Wednesday Word │May 27, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Accounts Payable Assistant
Avon-Washington Township Public Library

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?

Association of Indiana School Library Educators receives AASL planning grant
Association of Indiana School Library Educators

Library hosting reading activities
Charlestown-Clark County 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 blog


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the state library. Visit the blog here.

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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


New games and gaming round table group announced


A new games and gaming round table group for Indiana library employees has been announced. The inaugural round table will take place virtually tomorrow, May 28, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

The round table, led by Indiana library staff, offers an opportunity to discuss issues and share ideas with peers doing similar work. Moderators ask that participants come prepared to share and chat.

Possible topics for tomorrow's round table include: "Do you already have a games collection or are you interested in starting one?," "How do you use games in your library?" and "What types of games do you collect?"

Click here to join the round table via Google Meet. Participants are not obligated to attend all round tables. Additional round tables will be announced shortly.

Please contact George Bergstrom, Southwest regional coordinator at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

IndyPL's Hayes and Indiana State Library's Fenton appointed as BCALA officers


The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has announced the appointments of new officers for 2020-22.

Nichelle M. Hayes, leader of The Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture at the Central Library, has been appointed as vice president/president-elect and Michele Fenton, catalog librarian at the Indiana State Library, has been appointed as assistant secretary.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community. The BCALA also provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

Summer Food Service Program webinar set for tomorrow


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Summer Food Service Program is undergoing some changes. Tomorrow, on May 28 at 1 p.m., a webinar titled "Feeding Your Community: Summer Meals at Libraries in 2020" will be presented for libraries that have been Summer Food Service Sites and for libraries that are interested in participating in this year's program.

Many libraries around the U.S. participate in the Summer Food Service Program, a USDA-funded program that provides free meals and snacks to children ages 0-18 in communities with high levels of need. Because libraries are free, open to all, accessible and children and teens are always welcome, libraries and SFSP are an ideal fit. Libraries that participate support vulnerable community members and directly address food insecurity. They also attract new user groups and increase their visibility and importance as stakeholders in community well-being.

Summer meals will look different this year as USDA has made temporary changes so that meals may be taken home, and parents or guardians may pick up meals for their children if the state allows.

During the hour-long webinar, Penny Weaver and Maged Hanafi from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will share the basics of SFSP, what will be different in 2020 and how your library can support child and community well-being by being a new or returning SFSP site, or by supporting other SFSP sites in your community.

Click here to register.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Games and Gaming Virtual Round Table
When: May 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

Rural Youth Services Virtual Round Table
When: May 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m
Where: Webinar

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

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

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.

Coronavirus scams


Fear of getting the coronavirus has taken its toll on many and scammers are now trying to use that fear for their own financial advantage.

The Federal Trade Commission has some advice on how to protect oneself from these frauds. The FTC is a bipartisan federal agency whose mission is to protect consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. They educate consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. Advice on how to avoid coronavirus scams can be found here. Here are some tips and resources to help consumers identify and fight scams:

- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Click here to read more.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time.
- Be wary of ads for test kits. The FDA recently announced approval for one home test kit, which requires a doctor’s order. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and are not necessarily accurate.
- Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use official sites like and to obtain the latest information. Don't click on links from unknown sources.
- Research when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card or by wiring money.

State Library requesting InfoExpress bags


As the number of requests for InfoExpress bags continues to grow, the Indiana State Library is seeking the return of extra bags that InfoExpress users may have in their possession. This potentially impacts all libraries that have resumed service.

To return the extra bags, place them inside of an InfoExpress bag. A parcel label can be created and the bags can be shipped to the Indiana State Library. InfoExpress users can also simply tape a note in the window of the bag that says “EXTRA BAGS” and NOW Courier will return them to the Indiana State Library.

Please contact the InfoExpress coordinator with any questions or concerns.