Wednesday Word │March 25, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

*Please visit the Indiana State Library's jobs page for all of the latest library job listings in Indiana.

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?

Meeting: Dubois County Contractual Library
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Kendallville library awarded funds to host community read
Kendallville Public Library

*Please consult local news sources 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.

Email news links for inclusion in the Wednesday Word's "In the news" section.

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State library blog


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the state library. Visit the blog here.

If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


The latest COVID-19 updates and resources from the Indiana State Library


In an effort to keep up with the unprecedented and rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation, the Indiana State Library has collected and produced a wealth of resources for librarians across the state.

On the State Library's Services for Librarians page, an informational legal memo from the library, as well as a list of statewide library closures, can be found. The list of library closures includes tentative re-opening dates, service updates and library types. There is also a link that can be used to report library closures.

The Indiana State Library's legal department recently published a blog, "Novel coronavirus COVID-19 resources for libraries." The blog includes resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, information on library procedures and leave policies and a list of steps libraries are currently taking in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Indiana Young Readers Center recently published "Stuck at home? Enriching activities to do with all ages from the Indiana Young Readers Center," a blog highlighting several engaging activities for children of all ages to partake in while they're "stuck at home."

Likewise, the State Library's Professional Development Office has created a webpage titled "Activities and resources for the COVID-19 crisis," which shares several resources, such as a chore guide and learning activities, in addition to information on e-books, virtual museum tours, social distancing guidelines and much more.

Please note that the Indiana State Library has halted kit circulation until at least April 27. For questions about VR and tech kits, librarians should contact their regional coordinators. For questions about book club kits, storytime kits, Lego kits or Duplo kits, please contact Suzanne Walker.

TCPL announces new branch name; sets grand opening date


The Tippecanoe County Public Library has announced Wea Prairie Branch Library as the name of its newest branch. A grand opening is scheduled for Sunday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. The branch is located at 4200 S. 18th St. in Lafayette.

“Tippecanoe County is both rich in history and enthusiastic about outdoor enjoyment,” said County Librarian Jos N. Holman. “This new library name incorporates both.

“The board researched a variety of names,” Holman explained. “It took some time, but this name reflects local history, the gently rolling grasslands that distinguish the property and our plans for both indoor and outdoor library activities.”

The Wea were among a half dozen Native American tribes who called the area home and descendants of the Wea still reside in the area today. Ouiatenon was one of their largest villages in Indiana. Smaller settlements were located on the south side of the Wabash River, an area known as the Wea Plains. This area has long been considered “the gateway to the western prairies.”

The library is a 14,800 square-foot brick building, with meeting room seating for 75 people, study rooms, a gas fireplace, a drive-up book return and parking for up to 60 vehicles. There are also plans for an outdoor storybook trail and reading and play areas on the 10-acre property. 

Library hours will be Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m; and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Click here for information on the Wea Prairie Branch Library and please visit the Tippecanoe County Public Library website for information on potential closures or rescheduling of events.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Indiana Librarian Certification Refresher: Figuring Out the Who, What, and When of Certification
Where: Webinar

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

Rainbow Reads for Youth
When: April 21, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Rainbow Reads for Teens
When: April 21, 2-3 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.

Coronavirus and the 2020 census


With COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, dominating the news lately, there has been little room for emphasis on the 2020 census. In advance of World Health Day on April 7, the Indiana State Library recommends visiting the World Health Organization's website, which features information about the current outbreak of coronavirus. Information about protection, technical guidance for preparedness and answers to common questions can be found here. The Indiana State Department of Health webpage details Indiana’s response and displays real-time releases of data about the virus in the state. For information about the Indianapolis area, see the COVID-19 Community Resources page, available in English and Spanish.

On March 11, the Census Bureau issued a statement about coronavirus and how it will impact the 2020 Census. Answering the census is still easy, safe and important. Options for response remain the same: online, phone and mail. Please encourage patrons to respond online as soon as they receive their invitations in the mail. Check the Census in Indiana website for updates.

Bond workshop announced


The Indiana State Library will host a bond workshop for public library directors and trustees on Tuesday, May 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 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 two general LEUs.

Presenters for this workshop will be Jane Herndon, of Ice Miller LLP, and Belvia Gray and Ryan Fetters from Baker Tilly. Topics covered will be project planning, finance, taxpayer and voter responses and preparing to present to fiscal approval bodies.

Issuing bonds requires attention to debt repayment and tax rate effects during and after the completion of a construction project. This workshop showcases professionals who can help those interested learn what they need to know to successfully navigate a construction project.

Register for the in-person workshop here and register for the webinar here. Please visit the in-person registration page to check for potential cancellations or postponements. 

Please contact Hayley Trefun, public library consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.