Wednesday Word │April 29, 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?

Learn a new language with the library
Eckhart Public Library

'Citizen archivists' projects to work on during the coronavirus pandemic
Indianapolis Public Library

Area libraries try to help during quarantine
Jefferson County Public Library and Switzerland County Public Library

Libraries still finding ways to serve patrons
Loogootee Public Library, Odon Winkelpleck Public Library and Washington Carnegie Public Library

Newton County Public Library remains closed, offers services
Newton County Public Library

NCPL approves 'fluid' plan for reopening in future
Noble County Public Library

Oakland City Library works to continue engaging community
Oakland City-Columbia Township 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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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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More at-home State Library and government resources


As history and genealogy researchers are working from home during the current COVID-19 pandemic, librarians from all divisions of the Indiana State Library continue to offer remote assistance via the library's Ask-a-Librarian service. Click here to access Ask-a-Librarian.

In addition to Ask-a-Librarian, here are more online resources remotely available:

It has never been easier to research people and historical events in newspapers. The Indiana State Library’s Hoosier State Chronicles provides free online access to high quality, searchable digital images of Indiana's historic newspapers. The Indiana newspapers are also available through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America, along with over eight million newspaper pages from around the United States spanning the years 1789 to 1963.

Maps illustrate changes to geographical locations and conditions over time. Patrons often ask to view the state library’s maps. The Indiana Division has a handy Map Collection overview page that includes links to external resources, along with access to downloadable digital maps within the Indiana State Library Map Collection. For anyone looking for interactive map layers, IndianaMAP is the largest publicly available collection of Indiana geographic information system map data.

Don’t overlook government archives for those primary documents and records that may contain valuable information on family history, veterans’ military service or a range of historical topics. The Indiana State Archives protects the records and historical documents that contribute to Indiana's heritage. The IARA website describes the collections held and offers the ability to search collections by subject area. The National Archives preserves the most important legal and historical records produced by the United States federal government. Of note is the educator resources section, with its online tools for teaching and learning with primary documents.

Researchers can always benefit from checking and rechecking libraries and archives for information about and additions to online digital collections.

Members wanted for new bookkeeping group


Members are wanted for a new statewide library bookkeeping group. Meetings will initially be conducted online, with a plan to move to in-person meetings in the future.

The group is open to bookkeepers from any type of library in Indiana. Discussion topics tentatively include bookkeeping, payroll and business office management, with additional subjects added as deemed appropriate.

Bookkeepers interested in joining, or who have questions, can contact Melissa Bear of the Tipton County Public Library. The inaugural meeting will take place once group members are amassed.

Indiana African American Genealogy Group annual meeting scheduled for September


The Indiana African American Genealogy Group is currently planning to hold their annual conference, “Helping You Tell Your Family’s Story,” on Sept. 19 from  8 a.m.-4:40 p.m. at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis.

Nicka Sewell-Smith and Melvin J. Collierare will be the featured speakers and session topics will include DNA and an examination of traditional genealogical research methods.

Please check the IAAGG website or Facebook page for updates about the conference.

Those with questions about the conference can contact Denise Anderson-Decina or Charles Vaughn of the IAAGG.

Discovery to Delivery X postponed


The Discovery to Delivery X Conference, originally scheduled for June 5, will be postponed until 2021. The Indiana State Library and their resource sharing partners will work to provide community updates and networking opportunities until then. The committee will begin to share updates regarding the next conference in early 2021.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

2020 Bond Workshop - On-site
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

On-Site 2020 Annual PL Budget Workshop & Legislative Update
When: June 16, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

Webinar of 2020 Annual PL Budget Workshop & Legislative Update
When: June 16, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday: No Secrets! Preparing Your Organization for Your Retirement
When: June 24, 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.

2020 primary election deadlines


For the upcoming rescheduled primary election on June 2, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, May 4. The Indiana Election Division continues to provide the ability to check registration status and to register to vote online. Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or a state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.

Additionally, all voters may choose to cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 2 primary election. The deadline to return the absentee-by-mail form is May 21 by 11:59 p.m. local time. To request an absentee-by-mail ballot, registered voters can complete this form and return it to county election officials listed here. The form is also available in Spanish.

All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election board office beginning 28 days before Election Day. However, for the June 2 primary election, in-person absentee voting is reduced to one week only from Tuesday, May 26 to noon on Monday, June 1, pursuant to IEC Order 2020-40. Contact the local county election board for more details.

Relief funding available for Indiana humanities organizations


Applications are now open for Indiana Humanities CARES Grants, which are designed to distribute funding relief to nonprofit organizations that provide public humanities programming and have faced financial hardship during the current COVID-19 pandemic. More than $500,000 will be awarded to Indiana humanities organizations.

The general operating support grants range from $5,000 to $15,000, depending on the size of the organization’s budget. No matching is required.

Nonprofit organizations registered in Indiana that provide strong humanities programming are eligible. This includes libraries, archives, historical sites and homes, historical societies, heritage organizations and museums. Religious organizations, government organizations, K-12 schools, colleges, universities and individuals are ineligible.

Applicants will need to provide their most recent Form 990 and their current fiscal year budget. A DUNS number is also required in order to receive funds.

The application deadline is May 8. Click here to apply. Grant guidelines can be found here and an FAQ can be found here.