Wednesday Word │May 13, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Teen Librarian
Allen County Public Library

*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?

Carmel Read to Feed – local celebrities reading to raise money for summer meals
Carmel Clay Public Library

Southern Indiana libraries increase digital presence amid closure
Charlestown Clark County Public Library, Floyd County Library and Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Preparation pays off: IU Libraries offers expanded access to HathiTrust Digital Library
Indiana University Libraries

Indiana Humanities awards 35 nonprofits with more than $85,000 in grants
Indianapolis Public Library, Jay County Public Library and Marion Public Library

Cookbooks honoring Leith of Tunisia added to Kendallville Public Library
Kendallville 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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LaPorte County youth 'Do Good' in May


The La Porte County Public Library's Read for a Cause initiative is encouraging the county's youth to "Do Good" in the month of May by combating local hunger. Once a community reading goal of 250,000 logged minutes is achieved, the Friends of the La Porte County Public Library will donate $1,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to help assist in the battle against food insecurity in the county.

All minutes read by LaPorte youth in May count toward the goal. Students can read to a therapy dog or horse through virtual Tail Waggin’ Tutors, read for a school assignment or just read for fun. Students can even record minutes after listening to pre-recorded videos of stories read by guest readers. More information on guest readers, and where to find their videos, can be found here. The minutes submission form can be found here.

Please visit the La Porte County Public Library's website for the latest information on the "Do Good" program.

InfoExpress update and FAQ


Beginning this week, InfoExpress is available for participating libraries who wish to resume courier service. The Indiana State Library and NOW Courier will assume that libraries are closed until informed otherwise.

Libraries that are ready to resume shipping activities can do so by visiting the InfoExpress website.

Further instructions have been emailed to participating libraries and consolidated into an FAQ document. Please contact the InfoExpress coordinator with any additional questions.

IndyPL’s Hayes receives prestigious CLD award


Nichelle M. Hayes, leader of The Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture at the Central Library, has been honored with the Achievement in Arts and Entertainment Award by the Indianapolis Center for Leadership Development. The award was presented to Hayes during the CLD’s 40th annual Minority Achievers Awards and Scholarship Gala, which was held virtually on May 7 and streamed live on Facebook.

The event celebrated the achievements of minority scholars and young professionals who have made impactful contributions in the Indianapolis community.

Hayes has led the Center for Black Literature & Culture since its opening at the Central Library in 2017. Since then, approximately 120,000 individuals have visited the CBLC’s interactive displays, engaged in programs and utilized special collections as a focal point for exploring the black experience in Indianapolis and beyond.

The CBLC is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Learn more about the CBLC here.

What's Up Wednesday webinar topic announced


The organizers of What's Up Wednesday, a monthly webinar presented by the Indiana State Library, have announced "Mindfully Navigating Difficult Times in the Library" as May's meeting topic. The webinar will take place on May 27, from 10-11 a.m.

The session will focus on how the seven tenets of mindful practice can help people manage in times of stress. The webinar will be presented by Lisa Moniz, a librarian at St. James Elementary School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and co-author of "The Mindful Librarian."

The webinar is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians. Click here to register and click here for more information about the presentation.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Statewide Bookkeeping Virtual Round Table
When: May 14, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Marketing Virtual Round Table
When: May 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Rural Youth Services Virtual Round Table
When: May 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

Adult Services Virtual Round Table
When: May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

What's Up Wednesday: Mindfully Navigating Difficult Times in the Library
When: May 27, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

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

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

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.

National Mental Health Awareness Month


May has been recognized by the federal government as National Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. Dealing with mental and emotional stress can overwhelm the healthiest of individuals and is a concern for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Be Well Indiana website is an initiative of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. The information and resources on the site are compiled by the DMHA and are designed to help Hoosiers stay connected and maintain their well-being. These resources have been validated by local and national experts to ensure access to reliable and trustworthy information. Categories of information include COVID-19, assistance, mental health, substance use, support and videos.

Those looking for reading suggestions for library patrons or book clubs can visit The National Network of Libraries of Medicine website. The site contains reading club book kits with easy-to-download materials with the discussion questions, promotional materials and supporting health information that can be adapted for a digital reading group.

$15 million in IMLS CARES Act grants now available for museums and library services


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CARES Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries, museums and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing internet accessible devices and providing technical support services to their communities. The $15 million available through these new grants follows previous phases of funding announced over the past few weeks.

The deadline for submitting applications to either funding opportunity is June 12, with award announcements anticipated in August.

Click here to read more about the IMLS CARES Act grants for museums and libraries and to access the application. Click here to read the full, unedited IMLS press release.