Wednesday Word │August 5, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Adult Reference Manager
Putnam County 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?

Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Crown Point Community Library and Lake County Public Library

Exciting things are happening at Earl Park Public Library
Earl Park Public Library

Eckhart Public Library celebrating four-year partnership
Eckhart Public Library

Resources for e-learning students and don’t forget to thank your library
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Parking lot Wi-Fi, quarantined books: How libraries are operating in the pandemic
Indiana Library Federation

Jackson County Public Library offers August programs online
Jackson County Public Library

Library to host virtual memoir writing workshop with Jean Harper
Jackson County Public Library

Adult Summer Reading program has closing 'Tea'
Washington Carnegie Public Library

River City artist turns clay into art for display in Vigo library
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


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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


'The Many Hats of the Library Director' webinar scheduled for Aug. 10


On Monday, Aug. 10 at 1o a.m., the Indiana State Library will host "The Many Hats of the Library Director," a webinar devoted to discussing the multiple roles of a library director. 

Librarians often choose their careers based on the fact that they like to do core library work, such as cataloging, collection development or reference. However, the job of a library director is far-removed from core library work.

This hour-long webinar, presented by Lynn Hobbs, director of the Pendleton Community Public Library, will explore a director's role in crunching numbers, managing facilities and navigating local politics. Hobbs will talk about the range of duties that could fall under a library director’s job description, and will help determine if it’s the right fit for those who might be thinking about a future director position.

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

IFL's 2020 Youth Services Conference now virtual


The Indiana Library Federation's 2020 Youth Services Conference is now being held virtually on Aug. 17-19. The virtual conference setting allows ILF to reach more people and to offer additional opportunities to engage safely.

The Youth Services Conference is a conference experience for library staff working with children and teens. Attendees leave refreshed and ready to implement innovations and new programs in their libraries. ILF has multiple sessions on virtual programming, and frequently requested sessions on conflict resolution, mental health, summer reading, self-care, management and more.

Leah Johnson, author of the young adult novel "You Should See Me in a Crown," is this year's keynote speaker. Sessions will be both live and on-demand. Click here to view the full conference program. 

Registration is $115 for ILF members and $175 for non-members. ILF is also offering a special institutional member group discounted registration rate of $400 for up to five staff for institutional members and $550 for up to five staff for non-institutional members. The discounted rate applies to each additional group of five participants, meaning a group of up to 10 participants would receive a discounted rate of $800 for institutional members or a discounted rate of $1,100 for non-institutional members. Click here to register. 

A single participant may receive as many as 18 LEUs, including  TLEUs.

Please contact Tisa Davis, communications manager at the Indiana Library Federation, with any questions. 

ALA offers pilot climate change program opportunity


The American Library Association is inviting library workers to apply to be part of "Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change," a pilot program designed to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis.

The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries. It will also provide instruction to those libraries in order to enable them to become centers for community education and support during extreme weather events.

Selected libraries will receive a $1,000 programming grant to support in-person or virtual climate-related programs and activities; a small collection of documentaries and docudramas on DVD, with public performance rights; climate Resilience Hub support, provided by Communities Responding to Extreme Weather in coordination with ALA; digital promotional materials; online learning opportunities; and more.

Participating libraries will collaborate with a community partner organization to host three public programs in 2020-21 that focus on climate change science, sustainability, emergency weather preparedness, environmental justice or related subjects.

Learn more about Resilient Communities and apply here. Participating libraries will be selected through a peer-reviewed, competitive application process managed by the ALA Public Programs Office. Applications are due by Sept. 10. 

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

Tackling Racism in Classic Children's Literature
When: Aug. 25, 10-11:30 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.

30th anniversary of the ADA


This year marks the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA protects people with disabilities in employment (Title I), state and local governments (Title II) or public accommodations and commercial facilities (Title III). The U.S. Department of Justice website provides information about activities administered by the DOJ Civil Rights Division that include technical assistance, enforcement, mediation, regulations and certification of state and local building codes.

Additional federal agencies are engaged in ADA oversight and compliance. The National Council on Disability is an independent agency charged with advising the president, U.S. Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has the authority to investigate charges of discrimination against employers. Under Title I of the ADA, employers are prohibited from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities, whether they are job applicants or employees. The EEOC provides additional ADA 30th anniversary information on their ADA@30 page.

To learn more about Hoosier contributions to the adoption and early implementation of the ADA, visit the “ADA in Indiana” online exhibit created by the Indiana Disability History Project, a collaboration of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.

Government Information Day begins tomorrow; registration still open


Beginning tomorrow, the Indiana State Library and INDIGO are pleased to present Government Information Day. Previously scheduled for May 14, the conference will now be held virtually as a two-day event on Aug. 6-7 and will feature seven programs promoting government information literacy and resources.

Session topics include "What does climate change mean for Indiana?,"
"," "Legal Research Basics for Librarians," "Statewide input with local impact," "Hindsight is 20/20 in 2020," "Harrison’s Republic and the Spirit of Democracy" and "Publicly Available Information Resources on U.S. National Security."

The conference is free to attend. Indiana public librarians will be eligible to earn LEUs for each session. This is the fourth Government Information Day, but the first in a virtual format.

Due to the virtual nature of this year's event, last-minute registrations are being accepted. Click here to register. Click here for the full schedule and detailed session descriptions.

Please contact Brent Abercrombie of the Indiana State Library with any questions.