Wednesday Word │June 24, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Information Services Librarian (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Library Director
Delphi 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?

Foellinger Foundation awards $1M grant to library program
Allen County Public Library

Two paintings donated to library
Eckhart Public Library

2020 Indiana state historical marker application deadline quickly approaching
Indiana Historical Bureau at the Indiana State Library

Six Noble libraries to distribute KidCity backpacks Aug. 1
Kendallville Public Library and Noble County Public Library

New director at RPL
Rushville 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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National Endowment for the Arts awards Vigo County Public Library $15,000 Big Read grant


Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read initiative brings communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book.

The main feature of the NEA Big Read is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around the selected book.

This year, Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute will receive $15,000 from the initiative to host a community reading program focused on the book "Station Eleven" written by Emily St. John Mandel.

The novel is set 20 years after a devastating flu pandemic destroys civilization as we know it. A woman moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the tiny band's existence.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts on this incredible program,” said Torrie Allen, president and CEO of Arts Midwest. “For more than 14 years this national effort has invested in communities as they gather to discuss the stories and ideas that connect us to one another. We are especially inspired by the projects and organizations that are finding new, virtual ways of creating those connections with their communities and are thrilled to support them at this critical time.”

National Endowment for the Arts will fund 84 organizations to lead Big Read projects between September 2020 and June 2021.

Read more here

IndyPL opens new branch


On Saturday, June 20 at 10 a.m., the new Martindale-Brightwood Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library opened its doors to the public. 

The 15,000-square-foot branch at 2434 N. Sherman Drive replaces the former storefront facility the library had rented across the street in the Brightwood Shopping Center since 1972. The new branch features expanded spaces for children and teens, enhanced technology, new study and community meeting areas and designs for greater energy and resource conservation.

Not only does the location provide safe and walkable library access for children and adults, as well as access to public transportation, but its impressive visual presence will allow the library to serve as an anchor to stimulate neighborhood development.

“We are at the midst of a great renaissance here in Martindale-Brightwood, and the new library is a part of the social and economic changes that will increase access to lifelong learning and mental recreation for neighbors of all ages,” said Amina Pierson of the Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation.

The $5.9 million construction project was part of a series of capital improvements identified in the library’s strategic plan funded from individual bonds approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council with no increase in the library’s debt service tax rate.

Read more here

Indiana librarian certification update


Library certification extensions offered due to the public health crisis are soon coming to an end. Gov. Holcomb declared a public health emergency in Indiana on March 6 which, absent another Executive Order, expires July 4.

A temporary permit or five-year librarian certificate that expired -or will expire - during the public health crisis now expires on June 3o. A newly-hired or promoted staff member usually has six months to apply for an initial temporary permit or five-year certificate. That grace period is extended to 10 months from the date of hire if the six-month period ended or ends during the emergency. Click here for more information.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

All Ages Programming Virtual Round Table
When: June 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

July What's Up Wednesday
When: July 29, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

2020 New Director Workshop
When: Aug. 6, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Library

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.

Great Outdoors Month


June is Great Outdoors Month. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016 more than 103 million U.S. residents, 16 years and older, participated in wildlife-related recreation. The National Park Service has “20 Ideas to Recreate Responsibly” while enjoying the great outdoors.

For those who can’t get to a national park, the National Parks Foundation has some creative ways to camp at home. From setting up a tent indoors to enjoying PARKTRACKS, an innovative audio experience that lets people listen to the sounds of our national parks wherever they are, the National Parks Foundation has several ideas for camping at home.  

Indiana has two National Parks: the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, located in Vincennes, and the Indiana Dunes National Park located in Porter on the shores of Lake Michigan. Additionally, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources manages 24 state parks, along with eight state reservoir properties, where visitors can camp, fish, hike, swim and explore the great outdoors. To help plan a state park visit, DNR provides links to search by location with an interactive map and a downloadable Indiana Recreation Guide for details on park services and features. The Great Outdoors Month resolution encourages all people in the United States to recreate in the great outdoors.

Government Information Day virtual conference date and session schedule announced; registration open


The Indiana State Library and INDIGO are pleased to announce that Government Information Day will now take place on August 6-7. Previously scheduled for May 14, the conference will now be held virtually as a two-day event and will feature seven programs promoting government information literacy and resources. The conference is free to attend. Indiana pulbic librarians will be eligible to earn LEUs for each session. This is the fourth Government Information Day, but the first in a virtual format.

Sessions include: "What does climate change mean for Indiana?,"
presented by Melissa Widhalm of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center; "," presented by Katie Springer of the Indiana State Library; "Legal Research Basics for Librarians," presented by Cheri Harris of the Indiana State Library; "Statewide input with local impact," presented by Ashley Schenck and Tyler Brown of the Indiana Management Performance Hub; "Hindsight is 20/20 in 2020," presented by Chandler Lighty and Claire Horton of the Indiana State Archives and Meaghan Fukunaga of Indiana Archives and Records Management; "Harrison’s Republic and the Spirit of Democracy," presented by Charles Hyde of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site; and "Publicly Available Information Resources on U.S. National Security" presented by Bert Chapman of the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies.

Click here to register. Click here for the full schedule.

Please contact Brent Abercrombie of the Indiana State Library with any questions.