Wednesday Word │March 18, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Branch Assistant (part-time)
Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library

Teen Reader (part-time)
Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library

Adult Services Assistant (part-time)
Delphi Public Library

Assistant Librarian – Library Services
Lake County Public Library

Branch Manager
Tippecanoe County Public Library

Head Adult 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?

Former library director dies at age 93
Eckhart Public Library

Women’s history library opens in Noblesville
Gal's Guide Library

*Please view local papers and visit local news and library websites for the latest information on the closures of libraries and the cancellations of scheduled library events and programs in relation to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Indiana State Library announces closure and cancellations; Department of Health COVID-19 update


In order to help slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, the Indiana State Library has decided to close until further notice. The closure includes the cancellation or postponement of several upcoming events. The following events have been cancelled or postponed:

The 2020 Gathering of Writers, originally scheduled for March 28 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for September.

The April 1 Census Day breakfast at the library has been cancelled. 

Letters About Literature, originally scheduled for April 18 has been cancelled. Please visit the Letters About Literature website for potential alternative activities.

Genealogy for Night Owls originally scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, April 22 has been cancelled. 

The Indiana State Library Foundation's "History of Brewing" fundraising event, scheduled for April 23, has been postponed.

The Copyright Workshop originally scheduled for April 27 has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. 

Please visit the Indiana State Library's website for updates on more potential cancellations and information on events that may be rescheduled at a future date. 

For the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana, including the total number of confirmed cases and coronavirus infographics, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health's coronavirus website

A COVID-19 FAQ from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here

LSTA grant application deadline extended to April 24


With many Indiana public libraries temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus, the Indiana State Library has extended the deadline for Library Services and Technology Act grant applications until Friday, April 24. LSTA grants are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and distributed by the Indiana State Library.

The Indiana State Library continues to seek volunteers to serve on one of its LSTA grant review committees. Volunteers help the State Library evaluate grants by filling out provided rubrics, as well as participating in a virtual meeting to discuss final funding recommendations. Volunteers will get a hands-on look at the review process that might inform their own future grant work. They’ll also be exposed to the array of projects happening at Indiana libraries, which might inspire future projects of their own.

Those who are interested in volunteering, or who have questions about the application process, should contact Angela Fox, public library and LSTA consultant at the Indiana State Library. 

Registration open for 2020 Annual Public Library Budget Webinar and Workshop


Registration is now open for the 2020 Annual Public Library Budget Webinar and Workshop. The workshop is recommended for public library directors, business managers, bookkeepers, treasurers and library trustees. Todd Caldwell and Susan Gordon of the State Board of Accounts and Fred Van Dorp of the Department of Local Government Finance will review changes and share information on federal and state legislative actions and on financial and budgetary changes that are helpful in the public library budgetary planning process. The day ends with announcements from the Indiana State Library.

This year’s workshops will be held on Wednesday, June 3 and repeated on Tuesday, June 16. Participants have the option to attend in person at the Indiana State Library or to view the presentation remotely via webinar. This workshop is worth up to four general LEUs.

Participants may register using the following links:

June 3 In-person
June 3 Webinar
June 16 In-person
June 16 webinar

In-person registration is capped at 32 attendees per session. Please direct any questions about the event and registration to Hayley Trefun of the Indiana State Library.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
Where: Wells County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
Where: Owen County Public Library

What's Up Wednesday - Social Media: How many accounts do you really need?
Where: Webinar

Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
Where: Bartholomew County Public Library

Storytime Bootcamp
Where: Bartholomew County Public Library

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
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
Where: Porter County Public Library

OCRA 101 for Libraries - Office of Community and Rural Affairs
When: April 6, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Be the Connection: Libraries, Teens, and Connected Learning
Where: Indianapolis Public Library - Library Services Center

Leap Into Science "Shadows & Light" Workshop
Where: Indiana State Museum

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.

2020 Legislative session


The second regular session of the 121st Indiana General Assembly ended last Wednesday, March 11, a few days before the absolute last day for their adjournment. By law, “The second regular session of each term of the General Assembly shall adjourn sine die not later than March 14 in any even-numbered year.” Adjournment sine die means without choosing another day to meet. The General Assembly must follow the Legislative Sessions and Procedures Law of 1971, and the day they will meet next is already chosen: “The first regular session of each term of the general assembly shall convene on the third Tuesday after the first Monday of November of each even-numbered year.” After the November election results, there will be an Organization Day on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and the Legislature will adjourn until January 2021 to reconvene for the long session.

On the Indiana General Assembly website, it is possible to access detailed bill information including the latest version, latest fiscal note, bill details, bill actions, Senate and House amendments and roll calls, House amendments, all bill versions, committee reports and conference committee reports. For anyone tracking legislation of interest, Tuesday, March 3 was the last day for third readings of Senate bills in House and of House bills in the Senate.

For legislation that made its way through both chambers, the final stop is the governor’s office. The 2020 Bill Watch page will be updated as bills, also known as enrolled acts, make it to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk. From the time the bill arrives, the governor has seven days to sign or veto the bill. If he does not sign it or veto it, it automatically becomes law on the eighth day after receipt. Enrolled acts will be assigned a public law number and are later printed in the Indiana Acts volumes. Recent years’ volumes are also available online. Laws that add, amend or repeal portions of the Indiana Code will be reflected in the revised volumes, published later this year in print and online.

Click here to learn about the Indiana constitutional requirements for how a bill becomes law.