Wednesday Word │June 3, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

System Administrator/Head of Technical Services
Marion Public Library

Library Director
Monon Town and 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?

Terre Haute, Brazil historical societies included in CARES Act grants
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library, Knox County Public Library and Pike County Public Library

Area nonprofits share in state’s CARES relief funding
Crown Point Community Library and Porter County Public Library

Historical marker highlights significance of steel to Northwest Indiana
Indiana Historical Bureau at the Indiana State Library

Evansville's Willard Library, African American Museum among CARES grant recipients
Willard 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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Indiana Center for the Book announces virtual author interview series


The Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library has announced "Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00!," a series of videos in which the library's chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, speaks with Indiana authors. Each interview will debut as a Facebook Premiere at 2 p.m. every Tuesday from June 9 through July 28. An additional series of interviews will be announced at a later date.

The initial series of interviews will feature the following Indiana authors on the following dates:

- June 9, Barb Shoup
- June 16, Maurice Broaddus
- June 23, Skila Brown
- June 30, Rob Harrell
- July 7,  Peggy Reiff Miller
- July 14,  B. A. Williamson
- July 21, Michele Eich
- July 28, Meg Damakas

The event page for the first interview can be found here. After making their premieres on social media, the full interviews will be available to stream on the Indiana State Library’s YouTube page.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, director of the Indiana Center for the Book and Indiana Young Readers Center librarian, with any questions.

Avon-Washington Township Public Library awarded Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant


The American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table.

One of the two Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grants was awarded to Ryan LaFerney of the Avon-Washington Township Public Library. LaFerney's project, the “Will Eisner Memorial Comic Book Convention,” seeks to grow the Avon library's adult graphic novel collection to include more diverse, iconic and classic graphic works, as well as raise awareness of the importance of graphic literature, sequential art and comics as a literary medium. The library plans to host a one-day comic convention at in honor of Will Eisner featuring displays on the history of graphic novels, the educational benefits of the medium, activities, lectures and more.

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries consists of three annual grants given in two categories. This year, two libraries have been selected to receive the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grants, which provide support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. Cathy Burwell of the Cape Fear Community College Library in Wilmington, North Carolina was awarded the other Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant and Deanna Nebenionquit of the Ontario Library Service-North, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada was awarded the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.

Click here to read the American Library Association's full press release.

COVID-19 resources


With many Indiana libraries having opened back up, partially opened back up or planning to open back up, the Indiana State Library would like to remind the library community of the availability of a list COVID-19 library resources. 

The "Libraries and COVID-19" page on the State Library's website contains links to The Indiana State Department of Health's website and the Indiana State Library's legal memo, in addition to links to various other COVID-19 resources and toolkits. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Northern IN Teen Services Virtual Round Table
When: June 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Statewide Summer Reading Organizers Virtual Round Table
When: June 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Northern IN Children’s Services Virtual Round Table
When: June 23, 11 a.m.-1 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

July What's Up Wednesday
When: July 29, 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.

Government Information Day rescheduled


The Indiana State Library and Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations are excited to announce that Government Information Day 2020 will be held virtually over August 6-7. Initially scheduled for May 14, GID 2020 will offer several government information themed presentations. The event is free to attend, and offers a great learning and networking opportunity for librarians, library staff, information professionals and members of the public. Sessions will still be eligible for LEUs.

The virtual conference will consist of multiple talks held over two afternoons. Attendees will be able to register for as many sessions as they wish, in order to earn multiple LEUs. An announcement relating to the conference registration is forthcoming, along with a list of speakers and program descriptions. Unfortunately, previously-registered attendees will have to register for GID 2020 again.

Please contact Brent Abercrombie, federal documents librarian at the Indiana State Library, at 317-232-3733 or via email with any questions about Government Information Day 2020.

La Porte County youth reach “Do Good” reading goal in support of food bank


The La Porte County Public Library recently challenged community youth to “do good” and read, or listen to recordings of readings, for 250,000 total minutes during the month of May. The ultimate goal of the campaign was to donate $1,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana once the minutes threshold was met.

Local youth rose to the challenge and met the goal. With some kids logging over a thousand minutes a day, 266,742 was the final tally of minutes read or listened to during the month.

The La Porte County Public Library has thanked community members for their support. Many volunteered to be guest readers, which allowed the library to promote listening to the readings. The aid also allowed the library to help keep children connected with familiar faces in the community, such as school staff.

To celebrate reaching the goal, the library streamed a special live Facebook event this morning at 9 a.m. Andrew Grimm, president of the Friends of the La Porte County Public Library virtually presented a $1,000 check to Marijo Martinec, executive director and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, whose mission is to "work in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger."

Please visit the La Porte County Public Library's website for the latest information on the "Do Good" program and visit the library's Facebook page for more information about this morning's live event.