Wednesday Word │July 29, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Circulation/Computer Lab Clerk (part-time)
Culver-Union Township Public Library

Library Director
Culver-Union Township Public Library

Adult Services Librarian
Delphi Public Library

Library Circulation Services Manager
Holy Cross 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?

City-County Council committee approves $5.3M bond for library upgrades
Indianapolis Public Library

Mobile STEAM classroom provides hands-on education for students
La Porte County Public Library

Library adapts to pandemic with curbside service, interactive programs
Lake County Public Library

Local arts organizations receive grant awards from Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township  Public Library

Tippecanoe County Public Library continues to spread out, opening Wea Prairie branch Sunday
Tippecanoe County Public Library

Fused glass by Art Guild member featured in August at VCPL
Vigo 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


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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Second round of Toucan Tuesdays interviews announced


The Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library have announced a second round of the interview series Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00! The interviews are presented in a series of videos in which the library's chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, speaks with Indiana authors. Each interview will debut as a Facebook Premiere at 2 p.m. every Tuesday from Aug. 4 through Sept. 22.

The second round of interviews will feature the following Indiana authors on the following dates:

- Aug. 4, Karen Kulinski
- Aug. 11, A'Lelia Bundles
- Aug. 18, Jingo de la Rosa
- Aug. 25, Shannon Anderson
- Sept. 1,  Nathan Barnes
- Sept. 8,  Victoria Griswold
- Sept. 15, John David Anderson
- Sept. 22, Shane Gibson and Michael Homoya

The interviews can be viewed on the Indiana State Library's Facebook page. After making their premieres on social media, the full interviews will be available to stream on the Indiana State Library’s YouTube page.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, director of the Indiana Center for the Book and Indiana Young Readers Center librarian, with any questions.

National Book Festival author lineup announced


The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will connect with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” for the festival’s 20th year, featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. The festival will also showcase the many ways the national library embraces all subjects in its unparalleled collection.

During the weekend of Sept. 25-27, virtual stages will offer on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions. Options to personalize a journey through the festival with particular themes and book-buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose - with a limited number of commemorative book plates signed by authors - are also available.

Featured speakers include John Grisham, Chelsea Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Melinda Gates. Click here to see the full author lineup; to read more about this year's themes, features and awards; and to view a complete list of festival sponsors and supporters.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States - and extensive materials from around the world - both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

ARSL Conference registration now open


Registration is now open for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Annual Conference. This year's conference will be held virtually on Sept. 28-Oct. 2.

Each year the ARSL creates a unique conference for library staff from rural and small communities designed with both practicality and the understanding that professional development and networking are essential parts of a small library's success. Topics range from programming for children to fund-raising, working with boards, keeping up with technology and more.

This year, sessions include "Rural Libraries Create Pathways to Civil Legal Justice," "Computational Thinking Unplugged," "Why Didn’t I Think About That?: Lessons Learned from Virtual Storytime," "Grant Writing 101: Practical Steps & Strategies to Help Your Library Soar," "Library Security for Rural Libraries: Staying Safe When Help Is Far" and many more. Click here for a complete schedule and detailed session descriptions.

Registration is $50 per person for ARSL members and $65 for non-members. ARSL also offers a $25 new advocate registration rate, which includes trustees, friends and foundations. Group registration rates are also available. Click here to register.

Indiana library staff with questions about the ARSL or the ARSL Conference experience may contact Jenna Anderson, support services manager at the Kendallville Public Library.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

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

The Many Hats of the Library Director
When: Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

New Director Follow-Up Webinar
When: Aug. 11, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - How to Test Software Features for Evergreen Indiana and The Evergreen Project
When: Aug. 18, 1-2 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Starting and Growing A Library of Things
When: Aug. 19, 10-11 a.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.

In Memoriam: Daina Maria Bohr


The Indiana State Library is deeply saddened to announce the death of Daina Maria Bohr, who passed away on July 17. A long-time librarian in the Reference and Government Services Division of the Indiana State Library, she was a frequent contributor to the Government Information Minute column. 

Daina will be remembered as a knowledgeable and helpful librarian and a kind and generous human. "She was a nice, funny and sincere person. She'll be missed by so many," said Indiana State Librarian Jacob Speer. 

Daina started her Indiana State Library career in the Indiana State Data Center, part of the library's Reference Division. She then spent time working in the Genealogy Division before returning to reference. Additionally, she served as a member of the State Library's Staff Association, Volunteer Committee and Exhibits Committee. Daina also served as a volunteer coordinator for the State Employees’ Community Campaign.

Whether it was uncovering a book with an actual meteorite in it or finding a hot coffee rum recipe, Daina very much enjoyed scouring the library's collection for odd, unique and interesting items to share with readers via the library's blog. 

Those who wish to send flowers to Daina's family, or to plant a tree in her memory, can visit the Indiana Funeral Care website.  

Indiana State Library requesting InfoExpress bags


As the number of requests for InfoExpress bags continues to increase, the Indiana State Library is seeking the return of extra bags that InfoExpress users may have in their possession. This potentially impacts all libraries that have resumed service.

Currently, some libraries are only able to receive a partial amount of requested bags. Once bags have been returned to the Indiana State Library, they will be sent to these libraries in order to fulfill the remainder of the requests.

To return the extra bags, place them inside of an InfoExpress bag. A parcel label can be created and the bags can be shipped to the Indiana State Library. InfoExpress users can also simply tape a note in the window of the bag that says “EXTRA BAGS” and NOW Courier will return them to the Indiana State Library.

Please contact the InfoExpress coordinator with any questions or concerns.