Wednesday Word │July 15, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Marketing and Communication Librarian
Jay County Public Library

Teen Librarian
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

Research and Instruction Librarian
Wabash College

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?

Art of Hope 2020 looking for submissions that interpret mental health
Allen County Public Library

Popular artists set for library streaming concerts
Bartholomew County Public Library

Book giveaway combats summer learning loss, helps kids talk about Black Lives Matter
Indianapolis 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


Follow the Indiana State Library's blog for weekly posts covering all aspects of the state library. Visit the blog here.

If you are an Indiana library employee and would like to contribute a guest blog, please send us an email here with your idea.

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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


Muncie Public Library to premiere library documentary tomorrow


“Carnegie Library: A Community Treasure, ” the story of Muncie’s Carnegie Library, will premiere via Facebook Watch Party tomorrow, July 16 at 5 p.m. The documentary, produced by the Muncie Public Library, was funded in part by a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Indiana Landmarks.

Aside from telling the library's story, the documentary also emphasizes the need to preserve local historical architecture. Interviews with local experts Brad King, Muncie’s historic preservation officer, and Rebecca Torsell, Ball State University’s archivist for architectural records, highlight the challenges and rewards associated with historic preservation of an Indiana landmark. Library director Akilah Nosakhere also introduces MPL’s commitment to prioritize the restoration and preservation of the Carnegie Library as part of the library’s long-range plans for 2020-25.

The documentary showcases the talent and resources at MPL, as it was written, produced and edited entirely in-house by library staff using the library's technology resources. Sara McKinley, local history and genealogy supervisor at Carnegie Library, spearheaded the grant effort and resulting documentary. She was assisted by Daniel Allen, technology coordinator, and Stuart Cotton, digital mentor.

The Facebook Watch Party can be viewed here. The documentary will also be available via the library's YouTube channel after it premieres. Visit MPL's Carnegie Library page to learn more about the resources that the local history and genealogy library branch has to offer.

PLAC extension update


The Indiana State Library would like to send out a reminder that PLAC extensions are permitted in light of the current health pandemic. 

The end dates of the cards may be extended for the period of time a library was closed, even if limited services, like curbside pickup, were provided. For example, if a library was closed for 110 days, that library may extend any PLAC or non-resident cards it had issued before the closure for that length of time.

Click here to read the PLAC rules and guidelines.

Please contact Jennifer Clifton, Library Development Office director at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

IOLUG cancels annual fall conference; seeks board members


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana Online Library Users’ Group board has made the decision to cancel its annual fall conference for 2020.

The IOLUG board will use the time to restructure and reinvigorate the organization. The board will be returning to a traditional, but simplified, board structure and is currently seeking members. Interested parties may submit their names here. The board will vote on elections for board seats during its next meeting.  

IOLUG is an organization that provides opportunities for individuals to share and learn about current trends in libraries and technology to inspire innovation. Its mission has always been focused around fellowship, inclusivity and fostering an environment for individuals to network and grow professionally, both online and in person. 

Proposal submissions for the rescheduled 2021 conference are not currently open, but those who are interested in presenting next year can view the proposal submission guidelines here.

While IOLUG makes plans to return for a conference in 2021, the IOLUG blog will continue to be a place to share news, resources and opportunities for growing skills in technological librarianship.

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

Tax Prep Virtual Roundtable
When: Aug. 5, 2-4 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.

Economic data tools from the Federal Reserve


The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the American economy as businesses adapt to a new normal. Several data tools are available for research and education from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. These resources provide access to authoritative historical and current economic data that helps provide context for the fiscal changes occurring now. Federal Reserve Economic Data, known as FRED, has hundreds of thousands of data series available. A recent blog post shows how three economic data gurus use these tools. Users can also search the IDEAS database, with millions of free economic bibliographic sources. Finally, FRASER, the Federal Reserve’s digital library, can determine a multitude of ways to learn and teach about the history of U.S. economics.

TCPL announces Wea Prairie Branch open house


On Sunday, July 19, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., the community is invited to an open house celebrating the new Wea Prairie Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library, located at 4200 S. 18th St. in Lafayette. 

“This branch fulfills a 15-year vision of the TCPL Board of Trustees to expand services by taking the library to the people. It also fulfills our promise to customers from the former Tippecanoe County Ivy Tech Library,” said County Librarian Jos N. Holman.

The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting, a few short speeches by key participants and an oration. Live music will be provided by The Laidler-Boyd Jazz Quartet. Light refreshments and two library giveaways, courtesy of the Friends of TCPL, will also be available.