Wednesday Word │May 20, 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?

Libraries have spent years reinventing themselves. Will they have to do it again?
Bristol Public Library

Dollar General Store, library parking lot OK’d
Eckhart Public Library

Northwest Bank donates Church Street building to Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris 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.

Email news links for inclusion in the Wednesday Word's "In the news" section.

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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


Indiana librarian certification update


In Executive Order 20-09, Gov. Eric Holcomb automatically extended the expiration date of all Indiana certificates and permits that have expired, or will expire, during the current public health crisis until May 22. In Executive Order 20-27, Holcomb further extended the expiration date of those certificates and permits. 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 is now extended until June 4.

On March 19, Gov. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-05, which authorized 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. Executive Order 20-27 authorized state agencies to further extend non-essential deadlines for an additional 60-day period. As a result, the State Library is extending the following deadlines by 120 days:

Initial temporary permit and initial five-year certificate grace periods have been extended. 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 or a temporary permit if they do not meet requirements. 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 120 days before they are 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 current public health crisis now has a period of six months in which to submit their audit materials.

For more information, please see "Certification Update: Second Extension of Certain Certification Deadlines " on the State Library's COVID-19 webpage.

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

MCLS to host GALE online health science resources webinar


On May 27 at 1:30 p.m., the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services will host a 30-minute instructional webinar featuring the updated Gale interactives for chemistry, human anatomy and science.

MCLS has partnered with Gale to offer members a health and science package with reputable, reliable content. Together, MCLS and Gale hope to make an impact on education by delivering essential, credible and up-to-date content from powerful research platforms with vetted sources. Gale is offering discounted pricing for these products.

Click here to register for the webinar. Once registered, participants will receive Zoom access information for the webinar.

Guidelines for virtual programming statistics now available


The Indiana State Library has released guidelines for public libraries detailing how to record virtual programming statistics for the 2020 annual report. The guidelines can be downloaded here.

As changes are made, the guidelines will be updated and the most current form will be linked at the top of the Annual Report page on the state library website.

Please contact Angela Fox, public library services and LSTA consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

All Ages Programming Virtual Round Table
When: May 21, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

Central and Southern Indiana Teen Services Virtual Round Table
When: May 28, 2-4 p.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.

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.

COVID-19 data and map resources


The Indiana State Data Center recently posted a one-page resource list for federal, state and local COVID-19 data and map sources on its website. These links include Indiana’s main COVID-19 website, which provides the Indiana COVID-19 Data Report updated daily at noon with numbers of new cases, deaths and tests in the state from the ISDH. Also available are data visualizations of the distribution of these numbers by Indiana county and positive cases by day from March 1-present. Indiana demographics by gender, age, race and ethnicity are shown here as well.

The Indiana Business Research Center has created a Coronavirus Resource Hub via its StatsIndiana website. Here, national-level data and several dashboards with infographics focusing the information toward various audiences can be found.

Another link on the list is the National Associations of Counties’ County Explorer website, which currently displays a New York Times graphic that shows confirmed COVID-19 cases in U.S. counties from March 1-present. For the animated version of the infographic, click here.

June What's Up Wednesday webinar announced


The Indiana State Library has announced "No Secrets! Preparing Your Organization for Your Retirement" as the topic of its June edition of What's Up Wednesday. The webinar will take place on June 24 at 10 a.m.

Terry Beck, a recently-retired information services manager at Sno-Isle Libraries in Washington state, will discuss what happened when she openly involved her library district in her own retirement. This presentation will help library workers and their organizations prepare for the retirement of an employee.

While in Washington, Beck was responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive program of library resources, equipment and services to meet the reading, information and connectivity needs of Sno-Isle Libraries' 750,000 customers. Although she's been out-of-state for over 20 years, she's a native Midwesterner whose first professional library job was at the East Chicago Public Library.

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