Wednesday Word │April 22, 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?

Library buildings are closed, but librarians keeping libraries open to public
Benton County Public Library, Boswell-Grant Township Public Library, Otterbein Public Library and Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library

Bored at home? Restless kids? Had enough of reorganization projects? Then it’s time to check out virtual libraries
Hammond Public Library, Jasper County Public Library, Lake County Public Library and Porter County Public Library

Indiana Historical Bureau calls on state employees to chronicle experiences, life changes due to COVID-19
Indiana Historical Bureau at the Indiana State Library

Indianapolis Public Library offering resources during pandemic
Indianapolis Public Library

Loogootee library gets grant for outdoor space
Loogootee Public Library

Information Technology supports students in remote learning
University Information Technology Services Library at Indiana University Kokomo

*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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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


IndyPL and YMCA provide books to children of essential workers


The Indianapolis Public Library is partnering with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis to help parents whose jobs are deemed essential during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering books to their children, ages 5-12, who are receiving day care at various YMCA centers.

The centers are using the library’s Bunny Book Bags that consist of board books focusing on early learning concepts such as ABCs, numbers, colors and shapes, along with picture books that highlight diversity. Also provided are chapter books that cover all reading levels and interests. The materials are part of the library’s existing collection being made available for checkout to the facilities.

YMCA centers receiving library resources are the Baxter YMCA, Benjamin Harrison YMCA, Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay and the Jordan YMCA. All except the Benjamin Harrison YMCA are new sites that the library will incorporate into its ongoing schedule of locations where it provides books for children. The library is also providing books to YMCA affiliate locations at the Ruth Lilly Health Education Center and the Traders Point Christian Church downtown.

To comply with safety standards during the current health crisis, library staff will thoroughly clean each book with disinfectant wipes and check for damage before it is sent back out for use. While at the YMCA, children are assigned to small groups of no more than ten.

Click here to read IndyPl's full press release.

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries offering free virtual roundtables


The Association for Rural and Small Libraries is currently offering free weekly roundtable discussions related to how libraries are dealing with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Topics cover issues such as service availability, increasing access to service and managing the current situation.

The one hour roundtables are held via Zoom every Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. ARSL welcomes all to attend and participate.

Click here for more information on the discussions and to register to attend.

At-home genealogy resources available from the Indiana State Library


As genealogy researchers are working from home during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana State Library would like to remind everyone that librarians are still available to offer remote assistance via the library's Ask-a-Librarian service. Librarians from all of the State Library’s divisions, including Genealogy, are accessible through the service. Click here to access Ask-a-Librarian.

In addition to Ask-a-Librarian, the Genealogy Division has several other resources remotely available to researchers.

Indiana Legacy combines existing Indiana State Library databases with the Vital INformation Exchange, also known as VINE. The combined database records are searchable by county, event or general surname. Legacy includes a host of records, such as: birth, marriage, death, divorces, court and military, as well as obituaries, newspapers, scrapbooks and yearbooks.

The Indiana Cemetery Locator File contains a listing of cemeteries in Indiana along with a selection of resources in the Indiana State Library that pertains to each cemetery. Please note that this database is not a complete survey of every cemetery in Indiana.

Researchers can also find Indiana marriages from 1958 to 2018 online. The index is derived from public records from the Indiana State Department of Health. Additional marriage indexes can be found here and here.

For those researching the military, the Indiana State Library World War II Servicemen Database indexes the three major Indianapolis daily newspapers for notices of casualties, missing military personnel, prisoners and decorations of Indiana servicemen and women from 1942 through early 1946.

Additional online genealogy resources can be found here, under the "Resources Provided by the Indiana State Library" heading.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

What's Up Wednesday - The Creation of a Heroic Adventure Kids Club
When: April 29, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

2020 Bond Workshop - On-site
When: May 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

2020 Bond Workshop Webinar
When: May 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday
When: May 27, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

On-Site 2020 Annual PL Budget Workshop & Legislative Update
When: June 3, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

Webinar of 2020 Annual PL Budget Workshop & Legislative Update
When: June 3, 10:30 a.m.-4 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.

Indiana State Department of Health stats explorer


The Indiana State Department of Health makes it easy for everyone to gain direct access to health data in Indiana through its StatsExplorer tool, provided by the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center. To access the data, use the List By dropdown menu to select available health data by topic. From there, under each topic, choose from multiple years, variables and types of visualizations. To select data at the state or county level, choose the Area Profile dropdown list. Step-by-step instructions are available on the StatsExplorer fact sheet, which refers to five additional tutorials located on the bottom left of the StatsExplorer homepage.

New ISDH data has been featured prominently while it has issued COVID-19 updates daily during the pandemic. New COVID-19 data can be accessed here. The Indiana State Data Center has collected the most recent data and map resources for COVID-19 statistics. Access the PDF here.

Library certification renewal update


In response the current coronavirus public health emergency, the Indiana State Library would like to share some library certification updates.

In Executive Order 20-09, Gov. Eric Holcomb automatically extended the expiration date of all certificates and permits that have expired or will expire during the public health crisis. As a result, any temporary permit or five-year certificate issued by the Indiana State Library that has expired, or is set to expire during the public health crisis, which was declared on March 6, is now extended until May 22.

On March 19, Gov. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which authorizes all state agencies to extend non-essential deadlines by no more than 60 days if deemed necessary to respond to the threat of COVID-19. As a result, the Indiana State Library is extending the following deadlines by 60 days:

- Under current rules, when a library employee begins working in a position that requires certification, the employee has a grace period of six months before the person is required to hold the appropriate certification. A person who meets the requirements for the appropriate level of certification must apply for a five-year certificate within six months of starting the position. If the person does not yet meet the requirements for full certification, the person must apply for a temporary certificate within six months of starting the position. If the end of a person’s six month grace period falls between March 19 and the conclusion of the current public health crisis, the person may have an additional 60 days before the person is required to become certified.

- A person who is selected for a random audit usually has two months from the date of the notification letter to submit audit materials. However, an individual who receives, or has received, an audit notification during the health crisis now has a period of four months in which to submit their audit materials.

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