Wednesday Word │May 6, 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, Legion, restaurant projects gain city approval
Eckhart Public Library

Indiana’s libraries respond during pandemic
Indiana Library Federation

Indy paper NUVO shutting down operations
Indianapolis Public Library

Ligonier Public Library gets kids safely outside with storywalk
Ligonier Public Library

*Please consult local news sources and library websites for the latest information on the closures and re-openings of libraries and the cancellations of scheduled library events and programs in relation to COVID-19.

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State Library announces privacy webinar


The Indiana State Library has announced "Privacy Quest: Write Your Own Story," a privacy-based webinar that will take place on Monday, May 18 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Privacy is a vital civil right and the webinar will help participants learn how to protect their own privacy and their community's privacy via narrative-based exercises. Protecting privacy is a key element of the library's role in democracy.

The webinar will be presented by Bryan Jones, a systems librarian at the Nashville Public Library in Tennessee, a member of the Library Freedom Project. Click here to register. Click here to learn more about the webinar.

Indiana Young Readers Center calling on youth to report on pandemic experience


The Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana Young Readers Center are calling out for youth up to age 18 to report how their life experiences have changed in light of the global health crisis. The current pandemic has brought many aspects of life to a stop, while other aspects of life, like time with family, have been magnified. Youth are invited to share their observations during this unique time in the history of our state. Entries will be added to a permanent collection at the Indiana State Library.

To enter, one can download an editable PDF titled Hoosier Youth Chronicling COVID-19 and complete online or by hand. Each entry will need a license to use form signed by both the child and a parent or guardian. This allows the Indiana State Library to use the form in future possible publications, in print or to display in the library's collection or online. Both forms and additional information can be found here.

Participants are encouraged to include one to two images, such as photographs they have taken or pictures of artwork they have created. Images are optional.

All entries may be submitted via email to Tara Maxwell Stewart, or mailed to the Indiana State Library:

Indiana State Library
Attn: Indiana Young Readers Center
315 W. Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

While there is no current deadline for entries to the collection, the Young Readers Center would like to collect thoughts in real time as students are home from school.

PLA and Microsoft offer public Wi-Fi access micro grants


The Public Library Association and Microsoft Corp. are working together to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft will provide $120,000 to help public libraries in rural communities with hardware and support to install public Wi-Fi access points on or near library grounds.

Only rural libraries in specific counties are eligible. This project aligns with Microsoft’s efforts to close the broadband gap through its Airband Initiative and to ensure everyone can benefit from the digital economy through Microsoft TechSpark. The Airband Initiative is working with internet service providers in 25 states and hundreds of counties in those states. Microsoft TechSpark is active in nine states. Click here for a list of eligible Indiana libraries.

Click here to apply and for more information about the program. Awards will be made to successful applicants on a rolling basis each week until the commitment is fulfilled. PLA and Microsoft will continue to accept applications until funds secured for the program are exhausted.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Privacy Quest: Write Your Own Story
When: May 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

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.

Useful federal resources during the COVID-19 pandemic


The Federal Depository Library Program has compiled a list of federal agencies that offer helpful and relevant information for the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some important resources to be aware of during this time: is a site that was created to provide Americans with updated information on the ongoing pandemic. Here, one can find answers to frequently asked questions, information on what to do if you think you have the virus and the latest news and updates on coronavirus cases. Additionally, FDLP also created a helpful toolkit on the topic. helps people get connected to benefits for which they may be eligible, including COVID-19 benefits. Patrons can fill out a questionnaire using the benefit binder tool to be connected to the aforementioned benefits. allows users to apply for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits; check applications or appeals; estimate their benefits; request a replacement Social Security card; or print a benefit verification letter, all from the comfort of their own homes. provides government mental health resources to the general public. The site offers basic information on mental health for veterans and the general population; dispels myths; and directs users to where they can find help. is a frequently-updated website that provides information on food safety information from government agencies. The site also contains information on how to report food poisoning and houses lists of recent recalls and outbreaks.

'Back on Track' webinar for library directors available


On Monday, May 4, the Indiana State Library hosted a webinar for library directors outlining Gov. Holcomb's "Back on Track" plan to re-open the state of Indiana. The Adobe Connect recording of the webinar can be found here. A PDF outline of the "Back on Track" plan can be accessed here. The FAQ document will be available soon.

Those with questions regarding the webinar or the "Back on Track" plan as it relates to libraries should contact Jennifer Clifton, Library Development Office director at the Indiana State Library.