Wednesday Word │February 19, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library Director
Barton Rees Pogue Memorial Library

Library Clerk (part-time)
Hamilton North Public Library

Senior Serials Cataloger
Indiana University Libraries

Manager, Learning Curve
Indianapolis Public Library

Multimedia Project Manager
Indianapolis Public Library

Collection Development Librarian
Jefferson County Public Library

Monroe County Public Library

Graphic Designer (part-time)
Monroe County Public Library

Youth Services Team Lead
Porter County Public Library

Outreach Services Assistant (part-time)
Putnam 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?

Indianapolis Public Library's digital collection celebrates and preserves Indy's black history
Indianapolis Public Library

Meet the Artists gala fashion show
Indianapolis Public Library

Henry County is 'Evergreen' from north to south
Knightstown Public Library, Middletown-Fall Creek Public Library, New Castle-Henry County Public Library, Spiceland Township Public Library

Inside a museum and library dedicated to Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

21st century tech to preserve 12th century knowledge
Lilly Library at Indiana University

New Loogootee library offers more space, community resources
Loogootee Public Library

Genealogy 101: Motor's and Mass Rallies Monticello-Union Township Library
Monticello-Union Township Public Library

Quilters gathered at the Tippecanoe County Library to make quilts for kids
Tippecanoe County Public Library

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State library blog


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Indianapolis student named Poetry Out Loud state champion


The Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission have announced that Dalia Elkhatib earned the honor of being named the 2020 Poetry Out Loud Indiana state champion. Elkhatib will compete against representatives from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, for the national Poetry Out Loud title on Apr. 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

Elkhatib, a junior at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, qualified for the national finals by winning the competition held on Feb. 15 at the Indiana State Library. In addition to winning the Washington, D.C. trip, Elkhatib earned a $200 cash prize and $500 for her school to be used to purchase poetry books. 

Read more about the Poetry Out Loud National Finals here

Tips for earning LEUs


There are many ways for librarians to earn library education units in Indiana. The following information will help librarians find programs and activities that are LEU eligible. 

The training page of the Indiana State Library's continuing education website has several options for earning LEUs. Information about free upcoming webinars and other learning opportunities can be found by clicking on the upcoming free training link. The Indiana State Library's archived webinars can be found here. The state library's events calendar is full of workshops and webinars, the majority of which offer LEUs or TLEUs. Librarians can also search the pre-approved provider list to find programs that are already approved for LEUs. This affords librarians flexibility when choosing how they would like to earn LEUs. 

Librarians can earn LEUs through a number of different activities. A list of possibilities and limitations  can be viewed here. Examples of limitations include non-library-related LEUs, which are capped at 10 per 5-year period; courses that can't be counted toward the LEUs required to renew a temporary permit, which include college level library science courses- if the courses are taken in order to qualify for a 5-year certificate; and professional roundtable discussions.

Please contact Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

Indianapolis Public Library Board sets timetable for Fountain Square Branch transition


The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval to the closing of the Fountain Square Branch in May 2020, as part of the library’s long-range plan announced in 2015 to relocate services to the new West Perry Branch, scheduled to open in mid-2021. The recommendation by the library’s Facilities Committee on Feb. 11 is expected to be approved by the full board when it meets on Feb. 24

The closing of the Fountain Square Branch, located at 1066 Virginia Ave. in a 5,145-square-foot space the library has leased since 1994, will be accompanied by the August move of the nonprofit Indy Reads into the same location. The move will bring together its adult literacy and bookstore operations. Currently, Indy Reads leases space at Central Library, and with the escalating cost of rent at its bookstore location on Massachusetts Avenue, the timing is perfect to combine operations at one new location.

The May closing will allow the library to save more than $60,000 in lease payments by vacating before its current lease expires. Branch staff will be dispersed to other IndyPL locations until their move to the new West Perry Branch. With the presence of Indy Reads, the library will be leaving behind the closest thing possible to a library branch.

“The library has been proud to be a long time partner in the development of Fountain Square,” stated Jackie Nytes, IndyPL CEO. “Now as we think about what follows us in that space, it is exciting to know that a community-minded organization - Indy Reads - would be able to come to the neighborhood and offer wonderful programs and services to build on our work in the area.”

The Library’s original decision to close the Fountain Square Branch was part of a citizen-driven strategic plan that identified the need to fill large geographical gaps in library services throughout Marion County, including Perry Township. The result was a series of capital projects for new and renovated facilities that were approved by the city-county council in separate bond issues totaling $58 million with no increase in the library’s debt service tax rate. The plan also emphasized the Library’s fiscal responsibility to remove itself of ongoing lease payments for facilities such as the Fountain Square Branch, where citizens have access to other nearby branches that include East Washington, Garfield Park, Spades Park and Central Library.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

What's Up Wednesday: Finding and Serving Hidden Patrons
When: Feb. 26, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Presenting Data Effectively
When: March 4, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: March 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Wells County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: March 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Owen County Public Library

What's Up Wednesday - Social Media: How many accounts do you really need?
When: March 25, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
When: March 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Bartholomew County Public Library

Storytime Bootcamp
When: March 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bartholomew County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: March 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

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 Transparency Portal


The Indiana Transparency Portal is designed to bring better visibility, openness and accountability to the Indiana State Government. The ITP contains information ranging from agency budgets to state contracts and agency performance measures. By sharing this information, the ITP attempts to show Hoosiers’ tax dollars being used as efficiently and effectively as possible. The auditor of state posts the data and works closely with its data partners, the Management Performance Hub and the Indiana Office of Technology, in order to present the data in a user-friendly format.

The assets dashboard provides details on state assets with an acquisition cost at or above $500. The contracts dashboard provides a searchable database for most current state professional services contracts. The employees dashboard provides information about state employee payroll and headcount. The finances dashboard provides data relating to expenditures for goods and services, financial disbursements to local governments, revenue collections and transfers of funding between state agencies, including information on reserves and appropriations. The local government dashboard provides financial information for local units of government and for school corporations. Finally, the vendor dashboard provides an overview of all expenditures for state vendors by agency.

Visit the FAQs and agency contacts page to find data sourcing and definitions, as well as financial contacts in each of the state agencies for ITP users who may have specific questions about the agency data.

OVGTSL offers three library student scholarships and two diversity scholarships


The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians is offering three library student scholarships and two diversity scholarships to be used to attend the 2020 OVGTSL Annual Conference hosted by the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio on May 17-19. Scholarships cover full conference registration and lodging for the nights of May 17-18.

University of Kentucky School of Information Science, Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians and OhioNET are generously sponsoring the student scholarships and OhioNET and NASIG are generously sponsoring the diversity scholarships.

Student scholarships are available to any full or part-time student enrolled at an ALA-accredited library or information science school in Indiana, Kentucky or Ohio as of spring 2020. Applicants are not required to reside in the Ohio Valley region. 

Diversity scholarships will be awarded to a library student or professional from underrepresented groups and marginalized identities, including but not limited to: people of color, LGBTQIA+, ability/disability and others who are traditionally underrepresented in libraries. Any individual currently employed full or part-time in the library field or enrolled full or part-time in an ALA-accredited library or information science graduate program is eligible to apply.

Applicants should include a resume and a short statement - no more than 250 words - summarizing how they would benefit from attending this conference. Click here to apply for the student scholarship and click here to apply for the diversity scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a brief review of the conference and their experience within 30 days of the end of the conference. The application deadline is Mar. 2.

Questions regarding scholarships may be directed to Erin Kilkenny, scholarship chair.