Wednesday Word │September 23, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Library Director
Clayton-Liberty Township Public Library

Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Library Director
North Webster Community Public Library

Young Adult Librarian
Shelby County Public Library

Public Services Librarian
Tipton County Public Library

Public Services Assistant I (part-time)
West Lafayette Public Library

Public Services Manager
West Lafayette 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?

New look at Anderson library awaiting a public unwrapping
Anderson Public Library

EVPL offering online resources for students, teachers
Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library

Mural underway at Floyd County Library
Floyd County Library

Author and former death row inmate falsely charged with murder to speak in Hammond
Hammond Public Library

Nature Quest challenges kids of all ages to explore this fall
Jefferson County Public Library

Pi Beta Phi opens Little Library to promote literacy
Johnson 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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October What's Up Wednesday topic announced


The October topic for the Indiana State Library's What's Up Wednesday webinar series has been announced. "Civic Literacy and Citizenship: Cultivating Space for Communities to Co-create Knowledge and Make Change" will describe a collaboration between Purdue Libraries and the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development at Purdue University.

ILS 495: Citizen’s Academy is a unique one-credit course where members of the community and Purdue students learn to develop their own personal leadership styles while becoming more involved at the local level. This session will cover concepts of civic literacy, citizenship and elements of power. It will cover success stories from the class, as well as examples of activities and conversations. This presentation will also describe how the project came about and how similar partnerships can flourish.

Presenters are Ilana Stonebraker, head of the Business/SPEA Library at Indiana University in Bloomington; Melissa Gruver, associate director for civic engagement and leadership development at Purdue; and Vanessa Pacheco, coordinator for civic engagement at Purdue.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. The webinar is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians. Click here to register.  

Third round of Toucan Tuesdays interviews announced


The Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library have announced a third round of the interview series Toucan Tuesdays at 2:00! The interviews are presented in a series of videos in which the library's chatty correspondent, Sammy the Interviewing Toucan, speaks with Indiana authors. Each interview will debut as a Facebook Premiere at 2 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 29 through Nov. 24, with the exception of Election Day on Nov. 3.

The third round of interviews will feature the following Indiana authors on the following dates:

- Sept. 29, Helen Frost
- Oct. 6, Chadwick Gillenwater
- Oct. 13, Angela Jackson-Brown
- Oct. 20, Peggy Archer
- Oct. 27,  Nathan Clement
- Nov. 10,  Gabrielle Balkan
- Nov. 17, Penelope Dullaghan
- Nov. 24, Page McBrier

The interviews can be viewed on the Indiana State Library's Facebook page. After making their premieres on social media, the full interviews will be available to stream on the Indiana State Library’s YouTube page.

Please contact Suzanne Walker, director of the Indiana Center for the Book and Indiana Young Readers Center librarian, with any questions.

'Supporting Homeschool Families' webinar now available to view


"Supporting Homeschool Families," a webinar covering service to families who are doing virtual school due to COVID - as well as traditional homeschool families - is now available to view. 

The webinar, presented by Suzanne Walker of the Indiana State Library and Shelby Peak of the Indianapolis Public Library, is eligible for one LEU for Indiana librarians. 

Click here to view the archived recording and to access the homeschool reference binder, presentation slides and resource links. 

Virtual Genealogy and Local History Fair registration still open


Registration is still open for 2020 Genealogy and Local History Fair, which will be held 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.

Click here to read more about the event and to register. Registration is required.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

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

What's Up Wednesday - Civic Literacy and Citizenship: Cultivating Space for Communities to Co-create Knowledge and Make Change
When: Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-4 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.

Federal Depository Library Conference 2020


Registration is open for the 2020 virtual Federal Depository Library Conference. The four-afternoon conference, to be held on Oct. 20-23, is the largest annual gathering of federal depository librarians and colleagues in the country. This year’s keynote speaker will be David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. All afternoon sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Those interested in participating in a collaborative, informative and interactive sessions presented by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, federal agencies and depository library staff are encouraged to attend.

Registration for the conference is free. Sessions will cover GPO project updates, strategic weeding advice, remote work projects and COVID-19 related projects and lessons. The depository library conference offers attendees opportunities to network with GPO staff and government document librarians. Some sessions are eligible for LEUs. A preliminary schedule is available, but a detailed agenda and session handouts and slides will be made available as the conference nears. For more information, please contact Brent Abercrombie, regional depository coordinator.

North Manchester library to host Crazy 8s Math Club


The Crazy 8s Math Club will make its way to the North Manchester Public Library in early October. Glow in the dark geometry, spy training, bouncy dice and flying fuzzies are just a few of the games children will enjoy in the club. Since 2014, more than 175,000 kids nationwide have been playing with math in the Crazy 8s Club and the North Manchester Public Library is pleased to bring this program to the local community.

The Crazy 8s Math Club uses fun activities to reduce math anxiety, increase understanding of how math impacts everyday life and provide children with an opportunity to get hands-on with math concepts.

"Many families in our community have chosen to school at home this year due to COVID. They are requesting materials and programs that will enrich their educational and extracurricular activities. NMPL has a strong lineup of hybrid and virtual programs for arts and crafts, nature exploration, cooking, reading, science, culture and geography. We identified a gap in math programming for our patrons. The Crazy 8s Math Club is the answer to that need," said Sarah Morbitzer, children's department manager.

Beginning in the first full week of October, the library will offer two math club sessions. One session is for third through fifth graders and will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. and the other session is for kindergartners through second graders graders and will meet on Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. Participants register to meet weekly for eight weeks. Space is limited and social distancing will be observed. Call the library at 260-982-4773 to guarantee a spot.

Click here to learn more about the Crazy 8s Math Club. Click here to visit the North Manchester Public Library's website.