Wednesday Word │September 16, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Youth Services Librarian Assistant
Alexandria-Monroe Public Library

Library Director
Lowell Public Library

Media Specialist
Monroe County Community School Corporation

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?

Culver town council recognizes retiring library director
Culver-Union Township Public Library

IU Libraries expands titles on race, ethnicity, justice
Indiana University Libraries

Indiana library showcases jail inmates' 'Art of Recovery'
Jeffersonville Township 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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Registration open for 2020 Annual Report and Bookkeeping Workshop


Registration is now open for the 2020 Annual Report and Bookkeeping Workshop for public library directors, business managers, bookkeepers, treasurers and library trustees. This year’s workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and repeated on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the same time slot. The sessions will be held remotely via webinar.

The workshop includes a presentation and training on the 2020 Annual Report for Public Libraries, as well as an update from State Board of Accounts on end of year actions and financial and budgetary changes that will be helpful in the accounting process.

Click here to register for the Nov. 5 session, and click here to register for the Nov. 10 session. Participants should only register for one session. Four LEUs are available for Indiana librarians.

Will H. Hays Collection now available online


Lucille Ball and Will Hays at the Film Critics Circle reception, 1940

The Indiana State Library is pleased to announce that the Will H. Hays Collection is now accessible for online research in the ISL Digital Collections. A native Hoosier from a small town, Will Hays became a mover and shaker in Republican party politics, business and the motion picture industry in the first half of the 20th century.

For the past two years, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division of the State Library has worked diligently to digitize the most significant part of the collection. The project was made possible by a generous digitization grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives in 2018. A labor of love for Manuscripts staff, the grant came to an end on Aug. 31.

The grant allowed for the hiring of two digitization and metadata assistants who, alongside full-time staff, worked tirelessly to review, scan and edit over 100,000 pages of correspondence, papers and photographs, the bulk of which ranged from 1921 to 1945. They then researched and created metadata to describe the materials, uploading 927 folders to the digital collection. The primary assistants for the project shared their favorite items discovered in the collection, in short interviews about their experiences on Sept., 13 and Sept. 25, 2019.

Read more here.

Gathering of Writers goes virtual next week


On Sept. 24-27, the Indiana Writers Center, with support from the Indiana Center for the Book, will present the 2020 Gathering of Writers. Originally scheduled for late March at the Indiana State Library, the annual event will now take place virtually over a four-day period.

This year's keynote speaker is Michael Poore, who will present "Playing the Dying Man," based on the idea that writers, and the characters they create, do not exist as "themselves." Poore, the author of novels "Up Jumps the Devil," "Reincarnation Blues" and "Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House," will also lead an intensive fiction writing workshop.

Additional presenters include Abegunde, Liz Duffy Adams, Samuel Autman, Eric Freeze, Janine Harrison, Marc Hudson, Noley Reid, Barbara Shoup and Ania Spyra. Click here to read more about the speakers. Click here to view the full event schedule.

Registration is $99 for Writers Center members, or $149 with inclusion of the Michael Poore master class. For non-members, registration is $175, or $225 with inclusion of the Michael Poore master class. Click here to register and for more event information.

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

Political Activity at the Library
When: Sept. 29, 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

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.

September is National Preparedness Month


September is National Preparedness Month, as administered by the Department of Homeland Security. While other parts of the country deal with disasters such as hurricanes and wildfire, Indiana’s most common emergencies are tornados and winter storms. Indiana’s tornado season extends from April through July; however, tornados can happen in any month. Indiana averages 22 tornados per year.

Most people don’t want to think about the coming winter, but it is time to start preparing for those inevitable winter storms. Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high wind, and create a risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion.

The Department of Homeland Security’s website on disaster preparedness has tips on how to prepare for any weather emergency. The 2020 National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today.” The website lists steps to make long term plans for families and for businesses. There are sections for kids and teens, and one for educators, which includes lessons and activities for the classroom.

The Winter Weather Preparedness Social Media Toolkit has safety and preparedness messages that anyone can share on social media. People can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach a specific audience. Learn more about National Preparedness Month here.

State Library schedules "Political Activity at the Library" webinar


On Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 10-11 a.m., Cheri Harris, certification program director and legal consultant at the Indiana State Library, will present "Political Activity at the Library."

As the November elections draw near, candidates and other campaigners are likely to want to use library resources. What must libraries allow? What can libraries allow? What can libraries restrict and what can libraries put guidelines on? This webinar will cover the appropriate responses to these questions and more.

Click here to register. The webinar is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians. Please contact Harris with any questions.