Wednesday Word │March 11, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

ARS Production Assistant (part-time)
Allen County Public Library

Adult Services Librarian (part-time)
Johnson County Public Library

Children & YA Materials Selector
Johnson County Public Library

Public Services Librarian
La Porte County Public Library

Circulation Clerk (part-time)
Putnam County Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
Tippecanoe 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?

Women of color vital to suffrage work
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Calumet Voices: Putting the Region's story in a national context
Crown Point Community Library and Gary Public Library

Community playing unlimited pinball to help raise money for dementia awareness
Hamilton East Public Library

Public libraries bill makes library access easier for foster children
Indiana Library Federation and Vigo County Public Library

Dick Wolfsie dives into digital archives at Indiana State Library
Indiana State Library

Forbes retires from Linden Library
Linden Carnegie Public Library

Monroe County Public Library approves new southwest branch
Monroe County Public Library

Lissa Krull, who helped invigorate Nappanee library, moving on
Nappanee Public Library

Valpo library gets $500,000 grant for garden plaza project
Porter County Public Library

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State library blog


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Indiana Historical Bureau celebrates 105 years


This week marks the Indiana Historical Bureau’s 105th anniversary. The Bureau's founding can be traced back to the creation of the Indiana Historical Commission in 1915. The Indiana General Assembly created this commission for the purpose of “providing for the editing and publication of historical materials and for an historical and educational celebration of the Indiana centennial.” The thinking was that as Hoosiers celebrated 100 years of statehood in 1916, an understanding of their state’s history would give them a sense of identity and community.

For the next decade, the commission led the centennial celebrations, gathered and published important historical documents, collected records from World War I and worked with local and state historical societies as well as other state agencies. They also began marking historical locations around the state - something they're still passionate about today. In March of 1925, the General Assembly passed a new law reorganizing the Indiana Historical Commission into the Indiana Historical Bureau. The Bureau has been researching, publishing, surveying, writing and telling stories about Indiana history ever since.

In July 2018, IHB formally merged with the Indiana State Library and became one of three divisions of the Indiana State Library, along with Public Services and Statewide Services. The Bureau had long been tied to the library through various means, and in some ways, this merger was a return to the past. When the Bureau was formed in 1925, the Bureau, the State Library and what was then called the Legislative Bureau - now Legislative Services Agency - were each divisions of a larger Indiana Library and Historical Department.

Read more about the Indiana Historical Bureau's history and the 105th anniversary here

Registration now open for all-day copyright workshop


On Monday, April 27, the Indiana Memory-Digital Public Library of America Advisory Council, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Album will present "Copyright Basics for Cultural Heritage Collections" at the Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis. This day-long workshop will cover copyright, rights statements, public domain, orphan works, fair use and more. There will also be an opportunity to receive hands-on experience in the afternoon at five different case study tables covering audiovisual materials, books, print materials, manuscripts, newspapers and graphics. 

Greg Cram, associate director of copyright and information policy at the New York Public Library, will speak on copyright essentials. Cram has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the release of more than 200,000 high-resolution images of public domain collection items.

General admission tickets - including lunch provided by India Garden - are $25; general admission tickets without lunch are $14; student tickets with lunch are $15; and student tickets without lunch are free. Click here to purchase or claim tickets and for more information about the workshop including details on parking and paying via check.    

This workshop is eligible for five LEUs for Indiana librarians. 

State of Indiana increases mileage rates


Effective March 1, the state of Indiana has increased its mileage reimbursement rate to 39 cents per mile. The federal rate was reduced to 57.5 cents per mile on Jan. 1.

Indiana public library boards are welcome to set their own reimbursement rates, but these rates can be used as a guideline. 

'History of Brewing' phone number correction


Last week an incorrect RSVP phone number was listed for the "Indiana History of Brewing" event that will take place on April 23 at the Indiana State Library. The correct number is 317-431-3576. The Wednesday Word apologizes for the error. 

Click here to learn more about the "Indiana History of Brewing" event and to register online. Please contact Jeanne Aydt to RSVP via email or for more information about the event. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Indiana Librarian Certification Refresher: Figuring Out the Who, What, and When of Certification
When: March 30, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
When: April 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central Time
Where: Porter County Public Library

OCRA 101 for Libraries - Office of Community and Rural Affairs
When: April 6, 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.

Government Information Day presenters set


The list of presenters for Government Information Day 2020 is set. This year’s conference will feature eight presentations that reflect GID’s theme “Accurate, Secure, Transparent.” Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, and the first session begins at 9:30 a.m. All sessions run 50 minutes, including Q&A time. The conference includes two 30-minute breaks to allow attendees time to interact with GID vendors. The conference will have four concurrent sessions, which are all eligible for LEUs for Indiana librarians.

GID 2020 is a free one-day conference that promotes access to government information. Conference sessions will wrap up at 4 p.m. Please contact GID planning chair Brent Abercrombie with any questions or concerns. The goal of GID is to provide librarians - and those interested in government information - with resources, tools and contacts to help better serve their communities. The official program will be published online, and a print copy will be available at the event.

Indiana State Library announces certification refresher webinar


On Monday, March 30, from 10-11 a.m., the Indiana State Library will present "Indiana Librarian Certification Refresher: Figuring Out the Who, What, and When of Certification," a webinar detailing aspects of library certification. 

The webinar will answer questions about who needs to be certified and when it should happen. The webinar will also review some surprising aspects of the Indiana State Library’s certification rules and discuss the need to look beyond job titles to job descriptions in order to determine how staff spend the majority of their time at work. The State Library will also distinguish between job classification and job title and common misconceptions about certification will be addressed.

This webinar is best suited for library directors, HR staff and supervisors who are responsible for making sure staff members are properly certified. However, it may also be of interest to new staff members who are going through the certification process.

Click here to register; click here to test a computer connection; and click here to login on the day of the event. 

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