Wednesday Word │September 2, 2020

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In This Issue


Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

*Please visit the Indiana State Library's jobs page for all of the latest library job listings in Indiana.

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?

Eric Olson retires; ACPL launches 21Country archive
Allen County Public Library

Group marches in Crown Point to honor 100-year anniversary of 19th Amendment
Crown Point Community Library

Fortville library joins statewide consortium
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Indiana Libraries getting money for materials on racial injustice
Indiana Humanities

Archived newspapers a treasure trove of history
Indiana State Library

Libraries are returning to core services amid downturn in foot traffic. ‘When all else fails, call the library, right?’
Lake County Public Library

'Regionally Speaking'
LaPorte County Public Library

Pop-up outdoor reading exhibit to bring literacy, nature together
Muncie 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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Virtual Genealogy and Local History Fair scheduled for Oct. 24


The Indiana State Library is hosting the 2020 Genealogy and Local History Fair virtually on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This year's theme is "The Women in Your Family Tree.” Presentations during the free event will examine techniques for researching women, as well as looking at women's suffrage and other 19th-century social movements.

Highly acclaimed speakers Gena Philibert-Ortega and Katherine Willson will present.

Philibert-Ortega’s “25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors” will provide information to help researchers identify, trace and discover more about their female ancestors. Philibert-Ortega will also present “Fabric, Cigars, and Murder,” in which she will share her research on a community of Hoosier women who worked on a 1930s-era quilt top that she discovered in California.

Willson will present “Social Reform Movements of the 19th Century,” which will examine the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement and other social reforms, such as free public education, prison reform and temperance. She will also discuss where records pertaining to these movements can be found. A question and answer session will be held after Willson’s presentation.

Registration is free and required. Click here to register. The event will be held via Zoom. Participants will receive an email confirming their registration. Links to the Zoom sessions will be sent out closer to the date of the event. This event is eligible for LEUs for Indiana librarians.

Please contact Jamie Dunn, Genealogy Division supervisor at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

CARES Act mini-grant available


The Indiana State Library is now accepting applications for a CARES Act mini-grant.

CARES Act funding is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Indiana State Library and is intended to help eligible Indiana libraries respond to COVID-19 by reimbursing up to $1,400 of pandemic-related expenses. These expenses include personal protective equipment and facility supplies; hotspots and other digital inclusion supplies; and e-content. Items purchased within the grant term - May 6, 2020-April 1, 2021 - will be eligible.

More detailed information about the grants, as well as the application, can be found in the mini-grant FAQs. The application deadline is Oct. 1.

Please contact Angela Fox, LSTA grant consultant at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

Culver-Union Township Public Library hosts traveling sculpture exhibit


The Culver-Union Township Public Library is currently hosting two traveling exhibits from Sculptureworks.

As patrons enter the library’s lower level off Main Street, they can view the “Windswept" eagle sculpture by Pati, an elected member of the Academic Art Association, Allied Artists of America, National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists. The bronze golden eagle sculpture stands 85 inches tall and is 55 inches wide.

A second sculpture, “The Critic” by Rosetta, is located in the upper level of the library. This animal sculpture, a monkey tearing pages out of a book, is also called “Don’t Leave Your Paperback On The Veranda.” Rosetta, a National Sculpture Society Fellow, holds memberships in Society of Animal Artists, American Women Artists and the Northwest Rendezvous Group. Rosetta works directly in clay without preliminary drawings and believes her work is interpretive realism.

The library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Brochures with exhibit photos are available inside the library. More information about Sculptureworks can be found here.

Please contact Janet Winrotte, adult services manager at the Culver-Union Township Public Library, at 574-842-2941 or via email with any questions.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

What's Up Wednesday - Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget
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

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Using the Evergreen Booking Module
When: Oct. 6, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Evergreen Indiana Training Tuesdays - Learning to Document for Evergreen Indiana and the Evergreen Community
When: Oct. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday
When: Oct. 28, 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.

Indiana Behavioral Health Commission created


According to an Aug. 13 press release, Gov. Eric Holcomb has named appointees to various state boards and commissions. Of note are the appointees to the newly-created Indiana Behavioral Health Commission. The commission was created by the Indiana General Assembly with Senate Bill 273. This 28-member commission will meet to prepare both an interim report and a final report concerning mental health and substance use disorder. The commission includes four legislators, who are nonvoting members, five ex-officio members from state government and 19 other local entity, community or provider representatives. The governor appoints the non-legislative members and the commission chair from among these appointees.

According to the bill language, the reports must address issues in the following four areas: assessment and inventory; funding and data; youth and families; and system design and access. The assessment must include an evaluation of the following mental health issues in Indiana: suicide; mental health conditions and disorders; substance use disorders; and childhood trauma. Other directives are that the commission shall establish the cost of untreated mental illness, recommend ways to improve access to a continuum of behavioral health services across Indiana and assess how age, race and geographic location affect access to behavioral and mental health treatment. The commission is required to prepare an interim report not later than Oct. 1, 2020 and a final report not later than Oct. 1, 2022. The commission sunsets on Dec. 31, 2022.

Next What's Up Wednesday topic announced


The Indiana State Library has announced "Ways to Fill Your Shelves Without Draining Your Budget" as the next What's Up Wednesday topic. What's Up Wednesday is a monthly webinar presented by the Indiana State Library that covers various library-related topics and falls on the last Wednesday of each month. 

This month, Laura Jones, Northwest regional coordinator at the Indiana State Library, will share tips and tricks for obtaining materials to fill up library shelves without draining a library’s collection budget. 

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. and is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians. Register here