Wednesday Word │April 1, 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?

Allen County Public Library asks folks to hang onto checked out material until April 7
Allen County Public Library

Library continues, expands virtual services during ‘stay-at-home’ order
Eckhart Public Library

Indiana Historical Bureau now accepting new Indiana historical marker topics
Indiana Historical Bureau at the Indiana State Library

These are Indy's most read e-books during the coronavirus pandemic
Indianapolis Public Library

Ball Brothers Foundation expedites funding for COVID-19 front-line responders
Muncie Public Library

Library project blooms in Valparaiso
Porter County Public Library

State of Basketball: Part 6 - Vermillion County Public Library
Vermillion County 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.

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EBSCO offers upgraded content amid the COVID-19 pandemic


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, EBSCO has graciously decided to expand database content available via INSPIRE until the end of June. This includes upgrades from Academic Search Premier to Academic Search Ultimate, with over 9,200 active full-text journals and magazine articles; from Business Source Complete to Business Source Ultimate, with over 3,200 active full-text journals and magazine articles; and from Masterfile Premier to Masterfile Complete. These upgrades are now live and may be accessed on INSPIRE. If you have questions or need assistance with any of the resources on INSPIRE, please contact us. Read EBSCO’s statement below:

“As the library community adjusts to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, EBSCO, as a key content provider and partner for INSPIRE, is looking to ensure end users have access to an expanded breadth of online content. Many college, university and K-12 students will be completing the current academic term in an entirely online format. To assist with this initiative, EBSCO has made the following offering available to all members of INSPIRE: Academic Search Ultimate, Business Source Ultimate and Masterfile Complete. This collection will bring thousands of additional full-text journal and magazine titles into each library’s collection.

Please let us know if you would like direct URLS for your libraries to access the new content.”

Those with questions may contact Deborah LaPierre, senior academic account executive with EBSCO. EBSCO tech support can be reached at 800-758-5995.

EBSCO has also made available all levels of Rosetta Stone until June 30. The upgraded databases can found under the Databases A-Z link on the INSPIRE homepage.

Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award remote voting open


Due to the current health crisis, the Indiana Center for the Book is opening up remote voting for the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 who live in Indiana are welcome to experience the five nominated titles through video or in person and then assist their children in voting on their favorite. Parents may fill out one form for each eligible child. On the form, parents may choose "one" for children who are under the age of one, as the form does not contain an option for zero. The form can be accessed here. The webpage also contains videos that are appropriate to share with parents so that they can “read” the books while at home and vote on their favorite. 

The deadline to turn in votes for the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award has been extended until June 30.

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book. This state award is administered by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee made up of professionals in Indiana including teachers, librarians, caregivers and project coordinators; all of whom are involved in early childhood development. Each year, children are encouraged to vote for one of five nominated picture book titles.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, director of the Indiana Center for the Book, with any questions.

Government Information Day postponed


Government Information Day, originally scheduled for May 14 at the Indiana State Library, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The planning committee hopes to reschedule the conference in the summer. The committee also aims to present the same conference schedule, but the program is subject to change. 

Those with questions, concerns or requests for presentation topics, please contact Brent Abercrombie, regional depository librarian and Government Information Day planning committee chair.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

OCRA 101 for Libraries - Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Where: Webinar

A Librarian's Guide to Attending GenCon
When: April 16, 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

What's Up Wednesday - The Creation of a Heroic Adventure Kids Club
When: April 29, 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.

Elder Justice Initiative


The Elder Justice Initiative, a part of the United States Department of Justice, is dedicated to keeping the elderly safe from different forms of abuse. These forms of abuse include physical abuse, psychological abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and abandonment and sexual abuse. On the Department of Justice website, each of these topics has three informational sections. The first section uses stories to describe what each type of abuse can look like and how it can affect the victim; the second section lists the red flags people should look out for to protect the potential victim; and the third section lets people know what resources are available. Not only are these resources available for the victim, but they are also available to anyone who has seen the red flags.

A separate section of the website also has additional information about financial exploitation. The specific topics under this area include alerts about senior scams, such as social security administrator impostor scams, tech support scams, lottery scams, IRS imposter scams and romance scams. There is also a federal resources roadmap. Each of these specific topics details how the scammers work to get the victim to comply and hand over their money or social security information. Using this information, the potential victim, or people who care for them, can either prevent or stop the scammer.

ARSL scholarships deadline extended to April 24


The Association for Rural and Small Libraries has announced an extension of its Fall Conference scholarships deadline to April 24. The ARSL Fall Conference is currently scheduled to take place from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Wichita, Kansas.

There are four 2020 conference scholarships currently available: the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship for students; the Founders Scholarship for early career library professionals; the Ken Davenport Scholarship for library professionals 6-10 years into their career; and the Angel Scholarship. Each scholarship has different eligibility requirements. Click here to read the application criteria of each scholarship and to apply. Click on the name of the individual scholarship for each application. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central Time on April 24.

Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the entire conference. They are also required to submit an article or blog post to ARSL regarding their conference experience for use on the website to advertise future conferences. The blog post, as well as any required receipts for reimbursement, are due within 30 after conference attendance. Recipients may be asked to serve on future scholarship committees.

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, Inc. is a network of persons throughout the country dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries. ARSL believes in the value of rural and small libraries and strives to create resources and services that address national, state and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities.