Wednesday Word │June 17, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Head of Technical Services
Goshen 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?

Library summer reading program in full swing
Eckhart Public Library

Project Lit coming to Frankfort Community Public Library
Frankfort Community Public Library

North Manchester receives portion of Indiana CARES grant
Pulaski County Public Library

'See what South Bend knows' - St. Joe Co. Public Library releases new educational website
St. Joseph County Public Library

Genealogy: Fire insurance maps help find buildings that no longer exist
Vigo 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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Eliot Rosewater High School Book Award winner announced


The Indiana Library Federation is proud to announce the 2019-20 Eliot Rosewater High School Book Award winner and honor books.

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas has been selected as the winner of the 2019-20 Rosie Book Award. The honor books for 2019-20 are "One of Us is Lying" by Karen McManus and "Tell Me Three Things" by Julie Buxbaum. More than 1,200 votes were submitted this year. 

The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, also known as the Rosie Award, is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through 12. Students at participating high schools, public libraries or homeschoolers who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced.

The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage independent reading among high school students. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum. Click here to learn more about the Rosie Award, including how to participate and how to nominate a book.

$250,000 grant available for one U.S. public library


The Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal, was created in 2019 to recognize the public library as a vital community asset. When libraries, civic entities, organizations and the people they serve become close partners, their communities thrive.

One winning library will receive $250,000 in unfettered grant monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation. The winning library will also be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.

The winning library will be identified based on the degree of its impact on the community in the following key areas: engagement, recognition, inclusion, leadership, environmental sustainability and inventiveness.

All U.S. public libraries are eligible for the prize, whether in a single building in a small town or a multi-branch system serving an entire region. Previous winners are asked to take a ten year hiatus from submitting again for consideration. The submission deadline for the 2020 Community Impact Prize is July 15.

Click here to read detailed application and nomination requirements. Click here to submit an application.

TCPL summer reading club moved online; registration now open


The Tippecanoe County Public Library has announced that its 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Club will be held online.

Though TCPL buildings remain temporarily closed, readers of all ages can still enjoy an annual tradition – summer reading clubs – online. Customers can now register and read what they love this summer, turn in reading records and win prizes.

For every 20 minutes of reading, kids and teens create and complete colorful reading records representing their total hours of enjoyment. Adult readers participate by reading and completing bingo reading cards. All sign-ups are done online. Click here to find the sign-up forms, reading records and bingo cards for kids, teens and adults. Participants may also sign up by calling any TCPL library branch. Children not yet able to read may have books read to them and earn prizes, too.

Participants may sign up until July 10, with reading and recording ending on July 31.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Statewide Bookkeeping Virtual Round Table
When: June 18, 2-4 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.

New data tools from the Indiana Business Research Center


The Indiana Business Research Center recently released two tools based on new data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau. Available on StatsIndiana, the portal to statistics for Indiana, researchers can visit the City and Town Population Change Dashboard, where they can explore population change throughout the decade based on population estimates released in May. Population change by year from 2010-19 is available for all place names in Indiana. Discover how a city or town’s population has gone up or down since 2010, which was the date of the date of the last census.

Also new from IBRC and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is the Workforce Economy Dashboard, available on Hoosiers by the Numbers. See how Indiana measures up to other states by a number of indicators: unemployment rate, job market and building permit data. In the details, see how these indicators performed over a 20 year span across the country.

Upcoming Indiana library roundtables


Roundtables offer an an opportunity to discuss issues and share ideas among people who do similar work. Anyone is welcome to attend the following Indiana library staff-led virtual roundtables:

On Thursday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m., "Statewide Bookkeeping" will be hosted by Melissa Bear of the Tipton County Public Library. Click here to join.

On Tuesday, June 23 at 11 a.m., "Northern Indiana Children’s Services" will be hosted by Denise Hettinger of the Pulaski County Public Library and Amanda Fack of the Porter County Public Library. Click here to join using the password Youth.

On Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m., "Central and Southern Indiana Teen Services" will be hosted by Jessica Smith of the Greenwood Public Library. Please email Jessica Smith for the Zoom meeting information.

Participants should come prepared to chat and share. Cameras and microphones aren’t required, but are recommended.

Please note that the LEUs an individual with a five-year certificate may earn by attending roundtable discussions is capped at 10 LEUs per five-year education cycle. An individual who holds a temporary permit is not authorized to earn LEUs by attending roundtable discussions. As a practical matter, roundtable discussion certificates are not counted toward the requirement that an individual must earn 10 LEUs in order to renew a temporary permit.