Wednesday Word │July 22, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Reference Assistant
Bartholomew County Public Library

Clerical (part-time)
Clayton-Liberty Township Public Library

Reference Librarian
Greenwood Public Library

Library Assistant
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Youth Services Librarian
Huntington City-Township Public Library

Library Administration – Associate Director
Monroe County Public Library

Bookkeeper - Accounts Payable/Receivable and Payroll (part-time)
Mooresville Public Library

Library Director
Waterloo Grant Township 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?

Five questions for Stephanny Smith, director of community engagement
Allen County Public Library

IndyPL seeking public input on strategic plan
Indianapolis Public Library

Foundation grants more COVID-19 relief funds
Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

100+ Women Who Care committed to helping county’s small nonprofits
Johnson County Public Library

New Castle Library adds tools, museum passes to offerings for checkout
New Castle-Henry 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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Racial equity collection development grant available for Indiana libraries


The demand for books and other materials that address racial injustice has caused significant wait times at libraries across the country. Two Indiana organizations have received funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help meet the demand across the state. Funds will be distributed across Indiana to provide books and materials that advance racial equity to circulating collections. Indiana Humanities received a grant of $135,100 and will use the funds from Lilly Endowment to distribute grants of $1,000 to at least 100 organizations. The Indianapolis Public Library received a grant of $140,000 and will use it to purchase an additional 4,000 copies of highly sought-after titles about racial equity for children, teens and adults to reduce current hold times.

Schools, community organizations and libraries outside the IndyPL system can apply to Indiana Humanities for up to $1,000 to add digital or physical resources that address systemic racism, inequitable policing and protest through a humanities lens. Materials must be selected from among the more than 100 titles curated by librarians from IndyPL’s collection management team. The list includes fiction and nonfiction titles for children, teens and adults in multiple formats.

Public libraries (including those within prisons), community centers and schools are encouraged to apply. Other Indiana tax-exempt organizations, such as senior citizen centers or community centers, may apply but must be able to demonstrate in their application how materials will circulate for free in local communities. These funds may not be used to purchase books or other materials for one-time giveaways but instead should be for multiple users over time.

Organizations must apply by July 31 to be considered for this special one-time grant opportunity. Grantees will be notified by Aug. 10, and funds must be used by Oct. 31. Click here for more information and to apply.

For questions, please contact Bronwen Carlisle.

IMDPLA Fest call for proposals now open


The Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America Advisory Council is seeking proposals for the 2020 IMDPLA Fest, themed “Adaptation in Action,” which will be held virtually on Friday, Oct. 30. IMDPLA Fest brings libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions together to celebrate Indiana’s Digital Public Library of America Service Hub and to share how they are using digital technology to better serve communities across Indiana.

The council invites proposals that leverage digital projects to adapt to a rapidly-changing virtual culture. Of particular interest are projects that have evolved to react to changing timelines, resources and user needs. Instances in which departments and teams have evolved in order to help their own organizations or partnering institutions adapt to losing physical patrons and meeting the needs of nonprofessional educators are also of particular interest. Strong proposals showcase projects, ideas and solutions designed to improve the field’s ability to adapt and provide broader access to information and materials.

Proposals may include presentations, demonstrations and posters on topics including, but not limited to: large or small scale digitization projects; rapidly transitioning from traditional to digital formats; developing rapid-response digital collecting initiatives; engaging digital audiences; adapting current materials; or using DPLA service hubs to support education initiatives.

Click here to read more about presentation formats. Click here to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by Friday, Aug. 7.

Difference is You Award nomination deadline extended


The deadline to nominate the 2020 Difference is You Award recipient has been extended to July 31. The award, which is presented during the annual Difference is You Conference, recognizes a library support staff employee who goes above and beyond while performing their job duties. 

This year's theme is "The Difference is You: What’s Your Vision? 2020 and Beyond." The library support staff conference will be held virtually on Friday, Sept. 18, beginning at 9 a.m.

Click here to access the nomination form. The form must be submitted to Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Stats in the time of COVID-19
When: July 28, 11 a.m.-12 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.

Virtual travel


For those who can’t take a family vacation this year, but are seeking ways to travel virtually, look no further than the websites of selected U.S. government agencies. Many federal agencies have virtual tours that can be taken from computer, tablet or smart phone. Many are educational and many are just for fun.

The U.S. Capitol site is one of the most family-friendly when it comes to virtual tours. Visitors can take a tour of the Capitol and learn its history. The site includes podcasts, videos for families and students, resources, activities and lesson plans for teachers.

The National Park Service has a Find Your “Virtual” Park site. Users can take a video tour of the Nathan and Polly Johnson House in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The house was owned by the Johnsons, free black citizens living in New Bedford, who assisted those traveling on the Underground Railroad. For those who prefer the outdoors, a video tour of Crater Lake National Park, which features the deepest lake in the U.S., is also available.

NASA Glenn Virtual Tours will satisfy those who love science and space, while and The Smithsonian features everything from firefly videos to virtual dogsled rides. 

To find more free virtual tours, click here and search for “virtual tours.”

'Stats In the Time of COVID-19' webinar announced


The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered how libraries are serving their communities, and is having a major impact on the traditional metrics used to measure library activities.

To address these issues, the Indiana State Library is offering "Stats In the Time of COVID-19," a webinar designed to answer questions librarians may have regarding reporting stats for 2020. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 28 at 11 a.m. 

The presentation will examine what stats librarians should collect, how and why they should collect them and what this means for the 2020 annual report.

There will be time for questions, but advance questions are preferred. Advance questions can be sent to Angela Fox, public library consultant at the Indiana State Library, or submitted via the registration form below.

Click here to register. The webinar is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians.