Wednesday Word │July 1, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Indiana Room Manager
Danville-Center Township Public Library

Electronic Services Librarian
Grace College and Seminary

Adult Services Supervisor
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Collection Services Coordinator
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Library Director
Mitchell 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?

Visit these creative libraries that use Animal Crossing for fun virtual services
Allen County Public Library

How to dig up family history online
Indiana State Library

Start your family search with the county genealogist
Kokomo-Howard 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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Union County Public Library brings story time to patrons


When libraries started closing their doors in late March due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Union County Public Library assistant director Beth Lang came up with the idea of "Story Time: Extreme Home Edition," an endeavor designed to bring story time to library patrons. Patrons who contact the library can request an in-person story time, with social distancing, being outside and wearing masks as part of the event.  

The premise to travel to the homes of the library's frequent story time patrons came about because library director Julie Jolliff wanted to serve the community beyond offering curbside service and providing online resources. "We decided, as a team, that we were going to show up in a big way for our community, even during scary times. We adopted the hashtag and mindset of being #forUC. When we were thinking about our services and programming, we wanted to focus everything we had on being 'for Union County.' This marketing tool has given us a vision as we try new things. The staff at UCPL has been phenomenal and I'm so proud of each of their efforts," Jolliff said.

In addition to presenting "Story Time: Extreme Home Edition," the Union County Public Library also altered their popular senior program "Reminisce" in order to comply with suggested safety recommendations for vulnerable populations. "Reminisce," which normally draws 70-80 participants, serves lunch to seniors each month while they enjoy a guest speaker. With large in-person gatherings suspended, in June the library presented "Drive-Thru Reminisce," an alternate event where seniors were given a hearty meal in a to-go box. They were also given a goodie bag filled with a variety of things, such as adult coloring books, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, masks, hand soap and detergent, all without needing to leave their vehicles.

"We love our library, patrons and community. This experience has reminded us that whenever there is an opportunity to do good, then do it. Even if the idea seems 'outlandish.' That's probably when you know you are on the right track," Jolliff said.

The library has another senior program planned for July, "Parking Lot Bingo." 

Visit the Union County Public Library's website here.

Difference is You Award nominations open


The Indiana State Library has announced that the 2020 edition of the Difference is You conference will be held virtually. This year's theme is "Difference is You: What’s Your Vision? 2020 and Beyond." The annual library support staff conference will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Information about registration will be released in the near future. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Difference is You Award recipient. The award recognizes a library support staff employee who goes above and beyond while performing their job duties and who is also an inspiration to their community and library. Click here to access the nomination form. 

The form must be submitted to Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, by the end of the day on Friday, July 24. Visit the Difference is You website here. Please contact Kara Cleveland with any further questions.

Library of Things webinar announced


The Indiana State Library has announced "Starting and Growing A Library of Things," a webinar discussing the implementation of a library of things. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.

Presented by Dianne Connery, director of the Pottsboro Public Library in Pottsboro, Texas, the webinar will demonstrate how a library of things expands the role of libraries in the sharing economy. Attendees will also learn how to curate a circulating collection of objects to help patrons save money while being green.

Click here to learn more about the webinar. Click here to register. The webinar is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Subjects and Genre Headings
When: July 7, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Families Tackling Tough Times: Resilience in the Face of Trauma
When: July 8, 1-2 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Marketing Tips for Evergreen Indiana Libraries
When: July 21, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Basic Cataloging
When: July 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Advanced Cataloging Part 1
When: July 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Advanced Cataloging Part 2
When: July 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Local Administration & Basic Reporting
July 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday: Social Media: How many accounts do I really need?
When: July 29, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Basic Circulation
When: July 30, 1-4 p.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.

Western States Government Information Virtual Conference


Last week, Government Information Minute announced that registration was open for Indiana’s Government Information Day taking place virtually this year on Aug. 6-7. The two-day conference, which is free to attend, offers librarians an opportunity to learn more about government information and resources. Additional opportunities exist to view more programs promoting government information literacy and resources. The Western States Government Information Virtual Conference is also hosting a free, biennial conference on Aug. 5-6.

This year’s theme is “Trusted to Serve: Promoting Quality Government Services in Libraries.” Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time - 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time - on Wednesday and Thursday. Presentations run 30 minutes, and will cover topics such as COVID-19, the census, traveling exhibits and community engagement. The keynote speaker is Wendy Underhill, director for elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Please contact Brent Abercrombie, federal documents coordinator at the Indiana State Library, with any questions relating either events. Remember to register for each event as the country celebrates Government Information Week.

CSLP seeking input on future slogan and theme


The Collaborative Summer Library Program is currently seeking suggestions for its 2022 slogan and its 2024 theme.

The 2022 program theme is "Oceanography" and the artist is Sophie Blackall. CSLP is currently fielding suggestions for a slogan based on the chosen theme. Slogan examples include "Dive Into Reading" or "Splash Around with a Good Book."

CSLP is also seeking a theme for its 2024 program. Planning starts years in advance, which enables CSLP to begin drafting manuals and booking artists. CSLP is asking for three theme suggestions. Examples of themes include art, music and space. The 2021 theme is "Animals" and the slogan is "Tails and Tales."

Theme and slogan suggestions may be submitted using this form. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 10.

Please contact Beth Yates, children's consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.