Wednesday Word │September 9, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Reference Librarian
Kokomo-Howard 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?

WorkOne, Allen County Public Library to offer free virtual workshops
Allen County Public Library

Garrett council named library’s fiscal body
Garrett Public Library

Indiana associations and state agencies forge new collaborations to address COVID-19
Indiana Library Federation

Your local library is a great resource, please use it
Indiana Library Federation

Indy library to build new Glendale branch
Indianapolis Public Library

Spend a spooky evening with 'Haunted Indiana' author
Jasper County Public Library

INSPIRE brings consumer magazine to Kendalllville library patrons
Kendallville Public Library

The women who shaped a movement
Knox County Public Library

Bloomington booksellers voice importance of supporting local bookstores during the pandemic
Monroe County Public Library

North Manchester approves 2021 budget
North Manchester 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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Indiana Authors Awards winners announced


Indiana Humanities has announced the 2020 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards-winning books and authors. The awards celebrate the best books by Indiana authors written in eight different categories and published during the previous two years.

The categories and winners are as follows:

- Children's: "Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City" by Phillip Hoose.
- Drama: "The Jack Plays" by James Still.
- Emerging: "Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back" by Melissa Stephenson.
- Fiction: "The Life List of Adrian Mandrick" by Chris White.
- Genre: "Pimp My Airship" by Maurice Broaddus.
- Nonfiction: "The Book of Delights" by Ross Gay.
- Poetry: "Sightseer in This Killing City" by Eugene Gloria.
- Young Adult: "All the Things We Do in the Dark" by Saundra Mitchell.

Winners each receive a $5,000 prize and the opportunity to donate $500 to an Indiana public library of their choice. 

Over the course of the next month, Indiana Humanities will be sending a kit, free-of-charge, to all Indiana public library branches. The kit contains bookmarks, posters, buttons and award stickers for libraries to use to create displays, celebrate local authors and spread the word about this year's crop of winners. The kits will be sent via InfoExpress and will arrive by early October. 

A Toucan Tuesday video interview with Maurice Broaddus can be viewed on the Indiana State Library's Facebook page

Click here to read more about the Indiana Authors Awards. 

Statehood Day essay contest celebrates a 'Diverse Indiana'


The Indiana Center for the Book is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana’s 204th Statehood Day. This year’s theme is "Celebrating a Diverse Indiana." Winners of the essay contest will be honored on Friday, Dec. 11 in a virtual ceremony.

The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators. The winners will be expected to record their essays for a virtual ceremony.

Essays should be well organized and reflective of the theme "Celebrating a Diverse Indiana." The first-place winner receives a CollegeChoice 529 deposit of $250, while the second, third and fourth-place winners receive CollegeChoice deposits of $150.

The deadline for both postmarked mail and email entries is Oct. 16. Click here for more information about the contest, including a link to the entry form, the addresses of where to send the essays, an in-depth description of the rules, a link to register for the virtual online ceremony and relevant essay theme ideas.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, Indiana Center for the Book director, with any questions.

Last-minute registration available for 56th annual Indiana State Literacy Association Conference


The Indiana State Literacy Association has announced Sept. 10-12 as the dates for its 56th Annual Conference. This year's conference will be entirely virtual. The ISLA encourages participants to learn, grow and network with Indiana educators.  

This year's conference features nearly 70 presenters, including Edith Campbell of the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University and Jayne Walters of the Indianapolis Public Library. The conference covers a wide range of topics, including fantasy fiction writing, COVID-19, project-based learning, poetry writing, word study and poverty in schools.

Online attendee registration is $35. Click here to register. Click here to see the full schedule with session descriptions.

The conference is eligible for professional growth points, aka PGPs, which are acceptable to count as LEUs for Indiana librarians. LEUs are awarded hour-for-hour for eligible sessions lasting longer than 30 minutes. Click here for the Indiana State Library's policy on LEUs.

Please contact Kristin Patrick, technology integration coach at Noblesville Schools, with any questions.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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.

2020 census: There’s still time!


There are three weeks left to remind patrons that it’s important to communities - and especially to libraries - to be counted in the 2020 census. Library programs rely on population numbers, and the decennial census is the way these statistics are gathered by the federal government.

Here are ways libraries can participate while there's still time:

- Talk to patrons one-on-one about the 2020 census.
- Put up new 2020 census signs, posters and displays in new locations and public-facing areas like windows, doors and outdoor signs.
- Have a “Chalk on the Sidewalk” event for kids and families.
- Put printed census reminders into items that are checked out or picked up curbside.
- Partner with school and community organizations to include census messaging in food distribution, back-to-school messages and events for parents.
- Spread the word via email blasts, local news outlets and social media posts.

The official deadline from the federal government is Sept. 30. Patrons can go online, call to 844-330-2020, mail back their form postmarked before Sept. 30 or talk to the census worker who comes to visit in order to complete the census.

Many libraries have been posting and re-posting their census messaging to encourage the count. The Indiana State Data Center thanks everyone for their participation and enthusiasm for the 2020 census, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact Katie Springer,  Indiana State Date Center coordinator at the Indiana State Library, with any questions.

Nominations open for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service


The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting nominations for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities.

“This year has presented many challenges for our country, and museums and libraries have found new and unique ways to support and provide services to their communities,” said IMLS director Crosby Kemper. “As we acknowledge the enormous impact libraries and museums of all types and sizes have on their communities and the leadership they have shown, we are proud to re-institute the National Medals to recognize those institutions who show imagination and exceptional outreach, support and collaboration with their communities and partner organizations.”

Anyone is invited to nominate an institution. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible. Regardless of who nominates the library or museum, in order to be considered, the institution must complete the online nomination form by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 2.