Wednesday Word │June 10, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Assistant Library Branch Manager
Allen County Public Library

Executive Director
Sheridan 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?

Use CDPL resources to learn your history
Crawfordsville District Public Library

IU Libraries' virtual reference tools aid student, faculty research
Indiana University Libraries

Library offers reading programs, workshops for the whole family
Indianapolis Public Library

The Drucker Institute launches Bendable, a system for lifelong learning
St. Joseph 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


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InfoExpress service renewal information released; rates announced


The Indiana State Library has announced that the InfoExpress website is now accepting service renewal submissions.

In recognition of the fiscal constraints many libraries are experiencing, the State Library will increase its subsidy of the service this year. The subsidized rates for InfoExpress for the coming year will be reduced 20% compared to last year. The rates will likely return to current levels for the 2021-22 year.

For the 2020-21 service year, the subsidized annual subscription cost to libraries for one day of service per week will be $240 after a $670 subsidy provided by the State Library is applied. This subsidy is limited to one library per system. Branches are not eligible for this subsidy, nor are corporate libraries or public libraries not meeting standards. The cost for non-subsidized libraries is $910 per service day annually. Click here to see the 2020-21 service rates.

Renewal forms must be submitted by July 1 to ensure uninterrupted continuation of service. Renewal instructions can be found on the InfoExpress website and in the service manual

Please contact the InfoExpress coordinator via email or at 317-232-3699 with any questions.

ILF announces Young Hoosier Book Award winners


The Indiana Library Federation has announced the 2019-20 Young Hoosier Book Award winners.

"The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors" by Drew Daywalt won the picture book category with 1341 votes; "Restart" by Gordon Korman won the intermediate book category with 286 votes; and "Refugee" by Alan Gratz won the  middle grades book category with 160 votes.

According to ILF, the Young Hoosier Book Award Program is designed to stimulate self-selected reading among elementary school, middle school and junior high school children.

Please visit ILF's Young Hoosier Book Award website to learn how participate and how to nominate a book. The website also contains information on the selected books and a video highlighting the voting process.

Indiana Library Leadership Academy postponed; 2021 participants announced


The Indiana Library Leadership Academy, which was scheduled to take place in August of 2020, is now postponed until August of 2021.

The following applicants have been chosen to participate in INLLA 2021:

Chasity Taylor - Middlebury Community Public Library; Claire Wintenheimer - Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library; Dave Miller - Bartholomew County Public Library; Ellen Underwood - Bedford Public Library; Jacqueline Lipski - Porter County Public Library; Jayanne Rumple - Montezuma Public Library; Jen Casey - Frankfort Community Public Library; Jennifer Cygert - Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library; Jennifer Hendzlik - Indianapolis Public Library; Jillian Williams - St. Joseph County Public Library; Kate McMillan - New Castle-Henry County Public Library; Kate Moore - Indiana University Southeast Library; Katherine Ethridge - Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library; Kelley Gilbert - Johnson County Public Library; Kimberly Barber - Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library; Laura Clemons - Crown Point Community Library; Patricia VanArsdale - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library; Sadie Borkowski - St. Joseph County Public Library; Shellie Rich - Indianapolis Public Library; and Sonya Dintaman - Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County.

Please contact Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

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.

June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month


June is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to raise awareness on this serious disorder and assist veterans in seeking needed help.

Under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, which is defined as a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.

The center advances its mission through research, education and training in the science, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. The PTSD Monthly Update is an electronic newsletter that covers a wide range of topics and resources related to PTSD.

La Porte County Public Library announces new name for historic telephone building


The La Porte County Public Library is pleased to announce that a new name has been chosen for the old telephone switchboard building at 807 Indiana Ave. The board of trustees approved the name “LPCPL Exchange: Connecting People and Ideas” at its May 21 meeting. The building was donated to the library about five years ago for expansion. 

“The new name pays tribute to the building’s history as a telephone exchange, while communicating its new purpose as a place for the community to come together and share ideas,” said Fonda Owens, La Porte County Public Library director.

Architectural plans by Fort Wayne-based MKM architecture + design include three levels of flexible and multi-use space suitable for a variety of community meetings, classes and events, along with specialized areas for artisans and makers. The main level will feature video and recording studios, a collaboration space and meeting rooms; the upper level will feature various maker space areas; and the lower level will feature staff offices and storage space.

The goal is to begin construction by July, with the build out completed in 2021. Please visit the library's website and follow the library's social media accounts for up-to-date information on the process.