Wednesday Word │August 26, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Information Services Librarian: Adult Programming Focus (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Information Services Librarian: School Age Focus (part-time)
Brownsburg Public Library

Public Services Assistant (part-time)
Hamilton East Public Library

Public Relations Specialist
Indianapolis Public Library

Public Services Librarian (juvenile focus)
Indianapolis Public Library

Adult Services Clerk
Wells 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?

Libraries offer mobile app for cardholders
Evergreen Indiana

Five questions with Alisa Burch
Harrison County Public Library

Jeffersonville Township Public Library celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage
Jeffersonville Township Public Library

Read along with 'Reads'
Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

LPL earns grant for materials on race, history
Ligonier Public Library

Monon library hires new director
Monon Town and Township Public Library

NCPL remains in consortium, saves on internet costs
Noble 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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Free training for librarians and library employees on LinkedIn Learning


Difference is You session registration now open


Sessions for this year's Difference is You library staff support conference have been announced and registration is now open. 

This year's sessions are "Health Information Online," presented by Bobbi Newman of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; "The Ins and Outs of Virtual Programming," presented by Amy Dalton of the Johnson County Public Library, Heidi Lovett of the North Manchester Public Library and Kate Blakely of the Bremen Public Library; "An Overview of What’s New in INSPIRE – Indiana’s Virtual Library," presented by EBSCO trainer, Lisa Jones; and "Using INSPIRE for Homework Help," also presented by Jones. The keynote address will be presented by Trina Evans, 2017 DIY Award winner. Each session is eligible for either one LEU or one TLEU for Indiana librarians. Click here to read session descriptions, see start times, request session recordings and to register. 

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

Please email Kara Cleveland, Professional Development Office supervisor at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

Indiana resource sharing update; webinar scheduled


As Indiana libraries closed their doors this spring during Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, resource sharing between libraries ground to a halt. As libraries across the state closed, the Indiana State Library made the difficult decision to suspend interlibrary loan delivery service. In fact, no delivery service was provided by the statewide courier during April and for most of May.

As public libraries began reopening their doors as early as May 4 – when allowed per the governor’s Back on Track Indiana plan – delivery service resumed shortly after on May 11. With academic libraries reopening later in the summer, nearly 90% of the state's libraries are now back on InfoExpress and sharing books via Evergreen Indiana and the State Library's numerous resource sharing services.

During the shutdown, books in transit were safely held either at the borrowing libraries or at NOW Courier’s statewide hubs. Most materials have since been returned to their home libraries, but the company’s staff is still working to sort through a backlog of parcels, while working to accommodate libraries’ shifting schedules and reduced hours.

In response to the virus, and following industry best practices, NOW Courier has implemented safety measures for handling and delivering materials including wearing face masks and gloves and limiting contact with library staff. Additionally, safety precautions are being taken at libraries such as hand washing and quarantining of shipped materials and books. While some research suggests the COVID-19 virus cannot survive on most print materials for more than 24 hours, many libraries are opting to quarantine items for 72 hours or longer. Liquids and other disinfecting methods like heat and UV light are not recommended as they may damage materials. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared in a March 30 webinar for library staff that they do not believe library materials are a transmission route for COVID-19.

Read more here.

A fall resource sharing update for Indiana library staff is scheduled for Oct. 2. Additional information and a link to registration can be found here.

New census webinar scheduled for Sept. 1


On Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m., Katie Springer, coordinator and librarian for the Indiana State Data Center Program at the Indiana State Library, will present "Return to the Future: Your 2020 Census." The one-hour webinar will guide library staff toward the finish line of promoting the 2020 census to their patrons.

In the last few months libraries have pitched in to provide service beyond what is normally expected in response to the global health crisis. As libraries start to re-open - either physically or virtually - they find themselves in the last month to provide patrons with information about the census. "Return to the Future: Your 2020 Census" will cover using handouts, computers, window signs and more as tools to promote the census one last time.

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

Please contact Katie Springer with any questions regarding the 2020 census or the webinar.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Return to the Future: Your 2020 Census
When: Sept. 1, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana 3.4 New Features
When: Sept. 2, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Construction and Your Collection
When: Sept. 8, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Difference is You Conference
When: Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Virtual Conference

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Communication Styles
When: Sept. 22, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Impacting Lives: A New Approach to Teen Services
When: Sept. 24, 1-2 p.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday
When: Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Indiana State Library Resource Sharing Update
When: Oct. 2, 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.

Government Information Day 2020 wrap-up; sessions available online


The Indiana State Library would like to thank the speakers and attendees who participated in this year’s Government Information Day conference. GID was held virtually for the first time and spanned two days on Aug. 6-7. The conference featured seven LEU-eligible sessions, all of which highlighted government information resources and topics.

All sessions were recorded and are now available to view online. Topics covered during the conference included climate change in Indiana, a new Census Bureau resource, free legal research resources, Performance Management Hub services, Indiana State Archives and Records Management, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential site and public U.S. national security resources. Closed captioning is also available for each recorded session.

As part of the conference wrap-up, attendees were asked to complete a short survey. The survey deadline has been extended to allow everyone the opportunity to provide feedback in order to help improve GID. Attendees are encouraged to take a couple of minutes to complete the survey and offer topic suggestions for the next GID, scheduled for 2022. In the meantime, the Indiana State Library will continue to host webinars on topics relating to government information. The next government information webinar is “Return to the Future: Your 2020 Census,” presented by Katherine Springer, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time.


InfoExpress sorting totes and bags running low

The Indiana State Library is requesting that libraries return any extra NOW Courier plastic sorting totes that they may have in their possession. The totes may be given to the NOW Courier route drivers. This will help alleviate some of the challenges that the NOW Courier warehouse staff is currently experiencing.

Progress is being made regarding filling InfoExpress bag requests, but there is still a bag shortage. 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.

CSLP seeking committee members


The Collaborative Summer Library Program is currently seeking members for several committees. Committees include, but are not limited to, Early Literacy, Teen Manual, Vendor and Social Media. Some committees, such as the Artwork Committee and the Budget Committee require previous CSLP experience. Click here to view a complete list of committees. Click here to sign-up to volunteer.

The committee sign-up period for the 2021 calendar year is Aug. 21-Oct. 2, 2020.