Wednesday Word │February 12, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Senior Librarian - Government Documents
Allen County Public Library

Librarian - Genealogist Focus (part-time)
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library

Children’s Services Librarian
Greenwood Public Library

Collection Services Manager
Johnson County Public Library

Access Services Library Associate (part-time)
Marian University

Community Engagement Librarian - Adult Audiences
Monroe County Public Library

Public Services Assistant I
West Lafayette 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?

Statewide read includes Eckhart Public Library
Eckhart Public Library

Local author presents secrets of Indianapolis to Perry Township Southport Historical Society
Indiana State Library

New web-based encyclopedia to feature 200 years of Indianapolis history
Indiana State Library and Indianapolis Public Library

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance helping Hoosiers
Indianapolis Public Library

Peabody Public Library begins renovations
Peabody Public Library

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State library blog


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Avon library celebrates 100 years


The Avon-Washington Township Public Library is pleased to announce a celebration in honor of its 100th birthday. This year’s ArtScape event will celebrate 100 years of library service to the Avon-Washington Township community.

The Avon Library GUILD will be hosting "ArtScape @ your library" on March 14 from 7-9 p.m. ArtScape is the library's major fundraising event and features exhibits of local Hendricks County artists’ work. Avon High School artists will also be participating. A silent auction and refreshments will complete the evening.

This year's artists include oil painter Abby Needler, caricature and portrait artist Ron Wheeler, photographer Andy Janning, abstract artist Melissa Cain, luthier Ryan Cobb and keyboardist Troye Kinnett.

Advance tickets are $25. The library is located at 498 N. Avon Ave. in Avon. The event is sponsored by IU Health West Hospital. Please contact Catherine Myers for more information or to purchase tickets. 

Indiana Library Leadership Academy now accepting applications


The Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Committee is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Indiana Library Leadership Academy 2020-21 Cohort. 

The 2020 Indiana Library Leadership Academy will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26-Friday, Aug. 28 at the Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis. 

To prepare the library community’s future leaders for 21st century challenges, the Indiana State Library’s Professional Development Committee established the Indiana Library Leadership Academy. At the end of the program, participants will recognize the core skills of leadership and their relevance to interacting with management; develop a network of library professionals; and implement an individual project applicable to their own library.

The application can be found here. Click here to read more about the academy, including an overview of the program, information on past projects and alumni testimonials. 

All applications are due to Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, by Friday, Feb. 28 before 4 p.m.

Scott County Public Library offering readers' advisory roundtable


The Scott County Public Library is offering an inaugural Indiana Adult Readers' Advisory Roundtable on Tuesday, March 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the library. The library hopes to grow this roundtable, which focuses on sharing ideas and books that libraries can promote to their patrons

The meeting agenda will be as follows:

- Organizational ideas: Participants will discuss how to organize the group, select a group name and talk about other miscellaneous information.

- Readers' advisory ideas: Participants are encouraged to bring one idea to share relating to what works and what doesn't work when getting the word out to patrons about books. 

- Genre study: The library will give a brief overview of genres, explain their importance and discuss current changes affecting them. A genre to study for the remainder of 2020 will also be selected.

- Book-sharing time: Participants are encouraged to bring one current release, published in 2019-20, to share with the group. This could be a book a roundtable participant is currently reading or just a book that they would like to share with the group. 

- Upcoming meeting information and closing: The library hopes to encourage regular participation.

The roundtable is approved for one LEU for Indiana librarians. The deadline to sign-up is Feb. 28. Please email Bill Anderson, collection development librarian and cataloger at the Scott County Public Library, to sign-up or with any questions about the roundtable. 

The library is located at located at 108 S. Main St. in Scottsburg.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Arts Resources and Opportunities from the Indiana Arts Commission
When: Feb. 14, 2-3 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

Library Community Partnerships
When: Feb. 17, 1:30 -2:30 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.

Registration now open for Government Information Day


Registration is now open for Government Information Day 2020. The one-day conference will occur Thursday, May 14 at the Indiana State Library. 

GID2020 will feature presentations on topics relating to state, federal and census data information. All presentations will run 55 minutes, including question and answer time, and attendees may choose to attend as many or few programs as they wish. During the day, there will be no-conflict opportunities for attendees to visit exhibitors’ information booths. The event is free to attend, and offers learning and networking opportunities for librarians, library staff, information professionals and members of the public. 

Click here to register. Indiana public librarians can earn up to four LEUs.

For any questions, or requests for presentation topics, please contact Brent Abercrombie, federal documents librarian at the Indiana State Library, at 317-232-3733 or via email

To learn more about GID2020, please visit the Indiana Federal Documents' Government Information Day page.

MCLS offering regional digital skills workshop


The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services is pleased to announce “Unlocking the Secrets of a Digital Literacy Learning Plan for Library Staff,” a new learning opportunity presented as part of an LSTA grant project focusing on digital skills and literacy for library staff. This workshop will be presented in five regions, and MCLS has purchased equipment for a mobile Chromebook lab to support learning efforts.

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

This four-hour workshop is free and open to Indiana library staff, but is limited to 15 participants per workshop and to two participants per library. Participants will earn four TLEUs. The workshops are from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. local time. Register via the following links:

Mar. 25 - Knox County Public Library, Vincennes
Mar. 26 - Floyd County Public Library, New Albany
Mar. 31 - Nappanee Public Library, Nappanee
Apr. 2 - Hamilton-East Public Library, Fishers
Apr. 7 - Jasper County Public Library, Demotte

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.