy discusses if aromatherapy products are a cosmetic, drugs or both. It also details how each form of aromatherapy is categorized dependent on its intended use

Another section of the site examines sunless tanners and bronzers, as well as tanning pills. The FDA states that tanning pills are not FDA approved. The page includes a description of the adverse effects of tanning pills. Sunlamps and sunlamp products, such as tanning beds and booths, are not considered cosmetics and sunscreens are categorized as drugs.

The page for tattoos highlights common types of tattoos, such as body art, permanent makeup, microblading inks, temporary tattoos, henna and black henna. There is a description of the inks used in tattoos, some of which can be industrial grade ink suitable for printers and car paint, as well as a “Tattoos and Permanent Makeup Quick Guide.” The possible side effects from tattoos and permanent makeup include infection, granulomas, keloid formation, an increased chance of sunburn, redness, scarring and MRI complications. The page for temporary tattoos even has a few photos of some of the possible complications.

The FDA cosmetic products website is useful for someone researching beauty methods they intend to use. Knowing what is in cosmetic products may help prevent someone from damaging their health.

New imaginative play area opens at Crown Point Community Library


In 2018, the Crown Point Community Library received a generous donation from the Birdzell Family in memory of local educator Sharon Greening. The memorial gift was designated to assist with the development and enhancement of the library’s early reading programming and services.

In 2019, in addition to renaming the Crown Point location’s Children’s Program Room in Greening’s honor, a portion of the donation was used to purchase a large number of educational materials to support sensory programming for all children, but especially for children with special needs. On Jan. 24, the library introduced a new imaginative play area in the children’s library at the Crown Point location. The area, designed to have themes that will switch out periodically, will provide an ever-changing learning experience for community children. Some of the planned themes include a grocery store, veterinarian office, diner, farmer’s market, post office, science lab, ice cream parlor, bakery, hot dog stand and pizza shop.

This new area will support the American Library Association and Public Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read program practices.

Read the library's full press release here