Wednesday Word │July 8, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Development and Community Engagement Manager
Goshen Public Library

Reference Department Manager
Westchester 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?

Native plants add ecological balance in Auburn
Eckhart Public Library

Hoping to add a spark of inspiration to the community Elkhart Public Library, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library and St. Joseph County Public Library

Monticello Riverwalk Project receives $20K boost from local couple
Monticello-Union Township 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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Listserv migration scheduled for the fall


The Indiana Office of Technology will retire the Listserv server this fall. In order to retain the state's Listserv services, the Indiana State Library will be migrating the current Listservs to a new in-house server on July 31. All current Listservs will be migrated with no loss of functionality.

The Indiana State Library looks forward to supporting libraries and librarians statewide with the new service. Updates will be released in the coming weeks as the State Library starts the migration process.

Access to new statewide databases on INSPIRE announced


A new agreement between the Indiana State Library and EBSCO Information Services will bring a package of more than 50 databases and e-book collections to INSPIRE libraries across the state. The agreement also retains EBSCO Discovery Service™ and Stacks, INSPIRE’s web-based content management system. The new package will replace the previous database package provided by Gale Cengage and will increase access to EBSCO library resources. TeachingBooks will remain a part of the suite of INSPIRE databases, but the Gale Cengage databases will no longer be available. 

By selecting EBSCO, the Indiana State Library is able to provide academic institutions, public libraries and schools with content-rich databases and e-book collections. EBSCO Discovery Service™ provides a single search box experience for users and Stacks allows for an improved website experience.

The new collection features EBSCO’s top academic resources, including the leading multidisciplinary database Academic Search® Complete™. New subject-specific databases, such as Communications and Mass Media Complete™ and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection™, now join EBSCO’s top business research database, Business Source® Complete™, along with a host of other subject-specific databases in the INSPIRE collection.

Public libraries will benefit from increased access to periodicals through MasterFILE Complete™ and new access to databases such as Legal Information Reference Center™, Multilingual Health Databases™ and EBSCO’s eBook Public Library Collection™. School libraries will add content via MAS Complete™, which provides hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books to its existing collection of school databases. Two school-specific e-book collections, eBook K-8 Collection and eBook High School Collection, have also been added.

EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library™ provides access to resources for those who want to improve core academic skills, prepare for high school equivalency tests or study for college or graduate school admissions exams. LearningExpress Library also helps with job searches, career changes and prepares patrons to join the military, obtain occupational certification or become U.S. citizens.

Libraries may now access the EBSCO Complete package through the State Library by visiting the INSPIRE website.

Indiana State Library schedules virtual DNA workshop


On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the Indiana State Library will host "Virtual DNA Workshop," a free program that will focus on understanding genetic genealogy and exploring DNA results from the Ancestry and 23andMe testing companies. Three presentations will take place during the workshop. 

In "Discovering Your Genetic Genealogy," speaker Denise Anderson-Decina will present an overview of exploring DNA results. Steven Frank will help attendees understand how their DNA matches are critical to building a genetic family tree in "Working Your DNA matches at" Andrea Ackermann will present "Working Your DNA Matches at," where she will address working with 23andMe DNA results.

Click here to register and to read detailed descriptions of each presentation. The registration deadline is Aug 5. The workshop will take place via Zoom and a link to access the event will be sent to those registered via email prior to the event. 

Indiana State Literacy Association to hold 56th annual conference in September


The Indiana State Literacy Association has announced Sept. 10-12 as the dates for its 56th Annual Conference. This year's conference will be entirely virtual. The ISLA encourages participants to learn, grow and network with Indiana educators.  

This year's conference features nearly 70 presenters, including Edith Campbell of the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University and Jayne Walters of the Indianapolis Public Library. The conference covers a wide range of topics, including fantasy fiction writing, COVID-19, project-based learning, poetry writing, word study and poverty in schools.

Online attendee registration is $35. Click here to register. Click here to see the full schedule with session descriptions.

The conference is eligible for professional growth points, aka PGPs, which are acceptable to count as LEUs for Indiana librarians. LEUs are awarded hour-for-hour for eligible sessions lasting longer than 30 minutes. Click here for the Indiana State Library's policy on LEUs.

Please contact Kristin Patrick, technology integration coach at Noblesville Schools, with any questions.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Rural Youth Services Virtual Round Table
When: July 24, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Local Administration & Basic Reporting
When: 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

Virtual Game Roundtable
When: July 30, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

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

Evergreen Indiana Fundamental Skills - Holds and Transits
When: July 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Summer Cataloging Workshop
When: Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-12 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.

Federal libraries


There are many different types of libraries - from public to academic to special - but it may not be commonly known that there are five national libraries of the United States. The largest library in the world, the Library of Congress, is the oldest federal cultural institution and also serves as the research arm of Congress. In addition to collecting, preserving and providing access to its vast print and digital collections, the LOC oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, the Center for the Book, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers and many more services and programs.

While the LOC is indisputably the highest-profile U.S. national library, the other four have a wealth of information in their print and online collections, too. Founded in 1836, the National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library, with its extensive print collection and online information resources, such as PubMed. The National Library of Education maintains an historical collection of government reports, education journals and books and classroom textbooks. The National Agriculture Library within the U.S. Department of Agriculture houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and related sciences. The National Transportation Library acquires, preserves and manages transportation information products and services for use by U.S. Department of Transportation, other federal agencies and the public.

There are many more specialized libraries within the federal government to support the work of agencies and to provide information to researchers and the public. Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, the 14 Presidential Libraries are repositories for the papers, records and historical materials of the U.S. presidents. The Federal Library and Information Network directory is a listing of over 1,000 federal libraries and information resource centers worldwide.

IMDPLA seeking nominations for advisory council


The Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America is currently seeking nominations for its advisory council. IMDPLA is seeking representatives from the following organizations: museums, archives, public libraries, academic libraries, historical societies and special libraries.

All member organizations must have a signed data exchange agreement on file with the Indiana State Library permitting access to IN Memory and DPLA. The council meets in-person and virtually.

Please send nominations to IMDPLA via email by Friday, July 31. Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.

More information about IMDPLA and its council can be found here.